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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Sunday, May 22, 2005

Map: Kalaeloa (Flash Player is required to view the graphic.)

Advertiser Staff

Bushes and weeds crowd out what once was a mess hall at the former Barbers Point Naval Air Station. A lack of upkeep shrouds a decade-old vision for the shuttered base.

Photos by Gregory Yamamoto • The Honolulu Advertiser

Children in the Makakilo and Kapolei areas use a baseball field that the Navy still owns. Some see the area's transformation as something that will occur over decades in "baby steps."

Control Point employees Carl Loando, front, and Quintin Kea survey land for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.

VIP Sanitation is one of a handful of businesses that operate in Kalaeloa, despite the area's poor roads and lack of infrastructure.

The University of Hawai'i moved its Pacific Aerospace Training Center into what was Hanger 111 when Kalaeloa was a naval air stattion.

Bunkers, dug deep into the ground, still mark Kalaeloa as a former military installation. Uncertainty over the Navy's future plans for the site has hindered its ability to transform itself for civilian use.