State schedules meeting on water propulsion jet packs

HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state wants to take a closer look at jet propulsion water packs that have become a popular tourist attraction.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources has called a meeting next week Thursday based on concerns raised by the public. The DLNR said comments from the public could lead to regulations on the packs.

H2O Sports in Hawaii Kai is the only company on Oahu that offers the jet pack excursions. The company's owner says the equipment is safe, and isn't thrilled about the extra scrutiny.

"I would view (it) as one of the safer activities that are offered," said Jeff Krantz. "And as far as environmental, is it any more damaging than a jet ski, or another boat? So yeah, I have some concerns commercially."

Krantz said one of the packs costs upwards of $100,000. H2O Sports offers rides at about $149 to $170 each, and can give a maximum of ten rides per day, with an emphasis on safety. "We have a mandatory safety video that everybody watches," said the company's John Pang. "It's about eight minutes long, it goes through every single step, every single safety precaution that we deal with out here."

Krantz said H2O Sports has been offering the jet pack rides for a year and a half and said no one has been injured.

The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. next Thursday at the DLNR offices on Punchbowl Street.

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