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.


Hawaii Real Estate: Why is the grass greener on the other side of the island?

It’s no wonder so many people decide to buy a Hawaii home.  When you look at Hawaii’s weather throughout the year, normal in Hawaii means a temperature change of only seven degrees between the height of the summer season and the low of the winter season – thanks to Hawaii’s many microclimates, those special areas where the climate differs from the surrounding area.  If you are looking at buying real estate in Hawaii as a way to escape extreme temperatures, you won’t be disappointed. Did you know that the climate within the state of Hawaii changes depending on which island – and even which part of the island – you live?

Thinking about moving to KaKauai Kayakinguai? As any Kauai real estate agent knows, Kauai real estate prices change depending on where you are on the island. Home and condo values in Poipu, on Kauai’s south side, vary widely from neighboring Kekaha town. The Poipu microclimate is white sand beaches with lush green backdrops, giving the Garden Island its name. Whereas Kekaha is hotter and dryer, for those looking for a much more arid climate.

If you have been looking at buying Big Island land, have you asked yourself what draws you to the area? The Kona District, famous worldwide for its Kona coffee, rests on the gently sloping western side of the Mauna Loa volcano. Mauna Loa naturally shields the delicate coffee plants because by the time the winds reach west-facing Kona, they have turned in to gentle, misty breezes perfect for growing coffee. These conditions also are greatly appreciated by the humans that make Kona a Hawaii real estate hotspot!

Finding the right Hawaii Realtor is your ticket to your perfect piece of Hawaii real estate. Your Hawaii Real Estate agent can help you assess how the microclimates can affect Hawaii real estate values and how that fits with your Hawaii lifestyle needs. The best real estate agents live and work in Hawaii – they know the impact microclimates have on each area on each island and are waiting to give you the benefits of their local island knowledge.


10 Best Reasons to Buy Hawaii Real Estate in 2010

The other day, I was forwarded a Yahoo! Real Estate article listing the 10 worst mistakes first-time homebuyers have made so far this year. The article paints an all-around gloomy picture of the average American first-time homebuyer – and we think you deserve a little more credit.

Whether you’re new to Hawaii real estate or not, the fact that you’ve found Best of Hawaii Real Estate on the web means you’re researching your decision and, according to Yahoo! Real Estate, are well above the curve when it comes to shopping for the best Hawaii real estate.

Now that we’ve reddened your cheeks with compliments, let us introduce you to Best of Hawaii Real Estate’s official 10 Best Reasons to Buy Hawaii Real Estate 2010:

1. You Can Afford More. As we’ve all learned in the past couple of years, a weak housing market means lower prices on much of the best Hawaii real estate. If you’ve been in the Hawaii real estate market for any length of time, you’ve witnessed the decline of price tags  for the best Hawaii homes across the board. Hawaii homebuyers today have the advantage on their side, and experts agree that this won’t last long.

2. Lowest Mortgage Rates. So you think these low rates mean you can put your hands on some of the best Hawaii homes with even less stress on the bank account? We do too. Have you been hearing that shorter term loans might just be within your grasp? We don’t see why not. The time to lock in a low fixed and/or a shorter term  rate on a mortgage is right now.

3. Expenses That Pay You Back. If the expenses associated with home ownership have been holding back your dreams of buying Hawaii real estate, keep in mind that each dollar you spend maintaining your new Hawaii home is an investment in your future.

4. It Pays To Be Picky. Buying Hawaii real estate isn’t like going to the supermarket to pick up some eggs. With so much on the line for so many years to come, you deserve to take your time with this decision. And it just so happens that waiting is paying off; the variety of homes on the Hawaii real estate market today, compared to two years ago, is amazingly high and prices are at record lows.

Congratulations. You’ve arrived at the best possible buyers market.

Aloha Hawaii

5. The View. In a quiet moment, as you sit on the balcony of your new Hawaii home, on a perfectly 70-something degree evening in mid-January, sipping a Mai Tai and watching the sun set over the blue Pacific waters, your doubts about the strangely colored wallpaper in your bathroom fade away forever.

6. Being Swept Away. It’s a phrase that fits in well with your new Hawaii lifestyle. It also seems to happen a lot here. Let’s review all the different times Hawaii has swept you away: 1) you were swept away with Hawaii’s natural beauty on your first vacation; 2) you were swept away with the possibility of actually living here; 3) you were swept away with the home you decided to buy; 4) you were swept away by the 1000-foot waterfall you saw from the air on a helicopter tour of the island last weekend; and now, 5) you’re dressing up to be swept away by an amazing night of food, music and dancing.

Being swept away has never felt so good!

7. Compromise No Longer Needed. Life in Hawaii is about pure pleasure and bliss, and compromising on your Hawaii real estate purchase is no longer necessary. With Hawaii property prices so low, and mortgage rates continuing to sink, affordable Hawaii real estate is the name of the game now, but act fast – these prices won’t last long!

8. Did We Mention The Weather? In Hawaii the average temperature is 72 and only rises to 79 in August!  Need we say more?

9. The Best Real Estate Agents. Name one person you know who doesn’t occasionally dream about living in Hawaii. Drawing a blank? Whether you daydream of a luxurious beachfront mansion, a Hawaii condo, or a jungle retreat completely off the grid, Hawaii has something for everyone. With such a range of properties available, it’s only fitting that Hawaii Realtors are among the very best in the world.  When you use Best of Hawaii Real Estate, you can be sure that finding the best Hawaii Realtor to help you has never been easier.

10. Because The Future is Now. Instant gratification and smart future investment aren’t phrases you normally see next to each other. Times have changed. When you buy Hawaii real estate now, you’re getting the best of both worlds. Take advantage of today’s ideal combination of low home prices and super low mortgage rates to get the winning combination of  instant gratification and a smart future investment of the best Hawaii home ownership.



Mahalo For Removing Your Shoes

When you think of caring for the land – being environmentally friendly, in politically correct terms – you don’t think of taking off your shoes before going into a friend’s house… do you?

Nope – we didn’t think so. You might be surprised to learn that in Hawaii, even little things like removing your shoes can be traced back to the ancient Hawaiian idea of Malama ‘Aina – to care for the land. That’s why the next section we will be adding to the Best of Hawaii Real Estate website is all about Malama ‘Aina and its cultural importance in Hawaii.

Here are three examples of Malama ‘Aina in action, introducing you to its relevance to everyday life in the islands:

1. Mahalo For Removing Your Shoes. If you’ve ever been to a Hawaiian home, you’ve more than likely encountered a huge pile of shoes outside the front door. We’ve already explained that this is a tradition of respect in the islands, but Malama ‘Aina is about respecting the land! How does this fit in?Ancient Hawaiians thought of human life as an extension of the land – a gift sustained only by the natural bounty of the islands themselves. These ancient peoples lived a life much closer to the land, so it’s easy to see how this belief formed. When you enter a home barefoot, you’re respecting your host, and in turn, the land itself.

2. I can’t drive 55. So you’re spending the day exploring the back inland roads on Kauai, and you encounter a one-lane bridge and signs require both directions of traffic to yield to the other. As you approach the bridge, you see that another car is also about to enter the only lane coming from the other direction. What would a local do?The gracious act of stopping and waving a stranger through a one-lane bridge respects the life on the other side of that bridge, and is an example of living Malama ‘Aina. With so many one-lane bridges in Hawaii, this is an act you’ll want to follow!

3. Clean-up has never been so fun. How do Hawaii’s beaches stay so clean and sparkly? No, there’s no secret task force that combs the sands for trash while nobody is looking. Beach cleanups are a popular activity among many Hawaii residents – children on field trips, local environmental groups, ocean sport enthusiasts and even the group of post-party-goers just breaking down their beach campsite.Spending your day cleaning takes on a new meaning when it’s on a pristine Hawaii beach. Beach cleanups often pop up at random locations and times, and for any old reason – a testament to just how precious these natural resources are to Hawaii and its people.

Malama ‘Aina is the Hawaiian concept of respect that forms the basis of these traditions. Respecting the land and its people – your neighbors – is as much a part of Hawaiian culture as the Hula and the Lu`au.

Head over to the Best of Hawaii Real Estate site and check out this and more helpful tips for new and potential Hawaii residents.


How do YOU spell Real Estate?

Quick – first thing that comes to mind…

So, what is your answer? One word or two? Lowercase or capitalized? All caps or just the first letters? If you’re still not sure, type it into your favorite search engine and see how your fingers naturally arrange the letters.

Question 1: Which of the following phrases is worded correctly?

  1. Hawaii real estate
  2. Hawaii realestate
  3. Hawaii Real Estate

Believe it or not, these silly questions actually have a purpose. Check this out – if you’re serious about buying or selling Hawaii real estate, the way you spell your search will change your results. In other words, spell Hawaii real estate as two words and you’ll get one set of results; spell Hawaii realestate as one word and you’ll get another. Go ahead – try it for yourself.

At Best of Hawaii Real Estate, we think that spelling should be the least of your worries. Whether you type in best Hawaii real estate or best Hawaii realestate – or any other creative way you choose to word it – all you’re interested in finding is the Hawaii home of your dreams. Your choice of spelling shouldn’t affect your success.

Don’t let your perfect Hawaii home slip through the cracks of search engine filters. Come to Best of Hawaii Real Estate first and get instantly matched to the best Hawaii Realtors using RE-Direct® Realtor Matching Technology. Everyday more people choose Best of Hawaii Real Estate as their one-stop Hawaii real estate (and realestate) destination. Get matched today, and you’re on your way.