The inaugural Roots by the Sea festival invites more than 20 of the island’s most popular reggae bands to converge upon Makapu’u Meadows in an all-ages jamboree honoring the birthday of rasta legend Bob Marley. Grassy meadows give way to gorgeous island views as eight hours of mellow Jamaican beats fill two stages. Headlining the rock-steady brigade, celebrated Oahu sextet The Green lets loose with the uplifting harmonies and dancehall hits that put it on Billboard’s Top 10 reggae chart. Among the score of other artists, in-demand Hawaiian party band Natural Vibrations, known to fans as Natty Vibes, produces positive energy with wind-powered dreadlocks, and Father Psalms lays down straightforward tributes to reggae greats and the spiritual life. The University of Hawaii cheerleaders inject the blissed-out atmosphere with the excitement of a dance-off, paying tribute to Bob Marley’s groundbreaking if subtle use of pom-poms in the recording studio.
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At Brothers Paintball, sharpshooters aged 10 and older equip themselves with protective masks, multicolored paintballs, and semiautomatic markers before exchanging colorful crossfire on the field. Players avoid becoming a work of art by weaving in and out of trees, hiding in bunkers, and ducking for cover behind wooden planks and boxes. Some may also cross a 60-foot bridge suspended over a gully. In between matches, paint slingers can drink refreshments they've brought, lick their wounds, and brush elbows with the enemy at a table area. Spectators can also view combat in a sideline viewing area protected by a safety net that stretches the length of the field.
At Hawaii Family Chiropractic Center, Doctor of Chiropractic Michael Toyooka champions the activator technique: rather than “pop” or “crack” clients’ backs to realign bones, he gently applies low-force, localized pressure to problem areas. It’s one of many precise, noninvasive methods that the doctor employs to relieve patients’ back pain.
Before treatments begin, Dr. Toyooka discusses each client’s pain history during a complimentary consultation. He then delves into an in-depth chiropractic exam, which, like finals week at finishing school, may include posture tests. To ensure a speedy recovery, he may also pair his chiropractic treatments with physical-therapy techniques, which can help strengthen core muscles and correct curves in the spine.