Aloha, I'm a Detroiter, who in 1981 was one of the first females to participate in the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii. And Herb (Pooh) and I were one of the first couples.
We moved to Hawaii when I was recruited to be interim race director of the Ironman in 1986. In the early 1980's Ironman Directors would spend a week in Detroit learning from what we were learning producing the Emily Detroit Run activities. We were all pioneers.
We ... Herb (Pooh) and I created the "Say Nice Things about Detroit" movement from Emily's Across the Street in downtown Detroit in 1970's. The people were the heartbeat of the movement .. in the 80's we lost our lease ... others wanted our corner and there is a whole lot of story in between. Not a good time for us. In hindsight, and every day I am grateful for all those hard times.
I'm proud to have been Detroit News "Michiganian of the Year recipient and proud of the continued support from many as I continue to care take the “Say nice things about Detroit” way of life." I never stopped sharing my stories of Detroit and Hawaii and feeling I would work my way back so to speak. Valerie Silk, owner of the Ironman encourage us to move to the Big Island and continue our style of consulting with them as Interim Race Director as their long time Director Kay Rhead had passed away. So we were deep into Ironman.
After moving to Hawaii, the Kohala Coast golf courses drew me back into the game of golf I had tried to pursue professionally many years ago. I learned the game as a junior golfer around the Detroit area. I turned my knowledge of the game into marketing the Kohala Coast Resorts as a destination, and Marketing Consultant for the Mauna Lani Senior Skins, PGA Champions Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. I co-created events including the very popular Hilton Waikoloa Dolphin Days Celebrity event in the 1990’s,
After becoming a recipient of the Kona Board of Realtors Civilian Community Enrichment Award I received my real estate license and I am a Rs with Kohala Estate Realty.
More than ever, I am enjoying connecting and/or talking about Detroit and Hawaii and opportunities for people to being involved in both my communities. In spirit and or in person. It's a big factor when working with people who want to be homeowners here on the Big Island. Ilike introducing others to those who would welcome being mutually supportive for the community. Or just want to know more about my communities of Hawaii and Detroit. The challenges, opportunities to share some Detroit Love and Aloha in each community is a blessing and are at the heart of how I like to be in the world.
Meanwhlle ... mahalo to Shinola for the heartfelt and respectful nod in 2017 to our "say nice things about Detroit" movement by introducing "The Gail" Shinola watch and featuring it in all their stores across the country for a year.
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