Sacred Journey

A Prada hippie's travels, obsessions and boundless search for MORE JOY!

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Interview: Kumu Hula Leimomi

Interview: Beloved Kumu Hula Leimomi Maldonado

I started dancing at the age of four with Aunty Kuulei Punua on Kauai. A few years later, after my family had moved to Oahu, I began taking lessons from Kanani Bell. But then I stopped dancing hula for a few years, and it was not until the seventh grade that hula resurfaced in my life. I started taking hula lessons at Punahou School from Kumu Hula Leimomi Maldonado. I learned much about hula from her, but the deeper, more meaningful lesson that I absorbed was the elegant concept of grace.Continue reading


If Janene and I were ever on the Shark Tank television show, Jaws would look like a minnow, and we would be thoroughly gored and annihilated. Our altruistic, yet somewhat naive business philosophy, is based on “If we build it— they will come.” The Sharks would start using us as their model of “How Not to do Business.”Continue reading

Mandy Horst, the finished product!

Diary of an upper blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty (BLEF-uh-roe-plas-tee) includes surgery to repair droopy eyelids that may involve removing excess skin, muscle and fat.

Definition by Mayo Clinic Staff

As you age, your eyelids stretch, and the muscles supporting them weaken. As a result, excess fat may gather above and below your eyelids, causing sagging eyebrows, droopy upper lids and bags under your eyes.

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Beauty alert!

Beauty Alert

I always look forward to my monthly hydrafacials with my dear friend and skincare guru—Yuko Nishimura.

Yuko is like a little sister to me. It is no surprise how alike we are since we are both Pitta Aries Dragons. Our common bond is the pursuit of the latest advancements in the Health and Beauty industries. We find ourselves constantly texting each other on new skin care procedures and products, workouts and our second greatest obsession…food! Yuko is extremely sharp, savvy, meticulous and organized as well as beautiful, loving and compassionate.

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Helping Grace

There was the fall of the Roman Empire, the fall of the Berlin Wall and then. . . there was the fall of my face! The two former historical events were much more noteworthy—many of you may think that the latter does not warrant any mention in the annals of significant historical events, Continue reading