- Associated Press - Monday, February 3, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - A real estate development company is proposing a zip line tourist attraction over an Aiea neighborhood.

The estimated $1 million project would be the second zip line operation on Oahu, in a tourism-driven business that has grown more rapidly on the outer islands, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (https://ow.ly/tewdN ) reported Monday.

An affiliate of Towne Development of Hawaii Inc. filed a draft environmental assessment with the state. Plans call for seven pairs of zip lines in forested ridges above Waimalu’s Royal Summit neighborhood.

The company said the business will not be seen or heard by those in nearby homes. But some residents fear it will cause more traffic.

“My wife and I bought our home because of the quiet streets, nice neighborhoods, and we believed it would be a great place to raise our children,” said Royal Summit resident Robert Young.

The company expects to have up to 25 tours a day. There are plans to remove invasive plant species and increase native plants.

The zip lines would range from 240 to 1,200 feet. Oahu’s existing commercial zip line is 400 feet long. It extends over a miniature golf course at Bayview Golf Course. A third Oahu zip line is planned for Kualoa Ranch.

The first zip line course in the nation was built in Hawaii in 2002, according to a 2012 state auditor report. The report said there were 22 known zip line tour operations in Hawaii at the time, mostly on Maui and the Big Island.

Towne said it will continue to allow Oahu Pig Hunters Association members access as long as there are no problems and allow hikers from the Newtown Estates Community Association.


Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, https://www.staradvertiser.com

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