Hot Piece of Class

Last summer was, admittedly, a bit of a bust. Your big plans to learn to surf? Wound up as a couch-surfing The Hills marathon. And those French lessons that would have you fluent by September? Well, you did master all the fancy entrée names at Du Vin.  

This time around, make sure you have a little more to show come fall by signing up for one of these cool summer classes.

Lei ChicSurf Like a Girl
What: So you live in Hawai‘i but don't know how to surf? Grab the girls for a day of island hopping and surfing lessons courtesy of Maui Surfer Girls. The classes are specifically geared toward teaching women to ride, with a student-to-teacher ratio of four to one.
When: Monday through Saturday, at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Where: A quiet, somewhat secret surf spot about a mile from Lahaina.
Details: Boards, leashes and booties are provided. For more info, call 808.280.8165 or click here.

Lei ChicHorse Play
Saddle up and learn to play polo on the North Shore with lessons from Hawaii Polo Club and School. (Bonus: the instructor could be one of those hot Argentinean players).
When: Private and semi-private lessons are available all summer long.
Where: Hawai‘i Polo Club, 68-411 Farrington Hwy., Waialua.
Details: Horse, tack and equipment are all included. Wear long pants and closed-toe boots. For more info, call 808.637.7669 or click here.

Lei ChicArts and Crafts
What: Get your craft on with jewelry making classes at The Bead Gallery. Learn everything from basic skills, like bead weaving and wire wrapping, to more advanced techniques, like metal hammering and stamping.
When: Classes are available several days a week and custom classes are available upon request.
Where: The Bead Gallery, 250 Ward Ave., Honolulu
Details: For more info, call 808.589.2600 or click here.

Lei ChicPicture Perfect
What: Learn the basics of lighting and portrait photography at this hands-on workshop led by Tracy Wright Corvo, a professional portrait photographer and UH Manoa instructor. The one-day class is part lecture, part photo shoot with models, and will get you comfortable using different lighting techniques.
When: Sunday, July 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Studio f22, 3442 Waialae Ave., Suite 4, Honolulu.
Details: To register, email