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Ho‘ala Salon and Spa at Ala Moana Center

Our hands say alot about ourselves. From the wild gestures we make when sharing a story to the calluses that form on our palms, our hands unintentionally tell others who we are. Such important fixtures of our body deserve some occasional TLC. Long-associated with women, more and more manicures are now being tailored to men. Manicures are more than encrusting claws with rhinestones, they help keep our hands and nails healthy—and let’s face it, no one should be walking around with dirt under their nails. If your hands are in need of some pampering, then look no further than these four Hawai‘i-based spas that are putting the “man” in manicure.

Upscale Japanese salon Men’s Grooming Salon SKY (mshairsalonhi.com) can be found on the ground floor of the Halekauwila Place high-rise building in Honolulu’s hip warehouse neighborhood of Kaka‘ako. There, men choose between various courses—or series of spa services—before hopping in a leather barber’s chair and embarking on a one-way journey to total tranquility. The Men’s Grooming Course ($75) features the works for the hair and scalp, a precise razor shave and also a nail treatment ($20 on its own). Nails are filed and buffed before hands are softened with an oil treatment. The hand massage doesn’t hurt either.

Ho‘ala Salon and Spa (hoalasalonspa.com) is where you can find solace in the bustling Ala Moana Center. The Aveda Lifestyle salon offers two services geared toward men’s nails: the Gentleman’s Essential Manicure ($34) and Pedicure ($60). Both services stay true to the salon’s name, which means awakening in Hawaiian. They revitalize feet and hands by incorporating soaking, exfoliation, hot towels, a massage and cuticle minimization. Both finish with a buff. For a more personalized spa-like experience, there’s the unisex Aroma Spa Manicure ($54) and Pedicure ($85), which come with the guy’s choice of Aveda aroma, an exfoliating paste and a seaweed mask for baby-smooth skin and total relaxation. Close out your spa jaunt by sipping their complementary infused water.

Warmly lit with inviting wood accents, the Mandara Spa (mandaraspa.com) at Hilton Hawaiian Village in the heart of Waikiki—offers the Men’s Sports Manicure ($35) and the Men’s Sports Pedicure ($60) for guys wanting to freshen up their nails. Nails get soaked, shaped and buffed, and cuticles removed. The protocol is just like the women’s, but forgoes polish unless requested. Of course, a soothing massage is included for both the manicure and pedicure. Upgrade to the Mandara’s signature Ritual for Hands ($65) and Feet ($85), which includes a calming cooling mask and always enjoyable extra massage time. While there, don’t forget to take advantage of their private mosaic-tiled outdoor pool and fitness center.

Situated right on Waikiki Beach, the historic Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa—also known lovingly as the “First Lady of Waikiki”—is home to the Moana Lani Spa (moanalanispa.com). Inspired by the power of ‘Apuakehau, the spring that once gave life to Waikiki, Moana Lani Spa offers several nourishing hand treatments for men. The Lomi Warm Stone Manicure ($75) and Pedicure ($100) are the perfect choices for someone who’s had a long day. The pedicures are done in a reclining zero-gravity chair, so you can literally feel the weight get lifted off your shoulders. Both treatments use a blend of noni and citrus and tropical fruit for their delicious aromas and antioxidants. As the name implies, the services use warm stones to massage the muscles and in- crease blood circulation. Sign us up.

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