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these simple steps. 1. Switch to incandescent. It’s true, CFLs (compact fluorescent lights) are typically more energy-efficient for everyday use. However, the majority of these bulbs also emit an unflattering glow that some people claim causes headaches. The warmness of an incandescent provides a softer light that is easier on the eyes. Turn off the overhead lights, and make the switch in your lamps. You might also consider hanging string lights for the occasion. 2. Set up a beverage station. Go the familystyle approach and let guests take the reins when it comes to drinks. Set out some staples such as water, juice, soda, beer and wine. You can use the end of a countertop or a cocktail table. If you’re using coolers, keep them on the lanai. Make sure to keep all the beverages in the same spot, so guests don’t have

Have a question or comment? I’d love to hear from you. Email me at thefixisin hawaii@gmail.com. to go back and forth. 3. Rearrange furniture. If dinner is your focal point and you don’t have a formal dining room, don’t fret. Move the couches and put the table in the living room. Remove items that take up too much space, and put them back tomorrow. 4. Set up an area for shoes. It’s natural for guests to walk up, say hello, remove their shoes, and proceed to the party. Take away the guesswork for

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Navigating the Waters In feng shui, water is a symbol for emotions. At home and elsewhere in our lives, a downpour of water-related issues can mean it’s time to dive within

Inasmuch as water also represents wealth, prosperity and opportunity in feng shui, fixing even minor plumbing issues in a home as soon as possible is advisable. Leaky faucets and broken toilets symbolize the undesirable draining of finances and more.

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Alice Inoue QUESTION OF THE WEEK: I have been having repeated plumbing issues recently. Besides calling the plumber, should I do or be aware of anything energetically? Also, I have been having many dreams where water is the theme. One time it was about visiting a waterfall; another time I was walking in the rain, and recently I was trying to cross a river. What does all this mean?

nasmuch as I recently received many questions that had to do with water, including five questions about the reason for washing machines breaking down, I decided that a few different aspects of water would be my topic for this week. As an astrologer, I find these concerns a natural synchronicity as an emphasis on the water element, which is currently in the sky and will continue for many months. Half of our planets are traveling through water signs, and in both astrology and feng shui, water represents our emotions. This is a time to pay attention to our emotions more than ever before. You may have noticed that other people’s emotional swings are more pronounced than usual. Drivers may have stronger emotional reactions on the road, or co-workers, family or friends may have increased emotional volatility. If you personally feel more emotional than usual, take this as a sign to do things differently. Here are some suggestions to navigate this strong water energy.

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• Pay attention to making sure your needs are met, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Take responsibility for yourself, making the time, spending the money or taking the necessary action.

• Feelings need to be expressed, not repressed, so give yourself permission to feel without censorship. Talk to someone you trust, setting up ground rules so that you can share your feelings without self-judgment or judgment by the other person.

• Make a decision to keep your life free of drama. Make choices that take you toward interaction with positive-minded people or make the time to spend with yourself, creating your own peace. Water helps guide us During strong water times like these, we get in touch with what is no longer working in our lives, as old and outdated structures start to feel limiting, unfulfilling relationships feel like a drain, the job you dislike feels

heavier than ever, and any lack of purpose or direction in your life starts to feel unsettling. Let your feelings guide you in a new direction or toward a new outlook or a new way of navigating life. Consider your feelings your internal GPS. If you are frustrated or unhappy, heed your feelings, and don’t worry about making drastic changes. Start with small steps. Sometimes all that is needed is a change in perspective. If you feel great, and life is going well, your feelings are probably commensurate. Water issues in the home When plumbing issues come up in a home (water), emotional issues are either being repressed or processed by you or those in the home. Besides calling a plumber to fix the physical problem, you can support those in the home emotionally by purchasing some new, inexpensive healthy indoor plants, placing them near the area of the plumbing issue or somewhere in the home where you will see them often. Plants represent wood energy; and because “water feeds wood” energetically, the water issue in your home symbolically has a place to go.

Water-related dreams Dreams, powerful sources of information having symbolic meaning, are like windows into our subconscious, allowing us to see the information that is flowing in or out of our minds, communicating feelings, thoughts, ideas and needs that are hidden when we are awake. Water is one of the most common yet powerful dream symbols, generally associated with emotions and cleansing. Although many other representations of water are found in dream interpretation, such as the connection to mother, or spirituality, I’ve noticed that water-related dreams usually have something to do with some aspect of our emotions. Dream interpretation is varied, covering the spectrum from psychoanalytic to spiritual. Over the years, people have often asked me to interpret their dreams, and while detail is important, the symbolism is more so. Waterfalls in dreams usually relate to a great release of emotion and a need for rejuvenation and renewal, especially if you are viewing the waterfall from afar, rather than standing beneath one, which can represent overwhelm. Rain can represent an emotional turning point, and crossing rivers can be about overcoming obstacles and challenges. Between the plumbing issues and your dreams, I am certain that you are dealing with some strong emotional issues, but it also looks as if you are on your way to a new path.

The questions about washing machines breaking were new for me, but I view it as a water-themed symbol, suggesting that how you spend your time and energy is due for a change! Aren’t we all, though?

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Top remodel trends for the modern home T hanks to foreclosures and short sales, home buyers are snatching up great houses at reduced prices and remodeling to create stylish modern homes. Lucky for those buyers, many of today’s top trends are relatively easy to recreate, and will add re-sale value to their homes. “TV interior design shows are mostly about buying and remodeling a home, versus building from scratch or finding a new property that precisely fits a wish list with plenty of personal requirements,” said Dani

Kohl, program coordinator for the bachelor of science in interior design program at The Art Institute of Indianapolis and a practicing architect and interior designer. The top remodeling trends include: • Uniting the kitchen and living space for an open-floor concept • Culture dictating an increase in square footage for an entertainment haven from a busy work schedule or modern luxuries • Finding multi-functional uses for both spaces and furniture

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floor plan for the kitchen and living room, while still maintaining a defined space for each. Lima said that our current culture and habits are driving the changes in modern, interior spaces. “When it comes to the master bedroom, we are looking at a more pampering atmosphere,” he said. Both Kohl and Lima agreed that clients want more of a spa-like feeling than ever before to create a bedroom that is a safe haven for overworked homeowners. “Master bedrooms now have their own seating areas and entertainment nooks, and have become personal spaces away from everything,” Lima said. An increase in square footage for closet space is another popular request, according to Lima. “We, as designers, are now looking into proper modular systems of rods and shelving, in addition to our architec-

tural and design duties.” Closets are not just for storage anymore, either. “Now, we’re looking at closets to serve as a dressing space in addition to serving as a place to store an increased amount clothes and shoes.” How are clients gaining square footage for the needs of today’s residential space without making a complete renovation

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DIY is a snap with the right tool t’s time to star t working on the “to do” list and handle some of those easier DIY tasks. From simple fixes to bigger projects, sometimes all you need is the right tool at the right time to get the job done. Here are some helpful ideas to get you started.

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Day to day repairs Keeping a power screwdriver in the kitchen drawer will let you make those little repairs as they happen. So when that drawer knob or towel bar comes loose again because the kids are forever pulling on them too hard, grab the power screwdriver out of the draw and get it fixed on the spot. Lithium ion batteries can stay charged for up to 18 months so the power screwdriver will be charged and ready when you need it.

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A company with anA+ on its ‘Homeworks’ T he quality and creativity of renovations at two Honolulu homes earned Homeworks Construction four awards in the 2013 BIA Renaissance Building and Remodeling Awards program. This was the 28th annual presentation of the prestigious competition, in which Homeworks has won multiple awards over the years. A kitchen, bath and fireplace in a Hawaii Loa Ridge home received individual awards and a home in Wilhelmina Rise was recog-

nized with an Award of Merit. The Hawaii Loa Ridge remodel was described by project manager Heather Hickox as “re-customizing” a 12-year-old custom home. It would involve structural work, new kitchen and baths, replacement of floors, doors, windows and cabinets, and the addition of a ground floor master bedroom suite and study. “Along the way we had many meetings with the owners to give them options on the design,” Hickox said. “We gutted the

kitchen and bathrooms and created a more contemporary look.” In the kitchen, winner in Kitchen DivisionProjects Up To $75,000, the open beam ceilings were repainted to brighten what had been a dark, closed up room and transform it into a spacious gathering place. An island with pendant lighting and walk-in pantry were added. “In the bathrooms, one of which won in the division for projects from $25,000 to $50,000, we replaced showers, sinks and tubs and added new tile as well as granite counters and hardwood cabinets.The own-

ers loved vibrant color, so the challenge was to coordinate the many colors and mediums into a cohesive bath renovation design. The main materials utilized were Renoir granite and Shells Reef limestone.” The fireplace was the winner in the Residential Details division. It was referred to as “a unique focal point of the room with a solid cherry wood mantel and surround providing contrast to the flooring.” Homeworks Construction’s Wilhelmina Rise house remodel won an Award of Merit in the division for “Projects more than $500,001.”

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pores in granite, preventing liquids from soaking in and staining. Granite sealers can be found at most home improvement stores and are fairly simple to use. Just apply, let sit, wipe and buff.To test your granite to see if resealing is needed, pour some water on your countertop and see if it soaks in by turning the area darker. If it beads up without turning dark and soaking in, the sealer is still in effect. Otherwise, resealing is needed. Although sealers help prevent stains, they can wear out over time, especially when your countertop is used often. It is good to

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A recipe for green and clean calls for natural ingredients W hen you clean your house, you really want it to be clean. Dirt, dust and germs are banned, and all appliances, floors and walls are scrubbed clean. But is your house really clean, or have you traded dirt and germs for caustic and toxic chemicals found in most conventional cleaning products? Even some so-called natural cleansers can contain these same or similar nasty ingredients. And you would know this only if the manufacturer practices full disclosure of ingredients on their labels, which is not required on home care products. Think about it, when was the last time you saw a full ingredient listing on your spray cleaner? The best way to make sure your living space is clean and healthy is to use safe, natural cleaning products you create yourself, using natural and inexpensive ingredients you can pick up at any natural grocery store. It's costeffective, not difficult and, like the task of spring cleaning itself, it's satisfying and rewarding. Whether you're shopping for prepared natural cleaning solutions or making your own, keep in mind that the word “aromatherapy” is now being applied to everything

scented — from dishwashing liquid to laundry detergent. The true practice of aromatherapy relies on using pure essential oils extracted from plants. These natural plant essences nurture us on mental, emotional, physical and even spiritual levels. House cleaning isn't exactly a spiritual exercise, but adding the effects and properties of essential oils to your homemade household products can enhance the experience and the effectiveness of your task. Essential oils have potent antimicrobial effects along with their clean, pleasant natural aromas. Here are a few “classic” homecare essential oils suggested by the experts at the leading aromatherapy company, Aura Cacia: lemon (clean, sweet, uplifting scent; deodorizing), peppermint (minty, fresh; air purifier; mild pest repellent), eucalyptus and tea tree (air and surface sanitizers; fresh, therapeutic aromas). For more information and eco-friendly cleaning tips, visit www.auracacia.com. This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.

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Step into a sensible choice for your bath T he innovative walk-in bathtub is a welcome solution to the concerns many seniors and others with limited mobility face when confronted with the prospect of climbing into a traditional bathtub. Rather than take the chance of slipping and falling, they may settle for a shower or a sponge bath, forgoing the pleasurable and often therapeutic experience of immersing in a tub of warm water. Tropical Plumbing’s walk-in bathtub, made by American Standard in the U.S.A., incorporates numerous custom features such as a built-in or hand-held shower, easy-turn style faucets, water jet massage, inline heater and Quick Drain system. With this exclusive patented Quick Drain system, your walk-in tub will drain out in less than two minutes. The walk-in door — designed for easy entry and warrantied against leaking — built-in chair-height seat, built-in handrail and textured tub floor allow independence and increase safety. Many additional features include a neck rest, whirlpool heater, chromatherapy, aromatherapy and many other design details that make Tropical’s

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Enjoy the summer despite the heat D oes your family head outdoors to enjoy your lanai or deck during this time of year? Do they then turn around and head right back into the air-conditioned comfort when summer sun and temperatures make outdoor living spaces too hot to handle? “Strong sun, hot temperatures and high humidity can make spending time on your deck or patio too uncomfortable, no matter how much you love the outdoors. Homeowners are always looking for ways to get the most time in their outdoor living spaces,� said Mark Dammeyer, director of exterior products for Somfy Systems. Here are some ideas for how you can make your outdoor living spaces cooler, more comfortable and enjoyable all summer long: Made in the shade Fun in the sun is one of summer's best benefits, but too much sun can keep you off your deck or patio. Not only does direct sun make it too hot to sit out, sun exposure can damage your patio furnishings,the deck itself and your skin. Retractable awnings are a

great — and great-looking — way to shield your outdoor living space from getting too much summer sun. Awnings offer sun protection that can enable you to enjoy your deck more on sunny days, and can even help lower cooling bills by shading window and glass deck doors. Retractable awnings mean you can enjoy the benefits whenever you need them, and hide them when you don't. Somfy Systems’ motorization solutions have made awnings even handier ; a motorized retractable awning effortlessly retracts with a touch of a button.And, an optional sensor, such as the Eolis 3DWirefree (TM) RTS, can detect wind and automatically roll up your awning — even if you’re not home. A Sunis WireFree (TM) RTS Sun Sensor can automatically extend your awning based on the sun's intensity. Simple innovative operating functions that adapt to your lifestyle. Wet wins the day When temperatures scorch, many of us head for the pool. Nothing cools and refreshes like a dip in the water. Adding a pool to your outdoor environment may not

be practical,so look for smaller-scale options that can lend the cooling power of water to your deck or patio. A simple outdoor fountain adds a splash of coolness and the soothing sound of moving water to your outdoor living space. Or, you can escalate your cooling efforts by installing a mister.You can find plenty of commercially available options that range from simple misting fans that connect to a garden hose to sophisticated systems that spread a light,refreshing spray over a large area.A sim-

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HydroFlow will make the good times roll S ummer is officially here and that always means more time at the beach, more time playing outdoors, and more time spent in the shower washing off the sweat and dir t that comes from good times. However, it’s not a good time for the hot-water heater struggling to keep up with the demand, the shower head that seems to be getting clogged faster and faster or those irritating white spots on the shower doors. If you’ve been noticing any or all of these problems, it’s time to talk to Harald von Sydow, director of Nano Tek-On LLC. Harald will explain how calcium deposits and lime scale are Hawaii’s bad-times boogeymen, building up the lime scale and calcium deposits in your home’s plumbing. The buildup causes the water to flow slower and slower and can eventually require a complete overhaul of your plumbing system. Before that happens, the buildup will be decreasing the performance of the hot-water heater — and all the other water-using appliances in your home. It actually puts the life of your hot-water heater at risk. If you have ever taken apart the shower head to see why the water wasn’t flowing through it, you’ve seen the buildup. Increase that many times over and that’s what’s going on throughout the plumbing system in your home. While this is happening, you are using (and wasting) much more water than usual, and your water bill is climbing. So are you doomed to live with all these problems or is there something that can be done other than moving to some unknown place (not in Hawaii) where there are no minerals in the water? Lucky you live Hawaii because this is where you can get the little unit called HydroFlow. Harald von Sydow can show you how HydroFlow works and how using the science of nanotechnology, HydroFlow breaks up existing lime scale and stops lime scale and calcium buildup. Nano Tek-On installs HydroFlow to the outside of your plumbing (no cutting of pipes) and then it goes to work to rid the pipes of corrosion and lime scale. HydroFlow is silent, doesn’t change the taste of your water and is environmentally safe. HydroFlow has no harmful side effects.

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s Hawaii’s middle-aged and older population increases, members of the community are taking a more proactive approach to ensure a longer and safer future. Helping seniors live independently within their own homes, Island Bath Works offers bathtub conversion, an innovative service that cuts out a portion of the bathtub side and creates a low and safe entryway. Walk-in tubs enable safe entry and exit in and out of the tub without major demolition or construction hassles. As the only business in the Islands to offer bathtub conversion, Island Bath Works has become par ticularly wellknown within the older community as residents prepare for old age. Kenneth Kuniyoshi, who lives in Mililani with his wife Arlene, recently took preventative measures against a potential accident and installed a walk-through bathtub with the company. “I am looking forward to my old age and realized that climbing over the bathtub

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extremely expensive, significantly more than Island Bath Works.” “While most other companies will quote you anywhere between $12,000 to $15,000 to install a walk-in shower or sitin bathtub, our services achieve the same result with a high-quality finish for approximately 80 percent less,” said Thompson. Island Bath Works also offers tub and tile refinishing, which restores worn tubs to new condition. Refinished tubs have an integrated nonskid bottom for added safety. Furthermore, the durability of walk-in conversions are guaranteed with a lifetime warranty. A five-year warranty is included with tub and tile refinishing.

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Universal design appeals to all emodeling trends may come and go, but one trend has evolved into an improved design movement focused on increasing accessibility for everyone in the home. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) recognizes universal design projects as proven design solutions for not only aging-in-place, but for families with special needs or anyone who wishes to move about his or her home freely, without barriers. Russell Long, president of Aloha Home Builders based in Eugene, Oregon, is a pioneer of universal design, remodeling his home to fit the accessibility needs of his 16-year-old son who was born with cerebral palsy. Though Long’s accessibility needs may be greater than others, he always communicates the benefit of universal design to all of his clients. “Most people don’t think about universal design until it’s too late,” he said. “A healthy person can be injured or need to care for a loved one who is aging, and suddenly, your needs have changed.” Long believes many of the design elements incorporated into his project, which won a 2012 Northwest Regional CotY Award in the Entire House $500,000 to $1,000,000 category with Universal Design Project Recognition, are convenient and luxurious, as well as functional and wheelchair accessible. For example, the universal design features from his project include:

• Hardwood flooring is superior over carpeting for wheelchair accessibility. Long removed all carpeting on the first floor and installed engineered hardwood flooring throughout the entire floor, only covering certain areas with rugs.

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• Ramped pool entrance is a unique design feature developed by Long to make it easier for his son to be transferred in and out of the pool safely. However, once installed, the ramped entrance doubles as a convenient bench for guests to sit on while they enjoy the pool.

The key to universal design, according to Long, is to come up with design solutions that address current needs and future needs down the road. “We tried to think of solutions that could easily be added or taken out if we needed them or decided to sell our home one day,” Long said. He also added a big misconception of universal design is that it looks institutional. “We research products and designs that blend functionality with beautiful aesthetics of a home, so that it never compromises a client’s style,” Long said. NARI is the source for homeowners seeking to hire a professional remodeling contractor because members are full-time, dedicated remodelers who follow a strict code of ethics that observes high standards of honesty, integrity and responsibility. Visit the NARI.org site to get tips on how to hire a remodeling professional. around furniture easily. Also, two entryways in all rooms — including the living room, dining room and kitchen — allows for ample traffic flow throughout the house.

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• Microwaves drawer and/or refrigeration drawers are also common in universal design, but Long said it is also a stylistic feature for those who prefer to showcase beautiful cabinetry and granite countertops rather than the eye-sore of a microwave taking up counter space.

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• Kyocera is the first manufacturer to pass TUV Rheinland long-term sequential testing.

• In 10 years in Hawaii, Kyocera has never had a module returned as a defective product.

• It is one of only four manufacturers of 13 to clear a high voltage stress test with zero degradation conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute (modules were secretly acquired to ensure accurate test results).

Hawaii has one of the toughest environments for solar modules and it demands well made products that meet these conditions. Consumers are led to believe that their warranties will protect them if anything goes wrong, and these documents are written to protect the manufacturer, not the consumer. Read the exclusions and check the company’s financial strength because it may be out of business in a few short years. Pacific Islands Solar offers five years of free maintenance and cleaning with every purchase. It also offers a seven year guarantee that your roof will not leak. The company only uses the highest quality products rather than cheaper, lower-quality products, and it offers leasing, purchase and power purchase options. It has financing options available with no money down and no interest for two years. Call Pacific Islands Solar at 841-7756 to find out the difference prior to making a final decision for your solar needs. The company believes you will see the difference in what it offers.

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