Sunday, September 15, 2019

2019 Hana Relays

Yesterday, Matt was on #teamgerdelstudio for the 48th annual Hana Relays a 52 mile race on Maui from Kahului near the airport to the center of Hana town on the other side of the island. The guys won the men's division in 5 hours 44 minutes and 8 seconds. This is the third time Gerdel Studio has won the race. It is a beautiful journey, and such fun. Matt will have a video up soon on his YouTube station Matt Holton. Looking forward to next year!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

4th of July Parade

Yesterday was the 4th of July parade in Makawao town. It is a sweet parade that I have watched over the years, but this year I got to be in it. For the last few years the Boys & Girls Club of Makawao has participated in the parade and this year I was asked to help the teens. Our responsibility is to pick up the horses poop with shovels and buckets. I drove a Polaris with a trash can for the kids to dump the buckets into. There was a great crowd and we received a lot of support for the job we were doing. It was fun to see the parade from the staging area, and talk with the other participants, a wonderful way to be a part of the upcountry community on our special island of Maui.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Our Garden

This is our garden. Matt has built a fence around it to keep the deer out and it is flourishing. There are green beans, potatoes, corn, basil, carrots, corn, pineapple, oregano, garlic and even some catnip for the kitties.

Basil is one of my favorites. It is what we use to make pesto, and I love pesto so much. We have already used it a few times to make pesto pizza and it was beyond delicious.

Some of what we are growing is in pots. The plants are happy in there. Matt has been taking off the tops of the basil plants to grow more, and some pots have three basil plants in there. It looks delicious I must say!
Then there are the beans. We have already harvested so many beans, and there are a lot more to come. I can eat green beans raw or cooked. They are a great snack and a good side when cooked in oil with a little bit of salt and garlic.

Oh the corn! This is very exciting. Corn is so yummy, and I have never grown it before. These stalks are getting larger and more green and will give us an abundance of food.
This is the first carrot we have harvested. When Matt got back from Kenya in late February, we started the garden. It is neat to see what has come from those little packages of seeds.
Ash is always in the garden. She loves to roll around in the dirt, and play around in the rows. She is always there when I am watering or pulling weeds, a good companion.
We have two rows of corn and they are growing at a rapid rate. I will be adding a video to this blog to show you the flowers on the corn. Very exciting times. I love our little garden and am so proud to see it so healthy.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

2019 Hawaii State Track & Field Championships

The state meet was filled with close finishes, great interviews with the athletes, and coaches, and despite the rain the event ran very smoothly. Organizers had moved up the competition by one hour on finals day to combat the rain. It kept raining for about an hour, then it let up for the end of the meet. The boys 110 hurdles was a close one with Kamehameha Kapalama's Tanner Moku edging out Baldwins Rey Cadiz who fell over the line. I talked with Rey after the run and he was feeling defeated.
The girls 100 meter dash final was down to the line as well. The rain was coming down but it didn't stop Chenoa Frederick of Kamehameha Hilo, in fact she felt in her element in the rain.
The dominance in the boys 4x100 meter relay by Saint Louis was by seconds and impressive to watch. The team was pretty pumped up after their win, brimming with confidence.
Then it was on to the girls 1500 meter run with the first of four events for Seaburys Chloe Gangnath. She showed a lot of poise and strength in the race, and I talked with her afterwards.

The boys 300 hurdles was a display of brut strength and speed endurance. The dominant figure in the race, and winner was Tanner Moku of Kamehameha Kapalama. He was so thankful and gave many thanks in his interview below.

As the meet marched on the rain started to let up and there was a rainbow over the start of the 200's. The next big race was the girls 3000. Now Seabury's Chloe Gangnath had the 1500, and 800 already in her legs and was beat by Hawaii Baptist Academy's Johanna Seng. Seng took it out from the gun, and "ran a pace run" to victory.

The final event, the 4x400 relay is always one that the crowd gets involved in. Everyone comes down from the stands and cheers from the fence close to the runners. The boys from Radford had a beyond close finish diving at the line. I got a chance to talk with the team after their state title win.
It was a privilege to be on the infield to catch all the action. The energy from the athletes was infectious. The defeats were heart wrenching. It was an outstanding display of athletic ability, and so much fun to watch. Congratulations to all the athletes, and we will see some of you for the cross country season.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

2019 Art of Trash

Every year the Art of Trash puts on an exhibit that is more and more creative. The things that people come up with are amazing. Matt and his sister both entered this year, and Jessica received 2nd place in the show. I will work all year to collect items and think of something to enter in 2020. Enjoy this video that Matt put together of this years collection.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Skydiving & The Hapalua Chase Weekend

Last weekend Matt and I were flown over by the race organizers to Oahu for The Hapalua Hawaii’s Half Marathon. Matt was part of Team Hawaii, a group of 24 men and women selected to race against professional runners from Kenya. Team Hawaii gets a series of head starts in front of the Kenyans based on their race times throughout the year to make it a close race in the end.
Blog's & Video's about The Hapalua:
The Hapalua - News
Reflections on the 2019 Hapalua Half Marathon Chase
2019 Hapalua Half Marathon Race Report: The Chase Kenya vs. Team Hawaii
Awards Ceremony
Trevaill will Prevail

We went over on Friday afternoon and went to the expo to pick up Matt’s number along with his team singlet. On the way in we saw our friends Jim and Helena Barahal the race organizers along with Fredrik Bjurenvall the media director. Every year it’s like seeing family. Matt’s sister Jessica and her husband Morgan brought us over to the expo in their Porsche they rented as they were also running the half marathon on Sunday. We relaxed the rest of the afternoon and evening and were looking forward to the next day.
Saturday morning was the social run with the Kenyans. We met at the park by the statue of Queen Emma along with at least 100 others. It was the biggest turn out yet for this run. We met the Kenyans Josphat and Michael and talked with them. They were quiet but seemed happy about being in Hawaii and were ready to race. We did an easy mile around Kapiolani park together then there was a raffle where Matt was one of the questions, “how many times has Matt Holton been a part of Team Hawaii & The Chase?” It has been eight years since the very first Hapalua, and Matt has participated in every one.
After the run was the first of two big events-skydiving with Skydive Hawaii. Our biddy Reid, also a member of Team Hawaii was going to do the dive with us. We missed our initial pick up and quickly rescheduled for the later pickup at 1. When we were waiting around in the hotel I was pacing around the room and doing jumping jacks. I was beyond nervous. On the drive over we were talking about everything but the jump. It was fun and relaxing. We then got to Skydive Hawaii in between two big fields. The building was a small house, and we were directed to sign the paperwork right away. It was unsettling the amount of times death was mentioned in the seven page contract. At this point our friend Reid asked if he could jump with slippers on, and was lent a pair of shoes. A group of Japanese girls went up before us, and we could see people suddenly appear in the sky and land on the big field. Before we knew it it was our turn, and our tandem guides introduced themselves and suited us up in our harnesses. My guide Potter was super mellow, young and had questions about where I was from and what I was up to on Oahu. I shared with him that the guys would be running the half marathon the next day and that I would be taking photos and video of the race from the pace truck. He told me a little bit about himself, and then we were walking out to the plane. An overwhelming sense of calm came over me once we were on the plane going up, up, and up to 12,000 ft. I was third to jump, took a deep breath, smiled and I was off. We free fell for about 45 seconds. The sound in my ears was like a jet plane. Then Potter pulled our parachute, and I immediately got nauseous. We floated down and around to land gently on the ground. It was exhilarating. I can't wait to do it again.

Video from the pace truck following the Kenyans of The Chase
Every year I have the pleasure of riding in the pace truck following the Kenyans chasing Team Hawaii down through the streets of Waikiki. over the half marathon distance. From the gun the Kenyans separated themselves from the over 8,000 runners quickly. This year we were reaching parts of the race faster than ever, and it was clear that Josphat Kimutai Kanui, and Michael Chesire were here to win. We covered 10K in state record time, 29:13. Team Hawaii was down to 13 members left by the 15K, and Josphat and Micheal were not slowing down. They were averaging 4:42 per mile and on state record pace for the half. One by one the members of the team were passed, and before we knew it we had traveled up and were now heading down Diamond Head to the finish. One of the two who remained was Matt, and we caught up with him just 800 meters from the finish putting him in third place for The Chase. The next runner Cindy Anderson was beat by Josphat by only nine seconds in state record time, 1:02.32. This was the fastest and the closest race in Hapalua history. The race organizers in the truck were all yelling and screaming, showing they are the biggest fans of the sport of running. Thanks to them this race within the race was the best yet, making us all look forward to next year.

A more detailed view of The Chase with pace, splits, and details about the runners.
It was a fabulous weekend of running, confronting fears, and having fun. I am so lucky to live here and be a part of this big running event. It is one that we look forward to every year, to see our running family and friends. Aloha.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Program Director Boys & Girls Club Makawao

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I just got a job as the Program Director at the Makawao Clubhouse for the Boys & Girls Club. I started on April 8th, and I could not be happier. I will be working 30 hours a week, either 12-6, or 1-7, Monday through Friday. There are 80-100 kids that come to the club after school from schools upcountry. Haiku Elementary, Makawao Elementary, Kula Elementary, Kalama Intermediate, Kamehameha Middle School & High School, King Kekaulike High School, and Seabury Hall  Middle School & High School students attend the club ages 9-18. They can check in and out on their own, so it is up to us to engage them in activities using the five pillars of the Boys & Girls Club: Character & Leadership Development, Health & Life Skills, Arts, Sports, Fitness & Recreation, and Career & Education Development. I have been brought in to bring Sports, Fitness & Recreation to the club. Yesterday we threw together a basketball game with the elementary versus the middle school. The kids are very competitive and it was a test of my referee skills. I quickly realized that I needed to be more prepared in every way to run a successful game. Tempers flared, but overall it was a fun 50 minutes out there on the court. Today I have taken my administrative time to familiarize myself with the game of flag football. I thought that I could start the program today with four drills touching on basic skills of the game. Then we can play a short 10 minute half, four down game. This way the pace will be rapid, and we won't get overtired out in the sun, and everyone will have a chance to touch the ball. The Makawao Clubhouse is located in Eddie Tam park. There are several fields for us to choose from, and it is well maintained. I am super excited to bring sports activities to the children, and want to not only teach them various games (and become a student of sports myself) but I want to instill leadership, and a healthy lifestyle. I lead a healthy life, and I want to be an example of that for the kids. 

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Spaghetti Squash Soup for Under $10

In our household Matt is the chef (so lucky!). He is always trying to save money while not compromising taste, and quality. This is a healthy soup that we made the other night in about an hour. The most expensive part of this meal was the squash, around $6.50.  Here's the recipe:
1 medium squash
2 large onions
5 small carrots
2-3 cloves garlic
1 can diced tomatoes w/green chili & chipotle peppers
This is a hearty soup with a smokey flavor and a kick! It gained heat as leftovers. Yummy. Here's a step by step procedure followed by a video of Matt making the soup.

1. Put some olive oil in a quart pan on medium heat. Add chopped onions and let them cook until transparent, around 15 minutes.

2. Add chopped carrots. Cook until soft, another 15 minutes.

3. Add chopped garlic, for 10 minutes or until brown. 

4. Add the chopped squash. Cook until soft, around 15 minutes. 

5. Add can of diced tomatoes. We used ones with green chilies and chipotle peppers, but you can use what you like.

6. Add salt, pepper, and rosemary to taste.

 7. Add 6 cups water. I think we could have done it with 4 cups, as I found the soup a bit on the watery side, and would have liked it thicker. Up to you.

 8. Bring the soup to a boil, then use a blender to make it smooth.

 9. Return the soup to the pot and add Sriracha for a kick. This is again up to you and your taste. We like some heat, and Sriracha goes in most of our food.

10. You are ready to eat! Serve it up and enjoy. We added fresh avocado slices for texture and more deliciousness. You can also use any type of squash in this soup, it's a basic recipe. Now take a look at our video.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Hapalua Hawaii's Half Marathon

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Every April the Hapalua is an event to be remembered in Waikiki. The Hapalua is Hawaii's Half Marathon, and there is an interesting race within the race that is unlike any other, The Chase. I have posted a blog on profiling the Kenyans that are tasked with chasing down Team Hawaii, and I have also written about the members of Team Hawaii in detail. Take a look at my post here. On race day I will be in the pace truck taking video, stats, and watching who will cross the finish line first. Go Team Hawaii, this is your year to win it! Team Hawaii's Staggered Groups have been announced. Read all about it, plus get the PR's of Team Hawaii's half marathons to get a better idea of what the race will look like. Link to the post here.