Hawaiian sitar music hums softly in the background of spacious, private rooms, setting a tranquil mood as licensed massage therapists ease aches with a blend of shiatsu and lomi-lomi techniques. As a heating pad warms muscles and helps release tension, the kahuna (teacher) delivers specialized strokes from other modalities, using various yoga positions and techniques to optimize breathing and flexibility. The relaxation can also be taken outside, as practitioners perform these massages in the salty breeze of the beach. During ocean massages, therapists use the weightless buoyancy of an outdoor salt pool to manipulate bodies into positions that both release tension from muscles and communicate with nearby migrating whales.
Menus and pricing may vary slightly between Chuck's Restaurants's three locations—Ko 'Olina, Waikiki, and Waikiki Beach—but all three meld upscale cuts and catches with a casual atmosphere, obviating the awkward sight of a tuxedo jacket thrown over a Garfield-print aloha shirt. Open lava-rock grills send meaty aromas to gallantly guide diners to the all-you-can-eat salad bar offered with every entree. On any given night, an array of veggies might be escorted by soupy sidekicks such as seafood chowder, french onion, or tomato vegetable. A herd of aged USDA Prime–grade steaks graze with the teriyaki sirloin, which soaks for 48 hours in a house-made marinade before reaching your plate. Chuck's fish-finaglers hook the catch of the day from local waters, presenting a line of island fish such as hebi, opah, or ahi, served grilled or sautéed (market value). Several variations on surf 'n' turf unite feuding sectors of the culinary kingdom by wedding prime rib (starting at $28.75) to lobster tail (market value), and sirloin (starting at $24.50) to scallops ($28.50). Most meals range $20–$40.
As if Honolulu, Waikiki, Hawaii wasn't relaxing enough, Sukotai Massage is ready to make your trip even better. Massage therapists are poised and ready to help kama’ainas (locals) and malihinis (tourists) with their therapeutic or relaxation needs. There’s a variety of massages to choose from, such as Thai, Swedish, Lomi Lomi, Deep Tissue, and Ashiatsu (barefoot back walking). Plus, if you can’t make up your mind, fear not! Just go for a combination massage. Each and every service is designed to help you unwind in paradise. Don’t let an afternoon of hangin’ ten and wiping out leave you battered. Let Sukotai Massage put you back together in time for the next luau.
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.
As a kid, Kenji Wrathall’s mother taught him about how shoulder massage can make people feel good. Now, for the last 12 years, Kenji has brought relaxation to his clients through the fine art of massage, a career that’s included work at spas, management stints, and training other therapists. He opened Honolulu Massage and Bodyworks in 2012, where he leads a team with more than 50 years of combined experience that provides massages tailored to each individual’s stress levels, the pain they’re dealing with, and the number of backs they have. Honolulu Massage and Bodyworks is located in the Eaton Square shopping plaza.