First, let me say that I have never tried or even heard much about the various escape room companies that have been popping up lately on the islands. Apparently, it’s a big thing on the mainland but I never really had the desire to try it. So when Solve the Room Hawaii contacted me to see if I was interested in checking out their version of escape rooms I figured I’d give it a try.
Thankfully, I was able to get specific directions on their website as to where they were located and where to park since there is absolutely no signage on the building. Once there we were immediately greeted by Nate who explained how the rooms worked. I really appreciated his honesty in letting us know that the Pirate Room that we chose was one of the more difficult rooms that they have. He explained that only 10% of the adult groups that have attempted the room were successful. So the fact that I showed up with only my 2 daughters (ages 8 and 12) probably didn’t give him much confidence in our completion. I know I didn’t have any expectations . . . I was there just to have fun.
First, they had us hang out in the game room while they got the room set up. There were various games and puzzles available to keep us occupied. It didn’t take long before we were ready to go.
Nate took us into the Pirate Room and gave us a rundown on the rules. The room was filled with pirate-type motif . . . maps, treasure chests, etc. He explained that we had 60 minutes to escape but we were also able to use the iPad-like device to ask him for help/clues along the way. Then he left . . . and the timer on the wall started ticking down.
Now, I’ve always considered myself a pretty smart person. I love doing puzzle and riddles and thinking outside the box. But when Nate left I was completely lost. We started looking around the room and in various objects for clues. The only problem was that once we found a few clues we weren’t really sure what to do with them. We weren’t even sure what order the clues were supposed to be in.
Nate was monitoring us through a video camera installed in the room and when he could see that we were at a roadblock he would message us and ask if we needed help. I felt so bad asking for help but he assured us that that’s what he’s there for.
Now, I can’t give too much away since it’s all about the surprises that make the room so much fun. But in the end . . . we ran out of time. But we did make it almost to the end. Nate said that he was “taken aback” at how quickly we were solving the puzzles . . . probably because it was pretty much Kiana (12 years old) who did all the work. If it weren’t for her we wouldn’t have gotten past the first clue.
All in all, we had a lot of fun at Solve the Room Hawaii. The staff was super friendly and tried to do everything they could to make our experience successful. My only suggestion is that they put some kind of signage on the building. The place is located on Kalakaua Avenue and there is heavy traffic that drive by. Signage would be beneficial to letting people know that they’re there . . . or at the very least draw some attention to their company. They currently have 3 themed rooms available . . . The Pirate Ship, Black Site Prison, Prohibition Era Bar . . . with 2 more coming soon.
Solve the Room Hawaii
1722 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu HI 96826
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.