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An Insider’s Guide to the 2016 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

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This Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 15, you have the opportunity to experience a piece of Hawaiian heritage during the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. Since the festival’s foundation in 1970, it has brought together coffee artisans and enthusiasts from all over the world to celebrate the Big Island’s rich coffee culture. Coffee has been a staple crop on the islands for over 200 years and the festival marks celebration of the annual harvest. This year, you can enjoy 10 days of cultural fun and over 40 different events. We attend the festival every year and have put together our… Read More

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The Ultimate Big Island Vacation Checklist

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So little vacation time, so much to see and do. The Big Island draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world every year to our black sand beaches, picturesque coves, and tropical sunshine. Many people come for the umbrella drinks and end up staying for the laid-back, active lifestyle our island can provide. But if you’re on vacation and only have a few days to pack in lots of fun, here are the activities you really can’t miss.

1) Kayak and snorkel in  Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay boasts some of the most… Read More

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5 Reasons to Love This Kailua-Kona Residence

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If you’ve dreamed of finding a little piece of paradise and settling on the Big Island but haven’t been able to find an affordable home that checks off everything on your list, look no further than this residence. This four bedroom, three bath dream home offers all the amenities you’ll need in to enjoy Big Island living in style. Here are four things we absolutely love about this home.

1) It’s eco-friendly

Environmentally friendly homeowners will love the fully paid for, 36 panel Grid Linked Photovoltaic 8.2 KW system. There is also a Solarhart hot water unit on the… Read More

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How to Retire on the Big Island in Five Easy Steps

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You’ve worked hard, spent years saving for retirement, and you’re ready to relax in paradise. Hawaii attracts many people in your shoes who have earned the right to sit on the beach every evening with their toes in the sand and their eyes on the horizon, waiting for the green flash. If you’re considering retiring in Hawaii, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure a smooth transition and make sure you’re fully prepared for the new adventure that awaits. Check out or quick list of tips that will help you retire on the Big Island and… Read More

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Market Watch: Big Island Real Estate August 2016

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Year-to-date: Compares Jan 1, 2015, thru July 31,2015 with Jan 1, 2016, thru July 31, 2015

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Hawaii has a unique real estate climate that homebuyers need to be aware of. If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home on the Big Island, you’ll want to have your finger on the pulse of current conditions at all times. Sometimes, buying or selling in one season over another could vastly impact your price. Luckily, we’re here to help. Every month… Read More

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Four Reasons Millennial Families are Moving to the Big Island

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In the last 16 years, over 94,000 people have moved to the Big Island. Hawaii is now home to a population that is comprised of 20% people aged 20-34, and that number is ever-increasing as millennials continue to move off the mainland in search of greener pastures. Why is this generation flocking to our beautiful island? It’s more than just the black sand beaches, year-round summer temperatures, and eclectic tropical bars. Here are four reasons millennial families are moving to the Big Island more than ever before:

Millennials Find a Better Quality of Life on the Big Island

Many millennials… Read More

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Home Buyer Tips: What to Know About Big Island Climate Zones

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If you’re planning on moving to—or even just visiting—the Big Island, there are a few things you’ll want to know before you settle on a location. While you may expect that you can enjoy a sunny, tropical climate no matter where you are, you’d be surprised to know that weather can vary significantly from one city to another. There are eight different climate zones on the island so depending on where you are, you could experience the humid air and warm sunshine you expected, or you could be under cloud-covered skies enduring heavy showers almost every… Read More

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Market Watch: Big Island Real Estate Update June

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YEAR TO DATE: Compares Jan 1, 2015 thru June 30, 2015  with  Jan 1, 2016 thru June 30, 2016
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Summer months seem to have people out and about and buying homes on the Big Island. It could be due to factors like decreasing mortgage rates and low property taxes, or maybe people found out about our world-class local brewery. Whatever the reason, the prices of single-family homes in some of the more popular neighborhoods on the… Read More

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The Five Best Big Island Bars for Tropical Drinks

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The Big Island lifestyle is all about finding work-life balance. Whether you’re here on vacation trying to enjoy a respite from your everyday routine or you live here full-time and need a place to unwind, one of the best ways to relax and reboot is by enjoying a frosty drink at one of the many wonderful local establishments here on the island. With so many to restaurants and bars to choose from, you could spend a lifetime taste-testing. But we have a few suggestions that we think you will enjoy. Here is our list of the five best big island… Read More

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