Are you ready for an adventure? Well, it’s ready for you!
Next month, visitors to Hawaii can look foward to the opening of a new adventure park on Oahu at Kalaeloa, a roughtly 50-foot crater spanning 10 acres in West Oahu. Once a place where the Navy mined coral limestone for building runways, the area will, instead, be a multi-use adventure park for thrill-seekers.
Coral Crater Adventure Park will offer a place where locals and visitors can ride a long rope swing, traverse high wires, pedal electric mountain bikes, sail along zip lines, and drive off-road go-karts.
According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, the activities are the creation of former Hawaii tour activity seller James Owen, who is slated to open the park to the public Dec. 3.
“There’s nothing like this out here,” Steve Colon, senior vice president of the firm that’s leasing the crater, told the paper. “We think it’s a fantastic amenity for the West Oahu community.”
The paper reports that the park has been about six years in the planning, starting with Owen’s search to find a spot for a zip-line ride. He said a real estate agent helping him suggested a property in Kapolei. Owen said he couldn’t think of anywhere in the area with potential, but after his agent led him to the crater’s edge, he saw how he could do a zip line and more.
“I said, ‘Oh, this will really work,’” he recalled.
According to the paper, a paved parking lot and picnic area were added topside, and an Oregon company called Synergo built six zip lines and a 60-foot-high wooden structure with four stories that support two climbing walls, a rope swing, a high-wire challenge course and something called a Quickjump that requires a person to step off a plank 50 feet up and free-fall for about 10 feet before a belay line controls the remaining descent.
For the off-road go-kart and electric mountain bike rides, old dirt roads around the bottom of the crater provided natural yet dusty trails for rides led by guides. There is also another 12 acres at normal ground level and a route to the beach for riding the bikes, which require pedaling but are assisted by an electric motor, Owen told the Honolulu Star Advertiser.
To boot, Owen told reporters that food trucks will serve customers and that an imu and fire pit are also planned.
Prices range between $20 for doing the quick jump twice and $200 for a full day of all the activities.The park will operate from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, Owen told the Honolulu Star Advertiser he plans to operate a Saturday night tour where visitors ride in an old German six-passenger jeep and use laser rifles to shoot at volunteers emerging from the woods dressed as zombies.
Owen told reporters he would also like to do zip-line rides at night. One other zip-line option will allows riders to shoot zombie mannequins hidden in the trees with the laser rifles.
“I found zip lines when I’ve done them in other places not to be exciting enough,” he told the paper.
For zip lining opportunities on the neighbor islands, check-out the Kauai Zip Line Adventure, featured by Hawaii Aloha Travel. Book through our tour professionals, and enjoy fantastic discounts not offered anywhere else.
But, make sure you take advantage of this new and unique adventure park on Oahu — it’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen in Hawaii!
Posted by: Bruce Fisher