Lieutenant Governor heads new initiative to boost sports businessUPDATED 7:50 PM HST Oct 15, 2013Video Transcript
Pick your favorite sports phrase, because Hawaii wants to hear 'em all! The state wants to corner the sports market... Luring everything from professional teams to youth sports tournaments.. It's all part of a new initiative headed up by the Lieutenant Governor. KITV4's Catherine Cruz has this NEW story at 6... Previous Lieutenant governors tackled APEC, and A-plus. Shan Tsutsui will now be the go-to-guy for boosting Hawaii sports business. In recent years sports in Hawaii have been slumping... It has been touch and go with the Pro Bowl. Even the Sony Open has had to play out of the rough.. Now, the state's putting on its game face.. taking a renewed interest in shoring up sports. - Shan 31 :55 - 32:13 "We have talked to folks who want to have professional soccer here I have been working with HTA and their sports coordinator to enhance these discussions and to let a lot of these professional leagues that that Hawaii is serious about having them be here," The challenge is facilities--whehter you are talking the Aloha Stadium or the the Univeristy of Hawaii. But there are venues on neighbor islands that hold promise: Just yesterday Maui's mayor rolled out plans for a regional park that could one day compete with Oahu for a chance to play host to tournaments - Mayor Alan arakawa Can you imagine base ball football basketball soccer fields?? From professional to college sports to student athletes - David Went Hawaii rugby 35: 30- 35:36 - "We have 600 kids enrolled on rugby on the Big Island. Three in Hilo alone and one in Waimea," There has always lots of talk about beach volleyball and maybe, just maybe tyring to attract some of fastest boats in the world to our waters. - GOV 15:20- 15:43 -"Mr. Ellison and the america;s cup team was well aware that Hawaii was rooting for them when everyone else said they were finished. Yes, of course we would be delighted to work with the America's Cup people and the international yachting community venue here in Hawaii." Big deal sports possibilities... and the first step to drawing them in. You may remember that at one time the LA Lakers trained here, and there were several tries with Hawaii winter baseball. We'll see if this lastest push can hit one out of the park. Back to you.