Newly elected Hawaii Governor Josh Green expressed optimism about the new Aloha Stadium project when asked about the prospects for it on KHON2 News at 7 Wednesday.
“My personal preference as governor-elect is for them to stand still and let our team decide and I will respect any guidelines they give us, but again I also respect that he There is one governor at a time. Governor Ige has been very generous with me. If they have to make decisions, I will do my best,” Green said. “I intend to build a stadium, however . The question, of course, is what we have around the stadium. We have ongoing funding issues. There’s about $350 million already allocated and the costs are high and the state of Hawaii needs to have a stadium.
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The old Aloha Stadium was condemned in December 2020 but still stands in Halawa. No official date was given for its demolition, and no specific timetable was given for the new Aloha Stadium. In July, the 2026 college football season seemed like an early projection, but recent developments have put those plans in motion.
“We are a modern state. I want our children to be able to aspire to have sport in their lives. I want culture to come to Hawaii, I want to be an attraction for big events, so we have to have a stadium,” Green said. “It will generate good economic growth, but damn it, they’ve been wrestling with this for several years with the kind of block funding plan to have the whole entertainment district. That would be the easiest process in my opinion, because all of these meetings have already taken place.
“Again, I’ll respect whatever the governor comes up with, but I’m going to move forward pretty quickly with the stadium because I don’t want it to wait five or six years.”