Updates from Around the Kohala Coast

April 17, 2024

Hawaii Island Market Statistics - March 2024

The Details

Single Family Month to Month: The single-family home segment experienced a decrease in sales by volume compared to last month, standing at 150. Their median sales price increased to $577,250, however, while the total dollar amount in sales decreased to $147,601,935.

Condominium Month to Month: The condominium market remains impressive and consistent this month with 58 sales, a large increase since last month. There was a slight decrease in median sales price, which is now sitting at $672,500.00, but with an overall growth in the market by total sales with $66,236,450 moving through this portion of the market. 

Year to Date Totals: The single-family housing market experienced an uptick in sales compared to last year, but with a minor half percent correction in price comparatively. The total sales amount increased by a whopping 45.9% when compared to one year prior. The condominium market saw 7% fewer sales this year, as well as a slight decrease in the total dollar amount of sales but saw greater returns this year by a factor of just over 10%. Vacant land saw an increase in the number of sales as well as the total dollar amount in sales but did not see in increased median price point when compared to last year. 

Posted in Market Updates
April 16, 2024

WELCOME BACK LAVAMAN 2024

We stepped outside our office to watch the many people who dedicate themselves to an amazing feat of endurance at this year’s Triathlon.

The 2024 Triathlon is Olympic distance (1.5K Swim, 40K Bike and 10K Run) where participants swim at Anaehoomalu Bay at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. They then bike out and back on the Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway then back into the resort. The run is then through the Waikoloa Beach Resort & the grounds of the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Athletes cross over varied terrain consisting of lava, sand, coral trail, road, lawn, & flagstone path with a beach finish.

Sourced from: Waikoloa Beach resortapril 6, 2025. Lavaman Triathlon 2025 - Waikoloa Beach Resort. (n.d.). https://www.lavamantriathlon.com/ 

April 16, 2024

NEWS EXCERPT - O‘ahu halau captures overall win in 61st annual Merrie Monarch Hula Festival

Once again, O‘ahu hālau Ka Lā ‘Ōnohi Mai O Ha‘eha’e were named the overall winners by judges at the 61st Merrie Monarch Hula Competition, which concluded in Hilo at the Edith Kanakaʻole Multi-Purpose Stadium Saturday night.

The hālau’s score was 1,201. This is the group’s second overall win two years in a row.

Second place overall went to Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leinā’ala, under the direction of Kumu Leinā‘ala Pavao Jardin, from Kalāheo, Kaua‘i, with a score of 1,199 points.

Third place overall went to Hula Hālau ‘O Kamuela, under the direction of Kumu Kunewa Mook and Kau‘ionālani Kamana’o, from Kalihi and Waimānalo, O‘ahu, with a score of 1,195 points.

On Friday, wahine and kāne took to the stage to perform hula kahiko.

 

Kāne kahiko winners are:

First: Hālau Hi’iakaināmakalehua, under the direction of Kumu Robert Keano Ka‘upu IV and Lono Padilla, from Niuhelewai, Kona, O‘ahu, with a score of 590 points.

Second: Hālau Na Mamo O Pu’uanahulu, under the direction of Kumu William Kahakuleilehua Haunu‘u “Sonny” Ching and Lōpaka Igarta-De Vera, from Kapahulu, O’ahu, with 586 points.

Third: Ka Lā ‘Ōnohi Mai O Ha‘eha’e with 563 points.

 

Wahine kahiko winners are:

First: Hula Hālau ‘O Kamuela with 597 points.

Second: Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leinā’ala with 594 points.

Third: Ka Lā ‘Ōnohi Mai O Ha‘eha’e with 591 points.

Fourth: Hālau Hula Ka Lehua Tuahine, under the direction of Kumu Ka‘ilihiwa Vaughan-Darval, from Mānoa and Waimānalo, O‘ahu, with 585 points.

 

Two hālau tied for fifth with 582 points: Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima, under the direction of Kumu Māpuana de Silva, from Ka‘ohaō, O‘ahu, and Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka, under the direction of Kumu Napua Silva, from Waiohuli, Maui.

Kāne ‘auana winners are as follows:

Hālau Hi’iakaināmakalehua and Hālau Na Mamo O Pu’uanahulu were tied for first with 604 points. In a tiebreaker, Hālau Na Mamo O Pu’uanahulu came out on top with 845 points over the other group, by two points more.

Third: Hālau Kekuaokalā’au’ala’iliahi, under the direction of Kumu Haunani & ‘liahi Paredes, from Wailuku, Maui, with 597 points.

Fourth: Ka Lā ‘Ōnohi Mai O Ha‘eha’e with 563 points.

 

Wahine ‘auana winners are as follows:

First: Ka Lā ‘Ōnohi Mai O Ha‘eha’e with 610 points.

Second: Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leinā’ala with 605 points.

Third: Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima with 600 points.

Fourth: Hula Hālau ‘O Kamuela with 598 points.

Fifth: Hālau Hula Ka Lehua Tuahine with 597 points.

 

The overall kāne awards are as follows:

First: Hālau Hi’iakaināmakalehua, under the direction of Kumu Robert Keano Ka‘upu IV and Lono Padilla, from Niuhelewai, Kona, O‘ahu, with a score of 1,194 points.

Second: Hālau Na Mamo O Pu’uanahulu, under the direction of Kumu William Kahakuleilehua Haunu‘u “Sonny” Ching and Lōpaka Igarta-De Vera, from Kapahulu, O’ahu, with 1,190 points.

Third: Hālau Kekuaokalā’au’ala’iliahi, under the direction of Kumu Haunani and ‘Iliahi Paredes, from Wailuku, Maui, with a score of 1,197.

 

The overall wahine awards are as follows:

First: Ka Lā ‘Ōnohi Mai O Ha‘eha’e with 1,201 points.

Second: Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leinā’ala with 1,199 points.

Third: Hula Hālau ‘O Kamuela with 1,195 points.

 

Sourced from: bigislandnow.com. (2024, April 7). O’ahu Hālau captures overall win in 61st annual merrie monarch hula festival: Big island now. | O’ahu hālau captures overall win in 61st annual Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. https://bigislandnow.com/2024/04/07/oahu-halau-captures-overall-win-in-61st-annual-merrie-monarch-hula-festival/?n=%40 

March 31, 2023

News Exerpt: Hawaii State News Volcano Watch

Volcano Watch: Pele’s hairs: a beautiful hazard on Hawaii Island

"USGS photo A tumbleweed of Pele’s hairs — collected near Saddle Road on Nov. 29 — viewed under a microscope. The scale bar in the lower right is 750 micrometers (0.03 inches) wide. The golden-brown glass strands are intertwined, whereas the thicker dark glass is rigid. The shape of the darker glass reflects the shape of the lava droplets as they quenched."

"Shiny and elusive, featherlight and golden-brown. If poets were to write about rocks, I’m sure they would sing their praises of Pele’s hairs. Don’t be fooled, though, because Pele’s hairs are strands of volcanic glass, and they can pose a serious hazard."

Source: JO SCHMITH HVO/Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes | Sunday, M. 26. (2023, March 26). Volcano Watch: Pele's hairs: A beautiful hazard on Hawaii Island - Hawaii Tribune. Herald. Retrieved March 31, 2023, from https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2023/03/26/features/volcano-watch-peles-hairs-a-beautiful-hazard-on-hawaii-island/

 

 

March 31, 2023

A Couple of My Favorite Hawaiian Birds

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When I'm out for my morning walk I am especially interested in watching the small flocks of Nene and Red-Crested Cardinals!

 

March 22, 2023

February 2023 Market Statistics | Hawaii Island

02-2023 Market Infographic

The Details

The single-family home segment held 539 active listings while the median sales price increased to $459,000. Days on market remained at 61 when compared to January 2023.  

The condominium median sales price decreased to $554,000. Active listings slightly decreased to 112 while the days on market decreased to 31 days. New listings increased to 65 while the number of sold listings increased to 48.

The land segment held with 1,190 active listings, this increased when compared to last month. The median sales price decreased to $45,000, days on market increased to 145, new listings decreased to 232 and sold listings increased to 115 when compared to February 2023.

 

April 28, 2022

Lei Day Activities at the King’s Shops

2:00 pm – 7:00 pm Sunday, April 30
Kings’ Shops is celebrating Lei Day with free lei-making classes, including candy lei making for children. A hula show weaved in with a performance by Hawaiian musical trio featuring traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music rounds out the entertainment.
 Lava Luxury Realty will have face painting and animal balloons. This event will be concurrent with the festival activities at the Queens’ Marketplace. The festival ends with a hula performance by Halau O Po’ohala from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at the Queen’s Marketplace.

Posted in Big Island Hawaii
April 11, 2022

Welcome Back Lavaman Waikoloa Triathlon 2023

We stepped outside our office to watch the many people who dedicate themselves to an amazing feat of endurance at this year’s Triathlon.

The 2023 Triathlon is Olympic distance (1.5K Swim, 40K Bike and 10K Run) where participants swim at Anaehoomalu Bay at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. They then bike out and back on the Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway then back into the resort. The run is then through the Waikoloa Beach Resort & the grounds of the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Athletes cross over varied terrain consisting of lava, sand, coral trail, road, lawn, & flagstone path with a beach finish.

Aug. 2, 2021

Avoiding the “ah-ah’s” in Property Management

Avoiding the “ah-ah’s” in Property Management

“A’a , pronounced “ah-ah” is spiny surfaced lava as opposed to the smooth surfaced pahoehoe.
Walking on “A’a Lava with bare feet is not an experience that you want to repeat.

A successful property manager is one who applies best practices and feedback in managing your property. Avoiding the “ah-ah’s” which adversely impact clients and/or guests is key to building trust and the flow of guests. This will be an ongoing series where helpful tips are shared to improve the overall experience.

Tip #1 – The importance of a prearrival walkthrough – Guests are expecting cleanliness, comfort, and convenience at the vacation rental they have dreamed of. Clients are entrusting you to deliver a positive guest experience which will result in a great review, referrals, and potentially a return visit. We all know that a negative first impression is difficult to overcome.

A successful property manager ensures that the property is clean, that it is staged and stocked appropriately, and that systems are in working order.

  • Ensure that the lock box is operating and that the key is not missing and guest keys are available.
  • Check the overall cleanliness and appearance of the unit and address any issues. Sometimes time constraints put pressure on cleaners and areas get overlooked as they move onto their next job. Ensuring the bathroom and kitchen do not have any open issues is key. Some of the common things overlooked are dishes left in the dishwasher, laundry left in the washer or dryer, lint left in the dryer lint trap and food left in the refrigerator. Ensure the coffee machine is clean and that the trash was removed and new bag(s) are in place. Toilet paper and paper towels should be new and not leftovers from the previous guest. Also, checking the bureau draws and under beds for any hidden surprises.
  • Guarantee that all systems are a go.
    • In our tropical environment, it is key that the Air Conditioning unit is in working order, the ceiling fans are working, and that there are backup fans in case of an emergency.
    • Make sure that the ice maker is operational and ice is readily available.
    • Televisions many times need to be reset to cable since guests use smart TV’s for a variety of needs like gaming, streaming services, and viewing their photos from island adventures.
    • All lights should be working and not need replacement bulbs.
    • Remember, it is always better to point out any known issues to the guests which are waiting for the next service window.
  • Lastly, welcome books should be up front and center with codes, contact information,instructions, maps and favorite activities. A welcome gift and note always sets the mood.
July 20, 2021

The Big Island is Blooming

The Big Island is Blooming with the Hawai’i Tropical BioReserve & Garden announcing new hours/open on the weekends

Effective July 10th, the Hawai’i Tropical BioReserve & Garden located at 27-717 Mamalahoa Highway Papaikou, HI announced that they are open from 9 to 5 daily including weekends. Touring the garden is truly a magical experience with a meandering stairway and path through the tropical garden with thousands of exotic plants from the island and beyond.

It is truly a unique experience, and you can revive yourself in the fresh air and tranquility taking in natures’ beauty. The secret garden includes some of my favorites from Lobster Claws and Bird of Paradise to varieties of Ginger, Heliconia, and Naupaka Flower. The path leads you on a journey to Onomea Bay along the Hamakua coast where Hawaiian legend of love and days gone by are posted to inspire you.

Hawaii has 10 of the world’s 14 climate zones and the Hamakua coast is designated in the humid tropical climate zone, so remember to bring an umbrella and come enjoy a memorable day with the last entrance at 4 pm.