This Honolulu Kitchen Is Especially Friendly

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This Honolulu Kitchen Is Especially Friendly


The bright and inviting core of this Honolulu house is an airy kitchen around which all social activities seem to orbit. Family and friends can gather in four distinct seating and eating areas that radiate out from the 10- by 16-foot space.

At its open, north-facing end, there's a curving countertop for informal meals or kibitzing with the cook. Offset to the northwest side is a family area with comfortable chairs, a television, and a fireplace. Outside, to the west, lies a generous covered porch for meals and informal entertaining. To the south is a small but dressy dining room. And east of the kitchen, a hall and window wall open on an atrium garden.

Centered beneath the spine of the house, the 16 1/2-foot-tall kitchen has rows of openable clerestory windows running its length. These windows help vent built-up heat and keep a gentle flow of air moving through the house a good idea in Hawaii's humid climate. They also provide bright, diffused light during the day, so even though the kitchen is surrounded by interior rooms and the covered porch, it seems bright and spacious. From it, owners Marjorie and Robert Wilson get daylight and views in three directions: toward the porch, overthe dining room table to the living room and French doors beyond, and to the sunny atrium garden. …

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