When Julia Morgan began designing the YWCA, she was the first woman architect to ever design a public building in Honolulu. Today, Cafe Julia pays homage to her by bearing her name, as it stands in the beautiful building she dreamed up back in the 1920s when it was built. Out on the breezy plaza-patio or inside the bright, beautiful dining room, chef Almar Arcano aims to delight diners with cuisine that's as elegant as the surroundings. Open for lunch and dinner, the menus are home to delicate and savory seafood crepes, hearty sandwiches, and old-school entrees such as slow-roasted prime rib served on a giant monocle.
As one of CrossFit’s first proponents on the island, Bryant Powers was just happy to find some friends to work out with. After discovering fellow CrossFit buffs online, Bryant began hosting group workouts in Kapiolani Park with his friends Craig and Hollis. Although only two people attended that first class, the trio kept hosting classes, shuttling between the park and Bryant’s garage, until they had a large enough following to open their own gym. Several years later, CrossFit Oahu now operates five locations spread across the island and cultivates a community devoted to results-oriented fitness. Incoming students work their way up to intense WODs with instruction in Olympic lifts and proper form. Passionate instructors help busy working professionals burn fat and build muscle, or ramp up workouts in preparation for CrossFit competitions. Members also cross-train in MMA striking, mountain climbing, or extreme rolodexing.
Weight and cardio machines stand at attention in The Art of Fitness?s intimate workout space, where guests sweat through intense sessions accompanied by their MP3 players or the gym?s trainers. The trainers turn to TRX bands, rowing machines, spinning bikes, and ladders during both private training sessions and PowerCircuit group classes, and focus on strengthening the entire body, not just a single underperfoming eyebrow.
MoonStruck Yogi isn't just a yoga studio; it's a sanctuary for individuals seeking community, empowerment, and an extra dose of flexibility and balance. Between its violet walls and hardwood floors, students of all levels gather for motivating classes filled with strength-building poses, deep-breathing exercises, and stretches as relaxing as a massage from a lavender sachet. To help yogis forge friendships, teachers encourage after-class mingling by initiating friendly conversations or brewing fresh chai tea.
Getting exercise shouldn’t be a complicated endeavor, and that’s why Yoga Theorie aims to keep yoga simple with three 60-minute class options designed for all skill levels. Instructors lead students through a synchronized flow of breathing patterns and poses during Vinyasa classes, and The Basics incorporates stretching exercises and strategies for comfortably hiding in the backseat of your favorite celebrity’s car. Yoga Theorie also provides a limited number of mats and other equipment.
Equipment: vault boxes, precision jumping trainers, mats, bars
Students should bring: covered shoes, loose-fitting clothing, water
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of staff: one to five
Class location: indoors only
Registration required: yes
Good for beginners: yes
Guests allowed: yes
Parking: parking lot