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Crystal bowls and restorative yoga in Kailua

April 13th, 2015

Guest written by Emi Aiko

Bob Marley once said, “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”  When the music of the crystal singing bowls hits you, meditative melodies will hit your soul.

Massage therapist and musician Bryan Jordan plays the crystal singing bowls in a restorative yoga class every third Saturday of the month in the heart of Kailua town.

Bryan Jordan at the bowls

Bryan Jordan at the bowls

The crystal bowls, a type of bell made from silica sand used for making glass, creates ineffable sounds and music that enhances the healing process in the yoga session. The pure tones of the bowls are magical and very powerful.

The yoga session begins with a tranquil melody produced by one of the translucent white crystal bowls. When Jordan gently hits the bowl with a wooden stick, it creates a soft but powerful tone that resonates across a dimmed, candle-lit room.

As the instructor, Tania, proceeds with a yoga pose, Jordan changes his stick movements into a circular motion around the bowl.  As he repeats this circular movement, the sounds become stronger and stronger, bouncing faster and faster across the room. That’s when the crystal bowls will start to "sing."

A loud vibrational harmony starts to sound like trance music, not only stimulating brain waves but also altering one's state of consciousness. It’s ethereal. Yet, this resonating harmony creates a sanctuary of sound for deep relaxation and meditation while you’re in a yoga position.

Jordan says there are no music notes to the healing resonance of the singing crystal bowls. These original sacred sounds are created on the spot so every session will be unique and different.

Practicing yoga with a relaxing music CD is one option. But this restorative yoga session with the crystal singing bowls will surely let you know how sound and music can be powerful tools. It definitely helps you get in touch with the deepest aspect of your spirit and emotions.

Interested in a journey of bliss and healing? “Restorative Yoga & Crystal Singing Bowls with Bryan Jordan & Tania” is held every third Saturday of the month, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Kailua Medical Arts Building. It is located on 407 Uluniu Street, Room #412. A session is $20 if you register in advance and $25 for walk-ins.

Jordan also performs regular concerts at the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Center every second and fourth Friday. It is located at 25 Kaneohe Bay Drive in Kailua.  Concerts begin at 8 p.m., doors open at 7:45 p.m.  $10 suggested donation.

Call Bryan Jordan at (808) 782-9595 or email him at to confirm time and location.

More details at

Honolulu’s Finest to be Honored in May

April 10th, 2015

The Honolulu Police Department and its entire force of over 2,000 employees will be honored in a special gala dinner Friday, May 8 at the Sheraton Waikiki.

The men and women who put their lives on the line and who dedicate their careers to serving the public are in the spotlight as deserving recipients of this auspicious award.  In addition to the citizens in uniform, there are many people who work behind the scenes to help ensure the safety of the residents and visitors who enjoy our state.

Former HPD Chief Lee Donohue, President of the Honolulu Police Community Foundation. Courtesy: Honolulu Police Community Foundation

Former HPD Chief Lee Donohue, President of the Honolulu Police Community Foundation. Courtesy: Honolulu Police Community Foundation

The community can support this event by purchasing tables of ten or individual tickets by calling The Honolulu Police Community Foundation at 808-396-1733 or going online at

Spokespersons Michael W. Perry and Dr. Larry Price of KSSK Radio who are outspoken supporters of the HPD through the popular “KSSK Posse” that has helped the community connect with law enforcement for several decades.

The Honolulu Police Community Foundation (501c3 non-profit organization) is dedicated to supporting police officers, their families and the community. It raises money and distributes grants annually to purchase equipment for HPD, provide needed services not covered in the department’s budget, and give scholarships for continuing education to police officers’ families and members of the community. It has purchased and donated several dozen Tasers and other equipment to the HPD. For more information, visit

Shoreline Hotel Waikiki’s April specials

March 31st, 2015

Shoreline Hotel Waikiki celebrates its birthday in April and it's offering a few specials:

Courtesy: Emma Haber

Courtesy: Emma Haber

Icing on the Cake Special

In honor of Shoreline’s April birthday, the island-chic Joie de Vivre hotel is gifting guests a 20% discount on best available rates during the month-long celebration. The icing on the cake is a “Paradise Coconut” specialty cupcake - from the award-winning Hokulani Bake Shop - for guests to enjoy upon arrival.

Courtesy: Emma Haber

Courtesy: Emma Haber

Birthday Bike Tour

Since Shoreline Hotel Waikiki embraces everything art and design, the hotel is once again partnering up with Pedal Bike Tours to offer an artsy birthday bike tour of colorful Waikiki. From the bronze Ghandi statue by the Honolulu Zoo, to the Rainbow Tower, the tour offers a unique glimpse of iconic and historic Waikiki art. A birthday celebration wouldn't be the same without a little birthday treat, so guests will enjoy a complimentary stop for a refreshing sweet treat at new natural health food spot, Heavenly Island Lifestyle at Shoreline Hotel Waikiki, upon completing the two-hour tour. The tours will be organized and booked separately ($39 per person) - through the hotel’s concierge- at an exclusive, Joie de Vivre Hotels-only 20 percent discount. The expiration for this package is April 30th, 2015. Availability will be based on occupancy. The packages can be located via Joie de Vivre's "Specials" page.

Courtesy: Emma Haber

Courtesy: Emma Haber

Anniversary Totes

As the designer of JdV’s current in-room totes, Happy Town Hawaii designer Tamar Wong did it again and created the hotel's new birthday-themed totes. Now her ethically-minded, limited edition totes are available exclusively for purchase on property. Reflective of Shoreline’s casual-chic, unique look and feel, the 100% recycled cotton, customized canvas bags invite JdV guests to carry the spirit of the islands with them.

63rd Cherry Blossom Festival Ball crowns new Queen and Court

March 25th, 2015

The 63rd Cherry Blossom Festival Ball named its new Festival Queen and Court over the weekend. They are:

The 63rd Cherry Blossom Festival Court from left: Princess Jessica Naomi Kaleikaimana Kaneshiro, Princess Kyla Miyuki Teramoto, Queen Kimberly Kimiko Takata, 1st Princess and Miss Congeniality Rosalei Teruko Chinen, Princess Celina Kiyomi Quach and Miss Popularity Heather Rie Miura. (Photo: Chris Kwock/Cherry Blossom Festival)

The 63rd Cherry Blossom Festival Court from left: Princess Jessica Naomi Kaleikaimana Kaneshiro, Princess Kyla Miyuki Teramoto, Queen Kimberly Kimiko Takata, 1st Princess and Miss Congeniality Rosalei Teruko Chinen, Princess Celina Kiyomi Quach and Miss Popularity Heather Rie Miura. (Photo: Chris Kwock/Cherry Blossom Festival)

Queen: Kimberly Kimiko Takata
First Princess and Miss Congeniality: Rosalei Teruko Chinen
Princess: Jessica Naomi Kaleikaimana Kaneshiro
Princess: Celina Kiyomi Quach
Princess: Kyla Miyuki Teramoto
Miss Popularity: Heather Rie Miura

In this evening, 13 Queen contestants demonstrated the poise, self confidence and Japanese culture learned over the past six months. The program opened with a rousing taiko performance by the contestants under the tutelage of master taiko artist Kenny Endo and Taiko Center of the Pacific.

For the Western phase, the contestants graced the stage dressed in elegant evening gowns generously provided by Casablanca Bridal & Formals. For the Eastern phase, the Contestants were garbed in authentic silk furisode kimono flown in especially for the Festival by Diamond Sponsor Watabe Wedding.

The Festival Ball was also the last official appearance of the 62nd Cherry Blossom Festival Queen, Sarah Kiyomi Kamida, and the members of the 62nd Cherry Blossom Festival Court.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the longest, continually running ethnic festivals in the State of Hawaii, which celebrates Japanese culture and heritage. Sponsored by the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, the 63rd Cherry Blossom Festival spans from January to March 2015.

Featured events include several community events open to the public, Golf Tournament, Contestant Reception and the highly-anticipated Festival Ball where a new Cherry Blossom Festival Queen and Court will be crowned. For more information about this, go to

All the photos from this year's festival are posted at

World Happiness Day

March 20th, 2015

World Happiness Day is on March 20, and Dr. Dain Heer, a personal development educator and author of Being You, Changing the World, is something of an unusual authority on being happy—mainly because he was previously very unhappy, suicidal to be accurate, and (after trying every other possible solution) found a way to not only rediscover joy but to go on to help thousands of others do it too.

Heer suffered almost every type of abuse possible in his difficult upbringing and while he went on to be a successful chiropractor, that heavy feeling never left him. “I had a terrible time but there are plenty of other people who didn't, who still wake up with that heaviness every morning. Anti-depressant use is on the rise, and as a society, we are increasingly more unhappy.”

According to Heer, the solutions are simpler than we think, and he guarantees if you follow the same steps as he did, that the “heavy" feeling can soon be a thing of the past.

Here is a sampling of tips from Dr. Dain Heer on How to Be Happy:

1. Move: It is simple and ridiculously effective. Scientists don't talk about endorphins for no reason. Getting out and getting active, even if it's the last thing you want to do, will definitely make you feel better, especially if you incorporate this into your regular lifestyle. Take baby steps if you are out of shape; start with a five minute walk around the block and increase incrementally from there.

2. Banish Judgment: Judgment is a killer of so many things – happiness, productivity, relationships, and growth—and getting rid of it will give you the lightness you seek. Stop judging others but more importantly, stop judging yourself. Don't see things in your life as good, bad, right, wrong or 'how they should or shouldn't be.' This is even more important in the age of social media. Don't rate your life on the ideals you see on the Internet or what your Facebook friends' lives look like. Let life just be. Stop analyzing everything and refrain from categorizing it into positive and negative. Learn to banish judgment and it will free you.

3. Ask Questions and Don't Look for Answers: Looking for answers limits our possibilities. Questions empower us, while looking for one right answer will lock you into one way of thinking. For example, instead of asking yourself, ‘why am I always broke?’ or ‘why can't I meet the right person?’ and answering yourself with something unhelpful like "because I'm unattractive or I am not smart enough." Why not try asking yourself, "What would it take to change this?" The key is not to look for an answer—instead just put it out there and see what happens! By asking open-ended questions you stop yourself going down the same well-worn path and can suddenly see other options and possibilities. Perhaps you will even find a possibility that will change your future!

4. Choose to Be Happy: You’ve heard that saying happiness is a state of mind—well, it is, because it is a choice. You can choose to be happy or you can choose to be glum – but not both. If you find yourself in conflict with people around you, or in conflict with yourself, forget about “winning” the argument. Instead, choose happiness. And, if your situation or state of living doesn’t allow this, then be proactive. Make a list of all of the things that need to change in order for you to achieve happiness.
5. Give Love: “What if instead of striving for love, you were willing to have gratitude and caring for others without judgment or offense?” Dr. Heer asks. According to Heer, the socially acceptable idea of love—including complete relationship unity—is a destructive fantasy. “Love means something different to every one of us,” he explains. “It is impossible to determine; impossible to find. Strive instead to be grateful, caring and completely accepting of yourself and those around you.”

Here's to your happiness - today and every day!