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The University of Hawaii sold nearly 85 percent of its available parking passes for Aloha Stadium this fall in one week of an online reverse auction that is expected to produce more than $500,000.

Of the 1,825 passes put up for bid on June 7, only about 300 remained yesterday.

The two most popular locations, the stadium inner circle and Koa lots, totaled 1,245 and have been sold out, according to UH.

All that remain are located in the Kamehameha Highway lot that require a $125 donation. They will stay on sale at, UH said.

Bidding started at $300 for the Kamehameha lot, $350 for the Koa lot and $400 in the inner circle on June 7 and dropped $50 per day.

"We’re very happy with the response," said Vince Baldemor, president of Ahahui Koa Anuenue, the athletic booster club. "It was a ‘win.’"

UH took in $325,000 in parking pass donations last year, but controversy over the process, which left more than 200 people without passes and ran into August, prompted UH to offer online bidding this year.

Baldemor said when the supply of passes is exhausted UH will have received more than $500,000.

Proceeds go to help underwrite scholarships for more than 350 UH student-athletes. A portion of the cost is tax deductible, UH said.

Aloha Stadium has approximately 8,000 parking stalls, of which UH controls about 2,900. Fans purchasing Koa Anuenue packages were accommodated before UH put the balance, 1,825, on sale.

The stadium holds onto approximately 5,000 stalls for game-day sales at $5 per game.


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