Fundraising feud in Ewa Beach

Fundraising feud in Ewa Beach
Sam Delos Reyes
Sam Delos Reyes
Kurt Fevella
Kurt Fevella

EWA BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)

During a football game last month, Campbell High School's campus parking lot filled up at $5 dollars a vehicle. Overflow automobiles parked in lots under the authority of Ilima Intermediate School. Campbell's athletic director Sam Delos Reyes said that's how it has always been.

"When our lots are filled, then we open up the gates," he said.

But that day the Ewa Beach Lions Club had a permit from Ilima to fund raise in the overflow lots. It collected $3 a car off Campbell's crowd.

"That's what they called it -- a fundraiser for them for the athletics. So I figure if they do a fundraiser, why can't we do a fundraiser for the community?" Lions Club president Kurt Fevella said.

Delos Reyes said money it gets from parking fees fund athletic expenses. Losing the fees from the overflow lots has an impact.

"All sports programs are looking definitely for extra budget, especially for transportation. Transportation is a big issue," he said.

But Fevella said the parking fees the Lions Club collected went to Pohakea Elementary School and Ilima Intermediate. 

The Lions Club has a permit to fund raise again on Friday, during Campbell's game against Kailua.

"I can't say tell you whether it's fair or not," Delos Reyes said. "I can say one thing, we're not going to stop them when they have legal documents allowing this to happen."

Fevella said Friday's proceeds will go to the Boys & Girls Club Hale Pono Clubhouse and Campbell High School.

"We're giving money to their alumni program for scholarships for the school," Fevella said.

The school will add a wrinkle to the parking plan. It will cone off a lane for cars to get into campus parking. Fevella said that change will hurt everybody.

"If you do it the way that they're going to tell us to do it, it's going to make big traffic out on Fort Weaver Road," he said.

The Lions Club's permit with Ilima Intermediate allows the non-profit to do another parking lot fundraiser after Friday, during another Campbell football game.

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