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Eviction of Kalaeloa Raceway Park? Support KRP!

Kalaeloa Raceway Park (KRP) is saddened to announce that earlier today, we received a 30-day Notice of Eviction from the Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL) "Without Reason" per Linda Chinn. 

Everyone on the Kalaeloa Raceway Park Project team is shocked by this letter.  No reason or cause was given by DHHL on why we are being evicted nor have there been any indications that we were to be evicted or that our team has done anything to warrant this.

This comes on the heel of our inaugural events which were by all accounts very successful with over 4,000+ spectators in attendance in addition to the widespread acclaim and news coverage.  DHHL attended our  first SCCA Rally and indicated that no problems were noted during their "due diligence".

As a team, we have strived for the past three years to create a positive, community-driven facility that provides a much needed home for our displaced motorsports enthusiasts.  Literally, thousands of volunteer man-hours and money as well as blood, sweat, and tears have gone into this project since the closure of Hawaii Raceway Park.  In August, we were given the full go ahead by DHHL to open the park for business and did so with great joy in our hearts.  To be evicted now, under two months from our grand opening has left us stunned.

We do not know if this is politically motivated or due to the constant harassment by a very small, minority group of individuals, but the loss of another motorsports facility after the closure of Hawaii Raceway Park is an idea we cannot bear to fathom.

As a team, we intend to fight this eviction notice, and ask that all supporters, enthusiasts, and fans to join with us in support of Kalaeloa Raceway Park.  Due to this hostile climate, we have enlisted the services of an attorney and will be taking the steps necessary to protect this volunteer effort as much as possible in an effort to continue this public service for our community.

If you support Kalaeloa Raceway Park, please attend the DHHL Commission Meeting and voice your thoughts on this injustice.  The date is yet to be finalized but we will have it announced once we get final clarification.  It will be either the 18th or 19th of this month. 

Their address is:
Hale Kalaniana'ole
91-5420 Kapolei Parkway
Kapolei, HI 96707

In addition, a Letter of Support can be sent or faxed to our attorney, Mr. Gary Shigemura at the following address:

EMAIL: brice@shigemura.com
Brice Ueda
Law Offices of Gary Y. Shigemura
Topa Financial Center
745 Fort St, Ste.700
Honolulu, HI. 96813
Fax # 537-9430

A template maybe found at the official KRP website by clicking on the SUPPORT! banner on the homepage.

This is a very dark time for our motorsports community.  We will meet this challenge head-on, and are committed to continuing our efforts to provide a place to race as we have every step of the way in this journey.  We hope that our supporters will join us in defense of Kalaeloa Raceway Park.  In the meantime, all events will continue as planned.

Mahalo,

Michael Kitchens,
Volunteer Track Coordinator
& Public Relations

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