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Podium Raceway Hawaii Electric Indoor Go-Kart Racing

Nonstop Honolulu’s John Garcia takes a trip to the Podium Raceway Hawaii electric indoor go-kart racing facility to see what Oahu’s newest attraction is all about.

Posted January 10, 2011 by Nonstop Honolulu

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Podium Raceway Hawaii Electric Indoor Go-Kart Racing

The line-up

If it’s not the beach or a hike, it’s the water park. If it’s not the water park, it’s the mall. If it’s not the mall, it’s likely at home sleeping, but if you’re not in the mood for sleep, you can try out the newest attraction to hit the Oahu — Podium Raceway Hawaii, just minutes from the heart of Kapolei in Kalaeloa.

The island’s first indoor electric go-kart racing facility, Podium Raceway Hawaii offers thrill-seekers a chance to go head-to-head against the clock at speeds worthy of H1 freeway.

With the potential to reach speeds in excess of 45 mph, these top-of-the-line, Italian made electric go-karts are built for speed and performance. With a price tag of about $15,000 a pop, Podium Raceway Co-Owner Mark Jeffries opted for the best.

“People come out here for the speed,” Jeffries said. “They want to race in quality go-karts and they won’t be satisfied if they don’t get that.”

A Southern California native, Jeffries moved to the islands four years ago and couldn’t see living without the in-door go-kart craze.

A year-and-a-half in the making, Jeffries along with his partners, secured the lease on the 44,000-square-foot building and gave it a complete makeover with refinished floors, freshly painted walls and a new air conditioning system to keep things cool.

The family-friendly Podium Raceway Hawaii offers pizza by the slice, arcade games for the kids and will soon be building an adjoining restaurant for patrons to past the time and grab a bite while waiting for their race.

Adults pay $25 for a 14 lap race and $20 for a Juniors 9 lap race. Racing times are logged electronically and can be sent directly to your Facebook wall or sent directly to your registered e-mail account.

The most fun I’ve had in a while, Podium Raceway Hawaii is a great attraction for Hawaii. Here’s a look at the facility and interview with Jeffries along with some sweet on-board video footage:

On-board video was shot with a suction-cup mounted GoPro HD Hero Motorsports rig rented from Josh at Hawaii Photo Rental. Additional video was shot with the Canon 5DMKII in 1080p HD.

The song used in the video is called “Stolen Car” courtesy of The Throwdowns. They’re a talented bunch of musicians from Maui, and they were kind enough to give us permission to use their awesome track in our video. Show them some love at and follow them on twitter @TheThrowdowns.

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  1. turkfontaine
    Posted January 9, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    no, mr. garcia, you cannot drive your Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder on the Podium track.

    that’s a good sound from TheThrowdowns. her voice is languid and smokey and lays down great on that solid modern bass beat.

  2. Melissa808
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Daaaanng I could have used a suction cup cam on the stupid Fremont St. Zipline!

  3. turkfontaine
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 2:37 am

    @Melissa808 a myriad of uses in Vegas for a suction cup cam.

  4. nonstopmari
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 3:06 am

    only 3 seconds of jg driving?! loved the intro, even tho i got carsick twd the end. also love how this lifestyle coverage adds to our food, travel and party stuff.

  5. M
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Howzit Ed,
    Is the helmet included with the $25.00?

  6. M
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Sorry, I meant John…

  7. jermel_lynn
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 4:34 am

    im so in love with the way you did your vid! AHH now, i want to do vids like that for nonstop with my camera. :) got the 7D. :)

  8. Posted January 10, 2011 at 7:16 am

    @jermel_lynn Thanks, Jermel! The music really makes it. :) Perfect track! Looking forward to doing more video as well!

  9. Posted January 10, 2011 at 7:16 am

    @M hehe no problem. Yes — I believe the $25 includes the use of their helmets and head socks. If you have your own, of course, you can bring that as well!

  10. Posted January 10, 2011 at 7:17 am

    @turkfontaine hahah I wish! I agree on Erin’s voice. Super good!

  11. Posted January 10, 2011 at 7:17 am

    lol yes! But maybe we can use it at Zipline at BayView!

  12. Posted January 10, 2011 at 7:17 am

    yep, only three seconds! I got like 12 minutes of it though, but I’m a little too expressive. :) Plus, it didn’t help to progress the peice. We should all go some day!

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