Be Fit And Fabulous in Hawaii
Health and wellness are trending in paradise.
Everyone knows Hawaii is a tropical paradise, a place to dip your toes in the waves, sip a fruity drink and watch the sun set in a blaze of glorious colors. But it’s also becoming a popular destination for health and fitness fans.
For the fifth consecutive year, Hawaii has been named the nation’s healthiest state, and tourism just keeps growing, with a record-breaking number of visitors in 2016. Of course, you don’t have to pass up a beach chair when you visit, but if your ideal getaway includes a fantastic fitness center; farm-to-fork fresh foods or an invigorating workout on the shore, Hawaii has some new ideas for you.
Check your Instagram account for snaps of the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s new addition, the Ali’i Tower (the hotel itself is already the most-Instagrammed hotel in Hawaii.) The Ali’i is a sort of hotel-within-the-hotel, offering exclusive guest services and access to fine restaurants and special activities. You'll be given a bracelet that allows you to enter the poolside fitness center and use the pool and whirlpool on the private terrace on the second floor. Start your day on the Village Green, where you can join a body sculpt, yoga or tai chi session, or get your hula on with a lively aerobics workout that incorporates authentic Polynesian movements. Don’t miss the resort’s world-famous, salt water Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon, where you can surf, water bike or go stand-up paddle boarding.
Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
This Fairmont hotel offers an award-winning Inspire Your Energy fitness and wellness program that’s curated to match your interests and needs. Led by an American College of Sports Fitness Certified Personal Trainer, the customized program can help you get moving, or, if you’re already an athlete, give you new challenges to meet. Classes range from floating yoga to aqua fitness, and body definition to meditation and breathing. Later, relax at the hotel’s Willow Stream Spa, where body therapists use kukui nut oil, lemongrass, and other herbs and oils and indulge you in Hawaiian stone massages, wave-motion treatments and more.
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, Honolulu
Take a spin—a spin class, that is—in the Aston Wakiki's new indoor fitness center. The fourth floor has been turned into a “Gathering Level” where guests can overlook the ocean and socialize while they build endurance, lift weights and run on treadmills. Stop at the activities desk to book a surf lesson or plan a mile-plus hike to stunning Manoa Falls or Diamond Head crater.
Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club, Honolulu
Don’t leave Hawaii without savoring its fresh fruits, carrots, beets and other vegetables. Guests at the Surfjack can tour MA’O or Kahumana, two organic farms located to the west of Oahu. You'll learn about Hawaiian history as you stroll through fields of gold and yellow sunflowers, leafy lettuces and other greens and orchards of breadfruit trees, avocados and mangoes. Sample Kahumana’s homemade macadamia nut pesto or bite into a juicy orange plucked straight from the tree. Some of the farm tours are led by Honolulu native Ed Kenney, the hotel’s James Beard award-winning chef.
Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, Honolulu
Order a nutritious breakfast at the Lotus Honolulu, and then look over the hotel’s “morning wellness menu,’" a list of healthy activities you can select to jump-start your day. This boutique property offers complimentary outdoor yoga sessions in nearby Kapiolani Park, unlimited use of beach bikes to cruise along the shoreline and Zumba and Tai Chi classes. Stop by the fruit-infused water station in the hotel lobby to stay hydrated. When you’re ready for your next activity or workout, head to the park’s tennis courts, archery range, soccer fields and outdoor exercise facility.
Hard-core fitness fanatics can plan a vacation through Sonki, a company that specializes in fitness-related travel. Packages include luxury accommodations, complete body workouts, and day and nighttime activity choices such as snorkeling and kayaking. You might choose to hike a waterfall, go windsurfing, parasailing, or deep sea fishing. Currently, fitness/travel trips are available to Oahu, Maui and Fiji.
More Farm and Agricultural Tours
Sample Hawaii’s sweet honey and aromatic vanilla and coffee beans when you tour a farm on Oahu, Maui, the Big Island or Kauai. You can catch the Pineapple Express on the North Shore of Oahu, at the Dole Plantation and buy fresh pineapples to take home, or ride a tram through stands of guavas, mangoes, guavas and bananas at Maui Tropical Plantation. Find more farms, farmers' markets and other agricultural tours here.
Meetup and Work Out
Looking for a workout buddy? Connect with other fitness enthusiasts in Hawaii through Meetup, an app and website that help you contact groups who share your passion for hiking, free-diving, stand-up paddle boarding and many other health and wellness activities. Don’t see anything that interests you? Create your own Meetup to locate workout partners and set goals and challenges. Be sure to read all Meetup guidelines and community standards to ensure your safety and well-being.