Walls of hard concrete line the perimeter of CrossFit Ewa Beach’s 6,000-square-foot facility, symbolizing the strength and endurance that exercisers strive to achieve as they sculpt their muscles with barbells, kettlebells, and pull-up bars. Here, seasoned trainers espouse functional training techniques that augment everyday movements such as pushing, squatting, and lifting with exercises inspired by Olympic sports such as gymnastics and full-contact badminton. Head trainer Noel Famy, a Level 2 CrossFit instructor and former Marine, transforms groups of strangers into teammates who motivate one another through moments of intimidation and fatigue. Most workouts last less than 40 minutes and can be tailored to a variety of ages and fitness levels. Famy also propels clients toward their goals during personal-training sessions filled with custom-built workouts and nutritional consultations. His nutritional advice revolves around Whole9’s version of the Paleo Diet, a nutrition regimen based on Stone Age humans’ diet of wild plants and fried velociraptor eggs.
For more than 11 years, Dianarose Spells has honed her makeup artistry everywhere from proms to fashion shows and photo shoots. These days, she draws upon those experiences to teach budding beautifiers at her personal studios, GLAM MUStudio and DES Makeup Studio. During sessions for beginning through advanced students, the certified makeup artist covers all her techniques, from basic color matching to creating eye-catching avant-garde looks. When she's not teaching, Dianarose showcases her makeup and styling mastery by readying clients for weddings and other special occasions with services such as up-dos.
The certified teachers at Bikram Yoga North Shore believe that everyone from star athletes to senior citizens can benefit from the oxygenating and posture-correcting benefits of yoga. Inside their 105-degree studio, they lead students through a series of 26 postures designed to stimulate the body's organs and glands and boost circulation from head to toe, bringing relief from stress, pain, and depression. The renovated space boasts antimicrobial and antibacterial flooring that allows stretchers to participate without holding their breath for the entire 90-minutes, and although the staff stresses that the Bikram style is accessible to anyone, they also offer a hatha-yoga class that can help beginners become acquainted with the asanas.
Before students’ fingers even get to know the coolness of clay, just entering Ka'ala Clay and Coffee Bar is already a feast for the senses. The aroma of fresh-ground coffee emanates from the coffee bar. A bright yellow studio pleases the eyes. The whir of pottery wheels signals the creation of new bowls or vases. For the uninitiated or artists seeking new inspiration, its group or private classes focus on the intricacies of throwing clay as well as hand-building techniques and glazing. Artists can also rent out spaces where they can work on personal projects, the value of which Ka’ala’s artist owners know well: Tzaddi Pearce is a potter with more than 10 years of experience, and Matt Pearce is a potter and photographer.
On Oahu, it may be hard to know where to begin. With a endless variety of activities, from hiking picturesque trails to kayaking along the shore, Active Oahu Tours helps explorers hone in on fun activities—and safely guides them through all adventures. With the added advantage of knowing little-known spots, guides usher tour-goers to less-congested kayaking areas, tropical hikes, and rivers. Other activities such as snorkeling and destination yoga are also available, encouraging visitors and natives alike to actively explore the lush island.
As heat bounces off the vibrant orange walls of Bikram Yoga Mililani, a Bikram-certified instructor leads students of all levels through 26 postures that work together to systematically stretch and strengthen every part of the body. The 105-degree heat and 40% humidity work together to loosen up stiff muscles, allowing guests to sink deeper into poses, sweat out toxins, and sweat off misguided clown face paint. After class, students can snack on fresh orange slices or cool off on the outdoor patio while daring the greenery to forward-bend from their roots.