Hawaii’s One Woman Band – I am Kawehi


This is NOT apart of the Hawaii girls and women athletic community but it’s definitely amongst the Hawaii women awe-spiring talents!  This was a must share because of the empowering message – Dreams do come true and anything is possible so long you put the work in! To learn more about Kawehi, you can visit her website – I AM KAWEHI 

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WSF’s – 10 MUSTS for Parents and Coaches of Girl Athletes


1.   Sport must be fun.

  • We enjoy success but we don’t enjoy striking out three times in a row. Skill is very important to the realization of fun.
  • We enjoy learning new things but we don’t enjoy boredom.
  • We enjoy respect but we don’t enjoy terror, threats and negatives.

2. Keep competition in perspective. Educating your child is key.

  • Only put your child in competitive situations with evenly matched opponents.
  • Separate performance from self-worth.
  • Better to lose and do your personal best than win and play ugly.
  • Better to lose to a good opponent and learn what you need to do to get better than to win against someone who can’t play and learning nothing new.

3. Skill is a function of repetition and a key to having fun.

  • Kids learn/teach themselves.
  • Good teachers help.
  • Imitation is an important learning method —  take your child to see others play.

4.  Help your child find a sport that is just right for her.

  • Commit to a certain time period
  • Commit to skill-learning before you give up.
  •  Make the deal before you play

5.  You can and should coach your child.

  • It’s not hard to be better than a six-year-old
  • It’s n ot hard to teach.

6.  Lead by example as a spectator and as a cheerleader.

  • Be positive toward your child.
  • Be positive to all other children and their parents.

7.  Deliver value messages over and over again. They will sink in!


  • ”It’s important how you play the game.”
  • ”How you play says something about who you are. If you cheat, you are dishonest. If you argue about calls, you are a whiner.”
  • Deliver messages in a non-judgmental, matter of fact way with no anger evident.

8. There are many ways you can encourage your child to participate in sport without forcing it.

  • Take them with you when you play…they want to be like you.
  • Make play fun.
  • Take them to watch others play. Buy books about sport.
  • Give gifts that say “I think you can do it!”

9. Get involved in their sport experience.

  • Join your child’s league governance, etc.
  • Make sure coaches and officials are certified and educated.

10. Select coaches who you respect, admire and trust.


  • Do not tolerate bad people…no matter how many games your child’s team wins.
  • Make sure the team your child plays on has children of similar skill.

Give it 100!

#giveit100 challenge has lifted not only the spirit and self-esteem of LaKeisha Shurn, it has lifted a great significance of weight that Shurn has battled with for most of her life. Give it 100 is a social project where you practice a new skill set or, in Shurn’s case, commit yourself to a challenge for 100 consecutive days.

LaKeisha’s journey started off with her weighing 348lbs. At the 78 day mark she has officially dropped out of the 300 pound club and dropped 2 pants sizes. Follow her highlighted 100 day journey below:


4 Short & Sweet Life Lessons for Hawaii Women with Jennifer Lawrence

4 lifes lessons we feel is empowering messages for our Hawaii Women Athletes! Why Jennifer Lawrence? Because she’s a #kickass girl who thinks Hawaii is AMAZING, then again who doesn’t? – Moreover, she has a complete RAWNESS with her interviews where you know, you can totally relate!

#1. Be you and Embrace it! You look how you look! “Be comfortable. What are you going to do? Be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That’s just dumb.” – Video with Yahoo! 

#2. Make friends, not enemies! Good Morning America Video  “Why can’t we just be nice?” “It’s like, we grow up, and then we get right back into high school.

#3. Acknowlegde your strengths no matter how small or awkward! LOL – Rolling Stones 2012 “I’m the fastest pee-er ever, “I’m famous for it.”

#4. Eating is healthy! 2012 Cover Story on Elle “I’m never going to starve myself for a part,” “I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner.’ That’s something I was really conscious of during training, when you’re trying to get your body to look exactly right. I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong—not thin and underfed.”

Jennifer Lawrence work and play in Hawaii: Hunger Games – Catching Fire

Proud Mommy – Bowling: Hurley-Rae Ah Chong – Kane

Makaha resident, Tracy-Anne Ah Chong and her #proudmommyHI moment with daughter  Hurley-Rae’s achievements with her 1st city tournament ever!


So Proud of #MYGIRL #HurleyRae!! She competed in her very 1st CITY TOURNAMENT.  Placed 1st for Doubles, 2nd for Her Singles & 3rd for the Team Event!! For Her FiRST Bowling TOURNEY EVER I’d say SHE DiD AMAZiNG!! Awesome job Babygirl..Super PROUD OF YOU!!

Name: Hurley-Rae Ah Chong-Kane
Age: 6 years old
School: Makaha Elementary
Grade: 1st

Junior Bowlers League – United States Bowling Congress

Singles, Banram Girls Handicapped
2nd place – 512 (hcap – 221)

Doubles, Banram Girls Handicapped
1st place – 1103 (hcap – 374) partner: Isaiah Enriquez

How Exactly Is a Girl Empowered by Sport?

Photo By: Boysie Koga

Photo By: Boysie Koga

Six hundred million girls are growing up in developing countries today. International authorities, from the World Bank to the United Nations, agree that the most effective way to fight poverty in the world is to help girls and women. Sport has been increasingly respected as a valuable tool for empowering youth in developing countries. However, opportunities to participate in sport for development programs are often designed for, and dominated by boys and men as opposed to girls.

When provided with the opportunity, we know that girls can significantly benefit from the economic, emotional and physical self-determination that an intentionally-crafted sport for development program can offer. It can be an accelerator to her actualizing her full potential.

If you’ve participated in sport, you probably understand this proposition implicitly. The way we like to frame the change we see in girls through sport is through our “Three As” Theory of change. Through a well-designed sport program, a girl can gain assets, access and agency.

Building Assets
Sport builds three main assets: social, human and sport skills. When a girl has the opportunity to develop these areas, she can create social networks, build mental and emotional health, become educated about her rights, and develop tactical and technical sport skills – not to mention physical strength. These assets are the building blocks to more confidence and, for many, the first steps up and out.

Providing Access to Resources
Community and institutional resources are often limited for girls. Well-designed sport programs can serve as a way “in” to gaining much-needed support. They can help link girls to health, education, and other critical sectors as well as provide access to powerful and important information for their healthy development. Sport programs can also provide girls with access to mentors, strong female role models and the social support of a team or group of peers.

Developing Agency
Agency is the ability of a girl to act in her own self-interest. Sport gives girls the opportunity to develop self-determination in a safe environment. In a sport program, girls have an opportunity to become leaders, to witness and be applauded for their own progress, and to use their voices. This can increase girls’ belief in their own abilities. This translates into everyday life – it encourages them to take initiatives and attempt things they never assumed possible. Building agency for one girl doesn’t just help her, it also helps those around her. As she begins to exercise her muscles of leadership, she becomes an increasingly valuable contributor to her family, her program and her greater community.

At Women Win, we base our global strategy on this theory of change because we know it works. As girls build assets, gain access to critical resources and advance their agency, we believe they have the opportunity to grow into the (s)heroes they were born to be.

17 year old Calera Uchigakiuchi Schlesinger: Empowering Girls to Change the World.

Empowerment stories inspire action and Stepping up to the heroic action is 17 year old Student Athlete, Calera Uchigakiuchi Schlesinger of Sacred Hearts Academy: Empowering Girls to Change the World.

Calera Uchigakiuchi Schlesinger

Calera Uchigakiuchi Schlesinger

Cal of Mongolian descent, adopted at 22 months by successful plastic surgeon, Larry Schlesinger and Arlene Uchigakiuchi, studies Shoto-kan karate (brown belt) under Sensei George Kotaka: WKF World Champion 2008, MMA and Boxing under trainer Jon Shimokawa and swims under instructor, Don Pump.

Cal's Aloha Recipes: A Teenagers Family Cookbook

Cal’s heroic action entwines her artistic abilities and love for cooking –  Her very 1st business/charity venture publication – “Cal’s Aloha Recipes – A Teenager’s Family Cookbook.” She will be donating 100% of all proceeds to the Sacred Hearts Scholarship Fund Gala and Silent Auction on October 18. These scholarships benefit the 24% of Sacred Hearts students receiving financial aid.

I am thrilled that I get the opportunity to assist in endowing this scholarship.  Moreover I am honored to have this opportunity to combine my love of cooking, some of my artwork, and a truly deep seated gratitude and affection for Ms. Gopaul (book dedication) and Sacred Hearts Academy… I would like to encourage all the younger students to take a moment and realize what a great center of learning we all attend , and also realize how lucky we all are because of the care and love we each receive every day from the teachers, counselors and administration.   

Calera Schlesinger

Share with us Hawaii – “Hands In Project”

The lack of Female Athletic Coverage makes it difficult for girls to imagine themselves as athletes…Help us make a difference. Share with us HAWAII – ACTION shots of yourself, mother, daughter, niece, etc…

Gina Davidson
Gina Davidson (Mother of 2)
Crossfit – Kapolei Strength & Conditioning
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Excercise: Studies show…Hula comparable to Basketball

The first-ever quantitative study of traditional Hawaiian dance on cardiac function has proven what hula dancers have known all along. Hula, the traditional dance of Hawai`i, gives one heck of a workout!

After a five year study, researchers from the

University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), and The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, on August 28 presented preliminary findings to the participants of the study.

The Hula Empowering Lifestyle Adaptations (HELA) study followed 60 residents of Hawai`i, all of whom had suffered heart attack, heart failure or undergone heart surgery within two to 12 weeks before the study five-year research project began. The research goal was “to establish the measured metabolic rate of hula practice, and learn whether physicians might be able to prescribe hula as a cardiac rehabilitation therapy,” Mele Look, Director of Community Engagement for JABSOM’s Department of Native Hawaiian Health, was quoted in MedicalExpress.com as saying. whether it’s an informal hula for `ohana, or a formal presentation on a stage, hula can benefit the heart and spirit.

The study found that hula can match the cardiac workout of a pick-up basketball game.

As a hula dancer, now kumu hula, I frequently was teased by my running friends and told I should join them in “real” workouts, rather than “just dance.” Then, I would be fit enough to join them in the runs. So, I did only my hula practice, then dressed in my full hula regalia and ran a 10K with them. Barefoot. With leis. Chanting. No, I didn’t win, but I ran the whole way and crossed the finish line still chanting. – Leilehua Yuen

It is widely reported in medical literature that cardiac rehabilitation – read “regular exercise” – can reduce the chance of death from another heart attack by as much as 56%. The problem is follow-through, according to Look, “. . . many people simply don’t do it.”

Death rates for Kanaka Maoli, Native Hawaiians, are almost twice those of other ethnic groups. Finding a culturally relevant form of exercise is critical for the Hawaiian population. Hula, a global icon of Hawaiian culture, has never before been quantitatively evaluated as part of a health program, though for generations local doctors have encouraged patients to dance hula as a way to maintain flexibility and improve cardiac function.

The researchers believe social support plays an important role in recovery from hospitalization for a major cardiac event, improving long-term survival and lowering the risk or re-hospitalization. Hālau hula, traditional hula schools, have been known for centuries as tightly knit groups, often functioning as extended family, providing strong social bonds which often last a lifetime.

The National Institutes of Health provided support for the study, which found:

  • The level of energy expended dancing hula, among competitive hula dancers when dancing continuously, was found to be 6.6 MET, which is between a pick-up basketball game and a casual tennis match.
  • High intensity dances of hula were measured in the range of a competitive basketball or volleyball game.
  • Utilization of hula-based cardiac rehabilitation program was found, in preliminary results, to provide cardiopulmonary benefits similar to what is expected from a cardiac rehabilitation (CR).
  • High levels of social support were created in the hula-based CR class. Participants reported improvement in mental and social well-being. They reported the cultural content enhanced the therapy and specifically that hula integrated mind, body, spirit and culture. The study found retention and attendance were very high for participants of the hula-based cardiac rehabilitation classes.

The research team included Dr. Todd Seto of The Queen’s Medical Center and JABSOM’s Center for Cardiovascular Research; Dr. Keawe‛aimoku Kaholokula, Chair of JABSOM’s Department of Native Hawaiian Health; Mele Look, Director of Community Engagement for JABSOM’s Department of Native Hawaiian Health; Mapuana de Silva, Kumu hula of Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima; Dr. Kahealani Rivera of The Queen’s Medical Center; Dr. Gregory Maskarinec of JABSOM’s Department of Native Hawaiian Health and Kalehua Felice Tolentino, The Queen’s Medical Center.

Strong is pretty, and Olympics are proof

Fully 40 years after the passage of Title IX of our nation’s Civil Rights Act, female athletes have come into their own. The chalk dust is still settling from this year’s Olympic Games, and the ink is still drying on astounding new Olympic and world records. But before the Games fade into history, let the record show that among world-class athletes, this was the Year of the Woman.

Although much remains to be done to advance women in Olympic competition, the International Olympic Committee showed what could happen if change becomes not an evolutionary but an intentional part of the larger work of advancing excellence in sports. For the first time, every nation participating in the Games had a woman on its team, even the previously unthinkable: a woman in the judo competition representing Saudi Arabia.

U.S. commentators observed that, had they been counted as a separate country, the American women who won medals would have ranked third in total medal count among nations. Women represented the majority on Team USA for the first time. Of our nation’s 46 gold medals, 63 percent were won by women – another first. Their performances captivated Americans and captured the hearts of millions of teen girls; viewership of the Olympics by teenage American girls was up a whopping 54 percent. It is no wonder, given the performances by the likes of Claressa Shields, Gabby DouglasAly RaismanMissy FranklinCarmelita Jeter and three-time gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.

They gave us medals, and they gave us role models.

Word spread during the Olympics that “strong is the new pretty.” We can only hope this new adage will stick – and become at least a partial antidote to the manufactured images of women and girls served up by the popular media as the feminine ideal.

But we can’t rest here. Women were still objectified during this year’s games. After a year of strong performances culminated in a fourth-place finish in London, Lolo Jones grieved over being verbally shredded about her appearance. And for Douglas, the strong young gymnast whose skills matched her shining smile, her history-making gold medal performances shared headlines with unnecessary judgments about her hair.

Instead of irrelevant criticism, let’s focus on performance.

Let’s also focus on encouraging and enabling all women and girls to participate in sports; there is still much work to be done. Women and girls still face major barriers to access, including lack of opportunities and conflicting messages in society about whether they should participate, what they should look like, who they should “be.”

By age 14, girls drop out of sports at twice the rate of boys. Lack of access to sport is a drop-out driver because, in spite of Title IX, which bans sex discrimination in academics and sports, there are still 1.3 million fewer opportunities for girls to participate in high school sports (60,000 fewer in college). Girls often struggle to find a spot on a team, especially in underserved communities where cultural and economic barriers make female participation in sports even more challenging.

Complicating all this are the persistent messages girls receive on the importance of being “Hollywood thin” rather than emulating strong, athletic role models like the ones who medaled in London – or like Geena Davis, the Hollywood star who was an Olympic archery candidate.

Why does it matter? Why do female athletes excelling in Olympic competition make a difference for young women and girls? In the United States it is estimated that 80 percent of our female executives participated actively in sports earlier in their lives. Sports, at its best, is a metaphor for life and a teaching ground for teamwork, leadership, coping with winning and losing, and pursuing one’s personal best.

For women, it is about this and more: a way for women to develop their strength and their power, both literally and figuratively. In this 40th anniversary year of Title IX, let us remember those leaders who fought to pass that legislation, let institutions take seriously the letter of the law, and let us translate its values into women’s sports as an example to the world.

World champion boxer Laila A. Ali is president and Kathryn E. Olson is CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/Strong-is-pretty-and-Olympics-are-proof-3794627.php#ixzz25xUkkxRE