With its rich, volcanic soil, Hawai‘i has the ideal climate for harvesting a variety of tasty, healthy crops. The concept of local, sustainable eating, as well as ‘malama aina’ or ‘caring for the land’ is deeply rooted in Hawaiian culture. Farm-to-table eating has been implemented in restaurants by many well known chefs across the islands, including Chef James McDonald’s PacificO, IO and the Feast at Lele. Other chefs involved in the Farm-to-table movement include: Colin Hazama, Mark Noguchi, Ed Kenney, Wade Ueoka.
A variety of traditional farmer’s markets can be found across the islands, from Hilo Farmer’s Market on Hawaii Big Island to Mahiku Farmer’s Market on O‘ahu. The markets offer an array of locally grown produce, including exotic fresh fruits and vegetables, plus a collection of prepared foods such as Portuguese malasadas, Korean kim chee, Filipino lumpia and of course, Hawaiian poi. Along with farmer’s markets, you can also visit farms across the islands, including The Surfing Goat Dairy which is one of only two in Hawai‘i. The Dairy is located on the beautiful slopes of Maui’s Haleakal? Crater and has been producing award-winning gourmet cheeses for 9 years. Visitors can take tours of the dairy and learn everything that there is to know about their goats and cheeses.
Healthy eating is accessible in Hawai‘i whether you’re eating out or in your hotel room. Companies including ‘Good Clean Food’ offer a service in O‘ahu, delivering healthy meals straight to your door. Healthy eating plans can be paired with a number of different types of fun, exhilarating exercise regimes including Yoga, hiking up the famous Kalalau Trail, or a traditional Hula class.
What better way to get a sense of nature than at a yoga class in Hawai‘i? Kahala Hotel & Resort offers a Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga class on the gentle waters in front of the beach; the classes combine the body-conditioning and joy of yoga with the stability challenge of a stand up paddleboard. SUP Yoga can also be found at the beautiful Duke Kahanmoku Lagoon at Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki.
With so many different types of hiking experiences available there really is something for everyone. Enjoy views of the Na Pali Coast whilst making your way through The Kalalau Trail. Recommended for experienced hikers, this 17km long trail connects Ke’e Beach to Kalalau Beach along the Na Pali Coast on Kaua’i and provides the only land access to this part of the stunning coast. Permits are required for camping and day hikes past Hanakapiai Valley which can be obtained through the Hawai‘i State Parks Division. It is also advised that hikers check in with the Hawai‘i State Parks Division prior to heading out on a trail as a safety precaution.
Visitors to the islands can also climb up one of O‘ahu’s most prominent landmarks, Diamond Head Crater. The crater is a remnant of a volcanic explosion which occurred around 500,000 years ago and is more than 3,500 feet in diameter with a 760-foot summit. Through a series of steps, trails and a tunnel, climbing to the top of the Diamond Head provides some of the most breathtaking views in Hawai‘i, on clear day you’ll be able to see for miles! Tours can be booked and visitors with rental cars are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment. Visitors can book online prior to travel through tour companies including Oahu Nature Tours.
Surfs up in Hawai‘i! A perfect way to get in shape and try out a truly
Hawaiian activity is to go surfing. After being featured in numerous different films and TV series, O‘ahu is infamously known for its amazing surf. Both Turtle Bay Resort and Waikiki Beach offer some of the best waves on the island, where guests can be taught the skills and given the confidence to practice at one of the local beach front surfing schools. There is no need to book in advance, simply turn up, get your wet suit on and jump in. For those who like to be a little more organised, you can book prior to your travel through the Turtle Bay Resort website.
Get healthy, get toned and soak up the Aloha Spirit in the beautiful Hawaiian Islands with fun exercise and delicious local foods!
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Hawai‘i is on the North Pacific Ocean and its eight major islands extend some 1,500 miles (2,400km). O‘ahu is the largest Island, with a population of 953,207 and Honolulu is the largest city in Hawai‘i, home to 387,170 of O‘ahu’s people. The total population of Hawai‘i is estimated to be 1,362,184. The climate is tropical but it experiences many different climates, depending on altitude and weather. The main entry point to this part of the world is Hilo International Airport.