Waialua waiting for “OK” on grass field

Waialua coach Lincoln Barit celebrated an OIA Division II title in 2016. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

New grass has been planted on the Waialua football field.

When it grows in fully, it will likely be a nice, new gift for the defending Oahu Interscholastic Association Division II champion Waialua Bulldogs.

But there has been some problems caused by heavy rains in March and again in late June and early July, according to Waialua athletic director Bryce Kaneshiro.

“The inspectors will be here in a couple of weeks,” Kaneshiro said. “They will be making sure that not only the surface, but also the roots are taking hold in order to handle the trampling by the players.”

Kaneshiro said parts or the field are lush, but that other parts are bare. He also said he was told by officials to look for alternative sites for home games. As it is, Waialua is scheduled to play at home for only two of its seven OIA league games anyway.

One other scheduled home game, against Kaimuki on Aug. 12, has already been moved to Farrington’s Skippa Diaz Stadium due to the Bulldogs’ grass situation.

The other two home games, vs. McKinley on Sept. 15 and vs. Roosevelt on Oct. 6, may have to be moved to a neutral site (Leilehua and Mililani are possibilities) if the inspectors don’t give Waialua the OK, Kaneshiro said.


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