HCDA wants to create light exhibit at Kaka'ako Waterfront Park

Published On: Aug 20 2013 10:49:48 PM HST   Updated On: Aug 20 2013 10:50:42 PM HST

Part of Kaka'ako Waterfront Park could soon be developed into a light exhibit. The Hawaii Community Development Authority is looking to lease about 9 acres of the park to Illuminage Group.

A decision as to whether or not negotiations can begin between the HCDA and Illuminage Group will happen Wednesday morning.

The Kaka'ako Waterfront Park is roughly 30 acres of grass hills and walking paths. The plans to make part of that a family friendly light exposition called the Kaka'ako Illuminage light park.

"We look to generate some positive gathering place activities and at the same time help us to sustain the operations and the maintenance of the park," says Anthony Ching, executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

The HCDA says it costs about $1-million per 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 is originally from Japan and created a light exhibit for Christmas in Kaka'ako last year.

If approved, the new exposition could be up and running by September of 2014.

"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," says Ching.

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 is interactive displays.

"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," says Ching.

If negotiations become authorized, an environmental assessment process would begin as well as community outreach before the HCDA issues a lease to Illuminage Group.

In the future, if the park is developed, the HCDA says guests would have to pay a fee to get in. The beach access and walking paths around the area would still be open to use freely.


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