- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Hilo High School athletes are getting to show off their new gym after several opening delays.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1qwpFAB ) that the Hilo Viking girls basketball team was holding a game there Tuesday night.

They were facing the Kealakehe Waveriders.

School officials are expected to meet later this week to schedule a new grand opening celebration.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Hilo High School Athletic Director Kurt Kawachi said. “There’s been a couple of delays that have put a little bit of a damper on things, but the staff, community and especially the players and the coaches are now very excited about having a facility we can call our own. We’re looking forward to some great games and matches for years to come.”

The original grand opening planned for September was postponed when there was a dispute over pouring concrete for the building’s driveway.

Then there was another delay because they had to make small additions and changes to the gym to qualify for a county certificate of occupancy.

“You can sense a certain amount of excitement around campus since our digital media students have been broadcasting on KVIKS (school’s televised morning broadcast) student interviews in preparation of the first game,” Hilo High Principal Robert Dircks said. “It is definitely an exciting time for all of our present, future and past Vikings.”

Members of the girls basketball booster club were expected to be on hand selling concessions, but school officials said food won’t be allowed inside the new gym for the foreseeable future.

“They’ll have hot dogs and hamburgers, and probably some plate special. . But one of the things we’re going to enforce, because it (the gym) is so new, is that no food and drinks will be allowed in the gym itself,” Kawachi said.


Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

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