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Recording history, reporting the truth & recognizing excellence.


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School track almost ready for show time

Spectators will finally be allowed back into the stadium
Jadin Washington
The last step for the track is to paint the lane lines. For now, people will only be allowed to walk across it to access the field.

Construction workers are racing against the clock  to get the track on the school’s athletic field finished in time for this Friday’s football game against Leilehua High School. 

The blue track, which was installed in 2018, was closed to users at the end of the track season last spring. Because the track surrounds the athletic field, the field has been unavailable to the students at Moanalua High School, including the Music Department and the Athletic Department.

“Workers needed to replace the rubber surface, which had worn out,” Moanalua High School Athletic Director Joel Kawachi said.  Parts of the field could not be watered during that time, he said, explaining the dry patches on the turf.

The top layer of the track had begun to sink, causing drainage problems. Kawachi said workers needed to replace the track surface one layer at a time over the original gravel foundation. 

The last step will be to paint the lanes. Until that happens the new surface will not be used for official track events.  Students will be able to walk on it from the bleachers to the football field, however, so while the athletes and marching band members will be able to walk over it to get to the field, the cheerleaders won’t be able to be on the track for Friday’s game.

Workers apply the rubber layers to the track in the athletic stadium. Each layer needs to dry before the next one is laid, which it why it has taken all summer to complete. (Jadin Washington)


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Jadin Washington
Junior Jadin Washington is a first year staff writer who enjoys performing arts such as dancing and being in the schools marching band. He later hopes to become a professional choreographer and continue to perform in front of others.

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