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5 Ways to Break Out of a Rut

By Kathryn Drury Wagner

10.24.16

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Ready to try something new this fall? Here are some exciting ways to break out of the usual routine and experiment with some of the fresh ideas Hawai‘i has on tap for you.
Paddle under a full moon with Turtle Bay Resort’s new expedition on Kawela Bay.
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1. Paddle Under a Full Moon at Turtle Bay Resort
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Morning surfers, try something with a twist. Explore Kawela Bay on a stand-up board for Full Moon Paddle, a new adventure from Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore. Better yet: The one-hour, guided trip concludes with a bonfire on the beach, where you’ll enjoy heavy pupu. If you’re rather sit, you can also opt for a 30-minute outrigger canoe trip. The next Full Moon Paddles are Nov. 12 and Dec. 11, from 7-9pm. The costs are $80 per person for the SUP version and $70 for the outrigger canoe option, which includes equipment rental, guide and refreshments. For reservations, call 293.6020. 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, O‘ahu, turtlebayresort.com 

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2. Throw a Bash Onboard the Majestic
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Bars? That’s so Thursday night. Earlier this year, Atlantis Cruises retired its Navatek boat and replaced it with the larger, yacht-like Majestic. At 150 feet, it has a large dance floor, bar and lounge, and private reception area, where parties can be held without interference from guests enjoying the sunset dinner cruises. Insider’s tip: When planning your event, remember, there are Friday night fireworks off Waikīkī that can add a little extra something magical. Majestic is berthed at Pier 6 of Aloha Tower Marketplace. 1 Aloha Tower Dr., Downtown Honolulu, O‘ahu, 800.548.6262, atlantisadventures.com  

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3. Taste the Wild at Volcano Art Center
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Salad, schmalad. Zach Mermel will introduce you to what’s edible in Kipuka Pua'ulu (aka Bird Park) in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. From seeds to leaves and stems to fruit, find out what’s tasty—and safe. Sat. Oct. 29, from 9am-2 pm. The workshop is $40. Call to register in advance. 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano, Hawai‘i Island, 967.8222, volcanoartcenter.org 

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4. Rappel Through Water with Kauai Waterfall Rappelling
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Okay, so you’ve been rock climbing. Up your game with a rappel down a waterfall. You’ll start at Jungle Base Camp, where there’s a lesson on rappelling and safety, then get ready to rappel down 30-foot Bamboo Falls. Once you’re feeling confident, test your skills on 60-foot Hawaiian Dundee Falls. Celebrate with a short hike and catered lunch. This experience is 5.5 hours long total, and sets off Mon., Wed. and Sat., at 8:30am $159 per person. 877.678.7333, Princeville, Kaua‘i, adventureinhawaii.com   

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5. Try Octopus Salami at Taormina
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 Bet you’ve never tried that dish before! Chef Hiro Mimura spent years in Italy, and created this Venetian-inspired tapas dish ($16), featuring thin slices of tender octopus meat paired with bell-pepper mousse and potato puree. The octopus salami is then topped with olives, micro greens and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. It’s quite the combination of diverse textures, vibrant colors and layered flavors. The seasonal dish is available through Nov. 30. 227 Lewers St., Waikīkī O‘ahu, 926.5050, taorminarestaurant.com