Get Smart: How To Do Everything Better in Honolulu (and Beyond)


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Sing Like a Star

Friends kept taking the mic away from you during last year’s Krazy Karaoke party, just to save their ears from your … well, it wasn’t quite singing, was it? Now you’re too ashamed to sing at your child’s birthday parties. Fix this by taking karaoke lessons at Sen Music Studios. You’ll learn projection, diction, rhythm and the correct way to hold the mic. Karaoke Lessons, Sen Music Studios, $10-$15,, 845-7751.

“The mic should always be in the direction of your hairline, not further than two inches away. The sound quality is the best at that distance and angle.”–Gary Shimabukuro, Sen Music Studios instructor.

Bon Dance with the Best

Once summer begins, practically every weekend in Hawaii is scheduled with bon dancing. Don’t be the one dropping your tenugi (towel) or worse, standing alone at the sidelines. Practice and learn bon dancing at Waipahu Soto Mission Temple. Bon Dance Class, Waipahu Soto Mission, $2 donation, 671-3103.

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Get Musical, Local Style

Stop putting it off and learn how to play the ukulele. Insurance: you can already sing (see above), so amaze everyone at your next family barbecue with a few simple chords taught at Roy Sakuma Ukulele Studios. Sakuma also founded the annual Ukulele Festival, where you can celebrate your newfound talent. Ukulele Lessons, Roy Sakuma Ukulele Studios, $16-$25,, 732-3739.

Finish That Marathon

It’s on your bucket list: the Honolulu Marathon. Just remember, the first guy in history who ran a marathon died. Don’t let this happen to you. Train. Whether you plan to walk the whole thing or run like a pro, Brian Clarke’s 20-week Honolulu Marathon Training course will whip you into shape. “Nobody gets left behind,” promises the course description. Marathon Training, Brian Clarke Endurance Training,, 737-4340.

Start Hemming—Learn How to Sew

Having pants hemmed at a tailor can cost $10 or more. Do it yourself with sewing classes by Uakea Egami, a preschool teacher with serious seamstress skills. She’ll teach you basic sewing techniques in a four-week series at the Hi-Fi Coop. Soon you’ll be making fun, modern clothes that look store-bought. Do-It-Yourself Sewing Class, Hawaii Fashion Incubator COOP, Fri., 5:30-8:30 p.m.,


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How to Look Hot in Photos

Professional photographer Linny Morris knows how to make people look good. She takes our staff photos, so we know. If someone points a camera at you, here’s what you can do for better results:

1) Stick your chin slightly forward and tilt your head down to create a strong jawline. It’ll do wonders.

2) Never face the camera straight on—it’ll look like a mug shot. Always have some slight angle. If the photographer is shorter or below you, ask them to either stand on a ladder or sit.

3) Artificial lighting tends to wash people out. Use make-up concealer to hide blemishes and undereye circles. Powder will also keep down shine.

4) Always take off your glasses.

5) What may seem to be your flaws can make your face unique. A big nose makes your face different from everyone else’s. That said, play up the features you want to emphasize.

Linny Morris,

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