For licensed massage therapist Michele Czara, holistic wellness is a family business. Her father was a chiropractor, and her daughter has followed in her footsteps with a career in massage. For more than two decades, Michele has operated out of North Shore Sports Therapy— where she slackens the shoulders of national and international sports teams, NFL Pro Bowl athletes, and world surfing champions. Now, guests and island mainstays can call on Michele for a therapeutic session with flowing deep-tissue bodywork or the firm acupressure of lomilomi techniques.
Cassandra Peterson used to be a skeptic about the benefits of chiropractic. But a severe car accident left her in pain, and she turned to chiropractic treatment for help. As the treatments relieved her pain and she got to know her doctor, she decided to pursue a career in the field, and headed to Sherman College of Chiropractic. She graduated, and practiced chiropractic around the world—including in the United States, Vietnam, and Singapore—before arriving in Hawaii to open Cassandra Peterson Chiropractic.
Despite their workplace's name, the staff at Freedom Laser Hair Removal have more than one beauty trick up their sleeves. Of course, they use laser light to damage hair follicles so that legs, arms, upper lips, and backs stay smoother than a newborn bowling ball. But they also use lasers to tighten facial skin, diminish the size of pores, and reduce the appearance of spider veins.
The therapists at Healing Elements Haleiwa ease achy musculature with the ancient Five Element approach, an East Asian philosophy that incorporates the innate properties and movements of water, wood, fire, earth, and metal into therapeutic strokes. Massage sessions thwart a variety of twinges by intertwining modalities ranging from Swedish to deep-tissue techniques. Clients burrow into soft Comphy Company microfiber linens as nimble hands mirror the ebb and flow of ocean tides. Select services cultivate additional indulgence with extras including aromatherapy, acupressure herbal foot soaks, and hot, soothing pours of freshly brewed herbal tea.
Featured on the Food Network, Da Pokeman Fish Market dishes out a menu of Hawaiian flavors from recipes passed through generations for more than 70 years. Succulent cubes of ahi tuna dive into tangy shoyu soy sauce or limu algae in the quarter-pound bowls of poke ($9.95–$11.95). The Squid Luau plate snugly bundles two bales of rice beside poi and lomi ($7.95), and the Hawaiian Combo plate's exclusive guest list includes laulau, kalua pig, chicken long rice, lomi salmon, rice, and poi ($9.45). Ordering à la carte, diners can pair a helping of kalua pig ($6.95/lb.) with a side of pickled ogo ($6.95/lb.). Patrons can get carryout to enjoy meals in an oversize aquarium castle.
AliaLani Day Spa owner and massage therapist Emily Murphy knows the benefits of massage go far beyond simple relaxation. Since she specializes in pain reduction through trigger-point therapy—used in modalities like traditional Lomi Lomi and sports therapy—Emily's clients can enjoy increased range of motion, reduced tension, and even a stimulated immune system. An aesthetician is also on-site to perform restorative facials.