When Jeff Chang and Karen Lar Rieu—the brother-sister team behind Wet Feet Hawaii—aren't scrawling on the ocean's waves with their paddles, they're usually in their shop chatting with customers about their experiences. Behind their counter, they sell and rent gear, and orchestrate a team of paddleboard racers, an ocean conservationist, and water enthusiasts as they lead lessons and tours.
During the eco tour, a conservationist—who was the first woman to cross the Molokai Channel on a standup paddleboard—teaches the basics while leading tour members to conservation areas to expound on the problem of plastics in the ocean. On the downwind tours, some of Hawaii’s top standup-paddleboard racers guide and coach guests to tackle the infamous downwind runs of Oahu. With four different levels to suit all experiences and 5- to 12-mile runs, tour members can challenge themselves without challenging every dolphin they see to a race. In recognition of their service to the sport and the community, Honolulu magazine named Wet Feet Hawaii Best Standup Paddle Shop in Honolulu for 2010.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Zip Isle Zip Line and Segway Adventures
Pro Tip: Make sure to get your photo package. Our guides are expert at taking photos that capture your tour
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
What inspired you or the owner (if that?s not you) to start or run this business?
The beauty and wonderous nature of being surrounded by Hawaiian culture, flora, fauna and wonderful people inspires us daily to share this mystical place with our guests.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Knowing that I get to introduce the local culture to our guests and share it in a way that few ever experience in their lifetime.
What makes your business stand out?
The experience of [zip-lining] in, under and through the rain forest canopy, and gliding on Segways through real Hawaiiana tasting fruits and spices [to learn] about the wonders of the gardens and her history is an experience never to forget.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
There is a feeling that comes over our guests. One that interweaves peace and harmony with nature with the excitement and fun that comes from the adventures we offer. It is an amazing combination.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
Tears of joy from a woman that celebrated her 90th birthday by flying through the rainforest on the zip line. I am sure she will have a smile on her face on her last day from that memory.
For owner Nicole Robinson and the instructors at The Roof, yoga classes are about connecting with students in both the physical and spiritual sense. To encourage these connections, Nicole and her team lead sessions seven days a week from within the 2,300-square-foot Kailua Town studio, a sister studio to Hot Yoga by the Sea. Here, students of all levels improve their minds for meditation and body for flexibility during a variety of physical practice from Rock the Roof Flow to Twilight Vinyasa to Rooftop Restore. As muscles strengthen, minds can seek out inner peace on the spacious rooftop patio where twinkling string lights and panoramic views of Hamakua Marsh intermingle with the stars above and an occasional full moon during twilight yoga sessions.
To further encourage clients' search for calm, Nicole and company provide regular meditation workshops and yoga retreats as well onsite childcare services. The latter service, dubbed Yoga Playtime, provides a safe space for kids 1 year to 6 years to practice yoga and learn as parents participate in yoga classes or hide from their kids in a bathroom stall.
Designed to recreate Hawaii's native volcanic rock and its thrilling climbs, a multitude of climbing surfaces erupt throughout Volcanic Rock Gym's 3,000 square feet. From 16 feet in the air, a large top-out boulder hangs over an expanse of traversing walls, campus boards, and safety mats. Traditionalists can scale a vertical wall with the reassurance of a physical anchor on the top-rope routes, and rebellious climbers and mountain-goat impersonators can attempt the crack-climbing walls and bouldering façades. In addition, curious spelunkers can explore the bouldering cave, negotiating its ceiling holds and stubborn bats to emerge back in the gym from a massive overhang. Climbing routes change every month to present new climbing challenges and dissuade cheaters from memorizing all the foothold nibs before testing their climbing prowess.
Though GOLFZING can't actually sink a tough putt for you, it provides just about everything else that it takes to enjoy a day on the links. In states across the U.S., the company makes it simple to book tee times, receive detailed course info, buy and sell gear, and even play fantasy golf. Plus, GOLFZING's online community keeps golfers connected.
GOLFZING's membership program, The Players Club, is designed to help golfers of all levels improve their game. It provides vital tools and training opportunities for chopping down scores. Members enjoy access to select courses across the country, as well as numerous other benefits, from unlimited driving range balls to free clinics. Golfers can also earn ZINGPOINTS as part of the company's rewards program, which can be used toward free rounds of golf or complimentary zingers at Friar's Club roasts.
Mad Tiger Academy prides itself on fostering a community where all participants—men, women, and children—feel welcome. Teaching Gracie jujitsu and muay thai, the instructors arm students of all skill levels with techniques to stave off altercations while boosting self-confidence. In addition to teaching martial arts, the team also leads fitness boot camps, yoga, and Zumba classes.