Einstein once said, “once you stop learning, you start dying,” and I definitely agree; learning is a lifelong project, and luckily, after we have graduated from school, we aren’t limited to math and history. With lessons in everything from cooking Thai food to skydiving, you have the opportunity to learn some pretty cool skills in Hawaii.
1) Learn the hula.
For anyone who yearns to practice the hula, you’ve got to check out Hawaii Hula Company. Instructors are born and raised in Hawaii, and private and small group classes on Oahu and Maui are the best environment in which to learn. Students will learn about the hula’s history, as well as being given traditional costumes for an authentic experience.
2) Take to the skies with a flying lesson.
At Maui Flight Academy, aspiring pilots can take a magnificent journey over Hawaii’s stunning landscapes, and even fly to other islands. You can choose between several different flight lesson options, and while it is quite the financial investment, the experience is second to none.
3) Participate in a photography workshop.
Capturing that perfect image is a skill you can use throughout your life, and luckily, the beautiful Hawaiian Islands are home to some amazing photography workshops and tours, including Hawaii Photography Tours and Kauai Adventure Photography Workshops.
4) Learn to surf.
Hawaii is known for its amazing surfing, and you'd be missing out if you didn't at least take a lesson. Surf lessons are available almost everywhere in Hawaii, but the top-rated lessons can be found at Hans Hedemann Surf School, Maui Beach Boys, and Kona Mike’s Surf Adventures.
5) Learn to make a lei.
You forgot to pick up leis for your last minute visitors. The lei stands are closed, and your local supermarket is out of stock. What do you do? You make your own, of course! For a free lei making class on Maui, head to Whalers Village Shopping Center every Tuesday and Friday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Oahu’s Royal Hawaiian Center also offers free classes throughout the week.
6) Expand your culinary horizons.
Nearly everyone can improve upon their culinary skills, and luckily, in Hawaii you have various options, including Thai cooking classes at the Big Island’s Lotus Café, or more traditional classes at Cookspace, in Honolulu.
7) Go underwater and get scuba certified.
At Rainbow Scuba in Honolulu, you don’t need any experience to go diving; introductory lessons will allow you to safely enjoy diving to a depth of 40 feet. But they also offer certification if that’s what you are looking for.
8) Explore your creative side with an art class.
There is little more satisfying than creating something with your bare hands; the Honolulu Museum of Art School offers a variety of adult and children's courses, including drawing + painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture + woodwork, and performing arts.
9) Learn to do yoga on the water.
Already mastered yoga on land? Love to go stand up paddle boarding? Why not combine the two activities and try SUP Yoga? I’m dying to try this someday, but let’s just say I’ve got a ways to go on the path to become a yogi. Luckily, SUP Yoga Kauai offers classes on the Hanalei River, providing a less wavy first experience.
10) Learn to jump out of a plane… properly.
At Pacific Skydiving, those interested in learning the ropes will begin with tandem dives as they gain knowledge and confidence, followed by a four hour ground school in which they will learn everything there is to know about solo jumps. To receive your First Level skydiving license, though, you will need to complete at least 25 jumps.
Have you taken any of these unique classes? What other things can you learn to do in Hawaii?