Frangipani Ola Mau Spa opens in Kealakekua

January 30, 2013, 1:48 PM HST
* Updated January 30, 2:07 PM
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There’s a new place to get pampered in west Hawaii. Frangipani Ola Mau Spa recently opened in Kealakekua at Pualani Terrace on Mamalahoa Highway.

Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., the spa offers a wide array of beauty services from facials and massage to body wraps, nails, sugaring, and more.

Owned by Curtis Essential Dream Vacations LLC, the spa is managed by Dawn Dowdle and fiancé Garrett Curtis, who are stakeholders in the LLC.

The couple split their time between Hawaii and California, where they operate a spa of the same name in Newport Beach.

Dowdle notes that the name frangipani is the common name for plumeria.


“We’re doing an anti-aging spa in Hawaii, so we decided to call it frangipani, which is the symbol of immortality in Asian cultures and Ola Mau, which in Hawaiian means immortal, forever.”


She said the pair decided to open their own spa after working in the spa industry and because it ties in well with the travel business.

“People like to do the slimming body wrap or get a facial before they go on a trip,” says Dowdle.

Dowdle says Frangipani Ola Mau sets itself apart from other spas by offering products and services not found anywhere else in the state.


“We are the only spa in Hawaii to offer Provence Cosmetics, an elite professional line from the south of France. Their treatments include the bioslimming wrap and 3D anti-aging facial.”

“Provence Cosmetics are a big deal because they are being used in elite upscale salons, like those found in Beverly Hills. Their products are regularly featured in fashion magazines.”

The spa also offers a natural form of hair removal called sugaring.

“We actually make our own sugar,” says Dowdle. “It’s the same texture as wax but it doesn’t take off live skin, so you don’t have the pain associated with waxing.”

They also offer an array of massage therapies, including lomi lomi, hot stone, deep tissue, Shiatsu, and Swedish.

For more information, call 333-3726 or go to

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