HE HAWAI'I AU MAU A MAU.... E HANA PONO... MAI PONO HANA...
I AM HAWAIIAN... ALWAYS & FOREVER
MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE!!!
ALOHA AND WELCOME TO MY PERSONAL BLOG!!! I THOUGHT WHY NOT SHARE MY PERSONAL GAINS & STRUGGLES THAT LIFE PUTS OUT TO EACH AND ONE OF US. I FEEL THAT THROUGH THE GIFT OF "GIVING & SHARING", THERE IS NO WAY BETTER THAN START THIS BLOG WHICH IS ALL ABOUT ME, MY OHANA (FAMILY), HOALOHA (FRIENDS), AND EVEN ENEMIES WHICH ARE THE VERY ONES I NEED TO LOVE AND ACCEPT.
I'LL SAY THIS STRAIGHT UP, I DON'T HOLD BACK MY FEELINGS FOR ANYONE AND IT'LL COME OUT OF MY MOUTH ON HOW I FEEL ABOUT YOU AND OTHERS. I DON'T GO BEHIND ANYONE'S BACK AND START RUMOURS WITH HOPES THAT IT WILL CIRCLE AROUND AND FINALLY HIT ITS TARGET. WHY TAKE THE LONG ROUTE WHEN I CAN GO STRAIGHT TO THE POINT. PERSONALLY, I THINK THAT IS THE "REAL" WAY OF LIVING LIFE, "BE REAL" AT ALL TIMES EVEN WHEN THE WORLD IS WATCHING.
ON THE OTHER NOTE, "I AM" THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PERSON IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE FROM THE WAY "I SEE IT". I AM NOT SPEAKING FROM OTHER PEOPLE'S FEEDBACK OR "CONCEITEDNESS". "THIS IS" WHAT I CHOOSE TO SEE MYSELF EVERYDAY WHEN I WAKE UP FROM MY BED AND THANK "AKUA" (GOD) FOR GIVING ME ONE MORE DAY TO LIVE, REGARDLESS OF REGRETS FROM THE "YESTERDAYS" TO THE FEARS OF "TOMMOROWS".
IN MY EYES, LIVING A "BEAUTIFUL LIFE" CAN ONLY BE ATTAINED BY "CHOICE" AND IT REQUIRES "INTEGRITY", "HONESTY", "UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE", "FORGIVENESS" AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, "LOVE".
AS MY BEAUTIFUL ANCESTORS HAVED ALWAYS BELIEVED:
'Ike aku, 'ike mai, kokua aku kokua mai; pela iho la ka nohana 'ohana.
WHICH MEANS, RECOGNIZE OTHERS, BE RECOGNIZED, HELP OTHERS, BE HELPED; SUCH IS A FAMILY RELATIONSHIP.
Christopher Redfox II of Mountain Village, Alaska
makes a thrilling jump out of an airplane thousands of feet above the earth
while skydiving in Hawaii with his jump instructor last December.
The creator and founder of
the Honolulu Marathon was Frank Fasi in 1973. Fasi passed away in 2010 right
before the 38th Annual Marathon Race. He was the mayor of Hawaii for 10 years
and served as governor for one year.
The first Honolulu
Marathon only had 151 finishers compared to last year’s (2011) - 19,078. The
Marathon is on a small, tropical island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and
is among the ten largest marathon races in the world.
The marathon is popular
enough that the Honolulu Marathon Association maintains an office in Tokyo to
process entries. Japan Airlines has been the title sponsor of the race since
1985, and four out of the five supporting or contributing sponsors are Japanese
companies (the only American sponsor is Nike).
This marathon is to fight
against heart disease and also to enjoy the view of the beach and have a nice
How did I find out about
During the middle of
September in 2011, I went to Anchorage for my usual dental appointment to get
my braces tightened. After I was done, I went to the Dimond Center Mall to eat
breakfast by myself. I was sitting there alone saying to myself, “I wonder if I
should just go to Hawaii.”
Then I thought of what my
late brother Jerel Jacob Redfox told me, “You can say it, but can you do it?” I
said it to myself and so I did it.
I called Alaska Cab for a
pick up. I told him to take me to the airport and as soon as I got there I
walked straight to the Alaska Airlines agent and asked, “When is your next
flight to Hawaii?” He told me, “It leaves in a couple hours. Would you like to
I reached for my wallet
and gave him my credit card and bought a one-way ticket for $675.00. The only
route to take was from Anchorage-Seattle, Seattle-Honolulu.
I got to Seattle at about
midnight and I had a nine-hour layover, so I got a hotel to sleep in for the
I woke up at 8:30am and my
flight left at 9am to Honolulu. I quickly got dressed and I got my boarding
pass at 8:45am. Then I couldn’t find my gate. I was running looking and looking
but couldn’t find it.
As soon as I found my gate
I went straight to the Alaska Airlines agent and asked her if people boarded
the plane for Hawaii yet. She pointed out the window and it was just taking
She told me she held the
plane for me as long as she could but I got there a few minutes too late. The
agent re-booked my flight for the evening flight that left ten hours later. I
asked the agent if there was a shopping place for clothes. She said I would
have to take the train to Seattle which was 45 minutes away.
So then I bought a Day
Pass ticket for $5.00 to get to Seattle. As soon as I got to Seattle I went
straight to Old Navy and bought $450.00 worth of clothes and a backpack to
stuff all my clothes in.
All the clothes I had with
me were the clothes I had on.
Afterwards I went to
Chris’s Steak House and ate a huge barbecued rib steak with mashed potatoes,
corn, gravy and ice cream. Still I had 6 hours to burn so I found a theatre and
watched “Friends with Benefits”.
After the movie was over I
had some time to explore Seattle for a while and then finally took the train
back to the airport. As soon as I got there it was time to board for Hawaii.
I sat next to two gorgeous
ladies from Colorado named Eryka and Teri. I told them I was running away from
Alaska and nobody knew where I was and I didn’t answer anybody’s call for a
The only reason I ran away
was because Alaska reminded me of my late brother Jerel Redfox too much and it
was making me weak and lifeless. My brother Jerel passed away on January 23,
2010 on the Parks Highway half a mile away from Nenana.
Teri and Eryka told me to
call my mother and at least tell her I’m okay. It was about 2am when we landed
My first thought when I
stepped off that plane was the air. It was the most humid place I had ever
been. I would say this is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
I couldn’t find a hotel
until about 3am and the hotel was about 10 miles away from the beach.
I met an Australian family
that helped me find a hostel for $58.00 a night that was a few minutes away
from Waikiki beach.
I wasn’t planning on
coming back to Alaska until they talked me out of it. It was the time when the
Anchorage Police Department contacted my cell phone and left a voicemail saying
if I do not contact my parents with in 48 hours then they are going to post
missing person pictures of me all over Anchorage.
While I was eating
breakfast with the Australian family they wouldn’t let me go until I called my
mother and told her where I am. As soon as my mother heard my voice she got
relieved. I told her I was in Hawaii and for a second she couldn’t really
I stayed in Hawaii for
about a week. As soon I checked into my hostel I went straight to the beach and
met Melanie, Maureen and Alexis from Canada. They were on vacation and drove me
While we were driving
around we saw this huge mountain everyone was hiking called, Diamond Head
(1,000 steps to the top and they weren’t regular steps).
Alexis and I hiked all the
way to the top and we could see everything. It was the most beautiful scenery
I’ve ever seen in my life.
Before the day was over I
treated them out to dinner at a restaurant.
The next day I ran 13
miles and some Hawaiian Native told me about the “Honolulu Marathon” that was
going to happen on December 11, 2011 and he thought that I would be able to
beat the African Americans that came in first every year.
After my 13 mile run I
went sky diving at North Shore which cost a total of $275.00. When I was up
there I said to myself, “What have I gotten myself into?”
It was too late to back
down. It was like nothing I could describe. I had the biggest adrenaline rush
I’ve ever had in my life. My next goal is to do bungee jumping.
As soon as I got back to
Alaska I started training hard every morning before work started at 7am. I
would wake up at 5am and run 10 miles, do 50 sit-ups and 25 push ups before
All this wouldn’t be
possible without the support from my family, friends and relatives. I would
like to thank several teachers, Mountain Village Tribal Council and my parents
for sponsoring me.
For awhile I thought I
wasn’t going to be able to run the Marathon race because the flight from Saint
Mary’s to Anchorage got cancelled on the 8th of December due to icing on the
So I had I re-route to go
from Mountain Village to Bethel. Then from Bethel to Anchorage. I had a
connecting flight that left at 2pm the next day straight to Hawaii from
Anchorage and I missed that flight because I was doing last minute things.
I went to an agent to see
if I can get to Hawaii the next day but they were booked. The only way to get
there was to go from Anchorage-Seattle, Seattle-Honolulu. It was an extra
$775.00 because the only seat available from Seattle to Hawaii was a First
As soon as I got to Hawaii
I had to get my packet for my race. Afterwards I couldn’t find a hotel for
about 5 hours because all the hotels were booked. Finally I found a hotel at
about 10pm and the Honolulu Marathon Race started in 7 hours. As soon as I lay
down I went straight to bed.
Christopher Redfox II of Mtn. Village runs in the
2011 Honolulu Marathon in memory of his brother Jerel. He finished with a time
When I woke up I couldn’t
find any trunks because I forgot to pack them. All the stores were closed and I
was thinking to run with pants the whole race until I went to the Dry Cleaners
where everyone did their laundry.
I asked some stranger if I
can buy a pair of trunks for $80.00 and he was kind enough to sell them to me
Finally after all the
hassle to get to this race I was ready and prepared to run. Before the race
started we said the Pledge of Allegiance and had fireworks.
During that whole race all
I was thinking about was my late brother Jerel Jacob Redfox.
I kept on pushing myself
to the limit until I crossed that finish line. I came in 2,741 out of 19,078
runners with a time of 4 hours 24 minutes and 41 seconds.
This was my 2nd marathon
race out of many. I’m dedicating all my Marathon Races to my late brother Jerel
Jacob Redfox who passed on January 23, 2010. You will never be forgotten. I
love and miss you bro with all my heart.
by Christopher Redfox II
LOA... "DELTA DISCOVERY" FOR
POSTING THIS WONDERFUL STORY!!!
ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU MAKE OUT OF IT!!!
CHRIS REDFOX II, KEEP DOIING WHAT YOU DO BEST AND CONTINUE TO GIVE
UNCONDITIONALLY TO THE WORLD!!!