Pamper mom by spa or by sea
There are many ways, beyond brunch or dinner, to celebrate Mother's Day around the islands. Here are a few options:
Delicious spa visit
The Hualalai Sports Club and Spa at Kaupulehu, on the Big Island, has come up with a combo of delicious treatments for guests.
The 'Aila Wahi (tropical oil wrap with dry brush massage) treatment pampers skin with rich tropical oils. Guests can choose from pure Monoi oil (coconut oil infused with gardenia) or hemp oil scented with island citrus. Monoi oil is made by macerating gardenias in pure coconut oil and leaving the mixture to steep for several weeks.
A relaxing dry brush exfoliation prepares the skin for an essential oil massage and wrap. Dry brushing exfoliates skin, increases blood flow to its surface, and accelerates lymph flow so cells remain healthier and are able to detoxify from within. The face, neck, scalp and feet are gently massaged while the body is allowed to absorb the oil. This 50- or 80-minute treatment may be performed indoors or in garden hales.
Hualalai's Coffee and Chocolate Decadence 80-minute treatment begins with the removal of tired skin cells with an aromatic coffee exfoliation, followed by a chocolate wrap that detoxifies while conditioning face, body and feet. Chocolate has antioxidant properties and contains kaolin clay, which acts as a detoxifier.
A cleansing vichy shower follows and application of moisturizing chocolate bliss creme containing shea butter is the finishing touch.
Call 325-8440 or visit www.hualalairesort.com.
Escape to Ihilani
The JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina is providing the perfect opportunity for a getaway for mom during the entire month of May.
The resort's Kamaaina Mother's Day package starts from $278 per room per night, and includes a mountain-view room, parking for one vehicle, and 15 percent off spa services. The package is for Hawaii residents only, with valid proof of residency required upon check-in.
The Ihilani Spa is offering a special "Love for Mom" treatment package that includes a 25-minute Ihilani Sea Salt Glo and a relaxing 50-minute Milk and Honey Moisturizing Wrap. Plus, Mom will get all-day access to the spa, including the relaxation lounge, dry cedar sauna, eucalyptus steam room and Roman pool. The package is $157, valid through July 31. Reservations are recommended.
If she prefers hitting the links, she will find a challenging game at the championship Ko Olina Golf Club. Or she can simply laze a weekend away poolside.
Reserve at 679-0079. To speak to a spa concierge, call 679-3321.
Mother's Day at sea
The Star of Honolulu sets sail at noon next Sunday on a Mother's Day Champagne Lunch Cruise featuring an all-you-can-eat roast beef and local-style buffet lunch, Mother's Day cake and champagne toast, door prizes for moms, cultural activities and hula show.
The cruise departs from Aloha Tower Marketplace, Pier 8, returning to port at 2 p.m. The cost is $39.44 for kamaaina and military adults, and $23.41 for ages 3 to 11, with valid Hawaii ID.
An evening Mother's Day Dinner Cruise is also being offered, departing at 5:30 p.m. and returning 7:30 p.m. from the same location.
On the menu will be a three-course all-you-can-eat crab and beef dinner, with mai tais and "My Hawaii -- Lei of Memories" show. The cost is $62.19 for kamaaina and military adults, and $37.16 for ages 3 to 11, with valid Hawaii ID.
Reserve at 983-STAR (7827) or visit www.starofhonolulu.com.