The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has approved a resolution that is the final step for the Department of Veteran Affairs to grant the lease of construction of the Advanced Leeward Outpatient Health Care Access (ALOHA) Project.
The ALOHA project is a Veteran Affairs facility clinic that will provide the much-needed access to more than 87,000 veterans on Oahu, more particularly those who reside on the leeward side of the island.
Moreover, the new clinic will also reduce wait times, alleviate traffic challenges and increase provider availability that the Spark. M. Matsunaga Veterans Affairs Medical Center on the Tripler Army Medical Center campus is experiencing.
“Veterans living on Oahu—particularly in Leeward Oahu—have been patiently waiting for a VA facility that will provide accessible, quality health care in their community,” said Senator Mazie Hirono, who has long campaigned for the ALOHA project.
“The ALOHA Project was worked on by Senator Daniel K. Akaka and it has been a key priority of mine as well. This resolution was the final congressionally mandated step before the VA can award the lease and construction can begin. This facility is long overdue. Our veterans need to get the care they earned, and I urge swift action from the Biden Administration to get this project underway.”
When completed, the ALOHA project will be a 66,00 foot multispecialty Veterans Administration clinic on the Ewa Plain area of Oahu and will provide primary care, mental health care, x-ray laboratory, diagnostic, pharmacy and specialty care for veterans in the area.