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March 2017

Found 4 blog entries for March 2017.

Perched on a secluded bluff overlooking the blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean and nestled over magnificent Kauna’oa Bay on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, sits the Kauhale Pilialoha estate. Managed by LUVA Vacation Rentals, Kauhale Pilialoha is located in the gated Mauna Kea Resort on 2.5 acres created by adjoining two prime lots in the Lower Bluffs. This 10 bedroom, 14 bathroom grand estate is the epitome of a private enclave. You and your guests can enjoy complete seclusion while experiencing a host of luxury amenities within Kauhale Pilialoha and meander to two of the world’s most gorgeous powder white sand beaches, Hapuna Beach and Kauna’oa Bay, and world class golf and tennis. Guests also have access to the exclusive Kauna’oa Country

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There has been a brewing argument over property taxes and who is paying most of them for some time in Hawaii due to new legislation requiring second home owners to help pay for teacher salary increases for local schools in the state.

The argument came to a head recently when the state did an actual tally of how many out of state homeowners were paying for Hawaii property taxes. The answer? One third.

Government needs tax revenue to pay for city services and it can’t pay for those services through excise taxes and user fees alone. With land in Hawaii valued at over $335 billion,  Hawaii collected $1.7 billion through property taxes in fiscal year 2016-2017 alone, according to the Real Property Assessment Division.

If you think that just

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Tens of thousands of residents in Hawaii rely on catching rainwater for their household water needs. A majority of these residents, as it turns out, live on the Big Island.

If you are unfamiliar with catchment tanks, it helps to know that there are no official government regulations that oversee the safety or operation of individual water catchment systems. It’s the responsibility of the homeowner or resident to know exactly what’s involved in maintaining a catchment tank for collecting water used for bathing, washing, flushing, laundry, irrigation, and in some cases, drinking.

In Hawaii, a galvanized roof offers the traditional surface for catching rainwater. If you live in an older home, be sure to test your home's exterior for lead-based paint.

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On Friday March 17th, Hawaii celebrated the birth of King Kamehameha III who was the King of Hawaii from 1825 to 1854. Biographer P. Christiaan Klieger cites March 17, 1814 as his birthday, however, early historians suggested June or July 1814, but one accepted date is August 11, 1813. This video showing the celebration from Big Island TV explains more.

So, what IS accepted is that King Kamehameha, whose birth name was Kauikeaouli, was born at Keauhou Bay, on Hawaii Island. Every year a celebration is held at the cement monument found atop of a large stone that was said to have been the place that Kauikeaouli was placed after being born without a sign of life. He was prayed over and water sprinkled upon the baby until he breathed, moved and cried.

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