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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Back to School

This week UH started it’s fall session. While I’m sure the first thing many of us thought was, “oh great, more traffic,” for us here at Isle Concierge it means that scheduling our workers becomes a bit trickier. To begin with we are already a small company with nine employees. Needless to say, when five of us had to go back to school this week our company definitely felt the impact of heading back to school.

The past three months we’ve enjoyed having a full staff available in the office to handle anything and everything that’s been thrown at us. From events, to deliveries, and everything in between we did it all. Now with our part timers going back to school, the balancing act that is being a concierge is a bit tricker.

What does this mean for our clients? Not much. Isle Concierge will still maintain the high quality of excellence to those that we service. Where it’s really felt is behind the scenes. Scheduling deliveries and events will take a little work to make sure we have the appropriate staffing to cover everything. Ultimately though, it’s the faces we’ll miss seeing on a regular basis. Staff that we’ve worked with daily or 3-4 times a week for the past couple of months, we won’t see on a daily basis anymore and may only see them once or twice a week.

However, this is a sacrifice that Isle Concierge gladly accepts. We only want the best for our employees so if it means we have to juggle things a little bit then so be it. In the long run, it’ll all be worth it.

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Healthy Extravaganza!

The 2nd Waterfront Plaza Health & Community Fair was this past Friday, August 7 and it was met with a warm reception by the organizations that participated as well as those that attended.

Attendees standing in line at the Kaiser Permanente booth for pedometers.

Attendees standing in line at the Kaiser Permanente booth for pedometers.

In all, twenty-seven organizations participated in this year’s event and were out letting people know more about the services and products they provide. It was great to see a lot of people turning out for the event, having a good time at the different tables, spining the prize wheels, engaging with vendors, and collecting information.

The courtyard was filled with the sounds of Hawaiian KINE 105.

The courtyard was filled with the sounds of Hawaiian KINE 105.

Organizations were spread throughout Restaurant Row at Waterfront Plaza and attendees had to do some traveling if they wanted to see it all. It actually ended up being a good thing as people that racked up 1000 steps on their Kaiser Permanente pedometers were eligible to win an iPod nano! The grand prize giveaway at the event was a trip to Kaua’i on Hawaiian Airlines from Hawaiian 105 KINE, but it didn’t stop there. Attendees walked away with Riatea Helm Concert Tickets, t-shirts and samples from Mix1, and prize packs from Susan G Komen Race for the cure & HMSA. It was a swag-fest!

WFP tenant Bristol Hospice - Hawaii LLC talking about their services.

WFP tenant Bristol Hospice - Hawaii LLC talking about their services.

At times we jokingly say ” . . . well, at least you have your health.” To these people your health and well being is their top priority. That’s what I like most about this event… we get to work with a number of great people and organizations from Hawaii’s community. That’s what’s most important in this economic climate. Working closely with people and organizations in our community towards a successful and thriving Hawaii.

The logistics of it all . . .

My chicken scratches denote the intense planning that was involved.

Of course what would any good event be without it’s share of hiccups? Originally I wanted to do a “pre-health fair” post on the logistics of planning the event . . . and then Thursday snuck up on us. We were literally mapping out booth assignments until the last moment as there was a last minute drop out and add-ins that caused some reshuffling. All in all though it was a great event, and I can’t wait to do this again in 2010!

If you’d like to check out all the pictures from this year’s event, click on the photos in our Snapshot sidebar or click here.

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IT Ideas: Scanner Edition

Buying electronics is always difficult for businesses.  They are expensive and come in so many varieties, it’s hard to determine which one is right from you.  As the designated IT guy(Dude that spends more time at the computer than everyone else), let me share a bit of what I have come to learn about buying electronics for your business.  At Isle Concierge, we are primarily a company powered by Mac computers(I being the lone linux/windows exception).  A while back we had purchased a scanner for our company’s documents.  Most scanners on the market will work with both PC and MACs.  However, there is a big difference depending on what you are going to scan.  Let me try to break it down and help give some ideas on how to decide what works for you.

Document Sheet Loaded Scanner

Document Sheet Loaded Scanner

If you are a business that scans large quantities of documents, many companies make scanners that specifically scan documents.  These tend to be fast while preserving document quality.  However, they are no good for scanning photos or anything with an intricate image.  These tend to be more useful for businesses that are trying to digitize all of their documents and are going for a paperless system.  These types of scanners tend to be on the more expensive side ranging from $200 to over $1,000.  These scanners tend to have software that is operating system specific.  Meaning ones designed for Windows will not work on MAC OSX unless that computer runs some kind of program to emulate windows.

Simple photo scanner

Simple photo scanner

A different option would be to use a photo scanner.  These tend to be much slower in comparison to the heavy duty document scanners.  However, they are also much cheaper, easier to find, and are a lot more flexible.  Because of their targeted audience, these scanners have software that is supported on both Windows and Mac systems.  The software is also easy to use and integrates into applications that are already on the system.  Price ranges on these scanners range from around $100 to maybe $800.  The high end photo scanners are mainly for professionals, and are overkill for documents.

Another thing to keep in mind is what they will be using these scans for.  If it is being stored as just records, most scanners are fine for that.  However, if they are looking to do something fancy like integrating scanned receipts into their book keeping software.  That will be another thing to look for in purchasing a scanner.  For our company, the scanner situation is setup a little different than most.  Because we primarily use macs for all of our staff, we use a Windows Emulator for our scanner.  The scanner we use is meant for a PC and the scanner software is able to link directly into our accounting software.  The software is also able to identify information on receipts and is able to store it logically.  We had already purchased the emulation software for our accounting, so adding the scanner for that purpose was an easy choice.

Generally, using scanners from larger companies like HP or Epson tend to be a better option.  Larger companies tend to have better support and most times have local repair companies or facilities.  Also supplies and accessories for these products are much easier to find.

As with all electronics for the workplace, what you decide to buy must fit what your company needs.  This is often the hardest thing to judge.  Buying something with too many bells and whistles may end up being a waste of money if it’s not fully utilized.  On the other extreme, you can’t expect a low end system to do everything and make coffee.  Much like Goldee Locks, you need to find that scanner that is just right.  Using review sites is highly recommended.  While every company/individual’s experience with a product will differ, it’s a good way to get an idea of some of the pro’s and con’s.  Here’s a couple of sites I like to use.

PC Magazine

PC Review

Mac Review Zone

And of course, google search engine is a great way to get some quick reviews.  I hope this helps any of you that are looking to buy a scanner for either yourself or your company.  Till next time, I’ll be browsing the interwebs making it look like I’m doing work.

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