Fun-filled business keeps venues jumping
By Don Robbins
If there’s a local company that moves from place to place with a lot of bounce in its step, it
would have to be Xtreme Fun Rentals Inc., the Wahiawa-based business that prides itself in providing quality fun entertainment for Oahu’s keiki.
“Our goal is to be the cutting-edge company with new and exciting attractions for the family event market,” explained vice president Delbert Kim.
Xtreme Fun Rentals Inc.’s expertise and experience “in the event market, such as school fairs, community events, corporate events and large private parties,” make it a unique and standout operation, he added.
“We are at events with a few thousand people to events with tens of thousands of people. Our giant inflatables and keiki rides are a big part of our attractions,” Kim said. “We are constantly bringing in new items.”
In fact, the company is introducing five new attractions this year, including a high-tech interactive game equipped with LED lights; a red, white and blue obstacle course; and a giant fun-house slide.
Kim launched the business with wife Claire, who serves as company president, in July 1997. At the time, the couple had three children and Claire was working full-time at Sprint Hawaii as a systems analyst. But upon resigning her position, she had an urge to start a home-based business.
Simultaneously, Kim was a seasoned life-insurance professional who worked a part-time job dressing up as a clown and performing at parties. But after losing a gig to another clown who had “a jumper to rent,” Kim decided that changes were in order.
“We knew there was a huge niche in the party market here in Hawaii. The (idea) was that every party would want a jumper at their party,” he said.
“After getting started, our company grew very fast.”
The duo began with just five inflatables, but then increased that number to 10, 20 and then more than 30 in a short period of time.
“Early on, we found that there was a new market in events, school fairs and festivals. We started to bring in giant inflatables, not just jumpers,” he said.
Soon, the company began working the large venues, including the Schofield Barracks and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Fourth of July celebration, Hawaii State Farm Fair, Aloun Farm’s Pumpkin Patch outing and the annual Honolulu City Lights display. These bookings keep the company busy throughout the year, Kim noted.
He added that Xtreme Fun Rentals Inc. is a great opportunity for those looking for a second income, or those in high school or college who are interested in part-time employ.
But Kim cautioned that the nature of the job may not be for everyone.
“Employees have to be able to stand for long hours and stay in the hot sun for many hours,” he explained. “Also, employees need to be able to work with the public and enjoy working with children. Hard-working, strong employees work the best.
“Our company has a great track record of taking individuals who are unemployed and getting them to work,” Kim added. “Many of those who start working with us usually move on to full-time employment as they gain work experience.”
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COMPANY: Xtreme Fun Rentals Inc.
LOCATION: 75 Lena Place, Wahiawa
OWNERS: President Claire Kim and vice president Delbert Kim
EMPLOYEES: 5 full-time and 15-30 part-time
BENEFITS: All employees receive a large discount on party rentals, and full-time employees receive medical benefits.
NOTEWORTHY: Xtreme Fun Rentals Inc. will celebrate its 20th anniversary in July. Owners Claire and Delbert Kim said they will host a dinner later this year and hold events to commemorate the occasion.