Paintball Business Opens in Olowalu
By Sonia Isotov
On Sunday, Maui Paintball had a soft-launch of its new facility located in a grove of trees just off the highway in Olowalu.
Maui Paintball’s new facility is located on a 4,500 square foot field along the Honoapiilani Highway and contains multiple tree forts that incorporate over 50 separate trees, 10 acres of shaded play, a full service rental fleet, and large waiting area to cool off between games.
“They really went all out with this course. They’ve even incorporated an old sugar train double-decker bus into the course,” said Max Tornai, one of the first users of the new course. “It was just a really good time. Everyone had a blast.”
Previously, Maui Paintball had been located in upper Kula and had closed in 2005. In November 2011, the Maui Planning Commission unanimously approved a six-year conditional use permit to allow Clint Hansen, owner, to open the paintball business in the Olowalu location. The business now has 6 employees.
“The popularity of the sport has bounced back as the economy has. People play paintball for a variety of reasons from competition to just plain old fun,” said Hansen.
“Its a fantastic way to make friends as the stories people share last a lifetime. “It is certainly not just another day at the beach. Business’s and corporations use paintball as a reward and a means to build teamwork. ”
General cost of gear rental is $30, and $55 for 1000 paintballs. Kaamaina receive 25% off the cost of paintballs if a valid Hawaii ID is shown, according to the website.