But the plan angered Manoa residents, who said they weren't included in the process and worried about traffic and late night noise.
"Maybe the Wongs didn't think they had a duty to invite the community and to inform neighborhood boards," said Manoa resident Ellen Watson.
In 2015, the park missed the deadline to begin construction and applied to extend its permit, but was ultimately denied.
Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang of Halau Hula Ka No'eau testified Friday that the park would help house his hula artifacts, while educating visitors. He's confident those plans will eventually happen, but park owners will now have to start the permitting process from the beginning.
Darryl Wong, son of the park's original developer, said that's what he hopes to do.
"We're probably going to reapply again and come back to it," he said. "The plan is still intact, we're not going to change the plan because it's about culture."