Thursday, December 29, 2011

Moulton TSR 27

The new bike!

A Moulton TSR (travel, sport, and recreation) 27. 

We just got the coolest bike. One of its many features includes the separable frame. We took just under an hour to completely disassemble the bike and fit it into this bag. The Moulton TSR was a big purchase for us, and we knew it made sense for our work, and travel needs. I will ride to work in Keokea, just five or so miles from the house and back, and have found it to be a pleasure on this bike. I used to ride a mountain bike not meant for the road, and found it to be heavy and sluggish.
The TSR 27 has so many gears that no matter how steep the slope down, or the climb up you are getting a great ride. The shocks are amazing. The bumps are no longer felt, and it is smooth riding.
More to come once we bring the bike to Oahu in February for among other things the Great Aloha Run that Matt and I will be participating in.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Kinderspielkunst Waldorf Playground Draft Design

Rough Draft Design 
Main Play Structure Piece
Part II (Read Part I, Read Part III)
Exciting day! This was the day when the plans were revealed to the faculty, staff, board members, and parents of the school by the Kinderspielkunst playground designers, Wilfried Brewer, and Walter Peter. When I arrived on campus for the meeting I found Wilfried, and Walter busy at work with chainsaw, and wood working tools in hand. The wood that I observed just yesterday has already started to be transformed, and accompanied with the rough draft design I am able to start to see what a glorious playground we are so lucky to have at our school.
Design Discussion
Walter answered several questions from all of us and explained the concept of the playground, and how he felt the children would experience it. Safety being in the fore-front of his mind, yet his creativity and artistry shining through. He told us the children will be able to be active on the structure, and made quite aware of their bodies on it. He explained that one can not rush through this playground, and that the children will have to assist each other and work together to experience the full benefits.
One of my favorite parts of the design is the tower that can be occupied by one to three children. It is sort of the capitans spot. A special place that all the children will enjoy at different times, and a coveted spot no doubt. I can imagine the children crawling all over this amazing piece of art, and I am so fortunate to be able to see it being constructed.
On Monday the guys will be back hard at work, and I will be there to document, and share the progress with you.

Found the guys hard at work on Wednesday, and I spoke with Wilfried breifly. Walter was still carving into the arch piece with a chainsaw, and it looks like progress is slow, and hard, but the pieces are really coming to life. Looking forward to the next steps in the finalization of the playground. To see more photos of the playground, and other photos of Haleakala Waldorf School take a look at my photo album here: Haleakala Waldorf. Here is some video of the work with the kiawe wood.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

New Playground at Waldorf from Kinderspielkunst

Excited for the new playground

Part I (Read Part II, Read Part III)
This winter break the children of Haleakala Waldorf School are getting a terrific gift: a new playground. I went down to campus to check out what was going on, and found a big pile of kiawe wood piled up in the parking stalls near the grades building on campus. Timo a 4th grade student was accompanying me on my discovery tour. We checked out the wood, and I then went on to investigate the materials that the builders will be using, and took a look at the playground to see where the structure will be built.
Wilfried Brewer and Walter Peter from the playground company Kinderspielkunst ( arrived a few days ago on the island of Maui, and tomorrow will draw up plans for the free form, unique structure for our school.

As the structure comes to life, I will continue to document the progress. Take a look at some work these creative artists have completed here:

Plot on playground for new structure.
Happiest of Holidays to you and yours!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Updates on My Other Websites: Holton Gallery, Maui Runner, and Upcountry Recipes

Holton Gallery

Our website featuring the artwork of Maui Artist Matt Holton, has a fresh new look, and currently we are featuring the Auction on ebay of David Rudisha. Matt's work continues to grow, and is all created at the studio and gallery. 

Upcountry Recipes

Our latest post has great recipes for Thanksgiving including a terrific cranberry sauce recipe, and a gravy you will love!

Thanks for taking a look.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Planet Sun Face Formulation Sunscreen at The Day of Hope

Day of Hope: After Matt's 10k and my 5k
On Saturday, November 5th I participated in the Day of Hope 5k in Wailea starting at the Four Seasons Hotel and Resort. When we were driving down to the race I put on Planet Sun Face Formulation Sunscreen, about 1 hour prior to the start of the race at 7:00. Yesterday the UV index was moderate, and beating down. After the race before going in for a swim in the ocean I put on some more sunscreen, and felt great about being in the sun until 10:00.

I have been learning a lot about Planet Sun for the last several months, training to become the representative of the company along with Matt on the island of Maui. As a result I have been using the Face Formulation Sunscreen on a daily basis while riding my bike, and working out side every afternoon for up to three hours in the sun. A little goes a long way, and is easy to spread. Get some of the good stuff, click here to buy now.
Take a look at Matt's review of the Body Sunscreen here

Get 15% off your purchase at
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...when checking out with your purchase.
Hit refresh in the shopping cart to receive your discount. You will see the term, "Friends of Planet Sun Discount".

I know you will like this and the other sun care products from the wellness company Planet Sun.

The Skin Cancer Foundation: Understanding UVA and UVB
Environmental Protection Agency UV Index
Matt's review on Planet Sun

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Rendezvous-The Murf

Searching for music this evening, I went to, to take a look at his blog, as it is always filled with great new electronic music. Digweeds latest post led me here:

I read about Rendezvous and found the following video below; a story that, "succinctly tells humanity's story so far and raises questions about its future..." It is a really creative collaboration of pop, futuristic electronic music with the images to go along with the compelling story; about us and our story so far, and beyond.

Here's a link to an interview with Scott Benson the creator of this video:
Also, Scott Bensons take on it here:

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Lilian, Max, and Ross show their carving skills.
Going to work today was fun. Halloween inspired some funny pumpkins! Happy Halloween.
Ha'ena, Rolando, and Sage goofing around.
From Waldorf After School Care 2011-2012

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Creating Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Ready to Wear

When I was asked to participate in a skit for the school fall festival I accepted with anticipation. I was put on a team of specialist teachers: Japanese teacher Koko, Spanish teacher Vickie, and Language Arts teacher Paul, and his wife Sharon.
We retold Humpty Dumpty, and I was lucky to play H.D. (as he was referred to in our script). 
Then it was time to create my costume. Right away I got help from Shellie, the crafts teacher, and Stanley the physical movement instructor. Stanley devised the idea of using different sized hula hoops strung together as my frame. Shellie hooked me up with the fabric, and her sewing skills to put together my shell, and really bring the costume together.I had my frame and my shell, now it was time to secure the two together to be able to handle 12 performances over around two hours. Duct tape was the answer, and worked quite well to keep the fabric fixed to the frame.

The Set
The Night of Delight was full of magic, and the spirit of the season. Children and their families dressed up in costumes for Halloween started to walk the lit path with their Angel Guide in groups of 20 to watch a series of six skits. There was also a ballet performance, food, and time to share in each others company.

Our performance of Humpty Dumpty was retold by Mother Goose, in her rocking chair under the stars in the playground, set by a rock wall. A gigantic bird by the name of Matilda gave birth the humoungous egg, and after unsuccesfully hatching the egg went to frollic in the forest. 
Humpty Dumpty found himself alone, contimpating the meaning of life,
"Where am I? Who am I? What am I? I think, therefore I am. Am I?"
All the kings horses and men whom were speaking Japanese and Spanish to each other could not put Humpty back together again, but fortunately Matilda, and the various audiences did put Humpty Dumpty together again.
There was a rainbow about 15 minutes until the first show, that quickly turned into a double rainbow for a brief moment, the campus a buzz with teacher, and student performers, parent volunteers, and the community of Maui. It was a sweet night even when the rain got us all wet, our spirits were filled with the captivating atmosphere that we created together.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

#globalchange #occupytogether

Occupy Together October 15, 2011

Since September 17th the people have been occupying Wall Street, at Zuccotti Park in NYC. Since then the revolution has spread across the globe. Today Matt and I went down to Kihei, at Kalama Park to check out the #occupyMaui gathering.

This coverage through livestream covers the global revolution live throughout the world. I have posted the paperwork I picked up at the park this afternoon. I am awake, are you?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Hana Relay & Front Street Mile

Zombie Runners!
What a last couple of weeks it has been. I have been lucky enough to compete in two of the larger events on Maui;
the Hana Relay, and the Front Street Mile. 
For the 40th Annual Hana Relay on September 10th, I was slotted to run one leg for a men's team. 
Teams are encouraged to dress up, and our theme was zombies.
It was great fun, and we were surprised by our fantastic finish under six hours, at 5:49:42. 
I  ended up running two legs: the first, and the last (with Morgan, and the rest of the team to the finish line). 
We got 9th place overall, against 150 other teams, and 5th in our  division, averaging 6:27 miles. 
Serious fun good times. 
Many thanks to my team  members: Matt, Morgan, Jeremy,Dennis, Taylor, and Q. 
Thanks to Fred too for your  stellar support!
Then on the 17th of September it was time to run the Front Street Mile. 
To add to this huge event, I also was fortunate to attend the High School XC meet held at the Ritz in Kapalua 
that morning at 9. 
Seeing the boys then girls run the very challenging course was inspirational. 
Some of the boys from Maui High, and Seabury had also run the Hana Relay, 
and it was fun to see them running in yet another environment. 
Watching Matt(whom helps coach the Seabury girls team)working with the girls is so much fun. 
They are all getting so strong, and Matt is really helping them focus, and develop a deep understanding of running,
and racing.

After the races in the morning, it was time for Matt to prepare for a lecture he gave at the Maui Marathon Expo.
in the afternoon. His talk was easily applicable to any distance, and I found myself using his advice 
during my mile race just a few hours after his talk. 
Take a look at Matt's talking points on making the most of the Maui Marathon on here
At 2:30 I met my middle school runners from the  Haleakala Waldorf XC, 
along with other children from the school on Front Street to prepare for their 4th XC meet. 
We didn't need to warm up much since the temperature was in the 90's, 
but we needed to run off some jitters,and move around a bit. The mood was excited, with a touch of nervousness
with a big dose of fun. 

When Matt arrived the children were excited to have all the coaches there to cheer them on. 
The team did fantastically well and you can see the results on my Waldorf XC  page
After the children ran, it was time for me to prepare to run the mile.
I have been watching Matt run this race with his friends over the last 6 years, and now it was my turn. 
I went out way to fast, and almost lost it in the first 600 meters or so, but was 
then able to have a sprinting finish thanks to the energy of the crowd, supporters, and Dennis running beside me 
cheering me on! What fun. I finished in 7:31, and am excited to take a bite out of my next race perhaps in late 
October where I will run a 5K. 
It is quite exciting (coming from a sprinter background) to learn what distance running is all about! Finally I am back into athleticism after a long break, and I am loving every minute of it.

    Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    Coaching Haleakala Waldorf XC

    On the line at Giggle Hill 9/3/11
    I am so fortunate to be coaching the excellent middle school runners at Haleakala Waldorf School this Cross Country (XC) season. My guide in this journey into middle school athletics, is the experienced Stanley Bartlet the Physical Education teacher at Waldorf. Not only does he play games with the entire school, he is also the Athletic Director. Last year when Matt and I volunteered for the 5th grade Pentathlon, Stanley noticed my zeal for athletics.

    Matt is helping run practices along with a dedicated parent volunteer Jerry. The team is really coming together, and I am continually inspired by the children. I am able to join the team on the weekend for meets, and for fun runs on Sunday. We had our first Sunday fun run up at the Makawao Forest Reserve last weekend, and practice at Keokea Park for Labor Day.

    Take a look at the Waldorf XC page here: (You can find the tab up on the top of my website Waldorf XC) to see all the latest about the team, as I will update regularly.

    Monday, August 8, 2011

    Camp Keokea


    What a beautiful day in Keokea.
    We started the day on the playground, and we quickly got into art projects. There were collages of the fly trap variety, and much gluing and coloring ensued. Creativity, and imagination were in full force.

    Then we were off for our hike. We explored the perimeter of the back of the park, and had fun finding new paths, and seeing how far away the playground was that we could still see.

    After a good lunch we gained the energy to play and run, and even found time to feed the horses in the nearby pasture. We met several children, and their families, and had a great time socializing with new friends.

    Saturday, August 6, 2011

    Creative Play

    The store in town.
    Last week I had a chance to work with a very creative child by the name of Alani. We made a town, and litterally played our game for almost five hours. The importance of imagination was shown to me through this experience.
    The back of the house at the restaurant.
    My work can take me into the minds and ideas of such bright children. Photos of our big party in the big house in town coming soon.

    Tuesday, August 2, 2011

    Mubarak Trial

    Pre-trial Hosni Mubarak

    Six months ago, Hosni Mubarak said he was going nowhere. He was then forced to step down. Now he's in a cage.
    Watch live coverage of his trial (set for August 15th) on Aljazeera English here:

    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    Watch Live Track & Field: Diamond Leauge

    Matt Running Valley to the Sea 

    If you love to watch track and field you've got to check out the Diamond League. All the best will be there.

    8AM HST, 12 noon PST. Meet will run 2 hours. No commercials, and informed commentary.
    Running my First 2K: Will's Run for Hope 

    Watching the pro's do what we love to do, and so much more is inspiring! Check it out!


    Sunday, July 17, 2011


    Eve, and Baraka with the Buddha

    Last Thursday night there was a full moon. Matt and I were invited to the Sacred Garden  for the full moon Labyrinth walk by the inspirational Eve Hogan, this particular Thursday.

    We know Eve, and the Sacred Garden by way of Matt's artwork ( We have been working with Eve since 2007, and her support has always been tremendous. There are hopes of Matt painting the Buddha on site in the future. Night , is presently for sale at the Garden found in Makawao, off Baldwin Ave nestled in Maliko Gulch.
    Night 16"x48" hexagonal
    canvas, Matt Holton

    Eve gave a talk about how she found the amazing wooden Buddha, we listened to some ethereal music by Dreaming Bear (a.k.a. Baraka Kanaan), we sang/chanted, and then it was time to talk about the labyrinth. Eve gave a detailed description about how the use the labyrinth, and how to work in the metaphors that present themselves while on your journey to the center, in the center, and back out to the beginning the way you came.
    There were around 50 people of all ages there traversing the labyrinth together in the moonlight. It was fun. The labyrinth is created with rocks, on gravel, is circular, and has a somewhat narrow path. The moonlight was bright, yet only really visible through the canvas of trees surrounding the property, and the labyrinth. Once we were done we talked about our experiences.
    I really like learning about the labyrinth, and Eve is an excellent teacher. Matt and I are thinking about how we can make a labyrinth up at our place. Thanks Eve for a neat experience.

    -The Sacred Garden:
    -DreamingBear Baraka Kanaan:
    -The Lovevolution Foundation:

    Sunday, July 10, 2011

    Hakeakala Crater: Paliku to Holua. Life Changer!

    DAY ONE:
     8 mi.up the Kaupo Gap
    When I woke up on June 30th I was filled with excitement, anticipation, and nerves for a four day trip up the Kaupo gap, to Paliku cabin for two nights, then Holua for one night, and out the Halemau'u switchbacks. This is me on YouTube moments before our ride arrived: Our group of 11 was all organized by the stellar couple Stacy, and Sean. Matt and I know Stacy from Flagstaff. The three of us worked in a restaurant together. A couple of years ago Sean and Stacy moved to Maui, and we have talked about this trip for awhile. I have been so excited for this trip, I was packing for around a week.
    Sean and Stacy's friend Dave was visiting from Flagstaff, and hopped in, and Sean a.k.a. Seahorse, and James new friends to me and Matt made it eight. The great group of people arrived at our house early in the morning to put us at the Ranger station in Kipahulu when they open to watch our mandatory informational video. After the video we got a ride about a mile and a half up from the Kaupo store to the starting point. Thank you Dylan for driving us out there! We then hiked three miles up a trail through privately owned pasture that has given an easement to the National Park for hikers.

    We then arrived at our shady lunch spot. At this halfway point I was relieved to get my pack off for a bit, even though the average pack was probably 10 pounds heavier than mine. Don't even ask about Matt's crazy heavy pack...thanks Matt! I was inspired by how hard everyone was working; together. Shortly after we left our picnic spot, and entered the Park, I caught a glimpse of a tree that Matt painted, entitled Bonsai Ohia right in front of me. This was the start of several days filled with surreal experiences.
    Around mile 5 I kinda lost it. I had my pack off, lost my sunglasses, and was feeling dehydrated. I started to panic, but soon was swept up by Matt, and Dave.

    Music and conversation helped me get through the push to the bogs near the cabin. Then there was the first sight of our cabin at Paliku. We made a killer pasta meal with fresh, veggies that evening, and got down for a Uno session. Uno proved to be THE game of our trip. It was a blast. We had tunes, and good laughs playing games, eating, and talking the night away. Then the stars were out, and we were too.
    DAY TWO:
    1.8 to Kalapawili Ridge.
    This was a day off. Free from packs, and in a special place. Matt led us up to this heaven on earth spot just behind our cabin. The views were overwhelmingly beautiful. Able to see Kaupo, Kipahulu, the Hana airport, Ke'anae.
    Paliku Ridge

    Mexican dinner at Paliku.
    That evening two parties of our friends were to arrive. First Hugo and Victor joined us, and told us their crazy tale of their hike in, and we then waited with much anticipation for Kim and Curtis. Everyone landed safely, and we devoured fantastic burritos. Good times that night. It was Dave's birthday, and we surprised him with a brownie goo.

    1.5 up and back Paliku ridge, 6.2 across the crater floor, by the Paint Pot, Bottomless Pit, and on to Holua cabin.
    The next day was over six miles, rolling hills on rock, and sand trails. The eleven of us has a sweet line going all the way down, in, and through the crater floor. We could always see each other across the vast landscape. It was a fun, easy, and amazing experience.

    The landscapes are straight up out of a science fiction movie. I felt such a strong connection to the crater, and it's healing powerful energy. The spectrum of colors and the mist filled my senses. I was not feeling the sore muscles from the climb a few days ago. It was not too hot either, but the sun was relentless, and the sunscreen was re-applied constantly.

    Sunlight in the lava tube.
    Sean + Nene = Fun
    Then we reached Holua cabin.There we discovered the talents of the Nene as portrayed within this amazing montage video Matt put together on YouTube:
    We had a bite, and crawled up to the ridge behind the Holua cabin right away. Then it was off to the lava tube. Sunset was spent walking over to the Silversword Loop, and back. Saw a helicopter come rescue a woman with an injury in the distance, and met several people from all over the world, Hawaii, and Maui, throughout the day stopping at the cabin (as it is on the way to and from the Halemau'u Trail), and camp site along with campers too.
    It's a community in the crater when you are lucky enough to be a part of it for the few days you are allowed in at one time.
    Hike across the crater floor to climb up the switchbacks on Halemau'u Trail.
    Matt and I got up early in our zipped sleeping bags, and watched the sun peeking above the clouds. As the morning went on the clouds continued to roll into the crater, burn off, and seemingly get sucked out; like the crater was breathing.

    Matt and Dave.
    Set to go up-bitter sweet.
    It was so misty on the floor of the crater walking towards the switchbacks. Then it was up into the clouds. Just when you think you're done, you go around the corner and do another set of switchbacks. This might have bothered me if it wasn't for the smile on my face. It was sort of dreamy. It was hot this day, but I was powering up holding on.

    Then there was the view of the parking lot. I wanted to run, but my legs were short of shaky, and I was tired too. I walked faster and faster, and caught up with my hiking buddy Sean whom I started to call Spidey because of his nimble climbing style that I found myself trying to imitate when behind him, and we found Matt and James doing push-ups in the parking lot at the top of Halemau'u Trail-head. Then I had to do a couple of push-up's myself. The cooler came out next, and then I was plastered to the parking lot heating my legs and still applying sunblock. I was spent but feeling full of energy. Everyone gathered again, sat talking for awhile, not wanting our time together to end; then we slowly said our goodbyes for the this time.

    Thank you Matt, Stacy, Sean, Dave, Sean, James, Kim, and Curtis for all of your support, help, and your fabulous company! My vacation on at home on Maui would not have been the same without all of you.
    WE did it!
    Read Matt's take on this 26 mile adventure on here:

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    Get Up and Move with DJG The Generalist

    House as defined on wikipedia ( is bass heavy, beat pounding electronica with influences of disco, soul, and funk. DJG, The Generalist is progressive in his track selection. Favorites of mine Daft Punk, Tiesto, Basement Jaax, A-Track, and the Yeah Yeah Yeas, tracks are familiar, and the house tracks are a mix of house covers I've not heard until now. Not flawless, however, only a few vocals here and there are overdone. Overall a get up and move, do computer work to, or blast in your car after you download and burn; End All 2011 is a fun mix. Fifty minutes in and it is heavy, tribal, plus it's new; DJG posted it just two days ago.
    END ALL 2011 (SHM vs DJG EDC 2011) (160kbps version) by DJG: The Generalist
    Not for the faint of heart, or those that might want to listen to soothing, relaxing music.

    Sunday, May 29, 2011

    I Heart the Aluminum Man

    The Aluminum Man series is a fun way to see what parts of the triathlon are all about. This is a for fun series put on by long time Maui race directors Jamie & Nancy. The events are all free, and usually include a swim in the ocean and a run. Participants are urged to be safe and have fun. No matter what the course, you can choose what you want to do. Today I chose to swim about 400 meters, run around 400 meters on the beach, then run for another 30 minutes in Wailea. This was my first time running since injury around 8 months ago. It really built up my confidence, and if felt great. Congratulations to everyone whom participated including Maui Runner team members Matt, Jeremy, and Taylor, and Valley Isle Road Runner President Morgan.
    It was great fun, and at the end I won a door prize and traded it for someone else's prize: an ice cold Guinness, with Aluminum Man beer cozy. Sweet. There was also a high schooler there educating us about hemp, and it's nutritional value, and all around use. He had made up some yummy snacks that were perfect after exercising. Jamie and Nancy have been putting on the Aluminum Man for over 15 years now, and this is the last year. For more information on the remaining events please visit the upcoming events on
    Yesterday, Maui Runner measured out the Will's 5K, and 2K courses. Matt and I started with the calibration process, and Morgan and Jeremy helped with measurement with a wheel, and marking the turnarounds for both distances that will be run next weekend.
    Using the Wheel

    We wanted to help out the race because it is for such a good cause, and for the chance to learn about how to measure out a course using USATF guidelines. For more information on this race please visit our running website

    Good times this weekend. Getting out, and enjoying the island is really the only way to go.

    Tuesday, May 10, 2011

    State Track Meet

    I had a great time at the State Track Meet last weekend. Supporting Matt, and his athletes from Seabury Hall was good fun.
    I snapped a lot of photos, and even got some video. Matt put it all together in this fantastic photo/video montage! 

    For complete coverage and details please visit our running blog at
    It is so great to be involved again in running. I was first introduced to track in sixth grade by way of the Santa Fe, Los Alamos Golden Flashes Junior Olympic Track Club, and ran through high school. My experience running was all about the social aspects, and not so much about staying healthy. Now that I'm a bit older I am finding the benefits of building community around being healthy. Even though I don't run now, and choose to bike, I still love, love, love watching runners, and cycling around running events on Maui. I aspire to put together a summer track club just like the one I was introduced to, and mauirunner will help make that dream a reality!

    Tuesday, May 3, 2011

    After School Care is the Best

    It is time for the yearbook over at Haleakala Waldorf School, and my fellow after school care teacher Shelly suggested we try and get some photos in. I am so glad that she had this great idea. We have been taking photos, and finally I did some editing and chose to create this collage. The collage quickly turned into an informational flyer that I am proud to share with you all.

    Shelley takes care of the preschool, and kindergarteners, and I take on the grades, that's 1st through 8th. I also am in charge of the enrichment classes. This year we have had drama, plushorama (that's a sewing class), ceramics, whale watch, creative movement, and fun with felting to name a few.

    Classes are offered once a week, 
    for 8 weeks for $125

    I am currently working on getting together a school calendar for the enrichment courses for the entire next school year in an effort to be more organized for our school community. This way parents and children can make their plans in advance, and I can fill up classes prior to the school year starting, or at least start the sign up process earlier. I have learned a lot being the after school care coordinator, and I look forward to the last 5 weeks of school with the children, and the 2011-2012 school year.