Waiakea High School drops bowling from sports program

By Melvin Givens, Digital Editor, Digital Editor
Published On: Jun 30 2014 11:03:06 PM HST
Updated On: Jul 01 2014 10:09:49 PM HST
Waiakea Bowling Team
HILO, Hawaii -

Concern growing on the Big Island after Waiakea High School dropped bowling from its fall-term sports program.

Principal Kelcy Koga decided to no longer offer bowling after Hilo Lanes closed in May.

The only place students can bowl is in Kona or Kilauea Military Camp in Volcano. With only six lanes, the principal at Waiakea worries there would be too much competition for bowling time.

"We didn't know when the alley would be made available. It's like I said earlier, six lanes shared between – it wouldn't only be Waiakea High. [There's] Hilo High, Kamehameha Keeau and I believe Kau and that would mean all of our schools trying to get in practice time in volcanoes," said Koga.

Koga also felt it would be a safety issue driving that far after school.

Parents have filed an appeal before the Big Island Scholastic Federation to get the sport back in the school.

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