Best of Honolulu 2014: Fun and Fitness
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Best Big Used-Book Sale
A summertime tradition, the Friends of the Library of Hawaii Annual Book Sale in June attracts bibliophiles from across the island. It takes four days for volunteers to move in and set up nearly 150,000 used books sold at prices ranging from a few cents to a couple of dollars, not including collectibles. During this weeklong sale, rummagers can find everything from Hawaiiana to cookbooks to classic fiction to contemporary releases. Plan now for next summer’s sale.
Friends of the Library of Hawaii Annual Book Sale, friendsofthelibraryofhawaii.org
Best Botanical Garden for Succulent Lovers
When we reached out to Kevin Whitton, author of A Pocket Guide to Hawaii’s Botanical Gardens (Mutual Publishing, 2009), for suggestions on a botanical garden category, we got this response: “With the recent popularity of succulents in little containers at hipster plant stores, the Koko Crater Botanical Garden is the natural version of the succulent garden.” We couldn’t agree more. Koko Crater, an example of a xeriscape, is filled with succulents (cactus falls into this category) from all over the world. Spanning two craters, the garden has a loop trail, a plumeria grove and a wiliwili grove. Plus, it doesn’t get much foot traffic, which is perfect for those needing a quiet, mind-clearing stroll.
Koko Crater Botanical Garden, End of Kokonani Street, 522-7060
Best Gym Splurge
If you’re willing to lay down the cash, Honolulu Club has long been a haven for Honolulu’s affluent fitness seekers. Honolulu Club recently underwent an ownership change and a multimillion-dollar renovation. Aside from the typical fitness club benefits, members here get the full-frills treatment, including locker room with amenities, a lounge and bar, a Jacuzzi with a cold plunge pool, squash and a golf practice area.
Honolulu Club, 932 Ward Ave., seventh floor, 585-9626, honoluluclub.com