by: Kristy Tamashiro, Nexstar Media Wire
Posted: Apr 29, 2021 / 5:48 PM MDTUpdated: April 29, 2021 / 5:48 PM MDT
HONOLULU (KHON) – Home to some of the world’s most spectacular natural waves, according to developers, it will be the world’s largest standing wave as part of a $ 100 million water park mega project slated for 2022.
Oahu residents and tourists can experience the unique surf park at Ewa Beach on the west side of the island.
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“This is like a Waimea River wave on steroids that goes on all day every day,” said Skip Taylor of Surf Park Management. “We can run the wave from knee-high to head-high and it can go up to 100 feet wide.”
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The project laid the foundation stone in October 2020 and is expected to open in early 2022.
However, some residents of Ewa Beach are skeptical.
“The first thing that comes to mind is how this will affect the community and how it will raise taxes on homes,” said Edwin Julian, a resident of Ewa Beach.
Developers are still setting the prices for entry. Cost is another concern of residents.
“I’m not sure people can afford it. Maybe you have, but many low-income people may still go to the beach. So I don’t know that there are a lot of questions to be asked, ”said Julian.
Plans to develop the area have been in the making for decades, despite the challenges it has faced. An initial proposal to create a marina has been discarded and some have raised concerns that the development could restrict access to the beach.
Those behind the project say it will create more opportunities for the community.
“We expect more than 100 employees to stand between eating and drinking and the activities we have to do. So it will be a great place, it will be a lot of fun to be able to surf during the breaks, maybe right. “