Waikoloa, HI Real Estate News

By Johnny McElree
(Live Your Dreams!)
   One of the most common conversations I have with people who are considering an investment on the Big Island of Hawaii are about a rather mystifying phenomenon they refer to as "Island Fever." I have seen it so many times. These individuals are viewing beautiful properties in this awesome setting and becoming excited about the prospect of establishing a presence here. Then, all of a sudden, the dreamy look in their eyes changes to one of confusion and concern, and they ask me, "Don't you get Island Fever living here?" My stock answer is that I really do not have a clue as to what "Island Fever" is all about. But this conversation occurs so often that I have given the whole matter some thought, and I'd like to share a few of my observations on the subject. Click here to read this arti...
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By Rob Dalton, Big Island Vacation Rental Guru
(Waikoloa Vacation Rentals)
Shortly after Twitter was released many felt that it truely offered the most up to date information that a web site could never keep up with.  I think this was proven in the Michael Jackson death when people had tweeted about it thousands of time before it even showed up in Googles results.  At that moment I think Google set itself on a mission to try to either get up to date information more quickly or to incorporate tweets in their results.  I think everyone invloved in search waited for that time to come. Now that time has come.  Over the course of September I have seen Tweets show up just above where Google typically has its Google Local.  See an example below of tweets showing up for one of my key terms, kolea. The problem with incorporating tweets into the Google results is now Go...
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By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
(Kona Home Team (luva llc))
Lance Owens | Aloha Kona Realty Inc | lance@konahometeam.com | (808) 936-8383 69-200 Pohakulana Pl, Waikoloa, HI Golf Course Frontage 2BR/2BA Condo offered at $259,900 Year Built 2002 Sq Footage 1,033 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial Floors Unspecified Parking 1 Lot Size Unspecified HOA/Maint $570 per month DESCRIPTION Pre Foreclosure - this is your chance to put in an offer before it comes out on the MLS. Waikoloa Beach Resort, world class beaches, fine dining, shopping galore, and some of the best weather on the planet. This 2/2 sits on the golf course, ground floor, just walk off your lanai and "presto' your on the Waikoloa Beach golf course - walking meter rates this a 52 - are they on drugs? Take a look at this on Google Earth - your close to everything!! This is a Pre Forec...
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By Johnny McElree
(Live Your Dreams!)
    Luxury shopping along the Kohala Coast is split between three great fashion centers.  When you visit both the Queens' MarketPlace & Kings' Shops you'll find some of the most fabulous brand names (located within the Waikoloa Beach Resort and an easy walk from Kolea and The Fairways Resorts). A family friendly environment where you'll enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment. Whether you are a vacationer or local resident you'll take pleasure in the abundance 36+ shops and eateries. Come by and stroll through some of my wife's (and mine) favorites!  The Shops at Mauna Lani Resort are a great place to cruise at Sunset, cooling off with at the richly decorated Tommy Bahama's afterwards.     Read the full story »
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By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
(Kona Home Team (luva llc))
Vista Waikoloa Condominium Complex. Here is unit B105 as documented on September 2, 2010 You should be able to click on the photos to blow them up - then just use your -back arrows- up top,  to get back here Living Room - wide open Living Room with Shutters Closed Living room from Open Lanai area - Dining area in background Dining Area  Kitchen Tile Oven - looks unused - common on vacation rentals Master Bedroom Master Bath Master Bath Master Bath Guest Bedroom Guest Bedroom Guest Bath (#2) 1/2 Bath off entrance (#3) A/C Handler A/C Handler In Front of unit - looking towards pool area Outside - Looking back at unit
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By Johnny McElree
(Live Your Dreams!)
On Your Mark, Get Set, GO! This past weekend was the annual Great Waikoloa Canoe Race.  For those of us who live along the Kohala Coast, this fun family event brings together friends from all over the island.  Great beach day with friends, exciting long distance racing and food.  It's spectacular to see so many outrigger canoe enthusiasts make a "lamans" start ... boats on the shore on the sand, paddlers standing on the beach ready to JUMP into the canoe at the starting horn and push that 400 lb. outrigger canoe into the water and off we go - for a 7 mile round trip race up the Kohala coastline.  If I wasn't so busy paddling, I'd just stare at the beauty of the coastline, the dolphins swimming along side and the turtles (honu's) silently treading water to great us. Read the full article...
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By Johnny McElree
(Live Your Dreams!)
Luxury at Sunset One of the things I like a lot about living right on the beach in Waikoloa is the incredible access to some of the best resources for enjoyment available on the Big Island.  Should my wife and I decide at the last minute to head out in the ocean for a beautiful sunset view of the magnificent Kohala Coastline, sipping champage, we have to only stroll to the sandy beach at A-Bay and hop on board the 65′ foot luxury caramaran operated by Ocean Sports and off we go.  Read full article view photos here!
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By Rob Dalton, Big Island Vacation Rental Guru
(Waikoloa Vacation Rentals)
Kolea is the premier vacation rental complex at Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii.  These two and three bedroom beachfront villas are well appointment and offer great access to all the amenities the Waikoloa Beach Resort has to offer.  Although higher end properties have shown to not get affected as much by the economic struggles as other, Kolea has still had some hard times.  This summer showed promise for the future.  July 2010 was a slightly better year than July 2009, but August 2010 was far better than August 2009.  We saw average occupancy, nightly rate, and average booking time all increase.      
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By Beth Thoma Robinson, R(B) SFR - Hawaii Island Luxury Resort Real Estate
(Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers Big Island)
Yesterday the developer sales team at Halii Kai announced that the sale was final on one of their remaining ocean view units in this year's most popular "Ho'oulu" larger 2BR/2BA sales plan (Halii Kai 6A for $605,000).  The real news here is that despite their previous assertion that after the big reduction the prices on ocean view condos were not negotiable, the asking price on this unit was $625,000.  The developer ocean view I would target to sell next is the groundfloor 3/2 7E listed at $770,000. They also put one of the smaller 2/2 floorplan in the garden view Coconut Grove area into escrow, asking price $405,000.  This means the developer is almost out of their inventory at the $400,000 price point, with two of these little guys in escrow.  UPDATE: no sooner did I write this than 2...
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Wind down your weekend with a Hawaiian Elegance Fashion Show & Brunch. Held Sunday September 5th, 2010 @ 11:00 am at Hilton Waikoloa Village in the Monarchy Ballroom. Featuring fashions by Nalani Kanakaole for Sig Zane Designs.  Come experience Hawaii's rich cultural heritage and enjoy a brunch, concert & fashion show. Call 886-1234 press 2 for reservations.    
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By Johnny McElree
(Live Your Dreams!)
Where: Waikoloa Stables in Waikoloa Village & Waikoloa Beach Marriott Date: August 20 -22, 2010Time: 10am - pm 808-887-2301 www.hawaiihorseexpo.com Come out to the Hawaii Horse Expo and support the Humane Society's Horse Rescue Fund. Tickets start as low as $18.00. A portion of each ticket purchase is tax deductible.  
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By Johnny McElree
(Live Your Dreams!)
Make and bake traditional Portuguese sweet bread in a forno (wood-fired oven). The person (volunteer) in charge of lighting the fire does so at 6:00 in the morning and it must burn for 4 hours before the coals are removed and the bread can go in. The bread is then cooked by the stored heat from the stones. Come to the H.N. Greenwell Store museum in Kealakekua on Thursdays from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (free) and re-create this historical experience. http://www.konahistorical.org/index.php/tours/portuguese-stone-oven-baking/ Johnny McElree johnny@johnnymcelree.com www.hawaiiluxurylistings.com  
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By Rob Dalton, Big Island Vacation Rental Guru
(Waikoloa Vacation Rentals)
Kolea 9J is the most recent addition to our vacation rental program.  We have had a lot of success with our other two bedroom ocean view vacation rental at Kolea, Kolea 14M, and hope to have the same success with 9J. Just steps away from this two bedroom penthouse is the Kolea Beach Club with direct beach access to A'Bay, the only sandy beach at Waikoloa Beach Resort.  The interior of this villa is very comfortable furnished.  The master bedroom features a king size bed and the guest bedroom has two two beds.  Find woodwork, LCD televisions, stainless steel appliances, and granite counters throughout. Call Waikoloa Vacation Rentals today at (808) 987-4519 for more information on this luxury villa at Kolea at Waikoloa Beach Resort.
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By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
(Kona Home Team (luva llc))
    69-200 Pohakulana Pl, #J2 TMK # 3-6-9-8-3-110 Price: $279,000 Subtype: Land Tenure: Fee Simple Subdivision: Waikoloa Beach Resort District: South Kohala Ownership: CPR Zoning: RM-1.5 Record Sys.: Regular Disclosure Form: Yes Land Area: Flood Zone: Incr/Block #: Lot: Roads: Easement: Oceanfront Parcel: No Parking: 1 Year Built: 2002 Condo Maint. Fees (Monthly): $654.00 Disclosures: PROPERTY DETAILS Bedrooms: 2 Baths: 2 [Full] Living Area : 1,033 Pets: Project Name: Fairway Villas At Waikoloa Beach Resort Design: 1Story Schools: Frontage: Golf Course View: Remarks: Very nicely decorated 2 bedroom 2 bath ground floor unit overlooking the 8th fairway in Waikoloa Beach Resort community. Lots of shopping within walking distance. Beautiful beach and sunsets at Anaeho'omalu Bay. Located nex...
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By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
(Kona Home Team (luva llc))
Fairway Villas at Waikoloa Beach Resort Lance Owens | Aloha Kona Realty Inc | lance@konahometeam.com | (808) 936-8383 69-200 Pohakulana Pl, Waikoloa, HI Sneak Preview - not on MLS yet - Vacation rental Approved, Gated Community, 2BR/2BA Condo offered at $289,900 Year Built 2002 Sq Footage 1,033 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial Floors Unspecified Parking 1 Lot Size Unspecified HOA/Maint $570 per month DESCRIPTION Pre Foreclosure - this is your chance to put in an offer before it comes out on the MLS. Fairway Villas at Waikoloa Beach Resort Waikoloa Beach Resort, world class beaches, fine dining, shopping galore, and some of the best weather on the planet. This 2/2 sits on the golf course, ground floor, just walk off your lanai and "presto' your on the Waikoloa Beach golf course - ...
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By Johnny McElree
(Live Your Dreams!)
I'm very pleased to announce the release of my new website! Please feel free to browse, and post a comment. http://www.hawaiiluxurylistings.com/  
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By Johnny McElree
(Live Your Dreams!)
Saturday, August 14, 2010 at the Waikoloa Bowl Queens Gardens, Waikoloa Beach Resort, Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii. Doors open at 5:00 pm and the show starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at Persimmon at Queens' Marketplace, Kona Wine Market in Kona Commons, CD Wizard in Hilo and Big Island Surf in Hilo or Waimea. Of course you may purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com http://www.waikoloanights.com/ http://www.waikoloanights.com/TempsTopsFact_Sheet.pdf  
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By Johnny McElree
(Live Your Dreams!)
Fly out from Waikoloa on the Kohala Coast by way of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. Fly over an active volcano and watch as lava flows in Hawaii Volcano National Park. See the sights of Hamakua Coast (rainforests and waterfalls). Their tours on the Big Island include: Circle of Fire plus Waterfalls, Big Island Spectacular, Big Island-Maui and of course Kohala Coast Adventure! They offer other tours as well on all the Hawaiian Islands - www.bluehawaiian.com
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By Beth Thoma Robinson, R(B) SFR - Hawaii Island Luxury Resort Real Estate
(Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers Big Island)
When prospective Kohala Coast real estate buyers ask me whether I think prices have hit bottom, I answer that it depends on where they are looking.  Some communities--Mauna Lani Point and Mauna Lani Terrace come to mind--have barely edged down off peak prices and are unlikely to given the composition of the seller pool and the high demand for those locations.  Others--beachfront Kolea being an example--have become a split market, with distress sales (those somewhere in the foreclosure pipeline, whether short sale or REO) at 50% or less than the peak, and non-distress sales of desirable units at a rather large premium to the distress sales. What happens next is anyone's guess, but it appears we may be nearing the end of the distress sale inventory.  I have frequent calls from agents with...
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By Rob Dalton, Big Island Vacation Rental Guru
(Waikoloa Vacation Rentals)
We just added four villas at Kolea to our vacation rental program this July.  We are really excited about the selection because they are each very unique and offer different locations within Kolea. Kolea 9J is a two bedroom villa that was just recently purchased.  9J offers a nice corridor ocean view and offers closer proximity to the Kolea Beach Club and ocean than most two bedroom villas at Kolea. Kolea 4F and Kolea 4D are both three bedroom villas and new to the rental program and still have a very new feel to them.  The location of these two villas within Kolea is a very private setting and overlooks one of the few vacant lots remaining at Kolea.  Kolea 4F is located on the third floor and offers a spectacular panoramic ocean view and offers a great setting for sunsets and whale wat...
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