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July 2019

Found 5 blog entries for July 2019.

going off grid on the big islandIn this era of sustainability, many people have their eyes on living a completely sustainable lifestyle by living off the grid. And what better place they believe to do this than in Hawaii?

LUVA Real Estate agents have completed land sales to people ready to harness solar energy, use catchment tanks, plant their own fruit trees and cut the ties that bind most of us to monthly bills. Cutting the ties is also slicing the security of a network of infrastructure that makes our day to day life easier. Are you looking for this lifestyle?

The “off grid” life is one of doing more work for more freedom. It takes commitment to lessen your energy consumption and grow your food and capture your water. If you are considering this lifestyle, we offer resources

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July West Hawaii Real Estate update The summer doldrums are here and the housing market is cruising along without too many ups and downs.

Overall, LUVA Real Estate Realtors noted seeing homes placed on the market in the spring where the listing prices were elevated due to hopeful sellers. Now some of those homes have been sitting on the market for 60 days and prices are starting to soften.

LUVA Realtor, Linda Swanson, remarked that sellers right now need to be working with a knowledgable agent who has gone on broker tours and has studied the available inventory to get a really good handle on pricing in order to put a realistic listing price on a home when it first hits the market. “If the price is too high, it sits. And when all the local agents and their buyers see it, and realize

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Halii Kai Lanai in Waikoloa Hawaii

If you have been following the Hawaii County Bill 108 saga, you know many off island investors have been impacted by the new rules placed on short term vacation rentals on Hawaii Island. Property owners have been fuming for months over the loss of income and opportunity to rent out their homes if they are located outside of the approved resort zoned areas as soon as the law goes into effect in September 2019.

Recently, Oahu went even further to curb the rush to use hosted platforms such as AirBnB and VRBO when it passed an ordinance called Bill 89 on June 25, 2019. The bill was created to stem the negative effects to local neighborhoods where homes were being purchased by investors and turned into vacation homes. From the bill, it states that

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Time to celebrate summer and the best way to do that is to join in on all the celebrations of our nation’s birthday on Thursday! LUVA Real Estate wishes everyone a very happy 4th of July week! Other events of note are the events at the Hulile’e Palace. If you enjoy Hawaiian storytelling and entertainment, you get two chances this month to experience the Aloha!


WHEN: July 4, 2019

WHERE: Kailua Village (downtown Kona)

The annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade will begin at 6:00pm at the Kekua'okalani Gym, proceed along Ali'i Drive, and finish at the Royal Kona Resort. There will be seven announcer stations throughout the parade. Check for locations. Fireworks over

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Photo courtesy of Kona Reef  Looking for the fun for the 4th in Kona? The 24th annual Kailua-Kona Fourth of July Parade will begin at 6pm. If you do it right, you will find a great seat along the sea wall to watch the parade, and then when the fireworks begin over Kailua Bay at 8 pm, you can just spin around and watch the light show! Bring a picnic and make an evening of it. For more information and donations, see Parades in

For adults, the fun can be had at any one of the bars along Alii Drive as most will have a view of the parade as it comes down the street. For the bars along the water front, you can watch the parade AND the fireworks. Gertrudes's Jazz Bar is taking reservations for their view tables as they are on the second floor and look down upon Alii Drive AND

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