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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.


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.