Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Editorial | Letters

December 24, 2020

Updated 7:33 p.m.

The importance of Aloha Stadium is revealed by its many “tentacles.” It’s not just about University of Hawaii football, not just about concerts and graduations and not just about the swap meet. Rather, it’s about the many tentacles that go beyond the obvious. For example, the revenue that UH football generates goes well beyond football. It supports all UH sports, in particular the many non-revenue-generating Title IX activities. Compound that with the numerous ancillary activities whose incomes depend on Aloha Stadium and yet more tentacles are revealed.

The tentacles of an octopus can regenerate. So can the tentacles of Aloha Stadium, in spite of all that 2020 has given us.

The first step: Stop the bleeding. Maui Mayor Michael Victorino’s proposal to use Maui’s War Memorial Stadium is excellent. It fits NCAA guidelines and compliance requirements for a football stadium. It is ESPN and media friendly. It also provides excellent opportunity for ancillary activities. Tentacle repaired!

Tentacle 2: new stadium planning. The next positive step?

Ron Reynolds