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Lomi lomi Massage

We so often hear people exclaim “I need a vacation to recover from vacation!” after returning from an amazing trip.  With so many fun activities to do and sights to take in, it’s no surprise that your Hawaiian adventure can leave you feeling exhausted by the end.  But there’s something you can do to relax, recharge, and help yourself enjoy your stay to its fullest, and it’s rooted in Hawaiian tradition to boot!

What are we talking about?  Lomi lomi Massage !  Lomi lomi, which means “healing hands” in Hawaiian, is a traditional Polynesian technique that focuses on total rejuvination and healing.  The aim of this practice goes beyond just soothing one’s sore muscles – the focus is to clear the body and soul of any bad energy or blockages, all while improving the immune system, circulation, healing, and flexibility.

R’lax Beauty & Wellness Spa offers lomi lomi massage in addition to all of its other wonderful spa treatments.  Booking a session there during your stay here on Oahu is a must.  Every session is different as lomi lomi is truly focused on the unique physical and spiritual needs of those that receive the practice.  Carve out a little time to treat yourself and reap the benefits of Polynesian history and healing so you can return home after your vacation truly rested!

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Easy to use Oahu Maps

There are so many different things to do and sights to see on our beautiful island of Oahu! From the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor to a hike inDiamond Head, from a frolic with dolphins on the Leeward coast to a drive across the Ko’olau Mountains with a majestic view of the Windward Coast, from the famous surfing beaches of theNorth Shore to, well, you get the picture. Not only is there the challenge of deciding where to go and what to see first, but then there is figuring out the best route!
  Yes, a GPS  is definitely something we all rely on now, but we want to help make things easier for you too.
  Our colorful maps have the main routes, geographical points of interest and noted sights for each region of Oahu, along with an easy to read map key and brief descriptions, which will all help simplify your planning. In addition, you can find regional listings of shops, restaurants, and activities, giving you an indispensable tool to help with your every decision!

Make your visit the best it can be, and easy on yourself, by using Seek Spot’s Oahu Maps!

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Hawaii Pirate Ship Adventures

AHOY MATEY

The 83-foot galleon, Treasure Seeker, will take your little buccaneers in search of plunder and adventure via Hawaii Pirate Ship Adventures. Smart-talking, swashbuckling pirates host the one and a half hour cruise past the surfers of Waikiki in search of treasure. Like all treasure hunts, this one is not without competition, so your fellow mateys will be defending the ship against passing boats with water cannons. All pirate ages are welcome for day cruises and snacks and drinks are available.

 

“The pirate crew is awesome, super fun and totally in character,” says Jennifer Pang, who brought her three- and six-year-old sons aboard. “As a former spokesperson for a theme park, I know my theming and this ship truly creates a full-blown pirate experience.”

 

Not only is this an ideal kid’s birthday party spot or unique vacation experience, at night the 21 and over crowd can enjoy an evening under the stars with irresistible music, fireworks, dancing, and celebration. Oh, and it’s BYOB so you can get as scallywag as your cooler will allow. Don’t be shy to put those pirate’s costumes of Halloween’s past to use for this adventure: Everyone will be dressed in character! Eye patches, pirate hats, swords, bandanas, shirts and other necessary pirate accessories are all available onboard.

 

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Windward Oahu ADVENTURE Itinerary

The East side of Oahu, also known as the Windward side, has baby powder soft sand and electric blue water. It is calmer than some of the other sides of Oahu, which makes for epic ocean adventures. Not to mention, the drive along the Windward coast is absolutely breathtaking. Here’s an itinerary for a day of adventure on the East Side:

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The east side is a paddler’s paradise with offshore reefs to protect you from the big ocean waves, secluded islands to explore, and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii’s largest natural harbor with the Sunken Island just up the road. Rent a kayak or get a guided tour from Twogood Kayaks and they’ll put their 30 years of experience to work making sure you have an escapade of a lifetime in the Pacific.

https://www.seekspot.com/east/twogood-kayaks-hawaii

 

Get lifted — on land and in the air. Go tandem paragliding or off-road Hummer four-wheeling to experience some of Oahu’s most thrilling views. At Aloha Paragliding Adventure Tours, a United States Hang-gliding and Paragliding Association – USHPA certified Tandem Instructor will take you on a one-hour tandem discovery paragliding flight combined with flying over Hawaii’s ridges and valleys, waterfalls and majestic Ko’olau and Waianae Mountains. On their exclusive off-road, HUMMER excursion, you can explore Hawaii’s rugged beauty on a scenic hike including snorkeling and a picnic on a secluded beach.

https://www.seekspot.com/east/aloha-paragliding-adventure-tours

 

Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, check out any of these spots for a delicious, local lunch!

https://www.seekspot.com/east-category/food-dining

 

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Kaneohe Bay, located within He’eia State Park, is Oahu’s only barrier reef. This means that there is no open ocean swell, which allows coral to grow much more abundantly and nurture a greater variety of sea life. Holokai Kayak Tours Adventures will take you to some of the best snorkeling spots and stunning parts of the bay, many of which are only accessible by boat. Holokai can take you there.

https://www.seekspot.com/east/holokai-kayak-adventure-tours

 

End the day with ono Hawaiian grinds on a show you won’t be able to see anywhere else in the world. Chief’s Luau is TripAdvisor’s #1 ranked paid attraction on Oahu. An authentic, interactive and romantic experience culminating with a spectacular 10-minute, 8-man fire knife dance is held atop a marvelous ocean-mountain vista at Sea Life Park’s private and scenic Makapu’u Meadows. The panoramic backdrop is beyond your wildest postcard dreams.

https://www.seekspot.com/east/chiefs-luau

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Spring is in the Islands!

Spring is in the islands!  It’s a great time to play in the ocean…the water is full of energy but the giant waves have subsided to the South shores, leaving the North Shore beaches playful and relaxing.  While enjoying the outdoors, you can rest assured that our Hawaiian Bath & Body skincare products made at the North Shore Soap Factory are safe for our oceans and soothe your skin after an adventurous day.

Hawaiian Bath & Body is Ocean-friendly. We never use petroleum-based ingredients, no parabens or SLS that harm our reefs.  We make Hawaiian Bath & Body gentle on your skin, safe for your baby and safe for our planet.

 The North Shore Soap Factory is just west of Haleiwa in the Historic Waialua Sugar Mill.  We are a working soap factory, inside the big cone shaped building, the Bagasse Bin.  Come inside and see our handcrafted soaps being mixed, swirled, poured and cut. 

The North Shore Soap Factory is home to our natural skincare line, Hawaiian Bath & Body.  Enjoy our handcrafted artisan soaps, lomi lomi massage oils, aromatherapy facial mists, mineral soaking salts, skin therapy lotions, Maui sugar scrubs all made with natural, organic and locally grown ingredients.  

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VOLUNTEERING ON VACATION

Hidden behind overgrown California grass and shrubs in between Jameson’s restaurant and the controversial Haleiwa Beach Park Mauka is Loko Ea fishpond, which dates back to the 1600s. Every third Saturday of the month, community members, college students, island visitors and keiki are welcomed into the ancient fishpond to help revive it to its native use.

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Loko Ea has provided fish sanctuary and habitat for generations, according to James Estores, one of the founding directors of Malama Loko Ea, a non-profit organization that oversees caretaking the pond since—as community volunteers since 2008 and as an official non-profit in collaboration with Kamehameha Schools since 2009. Loko iʻa, fishponds, are found nowhere else in the Pacific except for the Hawaiian Islands. In ancient times, the pond was owned by various Hawaiian royalty within the ahupua‘a of Kawailoa, and was used to stock fish to be harvested upon request by ali‘i.

As a natural loko pu‘uone, translated literally as “sand dune pond,” Loko Ea is fed by underground freshwater springs and by the ocean across the street that flows in on high tides. Patience, perseverance, and humility are just some of the values that can be learned in caretaking this precious place, says Estores. Volunteer workday activities include invasive plant and animal removal, species identification, native plant reintroduction, water quality monitoring, and traditional fishing demonstrations and workshops. Keiki volunteers are given crayons and educational Hawaiian fish pictures to color. They can also fish for invasive fish species like tilapia in the pond after the volunteer tasks are finished.

VOLUNTEER

Every third Saturday of the month, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Work equipment and safety gear provided, lunch provided, open to the public, all ages. Located behind the parking area next to Jameson’s By the Sea restaurant in Haleiwa.

Contact 808-637-3232 or email jessica@lokoea.org to register.

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Loko Ea Fishpond

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Attract Luxury Travelers and Turn Them into Repeat Customers

Hawaii is a destination for many luxury travelers who are inherently well-traveled and used to five-star service. How do we attract luxury travelers and turn them into repeat customers?

 Service, Service, Service

Luxury or not, all repeat customers are born of a highly satisfactory customer service experience. Know what your luxury traveler likes and expects when it comes to ease of reservations and check-in, amenities, activities, and guidance to local dining and entertainment. Be a dedicated concierge and make sure your guests feel like they have exclusive access to Hawaii’s authentic experiences. Set a new standard of excellence with every guest. You can do this by using the Seek Spot Directory in your property and by sharing a few suggestions from it with your guest on arrival or before. 

Rewards + Loyalty Programs

Do you offer anything to repeat customers or those who stay for a long period of time? Feeling valued can turn the first experience into one of many. The Coupons from Seek Spot can be printed and handed to your guests or emailed to them at time of booking.  Just use our coupon link.

Recognition + Reputation

Do you have good reviews on Yelp and Trip Advisor? Do your current visitors have a way to refer your vacation property to others? Do you advertise and where? Make sure that you post every positive write-up or review about your property in any publication on your website and marketing materials.

Communication is Key

Advertising in high-end publications or local visitor directories can target your demographic, while direct mail, online marketing and e-mail are excellent methods of communication in terms of timeliness and ability to track return on investment.

 

In a study done by eMarketer, search engines were the most popular web service category among U.S. luxury travelers with a 57% response rate followed by online travel agencies and online travel suppliers with 54% and 44% response rates, respectively.

 

Get Feedback

Online surveys can be accurate barometers of customer satisfaction and useful at effectively gathering guest preference information with relatively little expense. Detailed survey forms can also gather important lifestyle information that will help you position your property. For an easy to use tool, check out Polldaddy.com.

 

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