Paris, France (2017)

Aloha. I am known as Hawaiian Girl in the running community. I am Hawaiian-born; raised in Kailua, Kaneohe, and Kaneohe Bay on the island of O’ahu for the first part of my life. The second part of my life I was raised in Orange County, California where I currently reside. I am mixed-race and mixed ethnicity.

Happy Hawaiian Runner started out as my way of sharing the races I ran, my reviews of the race. It was mainly running the race and seeing it through my eyes. One day I decided to start sharing my training, nutrition, recipes,  traveling, and my journey of healing, and rebuilding my life after years of domestic violence tore it apart.

This website is my way of sharing my story to the world with hope that it will inspire people. My story isn’t about what happened to me. My story is about how I survived, and how I am rebuilding my life. I am still rebuilding my life.

I hope to inspire people, and that inspiration can be anything. Positive changes are good and necessary. Inspiration can be cooking more for yourself and/or your family. It can be getting out there and running, trying a new sport, taking up running, maybe even leaving any unhealthy relationship (friends and/or significant other), going back to school, it can be anything that is good for you and good for your life.

It is never too late to accomplish any dream you have. All you have to do is believe in yourself. I know you got this because we got this. Together.

Ku’ia kahele aka u’au ha’ahua’a (A humble person walks carefully as to not hurt others) – A Hawaiian Saying