Mu­sic acts, guest chef light up Op­ti­myss­tique

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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.


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