After two year absence, the wall of 144 Hawaii legends returns to Prince Kuhio Plaza
May 24, 2010 – Hilo, Hawaii
After being stored away from public view for two years, the 144 inductees to the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame were once again honored with a space at the Prince Kuhio Plaza on Saturday.
According to Wayne Joseph, Executive Director of the Big Island Marathon, sports writer, and Big Island Wall of Famer, the wall had a home at the Hilo mall for eight years, until February 2008 when Prince Kuhio Plaza management decided to sell the wall space.
The photos and wooden plaques that comprised the shrine to sports achievement were stored away by hall of fame committee members, and when the local business community donated money to rent the space back, some of the photos had to be refurbished.
KTA Super Stores is contributing $5,000 a year to keep the wall up, while other pledges are coming in from Friends of Jerry Chang, the Big Island International Marathon, Aiona Cars, and Ken Fujiyama.
On Saturday, many of the inductees, or representatives from their ohana, were present for the rededication. The late Jack Matsui was the founder of the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame.
The Big Island Sports Hall of Fame is also accepting donations at P.O. Box 11211, Hilo, Hawaii 96721.