Sanoe Garcia, owner and founder of Akala Dance Studio, leads a team of instructors in teaching hip-centric movements during hula and Tahitian dance classes. Across three different dance spaces, the 45-minute classes impart basic steps in a fun, noncompetitive setting, ranging from the smooth, foot-grounded sways of hula to the energetic rhythms of Tahitian dance. The studio also puts on productions, in which professional dancers don grass skirts and colorful headpieces for special events such as weddings, luaus, or amateur HORSE competitions.
Designed to recreate Hawaii's native volcanic rock and its thrilling climbs, a multitude of climbing surfaces erupt throughout Volcanic Rock Gym's 3,000 square feet. From 16 feet in the air, a large top-out boulder hangs over an expanse of traversing walls, campus boards, and safety mats. Traditionalists can scale a vertical wall with the reassurance of a physical anchor on the top-rope routes, and rebellious climbers and mountain-goat impersonators can attempt the crack-climbing walls and bouldering façades. In addition, curious spelunkers can explore the bouldering cave, negotiating its ceiling holds and stubborn bats to emerge back in the gym from a massive overhang. Climbing routes change every month to present new climbing challenges and dissuade cheaters from memorizing all the foothold nibs before testing their climbing prowess.
Endless rows of machines, friendly staff, and two locations give the no-frills sweat shop a comforting neighborhood feel. Expect to find eligible, state-of-the-art machines, intensive and expert fitness coaching, and a bevy of classes such as yoga, power sculpt, abs and flexibility, and cardio hip-hop.
The son of a Californian flamenco dancer, Greg “The Salsaman” Henry was captivated by dancing early on. At the age of 3, he joined in on performances with his mother’s dance troupe. Years later he went on to found the Hot Salsa Dance Company, which puts on interactive latin-dance shows throughout Hawaii and California. Henry and other company members also lead the company’s instructional arm, Hot Salsa Hawaii, teaching group classes to beginning and intermediate dancers.
In these classes, you can learn the basic steps of Dominican Republic–style merengue, a more energetic version than its Haitian counterpart. You can also work toward mastering the sideways footwork of the bachata. Classes are limited in size to ensure that each student gets plenty of attention from the instructor.
Rylan Lizares learned Brazilian jujitsu at the hands of Professor Pedro Sauer, and it's Sauer's instruction method that Lizares now shares through his studio, Gracie Technics Jiu-Jitsu Academy. Lizares focuses on providing students with the exact same education in grappling that he had, teaching everything from the basics of combat to the most advanced submission holds. Professional UFC fighter Max Halloway supplements this education with kickboxing classes, teaching students effective combinations of strikes known to make punching bags grow eyes for the express purpose of crying.
Surf Honolulu gives clients the lessons and equipment to conquer the white-capped waves off Oahu's shores. Lifeguard- and CPR-certified instructors impart tide-riding techniques during surfing lessons conducted at four beaches selected because their waves are seldom clogged by other surfers or porpoises riding kickboards. Each lesson includes 30 minutes of safety instruction led by both English- and Japanese-speaking surf instructors. For a more leisurely jaunt over the waters, guests can take advantage of standup-paddleboard rentals or guided tours through Kailua Beach or Kahana Bay. Surf Honolulu also offers a wide selection of surf equipment and apparel for those on the market for a new board or looking for a swimsuit upgrade.
Fitness experts Marc and Sara Zimmermann boast an impressive background. He is a former professional soccer player and certified personal trainer, yoga teacher, nutritional counselor, and sports-rehabilitation instructor. She began formal dance training at the age of 4 and is a registered yoga teacher, dance teacher, and reiki master. Together, they guide students through yoga poses, prenatal exercises, and boot-camp classes while outdoors among a herd of grazing palm trees. Additionally, personal training sessions help clients achieve their fitness goals, whether it is losing a few pounds or learning to walk on their hands.