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In support of KRP!

Dear Motorsports Enthusiasts & Supporters,

With the recent creation of an anti-KRP Facebook page by Evelyn Souza, as well as the constant attacks on our project, we simply felt it would be appropriate to show all of our motorsports enthusiasts and supporters just exactly what we have been up against for the past few years. It is a personal and biased vendetta that has caused us a great deal of hardship and has delayed our progress. It's hard to believe that at one time, she was on our side. In the end, we only ask that if you support Kalaeloa Raceway Park to please let DHHL & the HCDA know so that we may counter this negative propaganda! Call or write-in, and let your voices be heard! 

Please follow the below link for an informative anti-KRP email we recently received. (Link fixed!)

Raceway Track Status Email

And the referenced 2008 HCDA Presentation where we answer the HCDA & Kalaeloa Public Safety committee's concerns in an exhaustive fashion:

2008 HCDA Presentation

 

KRP! Open for business!


Kalaeloa Raceway Park is now open! 

It's a fantastic day for Oahu motorsports enthusiasts!  KRP is now officially authorized to begin running events!  To set the record straight, we are a grassroots effort that will be running what we can on what we have available.  Nothing is fully constructed yet, but we are well on our way.  The facility will be constructed in phases with the first events consisting primarily dirt and mixed-terrain motorsports such as Sand/Mud Drags, Rally Cross, etc.


Our first Rallycross event will be held on Saturday, Sept 25th, with the first Sand Drag event the following day on Sunday, Sept 26th.  Early in the month of October, there will be an official groundbreaking ceremony for the new 1/4th mile Dirt Oval.  This is the first phase of the project. 


The next phase will be the construction of the asphalt racing surfaces necessary to do drifting, autocross, go-karting, etc.  For drag racers, we are working through the process in order to facilitate the construction of a drag strip...the best we can do at the moment will be a 60-footer test N' tune launch pad/burnout box, possibly more.


Drag racers, please be patient with us as we are doing our best to provide for you and we are working on some big plans for you. There will be much more to come...this is a very long term project, and although we cannot provide for everyone immediately, our eventual goal is to do just that.  It will just take time, money, and most importantly, your support. 


We would like to thank Leolani Kini, our rep for DHHL, whose support has been sorely appreciated.  Thanks to the Department of Hawaiian Homelands for making this project a reality as well as our contacts at the City and State as well as the community organizations that have walked this journey with us.


It is with great pride and appreciation that I would like to thank my fellow KRP Project Members...George & Jeanette Grace Jr., Chris Messer, Tom Bryant, Koa, Keoki, Hungry (there's so many!)...basically ALL of the hard working Paradise Lua crew that are out there actually BUILDING the track, and every single person that has put forth the effort and support to making this day and this dream happen.


We would like to give special thanks and love to our wives for standing by us for the past three and a half years as we put our hearts and souls into this project.  This is an unbelievable blessing...and something long overdue for our community of dedicated motorsports enthusiasts.


And finally, again, special thanks to George & Jeanette Grace Jr.  Without their love, their dedication, and their "putting their money where their mouth is"...this simply wouldn't have become a reality. 


If you are interested in how you can help, how you can support, or have any questions or comments, please send your email to chairman@buildthetrack.com


Mahalo to all of you, thank you for your support, and see you at the races at KRP!


Michael J. Kitchens
Volunteer Track Coordinator/Public Relations

 

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Special thanks to Admantium for the last pic!
   

RIP Wilfred "Da Bear" Moniz - August 27, 1947 ‐ August 5, 2010

RIP Wilfred "Da Bear" Moniz. Our condolences to the Moniz family. Please pass this press release on for his funderal & memorial to be held tomorrow at 5:30 at Mililani Memorial Park. It is the family's express wishes that we all remember those who had such passion for racing, but will not be able to see a new facility on Oahu. We will have a memorial race for those passed, and in their honor at the earliest opportunity.

Wilfred "Da Bear" Moniz Funeral & Memorial Press Release

   

KRP Open House & Status Update!


Bring your friends and family down to Kalaeloa Raceway Park's Open House!  We're inviting all motorsports enthusiasts to attend!  Dust off your racecar and bring it down!  Wax up your ride and show it off!  Better yet, bring your family and friends down for a great day of fun in the sun as we announce some major updates for our motorsports community!  Please spread the word, pass on the flyer, and deliver the news by word of mouth!


For media or info inquiries, please contact Michael Kitchens @ (808) 782-7432.


KRP Open House Flyer

Directions to KRP:  From H1 West Bound, take the Kapolei Exit onto Fort Barrette Road to Roosevelt Avenue.  Take a right onto Coral Sea ending at Kalaeloa Raceway Park just before the intersection of Tripoli Road.


KRP Directions

   

Meeting with Gubernatorial Candidate Neil Abercrombie


Neil Abercrombie, a candidate for the Governor of Hawaii and former US Representative, recently released a public statement (Click Here!) in support of a motorsports facility. Intrigued by this, as well as encouraged by those of you who left comments on our Facebook page, our BTT! team (SORT/OMAC) asked Neil for a personal meeting to discuss his thoughts and to pick his brain on why he supports a motorsports facility.


Today, we had that meeting, and personally, I feel it was a a positive experience. I'd like to recap my personal opinion. Take this as you will, I am not trying to influence your political opinion on this. I'm just going to tell you how I saw things.


We sat down with Neil, and we had a one-on-one with him, and asked him questions that we thought were important. He expressed full-on support for the creation of a motorsports facility. He believes that a motorsports facility can provide alot of things, including boosting our local economy, providing peer guidance for our youth, an outlet that can provide a solid alternative to street racing so that we can keep our friends and families safe all while giving our motorsports enthusiasts a place to follow their automotive passions. All of which are things that our team already support and believe in.


I've got to say, I was impressed with his candor. One of the first things he asked was "Why has it taken so long? What have been the problems facing you?". And of course, we laid it out for him so he could see where we're coming from.


During the meeting, he was quite personable, and seemed to be looking well beyond the here and now, and more at the long term future of what it would take to get something done beyond a temporary facility. He asked what type of space we need, what type of support, what types of events would be run, the whole kit and kaboodle, and we even talked about the infrastructure already in place, as well as alternative motorsports that could be held.


I must say, I came away impressed, and very encouraged by his expressions of support. Politics is, of course, politics...but when someone holds out their hand and says "We'll make it happen", I certainly have to give them the benefit of the doubt. I always have. If you have any questions, please feel free, and I'll follow up with an answer to the best of my ability. I certainly would like to thank Neil and his staff for the great meeting we had, and I can only hope that something great will come of all this. At the very least, we have a very strong political supporter of our motorsports passion...and that's something quite new for all of us. Pictured from left to right are: Tom Bryant, Michael Kitchens, Neil Abercrombie, George Grace Jr., and Chris Messer.


Please Click Here for Neil Abercrombie's Public Statement Supporting a Motorsports Facility


 

SORT/OMAC with Neil Abercrombie

 

   

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