UCPA’s 29th Annual Rubber Duckie Race

DSC_0586.JPGOn Saturday, March 26th, our employees headed over to the McCully Shopping Center, like we do every year, to help with the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii’s Annual Rubber Duckie Race.  This year would mark the 29th race.  We set up a booth in the shopping center parking lot from 9am to noon with our famous Spin-the-Wheel game and fun prizes.

Other pre-race festivities included the Duckie store, where you could purchase all sorts of rubber duckies and duckie paraphernalia, a tent for last minute rubber duckie adoptions, hula performances by different youth groups, and even an appearance by Ben and Maila! As the pre-race festivities took place in the shopping center parking lot, the rest of us took to the streets to wave signs and ask for donations for UCPA.  The aloha spirit was alive and well as many people stopped to donate, adopt a duck, and show support for a great cause.

At approximately 1:01pm, about 20,000 duckies were released into the Ala Wai Canal, and 51 lucky people won great prizes, varying from flat screen TVs, rounds of golf, Wet ‘N Wild passes, and even an iPad Mini.

Congratulations to all the winners, and a big mahalo to everyone who came out to volunteer, donate, and show support to the UCPA of Hawaii.

Click here to check out more photos from the 29th Annual Rubber Duckie Race.


Dream Adventures

I recently came across an article about Expedia’s latest campaign with St.  Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and it is awesome!

The campaign is called “St. Jude Dream Adventures” and took over a year to put together.  Expedia worked with St. Jude’s to find children in the hospital who had dreams of traveling, but due to their illness, would not be able to.  Four children were picked and paired with an Expedia employee.

Expedia then had a temporary installation set up in a room in the hospital that allowed the children to experience their very own “dream adventure” in a 360º view, as if they were really there!  The Expedia employees were sent out to those dream places with a special camera that streamed live to the room so that the children could talk directly with the Expedia employee and ask questions.

From running with wild horses in the Argentinian Plain, digging for fossils in the desert, to even scuba diving in the pristine waters of Mexico, Expedia is doing a wonderful job bringing the outside world to the children of St. Jude’s.

Check out the full article here, complete with videos featuring each child, or visit Expedia’s YouTube channel for a complete list of their videos and other campaigns.


Paint Night Fun

If you ever feel like trying something different with your friends, why not try a paint night?

Paint nights are the latest trend here as well as on the mainland.   It is basically a 2-hour session hosted by an artist.  The session is spent learning how to paint a particular painting, all while eating, drinking, and mingling with your friends and other attendees.  It’s a very fun, laid back atmosphere – definitely a good way to wind down after a long day at work.

Paint nights are held throughout the week.  Each location has its own painting, so you have a lot to choose from!

I decided to try a paint night with a few of my closest friends through PaintNite.com.  The one we went to was held at Big City Diner in Aiea, and our painting was of a silhouette of a tree in a dusk/dawn background, entitled “Into the Night II”.


“Into the Night II” by Lexie Jelilyan

As we entered the room, we saw that tables were set up, and in front of each chair was a table easel with a blank canvas.  Each person also had their own cup of water with two paintbrushes in it and a paper plate that was used as a palette for the paints.

We all put on aprons and our hostess/artist introduced herself to us.  Her name was Andrea and she is an art teacher at a local high school.  Before doing anything with our canvases, she had us say an oath that we would have fun, love our paintings, and that she wouldn’t find any of our paintings dumped on the side of the road (she was hilarious!).

Andrea made the painting process very easy for us and painted on her own canvas along with the rest of us.  Although our palettes only had the basic red, blue, yellow, black, and white, it was enough to make all the pretty colors in the painting.  She was very thorough with her instructions and even walked around the room to give tips and comments.  After the two hours had passed, everyone in the room had their very own masterpiece.  This is mine, and I’m quite proud of it:


The great thing about these paint nights is that you don’t need to know how to paint.  The artists will teach you everything and provide everything for you.  All you need to bring is your willingness to learn and have fun!  If you are looking for something different to do, this is definitely a must-try.  There is a fee to sign up for the class, but they always have deals and discounts, and it’s totally worth it.  Give it a try and don’t forget to share your beautiful artwork with us!