New surf park may be headed to O'ahu's west side
Surfing in Hawaii may be getting a whole new look on land.
A proposed park project called Honokea Surf Village could be built on 19 acres of vacant state land in Kalaeloa
The center of it would include a 5-acre wave pool where big and small waves will be generated for pros and first timers. The proposed plans also include a lazy river, skate park, buildings and more.
Total cost of the project is an estimated $72 million.
It's not clear when construction will begin.
Wednesday, the Hawaii Community Development Authority gave the company HK Management the OK to explore the feasibility of the spot.
KITV reached out to the developers behind the surf village for more details but we have not yet heard back.
The surf world is already familiar with the concept of a "wave pool." Competitions and practice sets are taking place in spots like Kelly Slater's Surf Ranch in California, which is inland and away from the shoreline.
Thursday, surfers and water sport enthusiasts alike are reacting to the plan.
"Would FREE UP A BREAK THAT'S BEING USED FOR CONTESTS. It WOULD BE JOBS BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO HAVE PEOPLE WORK THERE." said Clarence Booth. "I MEAN THEY'RE NOT TEARING DOWN ANY HOMES FOR IT. IT SOUNDS LIKE THEY'RE GOING TO USE A PIECE OF LAND THAT'S NOT BEING USED."
"I THINK ITS GOOD IF THEY CAN KICK UP WAVES AT A SNAP A FINGER AND EVERYBODY CAN RIDE BECAUSE THE WAVES CAN GET KINDA SCARY," said Mooch Fernandez.
Not everyone is for it.
"JUST ANOTHER WAY FOR PEOPLE TO DUMP THEIR MONEY INTO SOMETHING," said Cory Stoker. "TO ME ITS JUST EXCESSIVE I THINK YOU GOT THE BEST WAVES INT HE WORLD RIGHT HERE WHY YOU GOING TO BUILD A SURF RANCH FOR?"