Plans to revitalize what was once a popular attraction in Manoa Valley brought the community and the property owner together Wednesday night.
After a year-long renovation project, Treetops Restaurant opened for business in Paradise Park a few weeks ago.
On Wednesday, the Manoa neighborhood board gathered to hear the owner’s proposal to turn the area into a Hawaiian Cultural Center.
Plans include adding a hula garden, fixing up older buildings and sprucing up landscaping.
But the larger concern is that the once-popular destination to see exotic birds and botanical gardens may also serve alcohol and stay open until 10 p.m.
“Our community is delicate, and maybe even though it’s late in the game, DLNR said whatever. I think we should still fight this, because Manoa is very dear to my heart,” said Manoa resident Jolynn Rosa.
Residents say they’re worried about late-night noise, traffic and other potential problems a commercial attraction would bring.
“If there are problems as we grow, right now we’re at nonexistence. We have nobody going into the park right now. We’re trying to create that safe environment so that people can go into the park. It’s not going to happen overnight,” said Paradise Park owner Darryl Wong.
Another concern was that the permit being issued is based on the original permit issued by the Department of Land and Natural Resources a half century ago.
Click here to view the proposed plan for Paradise Park.