On Oahu, it may be hard to know where to begin. With a endless variety of activities, from hiking picturesque trails to kayaking along the shore, Active Oahu Tours helps explorers hone in on fun activities—and safely guides them through all adventures. With the added advantage of knowing little-known spots, guides usher tour-goers to less-congested kayaking areas, tropical hikes, and rivers. Other activities such as snorkeling and destination yoga are also available, encouraging visitors and natives alike to actively explore the lush island.
With new races popping up weekly in cities around the world, the organizers of the Spartan Race are almost as busy as their race's runners. Almost. The grueling races range from the Spartan Sprint, which is a 5K with more than 15 obstacles, to the Ultra Beast, which is a marathon with more than 50 obstacles. Depending on the race, the obstacles may include mud pits, pugil sticks, or fire. To unite the sprawling operation, Spartan Race tracks racers' point totals on its online-standings page.
Elma Ann Thiem loves feeling fit and healthy, but—like many people—finds conventional exercise a little dull. Instead of pounding her soles on some treadmill, she twists her heels in upbeat Zumba classes, which she leads twice a week. Her classes have an easy learning curve: students simply watch what she's doing and copy it. That's why she invites students of all fitness levels, from the tragically uncoordinated to hula-hoop world champions.
Michele Day mans the massage tables at Kaimana Massage Therapy. A licensed massage therapist, she has numerous modalities at her fingertips, from relaxation and therapeutic massage to more exotic forms like lomi-lomi and aroma touch techniques. Regardless of which massage you opt for, Michele’s goal is to foster health and well-being in the mind and the body.
Licensed Zumba instructor Kehaulani Volhein leads students through high-energy workouts that set a blend of dance and exercise moves to upbeat, Latin-inspired music. During classes on Tuesday mornings and Thursday and Friday evenings, Kehau inspires dancers of all skill levels to let loose with easy-to-execute routines that help develop coordination while improving cardiovascular fitness. Exercisers burn calories to a soundtrack of international music that creates a party-like atmosphere and tricks sweat into electric sliding out of the body. Kehau recommends that exercisers wear comfortable clothes and bring water so they can stay hydrated or recreate scenes from Flashdance.
Situated less than 30 minutes from the crowded coves of Waikiki, Paradise Bay Resort whisks travelers away from touristy hustle and bustle with premier accommodations and activities that highlight the beauty of Kaneohe Bay. Like Swiss army knives and Swiss army goodie bags, the Premium Oceanfront two-bedroom suites are replete with luxurious amenities, boasting televisions, king-size beds, and fully stocked kitchenettes. The dark, hardwood floors give way to lanais overlooking the bay, offering panoramic views of the Ko’olau mountains and the bay’s brilliant blue waters. Mornings begin with complimentary breakfasts to prepare patrons for the host of activities offered on site, be it a pleasantly grueling go at kayaking or a gruelingly relaxing series of massages at the spa. You may purchase up to three Groupons in total and combine them for a three-day stay at almost any time over the next year, although, like veggie-heavy fruitcakes, this Groupon is not valid from December 24, 2011 to January 2, 2012.