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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20th Annual Kona Brewers Festival

Annual Trash Fashion Show,  Photo John Biehler

Annual Trash Fashion Show, Photo John Biehler

The Kona Brewers Festival started as a way to increase awareness about recycling.  However, over the last twenty years it has become one of the largest fundraising events on the Big Island and has raised over $750,000 for environmental, educational, and cultural organizations.  This year the festival will take place March 12 to 14, 2015 at the lu`au grounds of King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona.

Wondering what events you should attend? Well, below you’ll find a schedule of this green, zero waste festival.

Pa’ina Dinner and Art Auction: (March 12)  Dine ocean side under the stars during this special dinner at the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Each dish will incorporate craft beers as well as locally sourced ingredients. There will also be live entertainment and a silent art auction.

Brews and Blues Concert:  (March 13)  Starting at 7:30 you’ll hear a great lineup of musicians.  The Aloha Bluegrass Band will be playing high-energy folk and bluegrass.  The Whipstitch Sallies will entertain with wonderful harmonies and a groovy upright bass.  Children 12 and under can come for free.

Suds and Sea Benefit Cruise:  (March 13)  Come out on the Pacific from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm for the Whale Watch and Snorkle Cruise Benefit.  Set sail on the Hula Kai which was specifically designed for snorkeling and diving.  Support local community non-profits while you explore the Southwest coast of the Big Island.

Lavaman Red, Photo By Night Owl City

Lavaman Red, Photo By Night Owl City

The 8th Annual Run for the Hops: (March 14)  Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH) presents a 5K / 10K run beginning at 7:30 am.  After the race there will be an award ceremony with beer tasting and a picnic.

Kona Brewers Festival: (March 14)  The highlight of the festival takes place 2:30 to 6:30 pm.  Try crafted beer from 40 select breweries.  Taste island-style cuisine from 40 of the Big Island’s top chefs.  Enjoy live music all day.  And don’t miss the annual Trash Fashion Show with clothing made entirely from recycled material.

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


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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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