As the Pro Bowl prepares to debut in Orlando, Fla., this week, a bill in the state Legislature here aims to eventually return the all-star game to Hawaii and add an NFL exhibition game.
House Bill 134, authored by Rep. John Mizuno (D, Kalihi Valley, Kamehameha Heights), would create a “Hawaii Sports Task Force” with the 13-member body set up, in part, to “… plan and coordinate efforts to bring the Pro Bowl back to Hawaii and to establish Hawaii as a host site for a National Football League preseason game … ” among other events, according to the bill that has passed first reading.
The Pro Bowl, which was played at Aloha Stadium every year but two between 1980 and 2016, starts a three-year run in Orlando Sunday.
The NFL has not held a preseason game here since 1976, the second season of Aloha Stadium, when San Francisco and San Diego played.
Mizuno was among the six co-authors of a similar bill last session. Both that bill (HB 2229) and another (HB 1847), which proposed an appointed, unpaid “Sports and Entertainment…