The “Entertainment Center” Planned for Hilo

I just read about the Entertainment Center planned for Hilo.

While I do think there needs to be more things for kids and families to do, I just don’t think the local economy is going to be able to support something like this.

At least it’s a private enterprise and our tax money is being used to support it.

I wish it the best of luck and I’m sure I would take my son there at least once.

Two Big Island businessmen are seeking county approval for an entertainment center on 6.2 acres of land adjacent to the Waiakea Villas in Hilo…

The development, known as the Hilo Family Entertainment Center, would be built in two phases.

The initial phase would include: a bowling alley of “approximately 32 lanes,” a 3,000 to 4,000 square foot “kids zone” with games for prize redemption and amusement, private birthday party rooms, four to six lanes of private bowling for private events and gatherings, a laser-tag center, indoor mini-golf and private banquet rooms…

More Here

I mean seriously… a 32 lane bowling alley?  We can barely support the lanes that we do have in town…(or are they even there anymore?)

Us parents on the Big Island aren’t like the Hawaii Kai parents of Oahu that can support a “Chucky Cheese”… Well at least not this parent.  ;)

2 Responses

  1. Ridiculous. We have all these incredible natural wonders all around us and someone wants to create more ways for kids to stay indoors? Too many kids already have nature-deficit disorder. Let ’em go to the beach, take them hiking…programs that get kids OUTSIDE are what’s needed.

    I don’t see anything in this plan that provides something we don’t already have. Businesses are already struggling. Laser tag died at the PK Plaza, we have a bowling alley, mini-golf died years ago, and why do we need more banquet rooms? Auwe.

  2. The Hilo Lanes are still around, but I think 32 additional lanes is pushing it.

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