Hawaii Steals and Deals
We may be in the midst of an economic slump, but that doesn't mean you have to hold yourself up in your home for the duration. We found 53 ways to shave the costs off retail therapy, sprucing up your home, collecting art, grocery shopping and more. All without breaking the bank.
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Learn how to prepare vegetarian dishes, eat healthy and improve your knife skills at these cooking classes.
Whole Foods Market Kahala
Whole Foods Market Kahala offers a handful of free cooking demonstrations every month, such as the series titled, “Healthy Choices and You,” which takes place every second and fourth Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Past themes have included “foods that put you in a good mood” and gluten-free dishes. Call the store in advance to reserve your space. 4211 Waialae Ave., 738-0820, wholefoodsmarket.com.
Need to improve your know-how in the kitchen? Almost every Sunday at 10 a.m., Williams-Sonoma at Ala Moana Center offers free one-hour technique classes, such as on seasoning and knife skills. Call the store and reserve a spot in advance. 951-0088, williams-sonoma.com.
Down to Earth
Learn how to prepare meat-free dishes at Down to Earth’s Vegetarian Lifestyle Center, located next door to its Honolulu store. Held every first Saturday at 11 a.m., free cooking classes are taught by local chef Saradha Johnson (seen in photo at right) and also include samplings. No reservations required. 2525 S. King St., 947-3249, downtoearth.org/events.
This month Kokua Market features Kathy Maddux, certified macrobiotic teacher and personal chef, giving a one-hour demonstration on macrobiotic cooking. For more information or to RSVP, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit kokuamarket.ning.com/events.
During Hank’s Happy Haute Hour at Hank’s Haute Dogs every Monday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., buy one hot dog, get one free. Don’t forget to order the sweet onion rings! 324 Coral St., 532-4265, hankshautedogs.com.
At around 4:30 p.m., sneak out of the office to Indigo for its free mini-buffet (leftovers from the lunch buffet), including pancit noodles, fish medallions and rosemary red potatoes—a perfect snack paired with a $4 martini. Get there early; it’s first come, first served. 1121 Nuuanu Ave., 537-4164, indigo-hawaii.com.
One of the most celebrated local wine classes is Alan Jahns’ Vintage Program in Wine Appreciation, offered by the University of Hawai‘i Outreach College. For $135—and that’s five sessions—Jahns will teach future wine connoisseurs all they need to know; he’s been teaching for a decade and a half. The next classes run Oct. 14 through Nov. 18, on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. outreach.hawaii.edu.
Let's Get Fiscal
Local fitness stalwart Honolulu Club offers regular membership promotions, especially for couples and families. Signing up also gets you free or discounted weight-training sessions, special rates on spa services and access to the huge facility’s exercise equipment, yoga studios, tennis, squash and basketball courts, and more. Looking for an even better deal? It’s only $1 to run into and up Diamond Head crater, and a couple of laps around Ala Moana Beach Park are free.
The Sierra Club
The Sierra Club offers outings every weekend on Oahu, including access to hikes that are typically offlimits, such as Kolekole Pass, which requires military approval. Intensity varies from easy to strenuous; visit hi.sierraclub.org/oahu for more information. $1 for Sierra Club members; $5 for nonmembers.