It's been more than seven years since racers have been able to roll out their cars on a quarter-mile track on Oahu. While a new track is still far from being built, a meeting at the 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 nowhere to go.
But there was a surprise Friday at the state capitol. A benefactor has offered to match donations of up to $200,000 dollars in an effort to rebuild a track. The pavement would be put in at the Kalaeloa Raceway Park, but it's owner knows there's a lot that has to be done before getting the green light.
"He's sincere and he's ready but I got to resolve my problem with Hawaiian Homes because what's the sense of putting asphalt down if I cannot come to some kind of agreement," said George "Jr" Grace, Kalaeloa Raceway Park.
The raceway is on a month-to-month permit to use the land owned by the Department of Hawaii Homelands, which says the track's owner is behind more than $20,000 in rent, $5,000 in utilities, and faces fines from the city for $121,000.
"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," said Darrell Young, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
To build a track the DHHL says the raceway would have to 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.
"The new policies shouldn't apply to me because I was from the administration prior. I had promises made, I had documents to prove that I could do certain things," said Grace.
Those things include construction without certain city permits that Grace says DHHL told him they would waive, but he says they've since changed their tune.
"We've lost credibility from this agency slandering me in the news, slandering me all over town. We've lost supporters because of this fight, nobody wants to fight," said Grace.
Both sides say they want to meet and come to terms, but that has yet to happen.
"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," said Young.
"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," said Grace.
A meeting between the two sides is 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.