Big Island Report: Up Country, July 2014

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DEAL OF THE WEEK

Best Buy in Kohala Ranch: Reduced by $80,100

267643 REBECCA

MLS 26743 – Best Buy in Kohala Ranch

Best Buy in Kohala Ranch Today; list price equates to 329.00 per square foot and that does not include the 3.6 acre lot! Lovely home in the lower section of the Meadows in Kohala Ranch and situated on a flag lot for ultimate privacy with a solar powered gate. This is the best 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 complete listing.

276341 Brodie

MLS 276341 – Waipio Valley Luxury

275739 Jim

MLS 275739 – 180 Degree Views

268583 Brodie

MLS 268583 – Rustic Ranch Luxury

265014 Rebecca

MLS 265014 – Business & Home

274895 Rob

MLS 274895 – Waimea Cottage

 


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What is Luxury? | Big Island Real Estate

Waterfalling Estate, North Hilo

Waterfalling Estate, North Hilo

What is luxury?

Is it sunning on the deck of a 378-foot yacht?  Is it wearing a Neil Lane diamond necklace to the Oscars?  Maybe it’s a day of pampering at the Talise Spa above the Arabian Gulf.

It’s difficult to say what luxury entails.   On the Big Island it’s often simpler.  Strolling on a secluded beach in Waipio Valley is a luxurious experience.  Being able to see every single star from your lanai in Kohala Ranch is breathtaking.  And living next to a waterfall cascading into the Pacific is sublime.

Did that last one peak your interest?  Let me introduce you to the Waterfalling Estate, a home crafted to showcase twin waterfalls streaming down into the ocean.  This 5 bedroom/ 5.5 bath three-story private residence is best described as an experience.

The penthouse level features dual master suites with “his and hers” bathrooms and private lanais, a centrally located fitness room, and an executive office overlooking the ocean.

A game room, bar, and two additional suites (each with private bathrooms) are located on the lower “pool level” and feature telescoping doors, allowing guests to take in unobstructed ocean views and refreshing coastal breezes.

Waterfalling Estate, North Hilo

Waterfalling Estate, North Hilo

The main floor features a chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances, blue Labrador granite counters, dining area, living room, and a wet bar perfect for entertaining.

Built with oyster quartzite and travertine floors, African Sapele Mahogany ceilings, and plantation-style furnishings accent, this home’s attention to detail is stunning.

Did I mention the helicopter landing pad?  Park your helicopter on the upper level of the estate and then ride down on a 52-inch round Daytona pneumatic elevator.

Private, awe-inspiring, and the ultimate in luxury living, this property is a one-of-a-kind dream home.

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


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Big Island Report: Kohala Coast, July 2014

Kohala Coast Big Island Report Snapshot for July 2014

DEAL OF THE WEEK: Exquisite Luxury Property Reduced by $99,000.

267926 Kolea

MLS 267926 – Lowest Priced Penthouse in Kolea, Waikoloa

The attention to detail in this Kolea Penthouse is thorough and professional. Recently refurbished and decorated by a staging expert, 1F feels new and contemporary – this is not the same old Hawaiiana theme, and it’s the lowest priced Penthouse currently available. The end unit location gives you extra privacy with only one neighbor, prevents night-time headlights from coming in, give you views of the ocean, breeching whales, surrounding mountains, year round sunsets and sunrises over Mauna Kea. The 3rd floor gives you sky lights. You can see the care the owners have taken in keeping it in pristine condition. Enter your penthouse from a private elevator to the 3rd floor where you are dropped in a private foyer before entering the main living area. From there the blue vista of the sky and ocean draw you to the 150 sq. ft. covered lanai where you will spend most of your time dining and entertaining. Kolea is the only condo development with direct beach access on the Coast. INCOME PRODUCING. Click here for complete listing details.

Other Featured Listings:

72-3191 Makani Eka Pl

MLS 274335 – Ultimate in Luxury

275079 KATHY

MLS 275079 – 5 Acres with Ocean & Bay Views

274094 Brodie

MLS 274094 – Ultimate in Indoor/Outdoor Living

266421 Mig

MLS 266421 – 2006 ‘Parade of Homes’ Award Winner

 

 

 


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Hawaii Horse Expo | Waimea Big Island

Horses

Horses, Photo By Brad

Calling all horse enthusiasts!  The annual Hawaii Horse Expo is coming to the Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables in Waimea this August.  On the 23rd and 24th world-renowned equine experts will share their knowledge and skills to all those interested in horse-related disciplines.

Some of the workshops included this year are “Equine Medicine Symposium,” “Low Stress Cattle Handeling,” and “Rescue Horse Rehabilitated.”  The roster of experts teaching this year include Dr. Brady Bergin (Associate Clinical Professor, University of Minnesota), Pete Gorrell (author and award-winning Hawaiian and western saddle maker), Scot Hansen (retired mounted police officer and horsemanship trainer),  and many more.

All proceeds go to benefit the Hawaii Island Humane Society.  The HIHS strives to prevent cruelty to animals, eliminate pet overpopulation, and offers 24-hour service for injured animals.  For more information about this year’s expo visit their website at www.hawaiihorseexpo.com

Have you been thinking about purchasing a ranch on the Big Island?

Well, we have the perfect parcel for you.

Lot #:13, Hamakua Area

Lot #:13, Hamakua Area

In the Hamakua area you’ll find 174 acres of Waimea ranch lands.  Once part of the vast holding of Parker Ranch this parcel boasts gently rolling hills with sparse ‘Ohia trees and green pastures providing many great sites for future homes and ranching structures.  You’ll be in awe of the views of Mauna Kea and the Waipio Valley rim.  Plus, the skies at night are filled with stars and the air is magnificently clean and nurturing.

Only a 4 miles drive from downtown Waimea, this amazing parcel is a great opportunity for anyone wishing to own a Big Island ranch.

If you’d like more information about land 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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Summer Canoe Racing | Big Island Real Estate

Anaehoomalu Bay

Anaehoomalu Bay, Photo By Frank

Get your paddles ready because August is canoe racing month on the Big Island.  This year marks the 43rd time the Kai ‘Opua Canoe Club will host the world’s largest long-distance canoe races, “The Queen Lili’uokalani.”  It is also the 5th year the Waikoloa Canoe Club will host the “Great Waikoloa Canoe Race” at Anaehoomalu Bay.

The Great Waikoloa Canoe Race (Waikoloa Beach Resort) will start at 8am at Anaehoomalu Bay on August 23, 2014.  Eighty teams from all over the world will compete in this outrigger canoe competition.

The Queen Lili’uokalani Long Distance Canoe Races (Kailua Kona) will take place from August 30 to September 1.  A variety of races and events are planned. On August 30 there will be a single-hull race starting at 3:30pm.  In this competition women will paddle 18 miles from Kailua Bay to Honaunau and then men will paddle the 18 miles back. In the evening of the same day you won’t want to miss the “Torchlight Parade” through historic Kailua Village (starts at dusk).

On August 31 there will be double-hull races, stand-up paddleboard competition, and a teen single-hull canoe race.  Still, the most exciting part of the weekend will take place on September 1 during the “Ali’i Challenge.” This event combines canoe racing and historical knowledge of Kailua-Kona and Kamakahonu. Teams of 12 will paddle 17.5 miles and then compete on land by following historic and cultural clues.

Are you pondering how you can get in shape for these races? Well, it might help if you owned a home near a river that went out into the Pacific.

248 Kahoa St in South Hilo

248 Kahoa St in South Hilo

At the moment we have a wonderful oceanfront/ riverfront estate sitting on 9.02 acres of lush tropical forest dotted with waterfalls at 248 Kahoa St in south Hilo. This 3 bedroom / 3.5 bath home represents the authentic, Old Hawaii at its best.  Stroll from your front porch to the expansive lawn and out into your huge yard where you have your choice of jumping into the water of the open ocean or the Honolii River. Swim, canoe, or paddle board from a rare access ramp for launching into the river. (Honolii Surf Park is not accessed through the estate as access to the estate is gated and private.)

Built in 1935 and well maintained, this old-style Hawaiian home is extremely private and comfortable.  You’ll find koa veneer flooring throughout.   Large, picture windows look out over the ocean, the Honolii River, and across to the jungle (also part of the property.)  The main living room is huge with overflow punee’s for sleeping.  There is also a small caretaker’s cottage on the property.

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


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Big Island Report: Kailua Kona, (July 2014)

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DEAL OF THE WEEK: Price reduced by $110,000!

269451 Kathy

MLS 269451 – Commanding Ocean Views

This beautiful home comes with a feeling and lifestyle that just can’t be duplicated! 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. 

The master suite is big and beautiful, with access to the same lanai, and has views of the ocean from the king size bed. The master bath has a large soaking tub with separate shower and dual vanity and is loaded with fine travertine finishes!

Downstairs are 2 queen bedrooms that empty onto the lower lanai – same view as upstairs, and each has a TV. The 4th bedroom is setup for kids with 2 twin beds and a TV / DVD player. Also downstairs are 2 bathrooms and a large game room with a wet bar, pool table, flat screen TV and stereo. For added convenience, there’s a fully equipped laundry room. Come see this beautiful and successful vacation rental. Make it your primary residence, second home residence or continue as a wonderful vacation rental! Click here for more information.

OTHER FEATURED LISTINGS: Click to View Listing

274335 Molly

MLS 274335 – Ultimate in Luxury

275079 Ocean & Bay Views

MLS 275079 – Ocean & Bay Views

266743 John

MLS 266743 – Kona Coffee Estate

274983 Ocean Cool Breezes

MLS 274983 – Ocean Views, Cool Breezes

 

 

 

 


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Symphony of Orchids – Hilo Orchid Show

Orchid

Photo By Muchael Porter

The Big Island isn’t dubbed the ‘Orchid Isle’ for nothing.  Last year 3,800 people came out to see the largest collection of flowering beauties in Hawaii at the Hilo Orchid Show and this year even more are expected.

Why did people travel from 26 different states and 14 countries to come to the show?  Well, to start with there are so many different types of orchids you are most likely going to see one you’ve never seen before.  Some species of orchids are so rare they can fetch thousands of dollars for a single plant.  But really, as most enthusiast will tell you, there is something about orchids; they’re mysterious, beautiful, and always exquisitely delicate.

This year we are sure to be dazzled at the 62nd Annual Hilo Orchid Show and Sale.  With thousands of orchids under one roof including exotic species and hybrids not regularly seen, how can we not be? The show takes place August 1st 9:00am to 6:00pm, August 2nd 9:00am to 5:00pm, and August 3rd 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Edith Kanaka`ole Stadium (350 Kalanikoa Street, Hilo).  Below are some of the highlights from the three day event.

Lectures & Demonstrations:  Enjoy informal demonstrations given by knowledgeable speakers.  If you’re just getting started you’ll want to go to “Basic Orchid Culture” with Karen Kimmerle.  More advanced gardeners will be interested in “Mounting Orchids on Tree Branches” with Jeff Fendentz or “Landscaping with Orchids” taught by John Jusczak,

Live Entertainment:  Throughout the show there will be a variety of live acts.  Some of the performers include: Puna Taiko drummers, JAZZ×2, Aunty Diana Aki, the Orchid Isle Orchestra, and more.

Fashion Show:  Wahine Toa Designs will display new designs for men and women during a fashion show accompanied by live Hawaiian music.  Wahine Toa Designs is known for its Polynesian style.

So, what are you waiting for?  Mark your calendar. The 62nd Hilo Orchid Society Show is sure to be educational and fun.

Orchid Nursery

Orchid Nursery, Kapoho

Have you ever thought about owning your own orchid nursery?

On the East Cape of the Big Island in sunny Kapoho there is a thriving cut orchid flower nursery for sale. The nursery has been almost fully replanted for a full 5 year production cycle with a number of back up replacement plants.  This nursery specializes in Dendrobium and Vanda cut flower orchids for local and export sales to the US mainland.

Nursery includes 3.5 acres of shade house, a caretaker’s cottage, propagation greenhouses, packing house, and a staff of experienced employees.  If you’re interested in a flowering business, this is the property for you.

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


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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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