Score a piece of old Waialae Bowl as building prepares for demolition

It’s the end of an era for an iconic building in Kahala.

This week, crews will begin knocking down the old Waialae Bowl.

The building is being knocked down to make way for a new retail and restaurant complex, which includes a new McDonald’s restaurant. Construction should be finished later this summer.

On Feb. 28, 2008, many bowlers took their final trip down memory lane. Waialae Bowl closed for good that night after 50 years in business. The tenant didn’t want to renew the lease from property owner Kamehameha Schools.

Despite efforts to reopen one of Hawaii’s last public bowling alleys, it remained closed for the past nine years with no new tenants.

Last week, Re-use Hawaii salvaged the lanes and gutters and brought the material to its Kakaako warehouse.

“We went in and salvaged all the maple and yellow pine bowling alley. It’s amazing stuff,” said executive director Quinn Vittum.

Crews chopped all 18 lanes in 108 sections that measure 8 feet long by 42 inches wide.

You could turn one into a dining room table, even a desk or a bench. The possibilities for your home or business are endless with a bit of creativity.

“This (plank) is in excellent shape. It was really well kept. Yellow pine is denser then you would imagine. There’s no damage at all,” he said. “I think lot of people might refinish it if they make a coffee table or something. We also have the pieces that have the arrows and dots on them, the inlay, so that’s going to be really neat for people to play around with.”

Re-use Hawaii is located at 200 Keawe Street and is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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