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Stunning Park-Like Acreage With Ocean Vistas! October 31, 2014

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Stunning park like acreage with ocean vistas, waterfalls and stream frontage, just 15 minutes from Downtown Hilo!

Build a dream home on this expansive private estate and take in the sounds of running water while enjoying sweeping views of Hilo Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Native Ohia and Koa trees thrive in this exotic tropical oasis, which sits perched above town in a cool, inviting climate.

Open pastures overlook multiple hiking trails, where running streams and thundering waterfalls await. Many possible home sites and endless possibilities for landscaping and agriculture on this prized acreage.

This property sits within the state of Hawaii’s least restrictive conservation subzone, allowing a house to built with approval from the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Two metal storage containers on site contain all equipment needed for maintenance. Containers have catchment and solar systems, providing water for irrigation and power for all your needs. Containers are 8 feet by 20 feet, and 8 feet by 24 feet respectively.

Electric and telephone service poles are located approximately 1,000 feet away.

Check with Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources regarding allowed land use.

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Renovated Artist’s Home! October 21, 2014

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Newly renovated artist’s home in a great Kaumana neighborhood, perched above the Hospital, just 7 minutes from Downtown Hilo. The open-beam living area lets in plenty of light to show off the neatly refurbished interior with stainless steel appliances and new flooring. A spacious, fully enclosed lanai overlooks an expansive, peaceful backyard with mature landscaping.

Sip your morning coffee while watching the birds, then wander through a kaleidoscope of prized plants including Pagoda, Vireya, Hydrangea, and Magnolia. Pick from exotic fruits like Satsuma Tangerine, Buddah’s Hand, and Meyer Lemon, and enjoy buttery avocados with your meal. Mauna Loa is also visible from the back of the property.

This three bedroom, two bath home has been meticulously renovated inside and out with a new roof, flooring, cabinets, appliances, bathroom fixtures, new paint, and more.

An efficient layout allows for plenty of storage, including a pantry and laundry room, multiple closets, and lots of cabinetry.

Just a few yards down the street sits the future Hokulani Park location, a five acre gated county facility recently approved by Mayor Billy Kenoi.

Take a stroll through this laid back neighborhood located at a cool elevation in the Kaumana school district. Boiling pots and other area highlights are just a short walk away.

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Well Priced Lot 15 Minutes Above Downtown Hilo October 20, 2014

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Now available: Well priced lot in the popular Kaumana City Subdivision, located 15 minutes above Downtown Hilo.

Lots of new homes going up in this area. Convenient access to Hilo Medical Center, the Joint Astronomy Centers, and the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Kaumana’s close proximity to town and cool climate provide a great quality of life for area residents.

With easy access to the new Daniel K. Inouye Highway, this easy to maintain lot is approximately one hour away from Kona and Waikoloa.

Live and work in Hilo, then zip over to West Hawaii on the weekend to enjoy some of the Big Island’s best beaches and restaurants.

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50 Acre Parcel in Glenwood October 16, 2014

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Nearly 50 acre parcel in Olaa Reservation Lots in Glenwood.

Lush, wooded lot at a cool elevation, with Hapuu Ferns and Ohia Trees. Deep, silty clay loam soil ideal for farming. Private, secluded setting approximately 25 minutes to downtown Hilo.

Property is one parcel off of Volcano Highway, with deeded access to property from main highway via recorded easement over TMK 3-1-8-8-41.

For full property details, images and virtual tour, go to: http://276172.kellymoran.com

Luxurious Oceanfront Residential Estate October 15, 2014

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Borderd by natural streams, the Waterfalling Estate was crafted to showcase glorious twin waterfalls cascading down a stunning ocean bluff that overlooks the vast Pacific.

Perched high above the water is a striking three-story private residence, designed to provide ocean and waterfall views from every room. Built with reinforced concrete and finished in quartzite and travertine tile, this trophy residence was engineered to last, and designed to accommodate helicopter landings.

The penthouse level of this modern home features dual master suites with “his and hers” bathrooms and private lanais, a centrally located fitness room, and an executive office overlooking incredible ocean vistas.

A game room, bar, and two additional suites (each with private bathrooms) are located on the lower “pool level” and feature telescoping doors, allowing guests to take in unobstructed ocean views and refreshing coastal breezes.

The main floor of the home features a chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances, blue Labrador granite counters, dining area, living room and full wet bar perfect for entertaining.

Oyster quartzite and travertine floors, African Sapele Mahogany ceilings, and plantation-style furnishings accent every floor, each accessible via a 52 inch round Daytona pneumatic elevator.

Dual-level patios overlook the thundering waterfalls below, and provide enough entertaining space for scores of guests.

An Olympic sized salt water infinity pool, 450 seat tennis and basketball stadium, and 9 hole golf pitch and putt provide top level sporting facilities. A thrilling two story waterslide, sauna and kiddie pool offer endless entertainment for children and the young at heart.

A separate guest quarters houses private bath and dining facilities.

Sale includes two adjacent parcels: TMK 3-3-2-3-41 (8.08 acres) and TMK 3-3-2-3-23 (1.36 acres). Water supply is by private well.

Property is being sold furnished.

For info and pics sent instantly to your mobile device: Text “196323″ to 79564.

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Amazing Private Resort Estate on East Side October 14, 2014

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Luxurious ocean bluff villa with waterfalls and stream frontage, right at Hilo’s doorstep!

Old-world craftsmanship meets an incomparable tropical location at this tri-level ocean view estate.

Waterfalls, waterslides, swimming pool, and a regulation basketball half court are a few of the recreational features of this home. Built on 3 levels, with 7 bedrooms and 8.5 baths, this home has over 5000 square feet of luxurious interior space.

2,500 square feet of lanai space provides the perfect venue for entertaining friends and family while overlooking breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Don’t feel like cooking? Hilo’s bustling market district is just 5 minutes away.

Artisan details abound in this home, where interior columns are inlaid with travertine tile, and coffered ceilings frame exotic wooden insets. Granite counters adorn custom maple hardwood cabinets, plus interior and exterior floors are laid in prized oyster quartzite.

Breathtaking views of Hilo Bay are seen from almost every room, where multiple sliding doors open onto 2500 square feet of lanai space.

An artesian spring fills a grand pool at a rate of 30 to 40 gallons a minute. The pool features 2 platform high dives and 2 large water slides and a pool bar, complete with a stage area for the band! A smaller water slide empties into the kiddie pool/Jacuzzi.

The NBA regulation half court adjacent to the pool is lit with 4 tennis-court lights for night playing.

This stunning multi-level estate is one of the most unique settings you will find here on the east side of the Big Island. E komo mai…

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HERE ON THE BIG ISLAND – Extraordinary Acreage October 13, 2014

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By Kelly Moran

Extraordinary Acreage

“They don’t get much bigger than this, so close to town!” said the friend I was showing around the property, “or have so many different things to like.”  It’s true: on these 321 acres are fruit orchards, pastures, woodlands, a house with a bird’s-eye view over Hilo Bay, and two year-round streams.  And there are practically no limits to what you could do with the land, if you wanted to buy it.

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In fact, you’re too late: it’s already in escrow. But I just have to say that this is one of the most appealing properties I have ever represented, in large part because downtown Hilo is only about five minutes’ drive from just about anywhere on the land.  Nearly every other parcel of 100, 200, 300 acres or more that you might find on the Big Island will be pretty far out in the country, whereas this place is just north of Hilo, on the Hamakua side of the Wailuku River.

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For much of the 20th century, the land was planted in sugar cane, but when the plantation closed in the ‘90s, it was sold to a local family.  It could have been turned into house-lots; so it was rezoned from “Agriculture” to “RS 7.5” – meaning that residential lots there could be as small as 7,500 square feet.  If such a development had happened, it would have become the largest single suburb of Hilo.  But amazingly, that didn’t happen.  The new owners had it down-zoned back to Agriculture, which limits any subdivision of the land to lots of at least five acres each.

The land is crisscrossed with well-maintained dirt roads, giving easy access to all of its uses.  Some of the orchards (in rambutan, lychee, mangosteen, longon, and coffee) are leased to a local farming concern; and some pastures are leased to cattle ranchers.


There are some small agricultural research facilities as well, and of course, there’s that three-bedroom, two-bath house with the amazing view from its grand lanai!  More homes could easily be built, either on high knolls with views, or along the streams, with their waterfalls and swimming-holes.


Here’s an aerial video of the property:  [https://www.dropbox.com/l/QpnDFws3KdUSdsCmGs6wCr ]

But there’s one more thing about the place that speaks to what makes the Big Island and its people so special.  At the makai end (its farthest downhill point), there is an acre that fronts on Wainaku St., the arterial of the Pu’ueo neighborhood, adjacent to Clem Akina Park.  Although it could easily be developed for apartments, the sellers hope that the new owners will do as they’ve done all along.  They lease the lot to the County for a dollar a year, which doubles the size of Pu’ueo’s only public park and playground.

HERE ON THE BIG ISLAND – La Cage aux Folles – the Palace Theater’s Fall Musical September 30, 2014

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by Kelly Moran

La Cage aux Folles – the Palace Theater’s Fall Musical

Suppose your son or daughter wanted to marry someone whose family you didn’t like?  Maybe you’re political opposites . . . or you just don’t like the way they live . . . or both?  And now they’re coming to dinner, to meet you!

That’s the dilemma at the heart of La Cage aux Folles, the 13th annual Fall Musical at Hilo’s Historic Palace Theater.  The French title is slang for “the madhouse” — an appropriate description for this madcap farce.  Based on a French play, the “book” was adapted by Harvey Fierstein, who won a Tony Award for it; and the music and lyrics are by Jerry Herman, who previously wrote the musicals Mame and Hello Dolly.

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Georges (Saul Rollason) owns the night club next door, where the star attraction is his longtime partner Albin (Douglas Wayman), who’s famous as “ZaZa,” a female-impersonator in drag.  Georges’s son Jean-Michel (Kevin Landucci) lives with them, and sheer madness ensues when he announces he has invited his fiancée Anne (Dana Bebmanoff) and her ultra-conservative, anti-gay parents (Michael Stevens and Erin Smith) to meet them.

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Georges (Saul Rollason) reacts in mock-horror when his partner Albin (Douglas Wayman) says he wants to meet the uptight, homophobic parents of the girl Georges’s son wants to marry. Photo by Daniel Nathaniel.


What should they do?  Maybe Albin could pretend to be an “uncle,” and act macho, with coaching by their neighbors Monsieur and Madame Renaud (Randall McEndree and Stephanie Becher)?  Or maybe he should get up in drag and pretend to be Jean-Michel’s “mother”?  It doesn’t help that their “maid” Jacob (Alston Albarado) is given to hilarious antics of his own.  Nor that, right next door, the show must go on, with the “Cagelles and Cagettes” (Billy Shakley, Norman Arancon, Tanya Aynessazian, Cole Stremski-Borero, Carmen Richardson and Amber Lopez) dancing up a storm. When Jacob burns the dinner, everyone retires to a restaurant run by Jacqueline (Justine A. Thompson), but they won’t be able to relax there, either.  You’ll have to come to the show to find out what happens next!

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During a rehearsal, Director Doug Scheer (far right) and Choreographer Michael Misita (next to him) strike a pose with four of the “Cagelles and Cagettes” dancers, Cole Stremski-Borero, Tanya Aynessazian, Billy Shakley and (below) Norman Arancon. Photo by Daniel Nathaniel.


Also in the cast are Phill Russell, Gene Gold, Jherrie Rubeyiat, Bria Callaway, Katherine Wilson, Stephanie Hull, Mary Chapman and Jessica Dempsey.  Michael Misita is the Choreographer.  Catherine McPherson is Stage Manager.  And Music Director Cheryl “Quack” Moore will lead the Palace/Cage aux Folles band.

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ZaZa (Douglas Wayman) is the star attraction at La Cage aux Folles, in a dance number with the Cagelles. Photo by Daniel Nathaniel.


For the show’s Director, Doug Scheer, “La Cage aux Folles is really about the relationship between Georges and Albin — their marriage, their partnership, whatever you want to call it, which is not really different from any other relationship between two people who love each other, and who stay together as a family through thick and thin.  Bigotry does come into it.  That homophobic politician ultimately gets a better understanding of gay people – that we’re just like everybody else.

“But I believe that people in Hawaii will see something that’s actually very familiar,” he said.  “There are so many hanai families here, with cousins raised as siblings, or relatives and family friends who take in the children of their troubled neighbors.  Extended and non-standard family life is part of the culture here.  I’m sure that audiences will be able to relate to this story, and understand that unconventional families are really the same, underneath it all.”

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The Cagelles are the dancers at the nightclub called La Cage aux Folles (“the madhouse”). Photo by Daniel Nathaniel.


La Cage aux Folles will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18; with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Sundays October 12 and 19.  Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 on the day of the show.  The box office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; advance tickets can also be purchased with credit cards, over the phone, at 934-7010.

HERE ON THE BIG ISLAND – Nice Weather for Ducks September 27, 2014

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By Kelly Moran

Nice Weather for Ducks


“Duck Duck Goose” is a kids’ game of tag.  But there are plenty of real ducks and geese in Hilo; and you can see them, any time, at the Wailoa River Recreation Area, better known as “Wailoa Park.”

Ducks and geese at Wailoa Park

Ducks and geese at Wailoa Park


It’s the estuary of the river whose flow waxes and wanes with the rainfall, which is low right now.  It drains half of Hilo, spreads out into ponds, in the park, that spanned by Oriental bridges; then it narrows again where small boats are moored; and finally it flows under the Wailoa Bridge and out into Hilo Bay just beside the racks of racing canoes.

The park’s pavilions are rented well in advance for parties and civic functions.  But the sprawling, grassy, inland acreage is rarely full of people.  Some of the trees along the Park’s boundaries fell during August’s hurricane, closing a footpath to the Waiakea Villas condo complex.

Downed trees on the water's edge of Wailoa Park

Downed trees on the water’s edge of Wailoa Park


The main entrance to the park, however, is always open.  And it’s easy, especially on a weekday, to wander all over and cross the bridges, without seeing anyone except the occasional fisherman, or a family with a small child feeding the ducks.

Feeding time at Wailoa Park

Feeding time at Wailoa Park


Fisherman and son at Wailoa Park

Fisherman and son at Wailoa Park


When I say it’s “nice weather for ducks,” I don’t mean it’s raining.  (And I have no idea whether water really does roll off a duck’s back.) What I mean is: these last few weeks of hot, relatively dry weather, are perfect for getting down to Wailoa Park and seeing those ducks.  And geese.

Among the ducks, Mallards and Muscovys predominate.  Mallard males are the ones with greenish-black heads and iridescent back feathers; the female Mallards are dowdy by comparison, with light-brown and dark-brown feathers and a blue splash in the wing.

A Mallard couple

A Mallard couple


Muscovys are unmistakable – they’re the ones with bright red fleshy growths on their heads.

You will always recognize a Muscovy duck

You will always recognize a Muscovy duck


Among the geese, many are the gray Canada geese, with a white “stripe” on their necks.

Canada Goose

Canada Goose


You’ll see so many geese and ducks together that it’s likely all their genes are “kapakahi” – the local/Hawaiian term for all-mixed-together (like a chop-salad, or vegetables in a stir-fry).

Which reminds me: you can’t eat any of these birds from the park – they’re all protected.


And, speaking of the Waiakea Villas condos located adjacent to Wailoa park, check out this featured listing — it’s the largest condo in the complex:


HERE ON THE BIG ISLAND – What Happened in the Primary Election? September 26, 2014

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By Kelly Moran


What Happened in the Primary Election?
The results of September’s primary election were unusual, and the Puna district of the Big Island had a lot to do with that.

Republicans who won their party’s nominations were candidates widely expected to win; but the Democrats’ primary generated some surprises.  The incumbent governor, Democrat Neil Abercrombie, running for re-nomination, was soundly defeated by the president of the State Senate, David Ige.  (In conceding, Abercrombie fully endorsed Ige for November’s general election against the Republican former Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona, and former Honolulu mayor Mufi Hanneman, a Democrat who’s running as an independent.)

This unprecedented rejection of a sitting governor in his party’s primary is hard to explain.  Abercrombie claimed that he lost because Republicans crossed over to vote against him.  It’s true that they were angered when he called for a special legislative session to enact Hawaii’s same-sex marriage law – but Ige favored, pushed for and voted for that law, too.  More likely, Abercrombe had alienated three key Democratic voting blocs that had supported him during his long career: the teachers’ unions, after unpleasant contract negotiations; older voters, by asking legislators to tax private pensions (they refused); and Americans of Japanese ancestry (AJAs), by naming his Lieutenant Governor, Brian Schatz, to the U.S. Senate seat vacated when longtime Senator Daniel K. Inouye died last year.  This was apparently contrary to what some of them believed was Inouye’s dying wish: that the job should go to U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa, who is AJA.

Hanabusa challenged Schatz in the primary for it, and pre-election polls differed on who was ahead.  (This election was only for filling the two remaining years of Inouye’s term.  A full six-year term will be contested in 2016.)  On primary election day, some early returns showed Hanabusa leading, but by the final count, Schatz emerged about 1,500 votes ahead.

However, two precincts in Puna had not been able to vote that day – their polling places were closed due to the damage wrought by Hurricane Iselle a few days before.  Some absentee ballots from those precincts had been submitted, and were included in the day’s count.  But around 6,000 eligible voters there had not yet voted.  The state’s election office said it would mail out absentee ballots to them, but – with roads still blocked – that could not be done.  So a make-up election was scheduled for a date two weeks later.  That – at least in theory – meant that those Puna voters would decide the primary.

But could they really have changed the outcome?

The news media generally characterized the election as being Puna’s to decide, but some dissenters felt that those voters could not have made a difference.  Nearly everyone feels that the state elections office made inconsistent decisions, and could have done a better job explaining Hawaii’s vote-counting rules and election challenges.

So the Big Island Press Club is going to explore these issues in a 90-minute panel discussion in Hilo.  It will begin at noon on Friday October 10, at Restaurant Kenichi, 684 Kilauea Ave.  Tickets are $19.50, which also includes a buffet lunch.

The four panelists are all news media professionals.

Kathleen A. Frankovic was, for more than 30 years, the chief public-opinion pollster for CBS Television Network News.  [Full disclosure: Kathy retired to Hilo, and is one of my home-buyer clients.]

Kathleen Frankovic

Kathleen Frankovic


Chad Blair is a reporter for Honolulu Civil Beat, and has previously reported for Pacific Business News and Hawaii Public Radio.

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Chad Blair:  2013 July 23 Gridiron  SA photo by Craig T. Kojima


Todd Belt is a professor of political science at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and the author of several books on elections and mass media.

Todd Belt

Todd Belt


Moderating the panel is Nancy Cook Lauer, a reporter for West Hawaii Today, and current President of the Big Island Press Club.

Nancy Cook Lauer

Nancy Cook Lauer


For more information:  www.bipcelectionluncheon.eventbrite.com