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root is believed to alleviate stress, anxiety,
insomnia and headaches. Spas include it in
soothing body wraps to help ease aches and
pains and soften skin.
• Ko (Sugarcane)
Ancient Hawaiians used
the juice of the sugarcane
to sweeten their often-bitter herbal medicines.
Hawaiian turbinado sugar
derived from cane is a natural antiseptic.
Raw sugar’s grainy texture gently exfoliates,
is much gentler than a salt scrub and aids in
the hydration of dry skin.
• Kukui Nut Oil
The kukui nut, also known
as candlenut, has always
been valued for its oil. In
ancient times, the oil of the
white kernels was extracted to
light stone lamps and ti leaf torches.
The bark, flowers and nuts all had medicinal applications. Hawaiians used the small
five-petaled white flowers and the sap of the
green nut to heal chapped lips, cold sores
and mild sunburn and the mashed nut to
relieve constipation and skin irritations.
Today the rich oil is one of the best known
natural sources of linoleic and linolenic fatty
acids that promote healthy skin and hair and
appears in body oils, shampoos and conditioners. Because it is very emollient, it is a
favorite massage oil for lomilomi.
• Limu (Seaweed)
Readily available at the
beach, limu is a traditional
remedy for coral cuts,
stomachaches and general
aches and pains. Seaweed, rich
in minerals, is considered one of nature’s
most complete nutritional sources and in
scrubs and wraps helps detoxify the body
and nourish skin.
• Niu (Coconut)
This was once the
Hawaiians’ most versatile
tree, providing everything
from thatching to drink to
medicine. Its sweet meat yields
emollient oil with a clean scent and conditioning properties for hair and skin. Heated, the
oil eases muscle aches; grated, the pulp adds
texture and sultry fragrance to body scrubs.
The many shapes and sizes of coconut shell
make it a handy massage tool.
Where to Splurge
Nature as healer is the philosophy behind even
the most decadent Hawaiian spa services.
Sugar scrubs improve circulation by exfoliating
dry, dead skin. Herbal wraps detoxify the body
and replenish skin nutrients. Lomilomi with
kukui nut or coconut oil eases muscle and joint
pain. And the s weet scents of jasmine, ginger
and coconut lift the spirit. Here we’ve curated a
list of treatments on each island.
A massage featuring
a personalized body
polish at Laniwai Spa.