Historic Blaisdell Arena gets Update

Stronger and Better Looking

Honolulu, HI, March 27, 2015 – The city of Honolulu is refurbishing the roof of the historic Blaisdell Arena on Ward Avenue. The roof will be repaired and recoated over the course of the next six weeks and will not interfere with any scheduled shows.

The city awarded the project to local company Pacific Industrial Coatings, LLC. Owner Bob Johnson says the hardest part of this project is safety. We are working 75 feet off the ground on a pitched roof, so safety is very important. We consulted with Safety Systems Hawaii and the Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division of the Hawaii Department of Labor to ensure we are taking the right safety measures. The whole PIC Team is extremely excited to be involved in the historic Blaisdell Arena roof project.

We are using elevated time-lapse photography to show the dramatic improvement to this Hawaii landmark. As the Kaka’ako area gets new landmarks, it is important to preserve and restore the treasured ones. Locals have so many good memories tied to these historic buildings, we are proud to be a part of this restoration.

The arena was built in 1964 and symbolized the threshold of Honolulu’s recognition as a major American city. It was also the site of the first concert beamed to worldwide audiences via satellite in 1973, Elvis’ “Aloha from Hawai’i”.

Pacific Industrial Coatings also refurbished the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall roof in 2013.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Val Ernst at 808-441-4020 or email at vernst@pichawaii.us.

Back to News