Spice Up Thanksgiving – Island of Hawaii Style!

Turkey Dinner

Photo by Sharon Mollerus

Are you tired of the same old Thanksgiving dishes?  Does your turkey and stuffing taste the same year after year?

Why not try infusing this year’s Thanksgiving dinner with some recipes from Hawaii.  While many Hawaiian Thanksgiving dishes are based on dishes from the mainland, they often add an island twist that makes them taste new and fresh.

Hawaiian Kalua Turkey:  You may have heard of Kalua Pig, but did you ever think about using the same technique on a turkey?  The traditional kalua cooking technique is to slowly roast the meat in an underground oven called an imu.  Over hours of cooking the meat becomes unbelievably moist and tender.

If you don’t want to dig up your backyard, you can get a similar flavor using an oven or crock-pot.  The famous chef, Sam Choy, advises to add Hawaiian alaea sea salt and liquid smoke to get a similar flavor you would with an imu.

Okinawa Sweet Potatoes, Photo by Brandon Shigeta

Okinawa Sweet Potatoes, Photo by Brandon Shigeta

Hawaiian Mimosa:  Instead of mixing up a typical mimosa for your guests why not create a more tropical blend.  Pour one part pineapple juice and apricot nectar into a large pitcher with two parts orange juice.  When your friends arrive hand them a half-filled champagne flute and add the tropical juice mixture.

Okinawa Sweet Potatoes:  These sweet potatoes are easy to find in Hawaii, although you may have to head over to your local Asian market to find them on the mainland.  They taste delicious and turn deep purple when they are cooked.  Try drizzling them with butter infused with lime juice and sprinkling them with Hawaiian red clay salt.

Steamed Mahi-mahi:  This dish is a wonderful addition to your traditional Thanksgiving fare.  Mahi-mahi is the Hawaiian name for dolphinfish, and often used in restaurants so customers don’t think they are being served dolphin (Dolphinfish are not related to dolphins).  The fish is wrapped in ti leaves (you can also use banana leaves), placed in a bamboo steamer, and cooked briefly.  When served the Mahi-mahi melts in your mouth.

Photo by Matt Sudol

Photo by Matt Sudol

Portuguese Sweetbread Turkey Stuffing:  The first large amount of Portuguese immigrants came to Hawaii in the latter part of the 1800s to work the sugarcane plantations.  With them they brought many traditions that have shaped Hawaiian culture.  In cuisine they introduced malasadas (donuts), sweet bread, and sausage.  Try giving your stuffing a bang by adding marinated giblets, Portuguese sausage, and sweet bread.

Macadamia Coffee Ice Cream:  The Big Island is known for its macadamia nut farms and Kona coffee trees.  Spice up that pumpkin pie with a side of vanilla ice cream covered in chocolate syrup infused with Kona coffee and sprinkled with macadamia nuts.

We hope these recipe ideas bring happiness to you and your family.  If you’d like information about our Big Island real estate listings, please get in touch with us at MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.


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Architectural Artistry Framing Beautiful Views | Big Island Real Estate

78-6697-A Mamalahoa Hwy, North Kona

78-6697-A Mamalahoa Hwy, North Kona

Hamlet Charles Bennett has designed many of the most beautiful and desirable homes on the Big Island.  Known for his spectacular estates designed for movie moguls, sports stars, and celebrities, Bennett is one of the most sought after architects in Hawaii.  The fact that his private residence is on the market is big news for those looking for a architectural masterpiece.

Nesteled in the hills above Keauhou, this four bedroom/ three  bath home is unlike any property you’ve seen before.  From the moment you descend the winding drive under the gorgeous canopy of Rose Apple trees you will be transported to a tropical dreamscape.

Step across a brick bridge over a koi pond and enter this amazing home handcrafted with materials from old Hawaii.  The walls are made of redwood transported from a water tower that was part of an old sugar mill.  The thick koa wood floors are from the coolers of an old ice house.  The 4000 bricks used to build this home are from the Heinaloli Road Sugar Mill and date back to 1901.

Bennett is a master at framing beautiful views and every room in the house has a spectacular view.  However, nothing compares to the view from the master bedroom.  It looks out on the Pacific and is breathtaking.

78-6697-A Mamalahoa Hwy, North Kona

78-6697-A Mamalahoa Hwy, North Kona

Outside you’ll find seven acres of groomed and planted land.  Four of these acres feature macadamia trees and one acre has mature coffee trees.   Closer to the house you’ll walk past a chair swing hanging from a giant banyan tree and a waterfall cascading down lava rock formations into a serene and placid koi pond.

With over 1800 square feet of lanai space you’ll enjoy the best of indoor/ outdoor living.  Covered lanai areas include a dining nook with kitchen access and an outdoor living space.  The views of the Pacific from the covered bar area will instantly put you in a relaxed, pleasant mood.

This is a one of a kind property you have to see to truly appreciate.  If you’d like more information about this property or some of our other Big Island real estate listings, please get in touch with us at MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.


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E Mau Ana Ka Hula Celebration | Big Island Real Estate

Hula

Photo by Peter Liu

“Hula is the language of the heart, and therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.” — King David Kalakaua

The Polynesians were the first to dance hula on the Hawaiian Islands.  Like many Hawaiian traditions hula was more than a ritual dance. It was a way to pass down history and knowledge from one generation to the next. When protestant missionaries came in the early 19th century a large portion of Hawaiian history was lost due to the missionaries who encouraged the banning of hula.

Luckily, in the latter half of the century, King David Kalakaua brought back the tradition of hula and championed its performance. Under the Merrie Monarch’s reign there was a hula resurgence and new costumes and songs were added.

Today there are a number of festivals which honor King David Kalakaua. The world-renowned Merrie Monarch Hula Festival takes place every spring on the Big Island. During the festival, thousands of people from all over the world descend on Hilo to see the hula competition. In the autumn, the E Mau Ana Ka Hula Celebration is held on the leeward side of the Big Island in Kailua-Kona.

hula

Photo by Envios

This year the 8th annual E Mau Ana Ka Hula Celebration will take place on November 14th and 15th, 2014 at the  Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.  Professional hula performers and students from Japan, Europe, and the Hawaiian Islands will present both hula kahiko (ancient) or hula auana (modern). If you are on the Kona Coast, you won’t want to miss this amazing showcase filled with costumes, stories, and dance. There will also be local artisans selling handmade crafts and vendors offering ono food.

Admission to the festival is free and open to the public on Saturday November 15th from 8:00am to 5:00pm.  There will be workshops in both hula kahiko and hula auana on November 14th and 15th.  A full schedule of workshops and prices can be found at www.emauanakahula.org

If you would like more information about Big Island community events or details about one of our luxury listings, please get in touch with us at MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.


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Big Island Report: Kailua Kona, October, 2014

Kailua Kona Big Island Report for November 2014_BLOG

DEAL OF THE MONTH: Reduced by $110K

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269451 Kathy

MLS 269451 – Successful Vacation Rental

Located on 1.77 acres and approximately 1100 feet above the Pacific Ocean, this fabulous home sits just off the upper highway on a private road lined with coffee trees! Set away from the heat, humidity and crowds of Kailua-Kona town, it is just 10 minutes from the Alii Drive beaches, the Keauhou resorts, and town shopping and restaurants. The upper level is open beam with 20′ ceilings. It has a kitchen that’s gourmet all the way; ready to use – just add food! The great room has a dining and entertainment area with a large flat screen TV, DVD player and stereo; also a hideaway bed. It empties out onto a very large lanai with a wonderful view of the Pacific ocean. Click Here For Listing.

Other Featured Listings

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274983 Ocean Cool Breezes

MLS 274983 – Ocean, Coastline and Sunset Views

262144 Kathy

MLS 262144 – Beachfront Spectacular

274550 Cindy

MLS 274550 – Architect’s Dream Home

271259_KATE

MLS 271259 – Near Top of Kona Highlands

 


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Living With History | Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay

In 1779, Captain James Cook was the first documented European to set foot on the Big Island.  His crew anchored off the coast and sailed in on smaller vessels to Kealakekua Bay.

Because it was during the season of Makahiki (a four month season of peace) the Hawaiians welcomed Cook and his crew.  However, Cook’s second visit to the Big Island did not fare as well and he died in a brief skirmish between his crew and the Hawaiians, which was resolved the following day.

Today, Kealakekua Bay is a Marine Life Conservation District and a great spot for scuba diving, snorkeling, and kayaking.  The sheltered bay is home to an amazing coral reef and schools of tropical fish.  If you’re lucky you may even see some spinner dolphins leaping over the water.  There are also many historical sites such as the Hikiau heiau (sacred temple) and a white obelisk which commemorates Cook’s death.

It’s not every day you get a chance to live this close to thousands of years of history and beauty. However, at the moment, we happen to have an exquisite estate overlooking the awe-inspiring Kealakekua Bay.

Sitting on a five-acre parcel, 82-5970 Napoopoo Rd, is a two home tropical paradise with manicured green lawns and groves of coconut palms.  Each home is beautifully designed and appointed with fine finishes.  You’ll find stunning wood flooring, Italian porcelain tile, and plantation island blinds.

Kealakekua Bay, 82-5970 Napoopoo Rd

Kealakekua Bay, 82-5970 Napoopoo Rd

The lovely master suites have large lanais which look out onto the bay.  The master bathrooms are well appointed with beautiful features.

Stroll outside, through the well-maintained grounds, to an enormous infinity edge pool with a waterfall spa.  In this entertaining area you can play volleyball on the sand court, shoot pool in the large billiard room, or just relax poolside and take in the gentle ocean breeze.

The primary home on this estate is currently used as a residency and the second home is  a successful vacation rental.   With its close proximity to spectacular Kealakekua Bay, you’ll soon be living alongside history.

If you’d like more information about this property or some of our other luxury listings, please get in touch with us at MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.


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Big Island Historic Properties for Sale: Kilauea Lodge, Kahuku Ranch and the Wainaku Executive Center.

MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty is representing three Big Island properties that have strong and fascinating ties to the history of the island. These three listings are very different but have expansive potential for the right buyer.

278085 Lodge

MLS 278085 – Kilauea Lodge & Restaurant

KILAUEA LODGE & RESTAURANT: Since 1938 Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant has been a Big Island landmark as a YMCA youth camp, a Radio Training School during World War II, and more recently, as an award-winning dining experience and rustic lodge. Kilauea Lodge is conveniently located across from Hawaii’s #1 tourist attraction, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and is a favorite home base for those visiting the wonders of Kilauea, our Island’s most active volcano. Click here for the complete listing. 

Kahuku Ranch, Kau

MLS 257543 – Kahuku Ranch, Kau

 

 

 

KAHUKU RANCH: Waiahukini Bay, directly below Kahuku Ranch, is believed to be a likely landing spot of the first Polynesian explorers to reach the Big Island. King Kamehameha the Great spent a portion of his youth here and later won the right of succession to the Chief Kalaniopuu who died at Waiahukini in 1782. Travelers such as Cook, Menzies, Ellis, Lyman, and Mark Twain are just a few of the early Western explorers who passed through this area. Kahuku Ranch now consists of 645.53 acres with a main home and 7 additional plantation style dwellings, plus an office and ancillary farm structures. Click here for the complete listing.

Wainaku from Sea

MLS 272745 – Wainaku Executive Center

WAINAKU EXECUTIVE CENTER:  With a commanding view of Hilo Bay, the Wainaku Executive Center is an integral part of Hilo’s sugar plantation history. This historic oceanfront property (c.1924) was formerly the headquarters of C. Brewer & Co., one of Hawaii’s “Big Five”. The Executive Center is 11.71 acres of prime Big Island real estate with a black sand beach below, wide ocean views affording daily sunrises, tightly manicured grounds and an approx. 12,000 sqft. stately mansion-like building. It’s not stretch of the imagination to say that this is Hilo’s most important, enduring, elegant and incomparable piece of real estate. Click here for the complete listing.

For more information about these properties or any of our other Big Island listings, please get in touch with us at MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.

 

 


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Makalei Estates | Luxury Country Living

Makalei Estate

Makalei Estate, 72-4068 Alahee Pl

If you’ve been attending some of the events during the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, you know how lush the mountains are and how the cooler climate is a welcoming change.  You may be thinking, “I’d really love to live up here, but where would I find a home with luxury amenities?”   Enter Makalei Estates, a private community on the slopes of Hualalai in upcountry Kona.

At an elevation of 1,000 to 1,800 feet, Makalei Estates is just close enough to the coast to catch the ocean breeze.  All homes sit on three-acre parcels with spectacular views of the Pacific.  With only a fifteen minute drive to Kailua-Kona,  Makalei Estates is the perfect community for those looking to live in a rural environment while being close to boutique shopping, 18-hole golf courses, and fine dining.

At the moment we have an extraordinary estate at 72-4068 Alahee Pl.  This 3 bedroom/ 3.5 bath home redefines luxury with its amazing architectural design and attention to detail.  When you step into the great room you’ll first notice the magnificent panoramic ocean views and the 20-foot high ceilings.   To your right you’ll see a gourmet kitchen with stunning granite countertops and top-of-the-line appliances.

The master suite feels like you’re at your own resort with its commanding ocean view, magnificent quartz tiled bathroom, and large outdoor shower.  The two guest suites each have high ceilings, their own custom bathroom, and individual outdoor showers.

Your Own Putting Green at Makalei Estates

Your Own Putting Green at Makalei Estates

Stroll outside to the covered lanai and you’ll notice a 75-foot salt-water pool with spa.  The large BBQ and stunning view makes your outdoor space a great place to entertain guests.

Did I mention the putting green?  Practice your short game on your very own chipping/ putting green.

This lovely estate is the perfect home for someone looking for the seclusion and privacy of a rural lifestyle without giving up the amenities usually only found at a resort.

For more information about this property or some of our other Big Island listings, please get in touch with us at MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.


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Big Island Report, Up Country, October 2014

Up Country Big Island Snapshot for October 2014_blog

 

DEAL OF THE WEEK: Rustic Ranch Luxury Estate Reduced by $245,000!

 

268583 Brodie

MLS 268583 – 5 Bed, 6 Bath on 10 Acres

Beautifully surrounded by cypress and eucalyptus trees, this gracious timber-frame home is situated in one of the most desirable locations within the unique gated community of Waikii Ranch.Its rustic style perfectly fits the setting of rolling green pastures at 4,700 feet elevation on the slopes of Mauna Kea, with views of the endless ocean and the pristine Kohala Mountain range.Designed to invite outdoor light, the home includes lots of windows, French doors, and a perfect,deep wraparound lanai.The exterior railings, siding, shingles, and facias are western red cedar,and the massive exposed post and beam framing is close-grained,old growth Douglas fir from a 100 year-old dismantled Canadian sawmill. Click here for the complete listings.

Other Featured Properties (click for listing)

Puakea Bay Ranch Estate

MLS 232548 – Puakea Bay Ranch Estate

276477 Rob

MLS276477 – Up Country Luxury Retreat

271574 Up Country Brodie

MLS 271574 – Streamside Sandalwood Home

267554 Fish & Hog

MLS 267554 – Up Country Restaurant for Sale

274198 Ironwood

MLS 274198 – Waimea Frame Shop for Sale

 

 


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Kona Honors Coffee Farmers

Kona Coffee

Kona Coffee,Photo by Nathan Forget

In the early 1800s the first coffee tree clippings were planted in Kona by Samuel Ruggles.  The clippings took to the rich volcanic-soil and the cool mountain climate and grew into coffee trees.  Now, almost 200 years later, the handpicked Kona coffee cherries are regarded as some of the best in the world.

Kona coffee trees bloom in the spring and are harvested in the fall.  Each autumn we celebrate the harvest and the coffee farmers during the annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival.  This year marks the 44th time the festival will take place.  If you would like to try some tasty coffee and learn a bit about cultivating coffee trees, you’ll want to make sure to attend a few of the events from November 7-16, 2014.  For a full listing of events go to www.konacoffeefest.com

Holualoa Village Coffee and Art Stroll:  (Historic Holualoa Village)  Take a stroll through this charming village with its art galleries and quaint cafes.  While you’re here you’ll be able to sample Kona coffee from over thirty local farms. This event will take place November 8th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant: (78-128 Ehukai Street, Kailua-Kona)  Come see the new face of Kona coffee on November 8th at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa.  The winner of the pageant will receive a college scholarship and travel to Japan on a promotional tour of Kona coffee.  Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Kona Coffee Picking Contest

Kona Coffee Picking Contest

Kona Coffee Picking Contest and Games:  (75-5568 Mamalahoa Highway, Holualoa)  Bring your kids out to compete for their community organization (scouts, 4-H, Halau, etc).  Teams of six will pick coffee cherries for a chance to win prize money on November 9th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Then get ready for a finger-licking-good barbeque sponsored by the UCC Ueshima Coffee Co.

Kona Coffee Recipe Contest & Big Island Showcase: (78-128 Ehukai St, Kailua-Kona) Amateurs and professional chefs will present their entrée and dessert recipes featuring 100% Kona coffee.  Come on down to the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa to try some amazing cuisine from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm on November 9th.

Celebrate Kona Day: (75-5760 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona)  The week-long festival will end with a street fair in downtown Kona on November 16th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Wander through the streets and taste local cuisine while listening to live music.  Then head on over to the Hale Halawai Pavillion to sample Kona coffee and try your swing on the mini golf course.

If you would like more information about Big Island community events or details about one of our luxury listings, please get in touch with us at MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.


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Big Island Report, Kohala Coast, October 2014

Kohala Coast Big Island Report October 2014 BLOG

DEAL OF THE WEEK: Serenity and Views, Price Reduced by $91,000

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271396 Brodie Kohala Ranch

MLS 271396 – Unobscured Ocean Views

OTHER FEATURED LISTINGS

72-3191 Makani Eka Pl

MLS 274335 – Dazzling Kohala Coast Luxury

Deli

MLS 269440 – Own Your Own Business

275739 Jim

MLS 275739 – Kohala Ranch Luxury

266421 MIG

MLS 266421 – Mauna Lani Luxury Award-Winner


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