Best of HONOLULU Family 2019: Learn

Our readers’ and editors’ eight picks for the best places for keiki to learn.
Best Dance Lessons

Readers’ Pick

Pas De Deux

Photo: Karen DB Photography


When owner Wendy Calio of Waipi‘o dance studio Pas De Deux was growing up on O‘ahu, there wasn’t a place for her to study dance and performing arts. That’s why, after leaving the island to pursue a successful career in television and on Broadway, Calio decided to return home to create a space where young dancers could hone their skills. The studio features 18 teachers leading a variety of classes including ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, hiphop, hula, Tahitian and musical theater. At the time of this writing, students were preparing for The Dance Awards in Las Vegas, one of the most renowned dance competitions in the world and a launching pad for appearances on shows including So You Think You Can Dance and World of Dance. Make Hawai‘i proud, kids!

94-404 Uke‘e Street, Waipahu, (808) 671-0350.

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Best Tutoring

Readers’ Pick


Photo: Courtesy of Kumon North America


With more than two dozen locations and flexible class times, it’s no wonder that our readers chose Kumon as the best tutoring service for children. Students complete 30-minute worksheets in the Kumon center two days per week, plus five additional worksheets at home daily. Kumon Math—the program’s trademark—covers everything from counting to calculus. Kumon Reading helps to boost children’s vocabulary, grammar, sentence building, critical reading and more. Select locations teach Kokugo, a reading program for Nihongo-speaking kids.

Twenty-six locations on O‘ahu.

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The Rest of the Best:

Best After-School/Enrichment Program

Readers’ Pick

Kama‘āina Kids

(808) 262-4538.

Best Place for Art Lessons

Readers’ Pick

Honolulu Museum of Art

900 S. Beretania St., (808) 532-8700.

Best Place for Music Lessons

Readers’ Pick

Roy Sakuma ‘Ukulele Studios

Four locations: ‘Aiea, Kaimukī, Kāne‘ohe, Mililani.

Best Sports League for Young Players

Readers’ Pick

i9 Sports

(808) 394-1100.

Best Place for Swimming Lessons

Readers’ Pick

Lē‘ahi Swim School

Two locations: Honolulu and Pearl City.

Best Summer Program

Readers’ Pick

YMCA of Honolulu

Six locations and camp: Kailua, Kaimukī, Kalihi, Mililani, Nu‘uanu, Waialua, Waipahu.  

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