Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Mothers (and Daughters) Conference

A Mother’s Garden –
Tools to Cultivate and Nurture your Family”
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Hawaii Association of American Mother’s Inc. in partnership
with Kamehameha Schools PAR presents its annual Mothers Conference
Place: Kamehameha Middle School,Kapalama
Who: Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunties, & Daughters 12yrs & older
Time: 8:30am – 2:00pm
Cost: $20.00 per person / $15.00 current AMI member
(Price includes continental breakfast, handouts, workshops, craft, & lunch)

Workshops 1 & 2 Choices:
(#1)“Weeding”out the Clutter - Kelly Galvin of Organize in Paradise will teach you the tools to de-clutter your home and life and to create order and serenity in your home.
(#2)“Planting the Seeds”-Linda Uehara, Retired Literacy Resource Teacher, will teach you the ABCs of reading to your children (infants to teens) and provide tips to choosing the right books. Grandmothers and Aunties welcome!
(#3)“Fertilizer” for Strength & Health - Anna Velasco, Health Promotion Specialist, will teach you how to make healthy food choices and give you tips on portion control. She will also suggest ways to help your child make “Whoa, Slow, & Go” food choices.
(#4)“Cultivate” Young Cooks - Donnette Tew, Mother of 5, will teach you 25-minute meals to cook with your keiki using ‘grape’ recipes. Come, enjoy, & ‘lettuce’ eat!
(#5)“Preserving the Memories” - Digital Overload? Elliott Wong & Terry Shimabukuro will share photographer and computer tips. They will also give you ideas on organizing, archiving, and web sharing. Not to mention teach us tools to create memory books.
(#6)“Composting 101”- Mindy Jaffe of Waikiki Worms will show you how to reduce, reuse, and recycle your waste with worm composting.

Demonstration WORKSHOPS #3
(Three 20-minute demo sessions)
“Tending the Gardener”

(A) Qi Gong
Tom Yoshizawa & June Fujitani
• Studied 10 years under various Masters
• Learn to open up your meridians to increase circulation, promote longevity & better understand your body
(B) Yoga
Yoga by Roselle Torres
• Benefits to your health, mind, & body
• Mini session to learn basic postures
(C) Skin Care & Facials
Makana Esthetics & Wellness Center
• Learn tips on skin care/facials
• Simple make-up tips
(D) Nail Care (manicure & pedicure)
Paul Brown Institute at Remington College
• Tips on nail care & Demonstration
(E) Hair Care for the Family
Paul Brown Institute at Remington College
• Understanding the difference (men, women, & children)
• Questions & answers and Demonstrations
(F) Hawaiian Health Care
Hui Maulio Ola
• La’au – Hawaiian Medicine
• Ho’oponopono
(G) Massage Therapy
Shelley Yamada & Janice Babin
• Licensed Massage Therapists
• Why massage
• Demonstration

Conference Schedule
8:30 – 9:10 Check-in, crafting, mini makeovers & massages
9:15 – 9:30 Welcome
9:40 – 10:30 Workshop #1
10:35 – 11:25 Workshop #2
11:30 – 12:40 Demo-Sessions
11:30-11:50 Session # 1
11:55-12:15 Session # 2
12:20-12:40 Session # 3
12:45 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:00 Evaluation & Closing

*To register, print attached form & mail with payment to address on Registration Form. Workshops will be assigned upon receipt of registration & payment.

For more information: Email Joselyn at akanabk@hotmail.com or Gaye at gyaraki@yahoo.com


(Must be received by Thursday, October 15th)
NAME: _______________________________________________ PHONE:_________________________
MAILING ADDRESS: ______________________________
E-MAIL ADDRESS: ______________________________________
PAYMENT: ____________X $___________________= $____________
(Money order or check ONLY
# Attending $20 or $15 AMI member Total enclosed Payable to: HI Assoc. AMI )

Choice of workshop 1 & 2:
#_____ #______ # ______ #_____
1st choice 2nd choice 3rd choice 4th choice
(see workshop info)

Choice of workshop 3 (A – F):
______ ______ ______ ______ _______
1st choice 2nd choice 3rd choice 4th choice 5 th choice
(see workshop info)

(* * workshops will be assigned based on receipt of registration/payment* *)

Mail to: Gayle Araki, 99-667 Hoio St., Aiea, HI 96701
Kamehameha Kapālama families to:
Mervlyn Kitashima,
Kamehameha Schools, PAR,
1887 Makuakāne St. Honolulu, HI 96817

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Midweek article: 2009 Young Mother of the Year
Joselyn Akana

Great Volleyball Player, Great Mom

Bob Hogue
By Bob Hogue
Wednesday - March 04, 2009
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(from left) Braelyn, Brandyn, Tausili, Joselyn and Keonilei

She used to be the “girl next door.” Now she’s the mom next door.

“People approach me at the store or at the park and they’ll say, ‘Are you the volleyball player? Are you Joselyn Robins?’ It always amazes me that they still remember,” she says.

But who could forget Joselyn? She was truly Hawaii’s sweetheart during the amazing run of the University of Hawaii Wahine volleyball team during the mid-1990s. Playing alongside the likes of Angelica Ljungquist, Robyn Ah Mow, Cecelia Goods, Chastity Nobriga and other great players of the past, she captured our hearts with her talent, her charm and her tenacious smile.

“It was during the start of the Stan Sheriff Center era (actually named the Special Events Arena back then). People came (by the thousands), and there was something about that team,” she recalls. “We overcame so much adversity and then started doing very well.”
As it turns out, Joselyn is still doing very well. She’s now Joselyn Robins Akana - married the last 10 years to BYU-Hawaii assistant basketball coach Brandyn Akana (the brother of former UH basketball star Jarinn Akana) and they have three young children. Their two daughters, Braelyn and Keonilei, are 8 and 7. Their son, Tausili, is 5.

Her family and her children have become the major focus of her life. In Laie, she’s in the PTA, she volunteers in the classroom and she helps organize children’s events, among many other tasks.

“When people ask, and I tell them, ‘I’m at home, being a mother.’ I get mixed reactions,” she says. “They seemed surprised. They wonder why I’m not still playing volleyball or doing something else.”

But Joselyn knows that motherhood is a full-time job. And she tackles that job with the same tenacity that made her such an outstanding high school and collegiate volleyball star.

“Her kids are so well-mannered and they’re so cute,” says family friend Lisa Wagner, the wife of BYU-Hawaii athletic director and men’s basketball coach Ken Wagner. “She’s always looking for ways to help her children learn and grow. And with all the things she does, she keeps a perfect house. I really admire the fact that she’s been able to stand up for what she believes is right.”

So right, in fact, that others have noticed, too.

This month, Joselyn will be named 2009 Hawaii’s Young Mother of the Year. The award will be presented by American Mothers Inc. in a ceremony March 14 at Hale Ikena on Fort Shafter.

“The title is very humbling,” Joselyn says. “I guess the recognition will hold me accountable. When the women came by to ask me, I told them I could definitely nominate 10 of my friends.”

But the award seems fitting in the hands of someone who grew up locally and who always strives to be the best she can be.

“I’m such a perfectionist,” she says.

That was true even back at Aiea High School, where the former cheerleader didn’t play competitive volleyball until her sophomore year and then went on to become one of the best players in the state. She was outstanding in hula, too, and competed at the Merrie Monarch Festival for the Miss Aloha Hula title, finishing as high as second runner-up.

She played outside hitter for Dave Shoji’s Wahine from 1993 to 1996 before graduating from UH in 1997 with a degree in psychology and later a master’s in social work. When I asked her if she uses her psychology degree, she answers quickly, “Only with my children,” and she laughs.

All kidding aside, it obviously works.

“Knowing that I have a family that depends on me and that is so loving and so forgiving, all that means so much to me,” she says. “I want to provide so much every day. But I’ve learned that no matter how imperfect I am, they still love me unconditionally. That’s amazing to me.”

That’s being a mom. And that’s Joselyn Robins Akana, still amazing in every way, and now Hawaii’s Young Mother of the Year.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

2009 Mothers of the Year

Joselyn Akana & Gayle Araki
2009 Mothers of the Year

Gayle Araki
2009 Mother of the Year

The Araki Family

Joselyn Akana
2009 Young Mother of the Year

The Akana Family