Honolulu – Gifts

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A Fresh Start

Unprepared for your beach run? Never fear, Waikiki Beach’s Hotel Renew is here. The intimate, artsy Jiun Ho-designed hotel, situated seconds from the Pacific, not only provides cushy towels but also beach chairs, boogie boards, and even Hotel Renew-logo flip-flops. After your swim, luxuriate in your kimono-style designer bathrobes and take in the rarified atmosphere of Honolulu’s first deluxe boutique hotel, whose 72 rooms give a nod to nature with Shoji screens, wave patterned carpet, and natural rock hues. Then there are the TVs, some measuring a whopping 80 inches, projected against an entire wall to transform Jiun Ho’s stylish guest rooms into lavish movie theaters.

129 Paoakalani Ave.



– J.L.

Confidential Deal: Receive one, 100% organic, Hotel Renew beach bag, plus two pairs of signature Hotel Renew flip flops. Print and present a copy of this article to redeem.

Luau Wow

The sprawling, five-acre Duke Paoa Kahanamoku lagoon at the legendary Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa makes a big splash. So do regularly scheduled luaus on the lagoon’s expansive Great Lawn. This traditional Hawaiian pastime gives guests an oceanfront spread of luau favorites – like red spareribs, chicken adobe, and fresh banana bread – as well as an array of foot-tapping, hip-swaying Polynesian songs and dances. Don’t forget your lei; just arrive early, as these fragrant floral necklaces represent the official start of any proper luau.

2005 Kalia Rd.



– J.L.

Confidential Deal: Choose a complimentary selected georgette parea/sarong beach cover up wrap with purchase of junior, missy, or women’s swimsuite from Allure SWIMWEAR. Print and present a copy of this article to redeem. Offer cannot be combined with other offer or coupon.


Go West

Western Oahu – only 30 minutes from Waikiki –is tranquility personified. The Ihilani JW Marriott Resort at Ko Olina and its standalone Ihilani Spa draw their mood from the curative sea. The spa, though expansive, feels intimate, and its therapists trained the Hawaiian way, to offer lomi lomi techniques by island healers and a buffet of native harvested products and treatments. Those who get too much sun should consider the $65 Ihilani Cooling Ti-Leaf Wrap. And for that smooth-as-silk feeling, the Tropical Scrub bar provides an array of exfoliating options.

92-1001 Olani St.



– B.H.

Confidential Deal: Receive a complimentary satchel of Mountain Apple bath salts to take home when you book a 25-minute Deluxe Thalasso Therapy with color and essential oils treatments. Mention this article when booking.

Warm Start

Swoosh through slow stretches at Spa Pure in the Wyland Waikiki Hotel. In the 95-degree Ocean Massage Salt Pool you’ll be partnered with a therapist who cradles you through a series of therapeutic paces to slow you down to Hawaiian time. Another avenue to that same frame of mind: Ganban Yoku, a Japanese treatment delivered on a stone table that is said to generate a low, infrared heat so that your body is cleansed and detoxified – but never, ever fried.

400 Royal Hawaiian Ave.



– J.L.

Confidential Deal: Receive a free couples soak in the couple tub with purchase of two 50-minute massages or two spa packages. Print and present a copy of this article to redeem.

Underneath It All

Scenic sunset. Check. Amorous significant other. Check. Seductive underpinnings. Whoops. Forgot. Thankfully, Ai Amour Luxury Lingerie in the Royal Hawaiian Center carries an assortment of fine lingerie – from La Perla and Christian Lacroix to Kenzo and Verde Veronica – to complete the mood for romance. Another plus: A keen selection of swimwear for beach-bound babes of all sizes.

2201 Kalakaua Ave.



– B.S.

Confidential Deal: Receive a 15% discount on all lingerie, lounge wear, sleepwear, fragrances and accessories. Print and present a copy of this article to redeem. Discount applies only to non-sale items and may not be combined with other offers.


Aloha, Margaritaville

Singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett celebrates Hawaii’s aloha spirit with his new namesake eatery at the Beachcomber, located in the upper lobby of the freshly remodeled Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber. Serving fresh seafood, steaks, burgers, and a wide selection of cocktails – including the signature Boat Drinks – Jimmy Buffett’s offers a number of tropically-themed dining arenas, including an open-air lanai, a molten lava-inspired bar, and even ocean-wave booths. In search of nightlife while you dine? The restaurant’s stage is alive every evening with local talent.

2300 Kalakaua Ave.

(808) 791-1200


– B.S.

Confidential Deal: Receive one complimentary dessert per party by presenting a copy of this article when ordering.

First Taste

Early birds flock to Kona Joe Coffee, where nothing compares to Jammers, a steamy combo of strong Espresso with a really special kick of beans wrapped in chocolate. Sinful pastries are also on the menu, and don’t go home without a bag for the road – such as the Barack O Blend, a mix of Hawaiian, Kenyan, and Indonesian coffees in honor of the Big Island’s native son. Economic stimulus: It’s $12.95 for 7 oz. Stay around a while, not only for the caffeine buzz, but also for the stimulating view of the mighty Pacific.

79-7346 Mamalahoa Hwy.

(808) 322-2100


Confidential Deal: Receive one (1) complimentary 12-oz. 100 percent Kona Coffee when presenting a copy of this article.