On the mainland there are all sorts of options for kids (and even adults) to play arcades, pop-a-shot basketball, skee ball, air hockey, etc. Options like Chuck E. Cheese’s, Dave and Busters, and even amusement parks are usually within driving distance. On Maui, our arcade options start and finish at an establishment known as the Fun Factory.
Don’t let the cheesy name fool you, the Fun Factory provides smiles to thousands of keiki (kids) across Maui. Children and families buy tokens, much like at Chuck E. Cheese’s, to play fun hands-on games and win tickets, which can in turn be traded in for prizes.
I remember heading to the Fun Factory as a young kid every time my family would vacation on Maui, as it was one of the highlights of the trip. It’s bizarre that I remember the trips to the arcade just as well as the snorkel cruises, beach trips, and drives to Hana, but it just goes to show you the power that the Fun Factory has over young children. Like gambling for adults, there is just something enjoyable about winning at games of chance, especially if that game involves throwing a wooden ball up a ramp and into a hole!
So, if you find yourself bored on a Tuesday night on Maui, you know what to do! Fun Factories are located in both the Ka’ahumanu Mall and the Maui Mall in Kahului.
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