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Winston Churchill once said, “If you are going through hell, keep going!”

These days of uncertainty surround us with seemingly no relief in sight. But this, too, shall pass. In the meantime, while we are sequestered at home, let’s try to make the best of it! I say, “Let’s paint!”

Painting is such a cathartic activity with its almost instant gratification. Surely you can find a room or rooms that could use a fresh coat of paint. Hardware stores remain open so no excuses! Get out there and pick a paint color and all the supplies you may not already have on hand. (it is my understanding that many people are jumping on the same bandwagon, addressing long put off projects!)

Now for the $64,000 question, what color do I pick?

Every year the major paint manufacturers pick their “Colors of the Year”. Interestingly enough, the largest companies such as Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore and Behr, often come up with very similar trends. The year 2020 is no exception. So far, things are leaning blue in a big way! Blue paint colors account for 50% of the six paint Colors of the Year announced by the aforementioned companies.

The timeless shade of navy blue (or shades almost navy) is familiar, comfortable and can fit anywhere. Don’t be afraid of deeper shades that can serve as a rich background to your living room, dining room and bedroom furnishings. With gold fixtures making a welcomed comeback, you may even consider using this color in your bathroom as long as there is plenty of natural light available. What is more classic than navy and gold, I ask you?

At the opposite end of deep, deep colors are neutral, pale pastels. If you are looking for a fresh alternative to white, beige or gray, try a soft blush color. (this color made everybody’s top pick this year!) It can serve as a neutral in a monochromatic space or as a backdrop to a myriad of colors. Pastels with added warmth and earthy undertones are becoming hugely popular. This simply means not light pink but blush, not light orange but muted terracotta.

Green is next in line making a comeback but, again, in rich jewel tones of hunter green or soft pastel shades of sage. Green gives natural freshness to any space.

Ultimately, pinpointing the perfect color for your space can be tricky. Maybe you love the color your room is now but it just needs to be refreshed. Just remember color has the power to transform any room. After a decade filled with all white kitchens and gray, gray everywhere, I hope you begin to embrace color. From nature-inspired greens and blues to rich jewel tones, venture to take more color risks!

Painting does not have to be a “pain”! Use it to improve your home as well as to get your mind on something else other than the depressing news. Listen to an audible book or your favorite music while you paint. Get the kids or grand kids to help, they are actually pretty good if supervised and taught the correct painting skills and they love nothing more than helping. You will make a lasting memory of time spent with family during trying times. It may take longer, but, really, who cares? Time we have!

Stay safe, my friends.


I am, by nature, a creature of habit and resist change whenever possible! I must guard against becoming selfish in these trying times and try to keep things in perspective. But, I LOVE to eat out!

Our governor has implemented a “stay at home” policy and as a physician, I understand this announcement is critically important. Along with every other hospitality industry in this state the food and beverage industry is hit particularly hard. To kill two birds with one stone I thought , “How can I help my favorite restaurants and still get my food fix”? The answer is take out!

My birthday was this week and I called one of my favorite restaurants, Fete. They are now open from 11 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday and closed on the weekends.

The take out menu still features a number of specialty items as well as wine and interestingly enough, cocktails!

For my birthday meal we ordered onaga (long tail red snapper) with a rich crab sauce. This dish came with homemade bread and roasted root vegetables.

My son especially enjoyed the charred bistro steak fries. We were stuffed so we waited until a little later to enjoy their flourless chocolate cake. The dessert menu is quite varied as well as their homemade ice cream and sorbets. I certainly will go back for take out often mainly for their ease of service. You simply call in your order and they have curbside pickup on the corner of Nuuanu and Hotel Streets.

Fete is located at 12 N. Hotel Street, Honolulu
Phone (808) 369-1390
Bon Appetit!


During the month of April, we have been ordered to shelter in place to help control the spread of the COVID-19 virus on our island. Without doubt, this altruistic cause is certainly worth the effort, but is fraught with anxiety and an unhealthy feeling of helplessness for many residents. Although there are no public gatherings permitted, you are not marooned on this island alone. Here are some suggestions to create some balance in the your life:


Although, all outdoor gathering places including parks, playgrounds, the aquarium, the zoo and public hiking trails, et cetra are closed, you are not forbidden from walking with a friend. As long as you gather with fewer than 10 people and stay 6 feet away from each other, WALK. Exercise is great for your heart, mind and spirit. We live in Hawaii, enjoy the ocean (keep the 10/6 numbers in mind). Go fishing, surfing, paddle boarding, swimming, kayaking, sailing…. The water will wash away your anxiety. The sand will give you the grit to move forward with more purpose. There are races coming up later this year, start training. Don’t overdo it at first. You have plenty of time. By the time this virus has been contained, you might be ready for your first 5K. There is nothing stopping you. This is your time to get serious about your fitness goals. I’ll be cheering you on….


Yes, the Blaisdell has closed it’s doors and so have the theaters, bowling alleys, museums, and every other public gathering place. Yet, every cloud has a silver lining, you have a house and the doors are open for your ideas. It is time to do some spring cleaning! Yes, organize every room in your house until you can find anything blindfolded. Instead of shunning the idea because you have something better to do with your time, let me remind you about the weakness of this protest. In the first place, nothing overcomes the nervous anxiety of uncertainly better than a bold plan. Start small, tackle the bedroom first. Follow the five year rule. “If you haven’t touched something in five years, it might be time to throw it away.” This is especially true in Hawaii, since five years is plenty of time for mold and mildew to destroy everything you cherish in your home.

Once you have created more order in your castle, painting is a good idea. Mary has certainly given you some excellent suggestions with her remarks. If you feel the need to crush pent up frustration, let’s do some renovating. Everyone who knows me well would agree that I have more energy than most people. I never want to be idle, unless I am taking a welcomed break from ripping out a kitchen, laying tile, hanging drywall, and the list goes on and on. If you have the desire to get dirty, beat up, exhausted, inspired and thoroughly immersed in a project that is light years away the current crisis, it is time for a project. As an added bonus, the hardware stores are considered essential businesses. Well, isn’t that just dandy! Know your limits and remember the plumbers and electricians are still available to help. Make the best of this moment in time, it will not last forever.

Kind regards,

Cathy, Mary and Jeff