Archive for October, 2010

Living Green in Hawaii: Kauai

Kauai is a place where the green lifestyle is as literal as it is figurative. The Garden Island is a place of water; frequent showers cause waterfalls to appear out of nowhere. Water brings uninhibited life – a theme of Kauai and its people, and one that affects many of the sustainable lifestyle choices made every day by the residents of The Garden Island.Green living on Kauai

If you’re moving to Hawaii in search of a green island lifestyle, look no further than Kauai real estate. Although small on a map, Kauai has a wealth of land owned by local ranchers and farmers who produce some of the greenest foods known to man. Grass-fed cattle and wholesome seasonal fruits and veggies are available at many restaurants and local markets. Look for stickers on beef that indicate a local product (if you see a Princeville Pride sticker, it means the product comes from the Princeville Ranch on the North Shore).

Fishing is a huge industry on Kauai. Some of the freshest sustainably caught seafood can be had without hurting your wallet. Many fish markets are peppered around the island so you can be sure there’s one nearby your work or your little piece of island real estate.

Grass-fed beef, local fresh fish and island-grown produce can be found at some of these local favorites:

  • North Shore: Foodland, Hanalei Dolphin, Kilauea Fish Market, Papaya’s, The Hanalei Gourmet and Princeville Shell Gas Station (don’t be scared away by the pumps!)
  • East Side: Wailua Country Store, Pono Market, Kojima’s, Fish Express, Windward Market, Ara’s Sakana-ya & Hukilau Lanai
  • South Side: Sueoka’s, Koloa Fish Market, Shells Restaurant at the Sheraton Kauai Resort and Merriman’s (look for beef from A’akukui Ranch, located just eight miles from Poipu)
  • West Side: Barefoot Burgers, Big Save, Kauai Coffee, Hanapepe Sunshine Market and Hanapepe Café

The green lifestyle is alive and well on Kauai. Planning to retire in Hawaii? Kauai is one of the best places to retire! Looking to raise your family here? Look no further! Trying to find life’s next big adventure? Kauai has it all and Best of Hawaii real estate will connect you to the best Hawaii REALTOR to guide you to the greenest real estate on Kauai. Each Hawaii REALTOR in our system has been ranked according to their specific areas of expertise, and you can be sure we have the ideal agent for you. Our free Hawaii REALTOR matching service will connect you with an agent who will help you achieve a green lifestyle in Hawaii.


Living Green in Hawaii: Oahu

Sunny day at Waikiki beach on Oahu, HawaiiOahu is unique within the state of Hawaii. Containing three quarters of the state’s population, the state capitol, major airports, shipping lanes and hospitals – Oahu, is essentially the center of Hawaii.

With influence comes responsibility, and Oahu has taken its obligation in stride. Oahu is also a global leader in green lifestyle technologies.

Oahu has made enormous strides creating alternative energy in recent years.  Have you heard that the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative signed into law less than two years ago is already producing results?  Solar energy is just part of the plan to decrease overall demand and increase efficiency.  The goal is to meet 70 percent of Hawaii’s energy demand by 2030 using only the viable sources that, like sunlight, are abundantly available in Hawaii.

Oahu real estate agents have seen huge increases in the number of new homes powered by solar arrays.  Living green on Oahu creates new jobs in Hawaii for new and existing Hawaii residents as the demand for clean energy resources rises.  Jobs in a healthy environment – what’s not to love?

Leading a green Honolulu lifestyle is easier than ever thanks to some recent advances in green city living.  Composting household waste (even in a tiny space) has become quite the in-thing, no longer reserved for those on big parcels of Hawaii real estate.  Composting your waste is the one of the greenest alternatives to the trash can!

Want to live green in a Honolulu or Waikiki condo? Maybe you are dreaming of a larger Oahu home?  Best of Hawaii Real Estate will find you the best Hawaii REALTOR to guide you to the greenest real estate on Oahu.  Each Hawaii REALTOR in our system has been ranked according to their specific areas of expertise, and you can be sure we have the ideal agent for your needs. Our free Hawaii REALTOR matching service will connect you with an agent who will help you achieve a green lifestyle in Hawaii.


Living Green in Hawaii: Maui

A deep reverence for nature inspires all who come to the Valley Isle. Maybe it’s the awe-inspiring emerald hues on the road to Hana or the vibrant culture wherever people gather. Whatever it is, it only takes one visit to understand why living green on Maui is the lifestyle of choice.

The Valley Isle is a place of sweeping hills and bright white sand beaches – a place where dreams seem to come alive. For those who have had the opportunity to purchase a piece of Maui real estate, their connection to this land of wonder increases tenfold. Maui residents take pleasure in living a green lifestyle.

Living green on Maui

Guava plantation stream on Maui

Living green on Maui begins with recycling. There are twelve county-run recycling centers spread around the island. You can be sure there’s always one nearby. Be sure to visit the County of Maui’s Recycling Program website for more information.

Hawaii’s temperature is perfect for growing hundreds of our favorite fruits and veggies. Those currently looking at Maui homes for sale may want to find the nearest Maui farmers market. Many residents happily indulge in the freshest veggies and sweetest fruits available throughout the week at a number of farmers markets around the island. Don’t worry – if you’re not sure chances are there’s one right around the corner!

Best of Hawaii Real Estate knows that many things – like choosing a green lifestyle – can affect your decision about buying Hawaii real estate. Having the perfect Maui REALTOR is about more than just professional guidance, it is also about finding someone who understands the impact your lifestyle choices have. We believe a deeply personal level of service is part of what it takes to be one of the best Hawaii REALTORS.


Living Green in Hawaii: Big Island

There is no better place for us to begin our new Living Green in Hawaii blog series than the Big Island. Many are drawn to Big Island real estate because of how easy it is to lead a green lifestyle.  As the largest island in the state, Big Island Hawaii is home to many spectacular natural wonders.  Its size and dramatic altitude changes make the Big Island one of the most naturally diverse places on Earth. Preserving these amazing resources is at the heart of the Big Island and its people.

Living Green in Hawaii

Buying locally produced food is an easy way to decrease your carbon footprint and a great way to start leading a green lifestyle. The benefits of consuming local produce are twofold. First, it gives you the freshest fruit and veggies. Second, it saves fuel by eliminating the need for cross-country transportation and refrigeration. Consider the resources, time, and cost required to simply bring in a carrot from the mainland –  you will quickly see the benefits of buying local.  There are few places on Earth with as many flourishing natural resources as Hawaii. Take advantage of Hawaii’s year-round summer by buying only sustainable Hawaii agriculture.

Many of the Big Island’s farmers sell their just-picked produce at farmers market. The Hilo Farmers Market features nearly 130 vendors and is the largest and best known farmers market in Hawaii. Kona to the west has four regular farmers markets and a handful of established local fruit stands.  Kona is the only place in the world that can boast delicious Kona coffee as a part of their local produce!  There are well over 20 regular farmers markets around the island so you know one will always be in the area.

Recycling is also a key part to leading a green lifestyle that has been made both easy and beneficial by Hawaii residents. Have you ever noticed the HI5¢ on many of the beverage containers you use every day? This little label means that Hawaii is one of the few states that offers a cash refund for recycling beverage containers. Cardboard, assorted paper and even plastic bags are all recycled in Hawaii. The Hawaii Island Recycling Guide and Zero Waste Hawaii answer all your questions about recycling in Hawaii.

A deep respect for the natural world is a part of the culture of Hawaii and its residents.  This is something the team at Best of Hawaii Real Estate understands and seeks to promote. Our free Hawaii REALTOR matching service will instantly connect you with an agent who can help you achieve a green lifestyle on the Big Island Hawaii.