BEST ALTERNATIVE TO A TYPICAL GYM WORKOUT

Street Jamz Werkout

Address: 1007 Waimanu Street, Honolulu

Hours: Mon and Wed 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Cost: $5 per class, $20 class card with one class free

This class makes exercising enjoyable and with jamz from Pandora’s “Top Hits” station, it is perfect for toning your body while feeling like you are at a club.

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The low cost of the class and its availability are major advantages.  Street Jamz allows you to decide when you want to bust a move. 

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The dance playlist consists of modern music and classic oldies, which gives a good range of music for all ages of dancers. 

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The workout has a Hawaiian motto of “Mai hilahila,”meaning no shame. Everyone there exudes a positive vibe, and it is a safe place to showcase your most awkward moves. 

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Street Jamz Werkout is held in a dance studio owned by Boogie Down Productions, that, unfortunately, has no AC to beat the heat. 

The studio is not too big and is  packed full of dancers; therefore, be careful when dancing as to avoid any unwanted collisions. 

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There is no on-site parking, but  there is a public lot a few blocks down and across from Lin’s, the perfect place to get a pre-workout smoothie.

BEST SPOT TO EXPLORE EXHILARATING OCEAN SPORTS

Hawai‘i Water Sports Center

Address: 7192 Kalanianaole Highway E110, Honolulu

Hours: Mon - Sun 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Located near the base of Koko Head, the Hawai‘i Water Sports Center offers a large variety of water sport activities including: the Bumper Tube, Banana Boat, jet skiing, parasailing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, water skiing and world class snorkeling.

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This is the best place to beat the heat with fun activities for all levels of ocean experience from the highly adventurous to new swimmers. 

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Workers photograph your adventures and photos are available for purchase.

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Sessions run for about 45 minute, depending on the activity, and they ensure that your hard-earned money is well spent on ocean fun. 

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Although there are sales, the fun activities do come at a high cost per person. Save up.

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Some activities are dangerous so  be aware of your surroundings.

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Make reservations early, as the center is very busy.

BEST TRAIL FOR BEGINNER HIKERS

Lanikai Pillbox Trail 

Address: 382-498 Kaelepulu Drive, Kailua 

With an ocean view to die for, the Lanikai Pillbox Trail is Hawaiʻi’s premier trail for new hikers and adventure lovers alike. 

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It’s one of Hawai‘i’s easiest hikes with a clear-cut trail and can even be done in slippers. 

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The hike is not extensive and it only takes about 15 to 20 minutes to reach the first pillbox. 

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It’s safe enough to traverse early in the morning, and watching the sunrise from the pillboxes is beautiful.

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There is no designated parking lot and street parking is tight. 

With a slanted slope, slippery rocks and dusty sand, it is crucial to watch your step to avoid injury. 

Being a popular hike, the trail is often busy and in places only big enough for one person, so prepare for the crowd. 

BEST SHOPPING MALL

Ala Moana Center

Address: 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu

Hours: Mon - Sat 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Being the world’s largest open-air shopping center, Ala Moana Center features a wide array of shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences. 

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With around 310 stores, restaurants and services, Ala Moana is the place to fulfill all your shopping needs. 

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The store selection is vast with designer brands like Bvlgari to everyday favorites like American Eagle Outfitters. 

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There are multiple transport options, with an extensive parking structure and numerous bus routes.

Known for being a tourist hotspot, prices are generally higher compared to other shopping locations. 

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The center is constantly under construction, and it may be difficult to access your favorite store. 

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Ala Moana Center has been growing since it was first built in 1959, and now operates like a maze with many different levels and sections.

BEST LOCAL FARMERS’ MARKET

KCC Saturday Farmers’ Market

Address: 4303 Diamond Head Road (Parking Lot C)

Hours: Every Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

One of Hawai‘i’s biggest farmer’s markets, KCC’s brings a whole new level of tasty local flavors and the aloha spirit with a classic farmers’ market appeal. 

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With more than six sections of vendor booths, there are a variety of booths selling everything from sea asparagus to Kona Coffee. 

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Most of the vendors sell organic produce, which is a great find considering the price in comparison to Whole Foods. 

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When you shop at the farmers’ market you are supporting local companies, so reward yourself on a job well done with a mason jar full of lemonade. 

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If you are searching for authentic local flavors, you might be disappointed because this farmers’ market provides many products that appeal to tourists. 

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A heavily visited event, the aisles are crowded as many people flock to this market to seek out good food. 

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Parking is tough with limited spaces and taking the bus is encouraged. Possible routes are #3, #22, and #58. 

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