Oahu Taekwondo Center's martial-arts classes teach students the basics of self-defense while instilling in them a sense of pride and discipline. Even young children are welcome to don a crisp white uniform and partake in non-combative workouts that transform the feet and hands into a powerful defense system. The center's instructors also teach women’s kickboxing classes in which ladies of all skill levels kick and punch heavy bags, paddles, and saucepans.
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.
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.
Sanoe Garcia, owner and founder of Akala Dance Studio, leads a team of instructors in teaching hip-centric movements during hula and Tahitian dance classes. Across three different dance spaces, the 45-minute classes impart basic steps in a fun, noncompetitive setting, ranging from the smooth, foot-grounded sways of hula to the energetic rhythms of Tahitian dance. The studio also puts on productions, in which professional dancers don grass skirts and colorful headpieces for special events such as weddings, luaus, or amateur HORSE competitions.
Hawaiian Style Rentals mobilizes island sightseers with zippy two-wheeled transporters and expert-guided tours. Fully automatic standard mopeds pack 49 cubic centimeters of power that can propel riders to speeds of up to 40 mph?nearly the same speed of a saddled Road Runner. Following a brief lesson, riders embark with locks and helmets as they explore a complimentary map?s worth of suggested routes, including sojourns past Diamond Head Crater and the North Shore.