The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo broke ground last week on a new soccer field, softball field, and a multi-purpose building to house restrooms, concessions, storage and a team room. The facilities are a Capital Improvement Project in the planning and funding stages for several years. The money was approved during the 2018 state legislative session. It’s the first new athletic facilities at UH Hilo in nearly 40 years.
Attending the ceremonies was university leadership, state legislators, coaches and teams. Local dignitaries in attendance included state Sen. Kai Kahele, along with state representatives Mark Nakashima and Richard Onishi. Also present was Dennis “Fresh” Onishi, the governor’s liaison for Hawai‘i Island.
“Athletics serves as the front porch to any university, and I am happy to see this addition to ours,” says Chancellor Bonnie Irwin. “I look forward to coming out and joining our community to watch our student-athletes compete on this field in the near future.”