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Future of Kapiolani Park archery range uncertain

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Kapiolani Park archery range is being targeted for a potentially permanent closure. The facility has been off-limits for nearly two months since an arrow ended up at a nearby tennis court. A man illegally pointed his arrow toward the sky and accidentally let go, nearly hitting a tennis player in April.

"The arrow traveled from the base of the target line to the tennis court -- 352 ft. That's significant," said Dept. of Parks and Recreation director Gary Cabato.

The city is now considering closing the range for good. The idea that isn't on point with the archery community.

"It bothers me a lot. That was the main place that we went to shoot. It's the best place for traditional archery, the Kapiolani range. There's not a lot of wind. It's sheltered, there's a lot of shade there. We've been shooting off and on there for almost 20 years," said archer Frank Sains.

A closure would leave three other options on the island: Central Oahu Regional Park, Kapolei and Koko Head. A player at the Kapiolani tennis courts said the April incident wasn't the first time a stray arrow has been found. While he feels bad for the archers, he thinks shutting the facility down is the best solution.

"I am concerned that because two or three arrows have occurred over the years, hitting the courts. It could easily happen again," said tennis player Sam White.

Cabato said alternatives to the closure include a range re-configuration or a catchment system to keep arrows in an enclosed area. A public hearing is set for July 9 at 5 p.m. at Paki Hale.

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