Zip line plans for Oahu not welcomed by allUPDATED 10:56 PM HST Feb 19, 2014Video Transcript
ALL NEW TONIGHT -- it was standing room only for the first public hearing on the issue... KITV4's Brenton Awa has tonights top story. Last year -- the landowner of this 447-acre property in Central Oahu invited a Maui Zip-line company to bring their operation to Waimalu. But tonight -- that invitation was ignored by the area's residents -- concerned the attraction would be more of a distraction. 854 - MARGIE DAVIS "PEOPLE DON'T GET ON ZIP- LINES AND KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT, THEY'RE GOING TO BE SCREAMING AND SQUEALING AND NOISE CARRIES." 1242 - STEVEN TANAKA "ANY RUBBISH THEY THROWING DOWN THE ZIPLINE, EVEN THOUGH IT'S UP HERE, GOING FALL DOWNHILL, TO WHO'S PROPERTY, OURS, RESIDENTS." It's still early for detailed plans -- but Flyin Hawaiian Zipline is gearing up -- to build a Nature Center where zipline tours are offered... The company welcomed the criticism. 1957 - DUANE TING "THAT'S WHY WERE HERE TO HEAR THE CONCERNS OF THE AND TRY AND BE GOOD NEIGHBORS." Residents say the company is not in tune with the land -- that's zoned for conservation. 104 - JERRYMATSUDA "THAT IS A MAJOR WATERSHED OF OAHU AND THIS IS JUST A FOOT IN THE DOOR FOR THE DEVELOPER TO DO SUCH A THING." But the company says to look at their track record -- especially what they've done at their Maui site. 1846 - DUANE TING "WHEN WE STARTED, HAD 12 OF OUR STATE FLOWER, THE HIBISCUS BRACHANRIGEAI??? AND NOW WE HAVE OVER 12- HUNDRED UP THERE." The small amount of residents caught wind of the project last August... 232 - JERRY MATSUDA "THAT SMALL GROUP GREW TO 1,488 SIGNATURES ON A PETITION AGAINST THE ZIP-LINE, AND THAT'S NOTEWORTHY." Flying Hawaiian understands -- but says this is no ordinary development. 2014 - DUANE TING "I DON'T THINK ANYBODY WANTS A ZIP-LINE IN THEIR BACK-YARD, I WOULDN'T EVEN WANT A ZIP-LINE IN A BACK-YARD SO THE CONCERN OF MORE DEVELOPMEN T... THE ZIP-LINES BETTER WITH LESS DEVELOPMEN T, WITH NO DEVELOPMEN T." There was no resolution to tonights meeting -- this was just a chance for the community to be heard by the Department of Land and Natural Resources. We're told the DLNR will take that into consideration as this issue moves forward.