Might I Suggest Wanderlust Oahu for your New Year’s Resolution?

It’s a popular time of year to set some self-improvement and New Year’s resolutions and goals for personal achievement. If those goals for you include getting healthier, having more fun, and enjoying exotic destinations, might I recommend Wanderlust O’ahu 2017? Wanderlust is one of our favorite events. Andrea and I make a point to attend as many of them as possible, and hope to get to several more in 2017.

Wanderlust Oahu
Shiva Rea’s last class at Wanderlust Oahu 2015

It’s a 4 day gathering of wonderful people getting spiritually gangsta’d up, zenning out on diverse yoga classes, noshing on vegan burritos, and blissing out with like-minded yogis from around the world. Oh, and there’s usually amazing music, with headliners from the past few years including my personal man-crush Michael Franti, Moby, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Beats Antique, and more. 

While the festival takes place in a lot of stunningly beautiful locations, the O’ahu installment is the only way to experience Wanderlust beachside. Held at the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of O’ahu, Wanderlust O’ahu is celebrating its fifth anniversary this time around.

O’ahu Offerings

As with other Wanderlust festivals, there will be yoga (duh), music (right on), nature activities (neat!), meditation (ahhh), and some killer grinds (yes, please! See typical food options at Wanderlust here). Yoga instructors in tow will include those known worldwide, as well as local Hawaiian folks. Also, Wanderlust O’ahu this year boasts the festival’s largest aerial yoga program ever. Music acts feature Griz, Ron Artis & The Truth, DJ Drez, DJ Taz, Jesse Blake, Roothub, Paul Izak, DJ Melody Jay, and Dancing Flame, just to name a few.

Grubbing on the Green Grinds

Our favorite thing about Wanderlust is the fest’s commitment to sustainability, with the tasty food served up being at the forefront of it all. There are the bigger, foodie events like the Sea-to-Table Dinner and a Salt and Smoke BBQ, both crafted by chef Kevin Callaghan. Plus lots of delicious, local vendor offerings for in between a morning meditation on the sand and your afternoon kayaking excursion.

Land and Sea

Speaking of kayaking, the best part of a beachside Wanderlust are all of the ocean activities, like paddle boarding and surfing, available at this unique event. Plus, land options abound, too – hiking, mountain biking, and cultural walks led by Hawaii’s own Kahokule’a Haiku.

It’s a life changing adventure, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Hope to see you there!


About the Author

Scott Cooney (twitter: scottcooney) is an adjunct professor of Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawai'i, green business startup coach, author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawai'i. Scott has started, grown and sold two mission-driven businesses, failed miserably at a third, and is currently in his fourth. Scott's current company has three divisions: a sustainability blog network that includes the world's biggest clean energy website and reached over 5 million readers in December 2013 alone; Pono Home, a turnkey and franchiseable green home consulting service that won entrance into the clean tech incubator known as Energy Excelerator; and Cost of Solar, a solar lead generation service to connect interested homeowners and solar contractors. In his spare time, Scott surfs, plays ultimate frisbee and enjoys a good, long bike ride. Find Scott on

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