29 January 2008

You don't have to be a Pro Bowler to go to Hawaii - A Contest!

In honor of the most useless sporting event of the year, taking place next weekend in Honolulu, HI...OWTK proudly presents a CONTEST! in honor of something much more important - the delightful new record from the musical machine that is Putumayo Kids. With their staccato-like release schedule, Putumayo Kids is performing like a seasoned DJ - mixing in slow numbers with upbeat tracks, keeping the crowd interested and on their toes. Needless to say, I am quite impressed with the way Putumayo Kids has begun 2008.

On the heels of the highly impressive Celtic Dreamland comes the next installment of their Playground series. Hawaiian Playground is a collection of traditional Hawaiian and Hawaiian themed ditties that's just screaming to be used as the soundtrack for a luau-themed summertime kid's birthday party.

I first heard about this record a month or so before it was released when Spare the Rock played Joe McDermott's "Come to Hawaii", then announced that it was to be included on the forthcoming "Hawaiian Playground" disc from Putumayo Kids. Having a sweet spot for both McDermott's music and that of the islands, I was immediately excited for the day when the record would arrive in my mailbox. When it did, the ten songs didn't disappoint.

There isn't a weak track in the bunch. You can slip Hawaiian Playground into your CD player and groove out for 30 minutes to a mix of traditional and more modern sounding (even one that sounds a bit like music from another island, one in the Caribbean) tunes. McDermott's "Come to Hawaii" is indeed the anchor of the record, setting the narrative with it's clever lyrics about pretending to be on one of Hawaii's islands while you "eat pineapples fresh from a can."

Like the rest of the records released by Putumayo, the artwork and presentation is top-notch and like the rest of the Playground series this CD is perfect for the whole family.

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So here's the contest. Simply leave a comment on this post (or send OWTK an email at outwiththekids_at_gmail_dot_com if you're not the commenting type) and be entered to win a Putumayo Kids CD gift pack containing both the Hawaiian Playground and Celtic Dreamland CDs. What better chance do you have to be whisked away to both Ireland and Hawaii? Your comment, which can be as simple as "hello", but must be entered by February 2nd, 2008. Winner to be announced at halftime of the Super Bowl during a flashy 2 million dollar ad for OWTK (yeah, right) - really, I'll just announce the winner right here on OWTK during the 2nd half of the big game. Good luck!

Putumayo Kids also provides a very comprehensive learning guide and a map of the Hawaiian Islands. Nice tools to initiate and/or enhance a conversation about the music indigenous to the 50th state.

Listen to a sample of each track here.

This contest is a part of the HUGE Bloggy Giveaways taking place right here. Head on over for your chance to win some awesome swag.

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133 comments:

leigh said...

please enter me. thanks

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Heather said...

My kids' birthdays are in July and we always have a beach party...so this music would work great!

michelle said...

I would love to be entered in your drawing. Both CDs sound wonderful.

Michelle
www.northofthe49.com
michelle (at) northofthe49 (dot) com

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings said...

Count me in please.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Stop by my place to win a bath set & candles or one of two copies of a book I'm giving away. Don't miss the daily edition of contests galore that I post on my blog.

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings

Stormy5475 said...

Wonderful, thank you for the giveaway, please enter me, thank you,
Stormy5475@aol.com

Jenny said...

This CD sounds perfect to listen to in the car with my son!

Smellyann said...

Aloha! My kids would love this - thanks and please visit mine, too!

paryjeja said...

please enter me! the cds sound great!

heather said...

enter me! thanks.
hanourse[at]gmail[dot]com

Naomi said...

I grew up in Hawaii, my kids could use some island music. Plus the pro bowl thing was in Wichita last year. It's serendipity, I tell ya!

Kristen said...

Count me in. Ireland is a place I've been to and love and Hawaii is a place I'd love to go...

Amity said...

This sounds like a neat CD I am sure my kids would love it!!

Bree said...

Ohhh looks great! Please enter me!

Jill T, said...

I love these Putomayo CDs. They're so different than most kids CDs!

Faerie Mom said...

Please enter me to win!

2migirlsmom said...

Just what we need to feel warm on these cold winter days.

Becca said...

I'd really love to win this giveaway. One of my husband's favorite shows is "Celtic Woman" on PBS. (I think he may have a crush on one of them.) And for my daughter's first birthday party this spring we just decided to have a luau theme! Thanks for the giveaway!

Margaret said...

i love other CD's by them!
wingfield.m@gmail.com

Susan said...

Oh, these seem like great CDs. I have the African Playground one from Putumayo which is really great too.

Stephanie said...

We've never been. But we can't wait!

Mommymeng@gmail.com

nor_lou said...

wonderful

tvollowitz@aol.com said...

fingers crossed

Jeff - OWTK said...

Good luck to all of you...thanks for entering! Be sure to stop back each week in February for more giveaways. I have some awesome stuff for both parents and kids to hand out all next month.

fyjules said...

Hi, sounds great, thank for the contest.

Nancy said...

I love the Putumayo Kids CDs! Thanks for letting me know about these.

mommaamme at gmail dot com

Danielle said...

Fabulous giveaway!
dansan826 at yahoo.com

Reeva said...

GREAT giveaway! I hope I'm the lucky winner!! :)

Amanda said...

I love these CDs. I can't wait to hear this one.

Annette said...

Please enter us, and thank you!

lev53211 said...

i'd love to win-please enter me!

jayedee said...

what a great giveaway! please throw my name in the hat too! good luck to everyone!

TheAngelForever said...

What a great giveaway! This would certainly make the winter blues more tolerable. The kids would love dancing to the music.

Please feel free to stop by my giveaway.

TheAngelForever
http://www.theangelforever.com/?p=390

windycindy said...

Fabulous contest! Thanks for your sponsorship. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks,Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Isil Simsek said...

please count me in!Thanks!

stacey said...

i would love to win this to use for work and home!!

Tobi said...

Looks like a couple of great books. Please enter me!

carolsue said...

I'd really love to win either of these. Especially the Hawaiian one.

ahiltz said...

Hello there! Sounds like a great giveaway! Thanks so much for doing this!

ahiltzy@yahoo.com

Laura said...

I love listening to Putumayo CDs with my students - thanks!

Saille said...

Sounds great. Sign me up!

Donna said...

I have one Putamayo CD that I love...and I am sure these kids one would be awesome!

mary512 said...

thanks for the entry!

emily said...

my parents live in hawaii and we never see them! This would be a great way for my girls to remember them! Thanks!

Holladay Family said...

What a great giveaway. I would love to have this for my children!

My email is holladayfam(at)gmail(dot)com.

Thanks!

s said...

We have the african music Putamayo CD and my daughter loves it! Would love to hear these two too!
thanks.

Scarlett said...

I think my niece would love this!

art-sweet said...

Putamayo kids music is the best!

The Trier and Jen said...

Please enter me in your contest
Jen

whitty4jen@yahoo.com

Jennifer P said...

I love Putamayo's kids music!

Susanne said...

My girls love to sing and dance, they would love this...Thanks...

stbaisch AT yahoo.com

Karin said...

Sounds great! Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks.

Maren said...

I'm a teacher and would love to use this in my classroom.

karmama said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!!

Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed listening to the cd's. Thanks for bringing them to our attention. Judy

Crystal said...

We love the Putamayo collection at our house. This would be a great addition.

Heather said...

I am always on the look out for new kids music. These look great!

Sam-Is-Mad said...

Please enter me.
Samantha
http://sam-is-mad.blogspot.com/

Sweetpeas said...

Sounds like something my kids would like, count me in!

Kim said...

I'm always looking for great new music for my kids! Count me in, thanks!

ladyamanda said...

DD loves the Putumayo Kids CD's, she'd love to win one she doesn't have.

Jenna said...

We'd love some new kiddie music! Thanks.

laura said...

very cool.

Talitha said...

Enter me please! My kids love this group!

Kierra said...

sounds good! thanks!

kierra(dot)ho(at)gmail(dot)com

jbubolz-miller said...

we're big fans of the carribean cd and I bet these are equally as great

Chas said...

Awesome! My daughter would love this!!

chas779@gmail.com

StakerSensations said...

my son has a summer bday

cs white said...

we love the putomayo cds!

Missy said...

Count me in!

Rachel R. said...

This sound like such a fun CD! Count me in. :)

Melissa said...

count me in please :)
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Jill said...

Please enter me as well. Thanks!

Laura said...

ooh! What a perfect CD for our house! My son would ADORE this..as he is totally in love with the Hawaiian music on the Lilo and Stitch soundtrack!

Jon & Sarah said...

very cool giveaway. Thanks!

megankortepeter said...

I wish I was in Hawaii now. Please enter me. Thanks!

lilballr02 said...

Hello & thanks

Erin said...

Wow, these sound great! I'm sure our little ones would enjoy dancing to them. Thanks so much for the contest!

emhagedon at gmail

Shelly said...

Great giveaway - thanks!

Carica said...

Thanks!
sanna1999(at)verizon(dot)net

jeske_posse said...

Please enter us! Our family loves music!

Em said...

Oooohhh - I SOOO need new kid's music in the car! Please enter me - it seems like really fun music! Em

Marcia said...

Please enter me!

angie said...

hello! please count me in - thanks!
angiegammage at rogers.com

Melanie said...

My kids would love this!

rookiem at live dot com

Teri said...

Sounds good! My preschoolers would love this!

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

So, so fun!! I think my daughter and I would pass the time away during the day with these great CDs.

Thanks!

Lesha said...

Thanks for the great giveaway :)

Anonymous said...

I forgot about these CD's. Used to sell them at a gallery that I worked at! Loved them!

art and nature [at] juno *dot* com

sparklykatt said...

We can always use new music! yeah!

Denise said...

We were in Hawaii in November! Would love to share this with the kids!

Jen said...

Yes please! We have one of their albums already and love it!

Jen said...

Yes please! We have one of their albums already and love it!

Piseco said...

Thanks for the contest!

Paige said...

Fun new music. WE'd love to win!

mtmommy said...

Please count me in!

Linda said...

Enter me, please. ernestsgirl82@aol.com

thediaperdiaries said...

my kids love new CDs. count me in!

Tanya said...

We could really USE some new kids music here. :)

Granola said...

Sounds like the cure for stuck in the house winter blues! Thanks!

Wired Wilsons said...

Oh, kids music that adults love too - count me in!

Camille
www.snaphappymama.com

JewelsHud said...

Ireland and Hawaii . . . I wish I could go there as easy at slipping in a little music but I can at least share some fun with my little guy! Thanks for the giveaway!

julieahudson[at]hotmail[.]com

Mommy said...

Please enter me! Sounds like fun music! Thank you for giving away such a nice prize. :)

Susan said...

Kid music. Would love to win this! Thanks for hosting it;)

lillily316 at yahoo dot com

Ginny said...

Oh we would really enjoy this here! My grandparents are from Ireland & my dream is to live in Hawaii, how perfect :)

Tara said...

this would be awesome!

Joanna said...

Enter me in your giveaway, please. Thank you!

Heather said...

That looks great!

Frances said...

I just saw that CD on a purchase order for our library giftshop. I'd love to have it for my very own!

lisalmg said...

This sounds wonderful! I would love to win this for my children! Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!
lisalmg (at) ktis (dot) net

kamewh said...

Great giveaway! Would love to win!

Karen said...

This is so nice, Thank You!

kpuleski at gmail dot com

Meleah the Mommy said...

My twins are crazy about music and we are trying to expose them to all different types. This would be perfect for them. Please count us in and thank you for offering this generous giveaway.

Chinamama4 said...

Please enter me in this great giveaway! Thanks!

Megan said...

heard these are great. thanks!!!

meganpeeples@hotmail.com

sandydee said...

found your site while looking for Ellis Paul show reviews. Contest sounds great!

Audra Marie said...

My kids and I love music and these would be wonderful to have!

Thanks for the chance to win! :)

adashofsassitude(at)thesilvas(dot)com

Anonymous said...

My twins LOVE these CD's, please enter us! Thanks!

Lettie said...

Sounds great!

Elliemae said...

Sounds like a fun cd. I would love to be entered. Thanks.

T'aowyn said...

What a great combo, Celtic and Hawaiian!

taowyn (at) gmail (dot) com

Rebecca said...

great giveaway!

Theresa N. said...

I'd love to win this.

Taryn said...

We love the Putumayo CDs we have and don't have either of those! Pick me please!

KiwisMommy said...

My daughter loves dancing to music so pick me so she can boogie on down!

Megan said...

heard these are great! thanks!!!

meganpeeples@hotmail.com

redfantum said...

Sounds like fun!

Mary_Freebies @ www.internationalfreebies.net said...

Am I late to enter?

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Tisa said...

Sounds fun! ~ :) Please count me in.

Luvkids334 said...

This would be a nice CD to add to our collection

Doreen said...

Sounds super!

Richelle said...

Count me in please!

heather said...

Whoa, this is a great giveaway! This is a fab CD--not too overly kiddish. Perfect for adults to enjoy, too. I'd love to win!!