The Groove opens in Kakaako
BY NINA WU / firstname.lastname@example.org
A new family fun park will open at 9 a.m. Saturday at 805 Ala Moana Blvd. on a former industrial site owned by Kamehameha Schools.
The Groove Hawaii will offer gas-powered go-kart racing along a one-third-mile outdoor track, plus a 30-foot-tall rock climbing wall, Paradise Pedals Party Bike, Segway rides, arcade games and children’s rides on three acres in Kakaako.
“It’s a place to bring the entire family,” said marketing manager Alex Kite. “It’s a fun and safe environment, in town, and accessible to the entire family.
The one-third-mile-long outdoor go-kart track is the largest in Honolulu and features a viewing grandstand, lights for night racing and gas-powered machines that can go up to 60 miles per hour.
The Paradise Pedals Party Bike is a group bike that seats up to 15 passengers, and will be available for tours and Honolulu pub crawls.
Children’s rides for keiki ages 4 to 10, including a carousel, swings and mini Ferris wheel, will also be on site. A vertical wind tunnel that simulates sky diving, a seated zip line-type ride and a miniature golf course are planned additions.
However, other elements originally envisioned by Balding — including a stationary surfing wave and skateboard park — faced problems and aren’t part of the current plan for the site.
Balding said the Groove is primarily aimed at local residents as a spot for entertainment, birthday parties and other group events. Some offerings also will appeal to visitors, such as the guided tours on the Segways and the rolling bar.
The name “The Groove” comes from a racing term used to describe the best route around a race track, according to Kite, and also references getting into a musical groove inside the warehouse, which will be rented out for parties and concerts.
Before driving the go-karts, participants must go through a safety briefing and be outfitted with head socks and helmets.
A Tag Huer Timing system will track each driver on every lap and update a daily leaderboard. Race lineups will be shared on flat-sreen televisions in the warehouse housing the arcade games.
Prices for adult Go-Kart racing are $29.95 for children ages 6-12 years old (must be at least 46 inches tall) as well as adults 12 and older. A three-race package is available for $69.95.
For food and refreshments, The Groove will offer a food truck staffed by local vendors and a fresh-fruit smoothie bar.
The Groove will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Visit GrooveHawaii.com or call (808) 660-9188.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser business reporter Andrew Gomes contributed to this post.