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Digital trainer keeps you going, step by step

Updated on  July 15, 2017 at 10:29 am
If sitting is the new smoking, then I’m a five-pack-a-day sitter. Sometimes two or three hours go by without me getting up from my desk. Read More

Little does little treasurer know he’s the treasure

Updated on  July 8, 2017 at 6:51 pm
My son is now 8, and his room overflows with all his “precious things”: shells and sea glass, sparkly bits of ribbon, broken crayons, paper clips and scraps of wrapping paper. I have a collector. Read More

It’s good to have a friend when evil comes creeping

Updated on  July 1, 2017 at 7:55 pm
I like to think I’m a decently self-sufficient woman. I can take care of my finances, health and well-being, and entertain myself, thanks very much. But when it comes to one thing, I’m hopelessly helpless. Read More

Splendor of southern France is icing on sweet family time

Updated on  June 24, 2017 at 7:46 pm
Summer in the south of France is spectacular. But for this particular trip, the destination — as enchanting as it is — is not as special as the company. Read More

Empty nest gets even better when it’s portable

We moved last month from a lovely rental in Kaimuki to a downtown apartment. The main reason? Parking, itself a major stressor for anyone living in Honolulu. Read More

Vacations are great to plan, but no plan is also fun

Updated on  June 13, 2017 at 10:59 am
It’s summertime, and like so many others I’m planning a Disney vacation, except I don’t know when we’re going. Read More

Favorite-teacher affection lasts after school’s pau

Updated on  May 29, 2017 at 10:24 am
When I hear my daughter speak so highly of her teacher, I’m reminded of my enduring affection for Mrs. Low. Read More

When in the sun, covering up trumps exposure

Updated on  May 21, 2017 at 5:17 pm
I see old photos of myself looking fit and radiant with a rich, coppery glaze, and look down at my pale legs and wonder if a short session in the sun would return my skin to a healthy glow. Read More

Living with traffic turns car into second home

Updated on  May 16, 2017 at 10:31 am
Like so many other commuters, every morning we pack up the car for a long trip through traffic. Once we leave home in Pearl City, we’re not venturing back, so we bring everything we need for the day. Read More

Simple delights keep marriage happy

Updated on  April 29, 2017 at 7:34 pm
In a ballroom filled with hundreds of our closest friends and family, my husband channeled his inner Michael Jackson and moonwalked across the dance floor, rousing our unsuspecting guests into ajubilant ovation. Read More

At summer camp, merry, merry queens of the bush were we

Today’s Summer Fun Guide got me hiking down the dusty trails of my memory to a summer more than 50 years ago at Camp Paumalu in the forested ridges above Sunset Beach. Read More

Rules of potluck never waver until someone steals your forks

Updated on  April 16, 2017 at 4:03 pm
If you had asked me 10 years ago what the rules of a potluck were, I would have said they started and ended with make sure you have enough to share. But after 13 seasons of baseball, seven seasons of soccer and one season of cross-country, I am a little more seasoned. Read More

Hapalua remains a goal and a journey

Updated on  April 11, 2017 at 10:32 am
The Hapalua was created six years ago by the folks behind the Honolulu Marathon, and I’ve run it since the first race set off from the Duke Kahanamoku statue in Waikiki. Read More

True friends provide support through celebrations, tragedy

Updated on  April 2, 2017 at 4:43 pm
Over the past 30-plus years, our get-togethers have evolved from birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese to hotel parties after prom to club-hopping nights throughout college to holiday potlucks at each others’ home with our families. Read More

Library lets mom relent to voracious requests

Updated on  March 26, 2017 at 7:18 pm
At the library where books are free, how can I say no to my boys who have inherited my passion for reading? Read More

Shift outlook on inevitable to stop overtaxing sanity

Updated on  March 19, 2017 at 12:07 am
There were some major wrinkles in our financial situation over the past year, and I was apprehensive about how we would fare. Read More

Awkward family visit shifts to raucous fun

Updated on  March 13, 2017 at 8:28 pm
Whatever you do, don’t embarrass me in front of my family,” my husband implored before we left on a trip to Okinawa, his birthplace, on New Year’s Day. Read More

Eating disorders lead to death for too many

Writing about eating disorders, or any mental illness, isn’t easy. They’re hard to understand and thus easy to judge, and sometimes the judgment can be cruel and damaging. Read More
Updated on  February 27, 2017 at 11:25 am

Summer of good deeds establishes habit of helping

Updated on  February 18, 2017 at 7:25 pm
There are lots of things families can do together to give back, from baking for neighborhood librarians to an organized Sustainable Coastlines beach cleanup and helping build a butterfly garden at Kahuku Farms. Read More