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Kakaako fairgrounds developer presents plan

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COMPodium Raceway opened it's doors on New Year Day as Oahu's first electric kart racing facility located in Kapolei. The high performance karts can reach speeds up to 45 mph with adult races at 14 laps and junior races at 9 laps. The new facility also offers an arcade, Papa John's pizza, and has private party rooms available for small or large groups. Podium Raceway is located at 91-1085 Lexington St. in Barber's Point. For more information, please visit http://podiumraceway.com/go-kart-racing-home.htm.
    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Podium Raceway opened it's doors on New Year Day as Oahu's first electric kart racing facility located in Kapolei. The high performance karts can reach speeds up to 45 mph with adult races at 14 laps and junior races at 9 laps. The new facility also offers an arcade, Papa John's pizza, and has private party rooms available for small or large groups. Podium Raceway is located at 91-1085 Lexington St. in Barber's Point. For more information, please visit http://podiumraceway.com/go-kart-racing-home.htm.

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.

The project led by Billy Balding is slated for a 3-acre parcel leased from Kamehameha Schools near Kakaako Makai Gateway Park fronting Ala Moana.

Balding said his project would employ about 45 people and could begin partial operation as soon as May 31 if the agency gives him the green light.

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