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Kona royal and red-letter – The Big Island’s historic west coast offers more than just scenery

Over the past 600+ years West Hawaii has been a focal point for many touchstone events in the history of the archipelago State.

Famous for much more than just coffee, the Kona-Kohala Coast is the birthplace of many history-making icons and celebrities alike.  Among them, Hawaii’s first astronaut, Ellison Onizuka, actress Layla Roberts (Beowulf, Armageddon), actor Micah Sherman (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, My Best Friend’s Girl), and the late pro-wrestler Brian “Crush” Adams.

Over the years it has also become the adopted home of… Read More

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Should I Move to Hawaii? Four Reasons You Should Take the Leap

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Have you ever arrived at the end of a relaxing vacation on the Big Island and thought—should I move to Hawaii? When you’re sitting at the outdoor airport in Kona at 9pm and it’s still 75 degrees, it’s tough to think about going back to parkas, snow shovels, and ice-covered roads next winter. Maybe this is the year you trade in your down coat for a few pairs of Havaianas flip flops. On average, there are about seven people a day moving to the Big Island. If you wanted, you could be one of them! In fact, now might actually… Read More

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Seven Hawaiian Phrases to Learn Before Your Next Big Island Vacation

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Hawaii is so much more than black sand beaches, richly colored sea creatures, and incredibly delicious, tropical beverages. Hawaii has a rich heritage that is deeply rooted in its unique and highly-poetic language. To fully enjoy your vacation, here are a few Hawaiian phrases you should learn that will help you embrace the philosophy of life you’ll find on the islands.

1. ʻI ola no ke kino i ka mā’ona o ka ‘ōpū

Translation: The body is healthy when the stomach is well filled

Cuisine and food customs are a significant part of Hawaiian culture. Even if… Read More

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Enjoy the Outdoors with Big Island Hiking

When you live on the Big Island, there are a lot of fun places to hike.

If you love the outdoors, there is no better state to visit than Hawaii. Filled with sprawling landscapes, clear stretches of ocean, bountiful wildlife and beautiful scenery for miles, there are many ways to enjoy Hawaii from a “woodsy” perspective. A trip to Hawaii is sure to be pleasurable for anyone who enjoys hiking. There are all kinds of routes to take and things to see. If you’re hoping to live on the Big Island and enjoy a good hiking experience, this article will be of great interest to you!

Where Are the Best Hiking Spots?

Kona is home to far more than just valuable Big… Read More

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Don’t Miss the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival!

Enjoy Kona coffee when you live on the Big Island.

IMAGE CREDIT: KONA COFFEE FEST 

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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Don’t Miss Hilo’s 53rd Annual Merrie Monarch Festival

If you live on the Big Island, enjoy the Merrie Monarch Festival.

Hawaii is steeped in tradition and history, giving residents and visitors an array of traditions to partake in throughout the year. If you live on the Big Island or you’re just visiting, the 53rd annual Merrie Monarch Festival can’t be missed. This annual festival was designed to pay homage to King David Kalākaua, who inspired many of the traditions, arts and language of this island state. This year, the festival will be held from March 27 through April 2, 2016.

Dedication to the Traditions of Hawaii

The main purpose of the Merrie Monarch Festival organization is to remind attendees of the many… Read More

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Big Island Real Estate Stats: February 2016

There are an increasing number of homes for sale on the Big Island, HI.

Making the decision to live on the Big Island requires careful planning and research to determine which areas you can afford and where you will get the best deal. Every month, the latest Big Island real estate statistics are released, comparing the current month to the same month of the previous year. This information can help you decide whether it’s a good time to buy, as well as focus on which areas will best meet your budget and help you get the right home for the right price.

Closed Sales

On the west side of the Big Island, you will find a… Read More

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Beer Lovers, Don’t Miss the Kona Brewer’s Festival!

Don't miss the Kona Brew Festival if you live on the Big Island.

Enjoy ice cold craft beer, gourmet food, some good tunes and all for a good cause! Whether you’re a local, a visitor or looking for Big Island real estate, Kona Brewer’s Festival is a must-attend event.

The Kona Brewer’s Festival

Held at the oceanfront lu’au grounds of Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, the festival’s main events are Saturday, March 12. Tickets are $70 per person online and available in advance. Session one starts at 11 am, session two begins at four. Both are three hours long. Each ticket includes:

A Kona Brewer’s Festival commemorative glass Seven 4 oz. brew tasting tickets Unlimited gourmet… Read More

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Whale Watching on the Big Island

When you live on the Big Island, consider whale watching.

We often imagine life in Hawaii to be grandiose, but relaxing, filled with beautiful ocean scenery, great food and a welcoming atmosphere that can’t be found anywhere else. These ideas are what influence many people to move and live on the Big Island. However, there’s more to be found in Hawaii than just the food and surf. Hawaii is also a hot spot for watching whales, which usually appear diving in and out of the waters from November to May. Kauai, Maui and the Big Island itself are the some of the best places in Hawaii for watching majestic whales in their… Read More

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December 2015 Big Island Real Estate Buzz

Make the right choice with the help of a real estate agent on the Big Island.

Winter is a time when many people, especially those who may be retired, start thinking about spending time in a warmer climate. If you’ve always wanted to live on the Big Island, the winter months can often be one of the best times to do it. Before you start talking to a real estate agent on the Big Island, check out these real estate trends to determine if it’s a good time for you to be thinking about making this major move.

Overall Sales Are Down

One of the most attractive areas of Big Island real estate is single family homes. These homes… Read More

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