Big Island Report, Up Country, October 2014

Up Country Big Island Snapshot for October 2014_blog

 

DEAL OF THE WEEK: Rustic Ranch Luxury Estate Reduced by $245,000!

 

268583 Brodie

MLS 268583 – 5 Bed, 6 Bath on 10 Acres

Beautifully surrounded by cypress and eucalyptus trees, this gracious timber-frame home is situated in one of the most desirable locations within the unique gated community of Waikii Ranch.Its rustic style perfectly fits the setting of rolling green pastures at 4,700 feet elevation on the slopes of Mauna Kea, with views of the endless ocean and the pristine Kohala Mountain range.Designed to invite outdoor light, the home includes lots of windows, French doors, and a perfect,deep wraparound lanai.The exterior railings, siding, shingles, and facias are western red cedar,and the massive exposed post and beam framing is close-grained,old growth Douglas fir from a 100 year-old dismantled Canadian sawmill. Click here for the complete listings.

Other Featured Properties (click for listing)

Puakea Bay Ranch Estate

MLS 232548 – Puakea Bay Ranch Estate

276477 Rob

MLS276477 – Up Country Luxury Retreat

271574 Up Country Brodie

MLS 271574 – Streamside Sandalwood Home

267554 Fish & Hog

MLS 267554 – Up Country Restaurant for Sale

274198 Ironwood

MLS 274198 – Waimea Frame Shop for Sale

 

 


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Kona Honors Coffee Farmers

Kona Coffee

Kona Coffee,Photo by Nathan Forget

In the early 1800s the first coffee tree clippings were planted in Kona by Samuel Ruggles.  The clippings took to the rich volcanic-soil and the cool mountain climate and grew into coffee trees.  Now, almost 200 years later, the handpicked Kona coffee cherries are regarded as some of the best in the world.

Kona coffee trees bloom in the spring and are harvested in the fall.  Each autumn we celebrate the harvest and the coffee farmers during the annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival.  This year marks the 44th time the festival will take place.  If you would like to try some tasty coffee and learn a bit about cultivating coffee trees, you’ll want to make sure to attend a few of the events from November 7-16, 2014.  For a full listing of events go to www.konacoffeefest.com

Holualoa Village Coffee and Art Stroll:  (Historic Holualoa Village)  Take a stroll through this charming village with its art galleries and quaint cafes.  While you’re here you’ll be able to sample Kona coffee from over thirty local farms. This event will take place November 8th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant: (78-128 Ehukai Street, Kailua-Kona)  Come see the new face of Kona coffee on November 8th at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa.  The winner of the pageant will receive a college scholarship and travel to Japan on a promotional tour of Kona coffee.  Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Kona Coffee Picking Contest

Kona Coffee Picking Contest

Kona Coffee Picking Contest and Games:  (75-5568 Mamalahoa Highway, Holualoa)  Bring your kids out to compete for their community organization (scouts, 4-H, Halau, etc).  Teams of six will pick coffee cherries for a chance to win prize money on November 9th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Then get ready for a finger-licking-good barbeque sponsored by the UCC Ueshima Coffee Co.

Kona Coffee Recipe Contest & Big Island Showcase: (78-128 Ehukai St, Kailua-Kona) Amateurs and professional chefs will present their entrée and dessert recipes featuring 100% Kona coffee.  Come on down to the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa to try some amazing cuisine from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm on November 9th.

Celebrate Kona Day: (75-5760 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona)  The week-long festival will end with a street fair in downtown Kona on November 16th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Wander through the streets and taste local cuisine while listening to live music.  Then head on over to the Hale Halawai Pavillion to sample Kona coffee and try your swing on the mini golf course.

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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Big Island Report, Kohala Coast, October 2014

Kohala Coast Big Island Report October 2014 BLOG

DEAL OF THE WEEK: Serenity and Views, Price Reduced by $91,000

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271396 Brodie Kohala Ranch

MLS 271396 – Unobscured Ocean Views

OTHER FEATURED LISTINGS

72-3191 Makani Eka Pl

MLS 274335 – Dazzling Kohala Coast Luxury

Deli

MLS 269440 – Own Your Own Business

275739 Jim

MLS 275739 – Kohala Ranch Luxury

266421 MIG

MLS 266421 – Mauna Lani Luxury Award-Winner


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Spooky Island Events | Halloween 2014

Kohala Mountain Farm Pumpkin Patch

Kohala Mountain Farm Pumpkin Patch

Autumn has come to the Big Island and once again it’s that time of year when we dust off our witch hats and spruce up our yards with spider webs and carved pumpkins.  Wondering where you should take your kids for some safe and fun Halloween excitement?  Below you’ll find a list of the best spooky events happening this October on the Big Island.

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Pumpkin Patch: (65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road, Kamuela) Celebrating its 23nd year, the HPA Pumpkin Patch is a wonderful event for the whole family.  This year they are offering wristbands for $20 which will get your kids into all the games, rides, and activities from 10 am to 4 pm on October 19th.  Some of the highlights include climbing the rock wall, exploring the haunted house, and shooting down the 28-foot slip and slide.  There will also be live entertainment and delicious food booths with hot dogs, shaved Ice, cotton candy, and more.

ʻOhana Halloween Paʻina: (Keauhou Shopping Center, Kailua Kona)  Are you looking for a good scare?  Then you won’t want to miss Freddy’s Lair, a haunted house that will have the hair on the back of your neck sticking up.  There will also be keiki and adult costume contests, live music by the Old School Band, and a variety of vendors.  So break out your best costume and come on down.  This event will be held on October 25th from 10 am to 4 pm.

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Carving Great Pumpkin

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Carving the Great Pumpkin

Kohala Mountain Farm Pumpkin Patch: (Kohala Mountain Farm)  There are lots of great activities happening at this event like the corn maze, hayride, and petting zoo.  However, the most interesting part is the farm’s goal to educate the public about how crops are cultivated.  While your kids are picking the biggest pumpkin they can find they will also get a chance to read educational farming signs.  The farm will be open 9 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays through November 1.

Kona Pacific Public Charter School’s Halloween Journey:  (79-7595 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua)  Imagine getting swept into the world of Jules Verne and traveling to 18th century London, Japan, San Francisco.  Well, that’s exactly what this must-see event is all about.  Meet Phileas Fogg and go on an adventure around the world.  There will also be a bonfire, hula hoop contest, face painting, and more.  Mark your calendar for October 25th from 5 to 9 pm.

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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Big Island Report: Kailua Kona, October 2014

Kailua Kona Big Island Report for October 2014_BLOG

DEAL OF THE WEEK: Reduced by $39,888! 

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274550 Cindy

MLS 274550 – Beautiful “Lucky” Bennett home

More Featured Listings (Click to View)

275079 Ocean & Bay Views

MLS 275079 – Infinity Pool with Ocean Views

273130 John

MLS 273130 – Panoramic Keauhou Bay Views

274983 Ocean Cool Breezes

MLS 274983 – Exceptional Cedar Mark Home

262144 Kathy

MLS 262144 – Extraordinary Water Features

275272 Cindy

MLS 275272 – Keauhou Estates Quality


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Puakea Bay Paradise | Big Island Real Estate

 Puakea Bay Ranch

Puakea Bay Ranch

Picture yourself stepping out onto your lanai and watching humpback whales frolicking in the Pacific.  See yourself strolling down equestrian trails without a single electric line to obscure your view.  Imagine the sound of the ocean crashing in sync with your heartbeat.

Wondering where you can find this piece of paradise?  It’s Puakea Bay Ranch, a place on the northern most tip of the Big Island where Hawaiian style ranch homes sit on oceanfront parcels.

Nearby Puakea Bay, you’ll find the historic town of Hawi.  Once a booming sugar town, this little village, is now filled with art galleries, shops, and restaurants.  Several historic buildings from the mid-1850s still stand and the Rev. Elisa Bond’s Estate from 1840 is being renovated.

Does this sound like the type of place you’d like to live?

 Puakea Bay Ranch Estate

Puakea Bay Ranch Estate

Well, we currently have a 9 bedroom / 10.5 bath luxury estate located in lovely Pueakea Bay Ranch.  This oceanfront property envelops the ancient spirit of Hawaii, from land to sea, with views of the Kohala Mountain Range as well as the ocean with Maui’s Mount Haleakala in the distance.  The main house is located on 5 acres of land and there are two adjoining 10 acre parcels which are perfect for an additional house, putting green, or horse facility.

The main residence includes 6 bedrooms, gourmet kitchen, butler’s pantry, and an enormous living room for entertaining.  In the master suite you’ll find an exercise room with dry and steam saunas, his and her bathrooms, walk in closets, and a private lanai.  The separate guest residence features 3 bedroom suites.  Also on the grounds there is an ocean side pool, tennis court, and three-car garage.

 Puakea Bay Ranch Estate

Puakea Bay Ranch Estate

Did I mention the wine cellar?  You’ll find it difficult not to feel relaxed as you sit on your Italian tiled 1000 square foot lanai sipping chardonnay from your own wine cellar.

This luxury property offers privacy and serenity while only being a few minutes’ drive from shopping, fine dining, white sand beaches, and world class golf courses.

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


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Big Island Report: Hamakua & Hilo, Oct. 2014

Hamakua & Hilo Big Island Report October 2014_BLOG

 

DEAL OF THE WEEK: Business & Home in Prime Location!

265014 Rebecca

MLS 265014 – Waipio Valley Business plus Home

OTHER FEATURED LISTINGS

272745 Wainaku

MLS 272745 – 11.71 Acre Historic Executive Center

Ocean, River, Waterfall, Rainforest - That's Incredible!

MLS 264888 – Ocean, River, Waterfall, Rainforest!

271728 Kathy

MLS 271728 – 25.59 Oceanfront Parcel

 

 

 


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Big Island Country Living

Kahuku Ranch, Kau

Kahuku Ranch, Kau

Has the noise and bustle of the mainland taken its toll on you?  Do you yearn for wide-open spaces and the sound of the sea?  Well, it may be time for a change.

People move to Hawaii for a variety of reasons.  Many say it’s the quality of life.  Others talk about the slower Hawaiian pace.  Some just want to live where it’s warm.  Making the change from the mainland to island living isn’t for everyone.  But if you’ve ever dreamed of living in a tranquil area where the people are genuine, then the Big Island might be the place for you.

There are many different areas on the Big Island ranging from the sunny resorts on the leeward side of the island to the lush tropical landscape of the windward side.  One of the most untouched, beautiful regions is the Kau District.  Located between South Kona and Puna, Kau has magnificent vistas of the mountains and the Pacific.

At the moment we have a spectacular property in the area.  Kahuku Ranch is a piece of old Hawaii carrying a rich ranching history and quality stewardship handed down from owner to owner.

Kahuku Ranch, Kau

Kahuku Ranch, Kau

With eight houses, over 645 acres, and views that will make your jaw drop, this property is truly one of a kind.  The topography of the land ranges from pastures with grazing live-stock to green lua (craters) with fruit trees like Ka’u orange, lychee, and avocado.

Each house has a beautiful interior with attention to details such as koa wood paneling.  Outside the manicured lawns have been well maintained and each home sits far enough away from the others to have its own space.  The current owner uses the houses as vacation rentals, but there are many different possibilities for this property.

So what are you waiting for?  Live your dream today.  If you’re interested in Big Island real estate or would like to talk about moving here, please get in touch with us at MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty.

 


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Big Island Report: Up Country, September 2014

Up Country Big Island Snapshot for September 2014_BLOG

DEAL OF THE WEEK: PRICE REDUCED by $205,000 – 42.89 acres!

267772 Rebecca

MLS 26772 – “Farm to Table” Dream

OTHER FEATURED PROPERTIES (CLICK TO VIEW)

Puakea Bay Ranch

MLS 232548 – 25.49 Acre Luxury Estate

265014 Rebecca

MLS 265014 – Waipio Business & Home

271728 Kathy

MLS 27128 – 15.59 Acre Oceanfront Parcel

268583 Brodie

MLS 268583 – 10 Acre Ranch Estate


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Big Island Farm to Fork | A Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Photo by Brock Roseberry

Photo by Brock Roseberry

For decades being a part of a series of islands meant we would import the majority of our food from the mainland.  However, with the local growth of the farm to fork movement we’ve seen an increase in consumption of locally grown products.

More and more people are realizing that Hawaii needs to be self-sufficient when it comes to food.  Chefs are opting to only use ingredients found on the islands in their cuisine.  Some farmers are producing staple crops instead of cash crops only for export.  And locals are buying locally grown sweet potatoes instead of potatoes from Idaho when they want to cook up some fries.

Still, we have a long way to go before we achieve full food self-sufficiency.  We need to create awareness of the availability of island grown foods to local businesses and the rest of the community.  Lots of people head down to the nearest supermarket and pickup supplies for the week not realizing that over 85% of the items they have purchased were imported.  Many of those same people would buy locally grown products if they just had more information on how and where to get them.

Big Island Beef Photo By Yoshinari

Big Island Beef Photo By Yoshinari

“Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range” is trying hard to educate people about local foods during a tantalizing tasting event.  On September 26th, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, thirty top chefs will prepare delectable dishes with local foods at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.  They will showcase local pasture-raised, beef, pork, lamb, goat, mutton, and wild boar.  A variety of fresh island fruit veggies, honey, and spices will also be used in the preparation.

While grazing from one amazing dish to the next attendees will be able to meet local farmers and ranchers.  There will also be exhibits on agriculture and healthy foods.  One of the highlights this year will be “Pasture-raised Beef Cooking 101” presented by executive chef, Peter Abarcar Jr (Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel).

If you’d like more information about farm to fork 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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