Though the Hawaiian island of Oahu has nearly a million residents, it offers many relaxing alternatives for daily life in paradise. The cool breeze, the beach, the slow days and nature are some of the alternatives to enjoy. The more than 50 spas on the island can provide a unique relaxing and spiritual experience as well.
One of those places is in Waikiki Beach. The 17,000 square foot oceanfront Moana Lani Spa at the Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa provides a unique massage treatment, the Kona coffee massage. Farmed on the slopes of Mount Hualalai and Mauna Loa in the North and South Kona Districts of the Big Island of Hawaii, Kona is considered one of the most expensive coffees of the world.
At the Moana Lani Spa, Kona is the main ingredient for the 80-minute Kona Coffee and Vanilla Coconut massage. They use the organic and indigenous ingredients of Kona coffee, Kauai clay and vanillas to detoxify the skin.
"We use the Kona coffee bean and when applied to the skin it actually stimulates the blood circulation. It also works as a very light exfoliant along with our Kauai clay which is detoxing," says massage therapist Susan Baylosis-Roloos. After the Kona coffee treatment, coconut-vanilla lotion is applied to moisturize the skin.
Another traditional Hawaiian practice at the Moana Lani Spa is the Lomi Lomi massage technique. The Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage incorporates a holistic massage and a combination of long strokes and rhythmic massage movements to induce relaxation and a sense of overall well-being. In ancient Hawaii, Lomi Lomi was an aid to digestion or a restorative massage within the family.
"Our practitioners have trained with Kumu (teachers) whose lineage is traced from "Kahuna Lomi Lomi. It is an ancient healing practice," says Travis Kono, spa director.
Each treatment at the Moana Lani Spa features a wood bowl with indigenous Alaea Hawaiian sea salt which was used by Hawaiians to bless tools and purify and cleanse canoes, homes and temples.
"We ask you to take a brief moment and hold the bowl in your hands and just release anything you want to get rid of out of your mind so that you're able to lay on the table and relax," says Baylosis-Roloos.
At the end of the day the salt is thrown into the ocean, allowing the guests' troubles to be blessed and carried out to sea. "We want you to leave understanding the true meaning of Aloha, a feeling of rejuvenation and the whole spiritual aspect of Hawaii," she added.