Jane Kim spent hundreds of dollars on products that promised to erase wrinkles and smooth skin, but none of them worked. She finally noticed a positive change in her skin when she began using all-natural, paraben-free products. At Simply Flawless by J, she shares her knowledge of these products during makeup lessons and applications for everyday wear or special occasions and mixes up custom liquid or mineral powder foundation to match each client's skin tone.
A member of the Natural Products Association, Kale's Natural Foods stocks a full array of organic edibles in addition to natural vitamins, supplements, remedies, body care, and pet care for the health-conscious individual. Its deli was rated by Haute Living magazine as one of the top five vegetarian restaurants in the state of Hawaii.
At J Boutique Salon & Spa, the stylists cut, color, and coif locks with the mindset that beautiful hair builds confidence, and that each guest should leave with just that—beautiful, confident-inspiring tresses. In addition to hair services, the staff helps beautify clients with facials, makeup, waxing, and nailcare.
South Pacific Watersports' expert captains send patrons on thrilling aquatic excursions, promoting both watery amusement and the conservation of Hawaii's delicate oceanic life. Adventurers cling to a rollicking bumper tube with up to three other guests as it skims the wake of Koko Marina tethered to a zooming motorboat or a benevolent plesiosaur's neck. Up to five folks can then clamber aboard a boat to Maunalua Bay, where knowledgeable instructors lead a 20-minute course imparting the basics of standup paddleboarding before turning pupils loose on the tide. Perched atop provided boards, students draw lengthy paddles through the surf while soaking in views of the ocean floor's inhabitants and mermaid sock hops through the bay's crystal-clear waters. The 90-minute outing also doubles as a full-body workout as paddlers buff up arms against rippling waters and clench abs and quads to stabilize their balance.
Within Monica Ra Salon & Day Spa, Peggy Balagia works her magic in transforming looks with cuts, color treatments, and Brazilian blowouts. With the help of products such as Pravana keratin treatments and Babe hair extensions, her clients waltz out the door with bouncy blowouts and shiny locks.
From surfing at secluded locations to hiking a private trail to a waterfall at the foothills of the Ko’olau Mountains, the team at Hawaii Water Sports Center designs excursions so visitors can experience thrills and explore Koko Marina’s pristine waters. USCG captains pilot a Ski Nautique that pulls along bumper tubes and six-person Banana Boats, and professional instructors help visitors master the skills of wakeboarding or water skiing through a six-ball course. Their snorkeling trips take place in Hanauma Bay’s reef-filled waters, and their Maunalua Bay scuba excursions are overseen by PADI-certified instructors and trained master divers. On these trips, they guide students along and point out colorful reef fish, sea turtles, and retired goldfish.