1) Watch the sun set over the ocean.
What is more Hawaiian than heading to the beach with your sweetie and watching the sun fade into the horizon over the beautiful Pacific Ocean?
2) Head to the spa.
Hawaii is home to some of the country’s best spas. After all, is there anything more relaxing than a deep tissue massage with the sound of waves crashing in the background?
3) Take a leisurely stroll, or a hike.
Taking a walk – or even hiking up the side of a mountain – can be immensely physically and mentally restorative.
4) Sail out to sea.
Check out local boat charters, and sunset or dinner cruises and escape from your life via boat. Let the wind flow through your hair and let go of all your earthly worries.
If you’ve never done it, meditating on your own can be challenging, which is why I suggest going to a guided meditation session. My favorite is the Saturday meditation at Mu Ryang-Sa Buddhist temple in Oahu’s Manoa Valley.
6) Grab a drink.
I have to admit that one of my favorite ways to relax is to sit on my lanai, sipping a cold beer or glass of wine and playing with my sweet dog. If you’re looking for Hawaii-made alcohol, check out Kona Brewing Company or Maui Wine.
7) Lay on the beach.
There is little more relaxing than simply laying on the beach, soaking up the sun – and heading to the water whenever you get too warm.
8) Go for a drive.
As long as you aren’t driving through Honolulu during rush hour, a drive around the island can be extremely relaxing. The stellar views are always a bonus, too.
9) Do some yoga.
There are countless yoga studios across the Hawaiian Islands for you to check out when you need to. Even better, get your Namaste on beachside.
10) Relax over a cup of grown in Hawaii coffee.
Whether you choose to check out a new café or head to your favorite coffee shop, there is little better than catching up with an old friend over coffee, or sipping a latte while diving into a new book.
11) Go horseback riding.
There are various ranches and farms in Hawaii that offer horseback riding. Choose one that’s convenient for you and let your anxieties melt away as you experience the islands from a new perspective.
12) Play a round of golf.
If you’re looking to physical activity for a dose of respite, look no further than a leisurely game of golf on one of the islands’ many incredible courses. This may not be the best idea if you’re ultra-competitive (like me).
13) Go stargazing.
As the most isolated population center on earth, Hawaii gives us uninhibited views of the night sky, especially from the summit of Mauna Kea
14) Do absolutely nothing.
Sometimes, you just need to do, well, nothing. Take an entire day to just, chill. Don’t make any plans, take a nap in a hammock, and just let go.