Zone Sets The Tone For Ultimate Excitement
By Nicole Kato
There’s a lot happening at Wild Tiki Fun Zone, previously known as Tiki’s Family Fun Center.
Aside from a name change and rebranding to start off the new year, the company also celebrated the grand opening of its Hawaii Kai location a year ago, which serves as a fantastic complement to its original Dole Cannery establishment by the movie theater.
Perfect for birthday parties, youth group activities, sports team get-togethers, field trips and corporate events, Wild Tiki Fun Zone has a little something for everyone. And don’t let the seemingly small exterior fool you. Within the establishment’s four walls are thousands of square feet of fun for all ages.
The biggest draw is its laser tag offering. It’s the only indoor platform in the state and has an upgraded Helios PRO system for elevated gameplay — and the program’s numerous game styles mean never-ending fun for members or one-time players. Visitors to the Dole location can engage in more traditional laser tag, while Hawaii Kai gives patrons a chance to try their hand at tactical laser tag.
“It’s such a good environment for everyone,” said manager Marcus Young.
The indoor fun continues with numerous arcade games and black-light, pirate-themed mini golf, as well as food options at Wild Tiki Cafe (opt for the homemade pizza) and a chance to try Rita’s Italian Ice and Frozen Custard.
The latter, according to Young, is often compared to shave ice but is distinct in texture and flavor.
“It’s not a competition, it’s something different,” he added.
As Hawaii’s only complete indoor fun center, Wild Tiki Fun Zone is enjoyable for its employees, too.
Team-building and celebrations are a big part of the working atmosphere — and why not, considering all the fun that surrounds workers on a daily basis.
“We recently had our Christmas party at our Dole location,” explained Young. “We had an open arcade and open laser tag, and we had everyone bring their families. It was just a good time.”
Company outings are also a big part of Wild Tiki Fun Zone’s focus on promoting employee morale and camaraderie.
“We leave it up to the team to choose what they want to do,” Young added.
Everyone who works at Wild Tiki Fun Zone needs to be fun, open and personable. But, in addition to that, Young believes there’s one quality that surpasses them all.
“We’re not looking for a perfect person, but we are looking for someone who puts in that 100 percent,” he said. “We take pride in providing an extremely positive, supportive, and friendly atmosphere for our team. Our management staff does everything in our team’s best interests.
“We are a second home and family where you can enjoy and excel at working.”
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COMPANY: Wild Tiki Fun Zone
LOCATION(S): 735 Iwilei Road, Ste. 310, Honolulu; 7192 Kalanianaole Hwy., Ste. A-142, Hawaii Kai
OWNERS: Dean Park and Michael Perez
EMPLOYEES: About 30
BENEFITS: Medical, vision, drug and dental
NOTEWORTHY: Formerly known as Tiki’s Family Fun Center, the company has rebranded to Wild Tiki Fun Zone.