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Meeting, Events, & Travel Planning Guide

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Kendra Murray, special events manager for Dave and Buster’s

Dave and Buster’s

The word is getting out that this popular Ward Entertainment Center attraction is much more than a pau hana and weekend hot spot for the under-30 crowd. Hawaii’s only Dave and Buster’s, one of 67 nationwide, enjoyed a 12 percent increase in meeting sales from 2011. “Meeting market sales helped us exceed our overall sales goal by 14 percent in 2011 and makes us one of the top three D&B’s nationwide,” says Kendra Murray, special events manager for the Kakaako facility.

Murray says the last quarter of 2011, boosted by holiday and end-of-the-year events, was especially robust with a mix of events and meetings to put the group sales market on a definite upswing into 2012. “We are seeing companies willing to go off-site to our facility for team-building and employee appreciation events,” says Murray. While local companies dominate Dave and Buster’s events bookings, Murray is seeing an uptick in West Coast companies with regional offices in Hawaii willing to travel to the islands for corporate events that take advantage of D&B’s private event spaces and unique combination of food, beverages and games all on one site. 

“We’re also seeing more companies book our Mystery Dinner Theatre event as a fun employee team-building event to have staff teams solve the whodunit,” adds Murray.

Murray and her team of event planners offer a menu of team-building activities as well as versatile event spaces able to accommodate groups from 10 people to a full buy-out of facility. For a number of local organizations that regularly use Dave and Buster’s to bring branch and regional site staff together for quarterly or annual meetings, the facility offers private function spaces, including a small meeting room, billiards/dining room and a showroom with audio-visual facilities.

Plans for renovation of the Sunset Lanai to add a private event room and to extend the lanai space of the rooftop facility are designed to accommodate more group activities and is slated for completion end of this year or early next year, says Murray.

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