Bellows is by far the best paintball field I have gone to. Although the last time I went was January 2nd...and I broke my ankle then. But it's still the best. Prices are pretty good, much cheaper now since it's under new management. Oh...by the way. If you're tall, big, and heavy like me....DO NOT WEAR BOOTS! I learned that the hard way >.< Broke it near the bridge to the right side from the target range. It's a woodsball field if you haven't read the other reviews. On the left side of the field is the pro's area where the 10 foot rule don't count. Then everywhere else has a 10-foot rule. Lots of bunkers, lots of sand (LOTS), lots of room for people to play in. That's the half-field. The Full-field is much bigger than that. Much bigger to even call that other field "half". It's definite woodsball. Lots of trees, lots of elephant grass, lots of bunkers, some houses. Best place to play 50-on-50 paintball.
I was browsing the net and came across this web site. I noticed that the field I play at was on here and started to read some of the comments. I was disturbed by some of them and wanted to set the record straight.
I think this field rocks. If you are a first timer, young, old, or a long timer just chillin with friends this field would work for you. I have always found the staff to be courteous, even when they were being yelled at by a customer. The only staff member I have ever encountered to be rude is Keith. He seems to be very moody, one day he is great to talk to and others he seems like he missed out on his Midol. I have even seen him be abrupt with the young people he employees.
Several have commented on the ref’s and their ages. I for one love that young and older teens have a safe, supervised place to go and work. They are paid with paint and free play days, which to me seems fine. The only thing I have a beef with is that they are not paid enough. Sometimes they have to work 11-hour days with a 30-minute lunch, which I would question if I were a parent, and only get one box of paint and a day free play. (Keith and Lisa, you should reconsider this one, can you say “cheep and only thinking of a profit for yourselves????”)
I also enjoy that no matter what day of the weekend I go I will see the same faces. The kids not only ref but play and I have had my run in’s with them on the field, they can play with the best of them. There is this one blond chic out there about 11 or 12 who totally rocks. She can play better then most adults. I won’t mention names because I like all the teens they all do an excellent job. I think if the regular refs leave or get fired that field will suffer causing allot of the regulars to leave with them to another field on the island. Then there is Shawn, this guy is one of the hardest workers they have.
I know allot of you think young people can’t be on your level as an adult but give them a break. Talk to them like you would a friend and I can assure you they would help you in any way they can. I have seen grown men on the field act like babies.
I've been out of the game about 5 years now. I used to play "real" woodsball way back when on the mainland. I decided to see how the sport has changed and start playing again. I did a little research and found that most of the fields on Oahu are the "tourney style" but I eventually discovered the Bellows field. I played there today for the first time and was impressed. I'm writing this because I read most of the other reviews for this field and they did'nt look too good.
First, I must say that if you don't like woodsball or getting a little dirty, don't play at Bellows. On the other hand, if you never grew out of playing GI Joe as a kid, you'll love this place. I played with a great mix of people there from families with little kids all the way up to active duty Marines and Army Rangers. I would'nt consider this a "real" woods field, more like a semi cleared forest area with lots of trees, bunkers and sniper houses, but it's still pretty good. There is a good variety of terrain and MANY little hiding places to pick off the "Rambo" types who think they can just rush anybody and anything and not get hit. Although I did encounter one "punk kid" (not an employee) who had a bit of an attitude toward anyone toting a rental gun, all the workers were helpful and polite.
The rental guns were ok, but only had an effective range of about 50 feet or so. The CO2 fill station was easy and convenient. They sell drinks for 1 dollar and don't have any food, so its better to bring a cooler. I thought the price was very reasonable. If you have a gun, its 20 bucks, 10 for field fee and 10 for all day air. There may be a military discount too, I'm not sure. If you need to rent, its 25 bucks (20 for military) it includes gun, mask, all day air and 100 paintballs. The paint is 47 bucks for a case of 2000, a little more for higher quality paint. I only used about 1000 rounds in six games, I guess most people go through about a case for the whole day.
I only played 6 games so it cost me about 45 bucks for the day, roughly 8 bucks a game, plus I still have half a case to go back with later. My advice: if your not a serious player, you might as well just use the rental gear instead of blowing a ton of money on your own gun, although you might want to get your own mask and a holder for extra paint, I ran out twice. I like the "recycle" rules, where you can keep playing after you get hit, plus if you have a problem (run out of paint, for instance) you can quickly leave the game, fix your problem, and return again.
Here's the best thing about playing at Bellows: youre literally about a minute from the beach. After the game just throw on some shorts, wash off in the ocean, fire up the grill and pop a cold one while you and your friends talk story, show off your welts, and exaggerate about how many times you took out the Rangers and the clowns playing with no shirts on. Have fun!
All-Star Paintball, Haven't played there, but from looking at site, looks more Speedball oriented.
During my Trip to Oahu, I stayed at Bellows AFS, and, to my suprise, had it's own paintball field. It also goes by the name "Island paintball"
Don't exactly remember prices, but I believe it was 10 for admission with gear, and 30 for rentals (including 500 paintballs)
Paint prices we're reasonable, $50 for case of "White box" which could be anything they have that isn't tourney grade. And $65 for tourney grade paint, which I believe was Steel.
$10.00 for all day air, and they have their own Air compressor, unfortunately, I'm not entirely sure what the PSI went up to, though.
Staff & Refs
The Staff at Island paintball are very friendly, helpful, and knowledgable. they give you a safety briefing at the front desk, and are willing to help you with most problems. I was shooting hot, and shortened my marker's spring for free. Refs are great, very friendly, and are fast for paintchecks. They have a riot shield, which I found very cool. Some of them are young, which helped me connect with them.
Very large, and SHADED staging area. Picnic tables, tents, and spools are sprawled over the staging area. They have a Pressure sprayer, thing, for Goggle cleaning.
They have 1 Chronograph which has located along a target range. The FPS limit is 285, which is good, and before every game, you must go through a FPS test.
Woodsball, Woodsball, Woodsball. But, there isn't anything wrong with it. Very large field, varying from trees, spools, wooden pallets and plyboard. Depending on the size of the group playing, they will enlarge/ decrease the size of the field. Every skill level will like what they have to offer on the fields.
Throughout the course of the day you play Elimination, Gauntlet, CTF and Single flag CTF.
Elimination - pretty straight forward, mark, or be marked.
Gauntlet - both teams start at middle, and at the sound of a horn, rush to cover for 5 seconds, and begin firing when ref calls "FIRE!" fast paced, and fun.
CTF - Pretty straight forward, capture their flag, bring it back to yours.
Single Flag - One flag, 2 teams, get the flag, and bring it to their base.
Its modified though, games are 15 mins each, and for 10 mins, you are allowed to respawn back into the game by touching your flag post. Allows for some interesting battle plans. And, you are allowed to leave the field for gun malfunction, and return at anytime.
Great woodsball/rec field, great staff, fun field, and pretty good prices.
Next time you are in Oahu, stop by Island Paintball for some Recball shenanigans.
Bellows is the cheapest and has a reall great woods ball field. if you know them its a great family environment. Rules change a lot and some rules you dont really like, Like the Gaunlet area, If your there in a full field game then you can get bunked from any range as much times possible. Other than the best things about it is the prolly the prices and the field...and some of the people.
This is my favorite field on the island its the cheapest. This is the first field I have ever played and is the field I play at the most. Its under new management as I can see so it has gotten cheaper and the staff and refs have gotten a lot better and nicer. I just like that the other guy that would always be at the shack is gone because he would make us scream "I'm out!" to see how loud we can. Well hes not there and one time his girlfriend owned us. Since they have more refs and they are better and nicer we can play better games and such. Also the rentals there have gotten better, its like a Spyder not a company I know of but they markers seem good. And they have a porta potty next to the field but if you want take a short walk to the close beach to get to the bathroom there. The paintballs are decent but with the price they should be.
$10 Admission $25 Rental I think
$10 All day
$around 60 for a case of paint.
Last edited on Wednesday, May 31st, 2006 at 6:13 pm PST
Well This field use to be bad from a owner named aronn who would kick many people off the field and charge atleast 90 $ for paint ............But now its owned and operated by very good people with 40 $ paint cases and 4500psi fills and 8$ all day air no matter what with a new speedball field almost ready and some new bunkers this field is getting a lot better....................10 out of 10
bellows is great if your new or if you just wanna chill out when you play. nice calm long games. but if you like full on speedball, bellows aint for you. and it isnt for me. i went here when i first started to play, but now i go to nimitz. i like it there better cuz i totally hate woodsball. but its an ok field.
also, your gonna have to shell out to play here. paint is 60 bucks a case and its FPO. 8 bucks for a co2 fill, and they dont do all day air on hpa.
I have played at Bellows paintball field and it was a great field to play on. But the staff wasn't the greatest. The field opens around 10:00 am and the first game starts around 10:45 am. I uasually get there around 10:15 am and there are like 20 people aready there ready to and play. The staff is the main thing I dont play here. I took a couple of my newbie friends on time and showed them the ropes and stuff. So one of my friends walks up to a staff member and tried to ask him some questions but the guy was acting like he didn't want to be bothered and was like go ask someone else. Another time I was there with some friends and before a game started he but his barrel condem in his pocket and during the game it fell out and after the game the staff walked out there and cleaned up the field and picked up his barrel condem and put it with the field ones my friend saw this happend and told them and they said he had to prove it and guess what he couldn't!. One staff member that really pissed me off was the 14 year old kid who claims he dosen't work there and doen't get free or disscounts but dose. I told him to do a paint check on a person on " tapeline " and he said why don't you go and do it. Later that day the kid walked into my line on fire for god knows what and gets skimmed in hes shoulder and told me to get off the field. He told one maneger person I shot him on perpose and the guy sat me down a gave some stupid lecture and told me to sit out for a couple of games. I will never play at this field agian unless it got a better staff and lowered the prices!
All Star Hawaii - Tourney style fields. Not good to play at if you have a big group that wants to play together, field is made for 20 max! Although it it is a great field if Tournament style play is your thing. They have three fields.
Bellows Paintball field is located on the Air Force Base, but they will send someone out to bring in anyone that might be waiting outside. This field is under new management so prices have come down considerably, $35 for the rec stuff $60 for the higher grade stuff. They do have all day air for $10 which also includes use of a new 4500 psi fill stations with 5 stations. No more 2000 psi fills, yay! The field is pretty sizeable. The main section can hold 50 - 60 ppl max. If they open up the whole field, they could hold a whopping 200 ppl!!! They are currently in development of a sup air field enough for a 5-man game. Hopefully ppl will think differently about Bellows Paintball field. It is a break away feel from Tournament Style.
Last edited on Monday, October 11th, 2004 at 10:25 pm PST