Frank Uehara watched as his neighbor, who had just returned from Japan, showed him a new piece of gear?an airsoft gun powered by springs and gas. Frank was intrigued as he held the pellet gun, and began to practice the sport. But as airsoft grew over the next 30 years and Frank continued to pursue it, he came to realize that many airsoft fields were unwieldy for first-time players and saw his chance to change that. At Action Pursuit Hawaii's outdoor field, he provides an easy introduction for first-time airsoft players while also welcoming competitors of all skill levels into challenging play. The facility?s safety officials remain on hand to oversee players who blast pellets at competitors and exchange witty Shakespearean taunts from behind the field?s giant tilted plastic columns and plywood barricades.
Marksmen weave in and out of buildings clustered on Kapolei Airsoft's barricade- and obstacle-littered fields, an expansive urban terrain that accommodates up to two indoor and outdoor bouts at a time. Under the watchful eye of trained field officials, participants clad in face protection commence contests that simulate military scenarios, urban combat, and armed square dancing. Before firing off 6mm BBs fashioned from ABS plastic at opposing teams, players run through safety instructions at pre-game briefings. Visitors can join new rounds of combat––lasting until midnight every Friday and Saturday––during walk-on contests, via membership outings, or through one of Kapolei Airsoft's party packages.
Paintball Hawaii's sprawling fields offer ample room for paintballers to battle. The speedball field's artificial turf provides safe padding for teams to dive or tumble. On the arena, masked players duck behind inflatable bunkers to evade their opponents' paint pellets. Off the fields, Paintball Hawaii offers repair and consignment services and custom orders.
At Brothers Paintball, sharpshooters aged 10 and older equip themselves with protective masks, multicolored paintballs, and semiautomatic markers before exchanging colorful crossfire on the field. Players avoid becoming a work of art by weaving in and out of trees, hiding in bunkers, and ducking for cover behind wooden planks and boxes. Some may also cross a 60-foot bridge suspended over a gully. In between matches, paint slingers can drink refreshments they've brought, lick their wounds, and brush elbows with the enemy at a table area. Spectators can also view combat in a sideline viewing area protected by a safety net that stretches the length of the field.
The largest paintball field on the island of Oahu, Island Paintball boasts a family-friendly environment that offers competitive games for paint launchers of all skill levels. With today's deal, artfully armed warriors can suit up in their best paintball gear or most invisible invisibility suit and beautify as many pigment-less adversaries as possible within Island Paintball's enormous wooded terrain. Stop by on Saturday or Sunday to go hand-to-hand with like-minded strangers who share your affinity for corporeal graffiti or grab a group of friends and try the speed-ball field for a fast, fun, exercise in teamwork.