Halekulani Okinawa Announces New Escapes Program

Firefly Nature Discovery // Photo courtesy of Halekulani Okinawa

Halekulani Okinawa, the second hotel from the Hawaiian resort of the same name, has announced its new collection of immersive travel experiences, titled Halekulani Okinawa Escapes. Inspired by the island's culture and heritage, Halekulani Okinawa will launch three experiences, including Firefly Nature Discovery, Flavors of Okinawa and Introduction to Okinawan Karate beginning July 26.

The Firefly Nature Discovery provides guests an opportunity to witness a natural phenomenon. While there are 50 types of fireflies in Japan, Okinawa is home to half of them. Guided by a local naturalist, guests begin their excursion into the Yambaru National Park shortly before sunset. After climbing in a kayak and paddling through mangrove trees, guests will witness the display of twinkling lights. The Firefly Nature Walk is available from July through September.

As part of the Halekulani Okinawa Escapes program, the program will also offer a Secrets of Longevity series, including the Flavors of Okinawa experience and Introduction to Okinawan Karate. The two experiences aim to inform guests of the indigenous Okinawan practices that result in a longer and healthier life.

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The Flavors of Okinawa experience seeks to explore the connection between diet and longevity through a three-hour adventure to Cafe Garamanjaku, a restaurant in the countryside known for their traditional Okinawan food. Guests will visit the restaurant and tour its garden of herbs, which are said to be medicinal. The experience concludes with experiencing a traditional local dish, such as Goya Chanpuru bitter melon stir fry, which uses these herbs.

The Introduction to Okinawan Karate offers the opportunity to train with an accomplished Karate Master from Okinawa Karate. Through the practice of Okinawan karate movements, guests will achieve a better understanding of strength and peace. Additionally, guests will learn how to implement this mindfulness in their everyday life.

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