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have been training for the Honolulu Marathon since August, and the big day is finally here. If you are reading this on Sunday, I’m either out on the course or happily finished, enjoying a big meal with some well-deserved french fries. I’ve made the Honolulu Marathon (and the months of training leading up to it) a major part of my life. But one of the things I love most is being able to enjoy eating almost anything afterward, guilt-free. The race takes place around this time


each year, and afterward I spend several days making and eating cookies and big meals at home. I remember one year, just after the marathon, I was sitting down to one of my big-meal rewards, and I realized I needed a fork. I ran into the kitchen, pulled out the drawer, and the entire thing fell out! Utensils scattered all over the floor, and I could no longer happily enjoy my meal. The problem was we lived in an old house with old drawers. They had no stopping mechanism, so every time you pulled one out, you had to make sure you only went so far. Otherwise, it would fall out completely. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered how easy it is to add a stop to a drawer.

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Five fantastic home decor updates ith the fast-paced lives people can lead today, we often strive for instant gratification to fit into our busy schedules. So when it comes to home improvement projects, wouldn’t you love an instant update for boring home decor? Fortunately, there are numerous fast fixes that can produce fantastic results. Try these easy update ideas and realize the rewards of a fabulous and functional home makeover:


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slideshows of your family, friends and favorite moments. Think you’re not techsavvy or it will take too long to do? Many frames allow you to simply insert the memory card from your camera to create the instant show. Plus, you’ll no longer have to worry about choosing the perfect picture or the trouble of developing and sizing it to fit the frame. Charisma with color It’s proven that color can influence our mood, making it an important element to consider for every room in your home. Adding small accents of color within a space can be an instant and easy update that can change with your mood. For living rooms or bedrooms, plush throw pillows or blankets can create an entirely different look and feel. Try bold colors to add vibrant energy, or soft, neutral colors for a calming, warm essence. And don’t be afraid of patterns and textures — a com-

bination of styles can create a look that is completely unique to your style. Next, arouse your sense of smell with aromatic candles and floral arrangements. Finally, in kitchens and baths, swap your basic hand towels for a new vibrant color or design. You’ll find making small updates can be simple, yet produce dramatic results easily. Faucet focus From prep to clean-up the kitchen faucet is one essential you interact with on a frequent basis everyday, so if yours is not up to the job, it’s time for an update. The new Haysfield with MotionSense from Moen makes it easy to accomplish a variety of routine tasks with speed and efficiency. A simple hand movement sets water in motion in

an instant and helps prevent the spread of germs. And, replacing a kitchen faucet can be a surprisingly simple do-ityourself project. Simply follow the enclosed directions, or utilize online installation guides and videos, and you’ll soon enjoy the fashion and functionality of your new faucet. When you’re feeling your home needs an instant update, don’t become overwhelmed. Changes can be simple, fast and cost-effective, while still offering fantastic, functional and stylish results.

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Supporting youth here at home Family-owned design+build company hosts 13th annual holiday party for Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation raham Builders is known as the state’s most experienced design+ build company specializing in residential construction. It is also known for its big heart and history of giving back to the community through its long-time support of Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation (HCCF). In fact, the Graham Builders team was honored by the State of Hawaii as one of Hawaii’s Outstanding Advocates for Children and Youth in 2011, in large part due to its work with HCCF. Thanks to Graham Builders, the children and families of HCCF enjoy festive food, presents and a visit from Santa Claus during the holiday season. This year’s party was held on Saturday, Dec. 8, and it marked 13 years in a row that Graham Builders hosted and organized the par ty at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children for more than 200 young patients and their families. And for those who have seen Graham Builders in action building a multigenerational home, it is no surprise that they efficiently handled everything for this party. “It was Danny Graham, our company CEO, along with his wife Charlotte, who took on the task of organizing HCCF’s annual holiday party 13 years ago simply because they felt it was the right thing to do,” said Evan Fujimoto, Graham Builders’ President. “After a close family friend lost their grand-


child to cancer, the Grahams wanted to do more and help in a bigger way. Prior to Graham Builders hosting the event, the parties used to be a potluck among the families. Then Danny stepped in, spiced it up and put true kamaaina holiday spirit into the party!” Families have the opportunity to enjoy each other and the company of the others whose children are also facing life-threatening illnesses, providing them a time for a bit of respite and joy during a difficult period in their lives. The entire Graham Builders staff, including Fujimoto, served dinner to these special kids and their families. “We are so grateful to the big hearts at Graham Builders for organizing HCCF’s annual holiday party for the past 13 years,” said HCCF president Randy Aina. “Graham Builders was the perfect host, and they put a true kamaaina holiday spirit into the party by personally serving lunch to all our families. It was nice to see their staff and leadership making sure that everyone is welcomed and taken care of. We appreciate their support. We couldn’t do this without their generosity.” In 2007, Graham Builders expanded its support of HCCF by raising awareness on behalf of the nonprofit organization at each monthly “Building Your Home for Life” seminar. Every donation is matched by Graham Builders and the team helps educate seminar

attendees about HCCF and why it’s so important to support the organization. Through this initiative, Graham Builders has collected more than $14,000 for HCCF. “As long as there are kids with cancer, we’re going to continue to help,” said Fujimoto. “We won’t quit until there is a cure.” “Every year, the Graham Builders holiday party is the highlight of the season for our HCCF families,” added Aina. “My favorite memories are seeing the joy on the faces of the children when Santa makes his entrance.” Graham Builders has crafted quality homes that last for generations for the past

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Going for the gold BY KYLE GALDEIRA or more than five years, Golden Cabinets & Stone Inc. has gained a reputation for offering quality, affordable cabinetry and countertops to meet the needs of Hawaii’s consumers. Owner Wayne Cao noticed how expensive it had become to purchase the products in Hawaii and sought to bring more affordable options to residents looking to either build from scratch or remodel existing spaces. “When we transform a client’s outdated kitchen into a new, more functional kitchen, it is most satisfying seeing their face and hearing how much their whole family enjoys this new element in their home,” Cao said. “We’re licensed contractors, so we provide full service from installation to painting.” Cao also noted that Golden Cabinets & Stone Inc. is fully stocked with inventory, and “plenty of choices” are available for customers shopping for everything from cabinetry to hardware — including handles for an attractive yet functional touch. Golden Cabinets & Stone Inc. has a new location to serve its customers that have come to appreciate the company’s professional customer service, quality products and “unbeatable” prices. With a 3,000-square-foot showroom at its Kalihi-Palama store located at 1299 Kaumualii St., the company offers a multitude of cabinetry in addition to 50 varieties of countertops, 30 choices of sinks and high-quality tile varieties — a perfect combination when renovating a bathroom or kitchen. Other pos-


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Positively Perfect When searching for the ideal gift for the holidays, try on these feng shui-friendly presents for size full, sweet and abundant life. Gifts for Couples


Alice Inoue Anything in pairs Giving two of something, from images to candles, lamps, or vases filled with flowers, fosters a sense of balance and strengthens partnership in the recipients’ environment. For example, candles in an elaborate stand that matches the couple’s décor, would be in line with the energy of feng shui. Matching items are also excellent.

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Candles Candles represent the sun and sunlight, which gives life to nature and offers opportunity, vitality and warmth. Candles also have the energetic ability to burn off negative energy and clear the air. A single candle, a set of candles, or a “candle-scape” makes a nice décor element while helping your recipient clear the space of lower energies.

Plants Plants are pieces of nature that are universally feng-shui positive, creating fresh air indoors, filling the space with positive, healthy energy. Although live plants require care, a gift of life makes a wonderful statement. If, for some reason, the person does not like live plants, substitute an authentic-looking silk plant. Silk, produced in nature by the silk worm, also symbolizes growth, brings vitality to the environment and is preferable to plastic, a man-made synthetic product. Whether purchasing live or silk plants, look for those that are full, lush and vibrant.

The color red Fire colors support relationship energy, so anything in red, pink, orange, coral, etc., offers energy toward building and maintaining passion in a relationship. Consider two red pillows, two red towel sets, two plants with red blossoms, etc. Water fountains Water represents flow, abundance and new opportunities. A water fountain is a good idea only if you know the recipient will enjoy and maintain it. A water fountain that is never taken out of the box or never plugged in will not be helpful. Make sure to let the recipient know that the entrance is an excellent location for a fountain and that the water direction should flow toward the interior of the room. Advise the recipient to keep the fountain out of the bedroom, as the sound of water can actually disrupt your sleep. Books Books represent wisdom and knowledge. Purchasing books as gifts is a wonderful way to open someone’s mind to something new and exciting. If you know the person has a specific interest, a few books on that topic will always be appreciated. Food or sweets Fruit baskets, wine, chocolates, sweets and the like make excellent gifts, symbolizing your hope that the recipient will have a

Porcelain or ceramic Earth is the element associated with romance, so items made of “earth,” such as ceramics, are considered good luck when given to a couple. Gifts of relationship significance, like a ceramic picture frame with the couple’s photo or red ceramic objects, such as hearts, birds and fish, are all excellent choices. What Not to Give From the perspective of feng shui, do you wonder what would be considered “bad” feng shui gifts? Keep in mind that this is just one perspective. The gifts mentioned are “traditionally” not given because of their symbolism. Bonsai Although bonsai are living trees, their growth has been stunted. Avoid giving bonsai to someone starting a new job or opening a new business, unless you want to stunt his or her growth.

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Knives Gifts of sharp objects are not considered suitable because of the “cutting” energy they hold, representing the severing of the friendship. Examples are knives, letter openers, scissors, swords and the like.

Timepieces Desk clocks, standing clocks, wall clocks, pocket watches, wristwatches, and so forth, measure the passage of time and are usually avoided as gifts, especially from a younger person to an older person, because they symbolize the wish for a limited life span.

The key to giving positive gifts When your intent is to give a feng shuipositive gift, symbolism is the key. Find something that has a good meaning and that will be enough. Don’t get so caught up in the color, shape and details that choosing a gift becomes difficult. It’s much easier to go with the overall meaning. You can never go wrong with nature-based items and products because the very essence of nature is what supports us. Happy shopping!

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Living On The Edge Do you want an edgier look to your space? Start with your wardrobe and accessories

bout a month ago, I wrote a column about how you can draw inspiration from your wardrobe to design your space. It was astonishing to me how many well-put-together women approach me and say they can create eclectic looks from their clothing, jewelry and accessories, but can’t seem to do the same with their spaces. As I showed you last time, you can! Think of accessorizing your home the same way you accessorize yourself. You know how sometimes you can achieve an edgier, more interesting look when you mix things up? Well, it’s the same with your rooms: Sometimes, doing something that seems wrong is the right way to go. For my inspiration piece, I went back to my boutique, the small corner that we’ve carved out in Cathy’s Marketplace with clothing, jewelry and accessories on consignment, and found a black St. John jacket. This is not your mother’s St. John! It’s a timeless piece that has a lightly ruffled lapel and draw string sleeves that create just enough interest and femininity. Now, what would you do with this jacket if it were in your closet? The traditional, easy thing would be to pair it with the matching black knit St. John skirt or slacks. Nice, stylish, classy? Absolutely. But very much expected. Let’s try to kick it up a notch by thinking outside the box. Say you want to go a bit more daring and unexpected. By juxtaposing this elegant jacket with something edgier, such as black leather pants or blue jeans, maybe even with a rip, you would highlight this jacket’s femininity even more and create a really interesting concept. A simple white T-shirt or even a black bustier would finish the look. Boots or skyhigh heels could make this outfit to die for. Do you get where I’m going? Now let’s take this idea with the black jacket and do the same for a very basic


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black modern chair that you may have in your home. What type of side table and accessories could we pair this with? A square black modern table would certainly work, but would not create any tension in the room or give the space an eclectic vibe. A table — possibly an antique table — would make the chair feel more modern while at the same time giving the antique more of a sense of history. Although the hammered metal table in the photo above is modern in style, the unique use of material and its reflective quality also add an interesting contrast to the chair. And finally, pillows. Any solid color on a

modern chair would add a pop of color, however, your style and pattern would be one-dimensional. Incorporating an ikat print with the hammered metal could be great. Now both the chair and the pillow with the bold, geometric pattern are modern, so pairing these with the antique table and possibly silver candlesticks will give it a modern flair that ties it in with the edgy concept. So, do you get the picture? Don’t go with the same direction. Just as you would mix it

up a bit to create that eclectic outfit from your wardrobe, try going for that same vibe in your space. Think outside the box and try accessorizing in a different way. You’ll be amazed at how dressed-up your space can be!

Cathy Lee is president and designer of Cathy Lee Style and Cathy's Marketplace, a furniture and accessories showroom with design services at 1110 University Ave. She recently opened reStyle Hawaii, an affordable, style-conscious consignment warehouse with upholstering and repurposing services at 420 Keawe St. To find out more, go to www.cathyleestyle.com.


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Hardworking furniture for functional and stylish looks I n a world where everything seems to be working harder, it’s no doubt that furniture is pulling more weight lately as well. Gone are the days of flimsy, trendy design, while the search is on for durable, classic pieces that serve more than one purpose. Cedar chests, oak chests and steamer trunks are appearing in more living rooms, bedrooms, and sitting areas every day. These classic pieces provide any room with a cozy and historic feeling, as modern designs are based on the trunks and chests travelers would use for luggage during voyages both on sailing ships and horse-drawn carriages.Though few people would show up to the airport with a steamer trunk anymore, they still are very useful in the home. But, before purchasing a new trunk or chest, it’s important to consider different designs and materials to ensure your newest addition matches your décor and design needs. Steamer trunks can be identified by their brass hardware on the corners and joints, as well as latches and often leather straps. If it draws thoughts of treasure or sea shanties, it’s probably a steamer trunk! These are best used when taking into account the trunk’s original intent — to store keepsakes. Fill one with scrap books, special letters, cards, photographs, or art projects. Stored at the end of a bed or in an office, going through your sincerest mementos

will no longer be a dig through the bottom of the closet. You’ll find yourself enjoying your treasures more often, because you’ll be able to keep them stored in plain view! Cedar Chests do not usually have the same brass hardware or accents, but normally use a simpler design. The majority of people use Cedar Chests in bedrooms as they are perfect for storing textiles. Cedar is rot and decay resistant, but it also highly resistant to insect attack. No matter what you store in a cedar chest, you will never have to add foul-smelling moth balls. The rich cedar will naturally deter moths and keep your fabrics beautiful. Plus, there is no greater feeling than pulling heavy blankets out of your cedar chest on a cool autumn evening and smelling that inviting and comforting cedar aroma. Oak chests are durable and beautiful, and the perfect material for the eclectic organizer. Often used for children’s toy chests, young women’s hope chests, and adult’s storage chests, these classic pieces are enduring. The sturdy gentleness of solid oak brings refinement to rustic forms and adds balance to your home. Cherry chests exude luxury. As one of the most highly-sought woods for everything from cabinets to flooring, cherry creates magnificent chests. Chests and trunks of any material can serve double duty as coffee tables, side tables and even bed side tables. Imagine a coffee table in the family room that readily stores favorite puzzles, games and playing cards for spur-of-themoment family evenings. Others use chest cushions to create window seating. Pulled up under a window, this whimsical scene will allow people to lazily gaze outdoors from a picturesque perch. Any piece that can be used for storage, tables, seats, and decor can certainly be classified as “hardworking,” which is why these trunks and chests continue to be so popular. Whether you’re looking to solve small-space design issues or to add more classic appeal to your expansive floor plan, using classic steamer trunks, cedar chests, and oak chests is an ideal solution. This article is courtesy of Home Improvement News and Information Center.

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Repair or replace your roof before installing solar panels T here is a mad rush in Hawaii to put up solar PV panels before the 65 percent federal and state tax credits get reduced or even eliminated over time. With bruising political fights raging over deficit reductions, there is no guarantee that these tax credits will go on forever. There is no better time than now to make that plunge. But in your race towards energy independence, don’t forget to consider replacing (or repairing) the roof underneath your new solar panels. That’s where LeakMaster Roofing comes in. The company specializes in integrating your new solar panels — both hot water and photovoltaic panels — into your roof system. Even if your existing roof is in fairly good condition, there are still things that you can do to preserve your

existing roof before it is covered up with panels. Don’t forget, once the panels are fastened tight to the roof deck for the next 20-plus years, your access to the roof itself becomes problematic if you should get a leak. It is much less expensive to repair or replace your roof before you install solar energy. Here are some possible solutions that can fit any budget:

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If your roof is flat, you should at least waterproof the areas directly underneath the panels while there is easy access. Later on, when your budget allows, you can extend your protective coating to the rest of the flat roof. That is the beauty of roof coatings as opposed to old-fashioned asphalt roofing — you can do limited areas now, then tie them together later when they start to deteriorate. The Cool Roof Store’s Ceramic Titanium coatings block 100 percent of the sun’s UV rays so your old roof is preserved. You never have to tear off the old roof, just put on a new top coat every 10 to 15 years, using a fraction of the original coating.

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Discover the easy way to go green kamai Energy is making the task of purchasing a solar system simple and affordable. A quick phone call to the company sets you up with a friendly Akamai Energy representative who will handle a short 30 minute on-site survey of your home and review your electrical needs. A verbal estimate is given on the spot, followed up with a formal written estimate within 24 hours. Akamai Energy understands that the clock is ticking and everyone is in a hurry to take advantage of 35 percent state credits and 30 percent federal tax credits before 2012 is up. For this very reason, the company is prepared with enough install crews to handle the fall rush for photovoltaic energy. To help expedite any financing needs, Akamai Energy has teamed up with one of Hawaii’s top local credit unions with 11 Oahu branches to help you get financed quickly for your solar system. To apply with an Akamai Energy solar loan program partner, all you need is your Akamai Energy contract, signed loan application, two years of tax returns and two current pay stubs for all parties applying for the loan, and you can get financed in as little as three to four business days.

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Making a home remodeling list — and checking it twice R emodeling one’s kitchen or bathroom can be the perfect step necessary for making a dream home become reality. However, the process of planning and waiting for those dreams to become reality, while also dealing with unexpected alterations and hiccups along the way, may actually create a house of horrors. With more than 50 years of combined experience under their collective tool belt, Don Holcomb and Dan Holt merged their talents to form DH Squared Construction in 2007. In addition to specializing in custom home building and remodeling, DH Squared also produces unique and exquisite custom, made-to-order cabinets. The company is well-versed in the home renovation business and has some vital tips that are sure to help homeowners simplify the renovation process. To start off, a homeowner should gather one’s thoughts, compiling a folder full of photos, concepts and ideas that are gleaned from television, magazines or Hawaii Renovation. This folder should also include current photos of the home and examples of existing spaces and design concepts already utilized so potential designers have a foundation on which to build. Whether a homeowner is making changes to a bathroom, kitchen or both, DH Squared suggests making a list of “needs, wants and desires.” This list will solidify aspects of the remodeling job that are absolutely necessary, making them vital to the job’s success. It should include changes that are selected to add value, but do not necessarily need adjusting, and items that are desired, but may add more of a “wow” factor as opposed to simple functionality. Making such a list will aid in determining exactly what can and should be done based on a homeowner’s budget, and will cut out some of the stress involved with addressing specific needs, whether it be adding new cabinetry or fixtures. After establishing one’s budget and selecting a qualified designer and contractor, homeowners must be prepared for the “chaos” that will ensue. While it may seem simple,

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Safe bathrooms for the disabled roviding safe bathrooms for people with special needs requires knowledgeable planning in the field of what’s called universal design. When implementing your plan, remember that such bathrooms need not look institutional. Begin the planning process with an inventory of the intended user’s skills, focusing not on disabilities, but capabilities, likes and tastes. What can the person do? What does he or she like to do?


Bathrooms for disabled should be larger than normal The first priority in bathrooms intended for people who use wheelchairs is plenty of room for access and maneuvering. Barrier-free bathrooms are usually larger than average. Provide for an open area within the bathroom that’s at least 5 feet in diameter to allow for easy turning. Also provide 4 feet of clear space in front of each fixture, as well as between the sink and the toilet, if both fixtures share the same wall. These spaces also will allow room for a caregiver, if needed. Make doorways 3 feet wide to enable a wheelchair to pass through. The bathroom door must swing outward rather than inward and should be fitted with a lever-

type handle, not a knob. Specify a vanity designed for use from a wheelchair. Plan for a sit-down dressing table with a 31-inch-high countertop and at least 30 inches of clear knee space underneath so a chair can pull in close. The shower stall should have no threshold that would impede the entrance and exit of a wheelchair. The stall should meas-

ure at least 4 feet square, and its opening should be at least 36 inches wide. Install the control valves and showerheads at two different heights, or include a hand-held nozzle that can be used from a seated position. A built-in seat in the shower, along with a sturdy grab bar, can provide extra comfort and utility. The National Kitchen & Bath Association

provides a list of access standards to NKBA designers to make bathrooms more easily usable by the physically disabled: First, consider access. Typically, bathroom doors are 2 to 2 1/2 feet wide and are hinged to open into the room. But such a door is too narrow for a wheelchair, and its inward swing makes it difficult for a wheelchair user to maneuver inside the room. A 3-foot-wide replacement door that is designed to swing outward will ease access and keep the bathroom’s floor area clear. Second, the floor surface should be of a slip-resistant material. There are many ceramic floor tiles available with roughened finishes that will provide sure footing for those on crutches without impeding wheelchairs. The strips or moldings, called thresholds, that cover transitions between different floor materials should be kept as low and seamless as possible so wheelchairs have a smooth, level path into the room. Finally, grab bars should be installed on the side of the tub and toilet. Since the bars may have to support a person’s full weight, they must be securely screwed.

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How to ‘rock’ around the Christmas tree H ere we are again — it’s already December and time to start thinking about Christmas gifts. Why not give something truly unique and unusual for Christmas this year? A gift that will be opened with surprise and a smile, and will bring pleasure for many years to come can be found at Big Rock, the only place you will find such unique and exciting items. Buy someone a rock, or if that seems a bit too bizarre, think of it as a “gift for the garden.” It doesn’t have to be a rock, although a small (lightweight) boulder would be a cool addition to a Japanese garden. It could be a stone turtle, frog on a log, a Buddha, birdbath, tiki or stepping stones. You could also buy a bamboo fountain kit or be a bit more extravagant and buy a precast waterfall.The selection of goodies for your garden or lanai at Big Rock is almost endless, and prices are actually affordable. This will be Big Rock’s 30th Christmas in Hawaii. Located in Mapunapuna, Big Rock’s cast stone items are manufactured right

there at the store, so if a product is out of stock, the company will simply make you another, or even do a custom color if you prefer. The precast waterfalls and fountains, and some of the lanterns, birdbaths, statues, etc., are shipped in, so be sure to order early. If you aren’t ready to buy, Big Rock will hold your gift with a deposit, and you can pay over time.You may also purchase now and keep your present hidden at the store until you are ready to put it under the tree. Big Rock will even Christmas wrap for you at no extra charge. Here are a few Christmas gifts that Big Rock customers have purchased: • A pond liner and submersible pump. • A perfect boulder; believe it or not, a beautiful Big Rock boulder. • Tranquil Buddha and a bag of river rocks, for a meditation corner. • Moss rock stepping stones. Wrap up a few, and enclose a gift certificate. • A Big Rock stone bowl, small liner and a bamboo spout complete with pump, for a water garden.

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stone bowls, or just the kit, and chose your own colorful bowl.

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Tips for PV owners, future buyers acific Islands Construction believes that there are many issues regarding the solar industry that the consumer should understand before and after he or she makes an investment in a photovoltaic (PV) system. The following information is provided to help educate the consumer: All photovoltaic systems need to be maintained and inspected yearly to prevent expensive repairs down the road. Having your system inspected will reveal issues such as loose electrical cable, modules that are not secured to the racking system, roof flashings in need of attention to prevent leaks and inverter problems. Modules also should be clear of various deposits on surfaces that cause depreciation in energy performance. The company has recently observed projects where clamps have become loose and modules have a layer of dirt, which blocks light and reduces the energy the module is able to produce. Unfortunately, without this inspection, homeowners are unaware that their system is underperforming or in need of attention. Pacific Islands Construction performs these inspections and cleanings as a standard service to its clients. Simply call 841-7756. Because of tax credit clarifications from the state of Hawaii, many people are concerned that they may have missed the boat to have a PV system installed on their home or business. The truth is that this is not the situation, and Pacific Islands Construction has created ways for you to


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take advantage of these tax credits. One way to get solar power for your home is with a PPA, or Power Purchase Agreement. With PPAs, someone else installs a PV system on your home at no cost to you, and you agree to buy the power it produces at a greatly reduced price from what you normally pay HECO. In this 20-year agreement, the equipment is maintained throughout the duration of the agreement with an option for the home-

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owner to purchase the equipment after seven years at fair market value.The advantage of the agreement is that you only pay for the electricity that is produced, and it is advantageous for the provider to maintain his or her equipment. If you decide to purchase the equipment, you will have an understanding of what the system really produces on average, and what it will produce in subsequent years. Finally, the savings on your electricity bill can be used for

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hile luxury vinyl tile products are quickly gaining popularity as a flooring option, Karndean offers a one-of-a-kind model that boasts ease of installation, simple maintenance and a look that rivals most solid wood floors. American Carpet One is proud to feature Karndean LooseLay luxury vinyl tile, a product that offers a quick and easy installation without the expense and mess of glue-down alternatives. The flooring system is suitable for both residential and commercial applications, and utilizes a plasticized backing that creates a bond with friction, which eliminates the need for any adhesive. The Karndean flooring planks are much thicker and wider than competing products, making for more stability and a quieter sound when walked upon. “It’s much more easily done for do-ityourself installers, and much less expensive to install,” said Danette Hoe, Sales Trainer and Flooring Specialist at American Carpet One. “The backing of the plank creates a bond with the subfloor, and when you push


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the planks together, they actually create suction, which allows them to grab one another without shifting around. And, you’re still able to mop and clean the floor without worrying about dirt falling in between the planks.” The product was recently selected as one of Building Magazine’s top money-saving products and was featured on the Today Show. Karndean is referred to as the “Perfect Floor,” stemming from its ease of installation and maintenance while still providing home and business owners with the look of a solid wood floor. Hoe explained that most people are originally drawn to wood flooring because of its natural beauty, but are soon disappointed by constant care and upkeep associated with maintaining the floor. “Karndean really does fall into that ‘Perfect Floor’ category because the product allows you to live on it,” Hoe said. The LooseLay vinyl tiles come in six different colors and styles that replicate the look of wood, and four additional tile colors. Hoe explained that installers can get

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time warranty for residential applications and a 10-year warranty on commercial jobs. Hoe also explained that the flooring option adapts well to Hawaii’s humid climate, and is more dimensionally stable as opposed to laminate or wood that tends to ripple or buckle as the air causes it to expand and contract. To set up a free consultation, including measurements of a home or business, call 447-2752 or log on to www.American CarpetOne.com.


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