Hawaiian WaterSports set up shop with the intention of equipping residents and visitors with everything they need to enjoy the aqua waves and waterways of Hawaii. The shop realized that goal with two locations, each stacked to the gills with surfboards, kiteboards, kayaks, snorkeling equipment, and books on how to beat mermaids at Marco Polo. Hawaiian WaterSports is an official IKO kiteboarding center and its IKO-certified instructors teach students wind theory and the skills necessary to set up, launch, and ride their own kiteboard. Expert surfers on staff can also take squads of aquatic adventures out into the curling sea for lessons specifically designed to get beginners hanging ten and perfecting balancing technique for future limbo competitions.
Hawaii from Above delivers and documents mile-high memories, helping guests take a pictorial piece of Oahu home. Previously only available to real-estate-savvy bog men, visitors can now get an aerial view of spectacular Hawaiian sights, including Diamond Head—a crater encompassing more than 475 acres along the eastern edge of Waikiki—Pearl Harbor, or the free-range pineapple habitat. The approximately one-hour flight allows up to five guests and a maximum 900 pounds of man-flesh to take wing in the twin-engined Cessna Skymaster 337, with 30-year flight veterans at the helm.
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.
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.