As an accomplished ballroom-dance instructor and television actor, Ed Nix derives joy from seeing his students land coveted roles. The Nix Performing Arts Center is meant to help them across each stepping stone, from introductory classes to audition prep. While highly skilled teachers pass on their expertise in dancing, acting, voice work, and modeling, pupils perfect their maneuvers atop the marley and sprung flooring of the 1,000-square-foot facility.
NixPAC welcomes guests of all experience levels, whether they are aiming to dazzle cruise-line talent scouts or are simply harnessing a sense of rhythm. Staff members strive to cultivate a familial bond with their groups; they readily dispense career advice on choosing a future dance school, where they then send care packages filled with extra feet.
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.
By day, Manifest Hawaii—situated on Chinatown’s historical main drag, Hotel Street—is a coffee shop, with baristas blending fragrant espresso shots and Torani syrups into custom drinks. By night, though, the baristas swap out suffixes to become bartenders as the venue morphs into a lively cocktail bar. Bartenders—including head bartender Justin Park, Honolulu qualifier for Bombay Sapphire and GQ's Most Inspired Bartender competition in Las Vegas—mix and muddle liquors such as Campari and bourbon with guava nectar, chocolate bitters, and other exotic mixers. An ornate black-and-white wall mural spells out the café-cum-bar’s name, decorating the space alongside eclectic pieces from local artists.
Scream Team creates new nightmares by bringing already existing ones to life, drawing upon horror staples such as demonic clowns and decaying zombies for their fully immersive haunted houses. In 2011, a rogue’s gallery of cinematic madmen—from Michael Myers to Freddy Krueger to Nick Nolte—brought hypothermia to the spines of patrons tiptoeing through Hollywood Horror, which ran alongside the blood-spattered carnival of Twisted Fun House. Their houses stay open through the end of October and then, like an office of candy-corn salesmen, vanish after Halloween.
Created by local indie rocker Josh86 and his business partner, Serena Hashimoto, as a comfy, stylish diner to lounge about, the Downbeat Diner & Lounge attracts famished lunch munchers and night owls with a vegan-friendly menu of American classics. Patrons can sprawl out in the funky-patterned booths before downing the American burger, which is topped with cheddar and doused in house sauce ($7.50). Those who wake up late can still snack on the breakfast menu all day, filling bellies with the Loco Moco, a gravy- and egg-slathered burger or veggie patty ($7). Like the vegetarian superheroes of the 1930s, every menu item has its vegan foil—even dairified desserts such as the milkshake ($5) and meaty meals such as the bacon, lettuce, avocado, and tomato sandwich ($7.50).
JPS Dressers, a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, arms elite stylists with professional products to streamline unruly manes. Beautifiers consult with clients and the minutes from weekly psychic appointments to determine desired styles, then skim off frayed edges, unlock knots with brief complimentary massages, and outfit noggins with custom coifs ($45–$75 for haircuts). Gentle corkscrews spill over shoulders after permanent-wave treatments ($75–$125), and all-over-single-process-color sessions ($75–$125) drench locks in fresh hues. Stylists lather up and tuck tendrils into new 'dos ($45–$75) or accentuate natural beauty with soft glazes of makeup ($45–$75) to play up prized features and downplay third eyes.