55th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament

Deep-sea fishing Kona Coast

Photo by Steven Worster

In the summer of 1959 Peter Fithian was driving his car and listening to the radio when it came across the airwaves that Hawaii had just become the 50th US state.  Two days later he launched the first Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament.  At the time he had no idea he was founding the most iconic sportfishing tournament in the world.  He didn’t know that 50 years later anglers from Japan, Papua New Guinea, and South Africa would come to the Kona Coast to participate in his tournament.

The 55th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament takes place July 26th through August 2nd, 2014.  Participants from around the world come to Kailua Pier to catch, tag, and release Pacific blue marlin.  Each morning boats line up across Kailua Bay at 7:30am and set sail on the open sea.  At 4:30pm they return to the pier and weigh in, putting their points for the day on the scoreboard.  After that they move to the “Shouting Room,” a large tent where they’ll throw back drinks and exchange fishing tales.

What if I’m not an angler?  The event is fun to watch even if you’ve never picked up a fishing rod.  The spectacular view of the boats lining up in the harbor each morning is worth coming out to see.  Also, the weigh in can be exciting to watch especially if a team catches a ‘grander’ (term used for Pacific blue marlin weighing in at over 1,000 pounds).

Why is the tournament held off the Big Island?  The Kona coast has long been a destination for both expert and novice anglers. The blue waters are home to ahi (yellowfin tuna), broadbill swordfish, mahimahi (dolphin fish), and many other species of game fish. The unique topography of the Kona coast makes deep-sea fishing a pleasant experience. Huge mountains protect the ocean from wind, creating calm sailing conditions, and the steep drop-off means an angler can be fishing depths of 6000 feet three miles from the harbor.

75-5506 Kona Bay Dr, Kona Bay Estates

75-5506 Kona Bay Dr, Kona Bay Estates

While you are in the Kona area you may want to to have a peek at one of our luxury properties.  At the moment we have a beachfront home with a magnificent view of Kailua Bay at 75-5506 Kona Bay Dr.

This 4 bedroom/ 4.5 bath home has an exceptional design with a focus on details.  You’ll find beautifully crafted cabinets and gourmet appliances in the kitchen.  The living areas are spacious and have expansive ocean views in every direction.  Outside a large pool with a waterfall provides an oasis of tranquility and blends seamlessly with the surrounding architecture.  Located in Kona Bay Estates, this home offers privacy and serenity right next to the beach.

If you’d like more information about upcoming events on the Big Island or one of our property listings, please get in touch with us at, MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.


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The Big Island Report: Up Country (June 2014)

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DEAL OF THE WEEK: REDUCED BY $51,000!

267643 REBECCA

MLS 267643 – Lowest Priced Home in Kohala Ranch

Lovely home in the lower section of the Meadows in Kohala Ranch and situated on a flag lot for ultimate privacy. This is the lowest priced home in Kohala Ranch and is in great condition and fully appointed with lots of room for expansion of the home, future pool, etc. The front door opens to a foyer with immediate ocean, mountain and Maui views which are expansive and unobstructed from the interior of the home and the 600+ square feet of lanai. The kitchen opens to a sunny dining area and living room with fireplace. There are two oversized master suites with large baths and custom closets and a 3rd bedroom and full bath. Kohala Ranch is a 4,000+/- Equestrian Ranch with riding trails and a polo field. Only minutes to world class beaches and the amenities of the Gold Coast, two college preparatory schools and some of the best Farmer’s Markets in the state.

Property features include: Horse – Riding Trails, Landscaped ,Smoke/Heat Detector, Skylight. Click here for complete information.

OTHER FEATURED PROPERTIES: (click on image to view listing)

268583 Brodie

MLS 268583 – Luxury Ranch Estate
Ocean & Mountain Views

265362 Rebecca

MLS 265362 – Kohala Ranch
Jaw-Dropping Sunsets

271728 Kathy

MLS 271728 – 15.59 Pristine Acres
Oceanfront Parcel

274895 R&R

MLS 274895 – Upcountry Cottage
Inspiring Mountain Views


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FilAm Friendship Doubles Tennis Tournament

2010 FilAm Tennis Tournament

2010 FilAm Tennis Tournament

Hawaiians have been taking swings at tennis balls since 1894.  But did you know those first tennis balls were red?  It’s true.  In 1895 red balls were imported to Honolulu.  A newspaper reported the balls, “make a very pretty show on the courts during the afternoon but are rather trying on the eyes.”  Luckily the players soon tired of the color and switched to white.

The 8th Annual FilAm Friendship Doubles Tennis Tournament is coming this July to Kailua Kona.  Players from Hawaii and the mainland will be descending on the Holua Tennis Center in Mauna Loa Village on the 19th and 20th.  Tournament categories will include men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles (UTSA rules and regulations).

What about the keikis?  Yes, bring your whole family.  There will be a slew of other activities happening during the two day event.  Try out your backhand to win racquets, tennis bags, hats, and more during the “Hit for Prizes” competition.  Taste “onolicious” Filipino cuisine like pork adobo, pinakbet, lechon, and more.  Bid on vacations, tennis lessons, upscale dinning, and other items during the silent auction.

The tournament is hosted by the Kona Visayan Club, a local non-profit organization.  All proceeds will fund scholarship grants for college-bound Kona high school graduates.  So, come play some doubles tennis and give back to the community.  For more information contact Lovette Llantos at 808.938-3910.

2012 “Onolicious” Cuisine

2012 “Onolicious” Cuisine

While you’re in the Kona area you may want to have a look at one of our properties.  At the moment we have a lovely 3 bedroom/ 3 bath home with guest house located in the Kona Lani Subdivision at 74-4909 Kiwi St.  The open floor plan is spacious and lets a cross breeze blow through every room.  The master suite opens up to a lanai with a spectacular ocean view.  In the master bath you’ll find a jetted soaking tub, dual basins, and tiled shower.  Outside you’ll stroll through a beautiful, well-maintained garden.  This home is close to shopping, beaches, and the airport, but far enough away for privacy and quiet enjoyment.

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


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The Big Island Report: Kohala Coast (June 2014)

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DEAL OF THE WEEK: AWARD-WINNING MAUNA LANI LUXURY REDUCED BY $250,000

266421 MIG

MLS 266421 – Kamilo at Mauna Lani’s Best Location!

A unique and beautiful property in Kamilo at Mauna Lani and an award-winner of Parade of Homes 2006. The interior design is by Kathy Merrill Kelley who has been recognized as one of the top 100 best designers worldwide. This is the original model home at KaMilo’s best location!

Quality finishes and upgrades are numerous including Wolf and Subzero appliances and a built-in wine cooler. This spacious home is all about gracious island living. The benefits of a condominium neighborhood with single family home quality is enjoyed in this stand-alone, single level 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home including a separate one bedroom guest house with it’s own private entry. The well planned design incorporates the island classic blend of indoor-outdoor living with a quality decorated great room opening to the spacious lanai area offering an outdoor kitchen, pool and spa for relaxing or entertaining. A private outdoor shower adds to island living enjoyment.

The choice is yours to stay in the peaceful setting of this well appointed home overlooking the 11th fairway of the North course at Mauna Lani or take advantage of the unique 2 acre amenity center. Owners at KaMilo have access to this spacious entertainment area featuring two pools, spas, fitness room, huge lawn, barbecues and kitchen.
Offered “turnkey” furnished, this property is a “well seasoned” vacation rental! Click here for the complete listing information.

Other Featured MacArthur Listings

274094 Brody

MLS 274094 – Mauna Kea Ocean & Mountain Views

267926 REBECCA

MLS 267926 – Contemporary Kolea Penthouse

232548 Gayle

MLS 232548 – 25 Acre Grand Luxury Oceanfront Estate

262144 Kathy

MLS 262144 – Oceanfront Jewel

 

 

 

 

 


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34th Annual Cultural Festival at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Keiki o Hālau o Kekuhi.

Keiki o Hālau o Kekuhi. NPS Photo by Jay Robinson

In ancient Hawaii, priests were responsible for preserving the history of the Big Island.  However, there was no written language at the time.  One of the ways they would pass down the stories of great battles and other significant events was through kahiko, the oldest form of hula.

You won’t find grass skirts or a ukulele at a kahiko hula performance.  Instead dancers move solemnly to historical chants and dress in traditional garments honoring the occasion.  If you haven’t had a chance to see a kahiko hula performance, you should clear your calendar for July 12, 2014.

This year marks the 34th Annual Cultural Festival at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  Besides magnificent kahiko hula performances there will be demonstrations of Hawaiian craft-making, ono Hawaiian foods tasting, and live music.  Accomplished falsetto singer and ukulele player, the Songbird of Milolii, Aunty Diana Aki, will present musical enchantment and storytelling.  There will also be hula by Hālau Ulumamo o Hilo Palikū, Haunani Medeiros, Kumu Hula Mamo Brown, and many more.

The festival is free and open to the public from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the park’s Kahuku Unit in Kau (Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5).  Make sure to bring water, sunscreen, and the whole family to this authentic Hawaiian experience.

Kahuku Ranch

Kahuku Ranch

While you’re in the Kau area you may be interested in having a look at Kahuku Ranch (92-7405 Mamalahoa Highway).  This 645 acre ranch is a piece of old Hawaii and has had a long history as a working ranch.  Eight plantation-style homes can be found across the hundreds of acres as well as ancillary farm structures.  The main house enjoys a spectacular ocean view on one side and a beautiful mountain vista on the other.  From peaceful pastures to lime and lychee orchards, this ranch has it all.

If you’d like more information about cultural festivals on the Big Island or one of our property listings, please get in touch with us at, MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.


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The Big Island Report: Kailua Kona (June 2014)

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DEAL OF THE WEEK – REDUCED BY $30,000!

271259_KATE

MLS 271259 Price reduced to $499,000

Beautiful Model-Style 3BR, 2.5BA home located near the top of Kona Highlands has an open floor plan complete with a large living room (with wood burning fireplace) and big family room, a decked out designer kitchen, formal dining room, vaulted ceilings and oversized bedrooms. The laundry room is adjacent to the half-bath right off the garage. Upstairs, the big Master suite has a private balcony for enjoying your morning coffee and admiring your fruit trees with a private wooded area beyond. The two guest rooms share a full bath and are extra large with plenty of natural light and space for a variety of possibilities. Seller installed and owns the Photo Voltaic 4.19KW Revolvsun Sunpower system assuring your monthly HELCO bill between $20-$70 depending on usage. The landscaping requires minimal upkeep, yet is vibrant and abundant with tropical plantings and fruits. At a comfortable 1500ft elevation, you are only minutes to Kona town. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE LISTING!

Other MacArthur Listings (click on image for details)

274335 Molly

MLS 274335 – Ultimate in Coastal Luxury

262144 Kathy

MLS 262144 – A Beachfront Jewel

266743 John

MLS 266743 – Spacious Kona Coffee Estate

272844 Cindy

MLS 272844 – 55 Acres, Access to Black Sand Beach

 

 

 


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4th of July Celebrations Around the Big Island

Photo by Stealingsand

Photo by Stealingsand

It’s that time of year when we break out the grill, throw some hot-dogs and hamburgers on it, and gather in the backyard with our family and neighbors.  It’s that time of year when we shoot fireworks up into the sky, cheer as marching bands make their way through the streets, and celebrate our independence.

If you’re a resident of the Big Island or happen to be visiting on the 4th of July, you won’t want to miss some of the island’s festivities.  Below you’ll find a variety of events that have become traditions over the years.

Turtle Independence Day:  Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows will be celebrating its 25th annual Turtle Independence Day this year.  Its one of the most touching and sacred events you’ll witness on the Kohala Coast.  Come down in the morning to see the three and four year old Hawaiian green sea turtles (Honu) taken from their salt water ponds and released into the wild.  The ceremony will be followed by entertainment and a beach-side barbecue.

Volcano Village Fourth of July Parade & Celebration: Volcano Village is home to artists and writers.  It’s no surprise their parade is packed with the free spirit of the town.  Don’t miss horses and animals in costume marching down the street alongside antique cars and the Hawaii County Band.   The parade will be followed by festivities with music, food booths, a dunking pond, and more.  The parade begins at 9:00 am and goes from the Volcano Post Office to the Cooper Community Center.

Parker Ranch Annual July 4th Horse Races & Rodeo in Waimea:  Are you ready for some roping and riding?  This 4th of July marks the 52nd year Parker Ranch will invite families out to watch horse races, team roping, double mugging, and many other rodeo feats.  There will be lots of things for the kids to do including roping practice and pony rides. Gates open at 9:00 am.

Releasing the Honu

Releasing the Honu, Photo by Troy McKakle

Hilo Bay Blast:  The Hawaii County Band will be playing at the Mo`oheau bandstand starting at 7:00 pm followed by a firework extravaganza at 8:00 pm.  Bring the family to Hilo Bay for games, grilling, live entertainment, and more.

19th Annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade and Fireworks: The Hawaii National Guard will be leading the parade this year and the theme is “United As One!”  The parade starts at 6:00 pm and goes from the Kekuaokalani Gym down Ali’i Drive to Walua Road.  Fireworks will be launched over Kailua Bay starting at 8:00 pm.

If you’d like more information about cultural events on the Big Island or one of our property listings, please get in touch with us at, MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.


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Big Island Report: Hamakua & Hilo, June 2014

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DEAL OF THE WEEK: PRICE REDUCED BY $300,000!

267917_Deal of the Week

“HONOLI’I SECLUDED HIDEAWAY – BEACHFRONT, OCEANFRONT AND RIVERFRONT. Situated on the banks of Honoli’i Stream, with direct ocean beach access through a private securely gated path, this 2 bed/2 bath home is completely secluded while having unobstructed ocean, river and valley views. The adjacent park is considered the premier surfing spot on the Big Island and provides an uninterrupted lanai vista of surfers in the breaking waves. Known since ancient times as the “Traveling Sands of Honoli’i”, a broad sandy beach typically extends most of the way across the stream mouth, disappearing periodically when heavy rainfall floods the river, yet the sand always returning. Surrounded by lush tropical jungle foliage, the setting is one of an isolated and remote jungle hideaway while being only 15 minutes to the Hilo International Airport and all the amenities of Hilo Town. An adjacent bridge was built for the railroad in 1911 while a traditional Hawaiian river and lava rock retaining wall, measuring over 100’ long and 10-15’ high, adds to the old-world charm of the property.

Honoli’i has been called a “magical remnant of Old Hawaii” w/significant historical and mythological relevance. It appears in many Hawaiian legends including “Maui Seeking Immortality”, “Pele and Hiiaka”, and “The Story of Laieikawai”. This beautiful river valley was once the site of a small Hawaiian fishing village with most of the community concentrated along the borders of the stream. Known especially for its delicious limu (seaweed), there is an abundance of Green Sea turtles and seasonal whales. While the 1,088 sqft. guest home is completely functional, the owner has designed and fully permitted house plans for an expanded structure with nearly 3,000 sq. ft. of living area plus a cantilevered garage, all plans included with the sale. The property is serviced by conventional utilities and an artesian spring for your water supply. A once in a lifetime opportunity…” CLICK HERE TO SEE THE COMPLETE LISTING.

 

OTHER MACARTHUR FEATURED LISTINGS (click on image for details)

MLS 266445 - Waipio Valley Luxury

MLS 266445 – Waipio Valley Luxury

MLS 271728 - 15.59 Acres

MLS 271728 – 15.59 Acres

MLS 256693 - Near Waipio Valley Rim

MLS 256693 – Near Waipio Valley Rim

MLS 265014

MLS 265014 – Business & Home!


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Cultural Festival at the City of Refuge | Puuhonau O Honaunau

Pu'uhonau O Honaunau

Puuhonau O Honaunau, Photo by Pet_r

In ancient Hawaii there were a lot of kapu or codes of conduct.  Breaking the kapu often led to a sentence of death.  If a commoner ate fish from the royal fishponds, they would be put to death.  If a commoner wore red and yellow feathers (a sign of royalty), they could be sentenced to death.  If a commoner let their shadow fall on the royal grounds, they could be put to death.

However, there was one way out of a death sentence.  If the person could reach a puuhonau (place of refuge) before his or her assailants put forth the sentence, the person could be absolved of their crime.  After a purification ceremony performed in the puuhonau the person would be forgiven and could once again return home.

Today, the Puuhonau O Honaunau in south Kona is a 180-acre national historic park and the most famous puuhonau in Hawaii.  Every year over 350,000 people come to see this archaeological site and explore the Great Wall, sacred temples, and fierce kii (wooden statues of gods).  Still, the best time of year to go to the park is at the end of June during the annual Puuhonau O Honaunau National Historical Park Cultural Festival.

Pu'uhonau O Honaunau , Photo by Rock A

Puuhonau O Honaunau , Photo by Rock A

This year the two day festival will take place on June 28th and 29th, 2014.  Entrance to the park is open to the public and free on these two days.  Pack a lunch and bring the whole family down.  It’s a great way to learn about ancient Hawaiian culture and the traditions which have been passed on through the generations.

Throughout the two days there will be craft demonstrations and special presentations. Learn how to make a nose flute, weave a lei, or make a gourd.  Watch presentations of how to create a coconut leaf hat or lauhala bracelet and then bring your creation home with you.  And if making crafts doesn’t get your heart pumping, you can always head over to Honaunau Bay, set sail on a canoe, and try hukilau (Hawaiian fishing).

The Puuhonau O Honaunau National Historical Park Cultural Festival is sure to be an event your whole family will enjoy.  If you’d like more information about cultural festivals on the Big Island or one of our property listings, please get in touch with us at, MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.


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MacArthur’s Big Island Report: Up Country, June 2014

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DEAL OF THE WEEK

267643

Price Reduced by $51K! http://www.bigislandreale.com/267643-59-129-Ka-Nani-Pl-Kohala-Ranch

Price Reduced by $51,000! Lovely home in the lower section of the Meadows in Kohala Ranch and situated on a flag lot for ultimate privacy. This is the lowest priced home in Kohala Ranch and is in great condition and fully appointed with lots of room for expansion of the home, future pool, etc. The front door opens to a foyer with immediate ocean, mountain and Maui views which are expansive and unobstructed from the interior of the home and the 600+ square feet of lanai. The kitchen opens to a sunny dining area and living room with fireplace. There are two oversized master suites with large baths and custom closets and a 3rd bedroom and full bath. Kohala Ranch is a 4,000+/- Equestrian Ranch with riding trails and a polo field. Only minutes to world class beaches and the amenities of the Gold Coast, two college preparatory schools and some of the best Farmer’s Markets in the state. Click here for more information.

Property features include:Horse – Riding Trails, Landscaped, Smoke/Heat Detector, Skylight

More Exceptional MacArthur Listings!

232548 Gayle

Oceanfront Estate on 25.49 acres: http://www.bigislandreale.com/232548-Puakea-Bay-Ranch-Puakea-Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

267242 Kohala

Two Side-by-Side Homes in Kohala By The Sea: http://www.bigislandreale.com/267242-59-189-Laninui-Dr-Kohala-By-Sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

268583 Brodie

Luxury Estate at Waikii Ranch: http://www.bigislandreale.com/268583-67-1197-Alulike-Rd-Waikii-Ranch

 


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