BE WELL IN WAIKIKI
June 20, 2017
Hawaii is one of the healthiest states in the country, consistently ranked as one of the top 10 (often holding the number one spot) according to the United Health Foundation. While indulging in local favorites (plate lunches, craft beers, malasadas, spam musubi, anyone?) is fine—and definitely encouraged on occasion—there are also plenty of ways to keep your mind, body and soul in check. Because, well, #balance.
Below, our top tips to maintain wellness in and around Waikiki.
Indulge in a lomi lomi—also known as a loving hands—massage. The practice was brought to the islands by Polynesian settlers and is meant to have an affect on your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. We especially love the lomi lomi at Diamond Head Massage & Day Spa and Red Earth Massage & Wellness.
It goes without saying that whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned surfer, there’s a wave for you in Waikiki (Queen’s, Publics, Pops—to name just a few). If you prefer to stay on land, grab a bike and take a tour around the neighborhood—along the beach and then back along the Ala Wai Canal, perhaps. And because Waikiki tends to be the sunniest part of the island, there’s no need to step inside a gym. Opt to run or bike around the Kapiolani park, practice yoga or work on your fitness by the beach. Right here at the Surfjack, we offer Pilates or sunset yoga on our penthouse lanai to hotel guests and residents. Check the Experiences page for details.
At Mahina & Sun’s, Chef Ed Kenney takes pride in only serving sustainable seafood and crafting a menu out of local, seasonal ingredients. Another spot for a healthful meal or snack is Heavenly Cafe, which serves up island favorites such as acai bowls, smoothies and even a vegetarian take on a Hawaii classic dish, the loco moco. For an on-the-go meal, stop by Ruffage Natural Foods—a no-frills hidden gem that’s great for vegans and meat eaters alike.
When it comes to skincare, harness the power of Hawaii’s natural ingredients. For thousands of years, noni fruit has been used for its variety of health benefits. The fruit’s juice is a powerful antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. For these reasons, you’ll also find noni as an ingredient in natural skin and haircare products, like Hawaii-based beauty brand Puna Noni. Another superfood ingredient hailed for its major skincare benefits is `olena (Hawaiian turmeric). Look for this anti-inflammatory powerhouse in Honua Hawaiian Skincare’s Olena Oil. At Malie Organics, you’ll find a variety of organic beauty buys to slather, scrub and spray—featuring intoxicating island-style scents of plumeria, pikake, mango and more.
massage photo via The96815