Stay Cool This Summer
l Run cool water over the inside of your wrists.
l Go for a swim in the Pacific Ocean or find a waterfall.
l If you live near some, drive up to the Waianae mountains. The higher you go, the cooler it gets. Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawaiʻi is the highest peak in the U.S. State of Hawaiʻi and the entire Pacific Ocean. Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain on Earth as measured from base to summit.
l Drink at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day – more if you’re very active. On the slopes of Mauna Loa, in the District of Puna, which in Hawaiian means “Spring Water”. Drawn from an artesian well in the little town of Kea’au, Hawaiian Springs is the only authentic “Natural Artesian Water” from Hawaii.
l Don’t exercise in the heat of the day – do it before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m. A visit to Waimea Falls! The 3.5-mile hike, which is mostly along flat, paved ground, is well worth doing as the path meanders through the magnificent gardens and historical sites.
l Set a bowl of ice water in front of a moving fan.
l Wear loose, light-colored natural-fiber clothing. Hawaiian style clothing is a great choice.
l Soak your feet in a plastic basin of cool (not cold) water.
l Hang out in your basement – it’s usually at least 10 degrees cooler than upper floors. If no basement there are caves throughout the Islands.
l Wear your hair up or short – most heat escapes from the top of your head. Try a Sea Shell or Flower Hair clip.
l Make your own portable evaporative cooler: wet down a white cotton towel and drape it around your neck.
l Open windows only in the room you’re in and the one opposite. Position a fan to blow from one window to the other to create a cross-draft.
l Shower or bathe regularly to keep your pores unclogged and efficiently sweating.
l Instead of incandescent light bulbs, which give off a lot of heat, use compact florescents.
l Keep blinds down where the sun is shining.