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Kailua residents, canines await dog park

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Kailua resident Michael McKenna-Widener, right, and husband John Widener stand with their dogs, Keola Kai, left, and Ellie Mae, not shown, outside the lot of a proposed dog park and outdoor center along Hamakua Drive. State and city officials in October 2018 announced it would be “state of the art,” and boasted of bringing the first dog park to Windward Oahu, along with a playground, exercise equipment, and climbing walls with $3.8 million in the budget to get it done. It has been 14 months, and the lot sits empty, overgrown with weeds.
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Kailua resident Michael McKenna-Widener, left, and husband John Widener stand with their dogs, Keola Kai, bottom left, and Ellie Mae outside the lot of a proposed dog park and outdoor center along Hamakua Drive on Saturday.
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Kailua residents Jessica Hawkins, left, and her dog Magic, far left, greet Michael McKenna-Widener, middle, and husband John Widener with their dogs, Keola Kai, right, and Ellie Mae outside the lot of a proposed dog park and outdoor center along Hamakua Drive.
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Kailua resident Jessica Hawkins stands outside the lot of a proposed dog park and outdoor center with her dog Magic, middle, and Ellie Mae, who belongs to Michael McKenna-Widener and John Widener, along Hamakua Drive.
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Kailua residents Jessica Hawkins, middle, and her dog Magic, far left, greet Michael McKenna-Widener, right, and husband John Widener, left, with their dogs, Keola Kai, middle, and golden retriever Ellie Mae outside the lot of a proposed dog park and outdoor center along Hamakua Drive.
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Kailua residents Lori Davidson, from left, Michael McKenna-Widener, husband John Widener, and Jessica Hawkins stand with their dogs outside the lot of a proposed dog park and outdoor center along Hamakua Drive.
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Nui Boy, a red Siberian husky belonging to Kailua resident Lori Davidson, stands with fellow canine friends Keola Kai, middle, and Ellie Mae outside the lot of a proposed dog park and outdoor center along Hamakua Drive. Also pictured at middle is Michael McKenna-Widener.
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Magic, who belongs to Kailua resident Jessica Hawkins, right, peers into the camera outside the lot of a proposed dog park and outdoor center along Hamakua Drive.
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Magic, who belongs to Kailua resident Jessica Hawkins, right, peers into the camera outside the lot of a proposed dog park and outdoor center along Hamakua Drive.
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Nui Boy, left, a red Siberian husky belonging to Kailua resident Lori Davidson, stands with fellow canine friends Keola Kai, middle, and Ellie Mae outside the lot of a proposed dog park and outdoor center along Hamakua Drive.
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Magic, who belongs to Kailua resident Jessica Hawkins, right, stands with fellow canines and human friends, including Lori Davidson and Nui Boy, middle, outside the lot of a proposed dog park and outdoor center along Hamakua Drive.
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Kailua residents Lori Davidson, left, Jessica Hawkins, and Michael McKenna-Widener stand with their dogs outside the lot of a proposed dog park and outdoor center along Hamakua Drive.