For owner Nicole Robinson and the instructors at The Roof, yoga classes are about connecting with students in both the physical and spiritual sense. To encourage these connections, Nicole and her team lead sessions seven days a week from within the 2,300-square-foot Kailua Town studio, a sister studio to Hot Yoga by the Sea. Here, students of all levels improve their minds for meditation and body for flexibility during a variety of physical practice from Rock the Roof Flow to Twilight Vinyasa to Rooftop Restore. As muscles strengthen, minds can seek out inner peace on the spacious rooftop patio where twinkling string lights and panoramic views of Hamakua Marsh intermingle with the stars above and an occasional full moon during twilight yoga sessions.
To further encourage clients' search for calm, Nicole and company provide regular meditation workshops and yoga retreats as well onsite childcare services. The latter service, dubbed Yoga Playtime, provides a safe space for kids 1 year to 6 years to practice yoga and learn as parents participate in yoga classes or hide from their kids in a bathroom stall.
Not just anyone can become a guide for Discover Hawaii Tours. In fact, prospective guides have to run the gauntlet of rigorous training, studying, and testing on the islands' history. But those who succeed can expound on all manner of local topics from sea turtle anatomy to Pearl Harbor facts. Only then are they qualified to lead the small, personalized tours that span Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island.
These themed tours share Hawaii's most treasured sights, often including the acitve volcano Mt. Kilauea and sights as small and wondrous as the darting fish in Hanauma Bay. Depending on which excursion you choose, you might have the chance to pull on a mask and flippers for a day of snorkeling or steel yourself for the fire-dancing performances at the Polynesian Cultural Center. The guides also draw on their knowledge as locals to bring groups to secluded locations, such as the beach on Oahu's North Shore where turtles are known to gather and the cove where surfers go to perfect their mating dances.
For more than 30 years, VIP Transportation's professional drivers have showcased Honolulu's scenic and historical sites from behind the tinted windows of their vans, mini coaches, and charter buses. In addition to manning the steering wheel, they also dish out tidbits during tours of Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, and the island's scenic escapes. The 24/7 airport shuttles give visitors a cozy welcome and send off, and VIP Transportation’s fleet carts clients to an array of events that demand extra space, such as large weddings, graduations, or transplant ceremonies for the actual family tree.
In 1968, the Japanese celebrated their first century in Hawaii by building the Buddhist Byodo-In temple, a religious hub that is still nestled amid the idyllic greenery at the foot of the Koolau Mountains. Sightseers can visit the tucked away temple—as well as iconic sites such as Pearl Harbor—on guided tours from Massimo Sport Hawaii. Devoted to highlighting the archipelago’s landmarks and encouraging exercise, their team helms sightseeing jaunts aboard private yachts and and leads hikers on strolls through botanical gardens or all-day journeys to secret waterfalls. They also showcase aquatic sights with kite surfing and windsurfing lessons, which teach students to glide over waves. Their purely fitness offerings, meanwhile, range from personal training to instruction in weight lifting, Pilates, and Zumba’s Latin-inspired dance moves.