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Kaimuki woman is boxing's oldest current World Champion

May 20th, 2015

When I reached Eileen Miyoko Olszewski by phone, she was just finishing her two hour daily workout at the boxing gym. She's keeping it "short" now that's she's 46 years old, she told me.

Diane with boxer Eileen Olszewski

Diane with boxer Eileen Olszewski

"I run about ten miles a week, in addition to shadowboxing 20 minutes straight. I also spar two to three times a week. and add in stretching, and reinforcement exercises to work the underused muscles," she detailed, making me tired just hearing it!

It's the kind of determination that catapulted Olszewski to the title of the oldest current boxing champion in the world, male or female. She was 45 years old when she earned that distinction in September 2013 in a fight against Patricia Alcivar for the world flyweight title. It was a quick ascension for a woman who only turned pro seven years before, at age 38.

Boxing champion Eileen Olszewski

Boxing champion Eileen Olszewski

In a way, it's a surprising turn for the Palolo native, who didn't expect to make a career of professional boxing, despite the fact that she loved to watch boxing every Saturday on television with her father.

Still, the Kaimuki High School graduate had danced through school, and after graduation, turned down a partial Rainbow Dancer scholarship to the University of Hawaii at Manoa to train with ballet great Noland Dingman in Florida. From there, she parlayed her dancing skills into a job at Disneyworld, before moving to New York City and taking odd jobs before finally scoring a rare opportunity.

"I was selected to be a Knicks City Dancer for the New York Knicks NBA team. This was from 1992 to 1995 under Coach Pat Riley, when this was the hottest ticket in the NBA, and when hip hop was in its golden age!" reflects Olszewski of the unforgettable experience.

After her tenure with the Knicks ended, Mortal Kombat: Live Tour hired her as a stuntwoman as it played on stages across South America.

Eileen and Matthew Olszewski

Eileen and Matthew Olszewski

Olszewski transitioned into boxing after she met her husband, Matthew, who was a boxing trainer. "I met Matthew in a martial art studio in Chinatown in Manhattan. I was rehearsing for a kung fu movie trailer with Stephen Tartarglia, a stuntman in Hong Kong and in Jackie Chan films. Matthew was visiting New York and strolled in. We both were surprised later to find out we liked the same restaurant out of the hundreds in Chinatown!"

Matthew started training her and recognized she had an aptitude for striking. "I like boxing. Like dance, it's both an art and a science. I like that there's always more to master," she explains. "I constantly continue my education; I study anatomy and kinesiology for my work as a trainer and rehab/performance specialist. I study fights and train with high intensity to stay in top of my game."

With his encouragement, Olszewski pursued the sport seriously. "I still remember my first fight. It was terrifying! I still remember little details like the floor being turquoise, and this woman coming at me, me trying to block her and looking at the floor wondering, 'Why am I here? All my friends are back in Hawaii having babies!' Then I told myself to get a grip  and I stopped her in the second round."


Looks are deceiving. In person, she is gorgeous - a petite and feminine woman whose beautifully sculpted muscles don't seem like they can deliver such a punishing blow.  She smiles easily and radiates charisma.

She's not sure when she will hang up the gloves and what would be next, but says a logical transition would be to train up and coming fighters. "I have assisted Matthew in training his latest two amateur champions, however he has already produced many amateur champions and has trained and cornered several professional world champions" she details.

When she's not boxing, she likes to cook, stroll through flea markets, and picnic at Central Park, which is near her residence. She says she'd love to retire in Hawaii!

Meantime, she's planned a visit to Oahu for this fall, to see her mother, and possibly, make a public appearance. Count me among her new fan base.

On being a psychic

May 18th, 2015

On last Sunday's radio show, Hawaii Matters on Ohana Broadcast (93.1, 94.7, 102.7, 105.9 FM on Oahu), the topic was psychics: How does a psychic work? And how do you know when you’re seeing one who is legitimate?

Diane with Darrell Harada and Melissa Kurpinski

Diane with Darrell Harada and Melissa Kurpinski.

A psychic is a person who claims to use extrasensory perception (ESP) to identify information hidden from the normal senses. The Gallup Organization in 2005 did a survey and found that 41 percent of those polled believed in ESP and 26 percent believed in clairvoyance. 31 percent believe in telepathy or psychic communication.

Darrell Harada and Melissa Kurpinski, Honolulu psychics, shared more about their talents and provided advice for the audience on how to find and vet one if you're in the mood to see one. In full disclosure, I throw an annual Halloween bash and hire them both to read for the guests; the feedback my guests give me is positive.

"The word psychic literally means - of the soul, so psychic ability is soul ability. What is normally considered a psychic type is really a description related to our five senses. So clairvoyance means clear seeing and is related to the visual receiving of energy and having it appear as mental images or as visions. Without getting too technical, psychics feel, see, hear, smell, and just know information," said Harada. 

He says he uses all psychic senses, but least used is the sense of smell. "I feel sensations or emotions, see images from my memory or knowledge bank, hear words that sound like my thought but feel different, and sometimes just have things pop in my head."

Kurpinkski says she gets images and feelings when she sits to read someone.

Is everyone psychic? Harada believes it's a latent skill everyone has, "but just as everyone can sing or do math easier than others, I am more easily able to use and understand psychic ability. To me you don't develop it, you become aware of it and get to know your style of sensing and communicating with the spirit world and Higher Power."

He shares one technique: "Go back to a moment of regret, then back up to when the wrong decision was made, then back up even further to when you struggled between your logical mind and your intuition, then when you can identify your intuitive voice, remember it and get more comfortable listening to it.

If you're seeking one, Kurpinski suggests, "The best caution I can give is to be wary of anyone trying to up-sell you. Especially if the price dramatically increases, say from a reading that was a $100, to telling you to buy curse-lifting candles for a few thousand dollars. Also, if the information is to directive- if they are telling you how to live- that's a red flag."

Remember, both intuitives say, the future changes all the time and we can create our own destiny!

Doubletree Hilton Celebrates Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

May 15th, 2015

This Friday, May 15, DoubleTree by Hilton will take National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day global with an international cookie blitz to surprise unsuspecting travelers with tens of thousands of the brand’s iconic chocolate chip and walnut cookies – the same signature greeting that is offered to each guest at check-in at DoubleTree by Hilton hotels worldwide.

Courtesy: DoubleTree by Hilton Alana Waikiki photographer Danna Martel


Whether journeying by air or ground, DoubleTree by Hilton is setting out to give travelers a sweet ride in honor of the day, teaming up with some of the world’s leading transportation partners, including Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental, to brighten travelers’ days with free cookies at select airport locations in North America, the UK and Australia. Additionally, DoubleTree by Hilton invites anyone to walk into any of its more than 415 hotels around the world for a free cookie throughout the day – with or without a reservation.

“At DoubleTree by Hilton, we believe that no matter where you are or what you are doing, cookies have the power to make you smile. It’s the reason we’ve welcomed guests with a warm chocolate chip cookie for more than 25 years,” said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “Celebrating a fun, light-hearted holiday like Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is just another way we strive to surprise and delight travelers and make their journey sweeter. It’s a natural extension of what we do each day at our hotels globally to deliver our award-winning service experience through special comforts, amenities and acts of kindness that are synonymous with our brand.”

In addition to the global cookie giveaways, on Chocolate Chip Cookie Day DoubleTree by Hilton will launch its first ever “Cookie Bag Vote,” inviting consumers to help select a brand-new packaging design for the world-famous cookie. DoubleTree by Hilton fans can visit through Thursday, May 21 to vote for one of three creative new looks. Voters will be entered for chances to win random prizes ranging from cookie tins to hotel stays. The winning design will be announced the following week, and DoubleTree by Hilton will start presenting guests with the freshly-packaged cookies at hotels beginning this summer.

The international celebration on May 15 continues  with DoubleTree by Hilton’s global Cookie Care campaign, which launched last spring to celebrate the brand’s milestone of handing out more than 300 million cookies at check-in worldwide. This year, as part of the campaign, DoubleTree by Hilton has spread Cookie Care by handing out thousands of free cookies during key travel moments and destinations, including Mardi Gras in New Orleans and SXSW in Austin.

Crowdfunding a Life Saver for Drivers

May 8th, 2015

Drowsy driving is a serious problem that leads to thousands of automobile crashes each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Now, Italian company Advicy Technology hopes to steer that statistic down a different road with its new invention, Advicy Drive, a new Bluetooth sensor and companion smartphone app. It's asking for the public's help through a Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000.

A friend’s car crash resulted in this new technology. Rodolfo Pinto, co-founder and CCO of Advicy Drive, explains, “Some years ago a very good friend of ours risked his life, falling asleep behind the wheel. This was obviously a tragic moment for him and for all of us, but once he had recovered from his injuries, we started studying stats and numbers about drowsy driving and decided to find an innovative and effective solution to prevent people like our friend from falling asleep at the wheel. We found out that heartbeat was strongly connected to sleep and after some years of hard work we came to the solution, developing an algorithm to detect and avoid falling asleep events.”

Courtesy: Advicy Drive

Courtesy: Advicy Drive

The Advicy Drive sensor is unobtrusive to wearers and uses technology to detect if you're about to doze off while driving. If it senses a dip in your attentiveness, the companion app blares a loud alarm to snap you out of your stupor – potentially saving your life and the lives of others.

Advicy Drive's Photoplethysmography sensor can be uniquely tuned to monitor your personal heart rate and cardiovascular changes.

Learn more about Advicy Drive — including how you can get one yourself — through its Kickstarter campaign at

Learn about Divorce, Paternity and Custody Law at Honokaa Library

April 25th, 2015

"Know Your Legal Rights: Divorce, Paternity and Custody Law," a free informational program for parents and married couples interested in legal information about family law, will be presented at Honokaa Public Library on Monday, April 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Ramona Herlihy. Courtesy: Legal Aid Society of Hawaii

Ramona Herlihy. Courtesy: Legal Aid Society of Hawaii

Ramona Herlihy, an AmeriCorps member of the Hilo Legal Aid Office, will provide a general overview of the divorce, paternity, and custody law. Herlihy will introduce participants to the Access to Justice interactive forms and legal information available online. She will also share information about other helpful agencies. A question-and-answer session will be included.

This program is the second of the "Know Your Legal Rights" series conducted statewide by the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii at ten public libraries through the Access to Justice grant.  The Hawaii State Judiciary, State Justice Institute, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, and the Hawaii State Public Library System are sponsoring this one- hour program.

Contact the Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.  The program schedule is subject to change.

Honokaa Public Library is located at 45-3380 Mamane Street, Building #3.  For more information, please call the Library at (808) 775-8881.