Kaka'ako is getting revved up for racing. The Groove Hawaii is putting the finishing touches on it's new go-kart track for it's grand opening Saturday.
If you've ever dreamed of being a Formula 1 driver, the track offers the opportunity on a much smaller scale.
"You're a little iffy at first because they're so powerful, but by the third lap you're figuring it out and it's just such a blast," said Alex Kite, marketing manager at The Groove.
I'll admit it, I'm no Michael Schumacher and The Groove's Alex Kite isn't Mario Andretti, but we staged our own dual anyway for a chance to feel like the former champs.
This 1/3 mile track is the main attraction at the park which features go-karts that can run up to 60 mph. It's set to operate seven days a week, rain or shine.
"It's more authentic to a real racing experience. The track is smooth, there's a straight away and there's some bends and turns that will keep you on your feet," said Kite.
The amusement park started taking shape just over a year ago at the Kaka'ako location and also features rides for kids, a rock climbing wall, an arcade and special bike tours throughout town.
"Everyone sits facing each other like at a bar and you paddle and there's a driver and you cruise around Kaka'ako," said Kite.
We're told The Groove's only in phase one of development with a lot more to come.
"I don't think they've seen anything like this, we've got some ideas, we're ready to blow this thing up," said Kite.
Back on the track, the Kaka'ako 500 came down the final lap as I honed in on my inner Schumacher and dove in for the pass, trying to stay out front for the checkered flag. On the final stretch, we would as Team KITV4 came out on top, but with this type of racing so does everyone else.
The Groove is located on 805 Ala Moana Boulevard right across from the Cutter Dodge Jeep dealership.