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Rejuvenating diversity in Oahu.

Whatever your heart's desire, you'll find it in the world-class resorts on Oahu. Spa Halekulani, at the hotel with a name that translates to "House Befitting Heaven", has heavenly suites for couples to enjoy the four hour luxury of Pacific islands treatments.

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Mandara Spa at Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort delights couples with fragrant chocolate macadamia nut scrubs and a Hawaiian Tropical Flower Bath. Also at the Hilton is Holistica Hawaii Health Center where wellness is the focus, featuring noninvasive body scans and medical consultations. At the venerable Royal Hawaiian Hotel and the Sheraton Moana Surfrider guests enjoy the art of lomi lomi (Hawaiian healing massage), practiced at Abhasa Waikiki Spa, in an outdoor cabana under a canopy of palms. Oahu's newest, Spa Okino, translates to a state of wellbeing. Here windows open to a view of Waikiki Beach, and couples are wrapped in milk and honey while they enjoy strawberries and champagne and couples learn massage techniques to use at home.

On the Leeward side of the island, the Ihilani Spa is the place for Colors Light Therapy, beamed through water jets, known to advance the path to a state of ideal balance and wellness. Here ocean water is pumped from the resorts' lagoons through Thalasso water massage jets, allowing the healing properties of the sea water to heal and renew. For natural healing, guests can experience the "Kekino" holistic neuro-emotional techniques of the renowned Dr. Dennis Rhatigan. The beach-level Spa Luana at the North Shore Turtle Bay Resort invites couples to enjoy coconut-pineapple body scrubs followed by a spa-cuisine lunch of locally grown organic fruits and vegetables.

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Visitors to Oahu can attend the monthly traditional Hawaiian Healing program at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, learning principles of the Hawaiian healing system, the use of plants for healing and to hear ancient Hawaiian healing chants, or visit Manakai O Malama on Ward Avenue for a melding of Eastern and Western healing treatments. In Kapiolani Park, resting at the foot of scenic Diamond Head in Waikiki, visitors can join local residents for early morning Tai Chi, hula, yoga and stretching classes. Most are drop in friendly. Some invite a donation. Across from the park, beachside, drum circles meet to share ancient rhythm. Guests are invited to join in. If the sound pleases, sign up for the Village Music Circles week-long camps, called Playshops, on the North Shore.

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Those intrigued by dance inspired by drums can drop in and join dance master Adela Chu at the Movement Center in the neighborhood of Kaimuki, where she teaches the centering of bodies and stretching of minds. Oahu offers wonderful neighborhoods for wandering, like Chinatown, where you'll find healthy meals of fresh produce and fish just off the boat, and enriching visits to exotic, trendy and culturally significant galleries.

Health & Wellness Resources

For calendars of events and healthy ideas for your Hawaiian vacation:

www.Healthy-Hawaii.com

www.hawaiihealthguide.com

www.getfitkauai.com

www.lifefestkapalua.com

www.maunalani.com

www.gohawaii.com

www.molokai-hawaii.com

www.lanai-resorts.com

www.globaladvisoryservices.com

www.manakaiomalama.com

www.hawaiiconsortium.com

www.purekauai.com

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For couples wanting that perfect romantic getaway or families looking for that fun and relaxing vacation, Hawaii's island of O'ahu has something to suit everyone from the intoxicating tropical beauty of her beaches and mountains to the laid back beat of a Hawaiian island city resort. Rejuvenate and pamper yourselves with spa treatments that combine the healing elements from a blend of Pacific cultures. Hike a Hawaiian rainforest hand-in-hand and let the natural surroundings renew your sense of balance and peace. Have everyone take surf lessons and experience together the spiritual side of this Hawaiian sport or swim with dolphins to reconnect with life. Discover the freshness of local cuisine and revitalize the body. With such diversity and so much Aloha, the island of O'ahu is truly the heart of Hawaii, discover it's Aloha and Do Oahu.

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