In ancient Hawaiian culture, places and things took their names not from their function or surroundings, but from dreams and interpretations of that object. Kupuna an kumu Aunty Malia Crave, a respected Hawaiian poet gave Na Ho'ola Spa the name based on this practice, calling the spot "many healers." To bring her vision to pass, the spa gathered up dozens of therapists and aestheticians whose sole goal is to soothe clients in the 10,000-square foot, two-story facility nestled inside the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa.
Massage therapists rub tension from muscles, using products derived from Maui-grown plants. Aestheticians promote healthy skin with Carita treatments, and a line of anti-aging skin care products imported from France. While they relax, visitors enjoy stunning views of Waikiki Beach out floor-to-ceiling windows.
Signature Service: Spa Treatments
Brands Used: Maui Lavender Massage Lotion, and French Spa Line, Carita
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 25?50
Parking: Parking garage
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
At The Modern Honolulu hotel, where accents such as a Herbie Fletcher surfboard installation join ocean-view pools, soothing scents waft in the air. They’re not from the flowers in the surrounding gardens or the waffles being seared by an iron in one of the guest rooms; rather, the scents are a result of the aromatherapy oils used in the hotel spa. Therapeutic-grade Australian eucalyptus and South African lime oils enhance everything from deep-tissue and hot-stone massages to the flowing strokes of Hawaiian lomi lomi massage.
The spa’s nail technicians rub scented scrubs and a signature blend of oils over feet and hands during luxury pedicures that may include Swarovski crystals to add a little sparkle or entrance any nearby gold diggers. Aestheticians nourish faces with Éminence Organic Skin Care products made from all-natural ingredients full of antioxidants. Luxurious add-ons, such as foot reflexology treatments and Intraceuticals Infusion oxygen facials, help round out the spa's services.
People may walk into Therapeutic Touch of Hawaii, but they practically float out. That's because the spa is entirely devoted to massage, with therapists excelling at modalities that include Swedish, deep tissue, and the Hawaiian art of Lomi Lomi. As if 60, 90, or 120 minutes of highly-trained techniques weren't enough to set muscles and minds at ease, clients can add reflexology or scalp massage to any of their treatments. And if they want even more time on the table, they can add 15 or 30 minutes, or step into the aromatherapeutic haze of the time machine, which will send them only one hour back in time.
Lomilomi, which means “massage” in Hawaiian, represents native islanders’ greater tradition of natural body healing. The therapists at Lomi-Foot N Body specialize in lomilomi as well as other forms of Hawaiian massage—including lomi pohaku, which incorporates hot stones; ha’uki lomi for highly active and athletic clients; and lomi noho, or chair massage. They partner their ancient Hawaiian specialty with other regional massage techniques, such as gentle Swedish massage and Japanese shiatsu, which stimulates bodily energy flow so that clients can recharge batteries by putting them in their ears.
Signature Service: Modern cuts, colors, and romantic looks
Brands Used: Paul Mitchell Keratin Awapuhi and Alterna Caviar
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Pro Tip: Please plan to arrive 15-20 minutes before the appointment time to make parking as stress-free as possible.
Oda Ohana Massage, trained physicians treat pain through a nuanced combination of gentle hands and advanced machinery. Paris and Aaries Oda, doctors of chiropractic, spend an average of 30 minutes with each client, identifying pain before prescribing chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic massage, or cold-laser therapy. Along with traditional massage techniques, Oda Ohana offers Hawaiian lomi-lomi massage, Chinese anma massage, and shiatsu, a massage well known for its English origins.