Poles at Old A’s will be removed after Feb. 23 event


A handful of utility poles erected for the first-ever Hawaii Lineman’s Rodeo slated for Feb. 23 at the Old Kona Airport Park will be taken down following the event.

The poles, located makai of the Makaeo Events Pavilion, will be used by contenders in the lineman’s rodeo, which is sponsored by the Hawaiian Electric companies and International Brotherhood of Electric Workers Local 1260. A lineman’s rodeo is a friendly competition among electric utility and contractor teams to highlight skills, safety and education in overhead electric work.

More than 40 teams hailing from Hawaii and the mainland will compete in the event, which is free and open to the public. The experienced and apprentice teams will compete in a “hurt man” rescue, pole climbing and other simulated challenges.

The Hawaii Island Food Basket and Toys for Tots will also be taking donations during the event.

Hawaiian Electric, which includes Hawaii Electric Light Co., is paying for the associated improvements and poles to be erected and taken down, said Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation Deputy Director Bob Fitzgerald. The county will assume ownership of the poles thereafter and an additional pavilion may be built. The county will also keep all of the mulch and sand used.