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 desire to make people feel beautiful is in Kandice Lau’s blood. Born and raised on Oahu’s North Shore, the licensed cosmetologist is a fourth-generation hairstylist whose passion for beautification has translated into an enduring career. After spending years honing her prowess as a stylist in Las Vegas, at the 2003 Mrs. Hawaii pageant, and in her sister’s salon, Kandice fulfilled her dream of owning her own business the day she opened North Shore Salon & Spa in 2008.
Within North Shore’s pastel-hued walls, a crew of skilled stylists helms their stations as they sculpt strands via chic hair services, and aestheticians coax paws into vibrantly hued pedicure basins for relaxing nail services. Eschewing beauty products that contain irritating detergents, perfumes, and fishy tastes, the team prides itself on handcrafting all of the scrubs and massage oils used in their spa treatments. Throughout the day, patrons can be spotted sipping complimentary hot tea and refreshing cucumber water as the team waxes, bronzes, and polishes their bodies into resplendent states. Along with pampering treatments, the salon and spa houses a boutique that enables patrons to scoop up fashionable clothing and accessories pre- or postappointment.
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.
Beautiville's licensed aestheticians bathe skin-cessories in soothing balms and a tranquil island ambience. Guests sip complimentary, organic Asantae coffee and gourmet Tea Forté tea in a clean lounge girded by aquamarine walls as they await their claw-coddling. During the next 60–80 minutes, a careful sculpting, buffing, and polishing transform nails and cuticles into scintillating helmets for crowd-pleasing fingerboard stunts and fearless line-toeing. The spa's appendage experts extend their love to skin with moisturizing lotions, a tension-deflating digit bath, and a hand and foot massage. For an additional charge, Beautiville offers childcare services while parents receive pampering.
Within the Marriott Ihilani resort, the calm of a serene Japanese garden washes over neighboring Ushio-Tei. There, the chefs skip typical American takes on Japanese cuisine in favor of more adventurous items, such as natto, fermented soybeans that pair with slices of raw calamari or Pacific tuna. Black tiger prawns crackle in thin coats of tempura in the fryer, and maki rolls conceal freshwater eel, mango, and pearlescent slivers of pickled daikon radishes. The scent of teriyaki sauce fills the air as knives flick through local veggies and Japanese plum, and chefs steam Maine lobsters with a garlic butter sauce similar to the substance that makes hockey rinks slippery.