Send your spirits soaring -- along with your arms, legs, head and entire body -- at The Groove Hawaii.
The family entertainment center in
Instructors give a brief orientation to show how to get into the proper flying position -- arms spread, hands slightly above head level, legs spread with knees slightly bent, head up and hips out -- and explain the hand signals they use to tell fliers how to keep under control.
They stand in the wind tunnel with beginners to keep things safe and easy during the experience. With practice, flips and spins can be performed in subsequent sessions.
Riders are required to wear snug-fitting, closed-toe shoes, such as sneakers -- no slippers. Flight suits, helmets and goggles are provided. Children as young as 3 are allowed.
The price to enjoy the wind tunnel, which opens Friday, is
The Groove Hawaii, located at
Head to Family Sunday to learn about Hokule'a
The Hokule'a's round-the-world journey will be the focus of the
Kids can learn about the art of navigation and other aspects of the traditional Polynesian sailing vessel at the free event, which will be held at both the museum's sites.
At the museum's main facility downtown, kids can learn to make star maps and go on a gallery hunt of ocean-related artwork. To honor Mau Piailug, the Yapese navigator who taught the original Hokule'a crew to use the stars to navigate, members of the
Families can take a shuttle up to Spalding House, where kids can use flotation devices, skewers, yarn and straws to make small outrigger canoes and race them in the pool for prizes.
Also available that day in the
Wild times on tap
With a theme like "
But for ride lovers, EK Fernandez Shows is unleashing a Flying Cobra.
The Flying Cobra, pictured above, is an ejection-seat ride -- essentially a human slingshot -- with a two-person seat attached to tightened elastic cords that are connected to two 105-foot-tall poles. Passengers in the seat are launched 150 feet into the air, feeling a G-force of 4.8, which is comparable to a roller coaster.
But the stomach-churning fun doesn't stop there, as the seat goes through a series of bounces and somersaults high above the Earth before settling back on the ground.
Because the Flying Cobra is considered a special attraction, it is not covered by ride coupons or wristbands. The price to ride is
"The ride is truly wild and will showcase what we are offering at this year's fair," said EK Fernandez Executive Vice President
While there won't be any tigers roaming around the
You can see 8-year-old Tonk -- a 7-foot-tall, 600-pound male grizzly bear -- and cubs Yogi and Maggie in "A Grizzly Experience," an educational show that gives audiences a lesson in safety as well as an up-close-and-personal look at an Alaskan grizzly bear. The show runs through
In "Sea Lion Splash,"
All three shows are free with general admission.
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