HONOLULU (KHON2) – Whether you are a professional or not, you have the chance to enjoy sports right here in Ala Moana Center with a new place called Sports Box Hawaii.
And to find out more, we are here with its owners DJ Chinen and Alyssa Tanigawa.
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Tanigawa, tell us a little about the Sports Box and what can people expect when they visit?
“Sports Box is Hawaii’s first multi-sports simulator designed for entertainment,” said Tanigawa, co-owner of Sports Box.
“We have nine different sports, so I want to say that there is something for everyone. We have baseball, gold, football, dodgeball, frisbee golf, football, wild west shooter and bowling. I think I got everything, “Tanigawa explained. “And you can bring your friends, family, colleagues. Everyone has a lot of fun. ”
Is it safe to say that you are the only one of your kind in Hawaii?
“Yes, I would say that we are the first of its kind and we are definitely teaching everyone how to use it and how to have fun,” says Tanigawa.
Chinen, tell us a little about how this happened.
I heard this is your second location, so how did Sports Box start?
“So we opened our first one as the Hawaii Golf Box, and that was because during the pandemic we saw the big golf boom,” said Chinen, co-owner of Sports Box.
“Everyone was waving a bat and going into sports. So, we saw an opportunity there and opened the Golf Box. But just when we opened it, a new technology came out and we were able to offer eight other sports, so we quickly changed our name to Sports Box and here we are today. ”
So, let’s say someone sees this and wants to rent a room. How is this process going and what can they expect?
“So you can book online or come in an hour to visit depending on availability at our location in Ala Moana and we will accommodate you, we will impose on you,” says Tanigawa. “You will use real-life sports objects to hit a virtual screen, and he virtually designs it to show what would happen in real life.
So, here you rent the space or this box and you can fit a certain amount of people in each box?
“Yes, each box can hold up to six people,” says Tanigawa.
Tell us a little about the other services you provide here.
“The most popular things are parties, so we organize about 10 birthdays every weekend, family gatherings, team rallies, corporate events, corporate relationships,” says Chinen. “All this, we had so many people here, a lot of parties every weekend and we hope you will join us because you bring your own food and drinks.”
In order to be able to start a company and then expand within six months during the time we live in, what were some of the challenges you had to overcome?
“Probably the biggest challenge was probably the environment,” Chinen said.
“People are becoming more comfortable being outside. What we found is that with our business and the space we are able to provide – providing a good environment for people to take the first step and get together with their close friends and family of up to six people, you are away from everyone . If you have more than six people, you can rent two boxes next to each other. So it’s a good fun and safe way to get everyone together. ”
So again, if you’re a professional just trying to improve your skills, or if you’re not a sports fan and just want to have fun, come here to Sports Box Hawaii to get that fun.
It is here in the Ala Moana Center, located right next to Target, but the original location is in Aiea.
Both are open daily, but it is recommended that you reserve your seat first.
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