Today we woke up ready to relax… it’s Spa day!
Laniwai is Aulani’s onsite spa that offers nearly 150 spa therapies, from massages and skin care treatments to unique “rain water” therapies and personalized programs. All 5 of us were headed to Laniwai today for their ‘Ohana package.
Once we were checked in, we were directed to a basket filled with stones. We were to each pick one stone and use what it was inscribed with as our mantra for the day.
We walked down a pathway and tossed our stones, gently, into a pond. From there we were directed to our treatment room where we were able to change into our robes and have some ice water and fruit snacks they had waiting for us.
Once our therapists arrived we were separated- the girls were seated outside for their foot/leg massages while Mike, Mikey, and I had our massages. Ahhhh…
At the 25 minute mark- we switched spots…
After the fastest 50 minutes ever, we were instructed to take our time getting ready and they would meet us out front. Before we left, we were each given bath salts with our stone’s meaning on a card and Mikey was given the lomilomi stick that was used during our treatments. The Hawaiian lomilomi stick has been used for 40 generations of islanders and is the symbol of self-care.
We decided that today was our chill day and headed to the pool area to claim a spot and chill out for the rest of the day. The rest of our group was doing the same (well, most of us. Mike’s Dad, Uncle, Brother In Law, and Godson had an early tee time that morning) and Mike and I took some time to sneak off and enjoy the spa’s Kula Wai, the only outdoor hydrotherapy garden on O‘ahu. Kula Wai is complementary to anyone 18 years old and older who has a spa treatment that day. Inside Kula Wai you will find soaking tubs, a jacuzzi, ice tub, and a number of different showers.
Did I mention the locker rooms? Amazing, and not co-ed…
I have to say, I had been pretty badly sunburned on my shoulders and after my treatments and visit to Kula Wai- the redness and stinging had noticeably vanished. I highly recommend trying the spa midway or toward the end of your trip to help rejuvenate your skin after being exposed to the Hawaiian sun most of us aren’t used to.