Music acts, guest chef light up Optimysstique
Mokuleia goes mystical with the 11th Annual Optimysstique Festival, an event designed to address world problems through creativity, spirituality, wellness and environmentalism. Established by North Shore massage therapist and organic cook Cab Spates, the four-day, three-night event that starts Saturday includes classes in yoga and cooking, farm tours, workshops on sustainability, art displays and music performances. Though there will be no vendors at the festival — the admission price covers events and some meals — visitors can still check out new-age products such as bamboo bicycles, vegan tennis shoes and wallets made from banana fiber. Special guest this year is chef Carmen
Carson, who has catered events including the Grammys, Oscars and Emmys. She will prepare three farm-to-table dinners using North Shore produce. She will also give cooking classes along with Spates. Latin-reggae artist Shining Lion (7 p.m. Saturday) and percussionist Reid Defever (4 p.m. Sunday) will be among the mainland musicians coming to perform, with local musicians Good Foot (5 p.m. Saturday), Quadrophonix and Taimane Gardner, pictured inset (together at 9 p.m. Sunday), among those appearing.