Since da World War II days--when this Kokomo Road park was a camp/training ground for the 4th Marine Division--“Giggle Hill” has been the perfect place to cavort under the trees’ canopy and count bases with your beau. While its nickname comes from teeheeing about tittie-touching, there are lots of (more wholesome) reasons to laugh. The park’s also prime real estate to fly a kite, or battle with buds using homemade medieval war implements (forged of foam noodles and duct tape), or snack on a Fukushima hotdog or five. But since 2004, the park’s boasted a nonpareil playground, built thanks to community donations. Named “Kalapukua Playground”--in short, meaning “magical playground”--the dark wood structure’s centerpiece is a glittering mosaic depicting frolicking honu. It’s a wonderland of spires, slides, swings and steps--and makes for a ready-made day trip with your innocent keiki (while you still can).
The largest spa in the state is also the best, with its Hawaiian salt terme baths, saunas, steam room, waterfall showers, roman baths and Japanese style furos. This beautiful spa offers many treatments, facials, massage, and fitness to its guests. The Spa Grande pays tribute to traditions from all corners of the world inside their massive but still elegant 50,000 square-foot-space. It’s a world renowned spa, rated in the top 10 in the nation, and we are lucky enough to have it on Maui. Spa Grande also offers kamaaina rates and a monthly Diva night held the last Friday of the month.
2011 is the year of the multipurpose. Phones moonlight as cameras, organizers and music players. Your Tumblr is connected to your Facebook which is connected to your Twitter. Surf spots that are also great snorkeling destinations. Maybe I’ve got an incredibly simplistic outlook on life, but I had no idea you could snorkel in Honolua Bay—I thought the whole bay simply stopped existing without the winter swell. Sure, its part of the Mokuleia Marine Life Conservation District, which must mean it has an abundance of sea life and coral, but really? Snorkeling? What will they think of next?
So we’re thinking you got the memo by now. Just in case you didn’t--bobbing like a human buoy at Black Rock and snorkeling for “creatures” at this particular ocean blue is a reader favorite. And if the amount of sunscreen at the surface of the water is any indication of its popularity, than consider yourself part of the in-crowd for choosing to dip here. Somehow we think you knew that already.