Alexander and Baldwin says it wants to preserve Kailua's Pali Lanes
?Developer Alexander and Baldwin announced a change of plans concerning Pali Lanes in Kailua. Instead of getting rid of it, they now want to preserve it. The bowling alley opened in 1961. Over the years, the 24 lanes hold memories for many.
"I’ve been in the bowling business for 48 years and I look forward to see people smiling, kids enjoying just rolling the ball," Arthur B. Machado, one of the Pali Lanes owner, said.
The bowling alley was at risk of being torn down when land owner A&B proposed using the land to develop other community spaces. But after facing years of community outcry, it now says it's considering all options.
"We're very committed to listening to the community, understanding their interests and their needs," Darren Pai, director of corporate communications, Alexander & Baldwin said. "They really want to preserve the character of their community. Many people also want to see bowling remain."
Machado says one of his concerns is a lack of clarity on what happens after next January when their lease is up. He says he needs a longer lease because repairs and maintenance at the facility take time and money.
“It seems that people in business really forget the community makes a lot of difference," he said.
A&B claims it offered to continue the lease as they try to figure out what to do with the facility. It also has to assess the economic sustainability of the business but also consider the history of how other bowling businesses struggled in Hawaii.
"We have to be responsible and make sure we consider all available possibilities so that’s why we’re reaching out to other bowling operators to see what options are available," Pai said.
For now, both sides are back on the bargaining table to discuss the future of this historic neighborhood business.