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Macy’s Shop for a Cause – Saturday 8/25 August 21, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 9:29 am

Every year Macy’s holds an event called Shop for a Cause. It’s a way for you to do your part by donating to a favorite charity, and in return you receive a savings pass valid for 25% off at Macy’s stores nationwide for one day. And it’s coming up this Saturday, August 25th!

How do you participate? 

1) Make a donation of $5 or more here:

2) I’ll email you your shopping pass right away!

3) Head to Macy’s on Saturday 8/25 and shop til ya drop… You can use it all day and at more than one Macy’s. A lot of the “normal” exclusions are lifted for this event, and on some categories normally excluded you will receive 10% off. Each store also gives away a $500 Macy’s gift card – good luck!!


Some of the fine print on the pass: “IN-STORE SAVINGS PASS: EXTRA 25% OFF reg., sale & clearance prices, including home, with exclusions listed. EXTRA 10% OFF watches, electrics, electronics, furniture, mattresses and rugs/floor coverings, with exclusions listed. EXCLUDES: Super Buys, Specials, Everyday Values (EDV), cosmetics, fragrances, TAG Heuer, Tempur-pedic mattresses, products offered by vendors who operate leased departments in any of our stores, including Maternity, eSpot, Louis Vuitton. Not valid on, previous purchases, special orders, services, gift cards, gift wrap, jewelry trunk shows, payment on credit accounts, restaurants, gourmet foods, wine. Cannot be combined with any savings pass/coupon, extra discount or credit offer, except opening a new Macy’s account. EXTRA SAVINGS APPLIED TO REDUCED PRICES. Present this pass at register. Shop for a Cause pass valid Saturday, August 25, 2012”


Getting ready for 2012… August 19, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 12:10 pm

I had to really think about whether or not to do another Honolulu Marathon…

Last year, I completed my sixth Nike Women’s Half Marathon and, thanks to your generous support, raised over $3200 for the Leukemia Society! Although I had a decent race and remained injury-free for a change, I lost one of my childhood friends in a car accident just before the trip, and decided to take a few months off to just reevaluate my life for a bit… Life is short, people!

I didn’t do the full Honolulu Marathon, although I did my own “mini-marathon” by starting with everyone else, then stopping at my house (at about the 10k mark of the full marathon). I felt a bit naughty for breaking the rules and going off-course, but it was what I could manage at the time, and I had fun. Plus, I got to go home and shower and then head back to the finish to cheer everyone on. Win-win in my book.

I’ve done a total of four Honolulu Marathons so far – 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009. Through training for and completing these races, I’ve learned to both challenge myself as well as to be accepting of my body and its limitations. It’s been an amazing and life-changing experience, year after year. However, I have also learned that I really prefer the half marathon distance. That being said, I plan for this 2012 Honolulu Marathon to be my 5th and final full marathon, after that I’m going to stick to half marathons, maybe just doing a few more of them per year.

Although we’ll see – I’ve also learned to never say never. So far, all I know is that I’ve got a new pair of Brooks Adrenalines on the way (one of about a dozen I’ve worn out since 2005). It’s time to get ready for the 2012 Honolulu Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, December 9, 2012.

Thanks for joining me for yet another season of racing for a cure! If you’d like to make a donation to help me reach my goal this year to raise $2500 for the cause, please visit my fundraising page at And check back here to get training updates and upcoming fundraisers.

MAHALO FOR YOUR SUPPORT! I could not do this without you. Someday soon I hope that we do reach that ultimate finish line – a world without cancer.