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Tips To Eating Healthy During The Holidays

It’s that time of year again. The holiday season is filled with parties, gatherings, and lots and lots of food!  It’s tough to stick to healthy eating habits you’ve worked so hard to follow all year.

With all sorts of food around you, it can be a bit challenging to avoid temptation.  Here are some of our tips to help you avoid the unnecessary weight gain during the holidays.

  • Never go to a party hungry.  Eat a healthy snack before so that you don’t indulge.
  • Your best bet is to stick to the dishes that look the most appetizing to you. This way you can enjoy the foods you like, and still leave room for dessert.
  • Remember to watch your portions.  Grab a small plate instead of a big one.  Try to fill your plate with fresh, healthy vegetables, which will pack the punch.  In other words fill you up quicker, without adding too many calories.  Think small portions.
  • Watch out for the extra sauces, gravies and dips. These items tend to contain a lot of fat and calories that will quickly add up.
  • Take caution with alcohol at parties.  Holiday drinks contain a lot of fat and calories that will add unwanted pounds .  Try to stick to a small glass of wine, or a small cocktail made with fresh squeezed juice.  Forget about all the concentrated juices.
  • Work out and exercise at least 30 minutes a day.  If not, try to get in some type of exercise the day of a holiday party.  Even if you can only find 10 free minutes, it will be beneficial to burn some extra calories before you consume a lot of them.  Exercise is fun, and it will make you so happy!

Tis’ the season to socialize, and celebrate good times with friends and family.  It is important to keep a healthy mind plan, so don’t splurge on things that will leave you feeling yucky.

We wish you and your family safe, healthy, and happy holidays!

31st Annual Ha’ena to Hanalei 8 mile Run/Walk

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Every year Kauai residents and visitors look forward to the Annual Ha’ena to Hanalei 8 mile Run/Walk, organized by the Hanalei Canoe Club.  This is a wonderful fundraiser event that has been held for the last 31 years. It will be held on June 4th, 2011 at 7:00 a.m. We have runners participate from all over the world.

The 8-mile course begins at the end of the road in beautiful Ha’ena, traversing the scenic stretch of road and one-lane bridges along the breathtaking North Shore towards Hanalei Town. Turn left at Anae Road after the Waioli Bridge, and then turn right at Weke Road to the finish at the Hanalei Pier. The 5K Run starts and ends at the Hanalei Pier. The Youth Run starts and ends at the Pier.

Start time: 8-mile Runners – 7:00 a.m., Walkers – 6:00 a.m. There will be a free shuttle bus to the starting line in Ha’ena, leaving the Hanalei Pier beginning at 5:15 a.m. The 5K Run begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Pier. The Youth Run begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Pier..

Awards: Male & Female runners: 1st through 3rd for overall and each age group. Awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the Hanalei Canoe Club. Age groups: 1 mile: 6 & under, 7 – 10, 11 – 14. 8-mile Run/Walk & 5K Run: 15 – 19, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69, 70 & over.

Pancake Breakfast: $7.00 per person, all you can eat, 7:00 a.m. at the Hanalei Canoe Club.

ALL RUNNERS EAT FREE!  Yummy.

If you’re a resident of Kauai, visiting, or just planning a vacation during the Summer, this is a wonderful fundraiser to partake in.  Choosing to stay in a Hanalei vacation rental or a Haena home rental is a good choice.  Maybe you prefer a Princeville.  It is just up the hill from Hanalei, about a 5-minute drive.  There are many luxury Kauai vacation rentals to choose from as well.   For more information and to sign up please go to www.hanaleicanoeclub.com.

This is a fun event that has been held for the last 31 years. It will be held on June 4th, 2011 at 7:00 a.m. We have runners participate from all over the world.
Course: The 8-mile course begins at the end of the road in Ha’ena, traversing the scenic stretch of road and one-lane bridges along the breathtaking North Shore towards Hanalei Town. Turn left at Anae Road after the Waioli Bridge, and then turn right at Weke Road to the finish at the Hanalei Pier. The 5K Run starts and ends at the Hanalei Pier. The Youth Run starts and ends at the Pier.
Start time: 8-mile Runners – 7:00 a.m., Walkers – 6:00 a.m. There will be a free shuttle bus to the starting line in Ha’ena, leaving the Hanalei Pier beginning at 5:15 a.m. The 5K Run begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Pier. The Youth Run begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Pier..
Awards: Male & Female runners: 1st through 3rd for overall and each age group. Awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the Hanalei Canoe Club. Age groups: 1 mile: 6 & under, 7 – 10, 11 – 14. 8-mile Run/Walk & 5K Run: 15 – 19, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69, 70 & over.
Pancake Breakfast: $7.00 per person, all you can eat, 7:00 a.m. at the Hanalei Canoe Club.
ALL RUNNERS EAT FREE!

The movie ‘Soul Surfer’, a story about Bethany Hamilton

A movie based on an all inspiring true story of Bethany Hamilton, Soul Surfer in theaters everywhere April 8. Bethany lost her left arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith.

Bethany (AnnaSophia Robb) was born to surf. A natural talent who took to the waves at a young age, she was leading an idyllic life on Kauai, participating in national surf competitions with her best friend Alana (Lorraine Nicholson), when everything changed. On Halloween morning, a 14-foot tiger shark came out of nowhere and seemed to shatter all her dreams.

Soul Surfer reveals Bethany’s fight to recover from her ordeal and how she grappled with the question of her future. Strengthened by the love of her parents, Tom (Dennis Quaid) and Cheri (Helen Hunt), and supported by her youth group leader Sara (Carrie Underwood), Bethany refuses to give in or give up, and begins a bold return to the water.

Bethany has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of determination, faith and hope. Born into a family of surfers on February 8, 1990, Bethany jumped on the board at a young age. Bethany entered her first surf competition—winning both the short and long board divisions at age eight. On Halloween morning 2003, Bethany was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark, which bit off her left arm and seemed to end her career as a rising surf star. After losing more than 60% of her blood and undergoing several surgeries, Bethany began her recovery with an unbelievably positive attitude. Miraculously, just one month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water. Two months later, Bethany placed fifth in the Open Women’s division surf competition and just over a year after the attack she won her first National Title. In 2007, Bethany realized her dream and turned pro. Bethany has since participated in numerous Association of Surfing Professionals and World Tour Events with her major highlight being a second place finish in the ASP 2009 World Junior Championships. “It has been an incredible journey for me and now, I’m just so excited to share it!” says Bethany.

“Bethany’s story is so powerful,” says Soul Surfer Director Sean McNamara. “Most people would have given up after what happened to her, but not only did she make an amazing return to surfing, she excelled at it, and has turned her life into an inspiration for people all around the world. She is someone you look at and think, ‘If she can do all the incredible things she’s done, I can set the world on fire, too.'” says Sean.

Source:  http://www.soulsurferthemovie.com/

Bethany’s Official Website: www.bethanyhamilton.com

Birthday hike on Kauai!

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Hauoli La Hanau Lily!  A year ago today, my baby girl, Lily Lake Abubo was born. The morning wasn’t looking so good, but despite the rainy weather conditions we decided to do something fun.  My husband and I took our 3 keiki on a beautiful hike. It was between Hanakapiai or Okolehau Trail in Hanalei.  We chose Okolehau.  A perfect one for the kids.

The weather was just right, not too hot or not too rainy.  In fact, it was great for hiking.  The kids are always so anxious and excited, when it comes to a little outdoor adventure.  Lily was very excited on our hike up.  We sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Lily, probably about a 100 times until we reached the lookout.  Some parts of the trail got really muddy, we had fun getting dirty, the kids especially.  What kid do you know does not like playing in mud?  Rush and Star trekked along so happily, and so did the parents.

Needless to say, I feel truly blessed to live on this beautiful island, Kauai.  A place we all love so dear to our hearts.  To spend a day outside with the family on a fun and exciting adventure is what makes us all happy.  It is moments like this that we will cherish for a lifetime.

In fact, I recommend anyone visiting the island to take your family on a healthy hike outdoors.  You’ll find hiking on Kauai for all levels, for moderate to extreme.  Some trails overlook the ocean, while others look over valleys, and waterfalls.  Explore Kauai while you can.  Please remember to ask local officials for more information on the various hiking trails offered on Kauai.  Remember to always be safe and drink lots of water the night before and during the hike.  Think safety first!  Have fun…

Relax your mind, body, and spirit at Yoga Hanalei

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If you’re staying at a Kauai vacation rental be sure to stop in for a class at Yoga Hanalei.  Director and Founder, Bhavani Maki specializes in the Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Psychology, and Yoga Therapy, Bhavani offers unique insights into discovering greater joy and freedom within one’s self.  She is an inspiration to many and a wonderful teacher.  Best Yoga Studio on the island.  All of the teachers are awesome.  There are many yoga classes to choose from.  You’ll love Yoga Hanalei!