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Local designer partners with boutique hotel chain to offer totes

October 20th, 2014

Local business owner and designer Tamar Wong partners with hotel chain Joie de Vivre Hotels’ to offer in-room totes for guests to use- perfect for things like beach days and shopping trips.

Courtesy: Joie de Vivre

Courtesy: Joie de Vivre

The bags will be sold at the chain's Hawaii properties, Shoreline Hotel Waikiki and Coconut Waikiki Hotel. Wong's Oahu-based brand, Happy Town Hawaii, adds this to an existing series of bright, cheery canvas totes.

Encouraging guests to carry the spirit of the islands with them, the ethically-minded bags are available for purchase at either property. Exclusive to Joie de Vivre Hotels, the 100% recycled cotton, customized canvas totes reflect the look and feel of the respective hotels.

Designed, dyed and printed in Hawaii, the reusable totes marry style with earth-friendly materials. Guests of the two Joie de Vivre Waikiki hotels can buy their Happy Town Hawaii totes for $12 (usually sold for $22-28).

Put Your Best Face Forward with Face Reflexology

October 17th, 2014

A recent face reflexology session helped me put my best face forward for the week. I had never tried one before, and it was excellent. I didn't realize how much tension and stress my facial muscles build up, which transmits to my entire body. This tension is created by mundane activities: tired eyes, chewing, grinding teeth, even laughing.

Linda Shafie of Aesthetique Boutique points out, "Our faces are the first locations we exhibit our emotions or suppress them. With face reflexology, stimulation of the points and zones trigger release of endorphins and serotonin, so upon completion of each session client feels relaxed and rejuvenated. The deep smooth massage steadily releases the tension and balances the central nervous system helping the body to heal itself."

Linda Schafie

Linda Schafie

Shafie is a delicate, elegant woman whose first career was in corporate and investment banking.  She made a radical switch to healing therapies after losing her father to pancreatic cancer, triggering a major change in her priorities and worldview.  "I wanted to channel my passion to compassion; my passion is the fuel that drives me to immerse myself into my work and deliver results. Compassion is what I extend to others: because I was not able to be there for my father, it is the manifestation of caring and concern," she says. A key portion of her client base is aimed at helping cancer patients.

The session began when I laid down on the massage table (fully clothed) and Schafie applied a light rose hip oil to my face. She then massaged areas on my face connected to areas of my body. By stimulating those areas, it improves underlying energy imbalances to promote well being.

Some parts felt mildly bruised when she touched it, which she says meant I have blockages that need clearing. Some parts tingled. It was all very relaxing.

Who should try this? It can help in the treatment of specific conditions, to maintain general health, or purely for facial rejuvenation and relaxation. "As a complimentary therapy, face reflexology does not claim to cure - but does greatly enhance and assist in the treatment of - many conditions, like allergies
, anxiety and stress
, arthritis, 
Bells Palsy
, depression
, digestive problems
, insomnia
, migraines
, stroke rehabilitation
, and more," explains Schafie.

It isn’t a facial, but does have beautifying side effects, ‘lifting’ the face to make it feel and look smoother and more toned. As well as encouraging lymphatic drainage, the massage techniques stimulate the facial nerves, blood flow and muscles, helping to build up new skin tissue and improve skin tone.

Face reflexology combines three ancient therapies with modern science of neurology: Traditional Chinese Medicine, South American Zone Therapy, Vietnamese face maps and points, and our most current knowledge of neuro-anatomy.

"Our face contains numerous nerves and blood vessels. Its close proximity to the brain insures facial stimulation as the shortest pathway to the brain center, offering a more efficient effect in balancing health concerns. The stimulation works through the central nervous system to specific organs and to regulate the blood, lymph, body functions and hormones," details Schafie. "This complementary therapy is designed to assess the underlying cause of one's compromised health, yet also assist with the treatment of symptoms.

If you go: the session stimulates the entire body, so Shafie says you may experience symptoms of detoxification.  "These are temporary and let you know that body is working to cleanse and balance," she clarifies. "It is suggested to rest and drink plenty of water to support the body in its transition."

To book: Linda Shafie at

The Tour de Cure Hawaii

October 15th, 2014

Did you know that every 19 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes? That means today alone over 5,000 people will be diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes claims the lives of more people annually than breast cancer and AIDS combined – over 500 people will not see tomorrow because of this debilitating disease.

29 million Americans have diabetes. Here in Hawaii, over 497,800 individuals have diabetes or prediabetes - that is almost half of our population! Diabetes costs our island economy over $1.1 billion each year.


You can do something about it! The American Diabetes Association's local office is holding the Second Annual Tour de Cure. Our state joins over 90 ADA rides across the United States on November 2. The Tour de Cure Hawaii event will start and finish at Kapiolani Community College and features a 5-mile, 10-mile, 25-mile, and a 50-mile route.

Tour de Cure. Courtesy: American Diabetes Association.

Tour de Cure. Courtesy: American Diabetes Association.

The ADA is also acknowledging riders with diabetes as Red Riders. All Red Riders will receive a free Red Rider Jersey and will be honored all day.

Tour de Cure. Courtesy: American Diabetes Association.

Tour de Cure. Courtesy: American Diabetes Association.

For more information, call Lawrence “LJ” Duenas, Associate Director at (808) 947-5979 or

When: November 2, 2014
Where: Kapiolani Community College
Address: 4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816

Registration Fee: 25.00
Fundraising Minimum: 200
Route Distances: 5, 10, 25, and 50

Please mail checks to ADA's local office:

American Diabetes Association
ATTN: Tour de Cure
900 Fort Street Mall, Suite 940
Honolulu, HI 96813

More information at:

Hispanic Heritage Festival and Health Fair

October 3rd, 2014

Hawaii's Hispanic community celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month in October with the annual Hispanic Heritage Festival & Health Fair.  The event is free and open to the public.  This year’s theme is Hispanics: A legacy of history, a present of action and a future of success.

Grupo Cafe Columbia Dancers. Photo courtesy Grupo Cafe Columbia Dancers

Grupo Cafe Columbia Dancers. Photo courtesy Grupo Cafe Columbia Dancers

Organizers promise lots of live entertainment, food booths, crafts, cultural displays, specialty booths, children's activities and information from different community and health agencies. The Low-Riders Pride Car Club of Hawaii presents a display of cars and bikes.

It's free, but the festival coordinators are asking every adult and child to donate one can of food which will go to the Hawaii Food Bank, or any type of school supplies that will go to keiki at a school that organizers adopt. You can drop these off at the volunteer booth.

Hispanic Heritage Month -- September 15 to October 15—was enacted in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. As of the last census there are a total of 120,842 Hispanics in Hawaii, which is 9 percent of the state’s population.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Kapiolani Park Bandstand in Waikiki

Free admission

For more information, call 808-285-0072 or log onto

The line-up so far includes:

Headliners for this year:  From California  - Ballet Folkloric Costa de Oro (Dance Company)

From the Bay Area and Cuba -  Cuban master dance teacher Royland Lobato performs Cuban folkloric, rumba and rueda dance styles accompanied by Cuban drummer Glendiz Perez Villalon

From Kauai - Wally Rita y Los Kauaianos – a Kachi-Kachi Band

Special Appearances:  Miss Latina Hawaii 2014 Easter-Lily Smith and Miss Outstanding Latina Teen 2014 Nicole Hong

Local Artists: Eddie Ortiz & Son Caribe Salsa Band, Mariachi Loco,  Rodney Perez, TropiJazz, and Latin Amigo’s Band  Soul Brasil Band

Local Dance Teams:  Sophia and Ivan Danzas Colombianas En Hawaii; Jose Colina Aiza & Cuban Rueda/Salsa Dancers;  Grupo Café Colombia Dancers;  Yuki Komiyama Salsa Dance Teams (Fuego y Agua);  Charlie Pepin/ Wheeler Praise & Worship Spanish Team;  Kekaiulu Hula Studio

Shinto Autumn Festival

September 29th, 2014

Every fall, a small but diligent congregation in Honolulu gathers at Daijingu Temple of Hawaii to celebrate the Autumn Thanksgiving Festival, a time to traditionally give thanks to the gods for a good harvest.

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While I'm not a member of the temple, I am attached to it via my jujitsu club, which regularly attends the temple's events, including the big one - the New Year's Eve blessing.

The Autumn Thanksgiving Festival, Akimatsuri, takes place during the second Sunday in September at the Daijingu Temple. For many shrines, the Autumn Festival is often a significant festival.

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I love the ritual of old religions, so I enjoy seeing the ceremonies and rites, and hearing the priest chant in Japanese, before inviting the members to go up and make an offering and receive a blessing. I am Buddhist, so it's not huge leap for me to participate.

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After the church ceremony, there's picture taking, entertainment, and the raising of the mikoshi, which is a golden, very heavy, portable Shinto shrine. The aunties of the congregation work hard to prepare a huge buffet table for people to chat and connect.

My jujitsu club.

My jujitsu club.

It's open to the public - and it's free - so if you'd like to catch the next festival, go to for a schedule.