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Feng Shui: Change Your Life or Just One Room

Photo: Courtesy Jo-Anne Yamane

Looking to change your luck or rearrange your life in the Year of the Horse? The ancient Chinese practice of feng shui might help by applying natural elements into the design of homes, offices and lives.

Jo-Anne Yamane of Kaimuki says she is often contacted by people who seek clarity and improvement in their lives or relationships. Trained and certified in feng shui by Honolulu life guidance adviser Alice Inoue, Yamane says she’s consulted at homes, businesses and even cubicles. Rates start at $90 for a studio apartment. Her website is

Yamane says consultations can get complex when those interested are paired with skeptics. “Sometimes the woman will want a consultation and her partner doesn’t want to be involved. …” Yamane says. “But once the changes are implemented, often the other person likes the results, feels the energy and reaps the benefits.”

Joanie Lung, owner of World of Feng Shui in Kilohana Square at 1016 Kapahulu Ave., offers solutions for the curious and true believers. After a few questions, Lung might recommend a figurine to guard a door or suggest a rearranged bedroom.

Home consultations begin at 50 cents per square foot.

“When things at home are not good, people wonder how to get the energy right,” she says. “I take a look and try to find something I can do without tearing down the house.”

More of a do-it-yourself person? For $68, you can attend a feng shui seminar on Jan. 25, by Peter Lung of World of Feng Shui at the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific. In its 10th year, the seminar has raised more than $90,000 for the hospital’s foundation, Lung says. Learn more at or (808) 739-8288.

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