Mele Kalikimaka – Is The Thing To Say – On a Bright Hawaiian Christmas Day

Mele Kalikimaka

  • Is The Thing To Say – On a Bright Hawaiian Christmas Day

The islands are one of the most wonderful places to be during the holiday season. With everyone looking forward to spending time with their family and friends. The holiday’s have a way of getting you away from your weekly work routines at the office and giving you a chance to visit relatives on some catching up with each other’s personal happenings throughout the past year.

Happenings all around Hawaii during the Holiday Season

D.I.Y. giftwrap workshop: Choose from two sessions Dec. 14, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m., CHAI Studio, Ward Warehouse. Learn various techniques and create unique holiday giftwrap with handmade print blocks and embellishments using natural materials. Cost (includes materials): $25. Call 536-4543 or visit

Christmas tree ornament contest: Get creative and submit a festive ornament made from nonbreakable materials through Dec. 12 at Ewa Beach Public & School Library. Entries should be no more than 4 inches square, with categories for adults, teens and children (ages 5 and older). Entries will be displayed in the library and photos will be posted on the library’s Facebook page. The public may vote for their favorite ornaments from Dec. 15 to 19 by “liking” a photo or filling out a ballot at the library. Winners will be announced Dec. 22. Free. Call 689-1204.

 Holiday craft fair: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 15, 17 and 18, Windward Community College, Hale A’o Lanai (new Hawaiian studies building). Find Hawaiian jewelry, Niihau shell necklaces and earrings, handmade feather, kukui nut and seed lei, hand-sewn crafts, Hawaiian baked goods and more. Presented by WCC’s Hui ‘Apuakea Hawaiian Language Club. Call 364-5015.

11th annual Honolulu Gift Fair: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 20 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 21, Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall, with more than 275 vendors. Bring a canned-good donation for the Hawaii FoodBank. Interested vendors may call 942-3110 or visit

3rd Sundays @ Moanalua 99: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 21, 1151 Mapunapuna St., with over 35 vendors.

Christmas in Polynesia: Dec. 12, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22 and 23, Polynesian Cultural Center, 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie. Rides run from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a 30-minute canoe ride through a winter wonderland that offers visions of Christmas lights, displays, decorations and live musical performances that pay tribute to different cultures from around the world. Cost: $10, $8 for ages 5 to 11. Receive $2 off with coupons available at 76 Gas, Supercuts, Domino’s Pizza and L&L BBQ locations. Call 293-3333, 800-367-7060 or visit

December 20-21 – Kona Choral Society will present two free holiday concerts of seasonal carols from around the world, including Hawaii, Nigeria, Fra

Christmas in Hawaii

nce and Jamaica. The concerts will take place each day at 4:00 p.m. at the Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area Pavilion at the end of Kuakini Highway (Highway 11) in Kailua-Kona. For more information visit

December 21 – Mokuaikaua Christmas Program – There will be one service only at 10:00 a.m. at Hawaii’s oldest and first founded Christian church on Dec. 21 so that all may enjoy the Mokuaikaua Christmas Program. To be followed by a Potluck. All are welcome.

December 21 – Chorale Christmas Concert – The Celebration of Christmas in Music is a musical winter wonderland showcasing the Kona Festivale Chorale, Celebration Singers women’s ensemble, and Kids Choir. Time: 3:00 p.m. at the Kamakahonu Ballroom at the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel (Marriott Courtyard). Reserved seating is $25 and general seating is $20 in advance. For tickets or more info, call 808-331-1115 or email

December 22 – The Nutcracker – The West Hawaii Dance Theatre & Academy will presentThe Nutcracker at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea at 6:00 p.m. Over 50 local dancers and guest dancers from The Maui Academy of Performing Arts will perform with narration by Barbara Pritchard. Tickets range from $10-25. For more information call 808-329-8876, or visit

December 24 – Mystery of the Christmas Star Planetarium Show – The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo will present their annual Mystery of the Christmas Star from 7:00-8:00 p.m. The show takes audiences on a journey back 2000 years to Bethlehem to discover a possible scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. The cost is just $10 for non-members and $8 for members. For more information and to buy tickets visit

December 24 – Mokuaikaua Church’s Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – In Kailua-Kona, Hawaii’s first Christian church (est. 1820) will hold its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, featuring the annual “Silent Night” hula during the candlelight portion of the service. The service will begin at 8:00 p.m., but Christmas carols under the Archway will begin just prior at 7 p.m. wth songs from their `Ohana Choir. For more information, call 329-0655 or email

Easter Seals’ 15th annual Gingerbread Family Festival: Dec. 14, two seatings, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. Kit prices are $39. Proceeds benefit Easter Seals Hawaii programs. Visit

Hawaii Polo Club’s Operation Toy Box and benefit polo match: Dec. 14; polo match begins 2 p.m. but gates open 11 a.m. for family picnics. Includes live entertainment by Ian O’Sullivan and Friends. Cost: $10 for open-field seating, $25 for clubhouse area. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for a needy North Shore child and pay just $5 for general admission. Visit

Winter holiday storytime: 3 p.m. Dec. 18, Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library, with stories, songs, fingerplays and a simple craft. For ages 6 and under. Free. Call 733-8488.

Christmas storytime: 10 a.m. Dec. 20, Waialua Public Library, with seasonal stories, an ornament craft and special treats. For all ages. Free. Call 637-8286.

Santa’s Workshop: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Waianae Public Library, with seasonal stories and music, and make-and-take ornament crafts and greeting gards. For all ages. Free. Call 697-7868.

Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Pasko!: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 21, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St.; activities end 3 p.m. Celebrate the holidays in Filipino style through cultural traditions, music by Banda Kawayan with bamboo instruments, a tinikling dance performance by The Tekniqlingz Dance Crew and others, and create a Filipino-themed gift bag and festive parol star using tissue paper.

Enjoy additional activities and entertainment at Spalding House in Makiki Heights; free shuttle available. Free. Visit
» Family Film Sunday: “Frozen” Sing-along, 11:10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Doris Duke Theatre. Wear those princess dresses! Cost: $3, $1 for ages 12 and under.

Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s second annual Jingle Rock Run 2014: Festive 5K run/walk through Kakaako, Dec. 21, for the entire family, including pets. The half-mile Keiki Sprint (for ages 12 and under, strollers welcome) kicks off at 5 p.m., while the 5K follows at 6 p.m. Begins at Mother Waldron Park (330 Cooke St.) and proceeds through downtown, past Honolulu Hale to view the Christmas lights in the area, and returns to the park with fun festivities. Dress in costume and enter the contest for Most Festive Christmas outfit.

There will be a special division for pets ($20 per pet competitor, or free if pet is simply accompanying owner for the run/walk). Race packet pick-up, noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20 at Pacific Honda, 188 S. Beretania St., or on race day at the park from 2 to 4 p.m. Cost: $45, $35 for ages 12 and under, $40 for military; add $5 if registering on race day. Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Hawaii. Call 537-3118 or visit

Merry & Bright Holiday Celebration on Winter Solstice: 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 21, Still & Moving Center, 1024 Queen St. Enjoy a showcase of dance, song and aerial classes, a group candle-lighting ceremony (bring your own), songs and dances by keiki, global dances from India and more. Free. Call 397-7678 or visit

Moanalua Valley Christmas Caravan: 2 p.m. Dec. 14. Starts at 1828 Ala Aolani St., proceeds west to the entrance of Moanalua Valley near the golf course, and returns to the starting point.

Ewa Beach: 10 a.m. Dec. 20. Starts at Ilima Intermediate School, proceeds to Fort Weaver Road, Kuhina and Hanakahi streets, North and Fort Weaver roads, and returns to the school.

18th annual Festival of Lights Christmas Boat Parade: 6:10 p.m. Dec. 20, Hawaii Kai Towne Center, with elaborately decorated boats parading through the Hawaii Kai Marina waterway. Kicks off 4:30 p.m. with holiday entertainment and concert. Free + lights to the first 1,000 attendees. Call 396-2469 or visit or

Olomana: 2:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Starts at Maunawili Elementary School, proceeds to Ulupii, Ulupuni, Uluohao, Uluhala, Ulupuni and Ulukou streets, and returns to the school.

Daughters of Hawaii: 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14 and 20, Queen Emma Summer Palace, 2913 Pali Highway. Enjoy Hawaiian and English Christmas carols performed by Honolulu Chorale, Kaumakapili Church Choir, Nuuanu Congregational Church and others. Cost: $8, $1 for keiki. Call 595-3167 or visit

Melemai Kapu’uwaimai’s 4th annual Christmas Benefit Choral Concert: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Filipino Community Center Ballroom, 94-428 Mokuola St., Waipahu. MLK Music Studio presents Christmas songs and dances and a visit from Santa Claus. Cost: $15, $10 pre-sale. For tickets, call 680-9544 or 294-1184, or email

“It’s Delightful, It’s Delovely, It’s December”: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Medici’s, Manoa Marketplace (near the post office); doors open 6 p.m. for dinner. Christmas cabaret features Shari Lynn and Don Conover with Broadway actor and singer Ernest Harada and a 25-member Select Choir from Hawaii School for Girls at La Pietra, followed by Conover’s Vintage Piano Bar after the show with open mic at 8:45 p.m. Cost: $25, $15 for students. For reservations, call 351-0901 or email Visit

Halau ‘Olapakuikala’i ‘o Hokuaulani: 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Windward Mall, Centerstage; 5 p.m. Dec. 21 at Ala Moana Centerstage; and 6 p.m. Dec. 22 at Waikiki Beachwalk, Fountain Stage, with Na Kama. Free.

Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra’s Baroque holiday program: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel St. Enjoy popular classical music and a sing-along “Hallelujah” chorus, joined by the Oahu Choral Society. Tickets start at $24. Beginning Dec. 9, tickets will be $13 for students and $20 for military. Call 528-0506 or visit

Oahu Civic Orchestra: 7 p.m. Dec. 18, Ala Wai Palladium, 404 Kapahulu Ave.; and 1 p.m. Dec. 21, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St. Selections include “Babes in Toyland,” “A Christmas Festival,” songs from “Nutcracker Suite.” Free. Call 734-2925.

Ke Kula Mele winter concert: 11 a.m. Dec. 20, Windward Mall. Under the direction of kumu Alan Akaka, students will perform Christmas tunes and songs of Molokai, Kahoolawe and Lanai on steel guitar, ukulele, guitar and Hawaiian-style bass. Free. Call 375-9379.

Drill Team Hawaii’s 41st annual “Christmas Gratitude”: Two shows, 1 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Kaimuki High School auditorium. Features guest vocalist Penelope Ng Pack and the Dancing Dads. Cost: $10 pre-sale, $12 at the door. For tickets, call 258-4864.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ 28th annual Christmas Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21, Honolulu Tabernacle, 1560 S. Beretania St. Enjoy traditional Christmas carols and upbeat holiday songs performed by the Concert Choir and Orchestra, and youth choirs. Visit the Giving Tree to make a donation to Shriners Hospitals for Children or Ronald McDonald House. Free. Call 358-6935.

Honolulu Boy Choir’s 40th annual “Merriest Hawaiian Christmas”: 7 p.m. Dec. 20, Central Union Church Sanctuary, 1660 S. Beretania St. Guests include Dr. Kalani Brady, Sounds of Aloha Chorus, Halau Kawaili’ula, Samoan Gospel Heralds, Henry Kapono, Honolulu Alumni Boy Choir, and emcee Maleko. Free; offerings welcome. Call 596-SING (7464).

Makaha Kalikimaka 2014: 6 p.m. Dec. 21, Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St.; doors open 5 p.m. Enjoy an evening of hula and traditional Hawaiian and Christmas songs. Presented by Makaha Sons Inc. General admission seating is $40; discount for members. Call 532-8700 or visit

The Ghosts of Honolulu’s Past: A Holiday Ghost Tour: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 25. Historian Steve Fredrick leads a four-hour walking tour through the streets of downtown Honolulu and Chinatown. For ages 21 and older. Cost: $40; reservations required. Email or

Friends of Kaneohe Library Bookstore: Offering half-off all Christmas and holiday books, CDs and DVDs in December, 45-829 Kamehameha Highway. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. (closed 3 to 6 p.m.) Wednesdays. Volunteers welcome. Call 247-4819.

“From Hawaii to the World, a Fairytale Christmas”: Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Executive Chef Ralf Bauer and his team continue the 20-year tradition of creating an extraordinary edible gingerbread village to be displayed in the lobby during the holidays through the first week of January. Call 922-5811 or visit

Mele Kalikimaka – Is The Thing To Say – On a Bright Hawaiian Christmas Day. We all here at Hawaiian Island News would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

~~Aloha Nui Loa

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Celebrating Christmas in Honolulu, Hawaii

Celebrating Christmas in Honolulu, Hawaii during the holiday season is one of the best places to be on earth. With a warm spirit in the air, folks busy shopping for gifts to give their friends and family. Getting time off from work is another great thing to look forward to this time of year.


Christmas in Honolulu Hawaii

How do Hawaiians get in the Christmas spirit? With a festive parade, a gift fair, a gingerbread creation and a colorful tree.

In December, at least 17 Oahu communities will celebrate with parades, and visitors are welcome to join in.

Saturday will mark the return of the West Oahu Holiday Electric Light Parade to Kapolei, about 25 miles northwest of Waikiki. The procession, which will include 40 units — two marching bands will take part too — begins at 6 p.m. at the Kapolei Fairgrounds and travels to the Kapolei Hale (city hall) for a 7 p.m. tree-lighting ceremony. Live entertainment, fireworks and food vendors round out the activities.

Celebrating Christmas in Honolulu, Hawaii

On Dec. 21, the Manoa Community Christmas Parade kicks off at 5 p.m. Four bands and 800 marchers are expected, along with floats and vehicles. The starting point is the Noelani School, 2655 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, just 15 minutes from Waikiki.

A complete list of holiday parades is available online.

For slightly more stationary activities, employees of the Outrigger Reef on the Beach will show  off their baking skills during a gingerbread display starting Monday and continuing until Dec. 20.  Viewing the culinary masterpieces is free.

Visitors and locals flock to the Honolulu Gift Fair Dec. 20-22 at Honolulu’s Blaisdell Center. It features plenty of last-minute gifts (and souvenirs), many of which are made in Hawaii. Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food item to support the Hawaii Food Bank.

Throughout the season, the grounds of Honolulu City Hall are a gathering spot. A colorful, 50-foot-tall tree forms the centerpiece of the Yuletide celebration, which continues through Jan. 2 at 530 S. King St.

Celebrating Christmas in Honolulu, Hawaii or for that matter, in where on one of the lovely islands is truly spending time in paradise…

~~Aloha Nui Loa

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What’s New With Miss Hawaii USA 2013 Brianna Acosta

What’s New With Miss Hawaii USA 2013 Brianna Acosta and read what she’s been doing since being crowned. Here on the islands, we are very happy and proud to have one of our own representing our nation. Brianna is a truly fine young woman working to help all Hawaiians. Miss Hawaii

HONOLULU, September 8, 2013 – One of America’s fastest  rising young leaders is none other than Brianna Acosta, a recent journalism and  political science graduate who represented the Aloha State this year as Miss  Hawaii USA. In an exclusive interview, Acosta shared her unique perspective on pageantry,  life after wearing a crown and the challenges young Americans face in today’s  world.

Danny de Gracia: Brianna, since our last interview in December a lot  has happened in your career and life! You graduated from the University of  Hawaii in May and in June you competed for Miss USA. What’s it been like for you  lately and how do you feel about the whole experience of pageants and  representing Hawaii?

Brianna Acosta: It’s been a little weird for me to be  honest, transitioning into a non-competition mode. You spend months preparing  for and anxiously awaiting Miss USA in addition to your titleholder  responsibilities, so it’s a little strange having that weight lifted and just  focusing on fulfilling the rest of my year as Miss Hawaii USA and life after the  crown.

I absolutely loved my experience at Miss USA. I was especially appreciative  of all the love and support I received as I prepared to compete.  My  directors Eric Chandler and Takeo Kobayashi were so supportive of me throughout  the entire process and are truly like family to me. They set up mock interviews,  helped plan my outfits and designed and made my custom evening gown.

I truly felt like Miss Universe in that gown.  My amazing sponsors, such  as Manuheali’i and my coach, Jenny Lynn, were also behind me 100% and I was so  humbled by their graciousness. I think pageants are a great way for women to feel empowered.  I may not  have been what they were looking for as Miss USA 2013 but I received great  feedback from the national sponsors and staff and made treasured connections and  friendships.

What’s New With Miss Hawaii USA 2013 Brianna Acosta

I was so proud to represent Hawaii, especially being from a small town like  Waialua and above all, it was definitely an empowering experience.

DDG: A lot of young people look up to you and respect  your opinions. What’s your thoughts about the direction the United States and  the world has been going lately? If you had been Miss USA, what would have been  some of the major issues you’d have liked to bring more attention to?

Acosta: The world is a scary and unpredictable place in  today’s day and age and I surely can’t say what’s to come. My belief is that the  way we can make a positive change is to be that change on a smaller scale. At Miss USA I was able to work with amazing charities such as Stop Hunger Now  and Best Buddies, which assist poverty stricken regions with food and  adolescents with disabilities, respectively.

Beautiful and brainy, Acosta says “If I had been  crowned Miss USA, I would have loved to spread my personal mission of STEM and  literacy education through FIRST Robotics.” (Photo by Fadil Berisha)

If I had been crowned Miss USA I would have loved to spread my personal  mission of STEM and literacy education through FIRST Robotics. The children and adolescents of today are those that will lead and save our  world tomorrow. I think if little girls would have seen that Miss USA was a  robotics nerd that they would think being smart and striving to achieve more  through education is pretty cool.

DDG: What do you think are some of the things that young  people in America are most concerned about today? Lately there’s been a lot of  talk about economic crisis, terrorism and wars in various places, what do young  people think about all this?

Acosta: The concern I hear about the most in my personal  life is the economic crisis and that definitely is a major concern for me. The  cost of living, especially in Hawaii, versus minimum wage isn’t such a fair  battle. I have friends with masters and law degrees struggling to find jobs in  their respective fields. I’m certainly not an economist so I don’t have the  answer to the problem but I surely appreciate every paycheck a lot more.

DDG: One of the things that I notice is that whenever  there’s a beauty pageant, there are some elements of the national media which  can just be excessively judgmental and cruel in the way they cover the  contestants, especially in the area of the way some of the young women answer  questions. What’s your feelings on this?

Acosta: I think this issue is more complex than people think  because there are young ladies that are very intelligent but get flustered under  the pressure and then there are those who simply don’t know how to answer the  question. This is not to say that the girl who doesn’t know how to answer the question  is dumb or uneducated; I think it’s more so that she doesn’t really know  herself. The questions aren’t meant to stump, but rather to see how the young  woman composes herself and can form a personal opinion. I think it’s acceptable for the public and media to judge to an extent as the  winner will go on to represent the entire United States at Miss Universe, but I  think they also need to be considerate to the woman when doing this; an answer  to a question pulled randomly out of a fishbowl does in no way determine a  woman’s worth!

DDG: The last time we spoke you mentioned maybe going to  law school, is that still an interest for you?

Acosta: It is still a great possibility. I’ve had some  potential opportunities come up post Miss USA, so for now I will see where those  lead but who knows what the future holds!

DDG: What would you say is the most important thing to  you right now?

Acosta: The most important thing to me right now is doing  some self-discovery after reflecting on my year and experience and deciding  what’s next to achieve.  Also, I can’t express enough gratitude to my  family, directors, support team, sponsors and friends – they will always be so  important to me for all they have done for me!

by Danny de Gracia

What’s New With Miss Hawaii USA 2013 Brianna Acosta, and keep going strong Brianna. All our Love to you girl…

~~Aloha Nui Loa

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Christof Luedi is a Famous Runner from the Alps Enjoying Outrigger Canoeing

Christof Luedi is a Famous Runner from the Alps Enjoying Outrigger Canoeing and now with his new passion he truly is having fun. Christof probably has picked the best place on earth to experience outrigger canoeing. In my opinion, the islands are the best place to go canoeing. There are so many beautiful things to see as you canoe around each island.

Christof Luedi Outrigger Canoeing in Hawaii

Growing up in the Swiss Alps, Christof Luedi’s fitness routine centered around mountain activities such as cross-country skiing, cycling and running. But when a job with the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts took him to Hawaii in 2000, he adapted his workout to his new home.

From Skiing to Canoeing
An employee offered to take Mr. Luedi out in an outrigger canoe and he discovered “it wasn’t just about the workout,” recalls the 53-year-old regional vice president and general manager of the Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island. “I learned how culturally significant the whole sport of outrigger canoe paddling is to Hawaii.”

Mr. Luedi—a longtime runner who completed more than 100 triathlons and more than 50 marathons—was instantly hooked. “I loved the idea of exploring the islands in these canoes just like people did years and years ago,” he says.

Unlike rowing or kayaking, outrigger canoes have support floats fastened to one or both sides and the paddle has only one blade. And six paddlers stroke on opposite sides until the person in the third seat orders them to switch sides, about every 15 strokes.

From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Luedi, with various other paddlers in a six-man outrigger canoe, covered 1,650 miles throughout the Hawaiian archipelago. Distances ranged from a 30-mile paddle between Maui and Lana’i islands to a 450-mile paddle between Necker and Laysan islands. “The longest stretch we went for was 83 hours…in the wide open ocean where swells can reach 40 feet,” he says. “We found ourselves closer to Japan at one point.”

Mr. Luedi spends his summer months paddling in races with his club. The season culminates in October with a 41-mile race from Molokai to Oahu across the treacherous Kaiwi Channel. He hopes to complete the race for the 10th time this year. In the winter, he competes in one-man canoe races and stand-up paddleboards.

The Workout
Mr. Luedi says he often works 18-hour days, so to fit in his strength and cardio he wakes at 3 a.m. Workouts vary as on Tuesday and Thursday he does weights and cardio at the hotel fitness center.

The Fairmont corporate headquarters are in Toronto, so the time difference means Mr. Luedi can answer emails and make calls for an hour before he hits the resort’s gym. For 90 minutes, he warms up on the bike and then does a strength routine focused on the muscles used for paddling. “The paddle technique actually has to do more with rotating your upper body so you are using your lats, your lower- and upper-back muscles, and your core,” says Mr. Luedi.

Christof Luedi is a Famous Runner from the Alps Enjoying Outrigger Canoeing

Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings he runs through the resort before work. Two runs are often shorter distances, but at a high intensity, which he monitors with a heart-rate monitor. He might run hard for five minutes and then jog for two minutes, or he might sprint up a short, steep hill and jog down four or five times. Once a week, he goes on a slower-paced endurance run for about two hours.

He trains with his canoe club Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings for two hours.

The Diet
He eats five or six small meals a day. He has two cups of coffee each morning as well as oatmeal, yogurt and fruit. Lunch and dinner are salads with chicken or fish, such as ono, ahi, or mahi-mahi. Snacks might include mango, papaya, pineapple, apple, bananas or a sweet potato. “The Hawaiian Islands provide for a very healthy diet,” he says.

Long races, where he is active for six hours or more, require him to constantly refuel. He’ll take an electrolyte pill every hour while paddling and a homemade energy gel.

The Gear
Mr. Luedi says his first paddle was a used one for $40. Top-of-the-line paddles of carbon fiber can cost around $250. One-man outrigger canoes can run as much as $4,500, but Mr. Luedi says a used one can go for around $1,000. He paid $2,5000 for his stand-up paddleboard. His canoe-club membership costs $130 a year.

He runs in Onitsuka Tiger, a retro-looking Japanese minimalist sneaker that costs $50 a pair. A longtime proponent of the minimalist footwear movement, Mr. Luedi recently started to run in his flip-flops. At first, he would just run his warm-up before a canoe race in them. Eventually he started logging more miles. Flip-flops “are the quintessential footwear in Hawaii,” he says. “I can go 15 miles in them. People find it very amusing.” His Garmin heart-rate monitor cost $150.

The Playlist
On his long runs, he listens to a mix of Hawaiian music, top-40 hits, and songs by Elton John and Guns N’ Roses.

Christof Luedi is a Famous Runner from the Alps Enjoying Outrigger Canoeing and maybe the next time your thinking of visiting our relaxing islands, you too may want to give outrigger canoeing a try…

~~Aloha Nui Loa

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The Aloha Festival – Experience Hawaiian Hospitality

Aloha Festival 2013The Aloha Festival – Experience Hawaiian Hospitality all through the month of September, with events each week. At the Pearlridge Center they will be celebrating “Kids Day” on Sept. 14th. Ending on the last weekend in September you will have the opportunity to enjoy the 67th Annual Floral Parade.

“The Aloha Festivals, a staple of Oahu’s festival calendar since 1946, returns to Honolulu next month in a celebration filled with food, tradition and music.

The Aloha Festivals, one of the islands’ biggest celebrations, kicks off with an opening ceremony at 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Royal Hawaiian Center. This year’s king and queen will be introduced amid plenty of fanfare, including traditional chants and hula.

The celebrations continue at various venues for the next three Saturdays.

Sept. 14 is kid’s (keiki in Hawaiian) day with a variety of activities at the Pearlridge Center. Children’s musical groups and hula troupes will provide entertainment from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.”

Young Entertainer

The Aloha Festival – Experience Hawaiian Hospitality

“Sept. 21 will herald the return of Waikiki Hoolaulea, Hawaii’s largest block party, along Kalakaua Avenue between Lewers Street and Kapahulu Avenue. Thousands of people will take to the streets as top island entertainers take to the stage. Food trucks will dish up local favorites, and crafts vendors will be selling their wares, including fresh floral leis.

The festivities climax on Sept. 28, when the 67th annual floral parade begins at 9 a.m. Traditional Hawaiian cowboys, hula dancers, marching bands and colorful floats cascading with Hawaiian flowers will proceed along Kalakaua Avenue from Ala Moana Park to Kapiolani Park.

The parade will highlight the theme of this year’s festival:  “Moana Nui Akea – Celebrate Ocean Voyaging.”

By Jay Jones”

Info: (808) 483-0730

The Aloha Festival – Experience Hawaiian Hospitality and there will be plenty to keep everyone busy celebrating all month long…

~~Aloha Nui Loa

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