Holiday Gift Guide / Just Brew It
Homebrew in Paradise
If you’ve ever worked in a brewpub, you might’ve hoped you could one day fill the shoes of the brew master.
Thanks to Homebrew in Paradise, you can find supplies and ingredients for making your first batch–over two-dozen types of hops and over three-dozen kinds of grains. Take a look at their website for a list of over seventy recipes, ranging from Ala Moana Amber Ale to Vienna. Not a big beer fan? They also sell ingredients and supplies to make wine. (Gift certificates available too!)
Bottle the holidays at Oeno Winemaking in Kailua. They’ll provide the novice with ample room and a tasteful selection to embrace one’s palate and juicy creativity, guiding you every step of the way, from wine tasting and selection, to the fermentation process and custom labeling, and the final harvest and the bottle of your creation.
Invite a group of friends or family with you during the bottling event. Oeno can accommodate larger groups who wish to unwind and celebrate with ready-to-drink reds, whites and dessert wines.
Stretch beyond your usual gift giving ideas to something more enlightening. Yoga is the perfect gift for someone looking for a thoughtful way to close the door on the past year and open the window of opportunity to the next. What’s not to love about an activity proven to enhance circulation, energy and the mind by challenging your physical limits?
Yoga Hawaii and Open Space Yoga invite the beginner, the experienced and the advanced yoga student to center their energy, to harmonize with their surroundings and to simply feel better about oneself with regular class offers and specials. Both studios offer single classes for $17 and 10 classes for $130. Private instruction by Elisa Lipton, lets you learn yoga in the privacy of your own home, or on a beach of your choice. Starting at $70 per hour, this is a gift from the heart, intended for the body and soul.
Talk the Talk
Why not fullfill someone’s wish to learn another language this new year? UH-Manoa offers a special outreach program featuring different language courses perfect for that spring trip to Europe, a visit to a relative’s house in Japan or simply to increase cultural knowledge. Prices range from $55 to $120, and languages include Hawaiian, Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese. Classes start mid-January of next year and are held either Saturday mornings or weekday evenings.
If you’re interested in higher level classes, Sol Spanish School holds intermediate conversational Spanish classes at Kahala Mall on Tuesdays from 6-7pm. At just $10 per class or $100 for 12 classes, these evening conversation workouts will tone your español-ing.
For those who’d rather be conversationally trés chic, meet at Mocha Java Café Saturdays from 8–9:30am for French conversational groups by Alliance Francaise Hawaii. Conversation groups are free to members. Guests are allowed two visits before joining.