After years of maintenance and infrastructure issues, Aloha Stadium is getting a big update. And the update won’t just come to the stadium, it will come to the whole neighborhood.
The corrosion and other maintenance issues led the Stadium Authority to cease public events in the stadium’s seating bowl in 2021, effectively requiring that its key tenant, the University of Hawaii, find a different home venue until the new Aloha Stadium is complete.
COVID set the original timeline into a tailspin. Now, the project is ready to move forward, but, at the writing of this article, an exact timeline is not clear.
A Brief History of Aloha Stadium
Located in Central Oahu, the Aloha Stadium opened the stadium opened back on September 12, 1975 and is Hawaii’s largest outdoor arena at 50,000 seats, and home to the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football team. In addition, the ever-popular Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Marketplace will continue during and after construction at the stadium.
- Multiple NFL games have been played here.
- Pele and the NY Cosmos packed the place on the 70s.
- Some of the musical acts that have performed there include The Rolling Stones, Santana, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and so many more than we have the space to list here.
What To Know About the NASED Project
- A new stadium on the Hālawa site will eliminate the problems with the existing facility while providing the community with a much-needed, modern, multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue for many years to come. The new Aloha Stadium will seat 25,000.
- According to nased.hawaii.gov the business and residential areas of the development will be based upon need.
- The NASED site is in Hālawa, in Central O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. The 98-acre project site is bound on the north by Moanalua Freeway (H201), Queen Liliʻuokalani Freeway (H1) to the east, Kahuapaani Street to the south, and Salt Lake Boulevard to the west.
- As of the writing of this article, projected construction will begin in 2025, with completion by 2028 of the Stadium itself.
Mokulele Airlines is excited to serve Hawai’i and looks forward to updating the project as it develops.