If you know Arnold Martinez, you know he’s pumped up about football and what it has to offer for our isle youth, and the second-year Kaiser coach has something extra to be looking forward to this season.
The Cougars will be playing their home games on newly installed artificial turf. A new state-of-the-art track is also been installed around the field, and the school will also be getting an remodeled locker room.
“To the eyes, it looks like it’s 90 percent done,” said Martinez, a former Moanalua head coach who provided the video posted here. “When you look at it, it looks like we could go on it and play right now. It’s kind of a tease, though, because we won’t be able to go on it until the end of July or the first week of August.”
Four Cougars home (JV and varsity) games are scheuled there for the fall, along with four for Kalani, which does not have a home field.
Here is a breakdown of the field surface of the OIA’s 22 teams:
>> Artificual turf: Castle, Farrington, Kaiser, Leilehua, Mililani, McKinley (practice only), Pearl City, Waipahu (in progress), Roosevelt.
>> Grass: Aiea, Campbell, Kahuku, Kailua, Kapolei, Moanalua, Nanakuli, Radford, Waialua, Waianae, Moanalua.
>> No field at school: Kalaheo, Kalani, Kaimuki.
And for the 7 ILH teams:
>> Artificial turf: ‘Iolani, Kamehameha, Punahou, Saint Louis
>> Grass (practice only): Damien, Pac-Five (at Mid-Pacific), St. Francis (at Manoa Valley District Park)