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Incredible Island Style Interior Design

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The Big Island certainly has a look and ambiance that is all it’s own. The colorful flowers, towering palms, and intricately laced jungle leaves have inspired interior designers to incorporate Pacific Polynesia into the decor of beach properties not only in Hawaii, but up and down the California coast and in tropical areas all over the world. Here on the Big Island, the best homes seamlessly integrate the natural environment with interior design concepts. Whether you’re looking for ideas on how to style your place or simply want to see some truly incredible design work, here are a few of… Read More

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The Best Farmer’s Markets on the Big Island

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With its year-round sunshine, ample rain, and long growing season, Hawaii is the perfect location for tasty fruits and vegetables to flourish (there is a reason people like Oprah build farms here). So a trip to Hawaii isn’t complete without without a visit to one of the many local farmers markets where Hawaiian growers convene and bring their perfectly ripe produce to the masses. If you live on Hawaii, you probably already know that purchasing your groceries here is as cheap if not less expensive than at the local stores. But if you’re new to the island or just visiting… Read More

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Hawaii Housing: Unique Real Estate Issues to Know

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If you’re considering buying property on the Big Island—or anywhere in Hawaii for that matter—the first thing you’ll need to do it to familiarize yourself with our unique market. In addition to monitoring market conditions, you’ll also need to understand some of the terminology, types of ownership, and other regulations surrounding land rights in Hawaii. To stay up to date on what’s happening in the market, be sure to check out our quarterly update. As for the rest, this post will help you understand the unique real estate issues you need to know before making a purchase.

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Home Maintenance Issues: What to Watch For When Buying in Hawaii

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Due to the wetter climate, constant sunshine, and ever-encroaching jungle, homes on the Big Island endure a lot of wear and tear over the years. As buyers search for real estate, it’s important to know some of the key maintenance issues that will require additional investment on behalf of the owner if they have been neglected for too long. While most sellers will take the initiative to fix many of these issues before putting their house on the market, a smart buyer will inform themselves on which pieces should have been recently renovated, which they can afford to invest in… Read More

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Big Island Real Estate: Q1 2017 Update

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With the recent election, many people have adopted a wait-and-see approach before buying a house to allow the markets to readjust. It seems, however, that the markets will continue to remain stable and even, gradually rise throughout 2017. So, if you’d decided to wait until post-inauguration for the economy to come to terms with new leadership, consider your wait over. The real estate market is still healthy and growing and homeownership may be the smartest investment that you make this year. The Big Island has a unique real estate market that buyers should get familiar with before making a purchase…. Read More

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Four Kona Real Estate Fixer-Uppers for Project Buyers

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While it might sound nice to buy a home that is move-in ready and equipped with all the amenities needed and decor desired, such properties rarely come cheap. Many homes that are fully decked out were done so for a fraction of the price that you will pay to buy them in their new and updated state. Instead, look for a home you can buy for less that will sparkle like new after a few investments and a little elbow grease. There are many lovely pieces of Kona real estate that have been used as vacation rentals or second homes… Read More

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Local Insights: The Best Authentic Restaurants in Hawaii

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The Hawaiian kitchen brings a diverse array of flavors and ingredients to the dinner table. Authentic Hawaiian cuisine is derived from the palate of Pacific Polynesia while adding its own unique profile of seasonings, cooking techniques, and more. The result is a vibrant array of dishes such as Poke, Poi, and LauLau. While many of the touristic locations offer delicious cuisine, we think that sampling the true Hawaiian kitchen is only possible when venturing out of the four star hotels and into the Big Island community. Here is our list of the best places to try truly authentic Hawaiian cuisine… Read More

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Big Island Cultural Calendar: Spring 2017

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As the weather heats up and the rain clouds burn off earlier and earlier, there’s no reason not to get outside and enjoy everything the Big Island has to offer. These events coming up in the Spring season are must-do activities whether you’re a resident or just visiting for a short vacation. Experience all the culture and Aloha of Hawaii during these free concerts, Hula events, and local celebrations of island tradition. Check out the Big Island cultural calendar for Spring 2017:

Merrie Monarch Festival
April 16 – 27

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The Best Bike Trails Near Kona

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The Big Island is home to some incredibly scenic roadways (there’s a reason that world-famous races such as the Iron Man Championship are hosted here). The breathtaking scenery and near-perfect weather make it an ideal location for road bikers. Whether you prefer rolling hills, challenging climbs, or a ride through lush jungle landscape, there is a little something for everyone. Here is our list of the best bike trails near Kona.

Kailua-Kona to Hawi

If you’re an avid road biker, you’ll be all too familiar with the fifty-mile stretch of asphalt that spans from downtown Kailua-Kona to Hawi… Read More

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Rent vs. Buy: Why Now is the Time to Buy Big Island Real Estate

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It’s never easy to predict with exact certainty what will happen in the real estate market. Buying a home is often one of the most significant investments and financial decisions that people make and, understandably, it can be an overwhelming decision for many prospective buyers. If you’re considering making the leap into home ownership, there are a few items you should evaluate before making your purchasing decision. Before buying a home you’ll want to consider, how long you plan to stay in the area, the cost of housing relative… Read More

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