KAPALUA, Hawaii --
LifeFest, an event thats part festival, part seminar, part worship
service, will take place Sept. 23 to 26 at the Kapalua Resort on
inaugural LifeFest in Wailea drew more than 5,000 people, prompting
the Kapalua Resort to buy the rights and move it to their west Maui
The keynote guru
will be pop wellness expert and physician Andrew Weil, known for
his Santa Claus beard as well as his big bag of ideas for feeling
and looking good.
This years event
will include other A-list wellness wizards, such as:
personal trainer, Bob Greene.
psychology author Paul Pearsall.
expert Michio Kushi.
HGTV and ABCs
Home Show TV host and color expert Kitty Bartholomew.
Howard Murad, who will talk about how diet can cause
and nutrition expert Terry Shintani, who has helped many obese
patients slim down with the Hawaiian Diet.
author Alan Cohen, who will give advice on wise life
Bartholomew will give talks and conduct private group-counseling
sessions. Other presenters will give lectures. There is a fee for
each activity, or participants can buy the Power Pass (more on this
A sampling of other
lecture topics includes The Healing Power of Aloha, Tools for
Conscious Living, The Truth About Cellulite, Spa Trends and Beautys
Connection to Food.
will also be well represented, with workshops on native Hawaiian
healing, acupuncture and other Chinese healing practices, along
with martial arts.
New Agers will have
offerings to get them going, including workshops on
Sound/Vibrational Healing and Energy Work.
But, of course, it
wont be all lectures in hotel meeting rooms. Each day will start
with yoga sessions outdoors.
can walk the walk at the Celebrity Power Walk. Theyll be
accompanied by Hawaii personalities (to be announced) on this
3.1-mile seaside route. The walk is a benefit for the Hawaii branch
of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The Jamba Juice
Paddlers Ocean Challenge is not for landlubbers. Its a 12-mile
open-ocean race in six-person outrigger canoes.
The most exclusive
LifeFest event will be a guided hike through a mountaintop rain
forest that is off-limits to the public. This fragile ecosystem
atop Puu Kukui is brimming with rare native plants.
A fortunate few who
pay $1,100 in time to save one of the few seats on the helicopter
that will take hikers onto and off the mountain will have an
unforgettable experience -- if the weather permits the helicopter
to land. (If you have clients who are interested, jump on this
Theres also a
less-exclusive but still awesome four-mile guided hike through the
forest down the flank of Puu Kukui to a marine
Or trekkers can
simply hike through the Fit for Life Health Expo and shop for
health-related gadgets and services, then stroll over to the
Wellness Room to recover from monetary binging with Maui
practitioners who will be offering various healing
something for anyone interested in health, even physicians who
would like to write off a long weekend at a luxurious resort to get
some continuing medical education credits. Topics are to be
Wrapping up the
event on Sept. 26 will be an al fresco reception ($75) featuring
samplings from not only some of Mauis best restaurants but also
from its farmers and purveyors of the islands fresh vegetables,
fruits and cheeses. Presenters from the weekend are expected to
attend, so guests should have a chance to ask a question or
purchase the LifeFest Power Pass for $345 and be admitted to the
opening-night address by Paul Pearsall; Celebrity Power Walk; all
lectures on both days, including Weils closing talk; and the
individual activities and lectures may be purchased. See the Web
site for prices. This promises to be a
popular event again this year, so guests should sign up soon. To
register, go to www.lifefestkapalua.com and fill out the online form
or download the form for faxing. Or e-mail [email protected].
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