Delays Plague Student-Funded Recreation Center at UH Manoa

Alia Wong/Civil Beat

When a group of University of Hawaii students campaigned in 2006 to revamp their Manoa campus center, they envisioned a state-of-the-art complex that would include fitness facilities and more space to study and socialize. There would be a range of other upgrades to the three-decade-old student union, too.

The students garnered widespread support from the UH community: more than 2,500 petition signatures from their peers, a resolution of support from the student government and the approval of the Board of Regents, which later that year authorized significant student fee hikes to help pay for the multiphase project.

But many of those students will likely never get to make use of the vast construction project that includes a two-story 64,000-square-foot recreation center replete with a multipurpose gym, indoor jogging track and fitness center for cardiovascular and weight training.

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