Underage drinking enforced at UH tailgate

13 Honolulu Liquor Commission agents were at Lamar game

Published  5:00 PM HST Sep 15, 2012
Aloha Stadium parking lot
HONOLULU -

Law enforcement and the Honolulu Liquor Commission beefed up their presence at the University of Hawaii football team's first game of the season at Aloha Stadium Saturday.

Some fans who were tailgating weren't too happy about it.

"It makes sense that they want to do it, but they should maybe not be so strict about it in a sense.  Sometimes they get a little angry with us," said UH student Cecilia Lozoya.

There were 13 agents from the liquor commission alone.  KITV was told that there's usually only five at games.

Agencies are concentrating on the area around Pole 11.  They are asking for IDs of anyone who looks under 21.

"Pole 11 is a gathering place for the students and a lot of drinking here," said Greg Nishioka of the Honolulu Liquor Commission. "Whether it's organized or not we don't have that information."

"Pole 11 is a great way for students to come together.  I know the underage [drinking] is a big problem but I feel like it's important for the student section, for people getting hyped up and getting a lot of people into the game and ready to cheer on the team," said UH student Adam Bankson.

Nana Ohkawa asked UH student Zachary Pacheco, "Have you ever seen this much supervision before at a game?"  Pacheco answered, "I, personally, have not."

But, most students say even with more enforcement present they will stay in this same area.  The agents are not sure if they will continue the same amount of enforcement for every home game, but they say they will continue to keep an eye on this area.

No citations were issued by the liquor commission.

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