Enjoy the beautiful outdoors in Maui

March 20, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Aloha Friday! Family fun activities in the beautiful outdoors of Maui.

Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Adventures

Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm

Grand Wailea Restort Hotel and Spa
Reservations: 800.888.6100

Janelle received the Pala'au Journey massage at the Grand Wailea Spa - (Healing with Hawaiian Plants): In Hawaiian, pala'au means to "heal with plants." Hawaiian healing is based on the understanding that healing occurs when we live in balance, or lokahi, with ourselves, others and than 'aina, or land.

The treatments and product used in this treatment have been cultivated by Native Hawaiian healers and draw upon their centuries of wisdom.

Created on Maui, the products are lunar-and-stone-infused, to enhance their synergy, and are the distilled essence of this beautiful paradise. Using only wild-crafted and organic plant material, the purest carrier oils, and an array of fine essential oils, the products are free of artificial fragrances, colors or preservatives and other additives.

This 80-minute treatment begins with a 50-minute lomi lomi massage using Pala'au Healing Massage Oil which contains 'awapuhi (ginger), Hawaiian nioi (chile pepper), essential oils of wapine (lemongrass) and pepamina (peppermint) in a base of organic apricot kernel, 'aila koli (castor bean) and sweet almond oils.

The lomi lomi massage is followed by a full-body cocoon and scalp treatment using Pala'au Herbal Infusion Scalp Cream infused with rosemary, 'awapuhi, and meli (honey) in niu (coconut) and kukui (candlenut) oils, and a hydrating pohaku foot ritual using heated stones, and Pala'au Foot Cream featuring 'olena (turmeric), 'awapuhi (ginger), meli (honey), and vitamin E in niu (coconut) and sesame oils.

Hawaii Info:
Bay Area residents will be encouraged to visit GoHawaii.com/LotsofSmiles, a new HVCB microsite that will engage them with interactive promotions, offer information about Hawaii events in the Bay Area, and let them plan their vacation.

Hawaii's six major islands are green-capped mountains lifted from the bottom of the sea, decorated with shimmering rainbows, majestic green peaks, surrounded by unfailingly warm waters, and rimmed by endless, white sand beaches.

Kauai is a lush, garden paradise favored by Hollywood for its tropical splendor that became backdrops for many movies, including "South Pacific," filmed 50 years ago, and Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii." Gorgeous resorts are also found from Lihue to Poipu to Hanalei.

Oahu, with its capital city of Honolulu, offers everything from cosmopolitan Waikiki and historic sites such as Iolani Palace and Pearl Harbor to the scenic North Shore with its legendary surf. Maui, dominated by the peak of Haleakala, is known for the tranquil paradise of Hana and the colorful whaling town of Lahaina. Warm waters and sun-bathed beaches abound and attract visitors from around the world to popular resorts including Kapalua, Kaanapali, and Wailea.

Molokai, the most rustic of the islands, is bordered by the world's highest sea cliffs and is home to Kalaupapa Peninsula, the hauntingly beautiful former leper colony. Father Damien, the Catholic priest who oversaw the colony in the 1800s, is being ordained as a Saint this year.

Lanai is a rural community centered around the quaint town of Lanai City and is the setting for two of the world's most acclaimed resorts with superb golf courses.

And Hawaii's Big Island is home to the towns of Kona and Hilo and many quaint plantation-era style communities, as well as luxurious resorts in Kohala with world-class golf courses. Two active volcanoes and a diversity of climates have created lush rainforests and dramatic lava landscapes within miles of one another.

No matter where one travels in Hawaii, an astonishing variety of activities beckon to help renew inner strength, replenish the heart, and bring one closer to what really counts in life - happiness, health, family, loved ones, and the earth itself.

For more information about Hawaii, the Islands of Aloha, visit GoHawaii.com.