HILO, Hawaii – A group of Kukuihaele residents are trying to be heard by the Hawaii County Council.
For two weeks, they crashed council committee meetings, only to be told their issue with the new ballfield being constructed in their neighborhood was not on the agenda.
Their brief appearance at Tuesday’s Finance Committee meeting in Hilo stirred debate among councilmembers.
Two weeks before, the residents tried to testify on the park project but were told it was not on the agenda.
The West Hawaii Today reported in September that although neighbors of the Kukuihaele park project say contractors have been working 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. six days a week there, park officials said “any overtime on that project would be handled by the contractor”, and that the park is not set to be completed until February or March.
The issue heated up in August 2016 when the construction of a new Kukuihaele ballpark was met with protests.