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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, September 27, 2001

The Left Lane
Ms. America it's not

Robin Schaefer will be a judge for the Hawaiian Hurricane's Fitness Challenge on Saturday.
A number of Hawai'i's toughest — and most attractive — women will compete for $10,000 in prizes in the first Hawaiian Hurricane's Fitness Challenge Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kapi'olani Park.

The competition includes an obstacle course that tests both strength and agility. Women run through tires, traverse monkey bars and a balance beam, pull themselves up a rope and over a 10-foot wall, lug around two sand-filled gasoline cans weighing more than 50 pounds each and then sprint 50 yards.

The fastest obstacle-course times will be added to points earned in the physique/swimwear portion, where contestants are judged on athleticism, stage presence and beauty. The winner with the best combined score will leave $3,000 richer.

Men don't need to stay on the sidelines watching. Spectators can participate in a "winner take all" run through the obstacle course with each entrant contributing $20 to the prize while the women are preparing for the swimsuit competition. Event organizer and personal trainer Chris Faildo said the person with the best time takes half of the total amount; the other half will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

A fitness exposition and live entertainment will complete the day. Admission is free.

— Katherine Nichols, Advertiser staff writer

Sugar over spice

This is one sweet thing that's actually good for you.

Nikali Liquid Sugar is a new skin exfoliator that's gentler than abrasive salt body scrubs, which can damage the skin. Featured in major beauty magazines, Liquid Sugar is part of a new generation of scrubs that are sugar-based, hydrating and exfoliating the skin in ways salt scrubs can't.

The product gently sloughs off flaky, dead cells and contains other ingredients — oils, jojoba esters, vitamin E and aloe vera —to moisturize. And it passed the smell test: Liquid Sugar smells good enough to eat, with a not-too-overwhelming vanilla fragrance.

Nikali sells for $24.99 at Image, A Beauty Emporium & Salon, 126 Queen St., Suite 101. Or check out Nikali.com.

— Catherine E. Toth, Advertiser staff writer

Nominate a hero

The fifth annual Ola Pono "Live Right" Awards recognize unsung heroes who promote a drug-free and violence-free philosophy, and nominations are now being accepted for the 2002 honors. Time to give credit where credit is due.

Nominees can be groups, companies or individuals, from a volunteer organization to your next-door neighbor, anyone who helps prevent drug abuse and violence in Hawai'i through awareness, education or action. Last year's award winners included the Optimist Club, Meadow Gold and FortÚ.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Nov. 15. Winners will be announced in February and honored with $1,000 each, to be donated to charities of their choice.

For more information or to request a nomination form, call (800) 845-1946, ext. 34 or visit www.hmsa.com.

— Catherine E. Toth