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There are 100 comments on the The Honolulu Advertiser story from Oct 8, 2007, titled Hawaii bowlers unite to search for new alley - The Honolulu Adv.... In it, The Honolulu Advertiser reports that:

Comment on this story Businessman Edward Sun says the city should provide the land because it provides space for golf, tennis and soccer.

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“Jazz Music - Good For The Soul”

Since: Sep 07

Kailua, Oahu, HI

#42 Oct 8, 2007
Sweat wrote:
Bowling may be considered a sport to some, but you lose credibility when you try to compare it to soccer or other actual aerobic sports that make you sweat. I've enjoyed many days in bowling alleys and I am sad to see them go, but thats just the way it is. Bowling does nothing to help the cardiovascular health of participants. No one ever took up bowling to get in shape.
The city should consider providing land for a Drive-In movie theater before a bowling alley. That would provide the same amount of exercise and a whole lot more enjoyment and recreation for the citizens of Honolulu.
VERY WRONG attitude. What you fail to realize is that bowling is a sport that ANYONE can enjoy, regardless of ability.

The bigger problem is that "Generation X" (which I call the "iPod Generation") may be where bowling really loses its popularity.

I have been bowling since I was 12 years old (I am now 43). I had many "dates" in high school where bowling was a part of the night out. My parents and grandparents were bowlers. I taught my son how to bowl.

THAT is really what it is all about. Anyone can bowl. Period. You don't have to be great at it, you just have to have fun and enjoy the company of your friends and/or family.

TWO bowling centers in a major United States city?(after the next two closures) UNACCEPTABLE. We need MORE, not LESS bowling centers on Oahu.
Palolo Lolo

Hilo, HI

#44 Oct 9, 2007
Poker Ace - Brown guy wrote:
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There should be an aplication process where some kind state or county assistance is involved. If that business will benefit the community then I think there shouldn't be a problem. 24 Hour fitness and Starbucks do not benefit the community in general.
I beg to differ. The discussion on this blog has been about how bowling takes kids off the streets and gives people an opportunity to exercise. 24 Hour Fitness does the same thing, probably more so than bowling. But you don't see the City rushing to give 24Hour Fitness free land while ignoring all the other gyms in town.

My whole point is that the City cannot choose to use taxpayers' money to give one business a competitive advantage over another one.

“Open mouth: Insert Foot”

Since: Sep 07

Aiea

#45 Oct 9, 2007
This saddens me. My father loves to bowl, as do my husband, children, and I. I still remember being a kid and going to the bowling alley that used to sit across the street from the Kapiolani Blvd. Jack in the Box with family and friends.
Linda Crowder

Sunland, CA

#46 Oct 9, 2007
Bowling has long been an affordable recreation for many in Honolulu and is a traditional American sport along with baseball, golf, basketball and volleyball--all of which have public fields, courses and courts available for the general public. It has been invaluable not only for the furthering of team building for social and work group leagues, but to youth development as well; and it is one of the few activities in which seniors can participate. As such, it deserves government support. Having a publicly subsidized bowling facility offers no more threat to private bowling enterprises than the public golf courses do to private clubs. Bowling is a democratic sport played by all ages, gender and socio-economic classes and should be supported by public servants dedicated to meeting the needs of their constituency.
Linda Crowder

Sunland, CA

#47 Oct 9, 2007
Bowling has long been an affordable recreation for many in Honolulu and is a traditional American sport along with baseball, golf, basketball and volleyball--all of which have public fields, courses and courts available for the general public. It has been invaluable not only for the furthering of team building for social and work group leagues, but to youth development as well; and it is one of the few activities in which seniors can participate. As such, it deserves government support. Having a publicly subsidized bowling facility offers no more threat to private bowling enterprises than the public golf courses do to private clubs. Bowling is a democratic sport played by all ages, gender and socio-economic classes and should be supported by public servants dedicated to meeting the needs of their constituency.
clayton lum

United States

#48 Oct 9, 2007
Dirk Diggler wrote:
Bowling stinks. The state better not give these armchair athletes a cent or a stitch of land. What an aweful hobby
I can see that you are not a bowler, so what kind of sports to partake in
clayton lum

United States

#49 Oct 9, 2007
Save Bowling wrote:
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Many seniors bowl. While it may not be the ideal exercise compared to walking or swimming. It does provide these seniors an excuse to get out of the house and socialize.
I agree with you, what better way for the makule kanes and wahines to enjoy themselves and get out of da house
clayton lum

United States

#50 Oct 9, 2007
A Supportive Parent wrote:
As a parent of an ILH bowler, I am supportive of this group's battle to save bowling on O'ahu. Bowling has made a huge, positive difference in my son's life. It is a sport that most everyone can participate in--competitively or just for good, clean fun. Keep the kids off the streets and away from loitering in the parks!


I agree with you, when I was in High school I went to Maryknoll and we had a lot of fun in our bowling leagues at Kam Bowl. I was disapointed to see that it closed when we were homme last year......Bowling kept me out of trouble during those years. As a teenager, I bowled mainly at Bowl-O-Drome since I lived in McCully area and my parents new where I was every Saturday morning til early afternoon.......

“Do, Or Do Not, There Is No Try”

Since: Oct 07

Originally Pearl City, Hawaii

#52 Oct 9, 2007
Jerry wrote:
As a lot of Hawaii people go to Las Vegas, they ought to check out the bowling alleys at the hotels.
Very true indeed. The bowling alleys in Vegas hotels are awesome but can be pricey at times. The thing that sucks about them is they don't have the "local-style-hamburger-st eak-lilikoi-drink-smell" that's embedded in the fixtures. Also, if the locals would stop making the few bowling alleys left smell like a damn ashtray, maybe more people would attend the alleys.
island driver

United States

#53 Oct 22, 2007
I used to bowl 20 plus years and and absolutely loved it! I used to go with my mom and dad, and with my friends. Although I was never in any leagues, I bowled 1 to 2 times a week, traveling to different bowling centers like Classic Bowl, Kalihi Bowl, Kam Bowl, Kapiolani Bowl, Stadium Bowl-O-Drome, Aiea, and Leeward Bowl. I have just returned to the sport, yes, bowling is a sport, and love it even more than in my youth!

It is sad that bowling popularity have been at a steady decline, but it is still a very popular sport. Try going to get a lane at Leeward Bowl without having to wait on a waiting list!

To those that could care less about the bowlers, just because you don't enjoy bowling, doesn't mean that you should not support bowling. Having a couple of new alleys would be great, especially since so many have closed and no new ones were ever built.(some have been renovated, but no new alleys built)

The best way would be to put them on city land, which would keep the prices down like at city golf courses. Just because it is a casual sport that you don't really sweat and get cardiovascular exercise, it is still a sport that is loved by many. The lack of available and conviently located bowling centers will definately kill the sport beyond repair.
sammy d

Honolulu, HI

#54 Oct 30, 2007
It is very saddening to see so many bowling centers closing. Part of it is that the popularity of bowling has been on a decline, but mostly because the leases that are ending and the bowling centers owners not being able to afford to renew a lease that has been tripled! How does anyone expect a bowling center to pay $30,000 plus a month!!!!!! Thats just crazy!! It's greed of the land owners that are causing the demise of bowling!!
old bowler

Ewa Beach, HI

#55 Nov 4, 2007
Speaking of bowling alleys in Hawaii, does anyone remember the name of the alley that was across from the prison, on Dillingham near where Marukai is now?
One time bowling fanatic

Ewa Beach, HI

#56 Feb 7, 2008
old bowler wrote:
Speaking of bowling alleys in Hawaii, does anyone remember the name of the alley that was across from the prison, on Dillingham near where Marukai is now?
It was Boulevard Bowl of which the original building remains today.
One time bowling fanatic

Ewa Beach, HI

#57 Feb 7, 2008
Kaimuki Bowl
Windward Bowl
Kalakaua Bowl
Stardust Lanes
Bowling City
Waikiki Bowl
Stadium Bowl-O-Drome
Kalihi Bowl
Kam Bowl
Aloha Bowl
Kapiolani Bowl
Boulevard Bowl
Waialae Bowl (soon)

Remember those? Those were the days!

“Eschew Obfuscation”

Since: Dec 07

Honolulu, HI

#58 Feb 7, 2008
One time bowling fanatic wrote:
Kaimuki Bowl
Windward Bowl
Kalakaua Bowl
Stardust Lanes
Bowling City
Waikiki Bowl
Stadium Bowl-O-Drome
Kalihi Bowl
Kam Bowl
Aloha Bowl
Kapiolani Bowl
Boulevard Bowl
Waialae Bowl (soon)
Remember those? Those were the days!
ROFL...Stardust!

We were trying to name them all the other day too...at least those us Gen X'ers would remember. You forgot:

Ewa
Kaimuki
Dillingham

Probably a few more too!
Split Happens

United States

#59 Feb 8, 2008
Unfortunately, I do believe that Pali Lanes will be joining this list in 2009.

“Eschew Obfuscation”

Since: Dec 07

Honolulu, HI

#60 Feb 8, 2008
Split Happens wrote:
Unfortunately, I do believe that Pali Lanes will be joining this list in 2009.
Too bad...one of the few, if not only lanes where u could drink beer in the pit.
samo

Honolulu, HI

#61 Feb 8, 2008
Yup, Pali, at this point, is scheduled to close in 2009. Hopefully it works out, but there are talks about Stadium Bowl-o-drome being reopened. Also in the talks is a new bowling center in Kapolei. Hope it happens since I love to bowl!!!
alice

Honolulu, HI

#62 Feb 8, 2008
A lot of boys in class have asked me to go bowling but I am afraid it is not a compelling sport for me.
lchow

Kaunakakai, HI

#63 Feb 8, 2008
Chinese in Hawaii seem to have taken to bo ling as their form of recreation. I, somehow, wonder why

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