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Might as Well Jump!

The new wave of staying active hops into Kapolei.

Who knew that jumping could be so much fun?

Indoor trampoline parks are growing in popularity across the country, providing wall-to-wall trampolines for endless bouncing, and for the experienced, high-flying flips, twists and tricks.

Among those spotted nationwide jumping are celebrities like Julianne Hough, Gavin Rossdale, Camilla Alves and the Kardashian sisters along with younger siblings Kylie and Kendall.

Hawai‘i hopped in on the fun two years ago when iTrampoline HAWAII in Kapolei opened in their spacious warehouse that can accommodate 126 jumpers per hour, and up to 700 people in its facility.

“It’s a family-fun and fit place to be,” says Robert Bice, project manager. “Since 2008, almost 300 trampoline parks have opened around the world. It’s a phenomenon that’s still growing.”

The professionally designed indoor park features a wide-open main jump area with 59 connecting trampolines laterally and a bank of trampolines that line the walls vertically.

Traditionally round in shape, the trampolines at iTrampoline Hawaii are square and each one is designed for one person at a time.

There also are two dodge ball courts, a 6-foot foam pit and a basketball court—all with trampolines, along with a play area for children under 40 inches in height. Jumpers are required to wear non-slip grip socks (you can bring your own or purchase at iTrampoline) and sign a waiver. There also is a 300-pound weight limit.

“We have a little over 26,000-square-feet of park, and about 13,000-square-feet of trampolines,” notes Bice. “The foam pit also has trampolines on the walls, so you can flip into the foams in all different ways, and that’s an experience that allows somebody to do things they may not have ever thought of trying before, so it just gives them a new experience.

“I remember my grandmother talking to me and my brothers about bouncing off the walls, and now you can actually do it. Also, dodge ball is a fun activity that is a throwback. It’s something almost all of us has played, and it’s one all ages can enjoy.”

While trampolines are fun, it is also can be a great way to get some exercise. According to Bice, the Navy and NASA have used trampolines for fitness and training purposes, adding that a good workout session on a trampoline can burn 1,000 calories per hour.

“We’ve had military groups come out and do their PT time here,” adds Bice. “We even had a group from the fire department, which has a lot of former UH baseball players, and it was fun watching those guys throw dodge balls at each other. Exercise can be fun, and (jumping on a trampoline) isn’t just for kids.

“We had a man celebrate his 50th birthday party and he brought 20 of his friends, and I had so much fun watching those guys out there just having fun like they were teenagers. The excitement and growth tells me we’re still in the upswing of this trend.”

Locally owned by Druscilla and Kelsey Lewis of Dellew Corporation, Bice says the idea to open a trampoline park came from one of the their employees who had seen it and thought it was the type of theme park Hawai‘i needed—something fun and fitness related and in a family-oriented type of environment.

“They chose Kapolei because it’s an up-and-coming community that they saw as a good long-term place,” adds Bice. “Also, it’s very hard to find a place that has high ceilings and enough parking in other parts of the island.”

General admission is $18 for 30 minutes ($16 for children age 17 and under). Kama‘aina and military rate is $14 for 30 minutes ($13 for children). Tickets also can be purchased online for $16 for general admission, $14 for youth, $12 for kama‘aina/ military, and $11 for kama‘aina/military youth. Children under 40 inches in height are free with a paying adult.

There also are birthday party packages and private event rental options, as well as iRobic aerobics class, and programs for preschoolers and homeschoolers. iTrampoline is located at 91-029 Malakole St. For more information, visit itrampolinehawaii.com or call 380-4080.