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We are a group of adventurers, dog lovers, surfers, activists, Netflix bingers, paddlers, caffeine addicts, parents, partners…the list could go on and on! One thing that we all have in common is, of course, our love for Real Estate. Every agent’s perspective and experience makes our LUVA Real Estate team who we are and we want to share with you our stories with our Agent Spotlight.

Lance has been a full time Realtor in Kona since 2004 and joined LUVA as one of the very first agents in 2012. Kimi Nagatoshi joined the firm three years later in 2015. Lance & Kimi are well known throughout both the realtor and local Big Island community. From their involvement in West Hawaii Association of Realtors, the Big Island Chocolate Festival, and the Big Island

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Lance Owens When you first meet Lance Owens, the first thing you most likely will remember is his smile. His engaging affability is one reason why he is one of the top salespeople at LUVA Real Estate.

Lance started his successful real estate career in Kailua-Kona in 2004 after a lengthy sales and management career in Las Vegas, Honolulu and New York City.

Lance is an asset to the real estate industry as a passionate leader. He has volunteered on the local West Hawaii Association of Realtors board for many years and spent last year as the President of the Board advocating for private property rights on the island, especially in light of the new restrictions on vacation rentals. He is about to assume a new role on the Board of Directors of the Hawaii Association

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Naval Special Warfare plans to triple the amount of small-unit intermediate and advanced training conducted by SEALs and other special operations forces on non-federal lands in Hawaii, with overall training expanding from Oahu and Hawaii island to Kauai, Maui, Molokai and Lanai. The training increase, revealed in a draft environmental assessment, would begin in 2019 as reported by the Honolulu Star Advertiser and posted on the website.

According to the assessment, proposed air-based training would include the use of drones, C-17 cargo carriers, helicopters, MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and AC-130 gunships. New threats from China and Russia facilitate the need to have more troops training on varied terrain, the article states.

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Happy Holidays!! When driving along the highway in Kailua Kona and South Kona you may be seeing the bright red of blooming poinsettias during the day and in the evening the bright lights that have gone up on the oceanfront businesses in Kailua Village. There is a slight chill in the air in the morning and the sight of Christmas trees on the tops of cars are all part of knowing the holiday season is here in West Hawaii. If you are planning on enjoying some fun things to do in West Hawaii for the 2018 Holiday Season, LUVA Real Estate suggests getting some of these dates on your calendar SOON, as much of the fun happens in the beginning of the December such as the culinary experience of Christmas with the Chefs and the annual Christmas Parade. We wish you

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Are you looking for a great hike, a sacred valley with a black sand beach, warm water, a photographic dream and even rope swings to enjoy as a weekend adventure on the Big Island? Many long time residents of Hawaii have seen the gorgeous photos of Pololu Valley and have not taken the drive to the northern tip of the island to explore this area, which is a singular draw for people who want to see the lush valleys of paradise! The valley is located about 90 minutes from Kona and you pass by a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean as you head up the coast.

One of the best parts of going “to the end of the road” is the drive through the charming towns of Hawi and Kapaau, which boasts art galleries, local craft and clothing shops and a decidedly laid back

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One of Kailua-Kona’s largest events, the Ironman World Championship, is an October staple and we have the eyes of the world upon us for a few days mid month and a new autumn festival makes its debut in Waimea this year. We may not have Fall foliage, but we do have some fun things to do in October in West Hawaii.

LUVA Real Estate reminds you to prepare ahead of time if you are traveling on the roads in the days before the Ironman race as athletes and supporters need a wide berth and an extra eye to make sure everyone remains safe. Also, Halloween night, especially near residential neighborhoods, keep an eye out for keiki and costumed revelers who may also need a wide berth for safety!

October 2017 Schedule of Events


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In the wake of the fierce hurricanes with tragic consequences that have beset Houston and Florida in recent days, we must note that in the Pacific Ocean, the hurricane season is not over until November 30th.. Hawaii Island has had it’s share of hurricane scares and hits.

In 1992, Hurricane Iniki sideswiped our island causing extensive damage along the Kona coast and just a few years ago, Hurricane Iselle hit the Eastern section of Hawaii island on August 2, 2014. Several airlines cancelled flights servicing the entire Hawaiian Island chain. Upon making landfall, Iselle brought torrential rainfall and caused strong winds which resulted in widespread power outages and downed trees. The storm caused heavy crop damage, estimated at $66 million (2014 USD,

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Summer is coming to a close on the mainland with Labor Day weekend starting tomorrow, but in the land of endless summer here in West Hawaii, we can continue to enjoy outdoor fun and moderate temperatures. All of us at LUVA Real Estate wish you a safe and enjoyable long weekend ahead!

Photo credit: Aloha Hawaii

When: September 2 and 3, 2017


Where: Parker Ranch. Waimea

Two days of rodeo events will be held at the Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena in Waimea. Family-style fun begins on Saturday, September 2nd at 12 noon with rodeo events which may include everything from team roping, double mugging, bull riding, junior bull riding, wahine barrel racing, wahine breakaway roping and more. Always

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A town is only as good as its food scene, right? Kailua Kona and the Kohala Coast boast many places to enjoy local, fresh and superb food with many restaurants having the added benefit of viewing the famous Kona sunset each evening. LUVA Real Estate agents are experts in the West Hawaii lifestyle and have recommended many of these restaurants and if you have been to Kailua Kona a few times, you know some are classic staples of a great time and good food. Enjoy!

  1. Don's Mai Tai BarDon’s Mai Tai Bar– When the waves are up and sun is dipping into the ocean and you have one of their delicious mai tai’s in your hand, it’s always going to be a good day on vacation. They have a really tasty and reasonable Hawaiian Style Pork Quesadilla with Chipotle Sour Cream and Black
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From free hula, to mai tai contests, to a formal tea at a beautiful resort and the largest outrigger canoe race in the world, it’s all happening in Kona and West Hawaii within the next few weeks! Take a look at the LUVA Real Estate events calendar for August and September 2017!

Sunset, music, hula and Kona ambiance-who could ask for more?

Hawaiian Sunset Saturday @ Coconut Grove Marketplace

Hawaiian Sunset Saturday Kona When: July 29-October 15 Every Saturday

Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Residents, visitors and families of all ages are encouraged to mark their calendars for the last Saturday of every month and plan to attend the free Hawaiian Sunset Saturdays. This once a month community event celebrates Kona’s spectacular sunsets with live Hawaiian music and hula

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