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Let’s just admit cleaning is a lot of work and seemingly never done. Check out these tips and tricks to make a plan to alleviate the “Saturday Clean-a-thon.” We will look into the concept of balancing the work load during the week so weekends are relatively free for the fun stuff! The concept is quite simple. You must do certain chores every day. Perhaps you have read articles entitled, “12 Habits of People Who Always Have a Clean House” or “6 Things I Do Every Day to Keep a Clean Home.” We are going to take these ideas and utilize them.

The following daily tasks are not time consuming and if you can convince your family to pitch in, it’s a breeze!

Make your beds. Nothing makes a bedroom look tidy and clean more than a made bed.

Put your clothes away. When you take off your clothes, immediately put them away or in the laundry. (Sorry, no more using the bedroom chair as a clothes rack! ). This is a simple step that saves time, try to incorporate it ASAP.

Do your dishes after every meal, if washing by hand. No one really wants to do dishes (you probably cooked dinner to boot!), but waiting for another meal just makes the task feel overwhelming. Leaving dishes in the sink overnight makes them harder to clean and the job takes that much longer. Try running your dishwasher at the end of the day. In the morning, you will have clean dishes which will take only a few minutes to put away.

Here is a simple rule: if you take it out; put it away. This includes bathroom items like toothpaste, hair dryers, brushes, etc. and, of course, everything you used in the kitchen to prepare your meals.

Wipe down surfaces after every use. After you cook, brush your teeth, make a sandwich, put on makeup-whatever you do, wipe down the surface you just used. This only takes a few seconds and the area will stay clean, disinfected and ready to be used again.

Do one load of laundry a day. Throw the clothes in the washing machine and start the load before you go out the door. When you return, put them in the dryer. This good habit will help you avoid an entire day tied up with 6-7 loads of laundry.

At the end of the day, do a quick scan for items to be put away or personal things left in common areas. Rule of thumb: Everybody’s stuff has to leave the room when they leave the room! This one habit can make a huge difference in the general tidiness of your home. Never leave a room empty handed.

Designate certain days for certain chores. This includes vacuuming, dusting, cleaning bathrooms and scrubbing floors. Each of these tasks takes no more than 20-30 minutes per day. If you put off all these chores until the weekend, it will take hours.

The best way to change a bad habit is to replace it with a good habit. What do you usually do when you come home from work? Maybe you just relax or catch up on some emails. Try switching to 20 minutes of quick cleaning to build good habits and help you stay on top of the game, without feeling overwhelmed.

You may have your own system that is working just fine but if you don’t, try incorporating some of these tips to keep a relatively clean house. For the most part, people don’t enjoy the menial task of cleaning (Unless you are like my mother who was sure she didn’t want to go to heaven if it didn’t need to be dusted periodically!) Cleaning is a necessary evil with no way to spin it otherwise, so make the most of it. Listen to music or an audible book to help take your mind off the chore at hand. Encourage family members to do their part. Carve out a few minutes from your busy day to free those precious minutes on the weekend! You may not be 3’6″ and whistle while you work in the mines but you can find ways to make your daily chores a little less daunting!


I have been in Hawaii for 36 years. Fortunately the Olive Tree Café in Kahala has been open for 22 of those years. The original chef, owner and farmer, Savas was a Persian who was adopted by a Greek family. He was a advocate for fresh ingredients with organic chicken, lamb from New Zealand and locally sourced fish. He died a few years ago, but his standards have been sustained.

Two weeks ago, I hosted some old friends from Japan who requested to dine there. It felt mostly like déjà vu as the menu has barely changed. Yes, the lamb shank has been replaced by a delicious braised lamb, but the standards are still present. Fortunately there were several of us, so I could sample some of my favorite dishes. There is no corkage if you bring both glasses and wine. They do charge for glasses. For the appetizers, we had their smoky and smooth babaganuoush on slices of fresh warm pita bread. Then we tried the mussels, with capers and olive oil, ripe tomato – feta cheese salad and then their refreshing tabouli salad. Then our entrees came out, including the braised lamb, fish souvlaki and falafel. All of these came with pita and a green salad.

Many locals and tourists love this restaurant, but they do not take reservations.
Open, 5-10 PM Monday-Sunday for dinner.
Located at 4614 Kilauea Ave, Ste 107, Kahala
808-737-0303 (you can order ahead for take out or for their daily special).



April 6th…Lace of your shoes for the Vi’s Top of Tantalus 7 Mile Run. This race begins at the Pu’u Ualaka’a State Park at 8 AM. The cost is $25. For more information check out their website:

April 12th and 13nth…It’s just two weeks until the Annual Iolani Fair which features games, rides, a petting zoo, crafts and good food.

April 14th…Ready to run? The Hapalua half marathon begins in Waikiki at 6 AM. The course goes through Diamond Head and back. The cost is $85-$180. For more information, check out their website:

April 14th-20th…Watch the best women golfers of the world compete at the Ko Olina Golf Club for a $2 million purse. Find more information at their website:

April 15th.. If you are looking for some fun, head to Duke Kahanamoku Beach at the Hilton Hawaiian Village for the Beach Challenge including: races, outrigger canoe races, paddle boarding and ancient Hawaiian games. This is free and runs from 9 AM to 2 PM. To learn more go

April 21st…There will be an Easter festival at the Hawaii Kai Towne Center in the marina courtyard beginning at 1 PM. For more information go to: http://

April 26st-28th…The Kainalu Elementary School sponsors the Kailua Carnival with EK Fernandez rides and lots of fun for your children.

April 27th…It’s time for the Waikiki Spam Jam Festival. If you love spam (the edible type), join this street festival on Kalakaua Avenue from 4-10 PM. Enjoy the food entertainment and craft booths. For more information go to: http://

April 28th… Join the”I Love Kailua” Town Party from 9AM to 5 PM from Hahani Street to Kuulei Road. Enjoy the crafts, food and entertainment for all ages.


April 6th…If your world evolves around art, food and music, don’t miss the annual Paliku Arts Festival at the Windward Community College in Kaneohe from 10 AM to 4 PM. This is an event for the entire family and will include art activities in many genre; music, including the Royal Hawaiian Band, and plenty of ono food. Don’t miss it.

April 6th-7th…The Hawaii Fit Expo will be held at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. This trade show offers sports clinics, exercise demonstrations and health and fitness vendors.

April 6th and 13th…The Diamond Head Theatre will present “Something Rotten”, a musical comedy. For tickets, call the box office at 733-0274.

April 7th…Bowling with the Bunny. Lucky Strike Social Honolulu at 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 3260, will sponsor Bowling with the Bunny from 8-10 AM. There will be a breakfast buffet and
photo ops with the Easter bunny followed by an Easter egg hunt. This is a fun place for the whole family. For more information check out their website:

April 13th and 14th…The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra presents Arabian Nights featuring clarinetist David Shifrin. For tickets, call the Blaisdell box office at 768-5252.

April 20th and 21st…The Hawaii symphony orchestra, with conductor Peter Oundjian and violinist Robert McDuffie, will perform the Glass violin concerto and Beethoven’s fifth symphony at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. For tickets call the box office at 768-5252.

April 27th…The Boy Scouts will sponsor the Ellison Onizuka Day of Exploration
at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall from 9AM-3PM. This is wonderful chance to share fun activities in science and engineering with children ages 5-14. Don’t miss this learning opportunity for your children or grandchildren.

Kind regards,
Cathy, Mary and Jeff