Sunday, August 29, 2010

Kalaeloa Raceway Park - Officially Open Announcement Party.

Yesterday, I drove Abe's car out to the "Open House" that the Kalaeloa
Raceway Park group was holding.

There wasn't a lot of information about what was going to be going on at
this open house other than what what was found here: Their goal was
to keep most of their progress and activities low key to avoid any added
hurdles that could have been created due to rumors or misinterpreted
information. It looks like all their hard work has paid off because they
made a big announcement yesterday that as of yesterday, Kalaeloa Raceway
Park was officially open for business! I won't go into the details of that
because they are all found here:

I took a lot of photos while I was there. I've included several of them
with this post. I was surprised to see the large number of people that were
there, because I hardly knew anything about this event and it seems that
most of my friends knew even less or nothing about up to the morning of the
event. Even I had not decided if I would be going to the open house until
the day before because I don't like going into things that I don't know
enough about.

When I sat with some friends in one of the tents, I was beginning to think
we may be at a political fundraising event. I felt this way because of the
lack of information and because it looked like the event was being sponsored
by Neil Abercrombies Campaign with all the Abercrombie signs everywhere. I
do not know to what extent the Abercrombie Campaign was involved in this
event, but I am certain his campaign volunteers were there in force helping
to serve the free food that hundreds of people stood in line for. My
Twitpic also made it on the Neil Abercrombie Facebook Page: :)

Anyway, this was not a political event. It was the official announcement
party of Kalaeloa Raceway Park! The only political words made by one of the
speakers was his recommendation to everyone there to vote! He said that he
doesn't care who we all vote for, but please do vote for someone!

While this track does not have any paved courses yet, at least a
raceway park is officially available on the island. The years of not
having a race track has significantly changed my life. I am now
married, have changed careers and have a Scion as my daily vehicle.
My track car has been totally stripped down to the metal and has been
in the shop for nearly 5 years. Without having any idea of what I
would do with the car after spending thousands of hours of labor and
thousands of dollars on my car, motivation to complete the rebuild has
been lacking. After the combination of driving Abe's car down to the
track and learning that we now actually have made progress by having
Kalaeloa Raceway Park as an official venue for racing, my motivation
has a new spark of life!

My thanks and appreciation go out to all that are involved in the
Kalaeloa Raceway Park's accomplishments and to the supporters of
Hawaii's Motorsports communities.

Sent via Nexus One Mobile.
Rick Nakama (R) GRI SFR SRES
808.382.6761 M

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