In October, Alii International Enterprises proposed building a recreational facility in Kakaako. The proposal included a Go-kart track, miniature golf course, wave pool, skate park and other amusement rides at 222 Ahui Street. The Hawaii Community Development Authority yesterday held a public hearing on the proposal.
It’s an ambitious plan, turning a blighted city block in the heart of Kakaako into an amusement park complete with go-cart racing, a rock wall, a skate park, a miniature golf course, a sky dive tower, and a wave machine. Billy Balding of Alii International Enterprises, LLC envisions the park as a place where both visitors and tourists alike can unwind. He plans on investing as much as $10 million, and hopes to open by May 31.
Imagine a place in Kakaako that features go-kart racing, wave pool surfing, amusement rides, and other activities for the family. “It’s not going to be like a ride facility that you go and get on carnival rides. There are a few, but most of it is things that a lot of us like to enjoy in the open air,” local businessman Billy Balding said.
$10M amusement park proposed for Kakaako (HawaiiNewsNow)
Go kart racing, an indoor skydiving chamber and a wave pool are all part of a proposed $10 million amusement park planned for Kakaako. Alii Enterprises unveiled its plans for the new park at the site of the long vacant lot on Ala Moana during a meeting held by the Hawaii Community Development Authority today. Billy Balding, Alii’s owner, said the project will create 35 to 45 jobs.
Kakaako fairgrounds developer presents plan (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
The developer of a planned year-round fairgrounds in Kakaako made his first public presentation of the project today to Hawaii Community Development Authority, offering new details and answering questions about the $10 million proposal. Besides a go-kart track, surfing wave pool, skateboard park, miniature golf course and kiddie amusement rides, the planned fairgrounds would include a zip-line, indoor skydiving tower and a bungee jump.
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