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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!


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.


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.