Bay View Mini-Putt and Zipline's attractions make the most of Hawaii's natural beauty. Mini-golfers may play across artificial lava flows and beneath the gaze of dragon statues, but the backdrop consists of real Koolau Mountain peaks and soaring banyan trees. The course's tallest banyan tree, in fact, holds a treehouse that serves a launching point for a double-cable zipline, which carries up to two passengers at a time over the Likelike Course. Over 400 feet, the exhilarating trip affords views of nearby Kaneohe Bay at speeds of up to 25 mph?eight times the velocity of even the most powerful putt.
Named America's third most difficult golf course by Golf Digest, Ko'olau Golf Club's Dick Nugent–designed course snakes through the crags of the picturesque, 2,000-foot Ko'olau Ridge mountain range, where duffers contend with dramatic elevation changes and the thick vegetation of the tropical jungle. The breathtaking course spans 5,102 yards from the forward tees and 7,310 yards from the back tees, with two sets in between, and its length is compounded by a series of deep ravines, massive sand bunkers, and driver-stealing Pacific loons. After enduring 17 intricate holes, golfers must steel themselves for the dramatic, par 4 18th, where two forced carries and 22 sand bunkers may turn even the boldest of wedge-wielding knights into a quivering lickspittle. Though the formidable seashore paspalum monolith may mangle scorecards, its sweeping, tropical vistas and cascading waterfalls make the course a beautiful and enjoyable haunt for all.
At Bay View Mini-Putt and Zipline, there are two types of people: Pali People and LikeLike People. Luckily, the mini-putt outpost maintains two corresponding courses. The Pali course gives folks a chance to stretch their legs, enjoy a nice walk, and take in a leisurely game of mini-golf. It's type-A brother, the LikeLike course, refuses to go in for any of that nonsense, preferring instead to challenge the pants off players with everything from steep banked walls, multi-level fairways, and faux sand traps. Of course, people can skip the links altogether and head for the trees on Bay View's new zipline that sends guests soaring through the trees at up to 25 miles per hour.
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.
When the sun descends past the horizon, participants will strap on their headlamps and embark on a 5K run under a glowing moon. The race trail follows the scenic, coastal terrain, and all participants receive a headlamp. Post-race, runners enjoy live music, carnival rides, dunking booth, and giveaways while partaking in food and drinks. The friendly competition continues at the after-party, where organizers bestow awards to runners with the best costumes.
Inspired by an ancient Hawaiian sports and religious festival, Makahiki Challenge 2012 tests runners with a five-kilometer mud run outfitted with 10 obstacles. Earth-covered contestants race through the Oahu countryside while scaling a cargo net, sliding down the side of a mud-slicked hill, balancing on beams over a cow pit, and spelling the word "onomatopoeia" backwards. Patrons are encouraged to sport a costume (prize awarded for most native costume), and all participants should wear outfits that can get muddy. After the sludgy sprint, competitors can meet their opponents at the Pa'ina where tunes from musical guests Kimie and Kaipo Kapua and sips from pia (beer) help bring rivals together to form friendships and human pyramids. Peruse the FAQ page for more information.