Airport upgrades about to take off

  • The Federal Inspection Station at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole will be replaced by a permanent structure. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • The Federal Inspection Station at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole will be replaced by a permanent structure. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Visitors from Japan emerge from the Federal Inspection Station at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole, which will be replaced by a permanent structure.

KAILUA-KONA — Lawmakers Wednesday signed off on $69 million to construct a permanent federal inspection station at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole.