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Selling Your Home In Kilauea

Selling Your Home In Kilauea

Negotiation Tactics For Sellers Living In Zone One On The Big Island

If you live in zone one in the Kilauea volcano range, then you know that you have a difficult task ahead of you when moving. Selling your property is not going to be a fast or easy process, especially with the newest eruption and increasing lava flows. There are some things that you can do to prepare for negotiating the sale and helping your home appeal to buyers. We talk about a few of these tips and how you can boost the chances of a quick deal in… Read More

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Kamehameha Day – A Hawaiian and Big Island Tradition

king kamehameha

Whether you live on the big island, or are just visiting, you won’t want to miss the Kamehameha Day celebrations. Kamehameha Day is traditionally June 11, and this year’s festivities will kick off with the ever-popular Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade, beginning Saturday June 11 near the Royal Kona Resort at 9:00 AM. The parade travels a route that takes it past Kamakahonu by the pier and up Palani Road to Kuakini Highway.

As always, this year’s parade features equestrian units and hula halau dancers; the entire parade is adorned in the floral and colors of the Hawaiian Islands! After the… Read More

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Don’t Miss the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival!

Enjoy Kona coffee when you live on the Big Island.


When you think of Hawaii, what comes to mind? Surely it’s the beautiful, vast surf, the sprawling, sandy beaches and the delectable food you can’t quite find elsewhere. Did you know coffee is one of the culinary delights you can enjoy when you live on the Big Island? It’s true! Coffee is a major part of the culture in the Kona region of Hawaii, to the point there is a major festival dedicated to the miracle bean. The festival occurs once every year, and we encourage you to attend this year’s festival if you can!

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Beer Lovers Love Big Island Breweries!

big island breweryWhen you hear about Big Island real estate, what do you think of? In most cases, you think of beautiful views, the ocean and beautiful weather. While this is true, a Big Island real estate agent will tell you there’s so much more to this island than that. In fact, if you love beer, real estate on the Big Island can be the perfect option for you!

Big Island Brewhaus

The Big Island Brewhaus offers the ideal combination of award-winning brew and local food favorites. The… Read More

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Celebrating Thanksgiving on the Big Island

Today, Thanksgiving in Hawaii is celebrated on the same day as the rest of America. However, during ancient times on the Big Island, way before the Puritans and Indians sat down to their first feast, the native Hawaiians had thanks-giving festivals of their own.

Ancient Offerings of Thanks

These celebrations commemorated a booming harvest and lasted an entire season. “Makahiki,” as it was called, ran from November through February (when rain prevented labor) with ceremonies honoring the god, Lono. Peace was commanded throughout the tribes during these months. In place of the usual fighting, surfing and boxing competitions were held… Read More

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Eat Fresh and Local at Big Island Hawaii Farmers Market

Big Island real estate includes great farmers markets.

A healthy lifestyle begins with eating fresh food, and what better way to know your food is fresh than to buy local? While you’re looking at Big Island real estate, you’ll notice there are plenty of farms, along with a number of farmers markets filled with delicious fresh produce from the local area. This gives you the perfect opportunity to start eating healthier. Your Big Island realtor can help you identify the best farmers markets close to the home you choose to buy.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables


One of the biggest draws to farmers markets anywhere in the world is the delicious… Read More

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Things to do in Kohala: The Kohala County Fair!

“Why Should I Live on The Big Island?” Reason #1: Community Festivals Like the Kohala Country Fair

Who doesn’t love a good fall festival?

After all, they’re a great way for communities to gather together to chat, eat, dance, and celebrate their unique corner of the world—before the clutches of winter close in.

When it comes to this cozy tradition, the Big Island may not have the harsh winter weather to worry about, but there’s still plenty to celebrate in October!

On October 4, 2014, the Kohala Country Fair marks its 30th year of entertaining visitors and residents on the… Read More

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The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Makes Life on the Big Island Sweet (and Savory)

Foodies, gather ‘round. If you need another reason to begin your new life on the Big Island, I’ve got a great one for you!

In less than two weeks, we’ll be kicking off the 4th annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. This weeklong culinary extravaganza brings together master chefs, culinary personalities, sommeliers, and wine and spirit producers from around the world to the islands of Hawaii for a series of high-profile epicurean events celebrating good food and drink…aloha-style.

And for the first time, the Big Island is playing a part in this annual festival! A big part, in fact. If… Read More

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Things to Do in North Kohala – Visit a Working Ranch for a 4th of July Rodeo

The Big Island’s northernmost tip – North Kohala – is a lush, pastoral place. Here you’ll find rolling hills and meadows studded with grazing cattle and blanketed in velvety green. Cooling mists of rain are common here.

While North Kohala’s neighbor, South Kohala (a.k.a The Kohala Coast), boasts alluring luxury resorts and world-class golf, North Kohala bears the hallmarks of a rich agricultural past. Its paniolo (that’s Hawaiian cowboys), cattle, and rodeo tradition present a true slice of Old Hawaii.

North Kohala’s ranching history stretches back generations, when King Kamehameha I was gifted five longhorn cattle that quickly multiplied. Cattle… Read More

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