Run Like a Girl!

a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step…

Just passed the $1,000 mark! July 8, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 9:15 pm

To date, we’ve raised $1,050 for the Leukemia Society – I can’t thank you enough for your support! The half marathon is just a little over 3 months away and the training runs are starting to get longer. Tomorrow morning I’ll be meeting the team at 6:30am out in Hawaii Kai for another group session. We have a lot of new members on our team this year and it’s inspiring to hear their stories and reasons for getting behind this cause.

If you’d like to help, please feel free to make a donation online at or visit the Current and Upcoming Fundraisers link at the top of the page for ways you can help, including signing up to help at a running event, turning in your loose change at a Coinstar machine, or purchasing Macy’s Shop For a Cause tickets! Thanks for the encouragement! =)


Volunteer Your Time July 5, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 1:08 pm

If you can’t afford to give a monetary donation this year, but would still like to help, we need volunteers for many of the aid stations for the Honolulu Marathon Race Readiness Series. If you are able to help with any of these (and/or have friends or family members that can join you) your time is worth $10 per hour worked as a donation to the Leukemia Society!

Here are the races, dates and times that we need volunteers:

  • Sun, August 14, 5am to 8am – ING Direct Norman Tamanaha 15K – in Honolulu
  • Sun, September 4, 5am to 9am – Runner’s HI 20K – in Kapolei
  • Sun, October 2, 4:30am to 9:30am – ING Direct 25K – in Kailua
  • Sun, October 23, 4am to 9:30am – PF Chang’s 30K – in Honolulu
  • November 6, 4:30am to 9am – Val Nolasco Half Marathon – in Honolulu

Working at an aid station is actually a really exciting way to participate in these races. You’ll help pass out water and sports drink to runners passing by and help cheer them on! You also receive a t-shirt in exchange for your time. Please let me know if you’d like to help!


Macy’s Shop for a Cause – August 27th July 3, 2011

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Want to help raise $ for the Leukemia Society and get a little something for yourself in return? For a $5 donation, I’m selling tickets for this year’s Macy’s Shop for a Cause event which takes place on Saturday, August 27th. (This is good for Macy’s stores nationwide, not just Hawaii!)

For your $5 donation, you get 25% off on regular, sale and clearance merchandise throughout the store, even on brands that are usually excluded from sales. (The exception is 10% off on electronics, furniture, matresses, and rug/floor coverings.) And, you will also be eligible to win a $500 gift card, no purchase necessary!

If you would like to purchase a ticket, please email me at and let me know where to send it or how to get it to you. You can mail me a check and I can send you the tickets right away! If you have friends, family, or coworkers who would like a ticket please let me know how many to send.



It’s that time of year again! April 27, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 3:50 pm

It’s hard to believe that this year will be my 6th Nike Women’s Half Marathon, but it’s true. I signed up today to participate once again with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program in order to raise awareness and (hopefully) $3,000 this year for the cause. I can’t say how much I appreciate your support over the past six years in helping me to cross each finish line. The friends I’ve made and people I’ve met along the way are truly inspirations to me in my every day life.

Last year, I lost my friend John Kark to his second battle with Leukemia in April. In his honor, and with your help, I was able to complete my half marathon, even though I was in pain from a knee injury. It was the first year I didn’t have friends running the race with me in a few years, and I remember at one point being on the huge downhill stretch after mile 10 and just thinking of John and his fighting spirit. It was a really, really cold race this year and that part is where you come up onto the great highway and the sea breeze hits. I shivered in my arm warmers and I was generally pretty miserable. But something inside of me clicked when I thought of John and what he would say to me if he could coach me through that tough part of my race. I slowly picked up my pace and was able to finish strong. I truly felt like he was with me there at that finish line. It was a great day!

Looking back on last year, it was so bittersweet. Losing John was extremely heartbreaking, but it’s been amazing getting to know his friends and family and to see how each of them are continuing the fight in John’s name. I’m honored to stand with them again this year. And I thank you for coming along for the ride!

Last year, we smashed our goal of $5,000 for the cause, even though at times I really doubted that I’d be able to pull it off. This year, I’m asking your help to raise $3,000. If you can make a donation, big or small – it all adds up! – or if you’d like to participate by volunteering your time or helping with an event, please let me know.

Malia =)


Less than $600 and 6 weeks to go! September 7, 2010

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Last month was a great month – our wine tasting benefit raised $800 that evening alone and I’ve collected almost $300 since the event selling the leftover wine! It was such a fun evening, and I’m already planning to do a “second annual” next year thanks to everyone’s feedback! (see pictures here.) =) If you are interested in a bottle of port, I have 3 left for $25 each. They are all signed by the artist, Kimi Werner. Mahalo for all of your kind words about my shin splints too – it was a busy month, but taking 3 weeks off to let them heal was still pretty frustrating. I am doing a lot better now and slowly building back up the mileage.

With a few donations that should be clearing soon, I’ll be up to about $4400 – only $600 from my goal of $5,000 this year in John Kark’s memory. If you’d like to help, please consider making a tax deductible donation at

I also have 2011 Entertainment Books for Hawaii in stock! They retail for $30 each but come with $25 in “bonus cards” (new this year!) that you can use right off the bat at Taco del Mar, Cattle Company, Chart House, Big City Diner and Go Bananas. Inside you’ll also find hundreds of buy one get one free or special offers for fine dining, casual dining, shops, and travel. If you need a book for Hawaii, let me know and I will get it to you right away. For out of state editions (they have them all over the mainland so if you’re traveling or have relatives, it makes a great gift) you can purchase online at

For another easy way to help, please consider purchasing a Ward Centers Festival of Giving ticket for the weekend of November 12-14 (right before the Christmas rush!) Your entire $10 donation for the festival ticket goes directly to the Leukemia Society, and in return you get discounts at almost all the Ward Centers Merchants! For a full list of shopping & dining discounts, click here. There is also free gift wrapping, gift card giveaways, and a $10 GC when you submit $150 in Ward Centers receipts for the weekend – which means your ticket is basically free if you use it, but your $10 donation still goes straight to the charity! It’s the perfect time to start your holiday shopping, before the mad rush hits.

Thanks again for all your support! I could not do this without you… =)


Ravenchase Quest for a Cure! August 16, 2010

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this saturday we held our fundraiser with ravenchase and it was a blast!!! not only did we end up with 9 teams and close to 40 players, we raised over $500 for the leukemia society! and the best part: it was FUN!!!!!

our first clue arrived by email at 1am friday morning and it was DIFFICULT!! in order to solve it, you needed to first know what a vigenere cipher is, then solve the RIDDLE to figure out the KEY to apply to the CODE listed on the clue! if you decoded it correctly, it revealed our starting location, which was across from aloha tower!!

when we arrived, i tried to greet as many of the teams and players as i could and to tell them a little about the leukemia society. it was a great group! once we all sorted out teams and team names (my group of 5 was called “the ravenchase mavens”) we gathered around for instructions.

we broke up into our teams and opened the backpacks we’d been given to see what items we’d be using to solve the clues. continuing with the poker theme of our starter clue, our bag contained a deck of cards, a cut out heart, an infrared flashlight, and a lighter! hidden in a secret pocket was also a binary decoder! (ok you can see my inner nerd getting excited here! haha…)

we pulled out our treasure map and got to work!

we were given six clues and two bonus clues which required us to run around various locations in downtown, including the capitol building, hawaii theater, an irish pub, and more. the clues were extremely detailed and difficult to crack. for this one, once we finally decoded the message “heat crib”, we realized we needed to use the lighter we’d been given to pass over the clue. when we did that, all of the letters and numbers disappeared except for a phone number which gave us the answer!! so crazy!

along the route we were also told to look for random poker chips that were hidden along the way (we found two!) and secret agents who could help us! christina actually found a secret agent but we later realized that we hadn’t asked him the right questions, shucks! lol…

we all were told to make it back to gordon biersch at a specific time and any late minutes would be points deducted. as the time ticked down we rushed to our last clue, and solved it quickly to get back to the end on time. at the finish line, we gathered for a much deserved drink and waited for the points to be tallied!

in the end, the ravenchase mavens solved all but one of the bonus clues, and it was enough to give us second place!! we were so proud of ourselves! our trophy: a silver spray painted jester! hahaha… (first place was a potty training toilet filled with candy and spray painted gold!!) so classic.

i’d highly recommend ravenchase to anyone who’s interested! they were awesome with our fundraiser, and they also do public events (including holiday themed ones, like halloween, st patty’s day, and new years), private parties, and corporate team building… for $35 a player, it’s totally worth it and i can’t wait for their next event!

thanks to all who participated, to those who donated prizes for us to raffle at the end, and to the awesome staff at ravenchase. what a great event for a great cause! MAHALO!!


honolulu marathon and TNT August 4, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Malia Yoshioka @ 6:59 am

yesterday i made the decision NOT to do the honolulu marathon with team in training this year. i signed up with a local training group called team jet instead, so that more of the money i raise through my campaigns this year will go directly to the leukemia & lymphoma society.

a little background information: any charity that does fundraising is spending money to earn money for its cause and the leukemia society is no exception. what i love about the leukemia society’s team in training program is that it puts together extraordinary people with a great cause – blood cancer research, awareness, and support. researchers in the area of blood cancers also are frequently able to make progress towards curing other types of cancer as well. so in my small way, this is my way of trying to help to find a way to stop cancer from taking more lives – not just leukemia, but all forms of cancer.