Lanikai Juice launched its running club in Waikiki last month, with health enthusiasts led by coach Mariane Uehara (in day-glo top) on a 3-mile run along the Ala Wai Canal.
Lanikai Juice owner Pablo Gonzalez grew up in Argentina with the notion that fresh fruit and juices were not just part of a healthy lifestyle, but a routine and pleasurable part of everyday life.
“My mom, she used to put apples, bananas in my bag every morning when I went to school,” he said. “It means when I stop working every day, the first thing I do is go pick up fruit at a warehouse and bring it to my house. It means fruit and vegetables, we’re not afraid to it. It’s part of our regular diet.”
When he arrived in the United States, he saw the obesity problem and in 1997 launched Lanikai Juice to ease people into the joy of juicing. Two years later, he started a series of educational programs that he took to schools and hospitals to encourage dietary moderation.
And most recently, in keeping with his health-oriented philosophy, he launched the Lanikai Running Club out of Waikiki’s Lanikai Juice JTB Travel Plaza in the basement level at Waikiki Shopping Plaza, 2250 Kalakaua Ave.
Runners of all ages and levels are invited to join in on a three- to five-mile run every Wednesday, with a meetup time of 6 p.m. at the Waikiki Lanikai Juice. Refreshments will be served after the run, and there will be a weekly raffle of Lanikai Juice gift cards. There will also be free monthly seminars on running, nutrition and wellness.
Call 262-2378 for more information.
Uehara leads runners through a warm-up session before strapping on some safety tape and taking to the street.
Runners finish back at Lanikai Juice, where at dinner time, they might order up a pittaya, or dragonfruit, bowl.