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4 Things To Do While You’re in Hawaii for the NFL Pro Bowl 2016

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | January 28, 2016

4 Things To Do While You’re in Hawaii for the NFL Pro Bowl 2016

PHOTO: Waikiki Beach. (Photo courtesy Hawaii Tourism Authority)

Honolulu, Hawaii, is once again hosting the Pro Bowl, which will take place this weekend, Jan. 31, at the Aloha Stadium, and Hawaii is happy to have the Pro Bowl back on their stomping ground.

“We thank the NFL for bringing the Pro Bowl to Hawaii this year and again in 2017,” said George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). “As always, Hawaii’s residents will welcome them with the warmth and friendliness that makes the joy of experiencing our islands so remarkably special from any other place in the world.”

Ready to get out and experience Hawaii before, during or after the game? Here are some suggestions for passing the time.

Koko Head Crater Stairs

These stairs made headlines when the Obamas hiked them one morning during their Christmas vacation in Hawaii. The Koko Head Crater Trail is often fondly referred to as the “Stairmaster from hell” and the Koko Head stairs of doom.”

It really is more like a workout with a view than a hike, but the climb is worth it for breathtaking views of three islands and of the craters.

READ MORE: Warm Up With a Hike on Koko Head and 7 Other Amazing Trails

World War II Valor in the Pacific

It’s the centennial celebration of U.S. National Parks and that means that its possible to tour the USS Arizona memorial for free. There are more than 1,000 free tickets available daily through the program and tours of the historic site that tells the story of World War II operate daily from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To make sure that you get in, you can reserve tickets for entry in advance.

Check Out The Surfing

You’re in luck visiting Hawaii during the same time as the Pro Bowl – although the Super Bowl of wave riding takes place in November and December. The North Shore experiences its highest waves during the winter months and there’s a good chance that you will be able to see some of the best surfers in the world catching a wave.

Waves can swell up to 30 feet and so visitors are advised to observe all posted signs and heed any warnings. Highlights for visitors include Haleiwa, a historic surf town, and Waimea Bay, home to big wave surfing.

READ MORE: 4 Epic Places Around The World To Surf

Surfing is a historic pastime in the Hawaiian Islands and there is probably no better place to learn than on the iconic Waikiki Beach where gentle waves await. Check out the Hans Hedemann Surf School for all of your surfing needs, from board rentals to a range of lesson options. They can also provide instruction for stand-up paddleboarding and body boarding as well.

Hit the Spa

Hard day of hiking? Too much football watching? Guests can get back on track at the spa. Some of the most luxurious spas in the world dot the Waikiki coastline. Try the award-winning SpaHalekulani where they intertwine authentic Polynesian therapeutic rituals with pure products and proven technique. And, it’s not just for the ladies. There is a special menu devoted to gentleman as well.

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