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Pam­per Your­self

Hawai‘i is a heal­ing place, and not just be­cause of the sooth­ing sounds of waves crash­ing on the shore or the warmth of the sun. Hawai­ian cul­ture tra­di­tion­ally stresses the im­por­tance of heal­ing both body and spirit, a fo­cus on min­dand-mana aloha.

Treat­ments that stem from Hawai­ian tra­di­tion re­lax the body while sooth­ing the mind and spirit, since the be­lief is that one be­ing off-bal­ance af­fects the other. Lomi lomi is a type of mas­sage that fo­cuses on eas­ing stress and bring­ing har­mony to the re­cip­i­ent as a whole. La‘au lapa‘au is herbal heal­ing. Hawai­ian salt rit­u­als em­u­late the heal­ing ef­fect be­lieved to come from ocean water while cleans­ing pores and re­ju­ve­nat­ing skin. Some spa tips: 1. Ar­rive be­tween 15 to 30 min­utes early. 2. Turn off your mo­bile phone. 3. Let your ther­a­pist know of any health con­cerns 4. Tips are usu­ally 15 to 20 per­cent. If you are us­ing a gift

cer­tifi­cate, ask if the tip is in­cluded. 5. If some­thing is not quite right (the pres­sure of the mas­sage,

for ex­am­ple), let your ther­a­pist know.

Fresh from the Is­land

At col­or­ful open-air mar­kets through­out Hawai‘i, you’ll find fresh, home­grown pro­duce at bargain prices. Look for lo­cal fa­vorites like sweet and juicy Ka‘u or­anges, Puna pa­payas, che­r­i­moya, poha berries, Ha­makua mush­rooms, su­gar­loaf pineap­ples, Hilo ly­chees and Waimea straw­ber­ries. Some mar­kets sell an as­sort­ment of cakes, cook­ies and pre­serves. Bring lots of small bills (mar­kets are cash-only).

Hilo’s Farm­ers’ Mar­ket

Wed­nes­day, Satur­day Cor­ner of Kame­hameha Av­enue and Mamo Street 6 a.m.-4 p.m. www.hilo­farm­ers­mar­ket.com

Lau­pa­hoe­hoe Farm­ers’ Mar­ket

Sun­day High­way 19 be­tween the 25 and 26 mile mark­ers, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Waikoloa Vil­lage Farm­ers’ Mar­ket

Satur­day Waikoloa Com­mu­nity Church, 68-3625 Pan­iolo Ave., 7:15-10 a.m.

Keauhou Farm­ers’ Mar­ket

Satur­day Keauhou Shop­ping Cen­ter, 8 a.m.-12 noon

South Kona Green Mar­ket

Sun­day Amy B.H. Green­well Eth­nob­otan­i­cal Garden; 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Vil­lage Farm­ers’ Mar­ket

Satur­day, Sun­day Across from Hale Halawai, Kailua-Kona; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Holu­aloa Gar­dens Famers Mar­ket

Satur­day 76-5901 Ma­mala­hoa High­way, Holu­aloa; 9 a.m.-12 noon

Vol­cano Farm­ers’ Mar­ket

Sun­day 1000 Wright Road, Cooper Cen­ter, Vol­cano; 7-9 a.m.

Cre­ate a Last­ing Me­mory

Hol­ly­wood knows Hawai‘i is one of the most beau­ti­ful places on the planet—but they’re not the only ones. You can en­list a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher to doc­u­ment your spe­cial time on is­land.

Pro­fes­sional shoot­ers like David O. Baldwin of­fers fam­ily por­traits, wed­ding pho­tos and the like. Kids call David “Un­cle Beach” as he spins Hawai­ian folk­lore and ocean sto­ries while cap­tur­ing their ex­pres­sions in the cam­era. From for­mal to cliff div­ing, beach scenes or sand­cas­tles, ses­sions are filled with laugh­ter thanks to Baldwin’s knack for putting even the most cam­era-shy peo­ple at ease.

•David O. Baldwin Pho­tog­ra­phy (808) 938-7321

Sur­round Your­self with Blooms

There’s lit­tle else that says “Hawai‘i” than a flower lei. This gar­land of flow­ers that is given as a gift upon greet­ing guests is a fra­grant sym­bol of aloha.

Lei can be as sim­ple as a daisy chain-like string of per­fumed plume­ria; or as in­tri­cate as a multi-braided haku lei com­posed of flow­ers, berries and leaves. Ei­ther way, it’s an honor to re­ceive one.

In Hawai‘i, May Day is Lei Day when many kama‘aina wear lei. Lei dis­plays and even com­pe­ti­tions are a part of the cel­e­bra­tions. Other days of the year, one can find lei at lei stands, florists, farm­ers’ mar­kets and even at is­land gro­cery stores.

Many ho­tels and re­sorts of­fer lei-mak­ing classes, some­times for free. Ask your concierge if there’s a class nearby.

Stroll to Kokua Kailua

In Hawai‘i, keep­ing it lo­cal is im­por­tant. For many res­i­dents of the Is­lands, lo­cal sup­port is the only thing that keeps them afloat. And at Kokua Kailua, a monthly vil­lage stroll, eat­ing and shop­ping lo­cal con­verge with a con­cert se­ries at Hulihe‘e Palace for a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence.

Fam­i­lies and friends of all ages walk around ocean­front Ali‘i Drive along scenic Kailua Bay, as lo­cal artists’ dis­play work and per­form­ers share mu­sic, while lo­cal restau­rant fare abounds.

From 1 to 6 p.m. with the con­cert start­ing at 4 p.m., Kokua Kailua typ­i­cally falls on the third Sun­day of ev­ery month.

Trek to a Star Party

You won’t find celebri­ties at a Big Is­land “star party,” but hav­ing the South­ern Cross, Jupiter, Saturn and the Great An­dromeda Galaxy at your fin­ger­tips draws awe just as well.

A reg­u­lar fea­ture of the Onizuka Cen­ter for In­ter­na­tional As­tron­omy Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Sta­tion, the stargazing pro­gram is held ev­ery evening from 6 to 10 p.m. It be­gins with an as­tron­omy video, fol­lowed by a dis­cus­sion fo­cused on as­tron­omy and Mauna Kea, where the cen­ter is lo­cated. There, state-of-the-art tele­scopes and guided tours to Mauna Kea’s sum­mit are your pass­ports to the stars.

It’s a good idea to call (808) 935-6268 for the lat­est weather con­di­tions be­fore mak­ing the trip. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Onizuka Cen­ter, call (808) 961-2180 or log on to www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/vis

Pic­nic Un­der Co­conut Trees

Wan­der across a foot­bridge over Hilo Bay keep­ing your eyes peeled for sea tur­tles that of­ten play un­der­neath, and you’ll find your­self on a small, peace­ful is­land fre­quented by tourists and lo­cals alike.

Aptly named for the co­conut trees scat­tered across it (heads up!), Co­conut Is­land of­fers shal­low pools with sandy bot­toms per­fect for chil­dren to play, grassy spots ideal for pic­nick­ing, and a beau­ti­ful view of Hilo Bay with a moun­tain­ous back­drop. The breeze that reaches the is­land and the shade of the palm trees makes for a nice re­treat where you can snack, fish and play.

Head to the east side of the is­land and you’ll even find an old stone tower, rem­nants of a foot­bridge that was wiped out by a tidal wave.

The foot­bridge to Co­conut Is­land is just op­po­site the Hilo Hawai­ian Ho­tel along Banyan Drive.

Fol­low the Scent of Sweet­bread

Like most things in Hawai‘i, the treats one finds to munch on are as var­ied as the peo­ple who’ve come to live in th­ese Is­lands. From the Por­tuguese, Hawai‘i has adopted the malasada (a hole-less donut typ­i­cally coated in sugar) and sweet­bread (loaves of sweet, soft bread) as a din­ing sta­ple.

Here on the Big Is­land, some bak­eries have taken the sweet­bread recipe to a whole new is­land-in­spired level: fla­vor­ings that in­clude trop­i­cal fruits or taro.

In Hilo, check out Low’s In­ter­na­tional Food, or head south to Pu­nalu‘u Bake Shop, the south­ern­most bak­ery on the is­land and in

the U.S. You can also get malasadas filled with fla­vored creams like mango and lilikoi. Pu­nalu‘u Bake Shop is lo­cated on Route 11 in Na‘alehu. It can also be found on­line at www.bakeshophawaii.com.

• Pu­nalu‘u Bake Shop (808) 929-7343

Find Beach­front Om

Yoga is known for its re­lax­ing and cen­ter­ing qual­i­ties. Beaches are hailed as a place to es­cape and re­ju­ve­nate. Hawai‘i is a des­ti­na­tion renowned for its lux­ury and leisure. Why not com­bine all three for the best pos­si­ble get­away?

Lo­cated on the East­ern tip of the is­land among 26 trop­i­cal acres, Yoga Oa­sis of­fers week-long yoga re­treats as well as daily classes. Near Pa­hoa, Kalani Oceanside Re­treat of­fers a va­ri­ety of work­shops and pack­ages in­clud­ing a week­long “In­tro­duc­tion to Yoga.”

If you want go the re­treat route near Kona, visit Yoga Hale, lo­cated min­utes from White Sand Beach.

Or, for classes and work­shops held daily, visit Big Is­land Yoga Cen­ter. Held in a plan­ta­tion home in the cool, up­land town of Kealakekua just south of Kailua-Kona, th­ese classes are very pop­u­lar with trav­el­ers.

Be­yond th­ese op­tions, many re­sorts and spas of­fer yoga classes of their own (for ex­am­ple, the Hil­ton Waikaloa’s fit­ness cen­ter of­fers com­pli­men­tary classes to its guests), so con­tact your concierge for more op­tions.

Learn more in­for­ma­tion about Yoga Oa­sis by call­ing (800) 274-4446 or vis­it­ing www.yo­gaoa­sis.org; Kalani Oceanside Re­treat at (800) 800-6886 or www.kalani.com; Yoga Hale at (808) 938-9980 or www.yo­ga­hale.com; and Big Is­land Yoga Cen­ter at (808) 329-9642 or www.big­is­landyoga.com.

Book a Sun­set Din­ner Cruise

When the sun sinks be­low the hori­zon and the party boats light up, Kailua Bay is one of the sweet­est sights on the planet. Book a din­ner cruise and sa­vor a view of the is­land from the deck of one of sev­eral seago­ing ves­sels that travel from Kona’s shore­line ev­ery evening.

Din­ner cruises are avail­able on var­i­ous types of boats, with is­land-themed food and en­ter­tain­ment that is sure to please. Danc­ing into the sun­set and look­ing back at sparkling city lights is an ex­quis­ite way to end a Big Is­land day. • Blue Sea Cruises (808) 331-8875 • Body Glove Cruises (808) 326-7122

or (800) 551-8911

Ro­man­tic Big Is­land Eater­ies

While there’s no need to hunt out ro­mance in Hawai‘i, plate lunches and shave ice for ev­ery meal may not do the trick. In­stead, check out th­ese restau­rants for a view, good food, and a per­fect place to feed the flame.

Brown’s Beach House

What bet­ter way to rekin­dle that spark than sur­rounded by tiki torches and palm trees right along the beach? Brown’s Beach House of­fers the ideal sun­set meal, pair­ing out­stand­ing Hawai­ian fare with a stun­ning view and out­door seat­ing. In the Fair­mont Or­chid at 1 N. Kaniku Dr., Ka­muela (808) 885-2000

Keei Café

With hard­wood floors, wood ta­bles, lo­cal paint­ings—oh, and win­dows that look out onto the ocean—the am­biance of this small fine-din­ing restau­rant is sure to charm. Keei Café is known for its seafood and de­li­cious lo­cal desserts as well as its am­biance. Even bet­ter, their menu won’t break the bank; just re­mem­ber that they don’t ac­cept credit cards. By 113 mile marker 113 on High­way 11 in Cap­tain Cook, near Kona. (808) 322-9992

Pahui‘a at the Four Sea­sons Re­sort Hualalai

A beau­ti­ful aquar­ium that gives the restau­rant its name (Pahui‘a means “aquar­ium” in Hawai­ian) marks the en­trance to this fine-din­ing restau­rant. The Asian-in­spired menu changes ev­ery sea­son to take ad­van­tage of lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. With a co­zily lit lanai over­look­ing the ocean, this is the per­fect place for an evening meal ac­com­pa­nied by sooth­ing trade winds and a view of the stars. 100 Ka‘up­ulehu Dr., Hualalai (North Kona Coast). (808) 325-8000

Tips: Al­ways make reser­va­tions for this spe­cial meal. If you’re look­ing for a sun­set view, find out what time the sun will set be­fore mak­ing a reser­va­tion. Ask for beach­front seat­ing if pos­si­ble.

Sneak a Kiss

Maybe you came to the Big Is­land for the ro­mance. Maybe you came for the ad­ven­ture, tout­ing your sig­nif­i­cant other along. Or maybe you brought along three kids and left your two dogs at home. No mat­ter what the an­swer may be, you and your loved one can al­ways find an ideal place and moment to soak up the ro­mance that Hawai‘i ex­udes, and sneak in a kiss to add the fin­ish­ing touch. Some ideas for the when and where of this movie-wor­thy kiss: 1. In the air over Ki­lauea, while lava glows be­low you

dur­ing a heli­copter tour 2. Af­ter an ocean­front cou­ples mas­sage; just ask your

ho­tel what they, or nearby spas, have to of­fer 3. In front of a rain­bow at Rain­bow Falls, lo­cated off Rain­bow Drive out­side in Hilo. Head to the site in the early morn­ing to catch the mist and a rain­bow

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