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Paintball and Girls Only Game
June 30, 2014 - Leah Sherman
Last fall, I made a suggestion to my boss that we should have a Maui News paintball outing. We'd had a story about a Halloween event at Maui Paintball and I'd been kind of obsessed after that.
We have a pretty small staff at The Maui News and, to get the best rate for private play, we needed more people. So, we posed a friendly challenge to county staff. Their team ended up having a lot of SWAT personnel and people who came with their own paintball guns and gear. The mostly desk-ridden Maui News team was completely overmatched.
Our first game, the News team went charging forward in a line. Not at all wise. Our entire team of about 15 people was out in less than 2 minutes. I am not exaggerating.
We did a bit better in the second game. After that, the Maui Paintball staff broke the teams up and put Newsers with county representatives, making it a much more evenly matched battle.
And then it was fun — even with the painful welts on my legs from the paintballs. (Yes, they really do hurt. But be tough!)
I certainly don't suggest throwing yourself in with professional sharpshooters and hard-core paintball fanatics like I did for a first outing. But paintball really is fun — and a fairly inexpensive form of entertainment. Plus you get a little exercise, and you'll probably also have cool battle wounds to show friends the next day.
For the females out there who would prefer playing other females, I totally get it. And so does Maui Paintball, which is hosting a “Girls Only Game” from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday (July 5). That's before the course opens for regular open play, so it really will be only females.
Maui Paintball is located along Honoapiilani Highway on the Lahaina side of Olowalu. It offers a cool course with a tree fort, an old bus and tons of bunkers to hide in. The field is fenced in and not large enough that anyone is going to get lost. Staff members supervise play.
The course is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Gates open at 10:45 a.m. The minimum age to play is 10.
Rental packages are $30 per person and include semi-auto marker, mask, chest protector and all-day play. Discounts are offered for advance bookings online and for people with their own equipment. Gun upgrades, paintballs and camouflage coveralls are available for purchase. No outside paintballs allowed.
For more information, see Maui Paintball's website (link at right) or call 866-7034. The website addresses frequently asked questions that I haven't touched on including game rules and what to wear.
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The Maui News team was ready for action before facing county workers at Maui Paintball in December. That's me in the middle with the bright yellow shoes.