Toyota U.S.A. forked over a $500,000 rental fee to the University of Hawaii to hold a private Aerosmith concert at the Les Murakami Stadium on September 29. The concert was part of the Toyota Motor Sales USA National Dealer Meeting.
The half-a-million dollars included the use of the Stan Sheriff Center and Cooke Field which housed other exhibits. In preparation for the convention, UH closed off the entire lower campus and removed all speed bumps on Lower Campus Road.
While the UH Athletics Department is happy with the arrangement, others are questioning why the athletics department was allowed to rent and collect the fee from campus facilities when the upkeep and building are funded by UH as a whole.