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January 9, 2020

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Big Island Adventures!

Pacific Quest Young Adult students recently visited OK Farms in Hilo, where they assisted in transplanting Mamaki and coffee plants.  The historic OK Farms is over 1,000 acres and is home to amazing waterfalls and exotic fruit varieties. 

After lending a helping hand on the farm, students enjoyed lunch by a scenic waterfall and then returned to Reeds Bay to enjoy some time playing in the ocean!  The group launched kayaks and SUPs from the ice ponds and paddled around Hilo Bay, taking in the beautiful scenery!

Learn more about our Young Adult Program here!

July 27, 2018

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Ultramarathon Fundraiser: Helping Hawaii

Mark Agosto and Mike Sullivan

Many of you continue to reach out and share your concern about the people of Hawaii being affected by the Kilauea volcano eruption.  While Pacific Quest is far from danger and unaffected by the volcano, our wonderful community in the Puna District have lost their homes and been displaced (the total number of homes consumed by lava exceeds 600!).  Relief efforts are in full effect, and we want to help!

Alumni and Family Services Director Mike Sullivan, and Co-Executive Director Mark Agosto are racing a 120 mile ultramarathon in August, and have dedicated their training efforts and racing prowess to help the people of Hawaii.  They have created the fundraiser: Helping Hawaii, and can be accessed by clicking the following link: Ultramarathon Fundraiser: Helping Hawaii.

“Racing for a cause” gives meaning to training and racing, and as Mike and Mark have witnessed the devastation happening in Puna, they became passionate about creating a fundraising goal.  Please consider visiting their fundraiser page to read more about their ultramarathon endeavor or to donate.  And be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram from August 14-19, as they will be posting photos and stories from the six day race course (yes, that is six days of running through the Colorado mountains)!

August 20, 2017

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Adventure to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

A group of PQ students recently has an adventure at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park! The group packed up the cars and headed up the Southeastern coast towards the park, listening to music and playing fun games along the way. The car ride followed a highway that took the group past stunning panoramic ocean views over Whittington beach park, where everyone could see the Pacific ocean spanning off into the horizon. The group also drove through the Ka’u desert, into the lowland Ohi’a Lehua forest on the gentle slopes of Mauna Loa, and finally into the national park and its vast, lush expanses of tropical forests.

The first stop on this outing was the Thurston Lava Tube.  Known as Nāhuku, the lava tube was discovered (or possibly re-discovered) in 1913 by Lorrin Thurston, a local news publisher at the time. The group stopped for a brief lesson on how lava tubes are formed before setting off on a winding trail through a forest of tree ferns.  At the bottom of the trail the large, ominous mouth of the lava tube became visible and the group was soon inside it’s lighted passageways. The group entered the tube and took a moment of stillness to observe the cavernous silence of the tube, imagining a river of molten lava flowing through the spot where they were standing over one hundred years ago. After this moment, the group took a few group photos and then made their way through the remainder of the tunnel, pausing to touch the walls of the tube, feel the moisture and moss, and observe spiderwebs hang from lights lining the tube. At the end of the tunnel, everyone made their way up a series of winding staircases that joined a path to complete the trail loop.  After the lava tube, everyone was ready for lunch. The group enjoyed a picnic while a student read stories about Pele, the goddess of fire, and her journey through the Hawaiian islands before finally finding a home in a crater at the national park.

After lunch, the group was ready to head out on the next excursion, a trek that would take them around and across the floor of the nearby Kilauea Iki crater. Descending again through the lush rainforest, the students arrived on the crater floor. The crater’s most recent natural history is dominated by a 1959 vent eruption that spewed a curtain of lava 1900 feet into the air for five weeks. This eruption filled the valley floor to create a lake of lava weighing an estimated 86 million tons and rising to a depth of 400 feet. As the group walked and talked together, they couldn’t help but pause periodically to marvel at the natural beauty of the crater as everyone looked out in awe over the crater, under Mauna Loa, and across the steam vents.

As the group continued across the crater floor, everyone paused to learn about and observe some of the steam vents, and look for interesting geologic marvels such as ‘Pele’s Hair’ – thin strands of rock lifted from the lava lake of Kilauea’s caldera and blown by the wind to settle in cracks and crevices all over the surrounding area. Students marveled at the Ohi’a Lehua trees that took root in the otherwise desolate crater floor, ruminating on how life finds a way to endure, even in the harshest conditions.  Everyone hiked back up the switchbacks on the opposite side of the crater and made the short hike back through the rainforest to where the cars were parked. Just before leaving the crater, the group stopped at an overlook to take one last look at how vast the crater was and how far they had come. A tired, but very fulfilled ohana climbed back into the cars to relax and reflect on the ride back to Pacific Quest.

June 14, 2016

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If this isn’t ‘real’ then why does this work?

By: Robert Trout, MA
Primary Therapist

I cannot tell you how many times over the last decade that I have worked in wilderness and outdoor behavioral health programming I have heard the statement made by families, young adults, and teens that “this is not real”. ‘This’ being the setting of being outdoors and outside for a wilderness program. In my experience this is usually heard in reference to the experience of sitting in the silence of immense beauty after experiencing a moment or time period of growth, opening or realization. Each time I have personally heard this (as recently as yesterday) I have this moment where I reflect on my personal experience of this feeling and have a thought that comes up saying “but it is the only ‘real’ I know”.

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Robert Trout, MA

I myself have climbed the mountains, walked the deserts, felt the freeze and heat, planted the seeds, seen the hidden shadows and heard the call of wild and mysterious questions. I too have thought “this is not ‘real’” and wondered “How does this help me in our world of buildings, social groups, Internet, schools and family?” But now I want to be honest: Sitting in the quiet beauty witnessing transformation, growth and the re-opening of purpose, meaning and passion is the most powerful experience of my life. So I must ask the question: Is wilderness the ‘real’ and the outside world the place where we create challenges, struggles and games to test what we learned about ‘the real us’ we found in this ‘wilderness’ or is there something that ties both together?

As I reflect on this question I start to see that maybe we have lost sight of ourselves and convinced our minds that ‘real’ is something outside of ourselves. In my work  at Pacific Quest I find that I challenge my students with seeing that the ‘real’ is that they have come here. Their personal experiences of this place, the people, ocean, volcanoes, land and plants become ‘real’ because they are here to experience them. That is the ‘real’ that moves forward into the ‘outside world’. Their experiences are the ‘real’.

The meaning we take from our experiences is what, in the end, will define “real”. It is our relationships and experiences together that create transformation, hope and change. As Carl Jung states: “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”

So as I sit in the beauty witnessing a kid’s eyes ignite with understanding and hope, we are both transformed and a piece of who we are solidifies into a ‘real’ that we will carry with us no matter where we go in our lives. The question is, “What will we choose to do with that power now that we have it?”

“I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.”  ― Carl Jung

April 19, 2016

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Triathlon transitions – great metaphors for life!

Pacific Quest is supporting Mike Sullivan on his “2016 Road to Kona.” Yes, you heard correctly, Mike is taking another stab at the World Championship Ironman, assuming he is selected to participate through the Hawaii Resident Lottery on May 5, 2016. Mike will share insights and perspectives throughout his 2016 races and training, and drawing parallels between the mind-body connection and wellness – important themes at Pacific Quest.

In his first two posts, Mike shared his insights before and after the Hilo Marathon. With this third installment, Mike parallels navigating transitions in racing, wilderness therapy, and life.  

By Mike Sullivan, MA, LMHC
Alumni and Family Services Director

“Ooooh…. Yikes, my body feels so sluggish,” I say to myself as I get off my bicycle and start running. There is that familiar feeling -my feet are heavy, my legs feel tight, and my run pace starts out slow motion. The transition is uncomfortable, as my body begins to reroute blood flow from my cycling muscles into my running muscles. In triathlon training, workouts that combine two sports is a called a “brick.” It is critical to practice brick workouts, as it not only trains the physical body to adapt to shifting from one sport to another, but it also gives the athlete a chance to master transition itself – navigating mental and emotional challenges that are inherent in transition. The lessons of transition mastery in triathlon parallel those in life, and importantly, are equivalent to the transition practice that students at Pacific Quest encounter regularly.

Triathlons consists of racing consecutive swimming, cycling, and running sections, and triathletes refer to the two transitions during a race as T1 and T2. T1 is the point during the race where the athlete exits the swim and transitions onto the bicycle. T2 is where the athlete finishes the bike leg, and transitions into the final stretch of the race, the run. While an athlete may be incredibly skilled at swimming, cycling, and running, the winning athlete will have mastered the transitions as well. They are integral to the race and should not be overlooked. In preparing for the Kona Half Ironman this coming June, I am especially attentive to aspects of T1 and T2, including organization, techniques, and anticipating discomfort. Practicing transitions cannot be overstated.

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Transition 1 or “T1”

Similar to what I discussed in terms of preparation for the Hilo Marathon last month, organization is a critical skill to triathlon transition. One should lay out their cycling and running equipment in an organized fashion, being meticulous about the placement of equipment, as each piece has its place in the whole. Also sticking to an orderly routine is a must- this is more efficient as it conserves mental and emotional energy. The more organized and methodical the athlete is, the more smooth the transition is.

Athlete’s are sponges for new skills and must remain open to learning valuable techniques. For instance, in my first triathlon it hadn’t occurred to me to roll my bicycle socks into little donuts. This technique allows the athlete to simply roll the socks onto each foot when you get out of the water. With wet feet, it is much more time consuming and challenging to pull socks over your feet the way you would normally. I lost valuable time and felt frustrated and out of balance trying to pull socks over wet feet. Once I learned the donut technique, my next T1 went more smoothly and I felt more confident and level headed as I entered the cycling section of the race. This is a small example of a much larger lesson- learn techniques to be more successful each time.

Lastly, I will highlight anticipating discomfort. In every “brick” workout, I am getting used to the painful discomfort of shifting gears from one sport to another. This allows me to adapt to the discomfort and creates a higher tolerance. While it is physically grueling to transition, it takes a mental toll on the athlete. The physical and mental are inextricably linked. If the athlete allows the discomfort to permeate his mental and emotional focus, the athlete will suffer, and so will performance.

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Transition 2 or “T2”

These transitions, T1 and T2, provide relevant lessons for life. Every person encounters transitions life ranging from small day to day transitions to major life transitions. How do people navigate transitions in life? What skills and metaphors from triathlon are applicable? How do these parallel the transitions that Pacific Quest students practice?

At Pacific Quest, adolescent and young adult students graduate through “stages of growth,” while in the program. They move from stage to stage, and with each successive stage, the students must transition to a new physical camp, with increased responsibilities and challenges. This provides a fantastic medium for internalizing valuable lessons for navigating transition. The students learn important tools related to organization (taking care of their belongings and keeping them orderly), techniques for a successful transition (visualizing obstacles, affirming strengths), and anticipating discomfort. The transitions serve as valuable practice for transitions they will encounter in life, whether it is a simple as some of the daily transitions one encounters (shifting gears between home and school) to larger life transitions (starting at a new school, moving, family shifts).

As the Kona Half Ironman approaches, I look forward to employing these tools in race preparation, and on race day itself. Track me live during the race on June 4th by following the link for the Ironman Tracker through the PEAK Self website. With each race, I am able to review performance, and identify what went well and areas where I can improve. I look forward to following up on this blog post with insights following the race, and highlight important lessons learned!

March 18, 2016

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PQ Staff Spotlight: Mike Sullivan on Mindfulness and Marathon Preparation

Pacific Quest is supporting Mike Sullivan on his “2016 Road to Kona.” Yes, you heard correctly, Mike is taking another stab at the World Championship Ironman, assuming he is selected to participate through the Hawaii Resident Lottery on May 5, 2016. Mike will share insights and perspectives throughout his 2016 races and training, and drawing parallels between the mind-body connection and wellness – important themes at Pacific Quest.

Up first, Mike’s reflections as he prepares for the Hilo Marathon this Sunday:

By Mike Sullivan, MA, LMHC

Mike Sullivan raceIt turns out that I ran 300 miles during the month of February – something that came as somewhat of a surprise to me. I wasn’t entirely aware that I was putting that kind of mileage on my body during the month. I ran the stats on my computer and learned that my total running time was­­ 40.5 hours, a significant commitment to say it lightly. It begs the question, and I hear this all the time, “What do you think about during all those hours?” The truth is, although I have been asked this question many times, I don’t exactly know how to answer, as it isn’t entirely clear to me.

Mindfulness Training and the Brain

This much is clear though- I have observed my personal thought process and studied the neuroscience of exercise to better understand my experience. I seek to find if my experience may be congruent to others. In fact, my Peak Self project analyzes various athlete’s mental experiences by interviewing them and featuring an “Athlete of the Month” on the Peak Self blog. I have learned that many athletes encounter similar mental phenomena in training.

Here are the top three phenomena I’ve noticed in myself and the mental tools I have employed to maximize the experience:

Mindfulness Training and Perseverance

My mind tends to ruminate on unwanted thoughts or uncomfortable emotions. Without distraction, the mind is left to its own devices to latch onto thoughts or feelings that are left unaddressed, and become a point of focus. One naturally assigns judgment and in my case perseverates, allowing unwanted thoughts to persistently gnaw at me.

Similar to advanced meditation practitioners, learning how to deal with the minds tendency to latch onto negative thoughts is critical, and a necessary step in reaching a higher level of calm and feeling of contentment. In fact, this process of allowing thoughts and feelings to emerge and dealing with them, is a healthy process of mindfulness practice, and supported widely within the therapeutic community. I have enjoyed the process of incorporating mindfulness into running:

Mindfulness Training Tool #1

Tool 1: the practice of acknowledging when certain thoughts appear (or reappear), refrain from assigning judgment (just noticing that the thought is there), and letting it go. Developing this practice has allowed me to find larger moments of calm and content, increasing the spans of attaining a presence in the moment. When one asks me what I think about on those long runs, the reality is that it is an ongoing project, where I continually practice this basic mindfulness technique.

I often find that a wandering mind and “mindless” running leads to sloppier running and less effective workouts. It also leads to dissatisfaction with the experience, as running starts to feel more like a hamster wheel, than actually getting anywhere. For many, the process of becoming present requires more than just acknowledging thoughts and letting them go, it requires one to focus attention on one simple thing (Tool 2). I hone focus on the rhythmic nature of my breath, as well as a mental cycle of checking in repetitively on my running form. This is a cycle starting with my head and working my way down to the bottoms of my feet. I first notice the angle I am holding my head, the tension in my shoulders, how I am holding my abs/core, the rotation within my hips, the size of my strides, and the nuances with my feet (foot strike, roll, etc.). This mindfulness technique engages focus in the experience.

Problem Solving & Mindfulness Training

As the miles add up in any particular workout and I find myself in longer stretches of “being present,” which in turn seems to lead to another important aspect of “what I think about” during all those training hours. The combination of endurance exercise and the mindfulness techniques leads to increased problem solving and clarity in my thinking. I find myself regularly encountering “aha” moments, where I will encounter a novel idea or solve a problem I haven’t otherwise been able to solve. With a clear mind my subconscious is able to make connections that it isn’t otherwise able to.

It seems that the unique chemical environment produced in the brain, catalyzed by exercise and mindfulness, fuels problem solving. According to Bruce Perry, MD, Ph.D., and founder of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), the higher level operations of the brain (i.e., the neocortex and the limbic system) are only functional when the more primitive parts of the brain are regulated (i.e., the brainstem and diencephalon). Patterned, rhythmic behavior stimulates and soothes the lower parts of the brain (responsible for nervous system functioning), establishing a critical foundation for the more complex aspects of the brain to fire. Running is a perfect medium for problem solving! The nervous system is nurtured from the bottom up, allowing the brain to problem-solve in a more effective manner.

While I utilize endurance athletics to access a higher level of mindfulness and problem solving, others seek out a parallel experience through other activities. Gardening, yoga, walking, painting, writing, and other hobbies serve to find presence in the moment and soothe the nervous system. Through working at Pacific Quest, I’ve recognized the powerful role that gardening can play in regulating the nervous system and problem solving. Tending to a garden requires patterned, rhythmic behavior of tilling the soil, weeding, pruning, and planting. There is also significant exercise-like movement in tromping around with tools, building garden beds, hauling wheelbarrow loads, and stirring the compost. Mindfulness and problem solving opportunities abound!

February 22, 2016

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Lessons From La Jolla

By Mike Sullivan, MA, LMHC

ironmansullyI dawned my running shoes and am back running the single lane jungle roads of Hilo, Hawaii. Having just spent the last week in La Jolla, California at a professional conference, I have a lot to reflect on. I do some of my best thinking while running. I traveled to the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) conference with ten of my colleagues from Pacific Quest. Our goal was to tap into the collective wisdom of professionals from around the country, as well as to promote Pacific Quest’s unique outdoor horticultural therapy model. The conference was successful on many levels, as it provided many lessons and insights.

Robert Whitaker, the keynote speaker and author of Anatomy of an Epidemic, captivated conference attendees with his message: The psychological community and public sector must broaden the lens to observe the long term effects of medication in treating mental health instead of falling into the trap of only looking at the short term gains. Whitaker is concerned about the trends in psychopharmacology, and the short sightedness of treating immediate symptoms with medication. While symptoms may be alleviated right away, long-term studies show that patient’s mental health can deteriorate over time.   This strikes a chord with the age-old lesson: true gain comes from hard work. Teachers, coaches, role models, and many doctors prescribe to the idea of hard work. Whitaker didn’t seem to be advocating for throwing all medication out the window, rather, utilizing the long term studies as a means to figuring out which medications are proving safe and effective over time.   Be aware that the pharmaceutical industry has financial incentive to promote products that show immediate results, despite the long-term effects.

Pacific Quest Clinical Director, Dr. Lorraine Freedle, presented in a collaborative extended session on the topic of working with “twice exceptional” (2e) children.   In discussing her presentation, Lorraine highlighted that 2e are typical students in the Pacific Quest population. She spoke to both the potential and vulnerability that stem from being “gifted.” Utilizing case studies, Dr. Freedle reviewed characteristics of 2e students, discussed challenges to treatment, and highlighted effective therapeutic strategies. Dr. Freedle showcased how Pacific Quest utilizes the horticultural therapy environment and the depth of the clinical expertise on the team.

Beyond the intellectual stimulation, as an experiential educator, therapist, and advocate of the mind-body connection, the past week in La Jolla confirmed my belief that in order to learn and teach, we must care for our physical bodies. I witnessed brilliant people give lectures and provide workshops inside the conference halls, while at the same time was surrounded with colleagues getting exercise. People smiled broadly when describing hikes, playing golf, going on runs, surfing, and going for long walks. My PEAK Self lens – that fitness/mental health junky side of me subscribes wholly to the mind-body connection, cheered for my colleagues who were priming their brains to learn (increase critical neurotransmitters) by moving their bodies, improving mood, and increasing energy levels. I am sure the Southern California sun contributed significant vitamin D to the mix.

The therapeutic world is extremely intense and can lead to burnout. Finding a balance of self-care is critical. Healthy bodies equal healthy minds. As I find myself running through the rainforest of Hilo, Hawaii, I bask in the optimal mental health I am earning with each step. I look forward to continuing to contribute to the NATSAP community by promoting Pacific Quest, PEAK Self, and stimulating my mind and body on a daily basis.

February 16, 2016

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Pacific Quest Alumni Join Surfrider Foundation In Beach Cleanup

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By Mike Sullivan, Alumni & Family Services Director

Pacific Quest alumni gathered at Torrey Pines State Beach this past Saturday to reconnect and contribute to a larger effort at protecting our ocean ecosystem.  Together with volunteers from the Surfrider Foundation, we combed the beach in hunt of marine debris littering the shores and posing environmental threats.  We collected everything from tiny shreds of styrofoam to large pieces of plastic. There were over 200 people total and we gathered hundreds of pounds of garbage in the clean up.  Go Pacific Quest!  Go Surfrider Foundation!

The beach clean up was a fun and relaxing event.  Alumni reminisced on stories from their journeys at Pacific Quest and shared about life in Southern California.  I was impressed with the continued interest the alumni shared regarding gardening, exercise, and culinary exploration.  They have infused elements of these into life outside of Hawaii, sharing photos and discussing future goals.   It is absolutely fantastic to see the alumni applying interests cultivated at Pacific Quest in their daily lives at home.   We look forward to featuring testimonials and success stories on our “Ohana Fridays” blog updates.

Pacific Quest believes in giving back to the community and maintaining alumni relationships.  Horticultural Therapy Director Travis Slagle and I will be traveling to Los Angeles in March to help promote Sky’s the Limit Fund, a non-profit foundation dedicated to raising funds to help families access wilderness therapy who wouldn’t otherwise be able to do so.   While in Los Angeles, Travis and I will be hosting an alumni event at Wattles Farm, a 4.2 acre community garden in the heart of Hollywood. We will be leading a gardening workshop and community service project. We encourage any and all alumni who would like to participate to please RSVP to Mike Sullivan at mikesullivan@pacificquest.org.

We look forward to another positive experience of community service, and most of all reconnecting with our alumni families in a fun and meaningful event!

October 10, 2015

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It’s Race Day!

mikesullyMike Sullivan, M.A., LMHC
Family & Alumni Services Director

The air in Kona is electrified!  It is World Championship Ironman race week and the world’s most elite athletes are pouring into town. The streets are packed with sinewy triathletes clad in neon triathlon suits acclimating to Kona humidity and sweltering temperatures.  They pedal machines that cost more than some cars, and can be seen hopping off their bicycles and transitioning into running at lightning speed.  One can feel the intensity in the air.  I can feel it in my blood- as I will be on the starting line with 2,500 other athletes and thousands of spectators from around the world.

The mental and physical preparation I started ten months ago are in high gear.  I have been appropriately “tapering” my physical workouts to allow my muscles to rest and rehabilitate, maximizing their performance for race day.  Mentally, I am feeling confident and excitment.  That being said, I am also hyper aware that I am walking into an unknown territory, and tread lightly with humility.  Despite the significant training I have completed, none of it has tested my psyche to a degree that the actual 140.6 mile race will.  What will my body feel like during a marathon, after completing a 2.4 mile swim and 112 mile bike ride?  What justifications will my mind conjure, convincing myself of the reasons to give up and not finish?  Interestingly, the body is adapted to do remarkable things to evade danger and promote survival, however, we are not adapted to put ourselves through such strain with no threat to our existence.  The mind will strive to take over and preserve the body by convincing oneself to stop.  One must overcome the body’s natural instinct to preserve energy, and push through to new extremes.

The Kona Ironman will be an exploration into my personal depths.  My training has reinforced and entrenched important qualities, including tenacity, self discipline, and commitment.  I am sure that the race itself will deliver other valuable lessons in the areas of vulnerability, resilience, and trusting in oneself.  I feel lucky to have the support of my family, friends, and my ohana at Pacific Quest.  Because this race absolutely implores people to dig as deep into themselves as possible, it is critical to be surrounded by such love and optimism.   I am eternally grateful.

Please follow me on race day! The official Ironman website has a live “Athlete Tracker” that is automatically updated online.  Follow links from the Ironman Homepage and use my name or bib number 1738 to get a live feed of the race:  http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman/world-championship.aspx#axzz3nkqq0oag

I look forward to publishing another blog article following the race.  Stay tuned to hear about it first hand!

October 7, 2015

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Second Annual Ka’u Coffee Trail Run

IMAG0029On Saturday, September 19th, approximately 18 Pacific Quest employees participated in the 2nd Annual Ka’u Coffee Trail Run–The Southernmost Coffee Trail Run in the USA!  The goal of this event was to help raise money for the economically depressed community, via the non-profit organization O Ka’u Kakou.  All funds raised went to O Ka’u Kakou to help them better serve the community and become more self-sustaining as well as to promote Ka’u coffee and to promote Ka’u as an international tourist destination.  

Staff members registered for either the 5K, 10K or half marathon.  Pacific Quest took Second Place overall in every race!

5k- TJ Kuhn (2nd)

10k- JP Swanson (2nd), Kyle Sullivan (3rd), Meggie Olsen (1st Overall Female)

Half-Marathon- Topher Fast (2nd)

A group of PQ students attended the post-race ceremony and were very excited to cheer on the staff as they received awards for finishing the run.  The students were eager to give back to the community and they worked together, taking down several large tents and cleaned up the area where the ceremony and performances took place.

Pacific Quest’s Adolescent Field Coordinator, Mike McGee, who ran the 10K, comments, “As for me, I had a blast! It was great to see community members that we have worked with over the years on community service projects here in Ka’u.  The race is the hardest race I have ever done, with 2,800 foot or so climbs in the middle on the course.  It was a great atmosphere, with the dancers and great food given to participants.  It was nice for the students to see the staff here as real people that “live the life” that we teach about.”

Thank you to everyone who made this event a success!  Go Team PQ!

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