Ewa residents frustrated by illegal drag strip have another concern on their minds

Each time access to the field is blocked, racers find ways in.
Published: Apr. 10, 2022 at 5:02 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 11, 2022 at 5:45 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kalaeloa residents are expressing outrage about an illegal drag racing strip in their neighborhood.

Not only is the area and activity cause for concern, but they are also worried racers and drifters are damaging the site of the Ewa Field, a historic World War II battlefield.

“It’s super loud, you can hear it from half a mile away. Cars that are just going around in circles, literally burning donuts into the ramp,” said Ewa historian John Bond.

The Ewa Field was the site of a historic battle during Japan’s invasion of Pearl Harbor. Four marines and two civilians were killed in the attack.

The damage to the field from drag racing and drifting is clearly visible.

“They just literally spin out in circles until they tear the rubber off the tires,” Bond said.

“They know it’s an important historic site so they are intentionally desecrating the place.”

Bond said the races are promoted on social media. He said he’s filed complaints with police, the neighborhood board and the state. The state of Hawaii Community Development Authority owns the land.

But each time the state blocks off the access to the field, the racer promoters have found a way to get in, he said.

Along with racers, the easy access has also attracted illegal dumping.

“Ewa is the place to dump everything so they just come out here to dump everything,” said Bond.

“They dump cars, they dump trash, strip cars -- whatever.”

An HCDA representative could not be reached for immediate comment.

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