Aug 12, 2013, 2:20pm HST
Duane Shimogawa | Reporter- Pacific Business News
The developer of a $10 million Kakaako amusement park that will feature a go-cart track, miniature golf course, wave pool, indoor skydiving, skate park, rock climbing wall and several carnival amusement rides has received a key special management area permit from the state.
Alii International Services LLC is headed by Hawaii entrepreneur and extreme sports enthusiast Billy Balding, who has done work as a marine film coordinator and business consultant. He is calling the Kakaako Adventure Park “an urban adventure thrill-tainment and edu-tainment attraction in Kakaako.”
The park, which aims to create 30 jobs, is planned on three acres owned by Kamehameha Schools along Ala Moana Boulevard at 222 Ahui St.
In addition to Balding, the project involves James Owen, former president of Discover Hawaii Tours.
Neither Balding nor Owen could be reached for comment.
Anthony Ching, executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority, which is charged with developing Kakaako among other areas, told PBN that Alii International Services has already received its development permit and is in the process of negotiating a lease with Kamehameha Schools.