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From Winter visits everywhere in various stages of intensity. Buffalo, New York can usually count on 80+ inches of snow per season while the more southern states of the United States (including Hawaii) get cooler temperatures, heavy rain and high surf warnings. The one constant for all areas is the fact that the sun sets lower in the sky and the darkness comes early. To some people, this is a major problem that causes sadness, depression and mood swings, some to the point of requiring medication. Since it is found that only 1% of residents in Florida and Hawaii are in that category, for the sake of the argument, let’s assume this does not include you! Still, you may be affected by the decrease in sunlight in some way but not to that severity. If you get a case of the winter “blues” fight it with tangible things like light boxes that emulate sunlight to make your environment brighter! Turn on more lights, open your blinds and curtains to let in all the sunlight you can. Do you have branches blocking your windows? Now is the time to trim them back. Do whatever you can to allow the most light in for the longest amount of time during the day, as darkness comes so early.

It is also suggested to get outdoors for at least 30 minutes to help your mood. You can incorporate this with another big suggestion to get you through the winter season and that is exercise! EWWWW, you say! You do not have to join the gym and work out everyday (although that is not a bad idea!) Walking with friends, gardening, outdoor maintenance or anything that just keeps you moving for a while counts as physical activity. Look at it as a good thing, not a chore!

The hustle and bustle of the Holidays are over and sometimes that has a negative effect on us, as well. It can be depressing having to put away all those decorations that make our homes look the happiest they are all year! Use this time to do some redecorating! Repaint a room, rearrange furniture in your living room or den to freshen up the space. Place pieces where they never have been before, you may surprise yourself with the outcome!

If you happen to have last year’s home checklist-go over it again. Any precautions and maintenance you can implement now will save you time and money in the long run.

If you are a “New Year’s Resolution” kind of person try to stick with it through January and February. Experts say it takes at least two months for a new pattern to become a habit. Don’t be so hard on yourself! If you slip up, just keep going!

If your resolution is to try something totally new, this is the perfect time. There are many organizations that recognize the outdoor activities are decreased perhaps due to the rainy season but certainly the fact that days are shorter. Check out the indoor events listed below.

In no time at all, spring will be upon us and the cooler, long days will be forgotten! Let’s hope you take the time this year to make a positive improvement in some way, should you experience those winter “blues”!


It is Saturday morning and I have already shopped at the KCC Farmer’s Market and the Kaka’ako Farmer’s Market in their new location at Ward Village. So far I have only had one small local tangerine and freshly roasted Peruvian coffee from Dr. Steinman’s Daylight Mind Coffee Company booth. I head to Chinatown looking for Vietnamese food. I am lucky and find a parking spot on King Street, without a meter. Today, I go to Anh Hong Restaurant. It is a family-friendly, clean place with simple décor. Vietnamese food travelogues are constantly running on overhead monitors that help stimulate your appetite. I have enjoyed their Chao Tom (sugarcane shrimp roll up wraps). This comes with rice paper wraps and with so many Chinese vegetables you will have no food guilt. Then you add sriracha, fish sauce or any one of a number of dipping sauces. I particularly enjoy the variety of bun, noodle dishes: you can choose shrimp, lemongrass, beef/chicken or spring rolls. The bun also comes with many veggies: mint, basil and sprouts, etc. This unassuming “hole in the wall” is in the Vietnamese area of Chinatown. Most of the regular customers order in Vietnamese. It serves some of the tastiest, authentic Vietnamese food in Honolulu. I did not venture into blood soup or intestines, but there were many other tasty choices for the medium adventurous diner.

Kim An next store is pretty good, but I prefer Anh Hong. If you do not find free street parking on the weekends on King Street there are metered spots and municipal lots nearby.

7:00 AM -3:00 PM
174 N King St
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 537-4276



January 7-13th The Sony Open golf classic will be played at Waialae Country Club golf course For more information check out their website:

January 12th Lace up your shoes for the Magic Island Biathlon. The five mile race will course through Ala Moana Beach Park and end with a one mile swim to the beach. For more information go to their website:

January 13th Join the fun at the New Year’s Ohana Festival at the Japanese Cultural Center in Moilili. There will be live entertainment, cultural demonstrations and games for your children. For more information check out their website:

January 19th Check out the Bubble Run at Barbers Point. You will encounter stations filled with colorful bubbles to get you wet and colorful. This is three miles of good fun for the entire family. For more information go to:

January 20-21st Enjoy the Pacific Arts Festival at the Bandstand area in Kapiolani Park.
There will be crafts, art demonstrations, food, lion dances and Hawaiian music for an exciting day out.


If you are interested in art classes this year, the Honolulu Museum of Art School on Victoria Street in Honolulu has classes for all skill levels in drawing, painting, glass, ceramics, textiles and more. Register at

January 5-6 Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” with pianist, Yefim Bronfman and a full orchestra, will be performed at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

January 5th On the lighter side, enjoy a laugh with comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias sharing jokes at the Blaisdell Arena Stage.

January 10-11 The award wining film, Amadeus , will be projected on a high definition screen with live music by the Hawaii symphony orchestra and a choir at Blaisdell Concert Hall.

January 11-13 Thinking of tying the knot this year? The Hawaii Bridal Expo will be held at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall for three days. Meet with planners, caterers,
bakers, florists, photographers and designers all under one roof.

January 12-13 The Honolulu symphony orchestra presents the music of the Beatles in the Classical Mystery Tour at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

January 19th Comedian Angela Johnson will perform at the Blaisdell Concert Hall at 7 PM.

January 25th The Honolulu Symphony orchestra will play scores from movies filmed in Hawaii at the Blasidell Concert Hall from 7:30-10 PM.

January 25th and 26st LIONEL RICHIE will perform some of his biggest hits at the Blaisdell Arena. Get your tickets before it is too late.

January 25th The Diamond Head Theatre presents Noises Off, a comedy by Michael Frayn.

Kind regards,
Cathy, Mary and Jeff