Looking to make your next trip to the islands a bit more enriching? Here’s a short list of free talks intended to ensure you return home with more than a sunburn and tiki mug.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN Your digestive system is known as “the second brain” because the vagus nerve actually manufactures more neurotransmitters than the brain does. For example, about 80 percent of your serotonin is made in the gut. Hence gut health is essential for mental and emotional health.
WHERE Oceanfront luxury hotel Halekulani has just introduced the “Living as an Art” lecture series, featuring wellness expert Kamala Skipper. The event occurs on the last Saturday of the month and is complimentary for guests; otherwise a $25 fee applies. halekulani.com/living-well-lecture-series
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN Prior to becoming the most-awarded winter Olympian, Apolo Ohno as a youth hid out in a friend’s basement to avoid his first training camp.
WHERE “Study Hall” at The Modern Honolulu (pictured) is a monthly salon that happens at 6 p.m. in the hotel's “hidden” speakeasy. Lecturers include artists, authors, celebrities and creative types. modernhonolulu.com
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN At Olelo Hawaii, you’ll discuss the history of language in Hawaii and learn how to pronounce Hawaiian words. At the end of the class, you will receive a certificate with your Hawaiian name.
WHERE The Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea was voted as having the “Best Hawaiian Cultural Program” by the readers of Maui News. The program, led by full-time cultural coach Jonelle Kamai, includes an in-depth Hawaiian Cultural Tour featuring topics like ancient Hawaiians’ medicinal uses of native plants such as lauae, maia and ‘awa and the history of neighboring islands. The tour concludes in the resort’s signature restaurant Ko, where guests have the chance to press fresh sugarcane into juice. The cultural tour begins every Wednesday at 10 a.m., and a Hawaiian language and history talk is held Thursdays at 9 a.m. fairmont.com/kea-lani-maui