WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Maui airport is getting upgrades that officials hope will boost tourism as the economy-driving sugar industry phases out of production.
The Maui News reports (http://bit.ly/1LktMus) workers are spending the coming months finishing a cell phone lot and breaking ground on a $350 million rental car facility, among other Kahului Airport improvements.
Maui Airports District Manager Marvin Moniz says tourism is all that's left after sugar.
Hawaii's last sugar plantation, Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co., will close by 2017.
Officials hope upgrading the state's second-busiest airport will boost the travel industry and accommodate more tourists.
Four paved lanes will replace the airport entrance by the summer in a two-phase project costing a total of about $73.7 million.
Moniz says the Airport Access Road will help with increased traffic.
Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com