Racing supporter will match donations of up to $200k for asphalt race trackUPDATED 11:16 PM HST Jan 17, 2014Video Transcript
engines! Good evening, I'm Yunji de Nies. Kenny Choi has the night off. Drag racing COULD return to Oahu. KITV4's Brenton Awa is live with our top story. Brenton? Yunji -- It's been more than 7- years since racers have been able to roll out their cars on a quarter mile track on Oahu... And while a new track is still far from being built -- a meeting at our state capitol offered a glimmer of hope. After decades of racing in Kapolei -- the brakes were put on at Hawaii Raceway park permanently back in 2006. That left Oahu drag racers in the dust -- with no where to go. But a surprise today at the state capitol -- where one man stepped up and offered to match donations of up to 200-thousand dollars in an effort to rebuild a track. The pavement would go here at the new Kalaeloa Raceway Park but it's owner knows there's a lot that has to be done before getting the green light. 1141 - RACE "HE'S SINCERE AND HE'S READY BUT I GOT TO RESOLVE ME PROBLEM WITH HAWAIIAN HOMES BECAUSE WHATS THE SENSE OF PUTTING ASPHAULT DOWN IF I CANNOT COME TO SOME KIND OF AGREEMENT." The raceway is on a month to month permit to use this land -- owned by the Department of Hawaii Homelands -- who says the tracks owner is behind more than 20- thousand-dollars in rent -- 5- thousand in utilities -- and facing fines from the city for 121- thousand-dollars. 313 - 325 - DHHL "IT WAS RENT DELINQUENCY, UTILITY DELINQUENCY, CURING THE VIOLATIONS THAT THEY HAVE WITH THE CITY AND OBTAINING MASS GRADE AND STOCK PILING PERMITS FOR THE ACTIVITIES THAT THEY DO." To build a track -- the DHHL says the Raceway would have become "compliant" with it's permit... But the parks owner says the DHHL has changed it's policies since he first started renting -- and broke its promises. 915 - RACE "THE NEW POLICIES SHOULDNT APPLY TO ME BECAUSE I WAS FROM THE ADMINISTRATI ON PRIOR. I HAD PROMISES MADE, I HAD DOCUMENTS TO PROVE THAT I COULD DO CERTAIN THINGS." Those things include construction without certain city permits that George Grace says DHHL told him they would waive -- but he says they've since changed their tune. 1105 - RACE "WE'VE LOST CREDIBILITY FROM THIS AGENCY SLANDERING ME IN THE NEWS, SLANDERING ME ALL OVER TOWN. WEVE LOST SUPPORTERS BECAUSE OF THIS FIGHT, NOBODY WANTS TO FIGHT. And that's where it gets tricky -- Both sides say they want to meet and come to terms -- but that -- has yet to happen. 411 DHHL "THEY WOULD JUST NEED TO SCHEDULE A MEETING WITH US, AGAIN WE WOULD BE TALKING ABOUT CURING THE PAST VIOLATIONS FIRST BEFORE WE MOVE TO ANYTHING NEW." 1219 - RACE "WE CAN BRING EVERYTHING UP TO CURRENT, WE CAN DO ANYTHING THAT WE NEED TO DO BUT WE HAVE TO SIT DOWN AND TALK AND I CANNOT GET THEM TO DO THAT." So when the two sides will meet -- thats still up in the air... The owner of the raceway says they'll be waiting on DHHL to return their messages. DHHL says it'll be waiting on the raceway to comply before any meeting happens. So as for that new track -- the possibility is there -- but it's far from a sure bet.