Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Review & Giveaway: The Hawaiian House Now

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for your participation!
The winners are Sew Swank & are we officially old now.
Congratulations!

The Hawaiian House Now by Malia Mattoch McManus & Linny Morris, is a beautiful 192-page hardcover book highlighting the most amazing homes in Hawaii.

Taken from the book:
"From dramatic oceanfront homes to old cottages full of memories, Hawaiian houses combine architecture and location to create a sense of relaxation. As people from all over the world (Polynesians, New England missionaries, East and Southeast Asians) have put down roots in the islands, they have combined international motifs with a more traditional Hawaiian ambiance—to produce an informally eclectic style that is perfectly suited to contemporary lifestyles.

The Hawaiian House Now takes the reader on a tour of 21 specially photographed homes throughout the islands of Oahu, Hawaii (the Big Island), Maui, and Kauai, including houses that update the “aloha spirit” of traditional Hawaii; town houses in Honolulu; country houses; fantasy houses that express a personal vision; houses that blend the indoors and outdoors; original architectural statements; and, of course, beach houses."
Words just cannot convey the beauty of these full-paged color photographs. Each time I thought I saw the most beautiful home I've ever seen, I would turn the page and there would be another one even more gorgeous. The outdoor architectures really make the most of Hawaii's natural beauty.

This book sells for $40 and is currently on backorder for 3 weeks. However, I have 2 copies to give away to some very lucky winners! To enter, just leave a comment below before January 8th saying what your favorite thing about Hawaii is. That's it! A random winner will be selected on January 9th.

As usual, you may receive extra entries by subscribing to my feed or by mentioning this giveaway on your blog. Please let me know if you're doing/did the extra credit so I can make sure you're entered properly. Also, PLEASE leave a way to contact you if you win.

This giveaway is open to everyone world-wide. However, please note that since these books are very heavy, they will be sent out to the winners via Media Mail.

Good luck!

Thank you to Maggie of HNA Books for this great opportunity!

61 comments:

Desert Songbird said...

I've never been to Hawaii, so I can honestly say that my favorite thing about Hawaii is...YOU!

I'm a Google Reader subscriber, as you know...

JHS said...

Kailani: I love everything about Hawaii, as you know. I wonder if I was Hawaiian in a previous life?

I love the beautiful scenery, the proximity to the beach, the weather, the people, the laid-back attitude, the food . . .

Stacey Moore said...

the scenery and sunshine!!
thanks

Lesha said...

Beautiful and sunny! Far better than Indiana.. that's for sure :-)

Diane said...

Hahaha!!! The weather! I'm looking at about three feet of snow right now. Sure could use that gorgeous sunshine!
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angelaandconnor at gmail.com said...

Beautiful Book I would love to read it.. My parents lived in Hawaii for several years and I miss visiting.

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Jennifer said...

I've never been to Hawaii, so it would be hard for me to say what my favorite thing is. My parents honeymooned there almost 33 years ago & I've heard nothing but wonderful things about the island! I know from pictures I've seen that it is GORGEOUS & the weather is almost always near perfect. I'd love to win this book, so please count me in. As always, thanks for the chance & I'm a feed subscriber! Happy New Year to you & yours!

Jennifer :-)

windycindy said...

Hello, Not having ever seen Hawaii for myself, I can only go by other people's and books views. All I have heard are great things about the different islands. My dad was stationed in Hawaii during WWII. I hear many interesting stories from him about that time period! I love the kind of book that your have up for your give away contest. I love home and eclectic decorating. Please enter me in your contest. I appreciate it. Cindi
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Jason and Caryn said...

I have never been to Hawaii (sniff sniff : (

But...I would LOVE to visit sometime...

I've heard the water is clear and gorgeous for snorkeling/scuba and I'd love to see some interesting aquatic life if we are ever blessed enough to visit!

I'm an email subscriber!

Swapna said...

My favorite thing about Hawaii is the fact that I'll be going there for my honeymoon in August!

I'm a Google Reader subscriber...

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Amanda said...

I've never been to Hawaii, but someday :) I think the best part of Hawaii is the beach and the sun!!

Marcia G said...

My favorite thing about Hawaii,hummm yearning to go there, for I have never been there. I subscribed to your rss feed

anne said...

The beaches and the volcanoes.

SJ said...

The mild weather and occasional Mauka shower. The locals. The language. How blue the water is! Sea turtles and the native fish in the waters. PINEAPPLE. Plumeria blossoms, native fruit growing on the trees, the hibiscus everywhere.

I could go on forever!

Hawaii is an amazing place. I can't wait until I get to visit again. I would absolutely LOVE to have this book. Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

Oh, I subscribe to your feed as well....

Stephanie said...

EVERYTHING! I met and married my husband in Hawaii! We miss it so much, this book would sit on my coffe table everyday! My fave thing about hawaii is the smell...the saltwater in the air mixed with the beautiful smell of flowers. Ahhhhh

frannie said...

I've never been to Hawaii, so I will have to go with pinapple and macadamia nuts!
thanks for the chance to win!

bison61 said...

I've never been to Hawaii

Taryn said...

I love Hawaiian coffee!

kitty said...

The gorgeous plants.

Bebemiqui said...

I love the greenery!

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings said...

Pineapple! lol Hey it's the only thing I could think off.


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Naomi said...

Food! From spam musubi to Alan Wong's. And everything in between.

emily said...

awesome! My parents are living on the big Island currently while my father builds gigantic homes on the coast. I would just love to have this book out on my table, it would be such a conversation started and remind me of my parents, so far away from Indiana! Thanks.


...and my favorite thing about hawaii....my daughters name in lava that I wrote out in white coral when we visited this past fall. It's still there I think!

Stacey said...
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Stacey said...

My favorite thing about Hawaii is that it remains a top dream vacation for me. It gives me something to look forward to, and to be excited about, even though I haven't yet enjoyed it. Thanks! I'm a subscriber, too!

I'm AZ said...

I've never been to Hawaii, either, but what I'd love to see is all the food growing wild on trees and being able to pick it and eat it!! I love avocados, mangoes, pineapple, papaya, ....if it grows on a tree I love it. I also love seeing how environment affects home decor, so the book is something that interests me. I have a book on Key West homes and one on homes in Greece. They're really interesting books and beautifully photographed.

Carey said...

I have never been to Hawaii either, but i would have to say the sand and the sunshine and the warm temp.

Qtpies7 said...

I haven't been to Hawaii, but I here that there are not spiders there??? Taht would be amazing!

Geri said...

I've never been, but since I live in S. Florida, it probably wouldn't be fair to say sunshine or temperature. But since Lost is my favorite show, I'll say it's pretty darn cool that they film it there.
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Stephanie said...

I've never been, but I can imagine that the water is absolutely beautiful (and warm too!).

neenarneenar said...

My favorite thing about Hawaii is that I will be there in October and it will be waiting for me.... we are going for m mothers 50th birthday..

Steph said...

My favorite thing about Hawaii is that I may be going there in the next year...I CAN'T WAIT!!! Please pick me for the book! :)
Stephanie
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BevMama said...

Having lived in Hawaii for three years as a young girl, my favorite thing about Hawaii is the weather. So balmly - no humidity - just paradise on earth!
Beverly

Tara said...

I've never been to Hawaii... YET...but I sure hope to someday. My favourite thing about Hawaii- from my limited knowledge of it- is the beautiful scenery and the incredible hula dancing and the amazing flowers. I really want to go to Hawaii someday.

I also have subscribed to your RSS feed.

Liza's Eyeview said...

The PEOPLE - that's my favorite!

I love the Aloha Spirit here :)

I hope I win the book :)

SewSwank said...

I've never been to Hawaii, So I can't say for SURE what my favorite thing is, We are hoping to get station there once we get shore duty though! But to make a guess... I'm Going to say TIKIS! I am a collector of vintage Hawaiiana and I just LOVE my Tikis!

Bree said...

My favorite thing about Hawaii is the air- the flowers make it so fragrant!

SewSwank said...

Hi I blogged about this post too, the link to the post is below.

Sew Swank: A Vintage Living Blog

Emma said...

I love Hawaii! I lived there for a while when I was 2 years old and again when I was 8 years old. I remember the geckos on our walls. Very cool as a kid. As an adult I would like to take my family there again so they can also share my love of the ocean.

Becky said...

I love how lush and green everything in Hawaii is. The one time I visited I never wanted to go home.

megankortepeter said...

I lived in Hawaii for a little while and can't wait to go back. Wonder if I would recognize any of these houses.

April said...

Mahalo for offering a great book!

jenna said...

It's funny, my husband and I are actually taking a trip to Hawaii this summer! (He and I have been once before but not together.) My favorite things are he beautiful blue water, the incredible coral reefs, the sandy beaches, the rocky beaches, the laid-back atmosphere, the breath-taking views, the wind!, the sunsets... what's NOT to love??!? :)

fruitbearer said...

My husband and I had our honeymoon in Kauai (over 16 years ago)and would love to go back there again. I love the weather, the beaches, and the volcanoes :).

Hedi said...

Seems like a interesting book! Thanks for this giveaway!

Audra Marie said...

I've never been there, but it's beautiful and seems peaceful and laid back. :)

I'm already a subscriber. :)

Susanne said...

Hmmm...for me it has to be the blue, clear water!!!

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Donna said...

I've never been to Hawaii, but I so want to go there. But, I love the look of the beaches!

jennifer57 said...

i've never been to Hawaii so this would awesome to win this neat book :)

lev53211 said...

beautiful- i'd love to travel there someday.

Ed Harvey said...

The indigenous Hawaiian culture is always my favorite on my occasional visits.

PS said...

The smell. I live in Minnesota and I crave the salty ocean smell. I just love it, but rarely get to smell it!!!!

Kyra said...

The warm, clear water that is PERFECT for Boogie Boardin'!

NerdMom said...

My favorite thing about Hawaii is that it is an attainable dream. We have never been there but I want to visit. It is an American paradise;).

Reeva said...

my favorite thing about hawaii is the history and the absolute beautiful scenery. Nature at its best!

Debbio said...

I love the flowers and gardens of Hawaii, the beautiful colors and greenery. It would be a dream to live where the garden can be enjoyed all year around.

jenavidez said...

this book looks beautiful... i love hawaii's mountains and water...the perfect mix. thanks!

Brook said...

The water, the beach, and the climate.

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pashmina said...

There's nothing more beautiful than good architecture that blends into its environment. A friend recently pointed me towards Frank Lloyd Wrights "Falling Water" home which is absolutely stunning.