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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Marathoner Benny Ron trains in the morning with a jog around Kapiolani Park, a popular spot for all kinds of athletes. “It’s a very nice perimeter, very nice in the morning. Perfect,” he said. “Lucky we live Hawaii, yah?”
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Keith Wolzinger, 55, of Huntington Beach, Calif., plays tennis at the Kapiolani Park courts whenever his job as an airline pilot sets him in Honolulu for a layover. “Between the people that live here that play every day and the visitors that come from all around the world, this is like the melting pot of tennis,” he said.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Mark Okita regularly pushes himself through a two-hour workout at the park. The 54-year-old McCully-Moiliili resident enjoys the fresh air and sunshine of an outdoor workout. “This is my playtime,” he said. “This is fun.”
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM Bharat Das, center in black, has been teaching yoga under the same tree in the park for 20 years. He closed a recent session with meditation. His free open yoga class takes place every weekday at 5 p.m. and on weekends at 8:30 a.m.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Dylan Linkner, a 27-year-old former University of Hawaii football player, gets a few swings in at the softball field with Marnie Aduca and other Moana Surfrider co-workers. The group was practicing for a hotel league tournament on Maui.
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM Jaylene Chee, a 44-year-old Kapolei mother of two who works near Kapiolani Park, says a run after work helps her deal with the stress of family life. “After sitting at my desk all day, the fresh air seems to be a refresher for me,” she said.