In an open-cockpit ultra-light aircraft, a Paradise Air FAA-certified pilot teaches the passenger how to fly the agile-framed hang glider as they soar over the glistening aquamarine ocean. Paradise Air's hang-glider fleet consists of two Australian-built Airborne 912 XTs, engine-powered gliders that cradle the pilot and passenger, both strapped into two cushy seats buttressed on both sides only by blue sky. Apart from launching themselves from a trebuchet, the glider's open build allows students to experience unparalleled views of white sandy beaches and verdant O'ahu terrain. During the exhilarating flight, passengers can opt to take the controls for a hands-on experience that counts toward getting a sport pilot's license. For an additional cost not included in this Groupon, passengers can purchase souvenir photos or Blu-Ray or DVD video of their flight taken from several high-quality cameras mounted on the aircraft and a man sitting in a tree.
Like the sea turtles she swims with daily, Vanessa Floyd feels as comfortable in the ocean as she does on land. For nearly a decade, she has taught people how to surf the waves of the Pacific beside the chilly California coast and the warm sands of Hawaiian shores at her pair of Jetty Betty Surf School locations. She focuses on helping beginners overcome their fear of the water and enjoy the rush of riding the surf beneath the open sun. She and her fellow instructors begin their group and private lessons by meeting students at the beach, where they familiarize them with the equipment and the basics of safe surfing. Afterwards, students take to the waves, which instructors monitor to make sure they are suitably small for novice surfers—if not, they’ll either postpone the lesson or unplug Mother Nature's wave machine.
As the assistant coach and conditioning coach for the Hawaii Surf Team, Kahea Hart knows a lot about training new and professional surfers. The pro wave rider and founder of North Shore Surf Clinic Hawaii approaches students of any age with a lifetime of personal experience that can lead them toward their surfing goals, whether they want to finally tackle a famed North Shore wave or ready themselves for international competition. Instructors also run personal-training and boot-camp programs, helping participants build muscle to prepare for arm-wrestling with octopuses between catching waves.
Glow Hawaii Glow is not about how fast you run—it's about how brightly you shine. The 5K race decks out participants in glowing accessories, and encourages them to wear white clothing so that the course's black-lights have a dazzling effect. At every kilometer of the race, a different surprise or obstacle illuminates runners. And, because these areas are "party zones", participants can jog, walk, or dance along on their surfboard, so long as they reflect the celebratory spirit of the event. After the race, an after-party keeps the glow going with music and luminous decorations.