Paintball in Maui
We spend so much time out on the water on the Kai Kanani, it’s good to take some time on land to see what’s going on around the island. This past weekend we headed to the West Side of Maui to join Maui Paintball for a Sunday afternoon of fun.
For someone who doesn’t like pain and has never played paintball before, I was a little nervous while we drove up to to Maui Paintball in Olowalu, near Lahaina. We had heard stories and seen photos of massive welts and bruises from the little paintballs and all we could do is hope there was some exaggeration to this.
We pull into the gravel lot around 11:00 and already the place is packed with both children and adults. Some, like us look confused and little nervous, while some look like professionals that must play every weekend with their expensive looking outfits and gear.
We quickly get in line to check in. We grab a mask and chest plate and purchase a box of paintballs which we hope is enough for the day. Since it was such a hot day, we all left the house in shorts and tank tops and we are glad that for only $5.00 we can purchase camoflauge coveralls that we are told will not only keep our clothes cleaner, but also lessen the sting of the paintballs we are assured will hit us. This is a no brainer to our group and after we are all suited up, we feel a little more professional in our gear and little less nervous.
Pre-game Equipment Instructions
Once everyone is checked in, a briefing is done to explain the use of the guns, safety protocol and how the games work. We meet Team Ghost Company who are some of the referees and we are told it is not in our best interest to shoot them.
Team Ghost Company Hawaii
Our first round of games is “Capture the Flag”. After entering the game zone and testing out our guns, we are broken into 2 teams. I haven’t played capture the flag since I was about 9 years old, but the game is the same, except you have guns that shoot balls of paint at your opponents. Each game is about 10-15 minutes long and once hit by the other team with paint that splatters on you, you are out and must watch the rest of the game from the sidelines. Each team moves to opposite sides of the course and we maneuver around empty vehicles, rocks, trees, pallets and ramps into forts in the trees that make perfect hiding areas.
At the sound of the airhorn everyone scatters to find something to hide behind and then the firing commences. The small colorful balls whiz past our heads as we attempt to hit the other team. Firing your own gun gives off your location, so best not to fire blindly and make sure you are going to hit someone. One by one, players yell “Ouch, I’m hit” and walk off the course to safety. I see a member of the other team running my way and I shoot but they duck behind a tree. I color the tree with splatterings of orange paint. Just moments later, I duck as I see the same person peak around and fire several yellow balls my way. One bounces off my shoulder, but doesn’t explode, I’m still in the game!!! Neither team is getting anywhere near the other teams flag as both are holding down a good defense. With just a few players left the horn sounds and this round is over.
We all meet outside the course at the picnic tables to stories. Some defensive players took the easy way and stayed hidden and have no paint or welts, while the more aggressive players trying to capture the flag compare welts and paint colors.
Paintball Rules & Snacks
We get a nice break for about 20 minutes and then it’s round 2. We brought water and snacks, but they also have chips, hot dogs, water and soda for purchase.
The next few rounds continue much the same way and are so much fun. Children and adults are all enjoying themselves during the games and laughing with each other afterward. It’s so nice to see people sitting, talking, playing and engaging. I did not see one child or adult with their heads down on a phone or tablet all day long. The only phones I saw were for taking photos of smiling dirty faces.
Unfortunately for us, we have to leave as some of our group has to go to work. Yes, even though we live in this beautiful paradise, we still have to work. It’s been a fun and crazy day and those of us who don’t have to work are looking forward to lunch and a cold beverage at Beach Bums Bar & Grill at Maalaea harbor on our way back. A frosty root beer and fresh fish tacos hit the spot while we share our own (maybe a bit elaborated) versions of the days events. Our group escapes with just a couple welts, but everyone claims to have hit at least a dozen other people. Sounds like fish stories on the water to me.
If you are looking for some action packed fun while on Maui, be sure to check out Maui Paintball. You can stop by the Kai Kanani Store in Wailea or give us a call and we can help you organize this adventure with your other Maui activities.
A Hui Hou!!!