Foundation planning blockbuster ‘Fire Up Da Imu’ benefit
LAHAINA — Work continues on the new track and field at Lahainaluna High School. Scheduled to be completed in June, the project is the first phase of a planned multi-purpose sports and events stadium at the school.
While that work continues, the Lahainaluna High School Foundation’s Stadium Development Committee is busy planning their signature event, "Fire Up Da Imu."
This pre-season party — a community celebration for the new track and field — will precede the first football game to be played on the new Matrix surface. Festivities will also include a formal dedication of the field.
"Fire Up Da Imu," now in its third year, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 14, on Boarders’ Field from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will feature live entertainment by the school’s band and cheer squads, great music, a Keiki Fun Zone and food by Cool Cat Cafe.
Joining the celebration (through the efforts of Times Supermarket) will be Jesse Sapolu, former San Francisco 49er, Farrington High and University of Hawaii graduate, two-time Pro Bowl standout and owner of four Super Bowl rings.
Neil Everett, ESPN television and radio personality, will call the play-by-play with Walter Chihara between the Lunas and the Kalaheo Mustangs.
“We are really looking forward to a festive and fun afternoon,” commented Rob Shelton, Lahainaluna High School Foundation president.
“Admission to the ‘Fire Up Da Imu’ event is absolutely free with the purchase of a game ticket, so we really want people to come up, have a good time and celebrate the completion of the first phase of the stadium. We will have lots of fun activities for the whole family.”
The temporary home for the stadium’s “Path of Champions” brick paver program will also be unveiled during the event. Ordering your paver by May 31 will ensure that it will be installed in time for the August event.
Brick pavers can still be ordered by visiting the new website, www.re-dotheimu.com, and downloading the form there.
Also available are Red Zone and event sponsorships. The Red Zone is an area on Boarders’ Field that will provide an opportunity for LHS alumni, civic groups and businesses to be able to attend the event within the comforts of their own tent.
Event sponsorships are also available. Information for both programs can be found on the new website, or contact Development Coordinator Jeff Rogers at 214-2839 or firstname.lastname@example.org.