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Tis the Season–Right Now

Life comes at you pretty fast, especially this time of year when there’s parties and celebrations of all types to go to, family gatherings, and don’t forget the Christmas shopping while you’re at it. December has to be the busiest time of year for us here at Isle. This week alone we have three rather large parties that we’re coordinating. Add to that a few meetings, a bump in deliveries, two markets and you have a perfect storm. Don’t believe me? Here’s what we have on our palate for the rest of our week:

If I hadn’t erased Monday and Tuesday already (I was so excited we survived I wanted to ERASE the memory<–see what I did there) there'd be a lot more dry erase ink on our boards. Suffice it to say, I think we might rival Jolly Old St. Nick.

So how do we do it? That is truly where the magic happens. It really comes down to two things: scheduling and manpower. Our scheduling is crucial in making sure everything in our day is possible. Things like a simple delivery to making baskets–everything gets logged somewhere on our calendar. From there, tasks are assigned but most of the time our staff pretty much knows who is responsible for what. Then there's the manpower. Luckily with UH in finals week, most of our part time staff is available to work extra hours.

Here's a few glimpses from the past week and what's been keeping us busy:

Set up from yesterday's tenant appreciation celebration at the Bank of Hawaii Waikiki Center

Our 50 basket pick up from Kapuakea today.

And here are all the Angel Tree donations we've been collecting at Waterfront Plaza as well as gift basket orders.

Of course I could go on . . . but I hear the prancing and pawing of little hoofs.

Happy holidays everyone!

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Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee

We’re all busy people. Getting up early, sitting in traffic, spending all day in the office… who really has time to get in a good work out? Or more importantly, why would you want to go running after a long day? I’ve tried to go to the gym regularly, but that got boring really fast. I had these spurts where I’d be really good about getting to the gym, but after two weeks I’d fall off the wagon for the rest of the month then have to start all over again. I finally realized that I needed to find something I loved to do. Something that made me want to be there like when I played sports.

The Studio

Photo by Bruce Asato | Honolulu Advertiser

My brother Matt and I discovered The Studio by Egan Inoue in the Fall of 2008. I was nervous and I am not a fan of trying new things, but Matt was excited and jumped right in. For two months I listened to him rave about the classes and how much fun they were.  It peaked my interest… Being a former athlete and someone who often feels the need to hit something, I figured it could be fun… so I shrugged my shoulders and said, sure… why not. I’ll give it a go.

My first class at The Studio was on a Saturday at 10:30am. I was terrified because my older brother bailed on me and I would be going through my first class on my own (so supportive… thanks Matt!). To be honest, I was afraid it was going to be way too intense for me and that MMA fighters were the only people that attended. To my surprise, I walked into a room of everyday people smiling and welcoming me as the n00bie. I guess they could see my anxiety because everyone kept telling me “Don’t worry… we’ve all been there. Just do your best.” I stretched until class was ready to start and then I was met with another surprise… Egan Inoue himself would be teaching the class. Yes… Egan Inoue… you know, the five-time Icon world champion and two-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion? Yeah that guy… He would be teaching the first class I ever attended at The Studio. I was surely going to die. As I quickly started scripting my obituary in my head,  Egan walked straight up to me with a smile on his face and introduced himself. This man is seriously, the nicest guy you will ever meet. So I scrapped my mental rendering of my obituary and finally said, let’s do this! So with an extremely supportive class and an amazing teacher, I set off on what would become my newest addiction.

Kickboxing Class

Kickboxing | Photo from The Studio Hawaii Website

Kickboxing Class combines standard Muay Thai Kickboxing techniques (i.e. punches and kicks) with strength and conditioning exercises (i.e. Ab work, squats, push ups, etc.). The best part about these classes? They’re never the same. One day we’ll do plyometric drills outside. Another day we’ll do a circuit with different stations. You just never know what they’ll have in store for you, and that’s what keeps me coming back. It doesn’t feel like you’re working out, it feels like a hobby. You want to be there no matter how hard the coaches push you and it does become addicting. Not to mention you can’t help feeling like a badass while you’re on the heavy bag. I don’t know what it is… but the Rocky Theme Song always plays in my head when I’m there. I’ve been dying to have that on the work out playlist… but I digress.

If you’ve fallen into a work out rut and you’re like me (hates running and gyms), my advice is to find something you love. It may be something you’ll initially be afraid of but you should go for it! If you would like to join me in my obsession, you can find me at The Studio. Your first class is free and you can even get a free week pass to try out all of the different types of classes (They have yoga, jiu jitsu, and strength and conditioning classes, which are also very popular). If you happen to be cruising at Manoa Marketplace at around 5:30pm on a Mon or Tues and see me jumping rope… please don’t make fun 🙂

The Studio by Egan Inoue is located in Manoa Market Place near Bank of Hawaii. Contact them at 808-988-6200. Click here to download their most recent class schedule.

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Christmas in October?

Did you know that Christmas is only 9 weeks away?

So get your Santa hat on and head out to that oh so favored store of yours:)

But what to do for that amazing secretary of yours, that helped keep your head on all year?  And what about that business partner of yours?  You can’t just give him a tie, right?  Oh!  And don’t forget about all those lines you’ll have to stand in!

Don’t panic! Isle Concierge will be hosting two Corporate Gift & Trade Shows this October to give you a head start on the Christmas Rush.

What is a Corporate Gift & Trade Show?

A Corporate Gift and Trade Show is an event where vendors that provide corporate products, come directly to your front door and provide you with information about the products and services they offer.  Here, you will be able to see, touch and ask questions about their products and what they offer.  Rather than you going to some random store (and asking bob who stock shelves), we brought the experts right to your front door so that you don’t have to stress about finding the perfect gift for your corporate clients.

Who are the vendors at the Corporate Gift & Trade Show?

As mentioned earlier, we’re bringing in the experts that provide corporate products.  Here are the vendors that will be showcasing their products at the upcoming trade shows:

Ala Moana Center

Bradley & Lily Stationary

Bucca Di Beppo

Dave and Busters

Halekulani Hotel Resorts and Spa/Waikiki Parc Hotel

Hilo Hattie

Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel

Hokulani Bake Shop

Honolulu Club

Honolulu Magazine

Luxury Row

Macaroni Bar and Grill

Mellow’s Antiques

Mortons Steakhouse

Neiman Marcus

Oceans808

Ola-Hawaiian Body Products

Planet Hollywood

Red Pineapple

Romanos Macaroni Bar & Grill

Ruths Chris Steakhouse

Tiffany & Co.

WorkflowOne – allinone

Down Town Island Delights & Simply Grape

I’m Interested, Where’s the trade show?

Please RSVP with Isle Concierge and come to one of the following trade shows.  See you there!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at the Davies Pacific Center Special Events Room

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at Ruths Chris, Restaurant Row at Waterfront Plaza

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Who Let the Dogs Out?

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Was it worth getting up über early in the morning just to walk the dog? As anyone at Magic Island would have told you on Sunday, the answer was yes. The Hawaiian Humane Society held their annual Pet Walk this past Sunday, October 4 and we were there participating in our first community/charity event.

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Our marketing campaign was not extensive, in fact it mainly consisted of bombarding friends and family members with images of our mascots (Buddy) urging everyone to donate and help sponsor our cause. Our goal of $1000 was ambitious, but you know what they say, “it’s better to aim high . . .” In the end we collected a modest amount of $275. We would really like to extend a warm mahalo to all those that generously donated. Hopefully next year we can do even better!

Curtain call was 7am for registration with the walk starting at 8am. There were dogs of every shape, color, and breed.

Our other mascot Aja was a little nervous about meeting other canines.

Our other mascot Aja was a little nervous about meeting other canines.

One of the highlights was probably when they started off the walk with Who Let the Dogs Out by the Baha Men.

One of the highlights was probably when they started off the walk with "Who Let the Dogs Out" by the Baha Men.

Aja and Buddy after crossing the finish line.

Aja and Buddy after crossing the finish line.

In the end, a good time was had by all.

Team Isle

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Join Team Isle for Pet Walk 2009!!!

Pet Walk 2009 is coming up, and guess whos going to be there?

That’s right, yours truly: Isle Concierge!

The Hawaiian Humane Society hosts an annual Pet Walk to celebrate and show thanks to all of the supporters of the non-profit organization.  This year, the Pet Walk will be held on October 4th at 8am at Magic Island.  Feel free to join Team Isle by bringing your pets and supporting the Hawaiian Humane Society.  You’ll probably be able to spot us in our Pet Walk 2009/Team Isle t-shirts!  Also, come to enjoy the festivities which include pet games, a costume contest, entertainment and refreshments!

If you are unable to walk with us, don’t be discouraged!  You can also donate and sponsor our team mascot, Aja!  Please visit firstgiving.com/IsleConcierge to help us reach our donation goal of $1,000!  While you’re there, please feel free to learn more about our mascot Aja, leave a comment or learn more about the cause.

We truly appreciate all of your support and look forward to seeing you at Pet Walk 2009!

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Awesome Paw-some

So sorry for going MIA on all of you readers out there. Our team has been knee deep in work and events so we’ve put this on the back burner. I know, my bad, but this is life and as always there’s never enough time in the day.

Last Friday was our heavily talked about pet fair, Pets @ The Plaza and let me just say that it was so much fun. The weather was freaking me out, but as you can see it was a beautiful Aloha Friday. Things kicked off early with a bunch of dogs and their owners cruising through our main tent on the front lawn of the property. It was like pet networking out there. Lots of butt sniffing 😉

There were enormous Great Danes that chilled out on the lawn in Cocojor’s Cooling Vests. They were literally up to my waist when they stood up and I couldn’t believe how amazing these dogs were. The best part, which I sadly don’t have pictures of, was when the Hawaii Bird Guy had the parrots resting on these guys’ backs. It was quite a site.

We also had pets that were characters and dressed up. This was my favorite. The star shaped glasses were too adorable to not make you smile. Our friends at Pet’s Discount were giving out free toys, treats, & water to all the pets that attended (you see those packages on the table… yeah they were up for grabs). A huge Mahalo to them for all they contributed to the event and also helping me rescue a runaway tent.

All in all, it was a great event… probably one of my favorites. I loved being able to see people spending the day with their pets and seeing the interaction between everyone, human and non-human.  We hope to see you there next year with your four legged friends 🙂

What’s next on Isle Unplugged? Well I’m glad you asked 🙂 We’re reaching out to our community and bringing them together to promote a healthier at Hawaii.

Stay tuned for the 2nd Annual Health & Community Fair!!

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Goodies & Treats

As the one week countdown begins for our upcoming pet fair at Waterfront Plaza, our IC crew is very excited for the fun we have in store for all you pets out there (and I guess owners too). We have 20 vendors from around the island coming down with everything from treats to information on getting you pampered. Its quite the indulgent event for all you cats & dogs out there. You can come down and get your nails trimmed by the lovely ladies from Pets In The City or sample some treats from Raw On Request. You might event meet your new nanny from Hawaii Pet Nanny that will keep you company when master is at work.

The Hawaii Pet Nannies

The Hawaii Pet Nannies

Why wouldn’t you want to be there? Ok so maybe you wouldn’t want to come because its outside in the summer heat?

Thirsty?

Thirsty?

Our friends at Pet’s Discount are a step ahead of you. Their staff have graciously offered to bring water dishes for all our four legged friends that attend, meaning you’ll stay cool and hydrated throughout the event. Be sure to thank them next time you’re in the store 🙂

I think the most exciting thing is freebies 🙂 Our vendors love you all so much that they’ll be giving away goody baskets, gift certificates, and more! If you happen to be there, have your owner stop by our tent and enter you to win some goodies & treats. And if you’re a pet owner, the prizes aren’t just for your best friend.

Hokulani Cupakes sound good to you?

Cupcakes? mmmmm...

Cupcakes? mmmmm...

What about The Grand Prize Giveaway from the pet friendly Hotel Renew? You and your pet could win a one night stay at the luxurious boutique hotel in Waikiki.

This could be you!!!

This could be you!!!

So what am I trying to say? Well… this event is for everyone. Pets, Owners, and everyday people alike. So if you’re looking to pamper your pets, adopt, or just looking for a good time, come and see us on June 26th at Waterfront Plaza/Restaurant Row on the front lawn. A huge mahalo to Honolulu Star-Bulletin & Midweek for their support of our event. For more information visit our Pets @ The Plaza Page.

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