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Each time Pua Kamahoahoa creates a haku lei, she remembers her tutu (Hawaiian grandmother), who schooled her in the ancient art of flower weaving.
“My tutu taught me everything I know, so I feel like she’s with me now,” said Kamahoahoa, who teaches clients how to braid tropical blossoms and ferns at Waikiki’s Queen Kapiolani Hotel. “When you make a lei, it comes from your heart.”
The haku lei-making workshop is one of many interactive pastimes offered at the resort, which is positioning itself as a center of aloha following a major renovation. Most days of the week, it presents various events designed to immerse clients in the Hawaiian spirit.
Sometimes, Queen Kapiolani Hotel’s happenings are one-offs. Recently, for example, it hosted a dive-in movie and night swim on its third-floor deck, with live music and drink specials (similar soirees are slated for Aug. 24 and Sept. 21).
There are also year-round activities, which are open to both visitors and residents. These include tropical cocktail-making parties, where participants learn how to shake up a mai tai, as well as Paint and Sip, a poolside art class with drinks.
The hotel also offers health-oriented experiences. Consider QK Run Club, where fitness insiders lead clients on prime jogging routes around Waikiki, or morning and afternoon surf lessons. Sunrise and sunset yoga classes take place on an outdoor lanai with views of Diamond Head.
“We have curated these special activities and events to highlight our unique way of life and vibrant island culture,” said Joy Tomita, director of sales and marketing for Queen Kapiolani Hotel. “We hope to bring people together over shared experiences in a welcoming environment.”
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