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April 2017

Found 4 blog entries for April 2017.

There is so much to do in West Hawaii that allows you to actually taste Hawaii or immerse yourself into the culture of the islands. Here are events that allow you to discover some amazing aspects of digging a bit deeper into enjoying our island life.

April 28-29, 2017


With the theme “Worth Its Weight in Gold: The History of Chocolate” the sixth annual Big Island Chocolate Festival is April 28-29 with events headquartered at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Fun starts with a plantation tour at Original Hawaiian Chocolate in Keauhou and continues with ag seminars, culinary demos, college competition and a decadent Gala on the 29th. The gala hosts over 30 culinary stations featuring both sweet

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Buying a home in Hawaii from the mainland is a dream come true for most people. Thoughts of living in a warm climate year round, with the smell of tropical flowers and the ocean in the air at all times. Those things exist here, yes, but there are a few aspects of buying a home on the Big Island that you should be aware of:

  • Fee simple vs leasehold
  • Lava Zones
  • Mortgage Funding from Local vs Mainland banks
  • Elevation and How It Affects Comfort and Energy Costs
  • Square Footage Expectations

Fee Simple Vs Leasehold Real Estate

FEE SIMPLE: If you have purchased a home on the mainland, most likely you have purchased a fee simple property. ee simple ownership is probably the most familiar form of ownership to buyers of residential

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One of the best things about West Hawaii, Kealakekua to Kawaihae, is the cuisine available by innovative chefs and restaurateurs using the bounty of locally produced meat, fruits, vegetables, and fish available on Hawaii Island. If you enjoy blending the food with entertainment, or deep knowledge, you will be interested in learning more about three new businesses who have recently opened their doors in Kona:

  • Kona Butcher Shop
  • Gertrudes Jazz Bar
  • Kalikala Cuisine

Kona Butcher Shop:

The Kona Butcher Shop has recently opened its doors to offer a culinary bonanza in the old Domino’s Pizza location at Kopiko Plaza at 75-5660 Kopiko St. Owners Connor Butler and Frank Kramm carried the dream of opening the shop for four years and

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While housing markets in major metro areas across the country are sizzling amid lack of available inventory, the West Hawaii, and the Hawaii Island housing market is showing that fewer properties have been sold, but prices have increased from year ago levels. Well priced homes in the under 600k category are only lasting a few days on the market.

Across the island, residential sales in March 2017 dropped 37% from 205 properties sold in March 2016 to 129, while year to date, 554 homes sold by this time last year and 443 homes sold in 2017, a 20.04% drop, according to data from the Hawaii Information System. However, the median price of all properties was $296,000 in March 2016 and jumped 19.5% to $354,500 year over year. March, one of the busiest months

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