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Ewa Beach, Hawaii region of West Oahu has undergone a massive residential and commercial transformation over the last decade, with Haseko Development Inc playing a sizable role in reshaping the sunny Ewa Plains into the suburbia we see today. Haseko's flagship development is undoubtedly Hoakalei Resort, a 726-acre master planned community that sits adjacent to the Ocean Pointe community near the Ewa Beach coastline. The region is now buzzing with excitement over recent news that Haseko has plans to develop a 100ft wide man-made surf park that will serve as the centerpiece of Wai Kai Lagoon; a 52-acre body of water owned by the community that put Haseko in the middle of heated suit by the roughly 3,000 Hoakalei homeowners that were initially promised a 120-acre boat marina a decade ago.
Project officials say the wave will feature technology from Citywave, a German stationary wave company, and will be operated by Surf Park Management, a California based company. Surf enthusiast are undoubtedly salivating over the proposed scope and specs of this new West-Oahu surf break which is said to feature a breaking wave, not a barrel, at adjustable heights between 2 - 6.5ft. While it's no Waimea or Pipeline, we'll see consistent, year round surf in lieu.
The wave can also be generated for single use as one long wave, or the party-wave function that sees the wave partitioned into 2 or 3 parts for multi-surfer use. Skill levels will range from entry-level to expert surf, bodysurf, or bodyboarding utility.
The "Wai Kai Wave" and surf park is the latest of numerous plans that have been floated to the public about what would occupy the site, including a $300M retail complex that was announced back in 2017. The plan proposed 200,000sq of retail space to include 7 planned restaurants, 100+ commercial tenants, health club & spa, all spanning roughly 25 acres. The new surf park will occupy nine of the 25 acres with plans to development the remaining acreage in the future.
The wave is pinned to be the widest stationary wave in the world and plans to open in 2022. The Wai Kai Surf park will add an exciting amenity to the residents of roughly 4,000 Hoakalei homes in Ewa Beach and will supplement the current amenities like Hoakalei Golf Course and Country Club, as well as the numerous fitness center and pools through the community. The Hoakalei community is known for their luxury homes in Ewa Beach, some with golf course frontage, and artful landscaping throughout. Haseko's previous development featured the early 2000's Ocean Pointe homes which still share some of the similarities of the more recent Hoakalei.