Early-morning light twinkles on the ocean’s surface and envelops Lee-Ann Watanabe and her troupe of dedicated boot campers on Ala Moana Beach. Watanabe gives the go-ahead and campers charge, leaving the turquoise waters behind them as they sprint the sandy expanse before them. This is a common scene at 2CW HI boot camp.
A former coach potato turned triathlete, Lee-Ann Watanabe knows what it takes to get in shape. Drawing on her supportive yet tough demeanor, she motivates groups through intense cardio and resistance training at the above-mentioned beach, in Kaka'ako Park, or within Studio X, earning her business features in Midweek and other local publications. Every workout, she changes up the routines—which draw heavily from functional exercises and plyometrics—to prevent muscles from becoming bored and absent-mindedly ingesting a whole box of Twinkies. Dedicated to helping exercisers of all experience levels, she scales her workouts to match individual goals, working to ensure all participants benefit equally.
Hawaiian WaterSports set up shop with the intention of equipping residents and visitors with everything they need to enjoy the aqua waves and waterways of Hawaii. The shop realized that goal with two locations, each stacked to the gills with surfboards, kiteboards, kayaks, snorkeling equipment, and books on how to beat mermaids at Marco Polo. Hawaiian WaterSports is an official IKO kiteboarding center and its IKO-certified instructors teach students wind theory and the skills necessary to set up, launch, and ride their own kiteboard. Expert surfers on staff can also take squads of aquatic adventures out into the curling sea for lessons specifically designed to get beginners hanging ten and perfecting balancing technique for future limbo competitions.
Inspired by an ancient Hawaiian sports and religious festival, Makahiki Challenge 2012 tests runners with a five-kilometer mud run outfitted with 10 obstacles. Earth-covered contestants race through the Oahu countryside while scaling a cargo net, sliding down the side of a mud-slicked hill, balancing on beams over a cow pit, and spelling the word "onomatopoeia" backwards. Patrons are encouraged to sport a costume (prize awarded for most native costume), and all participants should wear outfits that can get muddy. After the sludgy sprint, competitors can meet their opponents at the Pa'ina where tunes from musical guests Kimie and Kaipo Kapua and sips from pia (beer) help bring rivals together to form friendships and human pyramids. Peruse the FAQ page for more information.
When a canoe enters the lagoon at Polynesian Cultural Center, its passengers transcend time, distance, and the need for a passport. The boat drifts to the shores of different exhibits, each of which represents a unique Polynesian region. At the Samoa section, for instance, visitors learn how to spark a fire and cook native cuisine. Nearby, the sounds of the haka—a lively war dance—ring through the Aotearoa area, while rhythmic drumming permeates the Fiji and Tonga exhibits. Those who stop by the miniature Tahiti can learn a traditional dance, and guests of the Hawaiian village observe skilled artists weaving leis.
For a cultural cap on an exploratory day, patrons can upgrade their general admission ticket and attend the nightly Ali'i Luau. A celebratory feast is laid out, including authentic Hawaiian cuisine and a whole pig roasted in an underground oven. Alternatively, guest can upgrade to even more evening entertainment, Ha: Breath of Life. During this show, more than 100 Polynesian performers dance, play music, and toss fire to tell an epic story. Dinner is not included with Ha: Breath of Life.
Aerobic gymnast. Master trainer. Exercise physiologist. Fitness director. Group exercise director. Terri Rivero has worn many hats throughout her more than 25 year fitness career, but all have served a single purpose: to improve others’ lives—and her own—through fitness and good health. At Training With Terri, she continues on this mission with personal- and group-training sessions, as well as tabata boot-camp classes, where participants perform short bursts of exercise moves at an ultra-high intensity level. She also provides functional movement screenings, workout plans for patients post-weight loss surgery, and isolated stretching sessions.
Typically, yoga studios feature glossy wood floors and big windows that let in plenty of natural light. However, at Salt Yoga in Waikiki, the setting is anything but typical: the big windows are instead the wide-open sky, the hardwood floors the gentle waters of a cove. Even the mats are different; instead of standing atop flat beds of foam, yogis balance on specially designed standup paddleboards that float on the surface. Led by certified yoga teacher Peter Jacobsen, students paddle out to the designated spot before executing carefully planned routines while safely anchored in flat water.