November 30th, 2017

For thirteen years, I have worked and lived in the American Savings Bank building by Pearlridge.  This afternoon, I turned in my keys and ultimately, ended that chapter of Ka Hale Ola Massage Therapy.

But as the cliche goes, as one door closes, another opens... and so the new era at the Airport Industrial Park Association (AIPA) Building beings!!!

Yes, after about a month of moving back and forth, the new office is now open... well, it's been sort of up and running since Black Friday, but come tomorrow (December 1st), I will be 100% into the office.

The office has downsized, but it's everything I need for my office.  And unfortunately, Jan will not be doing massages with me so that she can take care of her family.  It will be a strange transition, but I am looking forward to this new adventure.

There's more to come later, but now I have to fix all the Ka Hale Ola Massage Therapy information on the web...

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November 8th, 2017

The move to the new place is in full swing....I am excited to show al of you the new office, but it's not finished yet.

The moving special is still in full effect for everyone interested...  Aside from that, friend me on facebook for more up to date updates :)

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September 28th, 2017

Welcome back Ka Hale Ola Massage blog readers... I'm sorry to have been away for so long... If you come in to see me, you'd know some of the things that have been happening, some good, some bad.

But probably the main reason why I haven't posted was because I didn't know what the future held for Ka Hale Ola Massage Therapy.  And it's only been about a week since the decision has been made and things have finally fallen into place.

KA HALE OLA MASSAGE THERAPY IS MOVING

Yes, the office is moving to the Airport Industrial Park Building, 3375 Koapaka St., Suite 238-08, Honolulu HI 96819.

It was a difficult decision since I've been at the American Savings Bank building location for 13 plus years, but with everything that I've been through there, a fresh start was needed.  There are other changes that will happen before, during, and after the move, but I will keep you all notified when I feel the time is right.

It is an exciting... and terrifying time for me, so stay tuned for any new updates!!!

I will have a new special posted as well...

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June 14th, 2017

Exciting news!!! I started the Ka Hale Ola Massage Podcast!!!  The first few pods are up and running here: https://kahaleolamassage.podbean.com/ so you can check that out.  If you want to be a part of the process, let me know and we can see what we can do!!!

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June 1st, 2017

Well, hello there!  Needless to say, I took a little break from the blog... no real good reason why, life just got in the way.  Anyways, I am back... lots to catch up so, so here we go!

The summer movie season has arrived.  While not necessarily a summer movie, I was able to watch Fate of the Furious... The eighth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise.  If you like the franchise, this movie will be right up your alley... If you're new to the series (you never watch FX, TBA, TNT, USA or pretty much any channel for that matter), go back and watch the old ones.  It is relatively standalone, so it it still interesting even without previous information.  I also saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.  For the most part, I enjoyed it... but after thinking about it for a bit, I just felt like... you know that feeling of eating too many pieces of bacon, or one too many doughnuts... kinda of almost like that.  You're overloaded with almost too much of a good thing... weird I know.  But if it definitely worth seeing and you making your own decisions on it.  There are a lot more movies coming soon, so I'll be watching many more!!!

The NBA finals are FINALLY here... I'm cheering for the Cavs...

I'm back helping one of my friends coach softball.  That's fun... but I should wear sunscreen to avoid my face peeling again.

Hmmm... well, I guess I didn't have that much going on in the last two months... Eh, just come in we will find something to talk about while I find all your knots! :)

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April 5th, 2017

So another month down in 2017... is it just me or is 2017 blazing by?

Anyways, I'm back... I was out of commission last week for a day or two, but I am back now :)

The NCAA tournament was pretty awesome... my bracket was destroyed within 72 hours, but whatever.  I was cheering for the Zags to win it all in the end anyway.  Tax season is almost done, which is cool...  Baseball's Opening Day has come and gone... for all you fantasy baseball fans out there, hopefully your drafts went well...

Hmm... other than that, it's the usual...

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March 10th, 2017

Alrighty then....So now it's MARCH!?!?

Sorry I've been away, but between doing my taxes, softball, and well, work... It's been a little hectic... not overwhelming, just lots of little tasks to do.

March Madness is upon us... Good news the University of Hawaii men's basketball team had their sanctions lifted... but unfortunately, they were bounced from the Big West tournament.  For a "rebuilding year" they did pretty well, so props to them.

Lots of government stuff has been going on... and we're just over that, so whatevers...

I just got work one of my friends is engaged... so congrats Liane for that!

The movies to watch are slowly coming to theaters... I'm looking forward to seeing Logan in the not too distant future...

St. Patrick's Day is coming next week, so be careful out there!!!

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February 8th, 2017

Well, 2017 is off and running isn't it...

The Super Bowl... err, I mean the "big game" lived up to the hype... well the ending anyway.  Going into the third quarter, I thought Atlanta was going to be putting the finishing touches on a dominant effort.  And in some respects, I thought Tom Brady and the Patriots were merely going through the motions... That improbable Julio Jones catch I thought was the deal sealer and final momentum swing... but I guess that was the last GOOD play Atlanta completed before that fickle mistress, momentum, sided with the Pats and swung everything around...

Brady is the GOAT, no doubt... Newly anointed MVP Matt Ryan didn't live up to that title.  The Patriots took the game from Atlanta, no doubt... but Atlanta had to mess up for them to do it.  It's my opinion that if Brady and Ryan switched teams, Brady would have absolutely destroyed New England... and Matt Ryan would have NEVER been able to make that come back.  I hate Belichek, but he and Brady are the dynamic duo that dynasties are made from,

Basketball season is in full swing and that means... it's almost BASEBALL season!!!

That's all I got for now... deal's still going... VD is almost upon us, or singles awareness day for us singles, so come get a massage!!!

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January 31, 2017

While the United States and the world have been going through some stuff (understatement of the week), things have been relatively quiet around the office...  It's been a little slow, but I guess it has allowed me to think about what's going on around me.

So yeah, eleven or so days into his presidency and Donald Trump has made things... "difficult"?  Yeah I know, another understatement, but is his presidency going to be like this the entire time?  It is so tumultuous that I can't see it leading to anything but bad... not just for him, but for everyone.  Maybe it's because I've been watching The Man in the High Castle- a very interesting show on Amazon, it shows a dystopian view of the world if the Nazis won World War II... with some sci-fi elements added for spice.  But in the show, it shows the small resistance of the people who want to restore the United States from German rule.  (I won't go into more, just check it out if you have Amazon Prime)... Then I stated thinking about Battlestar Galactica, where there was a "fixed election" that was ultimately rectified, then the new president was horrible...

So I dunno... it's hard to see all these things in Hawaii since we (Asians) are the majority.  I "semi-joke" that since we're Asians, we will be the fourth wave of minority that gets deported... see, only semi- joking since it really could happen...  Scary thought...

Well aside from that, I was able to see Rogue One.  A very good movie.  It really tied up a few of the loose ends from Star Wars episode 4 in a concise and insulated show.  I am looking forward to Episode 8: The Last Jedi as well as the new Han Solo film.

I was able to celebrate two of my friends birthdays this past weekend, so that was fun!  Happy Birthday to Liane and Joanna!!!

The "Big Game" is coming up... the Pro Bowl was a blah... Are all of you going to have a watching party?

Well, back to work...

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January 24th, 2017

Hello everyone!!!  Hope you are all comfortably settling into 2017...  Umm, yeah... probably not.  As we all saw via all sources of social media... twitter, facebook, or the interwebs, we saw women's march all across the United States and even in other countries...  It was an awesome show of solidarity uniting various ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and religions.  Hopefully it is just the beginning and not just "the thing to do at the moment".

For the new year, I'm started to throw stuff away that I don't need or use.  Good news is that while throwing stuff away, I also found movie tickets and other stuff I didn't know I had. It is just the start, so I will keep you all posted on my progress!

The new client special is still in effect, so those that are regulars, tell your friends... new people reading this, what are you waiting for and come in!!!

The Super Bowl is set.... err, I mean the "big game"... am I gonna get sued for that?  The evil empire that is New England is back... while the new upstart, Atlanta got in beating an all-time franchise in Green Bay.  I'm cheering against Tom Brady and the Patriots, just because...  Hopefully it will be a fun high scoring game with fun commercials in between!

Anyways... back to the grind...

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January 9th, 2017

Happy New Years!!!  Yeah, I know, I'm about a week too late... whatever, though... it's a new year!

Hopefully you all implemented new resolutions... and have stuck to them!

So yeah, come in for a  massage!

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December 29th, 2016

Alright everyone... so Christmas has come and gone with New Years rapidly coming in the not too distant future...

It was sad to hear about the passing of Carrie Fisher and even her mom Debbie Reynolds in the past few days.  And then prior to that Alan Thicke also died as well... 2016 was a bad, bad year for celebrity deaths.  A lot of legends and a lot of childhood memories... Prince, David Bowie, Muhammed Ali, Leonard Nimoy, George Michael, Alan Rickman, Arnold Palmer, Florence Henderson... 

But hey, we are moving onto 2017... High expectations... ok, tempered expectations... We've got things in store at the office in the umcoming year, so stay tuned!!!

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December 13th, 2016

We are officially TWELVE DAYS from Christmas!!!  Needless to say, I am not prepared at all...  Well, for the office I am... there are GIFT CERTIFICATES available if you need them!

Hopefully you are all doing well, but if you aren't... then come in for a massage! :)

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November 20, 2016

It's THANKSGIVING WEEK!!!

FYI for all of you readers out there, I will be in the office on Thanksgiving Day in the MORNING.  If you would also like to schedule an appointment on Friday, call ahead.  Parking is pretty wonky that day, so be prepared.  I will be in regularly on Saturday, so just make appointments as usual.

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November 8th, 2016

We are ushering in a whole, new world today...

DONALD TRUMP IS PRESIDENT... DONALD TRUMP... This is not a joke... This is not a SNL skit, this is real and it is happening...

I'm not a political pundit or anything, but I am concerned.  I don't know if Donald Trump can be "presidential" or whatever that means.  As I'm watching his acceptance speech, I want to see if he is gracious and humble in his victory... Right now, the United States is divided and we need to cross party, racial, economic, gender, and religious lines to unify us.  As the quote says: 

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL

We need to be united, especially because there are so many other external powers that want to see us fail.

But on a lighter note... if you are stressed, come in for a massage!  I'm in all week.  I will be in on Veterans' Day as well

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October 23rd, 2016

Hey, welcome back... 

So a lot of things have been happening recently ... perhaps the biggest thing was the third and final Presidential debate.  Politics is always one of those hot button topics, but I think with this Presidential campaign, politics has gone completely mainstream.  The debates have been borderline skits taken straight from Saturday Night Live.  All of Trump's facial expressions and gesticulations are at times comical.  It only gets scary when you think he really could be the United States' next president.  I am not saying Hillary Clinton is without her own set of issues, but good or bad, she is a politician through and through.  She is what she is, the only difference is that she's a Presidential candidate who happens to be a female

Ok, enough about that... I'm not sure if you all watch the Walking Dead on AMC... Season seven is lining up to be CRAZY!!!  In episode one, we got to see the outcome of last year's cliffhanger (that was a doozy...) and ANOTHER big thing happens (BIGGER DOOZY!!!)   I won't spoil it, so just watch.

FYI... people... if you call and I don't answer... LEAVE A MESSAGE... or TEXT... don't just keep calling and hanging up.  I won't break away from a massage to answer the phone

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October 13th, 2016

Apparently, my website creator does not like comic sans font and screwed up ALL OF MY PAGES!!!  Guess tahoma is the new font... unless that messes up...

Fortunately, the mistakes are corrected and you all can once again enjoy the website.... :(

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October 12th, 2016

Hello again... sorry for again procrastinating on my blogging duties.  But I am back... good news/bad news, not much has changed so it's business as usual at the office...

Now that we are fully entrenched into fall... football is in full effect, baseball is headed home with the playoffs and basketball and hockey are starting up (I had to say something about hockey, don't know who many fans of hockey there are in Hawaii).  Baseball should have a memorable ending... perhaps the lovable losers, the Chicago Cubs will shake of the curse of the goat... or Bartman... or whatever and win their first World Series in close to 100 years... And making Back to the Future 2 nearly prophetic... (don't get it? watch the movie)

Oregon State had a big win last week over Cal... they've been bad this season... The University of Hawaii has looked good with their road win over San Jose State last week. Hopefully they keep up the momentum and win homecoming this weekend.  Good job ROLO!

Oh... if you have youtube red, check out the online show "Single by 30".  It's from Wong Fu production... it's a cool fun show with Asian American leads... It's funny, cute, and hopefully they'll do more of em and/or put these on dvd.

I'm up to some side projects that may or may not be secret, so stay tuned for that...

Other than that, come in for massages!!!  Our website got funky, but hopefully i fixed it...

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September 11, 2016

It really is hard to believe that the events of 9/11 happened 15 years ago... for many of us, it's a vivid, surreal memory, something almost out of a movie come to life.  But the sad truth is that it happened and many lost their lives that day and their families are still trying to deal with it, as we all do in our own way.  

There's been an uproar with Colin Kaepernick (and now others) with he and others not standing at the singing National Anthem.  Is he doing the right thing, speaking for those that aren't heard? Yes... Could he have done it differently?  Yes... 

We have problems in the United States... as culturally diverse and socially progressive as we say we are, stupidity runs deep... no not racism, or fanaticism, you heard me, stupidity... I was watching a stand up, Bo Burnham. One thing that stuck with me was one of the songs he did talking about religion.  In it, he says (I'll paraphrase) "you shouldn't kill people because the Bible told you not to, you shouldn't do it because it's not the right thing to do".  What's the upside of hating people because of their race, religion, or sexual orientation? Some learned their hate through their upbringing... others created opinions through personal experiences... but hating someone "just because" is stupid... I just think people should learn the other sides perspective before just hating because everyone else is doing it...

Anyways, on a much lighter note, FOOTBALL is here!!! And with that, FANTASY FOOTBALL!!!  I'm in a few leagues... Hopefully they all pan out well, if not... oh well.   Also congrats on University of Hawaii and their 1st win under Nick Rolovich... hopefully the first of many (except against Oregon State, of course... hahah)

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August 11, 2016

Ok , so it takes me like a month to come back and I find my entire web page in disarray... fortunately, I was able to get it back to normal, I think...

Anyways, hopefully everyone is doing well... The Olympics are going on and that's pretty awesome.  Congratulations to all the participants, it is a huge honor... In all honesty, it's hard to see people who work their entire lives to get injured or mess up on a world stage...  It's almost impossible to fathom how hard these athletes have to train to get to this level.  Playing high school sports is one thing... but like even college or pro sports they play every year.... These athletes train to do this only every 4 years!!?!

As the summer winds down, I've been able to check out a few of the summer movies... I will arrange it like this: 

Star Trek: Beyond > Ghostbusters: Answer the Call > Suicide Squad

Star Trek: Beyond... awesome movie, too bad it's not doing that well.  It's got excitement, heart, humor... everything you can ask for in a movie...

Ghostbusters: Answer the Call... After the disappointing initial trailers and what have you, the show itself is fun.  This movie is sucking, so I doubt there'll be a sequel in the works, which is too bad... FYI, there is a post credit scene that would be a cool lead into a second movie... but oh well...

And Suicide Squad... It's a fun watch and the soundtrack is awesome, but there's not enough shine for all the characters to feel for anyone... aside from Harley and Deadshot... I'm sure we will see more of them later on...

In case you were wondering, no I am NOT playing Pokemon Go... and you shouldn't either!!! hahahah!!!

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July 4th, 2016

Happy Fourth of July Everyone!!!  But if you do celebrate it, know WHY we celebrate the holiday... seriously, I watched something today that showed a lot of young Americans who didn't know what our independence day is about... it was horrifying...

But if you are reading this, I'm expecting you all know what it's about because you are all smart, intelligent, and beautiful people!  So for that, you all work hard and deserve the day off... but I will be working, so come by if you need it!

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June 20th, 2016

Hey everyone, I'm back... this time, it wasn't (really) my fault. I couldn't get onto the webpage editor... So sorry, but I'm back... :)

I've been meaning to blog recently because of the passing of many huge legends of our era.  In recent weeks/months we've had many losses some lesser known, but impactful people like Chyna, Christina Grimmie, and Anton Yelchin... and then some big name greats like Alan Rickman, Prince, Gordie Howe, and Muhammed Ali.  And then there was the shooting in Orlando... It's been a crazy year and it's only June...And then I heard one of my softball friend's mom passes away recently as well... It's caused me pause and just reflect on all of these things.  Life is short and we gotta make the most of the time that we have... cliche as that sounds, it's true.

That being said, congratulations to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in their victory over Golden State for the NBA Championship.  It's hard to imagine being one man to bring so much joy to one city... and to predict it no less... or at least calling his shot when he returned.  Very few in this world have lived up to the hype like LeBron.

New client deal is still running,... one hour massages with me are still $40.  

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May 24th, 2016

Just a quick note, I am available Saturday and Monday of the Memorial Day weekend!!!

If you do want to come in, leave a message or drop a text and let me know... mere phone calls without messages don't help anyone!!!

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May 18th, 2016

The streak had to end sometime... it started 15 minutes late and ended with the slam of my door...

Yeah, I'm guessing you'll see a new 1 star yelp score in the not too distant future by another unsatified customer. 

I guess I can't blame him, he wasn't in the right place at the appointment time so he ended up 15 minutes late to the office. And then when I told him to fill out the form, I didn't tell him nice enough to do so, I didn't want to bother him as he was filling out the form, I kept quiet... and I looked bored waiting for him as he half heartedly scribbled a few things down only to start texting someone (I'm guessing about how much of an asshole I am).  I mean, it's not like I don't have another appointment after him or anything, he is the center of the universe.  I tried to look busy and turn on the music... maybe Norah Jones pisses hm off!!! Honestly, maybe that was it because after saying he didn't want to fill out some of the questions, he texted back another time and then he took the sheet out and said, "I'm good" and then left.  I shouted, "What happened" but he walked away and slammed the door.

Forutnately, the client that followed this situation was awesome. And really, it's been a LONG time since I've had one of these types...

Not all super hero movies can be like Captain America: Civil War (totally awesome movie by the way... stay for the 2 mid credit and end credit scenes) or Deadpool (lots of hype, really sweet)...  sometimes you get some Guardians of the Galaxy (a complete and total surprise of how good it was), other times you get Iron Man 3 (good in parts, the 3rd act plot twist disappointed a bit)... but other times you get the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (unfounded hype, not the worst movie ever, just watch it with the lowest of expectations) or worse Fantastic Four... any of them, just steaming hot bags of turd...

Yep, I'm still running the new client special so tell your friends... unless they're Fantastic Four fans... :P

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March 20th, 2016

... Well that was weird.  I was trying to update the blog today but nothing showed up on the page... I had to use a different browser for it to "reappear".  Anyways, I will be out of the office this coming Saturday to MC one of my friend's wedding.  It's my first time being the MC, so wish me luck!

I was able to catch up on some television this weekend.  If you've been living under a rock and don't know what Game of Thrones is, get on that before it starts up in April.  You don't wanna be that person who no one wants to talk to  :)  And then on Netflix, I binge watched the entire season of Daredevil.  That's another great show which you are fortunate to see in its entirety.

New client special still in effect so tell your friends to take advantage of that...  Tax time is just around the corner so I need to be doing that now.

See you all later!

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March 9th, 2016

So I will continue to run my new client special indefinitely, so please help me and spread the word so that we can drum up new new clients.

I got to see the movie Deadpool recently. If you do get a chance to, you should definitely check it out.  It's a funny movie, but it really does have a heart.

FYI, I will be out of the office on Saturday March 26th all day to attend my friend's wedding... So come in this weekend!

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February 17th, 2016

So if you were wondering, you read correctly. I put up that special for new clients: 20% off your first one hour appointment with me.  So those that are regulars to the office or the blog, you can tell your friends to come in and get a massage!

I've started to try and exercise more in recent days, but the rain hasn't helped with that much... but oh well, I still gotta get out there and do it.

I watched the Grammy's this past Monday.  It was the usual... some interesting performances, some subtle catfighting between celebrities, some poingnant moments... No one really rememebers who won or lost, just who made the biggest noise... and I guess that was Kanye, but I don't know for what.  So whatevers...

Anyways.... get your peeps to come in!!!

 #needamassage #grammys #whowon #whocares #exercise #running #jogging #ihateit 

February 10, 2016

Hello... it's me... I was wondering after all these years if you'd like to meet...

Ok, enough Adele... That song is really stuck in my head as I'm sure it's in yours.

So did you all watch the Super Bowl... Oh, can I say Super Bowl? The "Big Game"... Some thought it was interesting (which it was), but I thought it's because it was a sloppy game.  Denver came to play.  Kudos to Peyton Manning for not necessarily losing the game for the Broncos, but I think the biggest loser is Cam Newton.  No it wasn't the interview, or having his worst game of the season, it was the lack of effort on his fumble on the last drive of the game.

Was he in a bad position to get it? Perhaps... Would he have been hit really hard if he dove for it... I'm pretty sure he would've been hit hard MULTIPLE times.  But do you think Petyon Manning would've went for it? Yes... Or Tom Brady? Russell Wilson? Or any of the other Super Bowl winning QBs? You damn right they would... and that's why they won Super Bowls.  They'd be willing to give it all for that ring.  Cam made a business decision to not go for the ball.  Even if he dove and didn't get it, I'd have respect for him.  For him to stand there and watch it happen... that's NOT what makes for a champion.

Aside from that, the commercials were meh... the Doritos one was funny and a couple others made me chuckle, but nothing infinietly memorable.  And that halftime show? Meh... Beyonce and Bruno stole it from Coldplay... who I think really had no business doing it.  I would've thought maybe an American act to headline the golden anniversary of the Super Bowl.  Lady Gaga though was impressive albeit unrecognizable visually and tonally.

Well Valentine's Day is coming up and you know what that means... yeah, nothing really... So if you are like me here's what you do... Netflix and chill... and watch The New Girl and/or Jessica Jones.  Two diametrically opposite types of shows, but both really interesting.  And then after that, watch some documentaries like Jiro Dreams of Sushi and Somm!

Or just come in for a massage!!! :)

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January 21th, 2016

Look, who's come back in a realtively timely fashion :)

I'll try not to hurt myself by patting myself on the back too much... but yeah, I'm here again...

So as the usual, I was doing a massage at the office today and the phone rings... no message.  It rings again... again no message... at third time, same thing... and then a fourth time, same same.

I was just wondering what goes through people's minds when they keep calling.  I understand they want to get a massage and they call... but not enough to leave a message.  But they call again... and still not leave a message... But then after the third time, wouldn't you just leave a message? It's like people WANT to become frustrated with us... or maybe just with me.  Believe me, I want to provide my massage services to you, but I can't if you don't leave a message.  So perhaps, I will propose this... in the next few weeks, if people call and don't leave messages, I will text them back to see if they want to make an appointment.  Sounds, kinda weird, I know, but maybe these people are just shy! HAHAHA!!!

Speaking of people who call back a lot... there's this number: #808 524-6111.  It calls my office just about every other day.  However, THEY leave a message... 3 seconds of silence.  I have no idea who it is or what they want.  It's pretty irritating and borderline offensive.  So if you or someone you know has that number: MAKE AN APPOINTMENT or STOP CALLING!!!!  Oh yeah, and then there's the yelp peeps... they're back at it again... new person, same spiel...  bleh...  They should do it for free and THEN call me to get in with them

But oh well, it's almost the weekend!!!  Come in for massages if you need to!!!

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January 18th, 2016

Hope everyone was able to observe and enjoy the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

I was in the office, as usual today... it is a Monday you know...

I think things are getting back into order.  My insurance is slowly getting things in order to deal with my case and compensate me (I guess).  But if you know anyone selling a 4Runner from 96-98 with 160,000 or more miles, let me know.  I'm supposed to be doing research for comparable cars... but this past weekend, I was playing softball with my Powerhouse team.  It was good to see a lot of familiar faces out, and while we didn't do very well, a good time was had by all.

Yesterday was the last game of the fall American Legion u19 baseball season for Iolani.  I had a lot of fun coaching those kids this year.  There were some familiar faces from last year, but many new ones as well.  FYI for prep baseball fans out there, Iolani is a team on the rise... and that's not just me taking up for my alumni.  These kids are talented and Coach Kurt has the energy to get us back to the prominence we are accustomed to!!!

Aside from that, it's the usual... apparently none of my friends won the lottery so it's back to work!!!

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January 5th, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEARS Ka Hale Ola Massage Therapy BLOG readers!!!

I am sorry for not posting during the holiday season... Between the usual good stuff like work at the office, baking for family and friends, and going out and about to spend time with everyone, I was rear ended by some stupid kid the day after Christmas right by my office.

I am ok (in fact, I went back to work the following Monday, a little tight on the right side of my neck, but surprisingly unharmed) because my car took the brunt of the damage... In fact, it is totalled.  Back bumber destroyed, back window blown out, driver side back door wedged shut, my driver side car seat was in fact, unbolted off the floor at impact... so imagine one second, you're looking forward and then the next you're looking up at the ceiling... yeah.  The guys excuse was that he was handing something to his kid in the back... with his wife also in the car in the passenger seat.  Dumbass could've conceivably killed his kid and wife if in fact that's what he was doing... but I'm sure he was just been a dumb ass and been checking his phone.  Regardless, he's responsible and of course, now liable.

It is difficult to look back on 2015 without it being tainted by what happened at the end of the year.  I guess the accident puts things into perspective as well.  The usual adages/ plattitudes all kind of make sense and seem like more than just worthless drivel... "carpe diem", "be thankful for what you have", "your health is most important", "YOLO"... So yeah, that was that...

Moving on... Did all of you see Star Wars: The Force Awakens?  If not, go see it... well worth your time and money.  It's got all the things you want: Action, nostalgia, intrigue, lightsabers!!!!

I also heard that one of my former coaches, Allan Sato was inducted into the HPU hall of fame!!!  Congratulations and so deserving for everythng he did for that program!

And speaking of the Hall of Fame, one of my childhood baseball heroes, Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the MLB HOF!!!  Junior did things the right was... was beyond reproach during the steroid era, and played the game with a passion and joy you don't see with many of todays superstars.  For those that are too young to have remembered him, check out youtube.

And so with that, the first blog post of the year is done...

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November 29th, 2015

Ok, yeah, so I lied about staying current on the blog.. my bad... I guess my excuse was that I was busy the past few days with Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and all that other madness, so yeah...

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Black Friday!!!

Happy start of the holiday season!!!

Earlier this month, there were the atrocities that occured in France which were horrible, but I hope that from these terrible events, the United States and the rest of the world will unite to erradicate these terrorists and those that want to disrupt our way of live!!!

.. And then there were the ripple effects of all this unrest in the Middle East with the possibility of Syrian refugees coming to the US but more specifically Hawaii and the uproar that created.  There is no right answer to this and I will leave my position as that...

... And then there was the dismissal of Norm Chow... It was bound to happen and the time to act seems more than appropriate to me. I am more than happy to hear that our new coach with be Nick Rolovich!!!  I think he brings a youthful energy to a program than is in full rebuild.  I think he understands what the Hawaii football program needs and I believe he is more in touch with today's players...

From the time June Jones left, I thought Rolo would have been the best choice (and really, wherever I talked about Hawaii football, I always said Rolo!!!), but I guess he needed to pay his dues and learn, which I definitely respect and understand.

Well, so now we are in full swing for the holiday season, hopefully I will try to post "more often"? :)

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October 7th, 2015

THE ELEVATOR IS FINALLY FIXED!!!

THE NIGHTMARE IS OVER!!!

IT IS ABOUT DAMN TIME!!!

I want to thank the General Manager, Fredrick Paine, for calling me this past Friday to let me know that it wasn't going to be fixed on their deadline of Friday October 2nd.  He was also upset at KONE industries for not being on the ball and failing to compete their repairs by the deadline.

So we can all get back to doing the business that we want to, without the 4 story walk up!!!

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September 29th, 2015

Look who came back in a relatively reasonable amount of time...

In case you've missed it, the "Great ASB Elevator Debacle of 2015" may be coming to an end shortly... According to our property manager, Kendall Doi, the elevator should be fixed by this Friday October 2nd.  For those out there keeping track, it has been a FULL FIVE WEEKS that the elevator has been broken.  During this time, I took to Twitter to complain about our broken elevator and was told to "cease and desist" from what they called "libelous" statements on Twitter regarding the elevator (oh yeah, cheap plug... follow me on @kahaleola to see these "libelous" tweets).  They were willing to take me to court if I didn't do so... No, seriously, they were threatening me...

It really is difficult for a small (or micro) business to stay in business when large corporations or entities don't seem to care about us.  We are just tenants, no, account numbers to these people; no power whatsoever... Let me tell you how...

I pay CAM (community area maintenance) fees with my rent.  That's to pay for things that break, "advertising", and whatever other "maintenance" in and around the building.  With the elevator being broken, I lost revenue from clients that couldn't or didn't want to make it up the stairs because they were in pain or for whatever reason... completely valid, and I totally agree.  I will not recoup those losses.  So I lose money because the elevator was out for 5 weeks, but I will now have to pay a higher CAM, because of something that needed to be fixed... AND I'm pretty confident we will not get any relief from our rent this month.  So who wins?

Pearlridge and Glimcher, that's who

And I have to take it... and like it...

From the bottom of my heart (or whereever my feels come from, since some people think I'm a heartless asshole), I appreciated all the people that had to walk up the stairs for their appointments.  

You are awesome.  

You really are.

My clients are the reason why I love what I do.  Their stories, their words of encouragement, their funny jokes.  They are awesome.  I know some of you read this, so THANK YOU!!!  

So yeah... hopefully the elevator is working the next time you come in... :)

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September 9th, 2015

So... yeah, it's been like 6 months since I've blogged... No real good reason this time, just sheer laziness...

Let's see what's happened in the last 6 months... I did a fantasy baseball draft... coached some girls' softball... played a lot of softball myself... sat in a lot of traffic due to weather, the broken ziplane, random accidents, lane closures due to rail construction, and just a lot of bad drivers... currently surviving through this crazy hurricane season... did a few fantasy football drafts... and oh yeah, our office elevator is broken...

BROKEN...

OUT OF ORDER...

ROLLING INTO THREE WEEKS OF THE ELEVAROR BEING BROKEN!!!

SERIOUSLY...

The only thing our "benevolent" property manager Kendall Doi can muster is a memo stating that it's broken and there is no timetable for it to be fixed... The only time I saw someone ALMOST look like they looked at our elevator was last week Wednesday.  Since then, nothing.  Zip... Zero.. Nada... Awesome ain't it?!?!

So I appeal to you all... please do me a favor (unless you like walking up the stairs) please call Pearlridge 488-0981 and complain for me.  I've tried to call, but they've never returned my call.  I've even twittered at Pearlridge and no response as well.

I know they don't really care, but hey, at least you can vent, right?

On a lighter note, there's a new bar across the way, Blue Tropix... it was pretty cool, I will have to do more research on it later!!!

And yes, I will be back much, much sooner!!!

March 18th, 2015

Ah ha! I came back in less than a month!

So I was able to do a couple of massages this past weekend AND got to play some softball... Fun weekend, only problem is that I got a little dinged up (strained my quad).  I'll be ok so no worries, I've been back to work since then...

Oh, and happy belated St. Patrick's Day!!! Hopefully you all enjoyed some corned beef and cabbage, perhaps some Guinness, maybe even a shot of Jameson's Irish Whiskey.

...and yeah, my taxes are STILL not done... sweet

I'll be back later... when I'm procrastinating!!! :)

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March 8th, 2015

We are into March Madness already and I still haven't done my taxes!!!  Ugh... I've been busy, but honestly, it's just been laziness morethan anything else.  I guess I am so disinclined to do my taxes, I'm even doing something I've equally neglected in recent times, this BLOG!!! 

More of the same old, same old for me this weekend. I did go to the Cheesecake Factory this past Friday for a birthday... Damn, they must make a LOT of money. I;ve been hearing that the kids from the Iolani JV team are doing well, so that's good too!!  Unfortunately, I had to buy a new phone because my old one crapped out, but now, I can do a lot more stuff... like play trivia crack!!!

Oh well, this week, we might be all over the place schedule wise.  There's a softball tounrament that I might play in if there's no appointments, so definitely call ahead if you want to come in!

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February 25, 2015

Hopefully you all enjoyed your Valentine's Day celebrations!!!  We were pretty busy that day with a few "couples massages"... yeah, we don't really do those at the office... like where the two of you are in the same room, holding hands, staring lovingly into each others' eyes... we have 2 rooms, all your hand holding would get in our way... seriously... get over it!!!

Well, it's been a little hectic at the office in recent days.  I had to attend a funeral for one of my classmate's moms... and then I've had to take care of my own mom since she came down with the flu.  Fortunately things are seeming to get back to normal.

I'm looking forward to the new season of Game of Thrones!!!  I power watched through the entire 4th season in a few days, did a little digging for stuff on the interwebs, and am now completely cuaght up!  I also saw a little bit of Better Call Saul... Seems like a significant depatrue from Breaking Bad, but it will be interesting to see where they go with it!

Oh yeah, I went to the Boyz II Men concert for Valentine's Day... awesome concert, lived up to all  the hype... and boym can they STILL sing!!!

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February 2, 2015

So yeah... Merry Christmas.... Happy New Years... Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day... At least I'm early for Valentine's Day!!!

Anyways, I am back... those that want to get some daily doses of me should head to twitter @kahaleola to hear random rants and various other stuff.  

Things are better at the office... Jan is more available now, so if you would like to schedule appointments with her, let us know so we can schedule that.  I'm glad that the holiday season is over, not as much traffic to the office... I've been a little sick, but I am working through that so whatever...

And about the Super Bowl... all I can say is "Seriously... like... Seriously..."

Anyways, I'm trying to get over that but anyways, come in for an appointment!!!

Oh yeah... I'll be back!!!

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December 4th, 2014

OK, so blogging has not been as cocsitent as I wanted it to be... but I do twitter somewhat consistently... every few days or so at the minimum... follow that @kahaleola...

Aside from that, I've been relatively busy at the office. Coaching has slowed down for the year, so I have more free time to myself, so that's good.... Just seems like I'm sitting in traffic even longer now.  Mililani to Pearlridge is more of a 25 minute drive than a 10 minute one despite the short distance.  And with all this construction on the road, how can a car NOT get damaged?

Black Friday was crazy... Target wins hands down over Wal Mart interms of overall appeal when going there.  I tweeted that going to Target was like going to Disneyland whereas going to Walmart was like going to Zombieland... it was a feeding frenzy there.

Anyways, I'll be back before the end of the year, I promise!

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October 1st, 2014

Well, we are full swing into fall... hard to believe only that there's pretty much less than 90 days til the end of the year.

Not a whole lot has been going on at the office... same ol' same ol'... Although it is really nice to see a lot of my regulars come back and tell me about their lives... some passed their exams... some talk about their boyfriend or girlfriend problems... some like to talk shop about their businesses and things of that nature.  It really is refreshing to hear someone else's perspectives on life and sometimes it's necessary to have an outside voice shine some light on your own problems...

I did get to visit the Aulani resort this past weekend... the rooms were really nice, but honestly do they REALLY need to charge $35 for parking... and that was VALIDATED!?!?!  Crazy!!!

I also saw Guardians of the Galaxy this past weekend as well.  I say it was one of the bext Marvel movies in their cinematic universe and I really look forward to seeing how they integrate them with the Avengers (I think in the third installment).

I'm debating whether to try to update this blog everyday this month or twitter everyday... follow me on twitter... kahaleola

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September 25th, 2014

As a fan of baseball, today was one of those days that we can tell our grandkids about...  Today was the last day Derek Jeter played shortstop for the Yankees.  And in typical "Jeterian" fashion, he created an indelible memory that makes the Jeter legend even greater... A game winning hit in his last at bat at New Yankee Stadium...

I can't honestly say I was a Derek Jeter fan, but without question, I respected the hell out of the man.  He played baseball the right way; he made all the RIGHT plays and despite his limitations later in his career, he did whatever it took to win.  Despite playing in the biggest fishbowl (New York) he managed to stay out of the tabloids and maintained infallibility during the steriod era despite many of his contemporaties and even teammates (ahem, Alex "Roid"riguez) either admitting guilt or being found using PEDs.

A lot of talk has been made recently via local and national sports talk radio about how good Derek Jeter was.  I don't think is in the pantheon of Hank Aarons, Babe Ruths, or Ted Williams of the baseball world... Not top 50... maybe not even top 100 of all time... But honestly, when you're talking about over a hundred years of history, you can't say it's a slap in the face to say that.  Perhaps he's in the top 10 all time of shortstops... and arguably in the top 10 of Yankee greats.  Did he deserve all of the hoopla and sentiment?  I think so... He was this generation's ambassador to baseball... the transition from the great Cal Ripken and the 80's generation to the 90's.  He seemed like a genuinely good guy.

Who will pick up the mantle and fill the shoes that Derek Jeter leaves vacant? 

For me, I think it will be Mike Trout.  He seems to have the deference to the games and the greats that preceded him and seems to understand what it takes to be great.  Well, I guess we'll find out...

That Nike commercial kinda sums it up best for me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X03_bNuihLU

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September 8th, 2014

I'm back on the blog today... It was a slow day at the office, so I was able to listen to some ESPNradio1420.  And honestly, I picked a pretty crazy sports news day to listen!

So there was the Ray Rice indefinite suspension.  100% warranted, no question... That penalty should have been levied from the jump.  Domestic violence is reprehensible and there should be zero tolerance for it in any and every profession.  I guess now, what the issue is, is the NLF's handling of the situation, with the onus primarily on commissioner Roger Goddell. 

So I was listening to Josh Pacheco on the radio this morning.  I think he tried to be inflammatory and stir the pot like a Colin Cowherd, but whenever I listen to him, I don't feel his conviction or any gravitas... It just seems like he enjoys hearing the sound of his voice.  But I digress.  Today, when discussing the Ray Rice situation, he felt that Roger Goddell should be removed immediately from his office as the commissioner.  I believe if he executed a cover up of this "new video" and there is ACTUAL proof, then he should be removed.  But honestly, as the public we "like the sausage, but we don't wanna know how it's made"... meaning, we probably do know there was some level of cover up, but we as the public will not REALLY wanna do something about it.  We're not going to boycott the NFL if we really find out Goddell was complicit, are we?  I don't know... If we the people are so against "bad people" in the NFL or any professional sports... or movie stars for that matter, there would be very few people and players we could root for...

So that was one big story... the other was that former University of Hawaii head coach June Jones had stepped down from SMU.  They've been doing pretty bad this season, but this somewhat came as a surprise to the people there and enlivened debate of him returning to Hawaii. 

I would like Hawaii's football program to return to its prominence of the Colt Brennan years. (FYI, it was cool seeing him on that KISS arena football show... sucks that he couldn't play, because it looked like he would have been the face of the franchise.)  I don't think that June Jones returning would bring about immediate success and I'm pretty sure it would come at a hefty pricetag as well.  I don't think Norm Chow has done the best job as head coach (and perhaps he was never head coach material to begin with), but I think they're ok with the talent available to him; it's his system that never jived with the players.  I think he's begun to transition his scheme to the players, but I doubt he is still around to see it fully implemented.

The way it seems to me, June Jones is probably burnt out from the SMU job, thanks to a large contract, equally large expectations, and probably constant scrutiny from those super critical Texas types.  When he comes back here... He'll have a large contract (maybe the highest paid state worker again), large expectations, and incessant scrutiny as well.  I think that Norm Chow has a couple years left, and perhaps he finishes out the contract, so maybe the timeline will work out. 

I personally think that Hawaii needs new blood to revitalize the program and rejuvenate the interest of the fans.  I think that Nick Rolovich would make the best candidate for a future head coach of Hawaii.  He's become an established offensive coordinator with Nevada whose paid his dues and he knows the June Jones system but is still relavent and probably has new, ingenius tweaks to said system.  And I'm pretty sure, he'll come at a cheaper price tag... at least in the beginning!  But that's just me talking out of my ass...

So yeah... this is what happens when I don't do anything at my office all day... brain just goes... But then, I came to this idea, since this should be a "massage blog"... all you new clients out there who have read this far, if you mention that you read my blog, you get your first one hour massage for $40.  Let me repeat: NEW CLIENTS who read my blog get their forst one hour massage for $40!!!

Woohoo!!!! Massages!!!

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September 7th, 2014

Football season is here!!!

I'm not what you'd call a super, uber football fan, but as a fantasy football player, I am burdened with the responsibility of knowing a lot about players, statistics, and anything and everything else necessary to get an edge on my friends/opposition.  And as an Oregon State alum, I cheer for my football team as well... especially when they come down here to play Hawaii!  Ok, well, I'm not so much an Iolani football supporter, but I know they're Division II... so yeah, whatever!

But anyways, I was able to head to the game yesterday and needless to say, I had a great time!  I was able to see a couple of old friends over there as well as making a couple of new friends here and there too!!!  It was a good game... a little close for my taste at the end, but I was pretty confident everything was in control.  The next time Hawaii will play Oregon State will be in 2019 and 2021, so I really did need to see this one!  I hope to make it to other Hawaii games (where I WILL be cheering for Hawaii) and I do hope that people continue to support the UH football team.  They're 0-2 on the season, but UW and Oregon State are solid teams and UH has acquitted themselves pretty well.

I had a pretty busy weekend in addition to attending the game.  I went to two birthday parties, one of my classmates and one for a one year old.  I really did have trouble finding a gift for a one year old... what do they need really!??!  And lucky for me, I'll have another one to go to next Sunday as well!  I had fun at the baby party though because they had shaved ice... and really, on this hot a day, who wouldn't love shaved ice!!!

Anyways, good weekend, as usual always much too short, but back to work, right?

Oh yeah, also check out one of my client's blogs http://joerunsfar.net/.  He is an ultra marathoner and blogger!  Check it out!

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September 1st, 2014

Happy Labor Day everyone... for those (like myself) that weren't able to get the day off due to work... big shout outs to you all!!!

Fortunately, or unfortunately, I hadn't updated the blog for almost a month.  No real good excuse about it other than I was lazy and on occasion busy with work.... or out having fun with my friends!!!  One of my friends that I hung out with this past month, I hadn't seen in probably almost 10 years... it was good to see him and catch up!

In the past couple of weeks, I've had various athletes come in... a Spartan Race warrior, a few long distance paddlers, and a distance/trail runner.  I think they've had varying levels of success pre and or post massage, so I'm glad I could do what I could help them with whatever they needed.  It's always fun to pick their brains on their motivations to participate in what I consider "crazy ass" activities.  Some of it is to stay in shape as they get older, others just want to check it off their bucket lists, and some just do it because they like to do it!  I definitely give them credit because after some weekends of just softball, I am wiped out!!!

So yes, September has rolled around and that means the start of football... college, the NFL, but mainly for me fantasy football!  I've done more than my share of mock drafts and live ones... both standard and auction... Honestly, I'm ready for the actual season to start and have all this prognostication and predictions to end!

Also, FYI for anyone wanting to set up an appointment with me on Saturday.  I will probably be out of the office around 2 to go to the Oregon State vs. Hawaii game.  Yes, Hawaii gave all UW they could handle this past weekend, so I'm hoping for a decent game with my Beavers coming away with a comfortable victory!!! :)

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August 8th, 2014

Well Hurricane Iselle is here... and apparently it bought in a LOT of inconsiderate people!!!

I'm sure a lot of you saw the price gouging when it came to water... that's not cool at all!!! But on the flip side, a lot of the consumers have manipulated the truths... Like if you buy a case of the BIGGER bottled water or the fancy stuff, it WILL be more expensive...  Pretty everywhere I went recently, the water is still the same price... it may not be on sale, but it's not like $30 a case!!!  Because seriously, in Hawaii, those businesses would be screwed by public opinion and driven out of business!!!

But unlike many of you, I went into work today... not because I wanted to, but because clients INSISTED on coming in, knowing full well that the storm was coming.  Yesterday, I offered to reschedule their appointments, but again, they INSISTED.  The most comical (and possibly stupidest) resaon for aving to come in is because their voucher was going to expire.  So I obliged them and told them I would come in. 

So this morning I did.  No traffic on the roads, no line at the costco gas station... only Longs was open in Pearlridge (the entire mall was closed).  I opened up my office and waited.  at 10am, I get the call from my 11am client to see if I was in the office. And then she said she would be coming in.  At the same time, my 12pm decided to cancel.  Then at 1030am, my 11 decided to say that she cant come in.

The "yelp" perspective of my is that I'm rude, uncaring, and a "horrible asshole" (from that other text)... but I think I went above and beyond to accomodate these clients, and what do I get in return...

INCONSIDERATION

The didn't care about my safety, they only care about their agendas... THEIR VOUCHER, THEIR MASSAGE, THEIR SAFETY... what about me? They didn't care that I had to come in and leave my family, (had they come in) that I would have to provide them a good massage, and then I would have to drive home after they left.  All they offer is a "ok, sorry".... and the public still won't realize that I'm NOT an asshole or rude or inconsiderate...

Julio is right behind Iselle, so I expect more of the same in the not too distant future...  Sad to say...

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August 3, 2014

Say goodbye to July and say hello to August!!!

The kids are starting to go back to school and well for me... it's the same as it's always been for the rest of the year... Hopefully there will be less traffic AFTER the typical rush hour traffic.  I still can't see why there's so much traffic ALL THE TIME!!!

Anyways, it's been kind of the usual at the office.  This past weekend though, I was able to play in the annual alumni softball tournament at CORP.  Unfortunately, Iolani didn't do as well as we've been placing in recent history, but it was fun nonetheless.  Also I heard that Iolani put on their Touch of Iolani with food and alcohol vendors showing off their wares on campus.  Some of my friends were in charge of the food and I heard that it went very well, so good for them!

Lots of random news stories like the chancellor of the University of Hawaii being fired or something... I don't know, but there's something very, very wrong with the higher ups at UH... from this debacle, to the "Stevie Wonder" blunder, to the termination of the football coaches, the horrible idea of downsizing to a tiny staduim, something is wrong there and needs to be fixed before it all just goes really bad...

Football season is back though and I for one am looking forward to doing some of my annual drafts!!!  Plus it will stop me from playing 2048... that game is so stupidly addictive... and I am SO close to winning it!!!

Anyways, hope you all have a great week... but come in for a massage!

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July 15, 2014

Hello again! 

Sorry for not posting on the blog for a bit... it's been pretty hectic at the office thanks to expiring Amazon Local vouchers.  And then when you combine the copious amounts time spent in traffic everyday, having to coach, and trying to have a life outside of the office, you can see why I don't necessarily feel like merely venting on the blog... sounded like just a long winded excuse, huh... well, yeah, it was...

But yes, I have been busy at the office trying to take care of as many customers with vouchers as I can.  For the most part, most customers have been quite cordial when trying to schedule.  Jan and I are very appreciative of that fact.  As compared to our previous experiences with Groupon and Crowdsavings, the Amazon Local customer has been infintely better, especially when it comes to the expiring voucher...

It seems as though an expiration date is the bane of existence for some people.  They don't believe expiration dates exist; some develop a blindness, inability to understand English, or lose their sense of reading comprehension when perusing their vouchers; or maybe even, they feel that these dates just simply do not apply to them!!!  Whatever the case may be, what ever affliction they may possess, with some level of remorse or kindness, we try to accomodate you as best as we can.  However, there have been instances where these people decide to demand forcefully as if we owe it to them to bend over backwards because they think they are in the right.

On example stands out above the rest.  It was a Groupon customer.  Jan and I were swamped on a Saturday; we were fully booked that day.  at 5pm, we get a phone call that Jan decided to answer.  I hear portions of Jan's discussion with the lady with Jan saying, "I'm sorry, but we are closed for the day... no we are not available Sunday... yes, but you've had 6 months to redeem your voucher".  When she gets off the phone, she tells me that this lady started yelling at her, demanding an appointment, and asking why can't she make one today.  I just laughed because what else could I do...

Those last minute ones are the best or worst depending on your perspective.  I understand that you're busy, we all are.  Tell me you're sorry, that you've been super busy, but be cool about it, and I will honor the voucher or extend the date of useage.  But calling me rude or insensitive (or a horrible asshole!!!) because it's your fault isn't gonna ingratiate me to do anything for you.

 So yeah... I guess it did turn into a ventfest... crap... I'll have to come up with something sunnier later!!!

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June 29, 2014

I really have been slacking on the blog recently... for that I apologize.  But honestly, I've had good (ok, decent) reason...

Well, for one, I had a birthday... I celebrated it by trying to do all the things I wanted to do that day!  One of the things I did want to do was work, which I gladly did, much to the surprise of some of my clients.  Unfortunately, one prospective client started my day of celebrating by completely flaking with a no show and no call... so awesome.  If they had cancelled that day, I would have been able to head out to town to watch a few innings of the Campbell American Legion baseball team... But oh well, we moved on...

The rest of my birthday was generally good.  I got to spend some time with my softball peeps at CORP.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to play, but no big deal... and then later that night, I got to hang out with my Iolani friends.  Good news, that was fun, but bad news, I locked my keys in my car.  Fortunately, with some quick thinking, I was able to get my keys from home with the help of my friends.

This past week, I helped the Riptide under 14 softball team in their state tournament.  Unfortunately, they weren't able to get to championship Sunday, but I hope they learned something about themselves and where they need to be when this time next year comes around.  They will be going to Maui for another tournament (I won't be accompanying them on that one) so there will be more preparation for that in the next couple of weeks.

Oh, I have a question for all of you who read this... If you gave a gift certificate to a restaurant or any other store to a friend, do you expect that establishment to call your friend to set up the reservation or to pick up an item?  Just curious... I guess I shall be waiting for Haleiwa Joe's to be calling me soon! :P

Well, June is just about over, as is this post... See you in July! 

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June 15, 2014

HAPPY FATHERS' DAY to all you dad out there working hard to be good, responsible role models!!!  Good job!!! 

Since the passing of my dad, I don't really "celebrate" fathers day... My "observation" of it is to just kind of enjoy the day... So today, I was able to do a massage, then grab a chocolate milk tea from "Coffee or Tea" at Pearl Kai (new place, I'm sure they don't need to the publicity, but it's a cool alternative to the Starbucks), watch X-Men: Days of Future Past (good movie, lots of cool nods back to the previous X-Men movies and a solid set up to the upcoming movie), and then eat at La Tour Cafe (I tried the chicken sausage bahn mi... winner!!!).  Not so conventional, but still pretty cool.  We did observe Fathers' Day with my grandpa at Tsukiji Restaurant... I was not so impressed with the food, ambience, or service in general; too loud, not so family friendly, and overall a bad choice for large group meals.

As the day wrapped up, I saw something on facebook that made me stop and think.  One of my best friends is gonna have a baby soon.  Exciting news, definitely, but for some reason, the baby mama likes to affectionally like to call the baby "Malakapoopoo".  According to her, it's a term of affection and a dig at "the people from Hawaii that give their kids super long middle names". I don't consider myself as overly cultural sensitive, but for some weird reason, her using that name really bothers me... as you can see with me writing about it!!!

I decided to look up what malaka means in Hawaiian... according to the wehewehe.org website, it means mullato, having one white parent and one black parent... the term itself is slightly derogatory.... In Greek, its a slang meaning wanker.  Poo poo on the otherhand means poop.  My friend is part native Hawaiian while his fiance is not, she is of a Hispanic decent.  Maybe I would find more humor if she was trying to dig on her own Spanish language as opposed to one she knows nothing about. I'm pretty sure calling the kid "mulatokaka" would piss her off... or maybe she would think it's funny, I don't know.

But anyway, here's to my friend and the rest of the dad's out there!!!

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June 1, 2014

Alright, alright... we've reached June already... 2014 is definitely flying by and I have no idea where all the time goes.  It was a pretty busy week at the office and oh yeah, there was that bank robbery downstairs in the American Savings Bank.  Needless to say, I was blissfully ignorant of anything happening down at the bank because I was just wrapping up a massage session.  Thankfully everyone was ok!  Hopefully they catch those two guys and whoever else is helping them because honestly, it's just not cool!

Aside from work, I was out and about this weekend.  I was able to attend the Nijikai event for the Hawaii Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce.  Lots of food and drinks and I saw a lot of random people I didn't expect to see there so that was an added bonus.  And then Saturday, we helped Nocturna Lounge celebrate their third anniversary!  And again, I was able to see some of my fellow Oregon State alum I hadn't seen since I left Corvallis in '99... ish.

So yeah, a good, fun start to June... let's keep the fun going!

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May 22, 2014

One of my regulars came in yesterday.  He's a coach so I wanted to pick his brain on his own personal coaching style, some tips, and strategies to get information through to the kids better.  As we were talking, he told me to watch this show on the Esquire network.  The show is called "Friday Night Tykes"... There's one free episode on youtube (http://youtu.be/I99yEypRJHY)... It maybe one of the craziest things I had ever seen in a LONG time... Imagine if you will, a combination of "Varsity Blues" and "The Program" with a bunch of 8 & 9 year olds... Like seriously, it's ridiculous... You have to watch it to believe it. 

Anyways, FYI for everyone out there, I will be in the office this Monday... I believe it is Memorial Day, so if you want to schedule something, please call ahead to ensure availability, you know, like tomorrow or Saturday.

Thanks!

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May 20, 2014

I finally had someone tell me that they read my blog!!! Woohoo!!!  I was glad to hear that I amused them a little!!! :)

Well, schools are getting out, so hopefully we'll have a small respite from traffic... yeah, doubtful, I know, but hey, I can think wishfully...

It's been a pretty busy couple of days... good since the weather has been so kooky.  I'm thinking I'll be a little bit busier in the next few weeks since I will also be helping out the JV Campbell summer league baseball team as well as helping the girls with the softball. 

Eh... I'll be back later with something else to blog...

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May 11, 2014

HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY to all the moms out there!!!  I hope whatever you did, you had a fun time!

I was able to spend my mothers' day with my mom... I helped cook dinner!  But before that, I spent most of the day at the Central Oahu Regional Park (CORP for short) helping coach my friend's daughters' team...  Needless to say, it was a long day for everyone involved.  Like I said in the last post below, there were TWO doubleheaders, one today and one yesterday.  I give a lot of credit to the moms that stayed and watched both doubleheaders this weekend...  I think I might give them massages next weekend as a reward for their committment! :)

I had another person get mad at me for running late on appointments.  It is my bad and I'm sorry, but I really want to do my best job at helping those who really need massages to get better. 

I wonder if people real these posts... or if the hashtags do anything also.  I hope they do, but if they don't it's cool, there's just a lot of random things on this blog!

Oh well, enough of the blabbering on... until next time!

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April 30, 2014:

It's really hard to believe that we're already headed into May... Man, does time fly...

I guess good news or bad news, things have been relatively quiet at the office.  I did that event out in Ewa at the Hawaii Prince Golf Course... while it was fun, not to many people took advantage.  Hopefully people come out next year and get a massage!!!

Mothers' day is coming up for all of you out there... hopefully some of you will give your mom a massage (we have gift certificates, you know... or you can just schedule it up and bring her in yourself!).  I think it will be a busy weekend for me next week because I have been helping out one of my friends coach his daughters' softball team and they have 2 doubleheaders on Saturday AND Sunday.  I never mind if it's busy if I get to interact with positive people and everyone is having a good time!

Oh well though... Hope you all have a good rest of the week and weekend!

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April 22, 2014:

I have to say, it's been a pretty good week and a half or so... thanks to the Good Friday/Easter weekend, I was able to stay relatively busy with a fun mix of returning clients and new one.  But for all the good times, there was one person out there, as Thor's brother Loki would say, was "burdened with glorious purpose" and decided to text me that I was a "horrible asshole"... After the past couple of difficult weeks, being called that by someone who knows nothing about me and what I do just made me laugh.

If being a "horrible asshole" means NOT answering the phone during a massage session or spending additional time to talk to my clients after their appointment, then yeah, by all means, that's me!!!  I have clients that encourage me to answer my phone calls or texts when it rings, but it's just bad common courtesy... not to mention it breaks my massage flow!  Unless it is of vital concern, I never answer the phone during session.  If you pay for the massage, you get my undivided attention. 

But no matter what it says on the outgoing voicemail message saying something to the effect that either we're busy or in session, people will call, and call, and call, and call... and call... Currently the record is 15 calls without a message in a 30 minute span.  (If you're reading this,PLEASE don't try to break that record!!!)  It's cool, leave a message, I will return your call... seriously!!!

So anyways, call or text, and set up an appointment! :)

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April 13, 2014:

Alright, so after a pretty trying week two weeks, ago, things got back to normal at the office.  I had a few of my regulars come back in for their maintenance massages.  They always feel better when they leave, so that's good.  I really do appreciate them when they come in.  During their time in the office, they often catch me up on their lives or just the things that are bothering them.  I'm cool with that... it's their hour for "therapy", so while I can work on their sore backs, necks or what have you, they can also decompress and let go of the other non-physical stressors they may have.  Honestly, sometimes they may need that more than the massage itself.  People like to be listened to!  And for the hour they're in my office, I am a more than willing ear!

There are times I may be happier to see them than they are of me.  Some times I need them to bounce ideas off of!!! And although I occasionally dwell on the difficult clients that may enter (and subsequently leave quickly from) my office, I never forget the awesome clients I have had the privilege of meeting throughout the time at my office.

Have a good week everyone!!!

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April 3, 2014:

Hey people reading this, it's Aran... I dunno, I've had a rough day today at the office, so I decided to do something different... I thought I'd let you behind the curtain and share with you some of my thoughts about massage and maybe getting to know me better before coming in!

So anyways, a customer came in that really got to me. Here is what happened according to me:

Client walks in to the office while on the phone... I say, "Hi, are you (her name)?". Quietly, I point to the intake form and tell her can you fill this out. She sits and fills the form out. When she stands to give it to me, I ask her, "Do you need to go to the bathroom?" She says yes and I tell her outside and to your left. After a few minutes, she comes back in (still with her phone to her ear) and asks for her intake form and I ask why. She tells me, "Are you the one doing the massage too? Well, you are rude, on the phone and in person and with a smile, she adds, I'll see you on yelp."

See, yelp and I aren't on the best of terms... I know, I've read ALL of them.  Most are good; the people that like me, REALLY like me! But some have been less positive, some disparaging with some of the those attacking me personally. Don't get me wrong, I realize that people are entitled to their opinion, but what I don't like is that people feel like they have free reign to slash and burn a person or business with any repercussions. 

I am a massage therapist by trade... I do massage.  Having to set up appointments, that's just what I have to do.  I may not be the best at it, but I do the best I can.  When people get to my office, at times, I should be nicer... sometimes I'm busy or just preoccupied with stuff on my mind, I'M HUMAN.  I don't say a lot at first because I want you to fill out our forms quickly... You've paid for an hour of massage, not to fill out forms and stuff.  I ask questions quickly so you get on the table faster, so I can do the MASSAGE!!!

I'm not a dick... I care a lot about your well being and I take pride in helping people feel better... Come in for a massage and make up your own mind about me, don't just believe the stuff people write on yelp about me. ...

If you want to respond, feel free to write me at kahaleolamassage@hotmail.com

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