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Hawaii’s Conveyance Tax

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Unique to Hawaii – The Conveyance Tax

 

Living in Hawaii is a wonderful experience.  Having a home on the Big Island is very unique – the differences are not only the beautiful scenery and luxury properties – but the way property taxes work in Hawaii are a little different too.  Hawaii’s Conveyance Tax is a price example.

Hawaii, at the state level, collects a conveyance tax on every sold property.  Every real estate transaction has a Conveyance Tax.  The tax itself, is paid out of closing and is deducted from any proceeds the seller will receive.  In real estate… Read More

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Big Island Cultural Calendar: Summer 2017

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Happy summer! There is so much to see and do during the hot summer months on the Big Island, sometimes the question is only… how much do you have time for? Whether you’re interested in taking part in traditional Hawaiian celebrations, running marathons with some of the top athletes in the world, or enjoying some relaxing, tropical music at your favorite beachside bar, there is something for every type happening this month.

Kona Marathon
June 25

While the Kona Marathon may not draw the super-elite runners that the Iron Man does, athletes from all over the world still… Read More

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A Peek Inside the Most Expensive Home on the Big Island

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When it comes to luxury real estate, the Big Island has some of the most impressive properties in the world. Billionaires like Paul Allen, NFL football player Frank Loyd, and Michael Dell (like the computers) have built some truly incredible residences that are nothing short of spectacular. This particular home, located in Kamuela near several world-class beaches, is on the market for a cool $23,000,000 making it the most expensive home currently up for sale on the Big Island. Sitting on 1.16 acres of land with 450 feet of prime oceanfront, this property is truly its own slice of paradise—maybe… Read More

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Family Friendly Activities on the Big Island

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A trip to the Big Island is the perfect family vacation and one that your kids will cherish for years to come. While relaxing on the beach may be first on your to-do list, parents should be sure to plan a few activities that are kid-centric and fun for the entire family. Here is a list of our favorite family activities on the Big Island.

Go on an Underwater Adventure

Just below the surface of the Pacific, an entire ecosystem is just waiting to be explored. While you probably plan to take your kids snorkeling during your… Read More

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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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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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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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