Relax in a day spa. Elements Day Spa, located near the Hawaii Convention Center, offers a variety of body and hair treatments. Try a massage; Elements has nine to choose from, including the Hawaiian technique of Lomilomi, Japanese Shiatsu, and Hot Stone Massage. If you’re with that special someone, schedule a couple’s massage in Element’s private suite. Other treatments include facials, hair cuts and color, pedicures, and waxing.
The Waikiki Aquarium is a great place to spend a few rainy hours. The aquarium features over 3,500 marine animals, with a focus on the marine species indigenous to Hawaii and the south Pacific. Exhibits fall into six main categories: Hawaii’s coral reefs, the fresh and saltwater life of the Hawaiian islands, a recreation of a typical Hawaiian shoreline, Hawaiian monk seals, the endangered Pacific Six Fingered Threadfish, and a working coral farm. Stop by the Natural Selection gift shop and browse through the unique, Hawaiian-themed jewelry, books and art. Purchases are guilt-free, too, as proceeds from the gift shop benefit the aquarium.
If it’s pouring outside, grab a cup of coffee and a malasada at Leonard’s Bakery. Malasadas are hole-free donuts, traditionally made for the Portuguese holiday Shrove Tuesday. Leonard’s fries big puffs of dough until they’re crispy outside and chewy inside, then dips them in sugar. Malasadas also come with a variety of fillings.
The Bishop Museum is the perfect place to get out the rain while learning about Hawaiian history. Founded in 1889 by the last member of the Kamehameha royal family, the Museum houses the family’s heirlooms and artifacts, as well as an extensive collection of documents, items and artifacts related to Hawaiian culture and history. Bishop Museum is Hawaii’s largest museum, and according to the Museum website, has one of the world’s largest collections of natural history specimens.
Duck into the historic Aloha Tower Marketplace on Honolulu Harbor to avoid the rain, and enjoy a unique shopping experience. Originally built to welcome tourists and ships to Honolulu, Aloha Tower is now surrounded by over 75 places to eat, drink and shop. Take the elevator to the 10th floor and enjoy the views of Honolulu, Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head and the ocean from the observation deck.
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