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.
Featured on Hawaii News Now for the way it enables expectant parents a look inside the womb, TomorrowToday Ultrasound captures images of developing babies with several types of nondiagnostic ultrasounds. The 2-D ultrasound produces a black-and-white image in which the flutter of the baby’s heart can be seen, and 3-D images have a bronze tint and look similar to a photograph so that parents can see facial features and can tell what the child would look like in the Wild West. During 4-D sessions, parents watch a live video depiction that can show the baby’s hand and facial movements. A large screen and plenty of seating in the ultrasound room give spouses and other family members a good vantage point from which to greet their new loved one.
Taylor Takata is no stranger to pressure. When he represented the United States in the Beijing Olympics, he stood toe-to-toe with some of the world's most fearsome fighters. Still, he knows that not everybody thrives when thrown into the fire. That's why his classes at Hawaii Judo Academy teach the principles of judo at a gradual pace and in a nonintimidating environment. At Takata's studio, students of all ages can master the martial art's trademark throws and takedowns at their own speed.
The optometrists at Blink work to keep eyesight sharp with thorough exams and corrective lenses. Dr. Khan Lau and his staff treat patients of all ages, entire families, and detectives who?ve become too reliant on their magnifying glasses in a friendly office setting equipped with the industry?s latest technology. Dr. Lau has also volunteered to help people learn to see in countries like Albania and Laos.
Traditional Chinese medicine and Western beauty practices join forces at Advanced Medi-Spa Hawaii. Practitioner Cindy Chang draws on her experience as a licensed acupuncturist and cosmetologist to deliver face-lifts—which rely on fine needles instead of scalpels—and skin-clearing treatments that use intense pulsed light and herbs. A few zaps from a cold laser help erase age spots, freckles, and birthmarks, and the radio-frequency energy emitted by the Lamprobe machine banishes skin tags, clogged pores, and the other blemishes caused by not living in a car wash.
Board-certified opthalmologist Dr. William K. Wong, Jr.—who served as an ophthalmologist in the U.S. military for more than eight years and received multiple industry awards—partners with optometrist Dr. Sadaf Sabahi to perform procedures, such as LASIK eye surgery and cataract surgery, that require a steady, expert hand. During eye exams, they assess the acuity of each eye then prescribe a corrective lens that can fit into a selection of frames by Fendi, Gucci, and Christian Dior. The duo can outfit hard-to-fit eyes or sentient potatoes with the appropriate contact lenses. Dr. Wong also administers Botox and Juvederm and performs blepharoplasties.