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hen it comes to servicing the roofing needs of Hawaii homeowners, R.S. Toyama Roofing Service Inc. has it covered. The company has been in business for more than 30 years and has gained an enviable reputation for providing quality craftsmanship at competitive prices. In fact, owner Raymond Toyama still does every free estimate himself, no matter where on Oahu the home may be. R.S. Toyama’s work encompasses residences, carports, lanai, sheds, extensions and, in some cases, commercial roofing. If you live in an area with an association, Toyama advised getting all your permits in order before beginning your project, as most associations will have a listing of color choices, materials, etc. that must be followed. “We can gladly bring out samples to make your selection,” Toyama said. With a crew of six highly skilled, hardworking young roofers, R.S. Toyama offers a seven-year workmanship warranty — the maximum allowed by Hawaii state law — on all its projects, in addition to the manufacturer’s material warranty, which usually lasts 20-30 years. “We want (our customers) to feel they can trust us to do the job required to the best of our abilities, and to do that job with the least amount of interruption of their normal lives,” said Toyama, who founded his company in 1979 after honing his skills in




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R.S. TOYAMA ROOFING SERVICE INC. contact // 847-6265 address // 1321 Hart St. the roofing trade for 10 years under his father-in-law, Nobu Kageura. With years of experience in the roofing trade, Toyama knows roofing can be a noisy and dusty process, so the company tries to keep clients informed not just for their benefit, but for their neighbors’ peace-ofmind as well.

Over the last several months, the company has witnessed a trend in homeowners opting to install PV (Photovoltaic-Solar Energy) systems on their roofs. These systems will last for 25 to 30 years, so be sure your roofing is in good condition before installing PV, as it will cost extra money and time to take down a solar system once you

have it mounted. Also, if you do decide to install a PV system and you need to re-roof your home, it can get costly. To save time and money, Toyama suggested re-roofing the portion that the PV system will be place on first. Then, if the condition of your roof permits, you can re-roof the rest of the residence at a later date. “No job is too small or large,” Toyama said. During this holiday season, R.S. Toyama would like to thank all of its current and past clients, some of whom have given the company much-appreciated repeat business over the years. “Thank you for your support throughout the years,” Toyama said. “We wish our clients and their families a safe and wonderful holiday season!” R.S. Toyama Roofing Service Inc. is located at 1321 Hart St. in Honolulu. For more information about the company and its services, call 847-6265. DECEMBER 16, 2012 • 3

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Playing it safe this season BY KAREN NAKAMURA lanning for the holidays is a busy and joyful time. But all of the decorations, extra electrical cords and the parade of people going in and out of your home call for more safety precautions to help you make this holiday season safe and happy for you and your family. Here’s a checklist for home holiday safety: • Ask a friend or neighbor to watch your house and take in your newspaper and mail if you plan to spend the holidays away from home. Put lights throughout the house on timers to turn them on and off in your normal living pattern. • If you display a live Christmas tree or live greenery, select the freshest possible. A moist tree is less likely to catch fire. Look for a trunk sticky with sap and for green needles that bend and are secure on the branches. • When using a live Christmas tree, cut the base at a 45-degree angle. Place it in a container with water and always keep the water


level above the cut. • Place trees a safe distance from stoves, radiators, vents, fireplaces and any other heat source that may dry the tree. Inspect the tree for dryness daily. • Inspect all holiday light wiring. Defective, worn or frayed electrical wiring should be thrown away. Check for the UL label on lights. Also, be sure to use fixtures specifically designed for outdoor use if you decorate

your house, trees or yard. • Use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord. Also, don't run electrical cords under rugs. Be sure all lights are turned off before you go to bed or leave the house. • Place candles and other open flames away from decorations. Never leave burning candles unattended and always supervise children when burning candles. • Keep a fire extinguisher near your



Christmas tree. Make sure your family has a fire emergency escape plan. In case of fire, leave your home and call for help from a neighbor’s home. • When buying artificial decorations, check for “flameproof ” or “fire-retardant” qualities. • Never burn wrapping paper in a fireplace or wood stove. Certain ink pigments react with heat and create airborne particulates that are dangerous to inhale. Also don’t burn evergreens, they could flare out of control and send flames and smoke into your house. • Cooking is a leading cause of home fires and home-fire injuries. When you cook, be sure to wear clothes that fit close to the body so they won't be ignited by hot burners. Do not leave items cooking on the stove and be sure that pot handles are turned in. The decorations around your house, lights, gifts, music and the presence of loved ones make the holiday season festive and fun, and with the proper precautions, safe. Learn more about home safety, maintenance and homeownership at www.advice at biahawaii.org.

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Rest easy with a clean energy solution BY JAIMIE KIM t’s no secret that Hawaii’s solar industry has been booming for the past few years, but homeowners and industry professionals have recently expressed concern over the sudden changes in state tax rules that will drastically reduce the amount of tax credits available for Hawaii homeowners. If you have been considering reducing your electric bill with solar, but are worried you’ve missed the state tax credit opportunities because of changes being implemented in 2013, don’t panic: Sunetric has a solution. “The department of taxation issued a new administrative ruling to change the definitions of the state tax incentives,” shared chief operating officer Aaron Kirk. The new qualifications to receive state tax credits are now based on kilowatts installed. This means you may not be entitled to receive as much in return from the state as you may have in 2012. “This can result in up to a 50 percent cut in tax credits from the state level, just by altering the definition,” said Kirk. “Sunetric feels that the tax change decision was made too quickly and without looking at the impact it’s going to have on the solar industry, on Hawaii’s clean energy initiative


SUNETRIC contact // 262-6600 web // sunetric.com or to Hawaii homeowners.” “This tax code change will dramatically affect the ease in which local homeowners can put solar on their homes,” said Kirk. Kirk predicts that there may not be any openings for installations before the end of the year, unless you want to turn to drastic measures and go with someone who can’t guarantee the same quality of service. But don’t be discouraged and lose faith in turning your roof into a personal power plant.

To continue to provide its reputable service to customers, and to assist homeowners that won’t be able to install photovoltaic before the end of the year, Sunetric has found exclusive means to cover the loss of tax rebates for homeowners. “We have access to an exclusive program that allows us to honor nearly all of the same tax credits that were available in 2012 for our new customers,” shared Kirk. “We’ve worked hard to find a way to give homeowners a little bit more time to get

in, and benefit from the better tax rebates that were available before this drastic cut was made.” However, Kirk noted that Sunetric will only be able to extend the 2012 tax credits for a limited time. “The resources of this program are limited and are allocated only to Sunetric customers. We are doing everything we can to extend it as long as possible and give as many local homeowners the benefits that these tax incentives provided before the rules changed,” said Kirk. And choosing to trust in Sunetric also means knowing that you’ll get more than your money’s worth with top-tier, U.S.-made photovoltaic panels. To ensure that you’ll be able to take part in Sunetric’s exclusive offer, visit sunetric.com or call the company’s main offices at 262-6600.

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Open your garage door to new possibilities omeowners have known for years that remodeling a kitchen or bathroom can recoup as much or more than the cost of the job. Recent studies in Honolulu have shown that replacing an old, worn garage door can recoup the homeowner 120 percent to 180 percent of the job cost depending on the quality and features of the garage door. This is because of the enhanced curb appeal of a property with a new and attractive garage door. The garage door is the largest moving part of the house, and for most properties, it’s the first or second part of the house one sees from the street. Garage doors are available in galvanized steel, vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum and wood. Most doors are available onesided, insulated or two-sided with insulation. Even a modest, new one-sided garage door will allow the homeowner to recoup well above the door cost in added resale value to the house. Higher priced specialty aluminum and wood doors will add a modest amount to the house value above the cost of the door and well in excess of the cost recouped by other home renovation projects. Servco Raynor offers a wide variety of door styles and sizes in all materials. Wood door construction for the Arbor Shore product line utilizes vertical grain lumber, fully matured Alaskan Western Red Cedar and uniform wood-tone consistency, all with lead times as short as four weeks. No other manufacturer can deliver the level of quality Raynor can.


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“well-built, dependable cabinet arrangements,” as Cao explained. “Whether for a new home construction project or kitchen cabinet remodel, we have what you are looking for at a price you can afford.” The family business also features more than 40 varieties of granite, including elegant, classy color schemes like Madura Gold, River White and Rose Pearl, which provide practical, durable stone surfaces to accentuate any kitchen or bathroom. In addition to bringing in five new quartz countertops in the near future, C&C Cabinets Granite is also offering a granite sale just in time for the holidays. Starting at $99, customers can choose from selected granite pieces up to 9 feet by 2 feet that also include a 6-inch backsplash. C&C Cabinets Granite also offers a wide variety of undermount stainless

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A remodeling project that is sure to shine O hana Building Supply is a one-stop shop for homeowners and contractors alike. The company’s selection includes a variety of high-quality kitchen and bathroom materials at very reasonable prices, from ready-made to custom cabinetry, a full line of granite countertops, stainless steel sinks and hardwood and laminate flooring, all to fit any architectural style. Ohana Building Supply’s in-stock cabinets are constructed of all-plywood boxes with solid wood face frames and doors. Locally stocked are Maple, Light or Dark Cherry and Milzen Cabinets’ Espresso Oak and White Oak, constructed of plywood boxes and engineered MDF flat-panel-style doors and frames. Ohana Building Supply also has two new styles of cabinets that are available, Elegant Cherry and Honey Beech. These new cabinets are face-framed cabinets constructed of 5/8-inch plywood boxes and 3/4-inch solid wood doors and frames.The cabinets feature solid wood dove-tailed drawers and come standard with soft-closing hardware for doors and drawers. These cabi-

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nets look as good inside as they do on the outside and would be a great addition to any kitchen remodel. Currently, all of Ohana’s cabinet lines are on sale and, as always, if you buy a set of kitchen cabinets, you get the granite free (for select colors). Ohana Building Supply is having a blowout sale on its Maple Shaker cabinets, which are being offered at $39.99 per linear foot (some exclusions apply, not valid with free granite promotion). This promotion won’t last long and only applies to stock on hand. If you’re on a budget or are thinking of remodeling a rental unit, these cabinets will be the perfect fit. Ohana Building Supply also stocks a selection of granite countertops starting at $99, such as Taisan White, Bainbrook Peach, White Galaxy, River White, Jurparana,

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The Power Spot How you position yourself and furniture within a room has a direct correlation to how empowered and successful you are in life

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• Make sure you can see the door easily from where you are sitting, sleeping or standing so that you are in the best position to deal with whatever might come through the door. If this is not possible, place a mirror where it will give you a better view. For example, if you sit at a desk that can’t be moved, put a “rear-view” mirror on your computer monitor so that you can easily see behind you. I like to affix a 2or 3-inch round mirror with self-stick tape to the upper corner of my computer screen. You can purchase such mirrors at any auto supply shop. • The key is to always give yourself the widest view of the room without being in direct line of the doorway. You know you are in the “power spot” when you feel comfortably in charge of the room. The next time you watch a movie scene with a powerful person sitting in a restaurant, notice where he or she is sitting. It will be far from the door, usually across the room from the entry, with his or her back to a wall.


eng shui is an ancient art, spanning thousands of years. Originally, people used it to find auspicious sites, harness “good energy,” and bring balance and harmony to anything energetically disruptive in the environment. The belief was that if you lived and operated in an energetically sound place, your life and/or business would have the best chance to flourish with ease, and opportunities would be maximized. Over the course of history, those in high positions, such as emperors and political leaders, used feng shui to maximize their status and maintain their power over people. Of course, those in power usually experience opposition and have enemies who want to overtake them. So, part of the feng shui philosophy emphasizes the importance of situating yourself in the most powerful position within the environment so that you can see all activity — including any enemies who might try to surreptitiously eliminate your carefully harnessed power. The power position The power position, also known as the “commanding position,” is a feng shui concept that helps you place yourself in the most powerful position in your home. This is to ensure you have the greatest command of a room — usually against a wall so that you can see all the entrances and nothing can happen behind your back. This allows you to be the focus of attention while enabling you to easily observe all activity in the room without craning or turning your neck. By choosing to place yourself in the power position, you gain an advantage in

This concept for positioning is powerful, a strong metaphor for being in control of your world. How you position yourself in a room has a relationship to how you position yourself in life which, in turn, has an effect on how empowered you are and, to a degree, how successful you are.

sleeping, negotiations, business activities and peace of mind. Safety and security An added benefit of positioning yourself in the power position is a greater subconscious sense of safety and security and less anxiety. We all have an instinctive need to maintain visible control over our environment. We are most comfortable when we know on many levels that no one can sneak up and surprise us. Think of how it feels when you are engaged in something and, without

your knowledge, someone is behind you, watching what you are doing. It feels disempowering. In feng shui, if you are positioned so that you cannot see all the activity that enters and leaves a room or occurs behind you, mirrors are used to reflect that activity and to bring into view anything out of sight.

Alice Inoue is a life guide at Alice Inoue Life Guidance LLC, a company committed to assisting people in living empowered lives. Alice shares her wisdom as a professional speaker and personal consultant, and offers a series of instructional DVDs on feng shui, as well as her award-winning books on feng shui, happiness and spiritual life wisdom. Visit www.aliceinspired.com to read her blog, sign up for her newsletters and download useful feng shui tips. DECEMBER 16, 2012 • 11

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Ready to deck your halls with innovative tips, techniques? T he holiday season doesn’t have to always involve the same old, same old when it comes to decorating your home. Take a few ideas from John Griffith. As the lead visual merchandiser for Replacements Ltd., he spends the entire year scouting and developing innovative tips and techniques to deck the halls and trim the perfect tree. So far, Griffith’s team has adorned nearly a dozen trees throughout the company’s retail store. Each tannenbaum is a story in itself, defined by color, style and unique looks created by combining ornaments with what some might consider nontraditional trimmings. “So many people settle for simply hanging ornaments on their trees, but there is so much more you can do by adding fillers that really reflect your own personal taste and style,” said Griffith. “Mixing in ribbon, fabrics, florals, feathers and other natural elements create flair and personality. Adding extra flourishes in the right places can make the difference between a pretty tree and an extraordinary tree.” Griffith said the hot colors for holiday 2012 range from soft pastels to rich jewel tones. Popular ornaments this season reflect the Victorian era, with glittering gemstones and rhinestones being extremely popular. And don’t be afraid to forgo the traditional tree topper. Instead, consider using twigs or other natural elements arranged out of the top of your tree. Griffith has even strategically placed a tree beneath a chandelier for extra glow.

If you don’t have enough room for a traditional sized tree, corner trees or the flatter profile trees are an excellent fit for smaller spaces. Or, Griffith suggested you may want to go in an entirely different direction. “I am into repurposing and recycling, so I took the branches of an old artificial tree and wired them together to create swags, and then decorated those with combinations of fabrics, bows and ornaments,” he said. “You can hang swags on a mantel or place them on top of a door

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remind them of their childhood, while others are looking to start their own traditions with annual collectible ornaments. For instance, Wallace Silver makes an annual sleigh bell, while Gorham Silver releases an annual snow flake. These have been in production for more than four decades and are a great tradition to add every year.” Winkler said popular dinnerware manufacturers including Lenox, Wedgwood and Waterford all offer ornament lines. For those looking for popular blown glass, he

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hen it comes to flowers and greenery and creating a beautiful centerpiece, I can certainly get by, but I’m no expert. With so many holiday dinners right around the corner, I thought I’d ask one of my go-to experts for the best tips on how to create a beautiful holiday centerpiece for your table. Mike Miyashiro is owner and chief designer at Rainforest in Kilohana Square. I turn to him often because of his attention to detail, creativity and customer service. Here are his tips — presented in his own words. Take it away, Mike!


Holiday succulent accents “Some of the most versatile plants we know of are wonderful succulents that grow well even when we’re not trying. We grow them year-round and chop them and multiply them in our gardens and pots. During the short days of winter, most flowering plants disappear, but not the succulents. Why am I mentioning succulents? Many of them resemble roses and exotic flowers that when combined with holiday accents, take on a new look. “An easy decorating idea involves using a thin, coated wire to wrap stems of holly, greens and succulents together on a branch. Use moss or even dried leaves free of pests and crumbles. Gather materials and place them along the branch. From a point, wrap and tie the wire around the stems and begin ‘haku-ing’ branches, leaves and succulents together onto the branch. If you’re a haku maker whose winding gets bigger and grander until it looks like a horse’s wreath at the Kentucky Derby, then you’re the perfect candidate to make this because it doesn’t have to be thin enough for someone to wear. “Finish the end by tying off the wire and hiding the tied end piece. Use this as a wall hanging by attaching a wire or string to the top, or placing it sideways on a plate or lay14 • DECEMBER 16, 2012

“There you have it: a beautiful centerpiece using scraps, accents and flowers.”

Thank you, Mike! I am loving the quick and easy aspects of your tips, especially how you use things you might already have lying around the house or yard. And for those of you out there looking for one-ofa-kind centerpieces for your holiday table, if you’re like me, I’m sure you can’t wait to get started. Happy decorating! ing it in a fancy pot. Succulents grow geotropically, so plants facing the wrong way will eventually ‘right’ themselves by facing up. If you must, go ahead and add a bow and Christmas balls, and even a baby Rudolph. But the beauty is all yours in the making.” E-Z Trim centerpieces “Using leftover tree trimmings, or a

designer bag of holiday trimmings will start you off in the right direction to make what I like to call E-Z Trim designs. Take out that old ceramic vase (the kind they don’t make any more) and garnish it with your holiday greenery. Pull out those pine cones, and even fake holly if you want, then add just a couple of nice accent flowers to this mix.

Cathy Lee is president and designer of Cathy Lee Style and Cathy's Marketplace, a furniture and accessories showroom with design services at 1110 University Ave. She recently opened reStyle Hawaii, an affordable, style-conscious consignment warehouse with upholstering and repurposing services at 420 Keawe St. To find out more, go to www.cathyleestyle.com.


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Live large in small spaces he American home may be shrinking, but not the great american dream. Americans are still living large, just doing so in smaller spaces. To some trend-watchers, the down-scaling of the American home comes as good news. Architects, designers, and social observers say our willingness to resize our floor space means Americans are rethinking the way we really live and how we use whatever space we do have. Home, they say, has become less about impressing others and more about making ourselves happy. And since we are mostly Boomers — that tidal wave of Americans born between 1946 and 1964 — who have long been accustomed to getting what we want, happiness is often defined


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Stumped on flooring options? Choose wood BY KYLE GALDEIRA ust in time for the holidays, Hawaii Hardwood Flooring is giving the gift of savings to both new and loyal customers. As it makes the move from its current Kalihi location to a new home down the road at 1727 Republican St., Hawaii Hardwood Flooring is offering up to 70 percent off a wide range of flooring products and accessories. So, as the company moves into its new digs, customers can move some high-quality flooring upgrades into their homes and still have enough money left over to take care of holiday shopping lists. The flooring experts are also offering a Holiday Refinishing Special, as home or business owners can refinish an existing flooring system for just $4.75 per square foot. Hawaii Hardwood Flooring brings more than 30 years of experience to every flooring project it takes on, and president Chris Brenna makes it a priority to offer customers a multitude of residential and commercial flooring options.The company features three installation teams and three sanding and fin-


HAWAII HARDWOOD FLOORING contact // 842-7755 address // 1727 Republican St. web // www.HawaiiHardwoodInc.com ishing teams that take the worry, stress and mess out of the installation process. If a brand-new flooring system is not feasible, Brenna suggested refinishing any existing wood flooring to extend its life. He noted that it will usually take a week for his team to sand and refinish 500 square feet of flooring, and the floor will need 30 days to harden after the refinishing process, as the floor will cure and become scuff-resistant. “If you live in an older house with existing flooring that is looking pretty old, you can refinish the floor with our dustless sanding and finishing process that typically takes a week to do,” said Brenna, who also recommended putting protectors on the bottom of furniture pieces to lessen their impact on the floor. “The process will make your floors

look brand new for company coming over.” Hawaii Hardwood Flooring also has some tips for homeowners looking to brighten or spruce up their living space in anticipation of hosting guests. For those homeowners with aging carpet who have been considering switching to a hardwood flooring option, Brenna suggested pre-finished engineered or solid hardwood floor types as a quick and effective solution, as installation normally takes one to two weeks. While pre-finished hardwood flooring has grown in popularity, Hawaii Hardwood Flooring is one of the few local flooring businesses also offering sand-and-finish and unfinished materials. The wide variety of flooring choices coupled with their corre-

sponding installation procedures and distinct appearances provide customers with a wealth of choices throughout each project. Hawaii Hardwood Flooring offers peace of mind with a price-match guarantee, twoyear warranties (as opposed to one-year guarantees offered by most competitors) and the user-friendly company is also able to assist with the moving of furniture and cleaning. Additionally, the company offers free cleaning kits with each flooring system purchased and installed. “Updating your flooring is just one of the ways to spruce up your home in time for the holidays,” Brenna said. For more information, call 842-7755. To speak with Brenna directly about the best flooring options, call 306-3374.


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Taking your design style outdoors anaiScapes specializes in landscape design and the creation of outdoor living and entertainment areas that are both beautiful and functional. The company’s team is comprised of professionals who are dedicated to customer service and industry knowledge and expertise. This ensures that its clients receive the best solution for their projects, and an aesthetically pleasing and cost-effective installation. Today, you can bring almost any activity you enjoy inside your home to the outdoors. Creating a truly functional and relaxing room for outdoor living requires careful planning. Like designing any indoor space, you’ll need to consider architectural style, color harmony, traffic flow, space requirements and comfort. An outdoor room has its own special challenges, too such as providing privacy and creating shelter from the sun and wind. What surrounds your home is just as important as what is in it. Whether it’s the manicured front lawn, the spa jacuzzi on the lanai or the garden just outside your kitchen, these spaces benefit from the same attention to detail as any room in your house.

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• Lanais, entertainment spaces. Building outdoor living spaces extends your home to the yard. The company can help you create living spaces for your outdoor lifestyle.

• Outdoor kitchens. Whether you want a simple place to grill or a large space for entertaining, LanaiScapes would love to help you create the perfect space.

• Decks and terraces. An important part of enjoying your home can mean installing a deck or terrace.


• Custom water features. The company creates beautiful water features, from simple fountains to beautiful koi ponds.

contact // 255-1048 web // www.LanaiScapes.com Transform your space with landscaping appropriate to your home and environment, gardens, lanai design, water features, paving, outdoor lighting and more. Well-designed landscapes will complement your home’s architecture and design. By taking your design style outdoors, you can turn a patio, deck, balcony or any

outdoor area into another room of the house. The company’s services include the following: • Landscape design. LanaiScapes understands that every property is different and that every homeowner has specific needs, likes and dislikes, and visions for what com-

• Fire pits. These are more and more popular, even here in Hawaii. A fire pit can be designed into your landscape or lanai.

Visit the company’s website at www.LanaiScapes.com or call 255-1048 for more information. Follow it on Facebook, too for tips on landscaping, decorating and more.

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You won’t want to miss this ‘Gem’ of a window special D iamond Head Windows & Doors offers a variety of top-quality brands of windows, doors and siding. The company recently partnered with PlyGem windows, the largest manufacturer of vinyl windows in the United States, and has negotiated special year-end pricing for Hawaii. In short, from now until Dec. 21, you can get up to eight windows installed in your home for $5,900. This includes tax, shipping, installation, job site clean up, the works. Paperwork needs to be completed by Dec. 21, and installation will be in February 2013.

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PlyGem The windows offered during the special are dual-pane with Low E glass to keep out heat and UV light. The windows carry a lifetime warranty, as does the installation. They are custom-made to fit the openings in your home. The special includes any single sliding window (OX or XO), picture window or single hung window up to 800 united inches (A united inch is the height of the window plus the width; e.g., a 36 inch by 48 inch window would be 84 united inches.) total, an average of 100 united inches per window. The offer is available to new customers and is not combinable with other offers. Casement, double hung, awning and combination windows are also available from PlyGem at slightly higher rates. Quality installation is performed by Island Renovations. The company is also offering year-end special pricing on other featured brands such as Amerimax. If you have considered installing windows in the past, but were put off by prices out of your budget, use this opportunity to replace your windows now. Diamond Head Windows & Doors offers free in-home



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A new home for the holidays T

he best gifts are ones that can be treasured for years to come. Clothes go out of style, and while dining out can be a memorable experience, it’s a one shot deal. Fads come and go as easily as the seasons. But one thing that will be appreciated here and now, as well as in the foreseeable future, is a home remodeling project. At Hawaii Home Expo, the breadth of products is truly astounding. From the smallest of projects to complete home renovations, nearly every aspect of a remodel can be found. Here are just some of the ways that Hawaii Home Expo can be a one-stop shop, even for the holidays:

Bathrooms There are a multitude of styles of TOTO lavatories that are currently marked down to nearly 75 percent off the list price. Customers may combine that with one of the 50-plus colors of remnant granite slabs to refresh any restroom for a fraction of typical remodeling costs. 24 • DECEMBER 16, 2012

For a truly luxurious and eco-friendly gift, TOTO’s new line of Washlet seats with electrolyzed water (eWater+) will pamper everyone in the family. The Washlet is designed to introduce a level of unprecedented comfort while delivering its promise of maximum cleanliness. An integrated, self-cleaning nozzle extends to release a warm, soothing stream of aerated water to provide the ultimate in personal cleansing. The eWater+ is a proven disinfectant used in food preparation and cleaning. Using the incoming water supply, pre-mist wets the toilet bowl surface aiding in the elimination of waste approximately 80 percent better than a dry bowl. After each flush, TOTO’s eWater+ mists the bowl with electrolyzed water, reducing the need for harsh cleaning chemicals. It may not seem trendy, but every client that becomes accustomed to the Washlet experience cannot live without it.

of natural stone in addition to carpet, wood and laminate, and dozens of styles of porcelain tile. There are some clearance items that will save hundreds as well as beautiful new materials to create any type of look. From a classic marble floor to a popular Stonepeak, hand-scraped wood-look porcelain or even clean contemporary styles, Hawaii Home Expo has all the options. For patios, decks and lanais, the selection and quality of lasting, durable quartzite is unmatched in the Islands.

Flooring For interior floors, there are all manners

Jacuzzi And don’t forget about the best out-

Kitchens From custom cabinetry made in British Columbia to clearance fixtures and granite slabs, Hawaii Home Expo is the place to go for the freshest look. In terms of longevity, amount of use and value, not a gift in the world exists that can match a rejuvenated kitchen.

door gift for any family, Jacuzzi hot tubs. Jacuzzi is the name that defines the hot tub experience. With industry-leading warranties, features and cutting-edge designs, there really is no better present for the entire family.

At this time of year, there may not be enough time to finish a project before Christmas or even New Year’s, but the undertaking of a project, large or small, and the experience of selecting and designing even a piece of a household is a huge part of the overall gift. The projects (and products) mentioned above are just a few of the things that Hawaii Home Expo can help you with. Visit the company for the holidays and give your family an incomparable present that will endure and provide comfor t, aesthetics and function for decades to follow.


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