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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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