By: Lokelani Wilder
This a sad, very personal article for me but after a years-long effort to save Pali Lanes, the Windward Oahu bowling alley closed for good on June 29th.
Daniel Sylva and Arthur Machado, owners of Pali Lanes, said the pandemic made the 60-years old business impossible to sustain. The Kailua bowling alley faced many hardships before the pandemic, but the effects of coronavirus limiting and closing businesses proved to be too difficult to overcome.
As a kid I would bowl with my siblings and friends at Pali Lanes in the youth bowling programs. As an adult, I have volunteered with Special Olympics held there. I am speechless with gratitude because Art and Dan were always extremely generous with both their funding and their time for special needs children and their families.
In announcing the closure, Art and Dan said they greatly appreciate the community’s loyal support over Pali Lane’s 60 years of operation. They will miss seeing the leagues, school groups, senior bowlers, and special needs teams the most.
Art and Dan, the community will miss you. We will miss your commitment and your generosity. You personified what it meant to be both kind and strong. Through Pali Lanes and the other bowling centers that you have operated across the past decades, you touched an immeasurable number of lives in very positive and profound ways. The Windward Community is much better because of you. You will never be forgotten.
Pali Lanes joins a sad growing list of Windward businesses that the pandemic has forced to close after being in operation for decades. More could have been done by our political leaders to prevent these communal lights from being extinguished from our lives.