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Posted By scenefifty
From this email from our friends at K1 Speed...


Podium Raceway welcomes K1 Speed to Hawai’i

After more than a decade, K1 Speed, the largest and preeminent indoor karting company in the nation, will open its first Hawai’i location in Kapolei, HI on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. With the addition of the Kapolei location, K1 Speed now operates more than 20 centers nationwide.

K1 Speed plans to feature everything that the company has built its success (and its reputation) on: all-electric, high-performance go-karts; a museum-quality collection of authentic racing memorabilia, including actual race cars; a professionally designed indoor race track with safety barriers and live telemetry; a fully stocked Pit Cafe snack bar, complete with beverages and snacks; and private meeting rooms that can be reserved for birthday and bachelor parties, team building events, company holiday parties and corporate meetings.

The original hui of local owners that started Podium Raceway Hawai’i in 2011 had a simple mission, to offer the community a new and exciting activity unlike any other in the state, to create jobs in West O’ahu, to be an active participant in the growing city of Kapolei, and to be good community partners giving back to many non-profit organizations.

Having accomplished the mission after three years, the owners of Podium Raceway and K1 Speed jointly saw an opportunity to enhance the mission for the community by transferring ownership of Podium Raceway to K1 Speed.

K1 Speed is excited to be a part of the local community and plans to take karting to the next level of customer experience.


About K1 Speed:
Founded in 2003, K1 Speed is the premier karting company in America. With kart racing centers in California, Washington, Arizona, Texas, Illinois, Florida and several more facilities planned for the near future, K1 Speed brings the thrill and excitement of indoor karting to a large audience. Offering highly-advanced and environmentally-friendly electric karts as well as large indoor entertainment venues that feature authentic racing memorabilia, pit cafes, meeting rooms and pool tables, K1 Speed is a great place to visit with family and friends or to host a corporate event or party. Visit for more information.

Posted By scenefifty

A California based developer has signed a deal with BJ to open a UFC Gym in Honolulu, the 4th UFC Gym and first outside of California.

New Evolution Ventures is opening the gym in partnership with UFC and BJ Penn. The Hawaii gym will open in January at the former Pipeline Cafe in Kakaako.The BJ Penn-UFC Gym will be a fitness club integrated with elements of mixed martial arts training. The Honolulu gym will also the first UFC Gym affiliated with a fighter.

BJ said "I'm very excited to be part of this tremendous opportunity. It will be such an honor to have UFC Gym with my name, especially in my homeland of Hawaii.

Dana White said he expects the gym to become the ultimate fitness club in Honolulu. BJ is the biggest superstar in the UFC, a future Hall of Famer, and a icon in the state of Hawaii.

The gym will also include traditional health clubs such as yoga,Pilates, and Zumba in addition to weight machines and cardio machines.

BJ will help design the gym, select trainers, and pick some favorite foods for the cafe menu. BJ is expected to also train at the gym.

Reported by Tribune-Herald via