In his role as the chief surgeon at Aesthetica Plastic & Laser Surgery Center, Dr. Gregory Caputy draws on knowledge gleaned from his presidency of the Hawaii Aesthetic and Wellness International Institute to strike an ideal balance between artistry and anatomy. Along with his skilled team of aestheticians and medical professionals, Dr. Caputy aims to satisfy beauty desires with cosmetic and surgical treatments for the face, body, and skin—many of which account for the specific needs of island natives and Asians. Among the services offered are Sculptra Aesthetic injections, which helps replace lost collagen and corrects shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds.
The center’s aestheticians exemplify the individual care that Dr. Caputy has sworn by since he began his practice, rejuvenating complexions with custom treatments and staying beside their clients for the duration of each visit. If you manage to sneak away from their sight, take a moment to relax on the waiting room’s tan leather couches, bathe in the sunlight that spills in from oversize windows, or admire Dr. Caputy’s collection of diamond-encrusted stethoscopes.
Early-morning light envelops Lee-Ann Watanabe and her troupe of dedicated boot campers in Kaka'ako's quiet neighborhood setting. Watanabe gives the go-ahead and campers sprint, burpee, lift, or plank—breaking an early-morning sweat. This is a common scene at 2CW HI boot camp.
A former coach potato turned triathlete, Lee-Ann Watanabe knows what it takes to get in shape. Drawing on her supportive yet tough demeanor, she motivates groups through intense cardio and resistance training in Kakaako Park, Alapai Park, or in the Boca HI Studio, earning her business features in Midweek and other local publications. Every workout, she changes up the routines—which draw heavily from functional exercises and plyometrics—to prevent muscles from becoming bored and absent-mindedly ingesting a whole box of Twinkies. Dedicated to helping exercisers of all experience levels, she scales her workouts to match individual goals, working to ensure all participants benefit equally.
Pan Pacific Laser Vision Center was founded by one of the earliest practitioners of PRK laser treatments, Dr. Donald Johnson, who brought his pioneering no-touch PRK procedure from his native Canada to Hawaii in 1997. Over the next 15 years, the center's team of surgeons amassed more than 26,000 procedures, attracting patients from around the world, as well as surgeons looking to sharpen their own vision-correcting skills via the center's training program.
In keeping with the pioneering spirit of its founder, the center stays on the leading edge of vision-correcting technology, using Wave Front eye-mapping and employing an arsenal of laser equipment. With such tools, its doctors can perform procedures such as bladeless iLASIK, LASEK, and PRK, which is best for individuals with thin corneas.
The people you talk to every day are typically the people who affect your life the most, like your spouse, your best friend, or, if you work out at Boot Camp Hawaii, your trainer. To encourage accountability, many of its trainers keep in daily contact with their clients via phone, email, and text. When not corresponding, trainers lead ever-changing boot-camp workouts that encompass cardio, interval training, and core strengthening, allowing clients to get more toned and finally stop hiding a washboard under their shirts. They also lead private personal-training sessions, and have coached student and professional athletes as well as soldiers.
For a more comprehensive wellness plan, the fitness instructors complement their boot camps and yoga sessions with nutrition advice. Boot Camp Hawaii?s nutritionist offers weight-management assistance, nutrition classes, and custom meal plans.
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.
Dorian Wright, a student of meditation since he was six, and Lehau Kai, an asana practitioner with more than 10 years experience, were both trained by renowned yogi and founder of the Power-yoga style, Bryan Kest. After mastering this style, which provides a rigorous total-body workout capable of sculpting lean muscle while improving circulation and mobility, the duo opened their 1,700-square-foot studio with a team of certified instructors. In addition to leading Power-yoga classes, the diverse team infuses the schedule with a range of yoga varieties, such as Vinyasa flow, slower paced Yin yoga, and Aerial yoga performed on suspended fabric that's designed to facilitate deep stretches. On Thursdays, Power Yoga invites a DJ to come spin motivating beats during classes, inspiring upward dogs to get down and downward-facing dogs to "get down."