Pali Lanes supporters launch, then pull GoFundMe campaign
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Pali Lanes supporters launch, then pull GoFundMe campaign


    Evan Weber, third from right, is leading a petition and community support for preserving Pali Lanes in Kailua. The community rallying to save the Pali Lanes building in Kailua launched a GoFundMe campaign Monday, aiming to raise $5,000.


The community rallying to save the Pali Lanes building in Kailua initially launched a GoFundMe campaign on Monday, aiming to raise $5,000, but has since postponed it for a future date.

Christian Arakawa, president of the Pali Youth Junior Bowlers, said the online campaign will be launched at a later time.

There is, however, a bowling fundraiser this Saturday at Pali Lanes. From 1:30 to 5 p.m. or 6 to 9:30 p.m., bowlers can donate $30 in exchange for three games, shoe rentals, a bento lunch and raffle ticket.

Supporters of Pali Lanes delivered a petition with more than 5,000 signatures to the Bishop Street headquarters of property owner Alexander & Baldwin on Feb. 28. The signatures were collected in an online campaign dubbed “#SavePaliLanes,” which was launched a few days before Christmas by community activist Evan Weber of Our Kailua, and also collected on paper at the bowling alley’s front counter by co-owner Art Machado.

A&B acquired Pali Lanes at 120 Hekili St. and the 1.7 acres it sits on as part of a portfolio of commercial properties primarily in Kailua from Kaneohe Ranch and the Harold K. L. Castle Foundation in November 2013. It announced last year that after Jan. 31, 2019, it plans to redevelop the property after the bowling alley’s lease expires.

In addition to delivering the petition, supporters of Our Kailua packed the Kailua Neighborhood Board meeting on Thursday to testify about why it was so important to them.

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