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Seeking the Next Design

We are in the process of developing our artwork for our T-shirts and event collateral for the 31st Great Aloha Run, to be held February 16, 2015.

GAR is looking for those interested in EXPERIENCING part of the process. In the past, we have contacted several of our previous partners to see if they would like to submit concept ideas for our CORE group to review and decide a winner. The chosen artwork would be incorporated into our print, television, web collateral, and would be a focus point for our T-shirts.

This year, we're casting out the net to the general public…to see if there are other talented artists who would like to contribute their works to our cause.

Once chosen, the artwork would go through a process which would include... concept, layout, design, production, and revision. The agreed upon art would then be used by the artist to complete designs for our In-Training T-shirt, Finishers T-Shirt, and Volunteer T-Shirt. Once the main design is completed, we'd ask that you also design artwork for our baby t-shirts... for our "Stroller Baby's"...

Check out previous designs that were on this quilt display at the 2014 Great Aloha Run Expo.

We know that a lot of time and effort goes into this, and we do appreciate your consideration and participation in this process. In keeping with our goals to give back as much as possible to the community, we hope you understand that in large this is a labor of love. In exchange for your valuable time, you get claim to fame with notoriety in our tabloid & newsletter! Plus! You'll have a featured article and inclusion on our website to link to your work and/or business.

The winning artist that is chosen will create all the various components (In-Training T-shirt, Finishers T-Shirt, and Volunteer T-Shirt, Stroller Baby).

Are YOU this person? Do you want to share your EXPERIENCE with others? Please let us know, by June 15, 2014 in writing . Simply indicate your interest for now. Currently, the artwork information detail is in development and will be sent to you as it becomes available.

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Great Aloha Run Founder

Carole Kai was born on October 28, 1944, in St. Louis College (now High School, then a hospital) and is best known for the annual event that bore her name from 1974 -- 1994, The Carole Kai International Bed Race, which raised millions of dollars for 50 charities and the Military in Hawaii.

In 1985 she co-founded The Great Aloha Run, an 8.15-mile charity run with Honolulu Marathon Founder, Dr. Jack Scaff. It started with 11,698 participants, which set a Guinness world record for the largest number of entrants in a first-time sporting event. Today, the GAR hosts more than 29,000 entrants and has raised over $9.65 million supporting 150 different charitable organizations in Hawaii. The Military in Hawaii has also received $900,000+ over the years.

Carole was a professional singer, dancer, musician and recording artist, after receiving her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Hawaii. She performed in Waikiki venues: The Royal Hawaiian Hotel's Monarch Room, Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel, Outrigger Main Showroom, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Showroom and the Sheraton-Waikiki Ballroom. She worked on the Reno/Tahoe/Las Vegas circuit and throughout the major cities in Asia and the Far East.

As a featured act at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe and Harrah's Hotel in Reno and Lake Tahoe, she opened for Roger Williams, Guy Lombardo, Shecky Greene, George Carlin and Don Rickles.

Upon her return to Hawaii, Carole served on the Boards of Variety School of Hawaii, The Aloha Stadium Authority, American Heart Association, Girl Scouts Council of Hawaii to name a few. (Carole received the "Aloha Is" Award at the Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards on May 30, 2011).

In 1993, Carole and her creative partners started the hit Karaoke television show, "Hawaii Stars"! They also produced "Keiki Stars", "Chefs in Paradise", "Jan Ken Po Hawaii-the Game Show of Hawaii", "Hawaii Stars" TV Documentaries (since 2008) and finally The Annual Weinberg Foundation Concert for the last 15 years -- a total of over 1,600 shows have been aired since 1993. *Four Documentaries were done on the Military in Hawaii (two of them won International Telly Savalas Awards.)

Her last stage performances were with the wildly popular "Local Divas" that included the late Loyal Garner, Nohelani Cypriano, and Melveen Leed from 1998 to 2001 -- all local stars in the 60s through the mid-80s.

Carole's great passion is for the Military, especially the Army. Her father was in Military Intelligence during WWII, her uncle and brother were in the Army, her cousin a West Point graduate. Carole's brother--in-law is a retired Air Force Colonel and husband, Eddie, was in the Army during the Viet Nam War. She was awarded the "Mana O Ke Koa" (Spirit of the Warrior) Award by the U.S. Army, Pacific and LTG Frank Wiercinski in June, 2011.

Carole's sustenance is her strong Christian faith. Her motivation and inspiration comes from mother, Ethel, whose lifetime desire was to help others. Entertainer, dedicated volunteer, businesswoman, promoter, community leader and loyal friend, Carole Kai Onouye has led a very fulfilling life, thanks to her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
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