Archive for November, 2014

Put Your Feng Shui in Order: Lectures by Hawai‘i Feng Shui Author

November 15th, 2014

Put your home in order and invite positive energy in before the holidays hit! Author and feng shui consultant Clear Englebert will offer nine free O‘ahu library lectures addressing the most common feng shui problems in and around Hawai‘i homes, based on 20 years experience consulting in the Islands.

Each lecture will last one hour and discuss a number of topics, including mauka/makai orientation of the home and its land; the significance of water features and fountains; clutter and how to eliminate it; interior features (fans, open beams, etc.); furniture selection (patterns, color and placement); and the importance of doors and windows.

This lecture series coincides with the release of the third printing of Englebert’s popular book, Feng Shui for Hawai‘i. Learn why O‘ahu has the most favorable feng shui and about the commonality between the Hawaiian and Chinese cultures’ connection between fresh water and prosperity.

Englebert will also offer four special, topic-specific classes at a nominal fee and a complimentary feng shui walking tour through downtown Honolulu.
Free Library Lecture dates, times and locations:
·         Saturday, Nov. 15, 10:30 am at Kapolei Library (693-7050)
·         Saturday, Nov. 15, 2:00 pm, at Aiea Library (483-7333)
·         Sunday, Nov. 16, 11:00 am at Kaneohe Library (233-5676)
·         Monday, Nov. 17, 6:30 pm, at Ewa Beach Library (689-1204)
·         Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6:30 pm, at Aina Haina Library (377-2456)
·         Wednesday, Nov. 19, 6:30 pm, at Manoa Library (988-0459)
·         Friday, Nov. 21, 6:30 pm at Kailua Library (266-9911)
·         Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:30 am, at Hawaii Kai (397-5833)
·         Saturday, Nov. 22, 1:30 pm, at the Main Library, King Street (586-3500)

At each of these talks Englebert’s books, Feng Shui for Hawai‘i and Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens, both published by Watermark Publishing, will be available for purchase; 30% of each purchase goes to the Friends of the Library.

Special Classes at Highline Kitchen Systems (1276 Young St., 589-1104). Class fee, $10 each; space is limited so reservations are required, call 808-328-0329.
·         Sunday, Nov. 16, 3:00-5:00 pm, Topic: Bedroom Feng Shui
·         Thursday, Nov. 20, 6:00-8:00 pm, Topic: Feng Shui for Love & Money
·         Sunday, Nov. 23, 3:00-5:00 pm, Topic: Office Feng Shui

Special Class at the Bodhi Tree Dharma Center (654 Judd St., 537-1171). Class fee, $10. No reservation required.
·         Saturday, November 15, 5:00-7:00 pm, Topic: Office Feng Shui

Free Feng Shui Walk through downtown, Saturday, Nov. 22:
This walk will start outside the front of the Main Library at about 3:00 pm (directly after the Main Library talk). It will go past the Capitol Building and ‘Iolani Palace before heading to the tall buildings downtown. Buildings will be evaluated on their feeling of balance, support and solidity. They will be categorized based on the five elements, and water features and neighboring building influences will be noted.

Englebert considers feng shui “an art, like decorating…it may not be classified as a science in the modern sense, but it teaches us to consciously notice where our attention is being drawn and what symbols are around us. This is a cross-cultural belief.”

He compares the ancient traditional Hawaiian role of the kuhikuhi pu‘uone (“the one who points out contours”), who was consulted before building a house or temple, to that of a feng shui consultant who points out the symbolism of the contours surrounding a home or potential building site.

Englebert has practiced and taught feng shui in Hawai‘i and California since 1995. A recognized feng shui expert with five published books to his credit, he has been featured on television programs and in print media. He teaches feng shui at various venues and offers consultations throughout Hawai‘i. For more information call 808-328-0329 or visit

A day in the life of a morning anchor

November 14th, 2014

The question is often asked of me, What is your life like with an early morning job? It's different, I'll tell you that.

Di & Ron, KHON2 Wake Up 2Day anchors

Di & Ron, KHON2 Wake Up 2Day anchors

I wake up around 2:30 a.m. for a shift that is officially weekdays, 4 a.m. - noon. I say "officially" because it can go longer depending on what news breaks after the show.

Screen shot solo shot

I do my own makeup and hair, and while we have a dressing room at work, I prefer to do it at home. Once I get in, I read through the scripts (which is a lot for a three hour show) and help write any unwritten parts. There is always something to write.

Wake Up 2Day's executive producer, Chanel, with Ron and me.

Wake Up 2Day's executive producer, Chanel, with Ron and me.

Wake Up 2Day producer Adam, me, Wake Up 2Day producer Lance, and photographer Terry.

Wake Up 2Day producer Adam, me, Wake Up 2Day producer Lance, and photographer Terry.


We have three producers and an associate producer working behind the scenes. They start as early as 11 p.m. the night before. They find the content for the show by updating any big stories from the night before, and by looking at what's making national headlines.


Once we're in the show, it moves pretty quickly, especially if there is breaking news or many in-studio guests. It's fun and it keeps us on our toes. In this age of social media, part of our job is to keep the social media pages updated as well, so we post Facebook and Twitter updates during breaks, particularly if it's news people really need to know, like a major traffic accident and road closures.

Di interviewing guests outside the studio.

Di interviewing guests outside the studio. Carlson on camera.

It is critical that an anchor team get along well in order to make the show run. I am lucky in that I joined a well-oiled machine with a terrific group of professionals. We all get along on and off air, which is such a blessing.

Jai Cunningham, Di, Ron at Shriners Ice Challenge.

Jai Cunningham, Di, Ron at Shriners Ice Challenge.

I'm fortunate that I clicked with my co-anchor Ron Mizutani immediately, and that within a few days of knowing each other, it felt like a long and comfortable friendship. One can't fake that kind of energy - nor predict when it will happen - and it does come across on air.

Di & Ron

Di & Ron

After the show, the entire team meets to debrief what went right with the show, what can be improved, and what's coming up tomorrow. Ron and I then immediately go to our desks to start writing any elements that we can for the next day's show.

Most morning anchors in television news are required to get off the set and file reports from the field, which will air on the evening news. The entire on-air staff leaves the meeting and goes into reporter mode after the morning news. There is always a story that I'm researching or working on. If I have a shoot that runs late, I stay until the story is filed.

Around 1 p.m. I usually get tired and need a nap! When your body is not in sync with the sun's rhythm, everything is thrown off. I could easily work a 12 hour day under "normal" circumstances, but because I get up so early, I get tired much faster.

I choose this shift because I have a second grader, so I can pick her up from school and spend time with her after work. I may be a bit of a zombie, but at least I see her, and it's worth it to me.

Mommy & Olivia

Mommy & Olivia

I go to sleep at 6:30 p.m. Other people work out their schedules different ways, but I like eight hours a night, so this keeps me fairly balanced. It is, sadly, too easy to slip back to "regular" life after the weekend, which makes Mondays hard. Therefore, I don't like to stay up past 9 p.m. even on a day off. Consistency is key.

I have to pick out my outfit and prepare my food for the next day before I go to bed, because that saves me valuable minutes in the morning. I feel like I'm in elementary school when my mom made me do this the night before!

I have no social life. I cannot tell you how many evening activities, parties, and events I've turned down because of this.

The crew!

The crew! Emi, Moose, Lance, Adam, Jai, me, Ron, Jared, Taizo, Kelly, Chanel

However, I love and need it. I love the energy of the newsroom, the type of work I do, and the passion it fulfills in me. I have known since I began this career right out of college that I loved it, and I consider myself lucky that that passion has not diminished over the years.

On my birthday! I love these guys! Jai Cunningham, Ron, me, Kelly SImek, Taizo Braden.

On my birthday! I love these guys! Jai Cunningham, Ron, me, Kelly Simek, Taizo Braden.

I also love and appreciate that from the minute I walk into the newsroom - pre-dawn, mind you! - that I'm happy. I so enjoy seeing my friends here. It's amazing that we are joking and chatting before, during, and after the show - and a nice validation that we like one another and the product that we collaborate on. This feeling is not something I take for granted, and is another big reason why it's well worth it to me.


I love my job. How many people can go to work and say that?

Best Buddies Hawaii presents The “Friendship Jam”

November 13th, 2014

Best Buddies Hawaii presents The Third Annual “Friendship Jam” on Saturday, November 15 from 5 p.m. til 8:45 p.m. at Jimmy Buffett’s Restaurant and Bar on the lobby level of The Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort.

This Annual Fundraiser’s main purpose is to raise funds for Best Buddies in the State of Hawaii. The mission of this organization is to create opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The “Friendship Jam” 2014 will feature some of Hawaii’s finest entertainers including Lehua Kalima and Shawn Pimental, Jordan Segundo, Aidan James, Ginai and Kailua Bay Buddies in the Jimmy Buffett‘s Restaurant and Bar area. Andy Bumatai will emcee the event and Al Waterson will be showcasing the auction items. The Magic of Polynesia starring John Hirokawa will be the featured show for this evening in the showroom immediately following the entertainment line-up.

The event is honored to have Celebrity Hostess - Maureen McCormick - (“Marcia Brady” from The Brady Bunch) present at this fundraiser to meet everyone and support Best Buddies Hawaii.

Admission is $75.00 per person and includes pupus and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at Validated parking is available at The Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort. For more information, call 426-6431.

Math homework

November 12th, 2014

Olivia writes her homework on a tablet that the teacher assigns. Every day, either Claus or I checks it and does it with her when she comes home.

Usually it's the child who makes the mistakes with the homework- doesn't copy the assignment down, doesn't want to do it, forgot the books at school, etc. Today it was the parent!

It was Claus who took charge on this day, and since we are often tired by 5, he misread the pages assigned for math. He jumped 20 pages and some three weeks ahead in her curriculum.

She struggled through the work, but with his help, finished it without complaint. When he went to check off that box on the homework list, he said he realized his mistake.

Discreetly, without letting her know he messed up, he then opened the math book to today's homework and had her finish that as well.

Now there's a piece of paper tacked to the bulletin board at home with a finished assignment, and in a few weeks when she gets to that page, she'll be pleasantly surprised to see she's already done it.

I just hope she doesn't figure it out and scold Claus for his mistake! Ha!

Learn to Prevent Seniors from Falling Workshop

November 11th, 2014

“Falling is Not a Form of Exercise,” a free informational workshop, will be presented at Manoa Valley Church on Wednesday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the new Multi-Purpose Room.  The public is invited to attend.

David Nakamaejo, President of Comforting Hands Senior Care, will conduct a PowerPoint presentation on this topic for older adults and family-caregivers.  Nakamaejo will discuss four important steps that can help seniors reduce the risk of falling:

• Review of Medications

• Annual Eye Exams

• Home Safety Measures

•  Tai Chi Exercises

Informational materials will be available.  The Church’s Senior Care Ministry is hosting this workshop which will include a Tai Chi demonstration, Tai Chi exercises for participants, and a question-and-answer session.

Manoa Valley Church (United Church of Christ) is located at 2728 Huapala Street, across from Manoa Marketplace and behind Starbucks.  Visit or call the Church Office at 988-3271 for more information.

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