Get Smart: How To Do Everything Better in Honolulu (and Beyond)
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Be More Charming
Your body language reveals more than you think. Instructors Malia Gurney and Mary Lou Hardisty will teach you to make good first impressions through two-hour classes at the Art of Charm School for both men and women. From table manners to personal grooming tips, brushing up on basic social skills never hurts. Classes are also available for teens, if there’s a teen in your life stubbornly refusing your perfectly good advice that they stop slouching. Etiquette Lessons, Art of Charm School, $50-$350, artofcharmschool.com, 358-9591.
Flex Your Green Thumb
Every month, the Urban Garden Center brings in crack volunteer gardeners for demonstrations. For October, instructor Julia Cabatu will teach you how to grow and cook fresh herbs and produce from your own backyard. Second Saturday in the Garden, Oahu Urban Garden Center, Sat., Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-noon, $5 donation, ctahr.hawaii.edu, 453-6055.
Take Back Local Fashion
You don’t have to dress like your parents or tutu to wear aloha attire. For men, Reyn Spooner is doing aloha shirts geared for men under 35 (at left) and Tori Richards and Mu‘umu‘u Heaven have introduced fitted, sexier mu‘umu‘u for ladies. And if you haven’t looked into what Sig Zane has been doing with the aloha shirt, you’re missing out.
Train Your Dog
Your puppy was adorable until it peed on your carpet and chewed up your leather sofa. What’s a frazzled owner to do? Schedule your dog and yourself for a class with Hawaii Dog Training. Discipline training and behavior consultation will help your puppy become your best friend. Dog Training Classes, Pro Dog Hawaii, prodoghawaii.com, $180, 988-6596.
Control Road Rage
It’s easy to lose your cool when you’re navigating through hours of traffic from H2 into downtown. Don’t get aggressive during your commute. Take this class and drive smart to avoid accidents, which will ultimately save you more time. Defensive Driving, Leeward Community College, Sundays, Oct. 7, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, $89, ocewed.org, 455-0477.
Born to be Wild? Safety first!
It’s always been your dream to ride a motorcycle around the island. Your smartest way to start is the Basic Rider Course, offered at Leeward Community College. The class provides motorcycles, on which you will learn the proper way to ride. Passing the course is the same as taking the state’s road test, so it’s an instant path to getting your license. Plus, your BRC card can get you up to 15 percent off your bike. Motorcycle Training, Leeward Community College, ocwed.org, 455-0477.
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