Municipal Bowling Alley?

Ann Kobayashi
Ann Kobayashi
Ricky Rafanan
Ricky Rafanan

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The number of public bowling lanes open on Oahu is dwindling.

An old bowling alley in Kalihi just shut down and more are expected to close soon.

One Honolulu City Councilmember is trying to help.

Ann Kobayashi's asking the city to consider opening and operating a municipal bowling alley.

She said the city has many athletic facilities so it's only fitting that the administration open a bowling alley.

Kara Kahue, 16, thinks it's a good idea. She bowls at Waialae Bowl in Kahala, which is expected to shut down in February when its lease ends.

"I'm going to try to bowl at Fort Shafter or Hickam," she said.

Once Waialae closes next year, there will only be 3 public lanes open on Oahu. Leeward Bowl in Pearl City, Aiea Bowl and Pali Lanes on the Windward side of the island.

Pali Lanes is expected to close at the end of 2009. Soon there won't be any public lanes in the Honolulu area. Kobayashi said Mainland companies have already expressed interested in helping to build a new one.

"If the city provided the land, these companies would put up the building and operate and maintain, and then give the city a percentage," said Kobayashi.

With the number of bowling alleys dropping, she said it's important to open a facility that everyone can enjoy.

"I feel that the city should do something for us older folks, so we have something to do during the day because there's nothing to do," said Ricky Rafanan, 80-year-old bowler.

Kobayashi said some people have suggested building a facility at the Ala Wai Golf Course.

City officials will discuss more details and hold a hearing on this on Thursday.