Walkers prepare to exit Ala Moana Beach Park at 7 a.m. for the six mile walk through Waikiki.

I never knew a six mile walk around Ala Moana and Waikiki could be so painful. Afterall, the Hawaii Hotel and Lodging Association’s Visitor Industry Charity Walk seemed like an innocent enough event for the Kam family to participate in yesterday. But today has been rough…body aches and exhaustion!

It turned out to be a great event to support a good cause, but my body today feels like I ran a marathon. I know what you’re thinking…how pathetic! And I agree. But, I need to blame it on the fact that it was 91 degrees outside, there were no trade winds blowing to cool us off, and the fact that Kelly and I carried little 17-pound-plus Ensen (11 months old) for about half the walk!


From left: Kam family getting ready to walk. The Weyerhaeuser gang! My co-workers Michael Ni and LeeAnne Matthews strike a pose along the course.

But it was all worth it. We got to spend some time with friends and helped to raise more than $1 million for local charities according to a story in the Honolulu Advertiser today. It’s a wonderful event that everyone should support. Don’t believe me? Here’s a few photos we took along the way.


From left: My co-workers Noreen Kam (no relation to us…as far as we know), her son Tyler, and Erin Kinoshita pass Royal Hawaiian Center in good spirits. Ensen and me as we stroll along Kalakaua Avenue. Kelly and Ensen enjoying a delicious strawberry from the Pacific Beach Hotel checkpoint.

From left: The Waikiki Beach Marriott checkpoint was one of our favorites handing out shave ice and watermelon. It was just what we needed on a hot Hawaii day. One of the final stops was the Waikiki Beach Walk where we ran into my friend and colleague Nancy Daniels (in red…Outrigger Enterprises Group director of public relations) and her husband Dan.


Here’s some proof of how hot it was yesterday. The temperature gauge on our RAV registered 91 degrees. As Paris Hilton would say, “that’s HOT.”

-NGK

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