By Myrtle Dalde Reponte
In the September 2013 edition, Lanai Today monthly news posted requests for feedback on what to do with the old bowling alley building in Dole Park on Lanai. I don’t believe that any plans have been firmed up yet, so it’s not too late to express your opinion.
I personally want to see the building remain in its present location, renovated and refurbished as close as possible to the bowling alley, pool hall, and snack bar during Dalde’s Enterprises operation. Also to consider additional lanes and automated pin-setting, of course. An added wing could even include a community center as it is used today displaying pictures of the plantation rolling fields of golden pineapples which we were all so proud of.
Not because I’m a Dalde girl, but more importantly, because the bowling alley was Lanai’s only source of daily recreation and gathering place to play, have a snack, meeting & greeting the seasonals, and just talk story. It was during plantation days when Lanai was as beautiful as it will ever be. It is so nostalgic of our good ol’ Lanai days during our era of golden pines.
Today’s population on Lanai consists of newcomers and the younger generation who never experienced any of this. They, no doubt, out-number the citizens of our era who still live there. Therefore, if we don’t offer our feedback and attempt to preserve memories, the old days nostalgic scene may be gone forever. LACA members would agree, I’m sure, as we realize the younger set is not jumping into LACA activities with enthusiasm to continue leadership for continuity of its purpose and objective.
Granted, Mr. Ellison is doing great things for Lanai and its residents and he is making changes quickly for the betterment of the island and tourism. He is open to Lanaians’ comments and opinions during this major overhaul. This is where we have a voice, so let’s help him close the generational gap by maintaining Lanai’s only history before it drifts away with what was once, The World’s Premier Pineapple Plantation.
I encourage LACA members to email their opinions to Lynn McCrory: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include specific suggestions of what they would like to see happen with the old bowling alley building. This is our prime opportunity to be heard so let’s speak up today.
Aloha and Mahalo!
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