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August 6, 2010 – Hilo, Hawaii
Video by David Corrigan
Plans to build covered athletic courts over the existing outdoor basketball plots at Panaewa Park in Hilo was rolled out before the local community on Tuesday evening.
Mayor Billy Kenoi, with councilman Dennis “Fresh” Onishi by his side, as well deputy director of Parks and Recreation Clayton Honma, explained to Panaewa residents the details of the $3.5 million to $4.25 million plan that he says will be a possible blueprint for similar improvements at parks around the island.
Right now, the open air basketball courts have a reputation for hampering pick-up games thanks to the rain forest-like conditions that usually persist in the Panaewa area. The mayor and Honma both recalled playing games at the courts wearing tabis in their youth.
The new complex will be able to accommodate volleyball, basketball and tennis. A ten-foot chain link fencing would serve as walls, and the courts would be lit after dark.
The project is expected to break ground in October after going out to bid on August 30th.