You Say Thank You, We Say Mahalo!

It is the time of year where families, friends and neighbors all gather together making memories – and the time to be thankful for all of those with whom one has shared throughout the year. Click here and join us in enjoying the warmth and cheer of the Big Island this Thanksgiving season with our November newsletter.

MacArthur Sotheby's International Realty 2015 November Newsletter

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Sharing Some October Aloha!

Click here or on the image below to discover a few Hawaiian secrets to happiness and overall well-being with our October eNewsletter!

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October 2015 MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty eNewsletter

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The Hawaii Affiliates of Sotheby’s International Realty Charitable Fund Celebrate the “Art of Giving”

Art of Giving

Nearly 200 Sotheby’s International Realty agents, staff, clients, and invited guests from four islands, including the Big Island’s MacArthur Sotherby’s International Realty, congregated at the Honolulu Museum of Art for their first annual gathering, an event showcasing the importance of being a close-knit community and the launch of their new fund.

Along with the Big Island group, representatives from Maui’s Island Sotheby’s International Realty were present, along with Oahu’s LIST Sotheby’s International Realty and Kauai’s Sleeping Giant Sotheby’s International Realty.

The event celebrated the “Art of Giving” and the support fund, which provides support to local programs and nonprofit organizations who have their focus on conservation of the natural environment, nurturing education and preservation of Hawai’i’s unique culture.

“Investment in these three key areas will help make for a better quality of life for Hawai’i residents and strengthen our communities, which is extremely important to us all,” said Dodie MacArthur, CEO and founder of MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty. “The Hawai’i Community Foundation’s goals are our goals.”

The newly launched fund is a philanthropic endeavor that was created through combined efforts with the four island affiliates of Sotheby’s International Realty.

“Because the Hawai’i Affiliates of Sotheby’s International Realty operate in communities across the state, the kick-off event allowed our participants to come together to recognize donations made to date and gain more inspiration as we work toward greater support of our community,” said Paul MacLaughlin, Island Sotheby’s International Realty principal broker and owner.

Various speakers took the stage to discuss the “Art of Giving,” including Tom Kelly, Hawai’i Community Foundation vice president; Matthew Bauer, Chief Operating Officer of KUPU; and Paul Jackson, a grant recipient, as well as Lemonade Alley founder Steve Sue, who spoke about how giving has shaped his own life, personally and professionally.

Attendees enjoyed the ongoing exhibit “Auguste Rodin: The Human Experience,” sponsored by LIST Sotheby’s International Realty, and Rodin-inspired “living statues” from the Iona Contemporary Dance Theater. The evening also featured the culinary creations of Chef Russell Siu of 3660 On the Rise, a spectacular sushi bar by Yatai Sushi and entertainment by Mango Season.

To learn more, visit the Hawai’i Community Foundation website.


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Where the Grass is Always Greener…

OK, so maybe not always. However, the Big Island stands out as the place to be when it comes to incredible outdoor experiences. So… red, yellow, GO! Click here or on the image below to begin exploring the Big Island luxury of sport and leisure with our September eNewsletter as your guide.

MacArthur Sotheby's International Realty Sep2015 Newsletter

September 2015 MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty eNewsletter

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Life of a Flavorful Landscape

From sky, to farm, to table, oh my! Click here or click on the image below to feast your eyes on our latest eNewsletter which features the Big Island bounty nourished from ample sun and rain.


July 2015 MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty eNewsletter

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Look Out! It’s a Jurassic World Out There

Jurassic World Movie Poster

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As you may have heard, the is park open! Jurassic World, the long-awaited fourth movie in the groundbreaking Jurassic Park film series, roared its way into U.S. theaters June 12. Did you see it?

The movie stars Chris Pratt, Steven Spielberg returns as executive producer, and Colin Trevorrow is the director of this action-adventure film, based on characters created by the brilliant mind of Michael Crichton.

If you have not seen the movie, and are craving a sneak-peek about it, the bite-sized bit is that Jurassic World is set twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, which is now a fully-functioning dinosaur theme park, but after 10 years of operation, a new attraction is created to peak visitor’s interest, and of course, it backfires horribly.

The epic series started with the 1993 Steven Spielberg classic, Jurassic Park, and the franchise has become one of the biggest in Hollywood. The film has spawned merchandising, video games and, ironically, theme park rides. But at least you don’t have to worry about live dinosaurs at theme parks… or do you?

Well, at least not right now you don’t. Genetically engineering a dinosaur might seem like a crazy, and perhaps fun, or dangerous idea. You might remember that in the original film Jurassic Park, they cloned dinosaurs using DNA they found in a chunk of amber. But did you know that there might be a possibility – in real life – to clone a dinosaur? Scientists have discovered red blood, and skin cells from dinosaurs more than 75 million years old. Some excited people happily say, “Clone it!”, others fear what this could inspire. We don’t know about you, but we feel a little of both.

Waipi‘o Valley

Amazing views of the crescent-shaped Waipi‘o Valley.

Nonetheless, we could not wait to see the movie. Yet to stomp out that uneasiness, we suggest getting out and having your own adventures. Here is a trivia nugget, Jurassic World was filmed primarily on Kaua‘i and O‘ahu. But we would like to share some spectacular, Jurassic World-style sights right here on the Big Island that will certainly feed your wild imagination.

Waipi‘o and Waimanu Valleys

With most of the Big Island’s valleys completely inaccessible, the lush, emerald valleys of Waipi‘o and Waimanu, curve along the Hamakua coast. For the adventurous folk, there is a breathtaking trail that zig-zags along the valleys and cliffs, and takes you through Waipi‘o Valley and into Waimanu Valley, and it is considered a difficult hike. For the more casual experience, you can also view the foamy, bucking surf; patchwork fields of taro plants, and lace-like waterfalls dropping off the sides of cliffs from the Waipi‘o Valley Lookout.

Waimanu Valley

View from the ground of serene Waimanu Valley.

Pololū Valley

In the shadow of the rugged, older Kohala Mountains lies Pololū Valley, and is the Northernmost of the majestic valleys. This amphitheatre-shaped valley is pristine and calm. You can get spectacular views from the lookout above the valley. But don’t settle for the view from the lookout, take the time to explore! The dirt and root trail can be steep in places, but it offers awe-inspiring vistas of Pololū’s green, steep and sloping cliffs dropping into the ocean below.

If wandering in the woods is not your calling, then we have the perfect source for water world-type people. Check out our June newsletter where it’s “Back to the Beach on the Big Island!”

Here at MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty, we are excited to crush the weekend with some adventure in and out of the theater!

Pololu Valley

Spellbinding views of Pololu Valley.

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Big Island Sustainable Living Guide

Onions Growing in Volcanic Soil

Onions Growing in Volcanic Soil

From electric cars to the farm to fork movement, we’ve written a lot of articles about the Big Island and sustainable living over the years.  Nowhere else in the US is sustainable living more important than Hawaii.  For decades we have been reliant on the mainland instead of ourselves.  Learn what you can do to help Hawaii stand on its own.

Below are some great articles we’ve posted about Big Island Farmer’s Markets, compost making, and more.

Big Island Farm to Fork: Instead of eating what local farmers produce we often opt for foreign grown ingredients like Idaho potatoes.  Instead of growing staple foods farmers usually grow cash crops for exports like macadamia nuts and exotic fruits.  But all that has to change if we are ever going to be self-sufficient.

Small Islands, Big Conservation:  Hawaii’s native forest coverage has declined significantly and Hawaiian forests are now categorized as endangered.  Hawaii’s fishing industry has declined 75% over the last century.  Read more about the The Nature Conservancy and what you can do to help with conservation on the Big Island.

How Green is Your Thumb?  If you want to have a beautiful garden and you want to curb your yearly waste disposal, then stop putting it off and start making compost.  In our guide we’ll teach you how to easily start producing your own compost.

Organic Feast, Photo by T-Dawg

Organic Feast, Photo by T-Dawg

Big Island Bees: Did you know more than 80% of our food supply is dependent on honeybees?  Would you like to save the bees and help Hawaii sustain its food production?  Read this informative article about bees and how you can help save them from extinction.

Big Island Farmers Markets:  Wondering where to find farmers’ markets on the Big Island?  This guide will tell you about some of the best places to get food directly from the growers.

If you’d like more information about local community events oriented towards sustainable living, please get in touch with us at MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.

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18th Annual Waikoloa Lavaman Triathlon

Anaehoomalu Bay, Photo by Lavaman Triathlone

Anaehoomalu Bay, Photo by Lavaman Triathlone

Swim across Anaeho’omalu Bay.

Bike down Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway.

Run over lava, sand, and coral trails.

Once again it’s that time of year for the Lavaman Waikoloa Triathlon Festival.  This year the strenuous 1.5K swim, 40K bike ride, and 10K Run will take place on March 29th at the lovely Waikoloa Beach Resort.  The swimming portion of the race will start at 7:30 am.  There will also be events on March 28th such as the 13th Annual LavaKids Aquathlon beginning at 7:30 am and the Lavaman Family, Health, Sports & Fitness Expo Grand Promenade at The Hilton Waikoloa Village from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

In the past the Lavaman Triathlon has been voted, “The Best Awards Party in Triathlon.”  With the Kona Brewery Beer Garden, Live Music, and a Beach BBQ under the coconut grove at beautiful Anaeho’omalu Bay it’s no surprise why this triathlon’s after party is so successful.  Proceeds from the race support Team in Training as well as other local non-profit organizations like the LavaKids Program which encourages local youth to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle.

While you’re in the area you may want to have a look at one of our properties.  At the moment we have a 3 bedroom/ 3 bath oceanfront villa located in the coveted Halii Kai community, a luxury private community built along the Waikoloa Beach Golf Course and adjacent to the famed Hilton Waikoloa Hotel.

Halii Kai 15F

Halii Kai Community

From this fabulous condo you’ll enjoy a spectacular costal view with Maui in the distance.  The lanai features an outdoor living and dining area as well as a wet bar.  Inside you’ll find a fully furnished home with well-appointed interiors.  The gourmet kitchen has granite counter tops as do the spacious bathrooms.

Within the Halii Kai community you’ll find luxury amenities such as the private owner’s club, lagoon-style saltwater pool, fitness center, and the Ocean Club Bar and Grill.  Close by the Waikoloa Beach Resort features 36 holes of championship golf, a beautiful white sand beach, and the Kings’ Shops & Queen’s Market Place.

If you would like more information about this luxury property or one of our other Big Island listings, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Luxury Country Home In Waiki’i Ranch

67-1197 Alulike Rd, Waiki'i Ranch

67-1197 Alulike Rd, Waiki’i Ranch

On the western slope of Mauna Kea there’s a private community where luxury and country living go hand in hand.  With sloping pastures and eucalyptus groves, Waiki’i Ranch is a stunning 3,000 acre community of homes on 10-40 acre plots.  Exterior night lights are banned and all utilities have been connected underground so you have an incredible view of the stars at night.  Homeowners have access to the clubhouse, polo field, and the equestrian and rodeo facility.  Private, secluded, yet only a 10 mile drive to the town of Kamuela, Waiki’i Ranch is a one of a kind paradise.

Imagine living at 4,700 feet above the Pacific in a setting of rolling green hills dotted by eucalyptus and Monterey Cypress trees.  Picture yourself strolling out your front door with a steamy cup of Kona coffee warming your face and seeing unobstructed views of the Kohala Mountains and the endless ocean.  Turning around you see your beautifully-crafted timber-frame home.  It’s the house where you’ll raise your kids and your children will raise your grandkids.

67-1197 Alulike Rd, Waiki'i Ranch

67-1197 Alulike Rd, Waiki’i Ranch

Well, you don’t have to imagine.  This five bedroom/ 6 bath home is waiting for you to move in.  Built with old-growth Douglas firs from a 100 year-old dismantled Canadian sawmill and finished with western red cedar, this magnificent property fits perfectly with the look and feel of Waiki’i Ranch.

The great room opens up to a second story.  Immediately your eyes are drawn from the large wood burning fireplace with smooth river rock façade to the pine tongue-and-groove paneled walls to the exposed-beam valley rafters and purlins thirty feet above.  The kitchen is equipped with high-end appliances and includes an island with built in range, perfect for guests and family who want to chat with the cook in the family while they prepare a delicious meal.

The master bedroom and bath is located on the main floor while two bedrooms, a bath, a media area, and a large office area can be found upstairs.  You’ll also find Vermont Castings gas-fired stoves in the master bathroom and dining area.  The basement includes a large children’s play room as well as a library.

67-1197 Alulike Rd, Waiki'i Ranch

67-1197 Alulike Rd, Waiki’i Ranch

Step outside and stroll across a large lanai to immaculately groomed grounds.  Nearby the guest cottage has a full kitchen, living room, two bedrooms, and a wonderful view.  In the large timber-frame barn you’ll find three horse stalls, tack room, feed room, large wood working shop, and a huge office space with bathroom.

Spacious, tranquil, and with luxury amenities, this Waiki’i Ranch home is a must see.

If you would like more information about this luxury property or one of our other Big Island listings, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.

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