Day Of Hope 2008 At Four Seasons Maui – A Huge Success

me-againYes, the A DAY OF HOPE was a huge success! I am so glad I participated. I run the 5K. Since I went there by myself and I was late, I didn’t have photos of the “start” and the runners.

The night before the event I was still undecided whether I would run the 5K or not. We had a conflict of schedule in our family because Haole Hubby also has an event to go to that Saturday. It’s actually a volley ball family fun day organized by people from his work and we as family were supposed to go.

I woke up at 6:15 Saturday morning still debating whether to go r not. Finally, at 6:45 I decided to go. I arrived at the venue at 7:00 AM. I saw a lot of participants already gathered at the start but I also saw that the warm up is still going on. I asked one of the volunteers if I can still register and she said yes. They ran out of T-shirt but that’s ok. And so I ran. I am so glad I did.

It was so much fun watching all the groups who participated in the centipede run. Basically they are a group of four, in costume, tied up together as they ran together to the finish line. the participants are so creative, it’s so entertaining to watch them.

And so I finished the race – yehey! The runners were pleasantly surprised to see a shower set up in the middle of the driveway for us to walk through if we want to cool off. It’s such a cool thing!

From the “finish line” we were directed to go to the reception area and a place was set-up for breakfast. It was beautiful. The food was excellent, them music fantastic, the ambiance is spectacular:

After the breakfast and the awards ceremony, the Hawaiian Canoe Ceremony was held. Beautiful photos on a separate post found HERE. In addition, there was also the Locks Of Love Event:

Then there’s the Keiki Dash which was so cute! I wanted to stay longer atthe vent but I had to leave just before the Paddlers went into the ocean because I needed to go to the Family Fun Beach Day with my Hubby and Kids.

I will definitely mark my calendar for next year. Who knows I might run the 10K by then :)

MORE PHOTOs at Live Maui Webcast and Video blog, click HERE.

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Tropical Flower on Maui: Protea

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Aloha Friday – Holiday Question

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So Kalani of An Island Life thought that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting, too. On her blog she’ll ask a simple question for us to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response. Then if we would like to participate, we can do the same.

I am participating this week and my question is: What is your favorite holiday or celebration?

I know some friends who are into Halloween, I know another who loves Thanksgiving, but for me I LOVE CHRISTMAS! How about you?

Don’t forget to go to An Island Life and visit other participants this Aloha Friday :)

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Day Of Hope – November 8, 2008 – Four Seasons Resort on Maui

I googled to find the official website for the Day of Hope and was quite disappointed that there is very little information in there (basically just the registration). (Note 11/10: I take this back – they promoted it well. There was a brochure that I can download on their website, I just didn’t see it)

I know they did a mail out through Maui Weekly (more info there), but I thought they would have done more on the website. I wish I had thought about posting about it sooner to create more buzz on the net but it’s a little bit late now. The event is this Saturday. Anyway, I posting now and will blog again about it on Saturday as I am participating on the 5K run.

Speaking of participating on the 5K run, I am afraid I would be the last one to finish as I had not really been exercising that much. I walked on the treadmill the other day for 30 minutes and that’s about it for my training for this run. I have not run in 2 months! Oh well, if I was able to do it on the Run For The Whales and the Wahine Run 2007 and 2008, I can do it again this Saturday for the Day of Hope.

They will also have the Locks of Love at the event and I am contemplating on donating my hair. We shall see…

To give you an idea of how fun this event is, visit last’s year’s coverage on this blog of Live Maui Webcast and Videos. Go there and see the 2007 photos. That’s where I got the photo here of my friend T and his son J from last year’s Day Of Hope :) Go here to see 2006 photos. See you on Saturday!

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