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Owning a swimming pool in Hawaii can be an expensive endeavor. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge into pool ownership — or if you already own a pool that could be better maintained or run more cost effectively — there are many factors to consider before you dive in.

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Winter, spring, summer or fall, swimming pools in Hawaii get used all year round. Monthly expenses include chemicals, pool-cleaning services, equipment and utilities. Due to the high cost of living, all of your pool expenses will be higher here than most anywhere else in the country.

One of the biggest considerations to pool ownership is heating. Even on the hottest day, most pools in Hawaii need some kind of heating system. Although expensive to install, solar heating is one

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Aloha in the Details…

Part of the fun in Real Estate is getting to know my clients and forming lifelong friendships along the way. When a client allows me to enter their home, they are sharing with me a very intimate part of who they are, what their life is about, what’s important to them, their stories and what they hope to do in the future. Their homes reflect their life and I couldn’t be more grateful that they chose to include me in a small part of it. One of the things I like to do, especially here in Hawaii, is being able to see the visual storytelling unfold through the art, decor choice and details throughout their homes. I wanted to share just a few of my favorites with you.

Hawaii has beautiful landscaping. My client brought this art piece

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Decorative concrete provides affordable options over traditional masonry. An old concrete patio, driveway, entryway or deck can be transformed from dull gray slabs into unique, stylish additions. Whether replicating the look of cobblestone, tile, granite, slate, flagstone, brick, wood or pahoehoe lava, decorative concrete treatments and processes allow you to achieve a variety of natural looks for a fraction of the cost of the real material. And you don't even need to tear out your old concrete to do it. What's more, new products and applications can actually be stronger than the original concrete and will hold up for years to come, even in high-traffic areas.

Three basic techniques can be involved: Stamping, staining and overlay. Stamping involves

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You’ve heard the noise at night in certain areas of the Big Island. The incessant loud chirp, chirp, chirp of the invasive coqui frog. A single frog the size of a quarter emits a mating call that is 90 decibels, the intensity of a lawn mower. Multiply the sound by hundreds of frogs and you have a chorus of cacophony that can keep you awake all night. A single frog outside your window can be even more tortuous and tedious than a chorus of frogs. On the other hand, some people have grown accustomed to the sound of frogs and aren’t bothered by the din.

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In the last 12 years, enormous colonies of frogs have taken over vast swaths of the Island, starting in Puna and the East side and spreading out from there. In many areas of the Big Island, residents

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An ancient Chinese art, feng shui is a widely hailed practice that helps people live in harmony and balance with their personal environment. Practitioners believe good fortune comes to those who locate, orient and arrange the elements of a home in such ways as to create optimal energy flow, or “chi.” Failure to retain the chi energy within the home can create unsettling feelings for residents and visitors alike.

Here on the Big Island, several issues commonly pertain to Hawaii home, according to local Kona feng shui expert, Clear Englebert, who has authored many books about feng shui in Hawaii. In the world of feng shui, a straight path leading to the front door, for example, can be a recipe for negativity. A meandering path to the front entrance, on

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LUVA Real Estate Hawaii

Having closed over 50 transactions at Kanaloa at Kona in the course of my Real Estate career, my associates playfully dub me as the “King of Kanaloa.” I’ve been fortunate to have spent many years getting to know the intimate details of this beautiful property that perhaps most others may not think about.

1) The Friendliest Staff Members

From the front desk to the landscaping crew, the staff at Kanaloa treat guests with respect and Aloha.

2) People Come Back Year after Year

With so many things to love about this property, it’s no wonder that guests choose to return every year.

3) Best Location

The term “location” gets over-used quite a lot but Kanaloa is truly in its own unique area of Keauhou, Kona on The Big Island. The environment

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Insects are a fact of life in Hawaii. Vigilance and preparation are the keys to preventing bugs and unwanted critters from taking up residence in your Hawaii home.

The first line of defense is to shore up all entry points in walls, windows, baseboards, ceilings, screens, sliders and doors. For older, single-wall homes and coffee shacks, caulking works wonders in sealing up the cracks and crevices so that ants, millipedes, centipedes, scorpions, cockroaches and spiders cannot come in. If you have rips or small holes in your screens, you can find patches at the local hardware store, or better yet, replace the entire screen. You can take the screen to your local screen shop, like the Screen Shop in Kailua-Kona, or buy a do-it-yourself kit.

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Colorful lanterns light the way as taiko drums keep a lively beat and the smoky aroma of teriyaki barbecue penetrates the humid, summer air. It’s bon dance season in Hawaii, time to dig out your hapi coat or kimono and dance the night away.

In Hawaii, bon dancing is as much a local tradition as it is a Japanese one, attracting people from all backgrounds, ages and cultures. No one is too young or too old to participate in the the popular folk festivals honoring the ancestors and taking place at Buddhist missions and other venues June through August throughout the state.

In Japan, bon dance season takes place in August. Here in Hawaii, the season starts earlier so that more of the community can partake. The dances are staggered at various locations

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Calling all residents and visitors of Hawai’i Island…Let’s join together at the Annual Floating Lantern Ceremony, hosted by North Hawai’i Hospice on Sunday, August 23, 2015.

Hawai’i is home to many cultures and people, each with a contribution of its very own. Whether you grew up in the sugar plantations of Honoka’a, raised your children in the coffee farms of Holualoa, or a visitor to Hawai’i Island, we are all participants in the cultural diversity of today.

The rich heritage and diverse cultures we share are evident in so many ways throughout the year. As they happen, you can count on LUVA Real Estate to share our Hawaii Island events. Among the many cultural and traditional events is the

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Kona real estate Kona Real Estate A Good Time For Buying

It has been a hot July, hottest temperatures since 1983. Kona residents were finding relief at the local beaches or hiding out in air conditioned offices and homes. The Kona real estate market did not resemble the temperature, with residential median sales prices decreasing for a second consecutive month.

In July 2015 the the median sold price in Kona decreased from June 2015 in all market segments. Residential median sales price was $485,000 down from $560,000 in June. Condominium sales was $254,000 down from $272,250 in June. Land sales followed with median price at $580,000, a decrease from $743,674.

July’s month end sales include 45 homes, 35 condos, and 7 vacant lands. Here in the first week of August,

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