Hawaii on ice

Take a break from the hot Hawaiian sun on your Hawaii Vacation and cool off with a trip to the Ice Palace, the only ice skating arena in the state of Hawaii. Located 14 miles from Waikiki and close to Aloha Stadium and Pearl Harbor, the Ice Palace offers public skating sessions seven days a week, and is the home to the Hawaiian Hockey League and the Hawaii Figure Skating Club.

Although Hawaii may not seem like an ideal location for winter sports, the Hawaii Figure Skating Club has proven that a successful skating club can thrive in the warmest of climates. Over the years, several skaters have competed in numerous competitions, bringing home U.S. regional, sectional, and national titles. The arena hosts figure skating competitions and ice shows throughout the year, so if you’re lucky, you’re visit might coincide with a showcase of local figure skating talent.

Twice a year the Ice Palace Skate School puts together an ice show featuring skaters training at the arena. The May 2011 production drew its theme from the movie Shrek 2 and featured skaters of all ages and skill levels.

Although Hawaii is hot, the ice rink is relatively cold, so remember to wear long pants and bundle up in warm clothing in preparation for your visit. It’s also a good idea to bring along a pair of socks if you plan on skating or chaperoning, as exposed toes can get a little cold after a few minutes in a refrigerated building. It might sound a bit odd to go ice skating Hawaii, but a trip to the Ice Palace is an affordable and fun family activity perfect for rainy days, fresh sunburns, and those that need a break from the heat.

Photo by Gary Sanchez.