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Kakaako fairgrounds developer presents plan

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:36 p.m. HST, Feb 06, 2013

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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Maneki_Neko wrote:
. Good luck to Billy but to the HCDA....can you really face anyone and tell them this furthers your vision for Kaka'ako? The renaissance of the Third City? The source of the new dynamic Honolulu? The new urbanism? This is the best you got?
on February 6,2013 | 04:09PM
sahara11 wrote:
ditto to above sentiment
on February 6,2013 | 04:30PM
nitpikker wrote:
castle park didnt last, this wont either. and they had more to offer!
on February 6,2013 | 05:00PM
false wrote:
I thought Dave & Busters would be gone long ago, but they're still going strong. So there's apparently no shortage of adults and kids who are willing to blow their hard earned money on games in pursuit of worthless prizes. This Kakaako project will probably succeed, but it will also become a hangout for people who need a place to...hang out. Probably not the kind of place you'd want your kid to spend time. I don't see good things ahead for this. Just a feeling.
on February 6,2013 | 06:38PM
Boinx wrote:
kamehameha supports this? good thing the Queen faces mauka...
on February 6,2013 | 07:00PM
false wrote:
there's nothing creepier than an abandoned fairgrounds...
on February 6,2013 | 08:29PM
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