Best of Honolulu 2014: Fun and Fitness
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Best Archery Range
The archery range at Kapiolani Park has been closed since 2012, when a novice archer with a high-powered bow shot an arrow onto the nearby tennis courts. That left O‘ahu archers with just three archery ranges. The desolate beauty of the Ka Iwi coast adds to the appeal of the range at the Koko Crater Shooting Complex, while the 20 archery lanes at Central Oahu Regional Park can accommodate enough bowsmen (and -women) to hold back a Mongol horde. But neither comes close to what the Puu O Kapolei Archery Range offers: 11 acres laced with pathways and hidden, three-dimensional animal targets. Thwip, you got a goat. Thwip, you bagged a bear. Thwip, that’s one dead dinosaur.
Puu O Kapolei, Archery Range Fort Barrette Road, bushwackersarcheryclub.org
Best Horseback Trail Rides
When the horses at the Hawaii Polo Club aren’t galloping up and down the field with polo players on their backs, they’re available for trail rides. Of all the good horseback-riding operations on Oahu, this is our favorite because A) part of the ride travels along beautiful Mokulē‘ia Beach, and B) you get to ride genuine polo ponies. Advanced riders can trot and canter on the polo field. No experience is required for the basic trail ride.
Hawaii Polo Club, 68-539 Farrington Highway, 220-5153, oahuhorsebackrides.com
Best Surf Lessons
If you can go from lying face down on the floor to standing on your feet in five seconds or less, Hawaiian Fire Surf School says it can have you stand-up surfing in one lesson. The school is owned by two Honolulu firefighters, so you know safety comes first. Among the precautions: students wear rubber-soled booties to protect their feet from the reef, and they ride rubber-tipped surfboards to protect their heads from dings. Best of all, the 45-minute lessons are conducted at Kalaeloa on the West Side, far from the kook-filled waters of Waikiki.
Hawaiian Fire Surf School, 737-3473, hawaiianfire.com