KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kailua residents who are fighting to keep a 57-year-old bowling alley open have received support from an occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
On April 4, President Donald Trump responded to a letter sent by a member of the group trying to save Pali Lanes, a bowling alley in Kailua whose lease will be up soon. If all remains the same, Pali Lanes will close at the end of January 2019.
Christian Arakawa was sending letters to various state legislative figures in February when a friend gave him the idea to reach out to the commander-in-chief.
"The fact that he got back to us meant a lot to the group," Arakawa said.
In the letter, Trump lauds small businesses as the "heart of our nation" and points to how rules and regulations may have made it difficult for them to flourish.
"Please know that I understand your concerns and hear your frustration," Trump said in the letter. "As President, I stand by America's workers and businesses."
The entire letter can be read below..