Plans in the works for Oahu's first ziplineUPDATED 9:25 PM HST Jan 29, 2014Video Transcript
Plans for Oahui's first major zipline operation are getting underway. A public hearing on the project is just weeks away. Plans call for building a Waimalu Nature Center where zipline tours will be offered. The proposal is to build on 447 acres on land up above the Royal Summit and Newtown subdivisions. KITV-4's Catherine Cruz has the details -- ALL NEW at 6... The signs say no tresspassing but this ridge regularly draws everyone from hikers to dirt and mountaian bikers, to paint ball players and they all park in the neighborhood to get access. Property owners say they don't belong there. - chris lau 4:43- 4:43 - "We feel people are really disrespcting the property so If we are on the property we feel we can manage the property." Waimalu partners is tapping a maui zipline operation-- flying hawaiian to operate the zip tours. But after preliminary meetings with the Waimalu community the company is already running into oppositon. - Pat Mills 13:14-13:20 - "A lot of residents in this newtonw comunity are not so happy with this project. Mills is one of many residents who are nervous about whats to come. She has helped circulate a petition collecting 2000 signatures of people who are against the project even though it is an allowed use of the conservation land. They fear it may change life in the neighborhood. - pat mills 13:41-13: 46 - "Traffic and alot of stangers this is known to be very peaceful. But the company says customers will not be allowed to just drive up to the area. They will have to go to an offsite location to get on vans up to the area. - Chris Lau 3:18- 3:36 -"We estimate there will be two to three van trips at the most we have a traffic study based on 66 one way trips so 33 round trips wihch include the vans as well as staff." Lau says the first zipline will be more than a mile away from the closest home so there shouldnt be much noise. The plan calls for building platforms to support sevenzip lines as part of a two hour nature tour. The company has prepared a draft enviromental assessment and has applied for a conservation use permit. If the land board gives it's blessing on the project, the company extimates it may take six months before it can be up and running. cc 4 news The state land department will hold a public hearing at Waimalu Elementary on February 19th But there should be some activity at the entrance of the site as soon as next week as the company begins some paving and fence work.