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Fit and Effective Hawaii Business Professionals

Fitness profiles of 11 high-powered people

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Faauga To‘oto‘o


Age: 55

Position: Circuit Court judge

Workouts: Pickup basketball, Stairmaster, weightlifting

When To’oto’o is overseeing a trial, he makes the time to work out because it helps him focus. “The more intense the trial, the more I work out,” he says. “I stay on top of things by working out. I have to be alert and awake every second the trial is on and working out makes me sharp.”

Advice: Find a strong motivator; To’oto’o’s primary motivation is his 12-year-old daughter. “I want to be around as long as I can for my daughter. I also enjoy taking her to sports like volleyball.”


Kelly Gleason

Photo: Sergio Goes

Age: 37

Position: Maritime archaeologist with Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

Workouts: Ocean and pool swimming, lacrosse, running, yoga, cycling

Gleason’s job as a maritime archaeologist requires a high level of fitness. She has swum the Molokai Channel and along the Na Pali Coast, and is currently participating in the Waikiki Swim Club’s biathlons. To keep in shape for competition, she works out once or twice a day, six days a week.

“Fitness and sports is a big priority for me, so it’s part of my daily schedule that I don’t consider an option. It is sort of who I am as a person and consequently what I will always make time for. I also know I’m a better version of myself when I’ve made time for fitness.”

Gleason swims with the Oahu Club masters at 6 a.m. or noon. As a referee for the Aloha Youth Lacrosse League, she has to run after the players at breakneck speed. A year ago she realized she was overworking some muscle groups and underutilizing others, so she hired a personal trainer, Lou Ortiz, to help her achieve balance.

Advice: “Choose your friends wisely. Healthy friends are the best motivator for a healthy lifestyle. If your friends are part of your fitness routine, you have the opportunity to lead a much more balanced lifestyle.”


Kirk Caldwell

Photo: Courtesy of Kirk Caldwell

Age: 60

Position: Mayor of Honolulu

Workouts: Standup paddling, surfing, jogging, yard work

Despite one of Hawaii’ busiest schedules, Caldwell finds time for fitness because he schedules his workouts “like any other event and plan around it.”

“Working out alone, especially running, gives me the opportunity to clear my mind and enjoy silence for a change.” That said, Sundays are for standup paddling with his friends.

Caldwell was first motivated to keep fit by John F. Kennedy. “Many people don’t know this, but President Kennedy launched a huge fitness initiative around the time he started the Peace Corps and his 50-mile walk. A lot of my healthy habits come from what I learned growing up in Hilo. My generation was the first to be conscious of things like exercise, a healthy diet and the dangers of smoking.”

Advice: “Twenty or 30 minutes are better than nothing. I try not to put off exercising because I know that if I do, I’ll never get around to it. Something will always come up, so you need to make exercise a part of your routine.”


Diana Huang


Age: 45

Position: Ob/Gyn doctor

Workouts: Incline treadmill at home two or three times a week and with personal trainer Amy Forsyth twice a week

In 2004, Huang went to a Curves location with two of her medical assistants and decided to join. “It was only 30 minutes, three times a week, but I started losing weight and feeling more fit. Since then, I have lost 25 pounds,” she says.

After her Curves location closed, she kept working out at home. “I like to exercise first thing in the morning so that I get it over with, don’t feel guilty and have more energy for the day. Also, the chronic pain in my neck and shoulder is alleviated with exercise.”

Since getting fit, she tends to eat more healthily. “It’s surprising, but exercising makes me eat less rather than more.”

Advice: “Sometimes you feel that you have no time or are too tired to exercise. I hear it all the time from my patients. You have to just squeeze it into your schedule. Even 15 or 20 minutes is better than nothing. It is true what everyone says: You feel better and have more energy. Also, once you start exercising, don’t stop. Sometimes you have to trick your mind into it. I’ll tell myself, ‘OK, I’m really tired today, but, instead of walking two laps around the block, I’ll just walk one lap.’ But, once I start, I feel good and just keep going. Once you stop, it’s often very hard to get back into the routine.”


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