Cooking up the Aloha for Hawaii Yoga Retreat: Yoga Instructors Melissa Okabe & Kalina Salvador Welcome Living Veg



Los Angeles, CA (May 15, 2018)- Aloha is wrapped in a Living Veg blanket, as South Bay Yoga Instructors Melissa Okabe & Kalina Salvador welcome Chef Shelley Croft, owner of Living Veg, as the Official Chef for Melissa & Kalina’s 2018 Big Island Hawaii Yoga and Wellness Retreat. Living Veg’s philosophy emphasizes that good food can connect body, mind and spirit, seamlessly blending into Melissa & Kalina’s vision of holistic healing for their 2018 Hawaii Yoga & Wellness Retreat.   


“The Aloha Spirit is all about love. This is why we’ve chosen Chef Shelley Croft of Living Veg to join us as our official chef for our upcoming Big Island Hawaii Yoga and Wellness Retreat. Shelley infuses her foods with love, and it’s this loving energy that we’d like to transmit and embrace in every aspect of our retreat.” (- Melissa Okabe, Co-Host, Yoga Instructor)


We are so delighted to be working with the charming and talented Shelley Croft of Living Veg!  We have been looking specifically for a Chef who creates meals that support physical, mindful and spiritual intentions during our Hawaiian retreat.  Because Shelley is also an avid yogi, she understand the importance of holistic health. We are excited to join forces with Shelley to help enhance the overall experience for all our guests!" (-Kalina Salvador, Co-Host, Yoga Instructor)


Living Veg is owned and operated by Head Chef, Shelley Croft. With 13 years of experience and training under a wide variety of amazing chefs, Chef Croft cooks and educates a multitude of people by way of private and public events, cooking classes, meal delivery, weddings, retreats, catering, and more.


“I am so honored to join forces with Kalina and Melissa for their upcoming yoga and wellness retreat in Hawaii! I’m looking forward to incorporating the beautiful local food there to create healing and heart opening dishes. It’s going to be out-of-this-world delicious and nutritious, pairing perfectly with what Melissa and Kalina have planned for all those in attendance.” (- Chef Shelley Croft, Owner of Living Veg)


Chef Croft has been vegan herself for 11 years, and was inspired to use all her skills and experience to transition her dishes over to plant based food- food that is delicious, versatile, just good-food, period. Living Veg caters to omnivores and herbivores alike, and is locally based in El Segundo, CA. For More Information, connect with Living Veg at


Melissa & Kalina’s 2018 Hawaii Yoga Retreat will be held on Thursday October 4th - Monday October 8th at The WhaleSpirit Sanctuary on the Big Island of Hawaii. Spaces are limited to 15 people maximum. Sponsorship for Melissa & Kalina’s 2018 Yoga Retreat provided by: Jennifer Fujikawa Photography (; Melomatic (; Quest Nutrition ( ); Beach Cities Cryo (; Living Veg ( ); Rabano ( ; Heidi Bacani, Licensed Marriage, Family & Child Therapist (; Lionside FC (; Selva Chocolate ( ; Promotional Photos Courtesy of Kevin Nakasone.


About Melissa: Melissa completed her 500 hour professional yoga teacher training at YogaWorks Los Angeles, apprenticing with Senior Yoga Instructor David Lynch. She teaches Vinyasa Flow & Restorative Yoga Classes, Workshops, and Privates at Various Studios & Corporate Locations in Los Angeles. She hopes to blend her love for yoga, travel and culture, in expanding her teaching reporatoire to international audiences in the future. Learn more about Melissa on her Website: or connect on Instagram @melissao_yoga


About Kalina: Darlene “Kalina” Salvador has been a certified Personal Trainer (National Association of Sports Medicine) for over 14 years, and is a 500 hour certified YogaWorks Instructor.  She has studied with many teachers with different yoga styles and philosophies. With a focus on alignment and integrity in every pose she strives to inspire students to live healthier lives through instilling enjoyable physical movement, breathwork and meditation.  She teaches Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, and Prenatal Yoga Classes, including incorporating essential oils into the practice. Kalina offers Personal Training and Private Yoga instructions within the Los Angeles area. Learn more about Kalina on her Website: or connect on Instagram @kalina247


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For More Information, please contact: Melissa Okabe, or Darlene Kalina Salvador,