Hawaii Pacific University may be bringing the first permanent eSports venue to the Islands with a facility planned at Aloha Tower Marketplace near Downtown Honolulu.
The private university, which took over the marketplace a few years ago, has recently filed a building permit with the City and County of Honolulu's Department of Planning and Permitting for a new eSports Arena and fitness center at Aloha Tower.
The eSports Arena is an indoor arena that has locations in California and in Las Vegas. The gaming venues include stages, large video screens and serves food and drinks. Another educational institution — University of California Irvine — has an eSports Arena, which includes 80 high-tech computers, gaming gear and chairs.
Electronic sports gaming has gained in popularity throughout the years with an estimated 200 million people around the world taking part in this $1 billion industry.
At Aloha Tower, HPU has built-out student dormitories, offices and class spaces, in addition to the retail and restaurant offerings such as Hooter's, Gordon Biersch and a soon-to-open restaurant and student dining facility headed by famous Hawaii chef Sam Choy.