By Rob Shikina

HONOLULU, HI—A contractor is fighting the University of Hawaii’s decision to proceed with repairs to the football team’s practice field, delaying the project again.

UH’s Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Complex, formerly known as Cooke Field, is currently unusable since the turf has been removed.

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On Aug. 13 the university awarded RMY Construction Inc., the lowest bidder, the $862,381 contract to install new turf, but work has been on hold because of protests from two contractors.

UH has since denied the protests, but CO-HA Builders Inc., doing business as Applied Surfacing Technology, appealed the university’s decision.

The appeal puts repairs at the field on hold again until the issue is resolved, said UH spokesman Gregg Takayama.

A preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday before the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Hearings officer Sheryl Nagata will preside over the case starting Sept. 23.

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