Light exhibit in Kaka'ako could come as soon as next yearUPDATED 10:42 PM HST Aug 20, 2013Video Transcript
The Kaka'ako Waterfront park could be getting a make-over. KITV4's Brenton Awa has details on plans to transform part of the area into a light exposition. Lights like these could soon become a permanent display in town. The Kaka'ako Waterfront Park is roughly 30 acres of grass hills and walking paths. There's plans to make nine of those -- a family friendly light exhibit called the Kaka'ako Illuminage light park. 325 - 335 "WE LOOK TO GENERATE SOME POSITIVE GATHERING PLACE ACTIVITIES AND AT THE SAME TIME HELP US TO SUSTAIN THE OPERATIONS AND THE MAINTANENCE OF THE PARK." The Hawaii Community Development Authority says it costs about a million-dollars a year to maintain the area. It currently relies on agency funding. But the HCDA wants the park to sustain itself. To do that -- it must first get authorization to negotiate with the potential developer -- Illuminage Group. The company -- originally from Japan created this light exhibit for Christmas in Kaka'ako last year. If approved -- the display could be up and running by September of 2014. 435 - 447 "A PARK SUCH AS THIS DOESN'T REQUIRE A LOT OF NEW STRUCTURES, IT REQUIRES SETTING UP EXHIBITS, IT REQUIRES SETTING UP TICKET BOOTHS AND COMFORT FACILITIES FOR USERS OF THE PARK." Also in the plans are photovoltaic panels to power the park. Guests would see two types of lights. One called "passive" lights designed to move on its own -- which could tell stories through light shows. and the second -- interactive displays. 710 YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET ON A BICYCLE THAT WILL POWER THE DISPLAY AND SERVE TO CHANGE THAT DISPLAY AS YOU SEE IT IN FRONT OF YOU. Tomorrow morning the HCDA will meet to make a decision as to whether or not negotiations can begin with Illuminage Group. If all goes through -- and there's a lot that has to -- including community outreach -- and if the park is developed... HCDA says you'd have to pay a fee to get in. The beach access and walking paths around the area would still be open to use freely.