Hitter's Paradise on Huku Li'i Place in Kihei opened on Friday, Dec. 9, and held its Grand Opening celebration last weekend on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11, with free T-shirts and a bouncy castle for the keiki.
Hitter's Paradise will provide high-quality family fun with an outdoor baseball and softball training facility for all skill levels. Its primary goal is to promote increased baseball and softball fundamentals to all ages island-wide, while providing activities and entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.
"We pride ourselves on providing a cutting edge, family-fun training environment for all levels of baseball and softball players," said Paul Skarbo. "We also provide entertainment for the whole family with video games, covered benches with TV and snacks and drinks to go along with five hitting lanes and a pitching lane with a radar gun display."
Elle Dobruck, 21/2, of Wailuku, took some serious swings in the slow-pitch lane, hitting four balls at 15 at-bats—with a little help from her dad, Brian.
Hitter's Paradise uses eight Iron Mike pitching machines for its five hitting lanes with speeds of 50, 60 and 70 mph, slow pitch softball and fast pitch softball. Ball speeds can be modified upon request when renting hitting lane by the half-hour or hour.
Iron Mikes are arm-style pitching machines that allow the hitter to see a wind-up motion just like that of a live pitcher. The Iron Mike is a popular machine that helps athletes develop better timing by seeing the arm motion. These machines can adjust to any hitter and throw 25 mph to 85 mph.
Hitter's Paradise, located between Tesoro and Blackie's Pit Stop off Pi'ilani Highway, is open Monday through Friday from 2 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.
For more information, visit hittersparadise.com.