A few weeks ago one of my friends got married. As the big day approached I wanted to do something fun that us girls would enjoy together. I spent a few days trying to come up with an activity that was unique, entertaining and memorable. I also wanted us to be able to head out for dinner or a few drinks and bites afterwards, nothing crazy but good quality fun. I remembered Jim Shigemoto, formerly of Local Cravings and prior to that one of Foodland's founding poke chefs, had told me about a new venture he and his family were working on... Virtual Reality. Honestly, I am not a gamer and I haven't played video games since the first edition of Nintendo, so VR was kind of Greek to me. But, wanting to support him and his family in their new venture I decided to book the brand new VR facility in Kaimuki for an hour. I was a bit concerned at first because I wondered if it would be fun enough. Should we do a painting party instead? Or go to play mini golf, or laser tag? I tried asking him what he thought and if this would be fun for 5 girls to play. I also asked my friend Biancha what she thought and she encouraged me to give it a try.
Located at 1137 11th Avenue, above Modern Nails and next to Himalayan Kitchen, Lost Inside is a spacious room lined with blue and green mats, flat screens on the walls and various controls for the virtual reality consoles. They have a good variety of experiences including under the sea adventures, various gaming activities, zombie apocalypse games, therapeutic rainbow glitter painting and more.
We each started off playing games where you were to hit the circle blobs as they approach you while listening to music, then I opted to go snorkeling under the deep blue sea. There were AMAZING images of whales, turtles, jellyfish and more. My friend wanted to be scared and we tried the zombie experience wherein you had to kill the zombies before they could kill you. That was unreal and super scary. I screamed my head off, all in good fun it was sooooo funny and scary at the same time. One of the most entertaining of the evening was a whimsical sparkler-like rainbow of glitter you could paint with in the dark and the music was ethereal and very relaxing. Overall, we all had a blast. I was surprised by how much fun we had. Since this was my first time playing VR I didn't know what to expect.. Even though they only had 2 headsets and there were 5 of us, it was so much fun to sit and watch each other and share what the experience was like with one another. We also took some extremely funny videos too. All-on-all we had a BLAST, such a good time I would recommend if you want to experience something new and something unique.
This was the perfect place to get together, make some memories, share good/fun times and relax.
Some tips for when you decided to play virtual reality:
Bring clean socks
Don't wear a lot of makeup
Wear your hair down and prepare for a mask/helmet to be placed on your head
More info: http://www.lostinsidevr.com
1137 11th Ave 2nd floor next to Himalayan Kitchen
Hours: By Appointment only.