From yoga classes to peaceful spots, Hawaii Island, commonly referred to as The Big Island, offers experiences that should please any health-focused client heading to the Aloha State.
Read on for more details on the latest health and wellness selling points out of Hawaii Island.
The newly introduced bamboo massage at the Spa Without Walls at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii incorporates bamboo stalks of varying length and diameters to provide a deep tissue massage. Essential oils used in the treatment promote circulation and lymphatic drainage, as well as provide a deep sense of relaxation.
The Beach Club at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel offers a variety of outdoor and wellness activities for hotel guests to enjoy, including "Rise and Shine Hatha Yoga," stand up paddle boarding lessons, a "Sunset Canoe Paddle" and four- and six-man Outrigger Sailing Canoes. Advance booking is recommended for select activities.
"Flo-yo" (Floating Yoga) at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, practiced on a stand up paddle board, aims to connect the mind, body and breath, while balancing above the calm waters. The activity demonstrates the benefits of building strength through balance and resistance. Flo-yo takes stand up paddle boarding beyond just riding the waves; it's an ideal sport to learn on flat bodies of water and incorporates a fun workout with the sensation of walking on water. Classes are offered daily at 8 a.m.
Self-Help and Wellness Programs
Kokolulu Farm and Cancer Retreats in Hawi offer year-round educational retreats for cancer victims, as well as anti-cancer/lifestyle retreats to learn self-care techniques for optimal health. Escaping daily routines and learning something new is needed in order to re-charge and gain empowerment to move forward.
KapohoKine Adventures created "Nohona Hawaii" to teach the importance of respecting the aina (land) for visitors interested in the island's wellbeing through the environment's rejuvenation of the soul and personal enrichment. Between ziplining Hawaii's longest-riding tandem line to taking part in activities that involve working in mala (dry land garden), loi (wet land garden), trail cleaning and planting, KapohoKine Adventures aims to provide authentic, hands-on experiences that teach the importance of protecting Hawaii's natural resources and its crucial bond to preserving the host culture. The cost is $299 plus tax, and includes lunch and transportation from Hilo.
Witness the flourishing, verdant pastures of North Kohala, and at the end of the journey (and end of Akoni Pule Highway - Route 270), you'll be rewarded with an unforgettable view of Pololu Valley Lookout. Take a hike down the 15-20 minute trail, and you'll witness even more beauty that surrounds the area.
Great for families, Kalopa Nature Trail offers an easy loop through a peaceful rainforest, and has nearly 25 different native species of trees, shrubs, and vines along the path. There are also tranquil spots nearby to enjoy a picnic.
The 1.2-mile Kipukapuaulu loop trail at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park leads visitors on a story-like adventure through some of the area's older vegetation, with a diverse view of rare plants, birds, insects, and trees. The best time to visit is sunrise.