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Feeding the Stoke

Wooden Wave Creativity

Husband and wife team Wooden Wave keep creativity coming.

Text by Christa Hester | Images by Jonas Maon

Matt and Roxy Ortiz, the husband and wife duo behind Wooden Wave, are a lean, mean, creative team. They were one of the first to move into a workspace at Lana Lane Studios, and are regular participants in Pow Wow Hawai‘i. Previously known as Vers, the two changed their team name to Wooden Wave in 2014 to mark a shift from printmaking to painting murals. “We draw inspiration from skating and surfing, mountains and ocean,” Roxy says. “So Wooden Wave, which is another name for a half pipe, is kind of perfect for us.”

Under their new moniker, they are most known for creating murals of elaborate, sustainable treehouses. They spend most mornings at their studio, tending to the latest orphaned bird they’ve found and working on projects for clients who love their playful yet environmentally conscious art. One of the latest murals the couple has begun is for SALT, a restaurant, retail, and mixed-use space located between Coral and Keawe streets.

“For this project we want to acknowledge Kaka‘ako’s past lives and its place between mountains and ocean,” Matt says. “We’re doing a mural that’s more abstract than what we normally do, with nods to the salt farms, agriculture, and ironworks that have been here, as well as this idea that it’s a gathering place. We’re also doing an awning that’ll be draped in a hallway running mauka to makai in watercolors that shift from blue to green.”

Wooden Wave Creativity


After nine years of marriage and artistic collaboration, the couple has learned a thing or two about finding inspiration and sustaining it. Here are their tips:

Go adventuring. “Different environments reinvigorate your art,” Roxy says.

Record all your ideas. “If you get an idea and don’t document it, it’s as good as gone,” Matt says. “Keep your ideas in one sketchbook, then you can go back and have a ton of content ready to develop during a lull.”

Practice every day. “There’s this mythology of the artist who waits for inspiration to come, then works feverishly,” Roxy says. “Really, you have to get through those days of crappy sketches to get to a great idea.”

Eliminate distractions. “Mentally transition from home to work. For me, that means coffee and going to the studio,” Matt says. “If you work at home, try going to a certain room to work. And stock up on food so you don’t have to break concentration.”

Make and keep connections. “Relationships with clients and other artists support, inspire, and motivate us,” Roxy says. “Go to shows, talk to artists, and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.”

For more information, visit woodenwaveart.com.


Heartfelt Fitness

Orangetheory Fitness Kakaako

The Orangetheory Fitness team shares tips for staying healthy and sane during the holiday season.

Text by Carrie Shuler | Image by Jonas Maon

Holidays and food go together like chocolate and cake, like vegetarians and hummus, like sushi and saké. In fact, holidays are really just an excuse to talk about, dream about, and eat food with the people you love. Luckily, a fitness revolution is set to debut in Our Kaka‘ako by the end of 2015 to keep us fit during this seasonal high.

Orangetheory Fitness has an exercise approach focused on keeping participants in the “Orange Zone” (82 to 92 percent of their maximum heart rates), which spikes metabolism and increases energy for up to 36 hours after each workout. Lasting 60 minutes, sessions are divided into intervals of cardio exercise and strength- training using treadmills, rowing machines, suspension training, and free weights. Orangetheory members burn an average of 500 to 1000 calories per workout (plenty of penance to account for that extra helping of holiday pie). Plus, the focus on heart rate, measured by wearable monitors, means that achievement levels have no bounds—a 90-year-old grandma and 25-year-old professional athlete can take part in the same session and benefit equally.

The visionary bringing Orangetheory to Hawai‘i is 24-year-old entrepreneur Pavel Stuchlik, a regional manager for Orangetheory who owns franchises in Oregon and Georgia, and also founded Atmasphere Yoga (which will be opening a location alongside the Kaka‘ako Orangetheory). A Czech Republic native, Stuchlik became a professional traveling cyclist at age 17, competing against the likes of Lance Armstrong. To supplement his income, he created a company that bought, sold, and distributed wholesale bike parts, and eventually left the bicycling scene to pursue this business full-time. Stuchlik later sold the company, then delved into international real estate and franchises before embarking on his current path—to make a positive change in the world through his fitness endeavors.


We turned to Stuchlik for tips and an exercise regimen for staying healthy during the holiday season and beyond:

Tip#1: Don’teatcarbsorsugarforbreakfast. This just makes you feel sleepy.

Tip #2: Meditate first thing in the morning for at least five minutes, which creates positive energy.

Tip #3: Exercise, but don’t overdo it.

Try this DIY 30-minute workout in Orangetheory style (and remember to avoid burnout by adjusting these steps to suit your level of fitness):

Step 1: Jog or walk briskly on a slight incline to warm up. (4–6 min)

Step 2: Run in the sand or uphill at 80 to 90 percent of your maximum capacity. (4 min)

Step 3: Continue to run at 80 to 90 percent. Eliminateresistancebyrunningonaneven surface. (4 min)

Step 4: Slow to a light jog or brisk walk— the goal is to lower the heart rate. (1 min)

Step 5: Run as fast as possible on an even surface. (1 min)

Step 6: Repeat steps 4 and 5.

Step 7: Jog at a medium pace on a flat or slightly inclined surface. (4-10 min)

For more information, call 808-888-9714 or visit orangetheoryfitness.com/honolulu.