Exercise in Honolulu, HI
Honolulu's lazy sugar-sand beaches have been packing in the visitors for eons, but you can also enjoy Honolulu’s friskier side with these top exercise activities in Honolulu.
Smack dab in Honolulu, there lives a large gym open 24-hours, dubbed, appropriately enough, 24 Hour Fitness Kapiolani Branch. A girl may be in the minority when lifting on the two floors of weight machines, but stray downstairs to the sea of cardio equipment or take a Zumba class to assure yourself that girls rule the world. Park in the garage for $1, drop $3 to leave the tykes in the Kids’ Club, drop coins in the lockers, then go to town in the full size basketball court, racquetball court, sauna, aerobics room and more. This club may be due for renovation, but it has all the essential fixings.
Erik’s past students all rave about his mile-a-minute personality, but the best part of DCX Surf School is the guarantee of catching Waikiki waves like a native! For the price of a group lesson from one of the big resorts, DCX carefully tutors newbies on surfing technique and ocean safety on dry land before paddling out to give you the surfboard ride of your life. Don’t be surprised if you’re able to paddle and stand up all by yourself by the end of the class -- Erik got his dog to surf, so he can help you!
Whether you bring your own snorkeling gear or rent it there, Hanauma Bay is a clean, safe way to view Hawaii's underwater inhabitants up close in this protected nature preserve. Even beginning snorkelers can master this shallow snorkeling experience, where you can see brightly-colored fish, sea turtles and live coral. An exciting educational video about the importance of preserving beaches, animals, and coral reefs for future generations gives an air-conditioned start to your day at the bay. If you have small children in your group, then the hike up and down the steep paved path to the bay may be challenging -- luckily, a Jolly Trolly travels up and down the hill every half hour. Free entry with local ID.
Huge, huge (for a metro park) sprawl of grass crawling with family clan barbequers, tennis volleys, guys horsing around with footballs, kids practicing soccer, random old men exercising tai chi, a carousel of weekend festivals at the bandstand, and excellent views of Diamond Head. Bring your frisbee and your hibachi, for there are so many activities within walking distance it’s worth the headache of parking on the weekends. Kapiolani Park is right next door to Queen’s Surf Beach, The Honolulu Zoo, The Waikiki Shell, and Saturday Art Walk.
Look for the golf course that looks nestled in Jurassic Park and bring plenty of golf balls far from civilization at Luana Hills. Ok, so the course is actually only half an hour from downtown Honolulu, but for the serene majesty of the course, the tricky lay of the rugged land, and the challenge of maneuvering around the spectacular fairways, you just might lose yourself. For the golfer who can hit on target and revels in a challenge, play Luana Hills then relax on white sandy Kailua beach just down the road.