This summer, I made a suggestion to my boss that we should have a paintball outing for our video production team. We’d had a story about a Halloween event at Maui Paintball and I was interested in trying it out ever since.
We have a pretty small staff at Motive8 team and, to get the best rate for private play, we needed some more people. So we posed a friendly challenge to some of our friends. Their other team had a lot of tactical personnel and people who came with their own paintball guns and gear. The mostly noobie Motive8 team was completely outmatched. It was a little intimidating but I was sure it was going to be fun. we were playing woodsball out in a big field and it was a gorgeous day.
For my marker I was rocking a Tippmann 98 Custom paintball gun, a bit basic but awesome. Some of the other teams weapons were really intense, some of them using high end X7 and A5 markers with full tactical gear.
In our first game our team went charging forward in a disorganized line. Not smart at all really. Our entire team of about 13 people was taken out in less than 2 minutes. it was a pure massacre, I kid you not. I was glad to be wearing a paintball mask.
We better in the second round. After that, the Maui Paintball staff broke the teams up and put newbies with advanced players, making it a much more evenly matched game, and more fun! Even with the stinging welts on my body from the paintballs. Yes they really do hurt. But be tough it’s worth it!
But paintball really is fun, and a fairly inexpensive form of extreme entertainment. you get some good cardio exercise, and you’ll probably also have some gnarly battle wounds to show off the next day.I certainly don’t suggest throwing yourself in with professional sharpshooters and hard-core paintball fanatics like I did for a first outing.
Maui Paintball is located along Honoapiilani Highway on the Lahaina side of Olowalu. It offers a huge wide open course with a broken down bus and tons of bunkers to hide in along with a bunch of tree forts to climb in and get an elevated advantage. Staff members referee play and the field is fenced in and not too huge that you can get lost
Rental packages are $35 per person and include semi-auto gun, mask, and all-day play. Discounts are offered for advance online bookings and for people with their own personal paintball guns and equipment. Gun upgrades, paintballs and camouflage coveralls are available for purchase. No outside paintballs allowed for saftey reasons.
so get out there and have some fun! It was a super nice change of pace from our usual scuba diving adventures making videos!