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More from one of our founders at Keola.

Hi, my name is Dave Hardy and I am one of the co-founders and partners in Keola Life LLC. I live in Lake Tahoe (Nevada side) with my wife, Donna and 2 Chocolate Labradors, Cass and Bear. When I am not running my business I love to spend time with my grandkids and 4 adult daughters. My passions are being outdoors, enjoying LIVE Music, and riding my Harley Davidson in the beautiful mountains we are blessed to call home.

IMG_2828I was born with a birth defect, bi-lateral club feet. This required several surgeries and hundreds of hours of physical therapy to allow me to walk in a somewhat normal fashion. I remember going trick or treating in a wheelchair when I was 3 or so and really walking and then running wasn’t a thing until I was 4 years old. A lot of people would call this a handicap, but I feel it was a blessing as it made me tougher and created a strong drive to succeed as walking wasn’t easy and took years to perfect.

Over the years my ankle joints and joints in my feet became progressively worse and in my late 40’s I started taking ibuprofen (NSAIDs) regularly for the pain that was 24/7. It got so bad that in my 50’s I was taking 4-6 ibuprofen a day, and on really bad days I would take prescription pain pills like Norco or Vicodin. This was not healthy for my liver and digestive system; it was causing more collateral harm than the pain it was relieving.

I was fortunate to be introduced to CBD by my brother who worked for Folium Biosciences, a premier grower and extractor of Zero THC CBD. I make a point about Zero THC for a reason. I run several businesses and have no desire or time to be “buzzed”, so getting the benefits of CBD without the “high” was essential for me. Once I tried the Hemp-based (CBD) topical products (balms and salves) and the ingestible products (gel caps and tinctures) I was amazed that I was able to go without much Advil and very rarely needed my prescription pain meds. I was so grateful for the dramatic change in my life, I started to investigate further. I wanted to learn as much as I could about CBD and ultimately wanted to figure out how I could be in the business of helping others by sharing CBD with them. I have not taken 1 ibuprofen or 1 prescription pain killer in over 2 years! Hallelujah! CBD has saved my life!

I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Scott Trudeau, a highly talented branding and design expert and we formed a company to market the Keola brand of CBD. We take great pride in creating the highest quality Broad Spectrum Hemp products. Our topical balm is amazingly effective to relieve pain and inflammation. Our gel caps and tinctures are highly effective and very competitively priced. Our Keola K-9 Pet Tincture is based in salmon oil to provide Omega 3 fatty acids as well as Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil (commonly known as CBD). All of our products are non-GMO, grown with organic farming practices and are thoroughly tested as zero THC and pesticide FREE.

The wonderful thing for me personally is producing a product that truly helps improve the quality of people’s lives. It is very rewarding and exciting to see and hear all of the success stories from our customers. We would love for you to experience the benefits that we have experienced too. In fact, for a limited time, please log in to www.keolalife.com and we will send you a sample balm stick FREE with no strings attached. We find once you try the product we feel you will be back to order more.

If anyone reading this has questions about how Broad Spectrum Hemp Products (CBD) can help in their lives, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]. One of the founders/owners of the company will personally answer your questions.

Dave Hardy
Co-founder and Partner
Keola Life

PS: A note for those of you who have “fur family members”. My family has raised Chocolate Labs for years and our original “mama” dog, Mama Cass is now 14 years and experiencing some of the more severe age-related issues including arthritis, pain, and anxiety. Her quality of life has been so much better after using our CBD products for pets. CBD is great for these issues with animals including dogs, cats even horses as well. If you think about it, back through the history of North America and for that matter “the world”, Hemp has grown wild everywhere. Hemp has been in the food supply as bison, buffalo and other game ate hemp and they were part of the food supply for humans. Native Americans used hemp in many ways including natural medicinal uses as well as creating rope, and other supplies.

Chairlift reflections from our Founder

So, last week I managed to get up to Winter Park Colorado to make some last turns of the season. Being a Thursday morning in mid-May the place was nearly empty save for the abundant amounts of snow we’ve been blessed with this season still hanging to the branches and leaving every run still beautiful to rip.

Spending the morning on the chairlift solo, gives one lots of time to reflect. To feel a tremendous sense of gratitude and appreciation for the mountains and the many experiences skiing has made possible over the years.

Why do you love skiing or boarding? I guess the answer is as varied as the people who do it. For me, the more I thought about it riding up the chair, the more ways I realized just how much I’ve been impacted by it and how important is to make time to spend outside.

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As a kid, I remember the very first time I clicked into an old pair of hand-me-down skis. Even at the time they were still considered relics. It didn’t matter. Nor did it matter that my friends and I learned to ski on a 300 vertical foot hill of bullet proof ice serviced by 3 rope tows and a T-bar that sometimes worked. To us that hill was a mountain! Just like the pictures we’d rip out of ski magazines from our school library and hang in our lockers at school. — It’s all we knew. Our parents would drop us off every weekend at our local ski hill. Friday night, Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday. Skiing was the bright spot in our otherwise cold, dark winters. While most people dreaded the coming of winter in the mid-west, we saw it as a time to play every weekend.

I left skiing behind when I went off to college as I could not afford the price of a lift ticket. The passion that burned in me as a kid for the sport started to fade.

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Several years later after I had saved enough money to take a trip out West for the first time with some buddies. It was then that I was reunited with my old passion. I was introduced to the mountains that I used to stare at in pictures of as a kid for the first time. We all were immediately transported back in time to when we were kids at our local hill. Not because skiing in mountains compared to our little hill back home, but because we felt like 12-year old kids again! Not a care in the world save for which line we were going to take.

And that was it, we were all hooked again. So much so that we spent the next decade traveling as a group of buddies every year to new destinations in the US and abroad. Through skiing friendships deepened, we experienced new cultures and made new friends. We never again forgot how important it was to make time to get outside and play. To be in nature, to feel the weather, to get scared on line that pushed us to the limits of our ability.



I’m now 52 years old and largely because of skiing I still feel like a kid every time I click into my bindings. So I guess skiing to me still means spending quality time with my friends who are now spread all over the country. Hanging with my son and no screens. And making new friends every season.

The feeling of freedom and escape remain with me several days after being in the mountains… just long enough until the next time I’m able to ride a wide open snow filled bowl, chute or run through the trees.

2018 Hemp Harvest, Hope and Healing - by Dr. Puja Wentworth, DC

My personal experience with phyto-cannabinoid rich full-spectrum hemp (FSH) products led me to being a hemp focused physician. It has become increasingly obvious how critical hemp nutrition is critical to the entire inflammation process, to endocrine health, bone health, neurotransmitter health, liver health and true cellular health.

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