Aboard a 170'x50' catamaran, dinner cruisers with Ali'i Kai taste piquant Polynesian dishes while watching traditional tribal dance in front of a stunning ocean sunset. During the two-hour dinner cruise (up to a $79/person value), complete with a lei and an additional alcoholic beverage (a $12 value), palates can experience new island flavors with buffet items such as the spicy pipikaula salad, pulehu cilantro-lime-marinated beef, or the mango-pineapple-teriyaki-glazed chicken. Vegetarians who call or skywrite their preferences in ahead of time can nibble on a specially made meat-free meal.
Surf Honolulu gives clients the lessons and equipment to conquer the white-capped waves off Oahu's shores. Lifeguard- and CPR-certified instructors impart tide-riding techniques during surfing lessons conducted at four beaches selected because their waves are seldom clogged by other surfers or porpoises riding kickboards. Each lesson includes 30 minutes of safety instruction led by both English- and Japanese-speaking surf instructors. For a more leisurely jaunt over the waters, guests can take advantage of standup-paddleboard rentals or guided tours through Kailua Beach or Kahana Bay. Surf Honolulu also offers a wide selection of surf equipment and apparel for those on the market for a new board or looking for a swimsuit upgrade.
With more than 22 years of experience as a professional surfer and parasailer, Greg Longnecker knows how to master unruly waves and harness coastal winds. He shares his adrenaline-charged experiences with clients with the aid of USCG-certified crews at X-Treme Parasail. They lead many of their ocean voyages aboard the Honolulu Screamer, a vibrant water-propelled jet boat powered by twin C-12 engines.
The vessel cuts through coastal waves at up to 40 miles per hour as musical beats pump from its 20-speaker sound system, just below the decibel range of Poseidon's hearing. Greg and his captains alternatively provide tours up the Waikiki coastline, as well as jet-ski training and parasailing tours, which can send customers soaring up to 850 feet above the water's surface. On most excursions, participants may lay their eyes on Diamond Head and the Ko'olau Mountains, or turn seaward to gloat obnoxiously at green sea turtles and spinner dolphins.
Hawaiian Parasail has more than three decades of experience hoisting Honolulans and visitors to the heavens from a boat-drawn parachute. Flight-fanciers ages 5 and older can savor views of Diamond Head and Waikiki that are normally reserved for migratory birds and the liberated ghosts of cane toads. Once passengers step from the boarding dock onto the parasail boat, the staff will prep them for their 8–10 minutes of air time by elucidating proper floatation-jacket and harness attire, by briefing them on sailing safety, and by demonstrating hand signals that can be used for communication with the boat team or for making shadow puppets on the bellies of shore-bound sunbathers. When the boat has passed through the harbor channel into the open ocean, the parachute will be unfurled and passengers will be securely clipped into their air carriage.
Past and present intertwine with every Rock-A-Hula performance at the 750-seat Royal Hawaiian Theater. While archived concert footage plays on the stage's sprawling video screens, dedicated tribute artists deliver passionate performances as musical superstars ranging from Elvis Presley to Lady Gaga. Live bands and backup dancers turn each song into an even more dynamic production as the tribute artists disappear into their roles, mirroring the vocal styles, dance steps, and stage presence that defined each legendary icon. In addition to these homages, Rock-A-Hula also includes locally grounded performances. Traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian music gets toes tapping, hula dancing causes hips to unconsciously sway, and fire knife dances gently remind audience members that everyone can be tourist once in a while. The venue also offers validated parking for up to 4 hours.
On his webpage, iDcard CEO Shawn Dohmen explains that his title stands for "Cheap Executive Officer"?a joke that references his fondness for finding deals on everything from restaurant tabs to golf games. Shawn's knack for saving money spawned the idea for his company, which provides discounts on goods and services from hundreds of businesses in Hawaii and elsewhere. It was his desire to save trees, however, which led to the iDcard. Instead of carting around a cumbersome coupon book in a baby stroller, customers redeem their deals by handing their iDcards to the many merchants that accept them.
Participating businesses in the iDcard network include restaurants, hotels, gyms, nightclubs, and pet groomers. Customers can show their card to sponsors over multiple visits, and receive the same discounted massage or meal each time. A downloadable phone app even alerts them to valid sponsors nearby, allowing them to easily locate opportunities for savings.