Sotheby’s International Realty Takes Best in Category For 8th Year In A Row!

MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.

In 1989 I founded MacArthur and Company. I wanted to create a boutique real estate company where clients came first. During our first year of operation we became known as the go-to firm for clients who wanted a real estate agent they could really trust. Our clients would tell their friends that we didn’t just broker a deal for a property, we found them their dream home.

A few years later in 1991 we were approached by Sotheby’s International Realty.  They asked us to be their exclusive partner and to represent the Big Island of Hawaii.  Soon after we became MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty and the successful affiliation has worked to this day because Sotheby’s is just as dedicated to their clients as we are.

Recently, Franchise Business Review chose Sotheby’s International Realty for the eighth year in a row for their “Best in Category for Real Estate Franchisee Satisfaction.”  In addition the Sotheby’s International Realty brand came in first overall among the Top 50 “Systems with 250 or more units.”

President and Chief Executive Officer of Sotheby’s International Realty, Philip White, said, “This award essentially is our report card from our network, and we are so pleased that they hold us in such high regard within the ranking system. We continually strive to improve our service to our franchisees and we are grateful for this honor.”

We are pleased to be a part of the Sotheby’s family.  With the aid of Sotheby’s vast network of clients and brokers, resources, and transaction management we have been able to bring our company up to an international standard.  We are proud of our hand-picked team of top producing professionals as well as our Sotheby’s affiliates.  Through this synergy we have consistently achieved record-breaking sales in the Big Island real estate market.

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

 

 


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Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant For Sale | Big Island Real Estate

Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant

Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant

Imagine coming to the Big Island on your honeymoon.  While you’re here you find the perfect property.  You move to the Village of Volcano and open a hotel and restaurant.  Over the next twenty-five years or so you run one of the best establishments on the Big Island.

Well, that’s exactly what the owners of the Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant did.  They came here on their honeymoon in 1986 and were so enamored with the Village of Volcano and the beauty of the Ohia forest that they moved here and started running a business.

If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a tourist-oriented business on the Big Island, there’s no better time.  According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority the number of tourists coming to Hawaii set a record in 2014 and it’s forecasted that tourism will steadily increase in 2015.

Kilauea Lodge Dining Room

Kilauea Lodge Dining Room

It’s not surprising when you think about it.  Hawaii has some of the most pristine beaches in the world, beautiful tropical forests, and a relaxed environment like nowhere else.  Plus, its location in the North Pacific makes it easy for Asian tourists as well as Canadian and US tourists to fly here.

The Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant exudes old Hawaii rustic charm.  From the roaring fireplace in the dining room to the soaring cedar ceilings, the property beacons you to recall a simpler time.  Built in 1938 this 12 room / 16 bath lodge has been a landmark of the Village of Volcano for years.

The award-winning restaurant offers European-inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients.  The koa dining tables and five acres of forested land (zoned resort/commercial) creates a unique mountain ambiance found only on the Big Island.

Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant

One of 12 rooms in the Kilauea Lodge

The lodge and restaurant continually receive excellent ratings on travel sites and they have a 75% average occupancy. The business provides significant room for further development including 24 proposed vacation rental units and 10 future cottages.

Adjacent to the one of the most popular visitor destinations in the state,  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park , and not far from the bountiful Farmer’s Market, as well as restaurants and art gallery, this property is the perfect place for someone who wants to live in a quaint village while running a well-established business.

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


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Mauna Lani Luxury Condos | Big Island Real Estate

Mauna Lani Resort, Photo By DC Ross

Mauna Lani Resort, Photo By DC Ross

The Mauna Lani Resort is more than an island retreat.  It’s a unique experience that you won’t soon forget.  From world-class dining to picturesque vista to spa treatments in thatched huts, everything about Mauna Lani has been thought out with relaxation and luxury in mind.

When you live in Mauna Lani you live in a community with resort amenities.  Interested in playing a round of golf on a championship course? Mauna Lani has two: Francis H. I’i Brown North and South Courses.  Want to spend your morning relaxing on the beach?  Mauna Lani has a pristine beach with swaying hammocks and private cabanas.  Want to browse exquisite galleries and boutiques?  Mauna Lani is one of the premier shopping destinations on the Kohala Coast.

At the moment we have two luxury condos located in the Mauna Lani Resort.  (Wondering if a condo is right for you?  Why not read our article 4 Advantages Of Buying A Condo.) 

Mauna Lani Resort 2A

Mauna Lani Resort 2A

Mauna Lani Resort 2A is a lovely condo on Honokaope Bay in the private community of Ke Kailani.  This 3 bedroom/ 3.5 bath home offers over 3,300 square feet of space.  There are two master suites and a separate guest suite, each with beautiful finishing details.  Throughout the villa you’ll find custom furnishings and a cross breeze that gently filters through each room.

Outside you’ll be able to enjoy everything the Ke Kailani community has to offer.  Strolling through the grounds you’ll see a tropical courtyard, waterfalls and ponds.  There is also a private pool and spa overlooking the Francis K. Brown golf course.  All residents have access to an amazing five-acre oceanfront beach grotto and beach park as well as all the amenities of the Manua Lani Resort.

Not far away in the private community of KaMilo we have another wonderful property.  This 4 bedroom/ 4.5 bath home’s interior was designed by Kathy Merrill Kelley and was an award-winner in Parade of Homes 2006.  The well-planned design incorporates the classic island blend of indoor-outdoor living with a great room opening to a spacious lanai.  Outside you’ll enjoy your own private pool and spa as well as an outdoor kitchen.

KaMilo at Mauna Lani 201

KaMilo at Mauna Lani 201

Built as a single-family-home, you get the benefits of living in a condominium neighborhood while living in a stand-alone property.  Owners at KaMilo have access to the communitie’s spacious entertainment area featuring two pools, spas, fitness room, and barbecues.  They also have full use of all the Mauna Lani Resort amenities.

So what are you waiting for?  Come have a look at one of our properties today and start your first step towards becoming part of the Mauna Lani community.  You’ll find that living in a resort is even more luxurious than you ever dreamed.

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


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Free Entry To Big Island National Parks on Designated Days!

Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Photo by Alexander Rabb

With such an incredible history and diverse topography it’s no surprise that the Big Island has some of the most interesting and breathtaking national parks in the US.  From live volcanoes to petroglyphs carved into the lava rocks to historical trails weaving past cascading waterfalls there is something inspiring in all of the Big Island’s national parks.

The best part is that on the following 2015 holidays there is no entry fee: January 19, February 14-16, April 18-19, August 25, September 26,  and November 11.  So, grab those hiking boots out of the closet, pack a bottle of sun screen, and get ready for a memorable experience.

A great way to see some of the Big Island’s national parks is by hiking the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail.  The trail goes through four different parks and is a nice trek past historical sites and beautiful scenery.  However, if you only have time to visit one or two parks we recommend the following:

Hawaii Volcano National Park

Hawaii Volcano National Park, Photo by Howard Ignatius

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:  One of the most spectacular natural phenomenon you’ll ever see is lava pouring into the Pacific Ocean.   Part of the reason the experience blows you away is knowing this is how the Big Island was born over 300,000 years ago and the other part is the raw beauty of hot magma meeting water for the first time.  Some have described seeing Kilauea’s lava as awe inspiring.  Others have said it’s life changing.  One thing’s for sure, seeing this volcano continue to form the Big Island is not something you’ll ever forget.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has 150 miles of trails.  Along the way you’ll hike past lava flow and steam vents, travel through a cave-like lava tube, and make your way through tropical forest to Kilauea’s summit caldera.  For more information and maps stop by the Kīlauea Visitor Center between 7:45 am and 5:00 pm every day.

Ancient Petroglyphs

Ancient Petroglyphs, Photo by Kevin Oliver

Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park:  In ancient Hawaii if you broke a sacred law, the kapu, you were sentenced to death. However, if you could out run your pursuers and make it to the puuhonua you could be absolved of your crimes.  Once you reached the puuhonua, a place of refuge, you could go through a purification ceremony that would allow you to 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).   The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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


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MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty Announces our 2014 Top Producers!

Year after year I’ve been fortunate in drawing top-notch talent to MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty. The Sotheby’s brand plus our level of success attracts the best and it’s a pleasure to acknowledge their accomplishments each year at our Annual Awards celebration. This year we met at one of our Puako Bay Luxury resort listings where I was thrilled to announce MacArthur’s Top Producers for 2014.

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2014 MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty Top Producers (left to right): Rookie of the Year Emil Knysh, Kathy J. Christiansen, Company Wide Top Producer Rebecca Keliihoomalu, Cindy Griffey, and John and Pam (not pictured) Miller.

For the second year running, Rebecca Keliihoomalu took top honors as our Company Wide Top Producer. Kathy J. Christiansen, Cindy Griffey and John and Pam Miller were recognized as Top Producers while ‘Rookie of the Year’ went to Emil Knysh. It was my honor to present each recipient with an engraved cut crystal award designed by the world’s premier jeweler, Tiffany & Co.

CHARITIBLE FUND_CROPPED borderMacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty has been among the top producers in the Big Island’s real estate market for more than 26 years. Our global marketing network provides Big Island properties with representation in over 720 offices across 52 countries with 15,000 sales associates in our worldwide referral program. We take great pride in our local roots and were a founding member of the “Hawaii Affiliates of Sotheby’s International Realty Charitable Fund“, an organization created through the Hawaii Community Foundation to support cultural, educational and environmental programs across the Hawaiian Islands.

If you would like more information about Big Island real estate, our charitable fund, or details about one of our luxury listings, please get in touch with us at MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty. (808.885.8885 or email friends@macarthurhawaii.com)

 


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22nd Waimea Cherry Blossom Festival

Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival

Photo by Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival

The hanami tradition dates back to 7th century Japan when the noble class would celebrate the first cherry blossoms by sitting under the flowery branches and taking in their beauty.  Hana means flower and mi means look.  So, the Japanese word hanami translates into ‘cherry blossom viewing party.’

This year on February 7th, Waimea will celebrate its 22nd annual Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival.  Church Row Park will be in full bloom with over 60 cherry trees springing to life.  Throughout Waimea you’ll see pink banners indicate venues for entertainment and cultural demonstrations.

Do you want to learn how to cut a bonsai?  Maybe you’d like to know how to fold an origami.  Well, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm you won’t want to miss the variety of Japanese and Hawaiian culture demonstrations ranging from tea ceremonies to mochi pounding.  Wander through the colorful crafts fair and taste some local cuisine.  Listen to the pounding of drums and view traditional dance performances.

While you’re in the area you may want to see one of our beautiful properties.  At the moment we have 174 acres of ranch land not far from the center of downtown Waimea.

174 acres ranch land near Waimea

174 acres ranch land near Waimea

Once part of the vast holdings of Parker Ranch, this amazing property is filled with gentle rolling hills, sparse ‘Ohia trees, and green pastures.   Currently it’s pending subdivision approval for four/40+ acre lots.  Soon it will be an impeccable sites for future homes and ranching structures.

Imagine sitting on your back lanai and taking in the views of the Waipio Valley rim, Mauna Kea, and the Pacific in the distance.  And at night the skies are filled with stars and a magnificent breeze sweeps in off the coast.  Private and tranquil, this is the perfect location to build your dream home.

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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Makana’s Tribute to Sonny Chillingworth

Makana

Makana, Photo by Peter Liu

MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty and Top Producer, Rebecca Keliihoomalu, are proud to sponsor a “Tribute to Sonny Chillingworth with Makana” at 7:00 pm on January 30th and 31st  at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea.

Sonny Chillingworth grew up in paniolo country.  It was there he learned how to play the slack-key guitar from his grandfather.  At a young age he moved to Honolulu and started playing with the famed guitarist Gabby Pahinui and singer Vickie Ii Rodrigue.  Throughout his life he appeared on many albums both as a solo artist and a guest artist, but he is probably most known for Waimea Cowboy which went gold in 1964.

Sonny helped shape the style of Hawaiian music by bringing traditional slack-key guitar to the next generation.  His influence can be heard in the brilliant music of Makana, who studied under Sonny after receiving a grant from the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Sonny Chillingworth

Sonny Chillingworth, Photo by David Cornwell

Makana has been described as “dazzling” by the New York Times.  His music has appeared on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy-Award winning film, The Descendants.  As an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, and composer, he has played captivating shows for everyone from presidents to small crowds in venues throughout Hawaii.

For many years Makana dreamed of performing a Sonny Chillingworth tribute concert on the Big Island.  Finally, this January that dream will come true.  Along with Makana there will also be special guest performances by Leabert Lindsay, Nina Kealiiwahamana, George Kuo, and Danny Carvalho.  You can purchase tickets by visiting www.kahilutheatre.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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Pakalana Sanctuary — Eco-Living Luxury Estate

Pakalana Sanctuary

Pakalana Sanctuary , 69-1691 Puako Beach Dr

When it comes to conservation and the environment, the Big Island keeps its eyes to the future.  From the ban on plastic bags in supermarkets to the ‘farm to fork’ movement in restaurants Hawaii is on the forefront of a cleaner, more thoughtful way of living.  However, living an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t mean you need to give up luxury amenities.

Let me introduce you to Pakalana Sanctuary, an eco-conscious luxury home.

Located in the exclusive ocean community of Puako, this 6 bedroom/ 6.5 bath estate has spectacular views of the peaks of Mauna Kea and the Pacific with Maui in the distance.  Some of the features of its eco-friendly construction include insulation made of recycled denim, bamboo construction, a reef-protecting aerobic waste-water treatment system, high-efficiency lighting and appliances, and all-natural finishing products.

For the past few years Pakalana Sanctuary has been a luxury vacation rental.  However, the property  could serve any number of needs ranging from a large family to owners interested in having their own studio spaces.  The four separate structures which make up the property give a great deal of privacy and the gorgeous, lush grounds give a sense of tranquility.

The main house has an enormous great room perfect for gatherings and two generous lounge area.  The chef in the family will love the granite counters in the kitchen as well as the Viking appliances, breakfast bar, and walk-in pantry.  Each of the bedroom suits has a bathroom with soaker tub and the finest fixtures.  On the third floor there’s a loft with soaring bamboo ceilings.  It would make a great children’s playroom.

69-1691 Puako Beach Dr

Pakalana Sanctuary, 69-1691 Puako Beach Dr

Outside you’ll enjoy wrap-around lanais overlooking the grounds filled with fruit trees and repurposed garden boxes adjacent to a Kiawe Tree Reserve.  You’ll also find separate, spacious bungalows, each their own piece of paradise.  Your visiting friends and family will have their own lanais, spacious lounging areas, spa-like bathrooms, and ocean views.

Pakalana Sanctuary is the perfect residence for an eco-conscious homeowner with a large family in search of serenity and privacy.

If you’d like more information about this property or would like to see some of our other eco-friendly luxury properties, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at, MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.


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2015 Sony Open in Hawaii

Golf Ball

Photo by Tord Sollie

The winter months are a great time to migrate to the Hawaiian Islands.  The humpback whales figured this out a long time ago and Canadian and US snowbirds have been doing it since they could easily fly here.  January brings a gentle 78 ºF (25 ºC) to the Hawaiian Islands and it’s the perfect time to take an extended vacation.

January is also the time of year when 144 of the world’s greatest golf professionals descend on the island of Oahu for the Sony Open in Hawaii.  This golf tradition dates back to 1965 when it was simply called the Hawaiian Open.  Fifty years later the name may have changed but golfers and their fans still come to the same course, Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, to be a part of the PGA Tour’s first full-field event of the calendar year.

The course was initially designed by Seth Raynor in 1927.  However, changes were made by Desmond Muirhead in 1992.  Today the 18-hole course is known for its wide, forgiving fairways lined with coconut trees.  If you’ve ever watched the course on TV, you’ll probably remember it for its signature hole (the par 3 eighth hole) which boarders on 186 yards of breathtaking ocean.

This year the official tee off of the first round will be January 15th and the final round will finish on the 18th.  If you’re a golf enthusiasts you won’t want to miss watching the pros play across the lush, tropical landscape as the gentle breeze blows in from the coast.  Of course, if you can’t make it to Waialae-Kahala, you can always watch the Open with the other 560 million viewers at home.

Waialae Country Club, in Honolulu

Waialae Country Club, in Honolulu

The Sony Open is the largest, charity, sporting event in Hawaii.  Each year the Open raises over one million dollars, which goes to various none-profit organizations.  Since Sony took over sponsorship in 1999 the event has raised over $14 million for Hawaiian community organizations.

Once you’ve watched the pros you’ll want to head over to the Big Island to play on some of the most amazing and beautiful courses in the world.  (Read Golf, Golf, Golf to find out more.)  From palm tree lined fairways to spectacular ocean vistas your biggest challenge will be concentrating on your swing rather than the velvet green.  Of course, if you do knock one into the Pacific you’ve got a great excuse.  “Everything is just too darn scenic.”

Would you like more information about snowbird homes on the Big Island or details about one of our luxury listings?   Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.


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Aloha China! Welcome to the Big Island.

Waipio Valley, Big Island

Waipio Valley, Big Island

Last month the US and China agreed to extend the visas for tourist, students, and business travelers coming to either country to 10 years.  Previously these types of visas were only valid for one year and travelers would have to apply for a new visa each year they wanted to fly to a US tourist destination.  However, with the new agreement we should start to see many more Chinese tourists choosing the US for their vacation.  (Over 17% of experienced Chinese travelers ranked the US as their top vacation spot.)

In 2013, 97.3 million Chinese traveled abroad and of those 115,823 chose Hawaii as their vacation destination.  That’s about double the number who visited in 2010.  With rises in the average Chinese income it’s estimated that by 2020 the number of travelers will double and the amount they spend while on vacation will triple.

How much have they been spending?

In 2013 Chinese travelers spent $129 billion worldwide—that’s more than any other country’s tourists.  According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority the average Chinese tourist spent $407 a day while in Hawaii during the first four months of 2014.

Mauna Lani Resort

Mauna Lani Resort, Big Island

Why are they choosing Hawaii?

Not only is Hawaii closer to China because of new direct flights between Beijing to Honolulu, but many Chinese have already experienced something similar.  For years the island of Hainan has been marketed in China as the “The Chinese Hawaii.”  Being the only tropical beach destination in China, Hainan has long been the spot for sun and surf.  These days you’ll see many of the tourists sporting Hawaiian shirts and you’ll see buildings in Hainan named things like “Sanya Aloha.”

So, get ready Big Island.  Over the next few years we’re going to see a lot more Chinese tourists coming to visit us.

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


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