WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A company is slowing down its proposal for a new thrill ride on Oahu's south shore. Waikiki Beach Activities is delaying its plan to install two zip lines over the lagoon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
In March, the Board of Land and Natural Resources approved a six-month pilot project, but the company decided to step back and address the concerns of some members.
"It's going to put the process back, 4, 5, 6 months, but at the end of this, we will all know the answers to those questions. Is noise a factor? Will there be sight line issues? Will there be crowd control issues? Are there cultural issues?" explained Robert Martin, president of Waikiki Beach Activities.
Martin said an environmental assessment is halfway done and should be finished in a couple of months. The business will then ask the state to approve a long-term operation. The Coconut Glide aerial tour would start from the sixth floor of a parking garage and extend roughly 1,000 feet down to the makai end of the lagoon.
"This is not going to go fast because we want people to enjoy the view, but the truth of the matter is when you step off of a six-story building into the air, that is of course a bit of a thrill," Martin said.
The company is asking for community input. Representatives will answer questions at the Waikiki Neighborhood Board meeting on July 14 at 7 p.m. at the Waikiki Community Center.
"Safety, noise. The ones I've seen, people get on them and they scream all the way down. I'm sure if that happens, the house guests of the Hilton Hawaiian Village will complain," said Robert Finley, chair of the Waikiki Neighborhood Board.
"We just hope that the public understands that anything new gets everybody wondering and sometimes worried. We feel the same way and we respect their concerns. We ask that people to be of open mind," said Martin.
If the approval process goes smoothly, Martin said the zip line tour could be up and running early next year.