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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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The Four Best Cafes for Locally Roasted Kona Coffee

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In 2016, there were over 960 active coffee farms in operation on the Big Island. The rich volcanic soils from Mauna Loa, the ample rainfall and the plentiful shade provided by the island vegetation make Hawaii a prime location to grow and produce coffee. In fact, Kona Coffee has become one of the most coveted beans in the world and a mug of Kona Coffee is now one of the most expensive cups of joe you can buy. The wonderfully complex, aromatic beans produced on the island have become a point of pride for many local farmers who compete in… Read More

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Secret Beaches of the Big Island

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Enjoying the sand and the surf isn’t just a vacation activity here in Hawaii, it’s a way of life. Easy access to gorgeous beaches and the endless activities they bring is one of the luxuries that draw so many people to the Big Island year after year. But with the influx of people to the island, finding a slice of island paradise away from the crowds is becoming increasingly difficult. If you’re looking for a peaceful place to enjoy the sand and surf, you’re going to have to go further than the city beaches. Here are some of the best-kept… Read More

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Unique Big Island Real Estate: The Onion House

Unique Big Island Real Estate: The Onion House

Internationally renowned architects from all over the world come to the Big Island to get inspired by the natural beauty and leave their mark on this unique landscape. The Onion House, designed and constructed by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, is a rare, creative gem built during the 1960’s that perfectly marries art, architecture, and Hawaiian scenery. Once lost to the jungle, this gorgeous estate was fully renovated, updated, and is now on the market. Here are a few things that make The Onion House one of the most spectacular Big Island homes.

A Unique History

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What to Do at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Volcanic Eruption

No trip to the Big Island is complete without a visit to the world famous Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The only park of it’s kind, visitors from all over the world come to watch lava erupt from the deepest crevices of the earth. There are currently several active lava flows available for public viewing. While you could easily spend several days enjoying everything the park has to offer, we’ve picked out a few must-do activities that we recommend to everyone who visits. Whether it’s your first trip to the Big Island or your tenth, you’re sure to enjoy these adventures… Read More

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Best Neighborhoods on the Big Island


If you’re considering moving to the Big Island, you want to make sure that your slice of island paradise will provide all the creature comforts you and yours are looking for. Every area on the island offers not only a unique climate but also a unique community that buyers should explore before making a purchase. Here are a few things to know about some the best neighborhoods on the Big Island:


Downtown Kailua-Kona is the epicenter of the west side of the island. With easy access to shopping centers, grocery stores, and cinemas, the downtown area has a… Read More

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Four Luxuriously Modern Hawaiian Homes

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The Big Island is home to some of the most beautiful property in the world. Architects become inspired by our gorgeous landscape and work to seamlessly incorporate modern conveniences with classic Hawaiian style. The result is a home that is built not only to meet all your immediate needs while going above and beyond to surprise and delight you with added features but also one that integrates with the natural beauty of the island and promotes the spirit of Aloha. Here are some of the most luxurious, modern homes on the market today.

1) 72-2868 Uluweuweu Akau Pl, Kailua Kona

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Big Island Real Estate: Market Predictions in 2017

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We’re well on our way into 2017 and many people are hoping to make this the year that they make one of the most important and significant investments in their future—buying a home. It’s no surprise that so many buyers come to the Big Island in search of their dream home given that Hawaii was ranked the healthiest state in the U.S. for the fifth consecutive year. Whether you’re considering homeownership for the first time, you’re looking to sell and upgrade to a new place, or you’re simply wondering how your home’s value might change in the next year, here… Read More

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2017 Hawaii Cultural Calendar

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Happy 2017! We’re excited to dive into the new year. Whether you’re looking for something extra-special to do or see on your vacation or you’re a local looking for a fun afternoon, these are this year’s can’t-miss activities in Hawaii. They draw thousands of spectators of every nationality so be sure to plan ahead and get your tickets! Check out our Hawaii 2017 Cultural Calendar:

Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai
Jan 17 – 21  

The Mitsubishi Championship will bring together golf’s top competitors to compete on one of the most famous courses in the world in the final… Read More

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Five Best Places to Propose on the Big Island

marry me in sand five best places to propose on the big island

There are few better places to propose than on the Big Island. Whether you’re on the beach, on a scenic hike, or even—if you’re really brave—under water, you’re sure to find the perfect spot to pop the question. Here are a few of the best places to propose on the Big Island:

On a romantic hike

If you and your partner are the outdoorsy type, what better way to propose than after a hike through a beautiful Hawaiian valley? The scenic views over lush tropical forests are sure to provide the perfect romantic setting you’re looking for. If… Read More

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