Monday, February 18, 2013

Great Aloha Run



The Hawaiian phrase of the day is

Ke kukini me ke aloha pau‘ole.

The race with compassionate love.

Today is the Great Aloha Run ... from its website (at this link):

The GAR, an 8.15-mile foot race, begins at Aloha Tower and finishes in the Aloha Stadium. There are divisions for elites, age groups, wheelchair and handcycle competitors, Sounds of Freedom (military running in formation) and those who just want to walk the course with friends and socialize along the way in the Back of the Pack.

There is a place in the Great Aloha Run for everyone who wants to participate. It is this inclusive philosophy that reflects the Hawaiian name for this race, “Ke kukini me ke aloha pau‘ole”—the race with compassionate love.





It is more than a run ... it is a festival of healthy living.  My son is volunteering with his leadership class to greet runners at Aloha Stadium.   We have to set the alarm for 5 am!   Despite the early hour, I am proud that he is participating in this annual event.

If you were here, what would you do - run?  walk?  volunteer?   One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers.   Comments are open through Saturday, February 23, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, February 24.

Mahalo,

Kim in Hawaii


37 comments:

  1. I would probably walk or volunteer. I like to help out.

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  2. I should walk but I would volunteer for sure.

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  3. Volunteer. Congratulations to your son for his willingness to do so, and to his parents for raising him with that sense of giving.

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  4. I know I couldn't run it - would love to try walking - is any of it uphill (lol)? Maybe I just better stick to volunteering & cheering!

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  5. Sounds like fun :) I also love walking and my dog sam does too :)

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  6. I would be both running and walking.

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  7. I would definitely have to walk. I have osteoarthritis in my knee's..which would prevent me from doing any running. sounds like fun though.

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  8. I would walk. Sounds like a fun day! Despite the early morning rise.

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  9. This sounds like lots of fun! I would most definitely walk. My husband and I enjoy walking and have done half marathons. No running for me, just not my thing.

    Hope your son has a great time volunteering. What a great way to spend the day.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  10. I enjoy volunteering for various causes so would help out where I could. Not much of a runner lol.

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  11. It would be wonderful to volunteer at the Aloha Run. Congrats to you and your son for helping out.

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  12. I would Volunteer I might get to help out my favorite 5O cast. whooya<3
    What a wonderful way to celebrate health & wellness.
    Have a good one And enjoy your day Ann/alba

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  13. Can you walk AND volunteer?? Perhaps I could push a cart with water or whatever on it?? Because then I could chat and participate. :-) The whole thing sounds wonderful!
    lisakhutson(at)cox(dot)net

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  14. Good for your son! Even if it is early in the morning. :)

    I would run only if dogs were allowed. I run with my husky...without him I feel like I am pulling 200lbs. Guess I have gotten used to keeping up with my four legged friend!

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  15. I don't think I could even walk the entire distance but I would definitely be inclined to volunteer!

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  16. I would walk, or maybe volunteer, depending on whether I thought I could make the whole course. I think I could, but I'd have to see the course. :D

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  17. I'd love to walk and volunteer!

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  18. I would definitely have to volunteer. There is no way I could walk, much less run, that far unfortunately. Due to problems with my legs (history of blood clots, damage to veins & nerves) and an accident that screwed up my back & hip, causing problems down my leg & into my foot, I can't stand for long, much less walk or run for any distance.

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  19. I'd walk. I'm a walker. I could happily walk all day actually.

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  20. I would volunteer. Congratulations on raising such a community minded young man!

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  21. I think I'd pick walking. I can't run for too long so it's the safer option ;)

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  22. Walking. I have asthma and can't do much running.

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  23. It sounds like a wonderful event, even with the 5am wake up!
    I'd enjoy either walking or volunteering.

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  24. Definitely volunteer since walking too far and running is impossible with my back problems. But how wonderful that your son is doing this. :)
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  25. I would walk since I do enjoy it and what could be more fun than walking in Hawaii.

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  26. Awe, that is so sweet of your son! :)
    If I were there, I would either walk or volunteer.
    I am not much of a runner. Lol.

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  27. I would either walk or volunteer, I am not much of a runner. My son is like yours, he volunteers for so many things, it is a wonderful trait in a young person. He is always helping with fundraisers on the weekends, most are for school because he is a senior this year.

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