Kahuku and Campbell are getting makeovers.
Step by step, school by school, long overdue renovations are underway that will benefit football, soccer, and track and field student-athletes. Kahuku waited decades for funding to materialize, practicing on a flood-prone field. The push from community and State Rep. Sean Quinlan led to the project, which began on Monday. Nearly $10 million was released by Gov. David Ige.
“Four years ago, before I was first elected, I knocked on doors in Koolauloa to ask what the community wanted,” Quinlan wrote on social media. “The answer was clear — a new track and field for Kahuku High, and significant drainage improvements.”
Quinlan added that construction begins with dry well servicing and a retaining wall. Construction of the field is slated for February, but the postponed football season is expected to begin in the same time frame.
At Campbell, $6.3 million was released by Gov. Ige for improvements to the track and field. The community and State Sen. Kurt Fevella waited years for the project.
Ten mil! That’s only fund cutting the grass.
Let’s see … during a pandemic .. when funding basic needs is going to be really challenging … and Budget Cuts are immanent and furloughs are being threatened … somehow our governor finds money for these projects.
This is not to say that these improvements are Very Much Needed, Deserved and Badly Overdue …. But is this somehow another ploy to garner votes for political party candidates of the near future ? !
This is interesting because does anyone really believe that this was projected and scheduled in any State CIP ?
Well football fields at public schools throughout the state have been getting upgrades the past couple of years. Waiakea on the Big Island got theirs like 4 years ago, while Hilo got their release last November. Considering how “bad” Kahuku’s field is, it doesn’t really surprise me.
Kahuku field LOOOOOOOOOOOONG Overdue!
Screw the football field. Why aren’t they fixing up the school!?