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Spring Forward in Hawaii

Donkey's Beach, Kauai, on Easter SundaySpring is a time for change. A time for rejuvenation. A time to wipe out those winter doldrums and look forward to your piece of paradise. Don’t spend another winter in the cold when you could be in Hawaii enjoying the warm breezes and gorgeous views.

Interest rates are at record lows! Properties are jumping! Now is the ideal time to purchase your home in Hawaii.

Looking to retire? Hawaii is the perfect place to sink those toes in the warm sand and relax or be as active as you wish hiking, biking or surfing.

Not ready to retire but still want a vacation home? Perhaps a part time rental could help you afford your vacation home. Realtors are able to assist you with whatever your real estate dreams include.

Best of Hawaii Real Estate matches you with a Realtor who knows their area and the best way to serve you in your dream path.

Realtors have been selected based on their excellence of work ethics and their determination to help you succeed your dreams in Hawaii.

Aloha . . . paradise awaits.


10 Best Things About Christmas in Hawaii

Everybody loves Christmas. Everybody loves Hawaii. It’s only natural that combining the two makes for one super holiday! People from every corner of the world come to Hawaii during the Christmas season to enjoy some of the best of what the islands have to offer.

We’ll let you in on a little secret. While we all know Christmas isn’t a Hawaiian holiday, over the years the holiday has gained a unique island feel. The familiar – Christmas trees, colorful lights and festive holiday parades – blend with Hawaiian cultural traditions to create something special. It’s Christmas in the Spirit of Aloha and it’s something you can experience every year as a Hawaii real estate owner.

To celebrate Christmas in Hawaii this year, we’ve put together a special list of what we consider to be the top 10 best things about spending the holiday in the islands:

  1. Hawaiian Christmas Songs. Music is part of the holiday and this is no exception in Hawaii. The Hawaiian language is beautiful and flowing – perfect for festive caroling. Perhaps the most famous is Mele Kalikimaka (made famous by Bing Crosby in the 1950s and, more recently, in the film National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation). There are many others!
  2. Santa Arrives… By Canoe? That’s right! Every year in early December, Hawaii celebrates the holiday season as Santa arrives on the shores of Waikiki Beach on his very own outrigger canoe. The event is hosted by the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel and is free to the public. Kids can even get some face time with the jolly old elf upon arrival!
  3. Lighted Boat Parades. Two parades typically light up the waters around Oahu each year during the Christmas season. The Honolulu Christmas Boat Parade tours around Honolulu Harbor and can be viewed from the Aloha Tower Marketplace and various other spots on the Honolulu waterfront. The Hawaii Kai Christmas Boat Parade usually attracts thousands who watch as about 40 boats – all litup for Christmas – float lazily through theHawaii Kai waters.

    Mele Kalikimaka

    Merry Christmas in Hawaiian! (Photo courtesy of Flickr user "billsoPHOTO")

  4. The Nutcracker Ballet. Hawaii enjoys some of the more traditional Christmas celebrations, too. Performances of the famous Nutcracker Ballet happen all over the state during the Christmas season.
  5. Lahaina Gets Lit Up. Maui celebrates Christmas by covering the historic Lahaina Banyan Tree in lights each Christmas season. Residents and visitors celebrate the annual tradition with a ceremony featuring Christmas carols, a Hula exhibition and an appearance by St. Nick for the kids!
  6. Honolulu is Illuminated. Every year around Christmas time, thousands on Oahu gather outside Honolulu Hale – the name give to the mayor’s office – to watch as the massive 50-plus foot Christmas tree is lit for the first time. The event is called Honolulu City Lights and marks the beginning of a month-long Christmas festival in and around Honolulu Hale. The lighting ceremony is accompanied by the Electric Light Parade.
  7. Kauai Blazes Brightly! Residents of the Garden Island celebrate Christmas with their own illuminated celebration. The Kauai Festival of Lights officially marks the arrival of Christmas to the island. The event has its origins more than 50 years ago with “Auntie” Josie Chansky, a local folk artist who opened her home each Christmas to share thousands of the homemade Christmas decorations she had made throughout her life. Her home became knownas The Christmas House among locals. The festival, which began in 1996, carries on the tradition by preserving Chansky’s wonderful collection for all to see.
  8. Football. The Sheraton Hawaii Bowl has become a beloved holiday tradition in the islands. The football game takes place every day on Christmas Eve at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Besides being a nationally important BCS bowl game, it is a chance for Hawaii residents to support the University of Hawaii in their much anticipated annual contest. This year UH will host the University of Tulsa.
  9. Christmas Trees. Having a Christmas tree in your home during the holiday season is a beloved tradition that isn’t missed in Hawaii. Boatloads of the fragrant conifers are shipped to the islands from colder regions of the world so the people of Hawaii can enjoy the comfort and coziness of a Christmas tree in the living room.
  10. Christmas on the Beach. Christmas morning in Hawaii starts out much the same as anywhere else in the world. Gifts are opened and brunch is served. That’s when things start to change. Late December in the islands is much the same as mid-July – that is to say, snow and freezing temperatures are not a concern. Many Hawaii residents head down to the beach after gifts have been opened to enjoy Christmas afternoon in the sun, sand and salt water.

Now it’s obvious that Christmas in Hawaii is an experience second-to-none. Moving to Hawaii is the next step to making this wonderful tradition part of your life. Best of Hawaii Real Estate will connect you to the best Hawaii REALTOR who will help make your dreams come true.


Christmas in Hawaii

Mele Kalikimaka! Christmas season in Hawaii is upon us! The orange and red hues of Thanksgiving are behind us, and the ghouls and goblins of Halloween are but a distant memory. December has started and it’s time to decorate that tree, buy gifts and indulge in a few Yuletide sweets.

Hawaiian Christmas Ornament

Image courtesy of Flickr User "Corey Ann"

This time of year Hawaii residents are gearing up for a very special Christmas celebration. Christmas in Hawaii is very similar to Christmas anywhere else in the world with just a few minor changes. Spending Christmas in the islands takes on a special Hawaiian flair found nowhere else on Earth. At Best of Hawaii Real Estate, we think Hawaii Christmas celebrations are one of the most unique parts of living in Hawaii. That’s why we’re dedicating the next several blog posts to the topic.

There are so many things to love already about the holiday season. Christmas lights, fragrant trees, giving and getting, sweet treats, friends and family always close by and the simple joy of the season. We are always happy to see Christmas come and always sad to see it go.

Hawaii has become a preferred Christmas vacation spot because the Hawaiian Christmas season is extra special. Residents and tourists alike enjoy the holiday with many traditional parades and parties throughout the state. Honolulu Hawaii (letter “H” on our Oahu Virtual Tour) features some of the most festive Christmas celebrations in the state.

Experience the Honolulu City Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Outrigger Hotel. Watch as Santa lands on the beach at Waikiki (letter “W” on our Oahu Virtual Tour) in a Hawaiian outrigger canoe in the best Waikiki holiday ritual. Jolly old Saint Nick is greeted by the Hawaiian gift of hula – the famous traditional dance – and is available for free photo-taking for the kids!

Hawaii Christmas has something to offer to even the most diehard sports fans. The Sheraton Hawaii Bowl takes place on Christmas Eve at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

Christmas in Hawaii is part of what makes owning Hawaii real estate special. However tempting, we know how big of a decision buying a Hawaii home can be. Best of Hawaii Real Estate gives you the tools to make the most informed decision. We can connect you to the Hawaii REALTOR who best fits your needs – and best of all, it’s completely free!


What Makes a Hawaii Real Estate Agent a Hawaii REALTOR?

So you are in the market for Hawaii homes and are looking for a great Hawaii real estate agent. With so much on the line, obviously you want an agent that is successful and trustworthy. Choosing the right Hawaii real estate agent can make or break your dream of living in Hawaii. Picking an agent who is a certified Hawaii REALTOR is the best way to ensure your future is in good hands.

NAR Code of Ethics

The National Association of REALTORS Code of Ethics

Not every Hawaii real estate agent is a Hawaii REALTOR. In order to be called a REALTOR, an agent must be a member of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics. The main purpose of this code is to ensure the best interests of the clients are being observed at all times. It holds agents to a much higher standard of ethical behavior than is required by law and ensures you receive the best service.

Imagine that you are looking at Hawaii beach houses for sale or a condo in Honolulu Hawaii. You search the Internet for the best Hawaii real estate agents and come up with a two Hawaii agents that fit your needs. One is a REALTOR and the other not. Both seem reputable enough but what makes the REALTOR different? First and foremost, the REALTOR has pledged to put your interests ahead of his or her own. This means that honesty will always come before commission. Taking advantage of your trust for personal gain will never be an option for your Hawaii REALTOR.

There are a host of other reasons why choosing a Hawaii REALTOR is the best decision you can make. Hawaii REALTORS make buying and selling Hawaii real estate a safe and worry-free process. This is what makes Hawaii a great place to live, one of the best places to retire and the perfect place to raise kids. At Best of Hawaii Real Estate, we connect you free with only the best Hawaii REALTORS so you can be sure your agent is trustworthy and genuine.


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.


Mansions in Hawaii: The Ultimate Indulgence in Hawaii Real Estate: Big Island

There’s more to love on Hawaii’s Big Island. Owning luxury Hawaii real estate takes on a new meaning when it’s on the Big Island. Believe it or not, more than half of all the land in Hawaii belongs to Big Island real estate. With this kind of opportunity, it’s easy to find the perfect mansion in Hawaii to suit every possible taste.

Aloha From HawaiiSize isn’t the Big Island’s only claim to fame. Where else can you surf and ski in the same day? We can assure you, a list of those locations would be incredibly small. Add living a luxury lifestyle in paradise to the question and you’ll see why Big Island real estate stands alone at the top.

Kailua Kona Hawaii is located on the west side of the Big Island, and can be seen on number 25 of our Big Island Virtual Tour. Kona is a hotbed of luxury Hawaii real estate activity with some of the biggest mansions in Hawaii. Waikoloa real estate to the north (# 29 on our Big Island Virtual Tour) offers up extravagant resort living near world-class golf courses, shopping and beaches.

Hilo homes on the east coast offer a more laid back luxury lifestyle. This close knit community is home to the island’s only major airport, an excellent four-year university and gives quick access to the renowned Volcano National Park. Are you imagining a secluded Hawaii mansion with an ocean view? What about a luxury Hilo Hawaii condo? Look no further than Hilo real estate.

From Kona Hawaii to Hilo, the Kohala Coast to Puako, Best of Hawaii Real Estate connects you with the Big Island REALTOR who can make your dream of owning luxury Hawaii real estate a reality. Our free service takes the guesswork out of your real estate search.


Mansions in Hawaii: The Ultimate Indulgence in Hawaii Real Estate: Maui

Beachfront  mansion on Maui

Beachfront Maui mansion with swimming pool

There’s something very special happening on the Valley Isle. With both the laid back vibe of Kauai and the big city feel of Oahu, Maui truly offers the best of both worlds. Millions take a Maui vacation every year for a taste of paradise. Maui is used to catering to high end lifestyles with three of the most luxurious resorts on the planet.

If you’ve had a taste and have decided you want to purchase your own piece of top end Maui real estate, look no further.  At Best of Hawaii Real Estate, we have all the tools to make your dream come true. There is plenty of Maui real estate for sale right now; all you need is the best Maui REALTOR on your side to help you decide the best location for you.

In order to find your ideal piece of island real estate, take a look around the island using our Maui Virtual Tour.  To the east, Hana Maui real estate, # 11 on our Maui Virtual Tour, has some of the most secluded and luxurious mansions for sale in Maui.

If resort style living is more your dream, check out numbers 24 & 25 on our Maui Virtual Tour. Wailea Maui real estate offers upscale amenities such as nearby fine dining and many luxurious spas to make you feel like royalty.

Luxury? Check. Fine dining and nightlife? Check. World class beaches with that ocean view you want? Check. If you only settle for the very best, you need to look into owning Maui real estate – isn’t that what you really deserve?

At Best of Hawaii Real Estate, we believe your luxury real estate search should begin on the right foot and with all the right information. Our free service matches you to the Maui real estate agent who can put you in the luxury home of your dreams. We take the guesswork out of choosing the right Maui real estate agent for you.


Mansions in Hawaii: The Ultimate Indulgence in Hawaii Real Estate: Oahu

What words pop into your head when you think of Hawaii? If Honolulu, Waikiki and Pearl Harbor come to mind, you’re not alone. But did you know each of these locations is actually located on the island of Oahu? Nicknamed The Gathering Place, Oahu is the most iconic of all Hawaiian Islands, and as the state’s seat of government, it is Hawaii’s heartland.  But Oahu is much more than just words on a page. Look at a map – it’s hard to believe that almost a million people live, work and play on Oahu real estate!Honolulu Harbor

For years, an Oahu luxury vacation has been the first choice for high-end Hawaiian getaways.  Some of the world’s most luxurious resorts are located on the beach in Waikiki (location “W” on our Oahu Virtual Tour).  These are places where pure luxury is the name of the game. Millions are drawn each year to Oahu because city life in paradise is truly the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, that inevitable plane ride back to “real life” can get a little old….

Turning your Hawaiian vacation into something more permanent is something people do every single day. In all of Hawaii real estate, Oahu real estate is by far the most plentiful. If luxury is your cup of tea, there are mansions on Oahu with some of the state’s most spectacular views and locations. If a Honolulu beach house (#’s 16 and 24 on our Oahu Virtual Tour) is more your style, we will select an Oahu REALTOR, Honolulu REALTOR or Waikiki REALTOR who will show the best high-end real estate Oahu has to offer.

At Best of Hawaii Real Estate, we believe your luxury real estate search should begin on the right foot and with all the right information. Our free service matches you to the Oahu real estate agent who can put you in the luxury home of your dreams.  We take the guesswork out of choosing the right Oahu real estate agent for you.


Mansions in Hawaii: The Ultimate Indulgence in Hawaii Real Estate: Kauai

If it’s the luxury lifestyle that draws you to Hawaii real estate, look no further. Today’s post is the first in Mansions in Hawaii: The Ultimate Indulgence in Hawaii Real Estate, a new Best of Hawaii Real Estate blog series in which we will explore the best luxury options each island has to offer. Throughout the series, we will be linking to our helpful Virtual Tour feature available on our website. We invite you to use this valuable interactive feature to help you envision these luxury Hawaii real estate options.

Kauai real estate

Kauai’s natural beauty draws those searching for luxury Hawaii real estate. Kauai has it all: the best golf courses, fine dining, luxury resorts and spas, top quality art galleries, designer shopping options, beautiful white sand beaches and an active entertainment scene. Surely you’ve tasted Kauai’s luxury lifestyle before on a Hawaii luxury vacation. Remember that beautiful home you saw on your last trip? The one in Princeville with the perfect view of Hanalei Bay? It’s not as far away as you may think!

Luxury living takes on a new meaning in Princeville, Hawaii on Kauai’s north shore (#’s 12 and 13 on our Kauai Virtual Tour). Hanalei Bay on one side and the world-famous Princeville Golf Course to the other, Princeville is a community at the top of its game.

If owning a Hawaii beach house is more your idea of luxury, your options are many. On the north shore, Ha’ena, Wainiha, Hanalei, and Anini Beach, are full of beach homes for sale on Kauai. There are also beautiful beach homes for sale at luxurious Kalapaki Beach and in sunny Poipu (#’s 32, 33 & 34 on our Kauai Virtual Tour).

We believe using the right Kauai REALTOR is your easy first step toward your dream of owning luxury real estate on Kauai. If owning the best real estate on Kauai is your dream, Best of Hawaii Real Estate will connect you to the best Kauai real estate agent who knows the most about mansions in Hawaii.