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October 2019

Found 4 blog entries for October 2019.

The culinary scene in West Hawaii is always in a state of flux as newcomers to the island seek to open new eateries, while other establishments sometime succumb to market forces or fickle tastes of tourists. LUVA Real Estate knows that the restaurants help make up the lifestyle that we all enjoy in West Hawaii.

Kai Eats and Drinks

Recently, there has been change afoot in the Kailua Village area. 20 year old Bubba Gump’s closed its doors earlier this year and the owner of Huggo’s decided to make a go of it in that location with a new restaurant named Kai Eats and Drinks, which will open in the next few months. The rumor is that the menu will feature family favorites of hamburgers and pizza to offer something a bit different than the Huggos or On the

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Did you know that life expectancy in Hawaii is the highest in the nation? Women, on average, are living to 82.6 and men are living to 76.6. Many of the residents of Hawaii who are aging, have led active lives and people who are moving to the island to retire here, are also coming in relative good health to enjoy their later years being active on the island.

In fact, recently, LUVA Real Estate has been receiving quite a few inquiries from would-be retiring residents asking questions about moving to the island, what kind of senior services are offered, how can they help our island community through volunteerism and if they bring their elderly parents, are there care facilities and care providers available for them.

Silver Tsunami

First, let’s take

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If you were to view homes on the local multiple listing service for homes and condos under $550k, you would see MANY of the homes are contingent, which means they are in escrow, which shows the condo market is very busy and lower priced homes are the sweet spot in the market right now.

According to the Hawaii Information Service statistics which were released this week, September 2019 showed a 97% increase in sales volume for single family homes and a 31% increase in condos in North Kona over September 2018, which could still be reflecting the aftermath in home prices after the eruption. The interesting thing to note from last year is that although the volume was down, the prices for homes did not drop drastically, as homeowners and investors were

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The Kilauea eruption ended last August, and when the eruption ended, so did the sulfuric volcanic fog (VOG). When the VOG stopped, Hawaii Island enjoyed its first prolonged clean air experience in 33 years since the volcano first erupted in 1983. What the island may not have expected is a new weather pattern that some long time residents say was the weather pattern BEFORE the eruption in 1983, but may also be the start of a new normal due to a changing climate. Whatever the reason, choosing where you wish to buy a home on the Big Island to either avoid the heat or the rain, may take a bit more research.

While for most of Hawaii, the winter months are generally the rainiest, Kona's drier season is generally from November through March, while the rainy

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