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Kohala’s Hisaoka Gym reopens; quake damage repaired

Mayor Billy Kenoi and Councilman Pete Hoffmann are joined Saturday by keiki and kupuna to untie a maile lei and reopen Hisaoka Gym at Kamehameha Park. (Hawaii247 photo courtesy of Bobby Command)

Mayor Billy Kenoi and Councilman Pete Hoffmann are joined Saturday by keiki and kupuna to untie a maile lei and reopen Hisaoka Gym at Kamehameha Park. (Hawaii247 photo courtesy of Bobby Command)

Mayor Billy Kenoi was on hand Saturday to reopen Ikuo Hisaoka Gymnasium at Kamehameha Park nearly three years after it was severely damaged by earthquakes.

Kenoi said he was delighted the community’s youngsters and adults have a place to play again and stressed how important it is to healthy youth, healthy families and a healthy island. 

The Kohala Community Athletic Association, in conjunction with the county Department of Parks and Recreation, hosted the grand re-opening.

The day also included entertainment, food booths, athletic exhibits and a basketball clinic with the University of Hawaii at Hilo Vulcans.

The gym, home to the Kohala Cowboys’ basketball program, was pronounced unsafe after the October 2006 earthquakes and repair estimates initially ran to $2 million.

In addition to structural repairs to the walls, columns, ceiling and bleachers, renovations were made to the kitchen and meeting rooms.

 

Mayor Billy Kenoi along with former Kohala High School basketball coach Joe Mattos, and veteran's advocate Richard Caravalho in the lobby off the reopened Hisaoka Gym. (Hawaii247 photo courtesy of Bobby Command)

Mayor Billy Kenoi along with former Kohala High School basketball coach Joe Mattos, and veteran's advocate Richard Caravalho in the lobby off the reopened Hisaoka Gym. (Hawaii247 photo courtesy of Bobby Command)

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