When it comes to pain relief, a one-size-fits-all approach is rarely the answer. That’s why Portner Orthopedic Rehabilitation’s team isn’t populated by professionals versed in a single field or specialty. Instead, the roster consists of medical doctors, non-surgical orthopedic doctors, a chiropractor, physical therapists, an acupuncturist, and rehabilitative massage therapists who help treat such conditions as whiplash, carpal-tunnel syndrome, and sports injuries. Their diagnostic services mix old-fashioned physical examinations with electromyography and ultrasound testing. After determining the underlying cause of discomfort, doctors might ease inflammation in the joints, alleviate muscle spasms, and reduce swelling with injection therapy. They also perform chiropractic services that realign the spine to remove discomfort and aid in healing. When conditions call for extra relief, the doctors call in colleagues including physical therapists, licensed massage therapists, and an acupuncturist. They set to work dissipating deep-seated problems with their specialized treatments, whether they’re applying pressure to problem areas and kneading out knotted tissue or unblocking energy pathways and promoting inner healing through the strategic insertion of tiny needles.
As one of CrossFit’s first proponents on the island, Bryant Powers was just happy to find some friends to work out with. After discovering fellow CrossFit buffs online, Bryant began hosting group workouts in Kapiolani Park with his friends Craig and Hollis. Although only two people attended that first class, the trio kept hosting classes, shuttling between the park and Bryant’s garage, until they had a large enough following to open their own gym. Several years later, CrossFit Oahu now operates five locations spread across the island and cultivates a community devoted to results-oriented fitness. Incoming students work their way up to intense WODs with instruction in Olympic lifts and proper form. Passionate instructors help busy working professionals burn fat and build muscle, or ramp up workouts in preparation for CrossFit competitions. Members also cross-train in MMA striking, mountain climbing, or extreme rolodexing.
SoulTrex, Inc.'s eco-friendly retailers aim to help their customers make a connection with the environment, whether by recommending a hike along Kalalau Trail's lush, green Pacific cliff sides or by challenging them at the indoor climbing wall. By supplying customers with eco-friendly outdoor wear and equipment from the likes of The North Face, Columbia, and Adidas, the sporting-goods store encourages families to immerse themselves in the region's natural beauty and look better than a bear training for the triathlon while doing it. A list of recommended "trex" along loops, trails, swamps, and falls provides a healthy sampling of available jaunts. With a commitment to the environment, SoulTrex also gives to 1% for the Planet, donating 1% of all sales to help strengthen environmental causes across the globe.
Equipment: TRX, Kettlebells,
Students should bring: Water, towel
Average class length: 60-90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Licensed Zumba instructor Kehaulani Volhein leads students through high-energy workouts that set a blend of dance and exercise moves to upbeat, Latin-inspired music. During classes on Tuesday mornings and Thursday and Friday evenings, Kehau inspires dancers of all skill levels to let loose with easy-to-execute routines that help develop coordination while improving cardiovascular fitness. Exercisers burn calories to a soundtrack of international music that creates a party-like atmosphere and tricks sweat into electric sliding out of the body. Kehau recommends that exercisers wear comfortable clothes and bring water so they can stay hydrated or recreate scenes from Flashdance.
Named America's third most difficult golf course by Golf Digest, Ko'olau Golf Club's Dick Nugent–designed course snakes through the crags of the picturesque, 2,000-foot Ko'olau Ridge mountain range, where duffers contend with dramatic elevation changes and the thick vegetation of the tropical jungle. The breathtaking course spans 5,102 yards from the forward tees and 7,310 yards from the back tees, with two sets in between, and its length is compounded by a series of deep ravines, massive sand bunkers, and driver-stealing Pacific loons. After enduring 17 intricate holes, golfers must steel themselves for the dramatic, par 4 18th, where two forced carries and 22 sand bunkers may turn even the boldest of wedge-wielding knights into a quivering lickspittle. Though the formidable seashore paspalum monolith may mangle scorecards, its sweeping, tropical vistas and cascading waterfalls make the course a beautiful and enjoyable haunt for all.