House bill addresses equality for Hawaii’s high school girl athletes

Pearl City’s Alyssa Okada managed to avoid a tag by Leilehua’s Brandi Leong to reach base in a game at Kaala Elementary School last season. The Mules are close to getting a new softball field. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

It’s Christmas in April for Hawaii’s high school girl athletes.

House bill 1259 SD1 has passed through House and Senate committee and will move on to the full Hawaii House and Senate for a vote sometime next week.

The bill includes many capital improvement projects across the state for construction of girls athletic locker rooms.

The bill comes five months after a lawsuit was filed by the ACLU, alleging gender-based bias and unequal treatment of female athletes.

If the vote passes through the House and Senate (once a bill makes it through committee, it is generally rubber-stamped), the following schools will benefit with either girls athletic locker room and/or softball field construction or improvement.

Here is a list of those projects (all construction projects, unless noted as improvements):

>> Aiea girls locker room (in same line item as a weight room for the school and various athletic improvements) $5.4 million

>> Baldwin girls locker room, $1.4 million

>> Kahuku softball field, $3.1

>> Kaimuki softball field improvements, $80,000

>> Kauai High girls locker room, $3 million

>> Kauai High softball field, $2.8 million

>> Konawaena softball field improvements, $990,000

>> Leilehua softball field, $2.5 million

>> Maui High girls locker room (and other school athletic facilities), $8 million

>> Mililani girls locker room, $1.7 million

>> Mililani softball field improvements, $1.5 million

>> Radford girls locker room, $6 million

>> Roosevelt softball field improvements, $100,000

>> Waiakea girls locker room, $1 million

>> Waialua girls locker room, $1 million

>> Waialua girls softball field (construction and improvements) $2.5 million

>> Waianae girls locker room, $3.5 million


  1. whoewa70 April 26, 2019 8:31 pm

    So where is the girls locker room for Campbell who brought the attention to the whole situation. The largest high school in the State gets left out AGAIN!!!

  2. Equality April 29, 2019 1:27 pm

    Where’s the equality?

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