Hawaii athletics facilities: Gym I renovation complete, track in progress

The refurbishment of Gym I is complete. / Photo by Brian McInnis

The other half of David Matlin’s “game-changer” upgrades to Hawaii’s basketball and volleyball practice facilities has been realized.

That’s what the $9-10 million project was called by the UH athletic director last year. And reality appears to have lived up to vision.

Gym I, the ground-level counterpart to the already completed Gym II, was recently unveiled for use by UH student-athletes. Like Gym II, which was completed in December, it is climate-controlled, with brand-new floors, paint, lighting and acoustics.

Of critical importance, work was completed before the start of Rainbow Wahine volleyball full practices in early August.

Gym I’s volleyball emphasis was made pretty clear by the painting of the flooring; the three volleyball courts spanning the gym received the dominant paint, lines and markings. The basketball hoops are there, of course, but there are fewer than in Gym II and the lines of the courts are superseded by volleyball flooring.

It’s a reasonably close approximation to this rendering from 2017.

In that story, Matlin told Ferd Lewis, “The renovation of Gym 1 and Gym 2 are transformational opportunities for the Wahine/Warrior basketball and volleyball programs. It will be a safer environment, assist with recruiting and continue to help us to have more productive practices. We appreciate the Legislature for providing funding and the (university’s) facilities and executive team for all of their efforts to continue to move this project forward.”

Some more photos of the new facility:

The view upon entry.
There’s a tapa design in the flooring along the baselines not present in Gym II.
There’s an encased TV on the makai-side wall.
Behind Gym I, the old gravel lot was paved over.
The climate control apparatus on the exterior.
A vestige of the old, old Gym I is still visible on the exterior.

Here’s a refresher on how Gym I looked pre-renovation:

UPDATE: From Cindy Luis, here’s a photo of a piece of the old Gym I flooring that men’s volleyball coach Charlie Wade kept as a keepsake.

The old floor (including where a post was inserted).


Meanwhile, the long-awaited replacement of the Ching Complex track is underway. A new asphalt bedding has been installed surrounding the football practice field. The actual new track still must be put in to complete the roughly $2 million project.

Matlin told Hawaii Warrior World that the completion target of the track is the “end of August.”

Workers stood on the asphalt of the new T.C. Ching Complex track bedding.
The wide view of the new track installment in progress.


Some additional good news for UH staff and fans: Looks like Lower Campus Road is receiving some much-needed attention. Construction crews had torn up much of the section leading into the parking structure, an area frequently marred by potholes.


  1. H-Man July 16, 2019 1:07 pm

    Yeah, progress.

  2. Ran July 16, 2019 1:39 pm

    The pics of the renovations are just as exciting as the football practices pics…Great upgrades…now we just need an area for honoring teams, championships, and players for public viewing like most Power 5 athletics departments have (e.g USC, UCLA, Arizona State, etc).

  3. J-Dog July 16, 2019 1:56 pm

    Would be curious to know if Rolo has the rights to the “Live Aloha Play Warrior” phrase.

  4. Bogos July 16, 2019 5:18 pm

    Do you know if the new track is going to be built wider so they can eventually install new turf or real grass to make a regulation size soccer field at the Ching complex?
    Then they just need a scoreboard and can host Wahine soccer games there.

  5. Brian McInnis July 16, 2019 6:32 pm

    Hey Bogos,

    Last time I spoke to David Matlin about this, which was several months ago, he indicated that the track dimensions will be the same this time. He left open the possibility of widening the track for the installation of the next one, once the coming one ends its usefulness (probably a decade-plus down the line).

  6. turfwar July 16, 2019 7:43 pm

    Mahalo for keeping us informed and up to date Brian. The pics put everything in perspective for fans.

  7. roygbivs July 16, 2019 8:33 pm

    I like see those upgrades in the SSC!?!

    Thanks BM. Looking Sweet!!!

  8. Bogos July 17, 2019 7:56 am

    Thanks Brian. Too bad because they have the soccer locker rooms in the Ching complex already.
    Now with dream money and knowing a new stadium will be built soon, UH should plan to build a football facility on the upper grass practice fields near the pond. Weight room, cafeteria, lounge, coaches offices, etc all in one building. Have it three stories and link it up to Dole St so they can go to class easier. That would be a “game changer.”

  9. Na Alii Pride July 17, 2019 2:44 pm

    #8 Bogos – I like it! I hope that comes to fruition one day. It seems as though the legislature and upper campus have been much more supportive in recent years to help athletics. I’m glad they see it as an investment in the university.

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