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Huge Development Potential Bordering Downtown Hilo March 5, 2015

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1. MLS 281360 Parcel 26 & 27Now available: two adjacent large acreage parcels with immediate proximity to Downtown Hilo, and access to critical infrastructure.

Huge development potential! These parcels were once part of a major residential subdivision plan by C. Brewer, and were formerly zoned RS 7.5 (one dwelling for every 7,500 square feet). Current zoning is Ag 20 (one dwelling for every 20 acres).

Parcels have access to both Wainaku Street and Amauulu road, providing the potential for traffic ingress and egress, sewer connectivity, municipal water access, electrical & other utilities.

Sloping topography provides excellent Hilo Bay views along upper portions of the parcels, while immediate proximity to Downtown Hilo makes for a highly desirable location.

Sale price includes adjacent TMKs 3-2-6-8-26 and TMK 3-2-6-8-27 (parcels must be sold together).

For info and pics sent instantly to your mobile device: Text “8136″ to 79564.

Also available: adjoining large acreage parcels ranging from 20 to 30 acres with stellar Hilo Bay views and stream/waterfall frontage: MLS 281356, MLS 281357, MLS 281358, and MLS 281359.

For info and pics sent instantly to your mobile device: Text “8136″ to 79564.

For full details and to view the virtual tour, go to: http://281360.kellymoran.com

Rare Hilo Estate Acreage With Stunning Views! March 5, 2015

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1. MLS 281357  Parcel 14

Available for individual sale for the first time in over 30 years, this expansive acreage features gorgeous stream frontage, nearby waterfalls, and stunning ocean and city vistas, all within short walking distance of Downtown Hilo.

Build a landmark estate with views second-to-none while enjoying an enviable combination of privacy and convenience.

20 acres of rolling hills overlook commanding Hilo Bay views, while picture-perfect Pukihae stream feeds the breathtaking waterfalls and swimming holes nearby.

Ample rainfall provides an ideal setting for water purification systems, and an excellent growing environment for tropical fruits and plants.

Cattle currently graze the property, providing low real estate taxes and easy maintenance for absentee ownership.

Neighboring large acreage ocean view parcels are also available for sale: MLS 281356, 281358 and 281359. MLS 281360 includes two parcels, and has huge development potential.

For full images and to view the virtual tour, go to: http://281357.kellymoran.com

Build Your Dream Home On This Large Lot January 27, 2015

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Now available: Large 1.23 acre highway lot with access to county water, just footsteps from the popular Makuu Market.

Build your dream home while growing one of the many tropical fruits that do well in this climate, or buy and hold a rare piece of highway frontage for investment purposes.

Connect to municipal water for drinking and irrigation, and enjoy multiple potential uses thanks to agricultural zoning.

Puna’s most popular market district is just a few hundred feet away, offering up exotic fruits, fresh vegetables, and dozens of food vendors…some of the island’s best eats are just a short walk away.

This parcel is part of the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision, but not currently subject to road maintenance fees. Seller can furnish most recent road maintenance bill upon request ($0).

Water connection and installation fees apply should buyer decide to connect to municipal water supply. For details check with county and state agencies.

Listing agent is related to seller.

To see all the images and view the virtual tour, go to: http://277633.kellymoran.com

Custom Home on 3 Meticulously Maintained Acres January 19, 2015

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Welcome home! This meticulously landscaped 3 acre parcel sits tucked amid native Ohia trees in a peaceful setting located less than 15 miles from Hilo’s shopping district.

The custom-built four bedroom, three bath home on the property enjoys maximum privacy, thanks to a 500 foot setback. This two story residence features open beam ceilings, Silver Oak hardwood flooring, Ohia wood staircase, and a wrap-around view deck overlooking the dozens of tropical fruits and plants below.

Thoughtful design work provides both form and function. An open kitchen and living area allows for great natural lighting and maximum airflow, making this a perfect space for large gatherings. Need more room? Just slide open the doors leading out to your expansive covered deck, equipped with its own outdoor sink and prep area, perfect for afternoon bar-b-ques.

A well-insulated music room on the bottom floor easily converts to a library or office, while dedicated storage and laundry rooms and generous attic space help to avoid clutter.

Quartzite tile adorns the exterior walkways, leading up to a hand-crafted marble and quartzite outdoor shower, perfect for rinsing off after a full summer day outdoors.

A beautifully constructed 200 square foot Ferrocement dome has been built on the property, perfect for use as an art studio, guest room, or storage area. The dome is well insulated, keeping a cool interior temperature even on hot summer days. The structure has been wired for electricity. A 2,000 gallon catchment tank sits adjacent.

Over 1.5 acres of the property has already been fenced, with mature landscaping including Ohia trees, orchids and coffee plants, in addition to a variety of avocados, bananas, passion fruit, citrus, and much more!

Note: cement dome and music room are unpermitted. Buyer, buyer’s agent are responsible for investigating all possible permitting options with applicable County of Hawaii agencies.

To view all the images and the virtual tour, go to: http://280082.kellymoran.com

Ocean Views, Great Location January 15, 2015

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This spacious, 3 acre parcel sits upslope from the Big Island’s famed “Scenic Drive,” a winding wonderland of coastal views, streams, and botanical gardens.

Build your dream home overlooking the ocean and tropical landscape below, and
earn income growing some of the hundreds of tropical fruits and plants that thrive in this sunny microclimate.

East Hawaii’s renowned Onomea Bay lies just footsteps down the street, while Hilo’s market district is a mere 10 minutes away by automobile.

Live in paradise while enjoying the fantastic snorkeling, biking and running the area is famous for, then relax in the evenings overlooking the ocean while seaside breezes lull you to sleep.

Also for sale nearby is MLS 280039, an iconic farm-to-table smoothie business and 20 acre fruit orchard, and MLS 280042, a historic ocean view plantation home currently in high demand as a vacation rental.

To see full images and the virtual tour, go to: http://280044.kellymoran.com

Historic Ocean View Home January 14, 2015

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Known by the nickname “Kitagawa” by locals, this historic two bedroom ocean view home is located just footsteps away from Hawaii’s famed Onomea Bay, and a short 10 minute drive from Downtown Hilo’s market district.

A historic train station manger’s home, built in 1911, this charming vintage cottage has been meticulously maintained and expertly furnished with decor that embraces the region’s plantation roots. The result is a romantic tribute to a bygone era.

Live in an authentic plantation-era home in one of the Hamakua Coast’s most lush and beautiful environments. Known as “Scenic Drive,” the area includes some of the Big Island’s most famous shorelines, streams, and botanical gardens.

A perfect “retreat” setting, this area has long been a favorite of locals, celebrities, and tourists alike. A year-round tropical climate and seaside breezes make this the perfect place for biking, running, and growing exotic fruits and plants.

Also for sale nearby is MLS 280039, an iconic farm-to-table smoothie business and 20 acre fruit orchard, and MLS 280044, a 3 acre parcel with fabulous ocean views.

To view all the images and virtual tour, go to: http://280042.kellymoran.com

What’s Shakin’ Smoothie Stand and Turnkey Farm January 13, 2015

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The “What’s Shakin” smoothie stand is a bustling, 5 star farm-to-table operation perched along East Hawaii’s famous “Scenic Drive.”

This renowned destination business is located along one of Hawaii’s busiest tourism routes, and features a lush, 20 acre tropical fruit orchard and private residence.

Lauded by food magazines and online reviewers, this high-producing operation is known internationally for featuring some of the freshest fruit smoothies you’ll find anywhere in the world.

Rows of tropical fruits produce thousands of pounds of bananas, papayas, guavas, dragonfruit and more for What’s Shakin’s high-powered blenders, where they are whipped up for throngs of hungry travelers lining up for a cold blast of paradise. The remainder are sold to Whole Foods.

The business currently averages from $400,000 to $500,000 per year and growing, and has the staff and systems in place to support an easy transition to new ownership.

Included in the sale is a private, Zen-inspired two bedroom residence nestled in the hills above the smoothie stand.

Decks on both floors of this two story home overlook the orchards and ocean below.

Inside, cathedral ceilings and extra large windows allow for stunning vistas, while an open concept living area features fabulous views of the exterior landscaping.

Enjoy screamingly fresh fruits, avocados, and more with your meal, then stroll down the street to enjoy beautiful Onomea Bay for a swim or snorkel.

What’s Shakin has been in business for over 20 years, and has been featured in Sunset magazine, and stands as a “must visit” site for numerous travel publications. One reviewer on Trip Advisor posted “Rarely is one able to sample the ‘best’ of something.” Rarer still, is the opportunity to own it.

Also available is MLS 280042, a historic ocean view plantation home currently in high demand as a vacation rental, and MLS 280044, a three acre ocean view property.

Contact us today for more information. To receive info and pictures to your mobile phone, text “280039″ to 79564. For full images and to view the virtual tour, go to: http://280039.kellymoran.com

Wanted: Used and Unused Ukes January 6, 2015

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Here on the Big Island
By Kelly Moran

Wanted: Used and Unused Ukes

How many of you have an ‘ukulele somewhere that you never play any more?

Perhaps it was a souvenir of your first-ever trip to Hawaii, and has rested in your closet (along with that matching aloha shirt and mu’umu’u that you now realize no local couples ever wear).  Or perhaps you do keep the uke handy, and you remember “My Dog Has Fleas” – the old mnemonic for tuning the open strings.  But you never seem to find the time to actually tune it or give it more than a strum or two.  Even when you hear some virtuoso like Jake Shimabukuro or Britny Paiva play one on TV or in concert, and you wonder if, maybe, you ought to take it up again, just to see if . . . well, you know.  That’s why it’s still just sitting there.

So, if your old uke is collecting dust, or waiting in vain for you touch the strings, maybe it would be happier in someone else’s hands – those of someone who wants to learn to play but can’t afford a decent instrument.

You’ve probably seen very high-quality instruments – beautiful (and beautiful-sounding) works of the woodsmith’s art – in music stores all across Hawaii, costing a few hundred dollars.  But most serviceable ukes are far from being luxury items.  While some tinny souvenir ukes cost $20 or less, it takes $50-100 to buy a truly playable “first uke,” and while that’s not a lot of money to most of us, it’s still out of reach for plenty of young, would-be players.


Soprano pineapple ukulele, baritone ukulele and taropatch baritone ukulele.


So I want you to know that the University of Hawaii at Hilo (UH-H) is asking for donations of ukes to be played in a new class, beginning this coming Spring semester, called Contemporary Island Music.  It will be taught by Lito Arkangel, a popular local performer who teaches in the UH-H Hawaiian Language College and the Kinesiology & Health Sciences Dept.  (Undergrads note: this will be a three-credit course, academically listed as MUS 198.)


Lito Arkangel


Jackie Pualani Johnson, head of the UH-H Performing Arts Dept., says that Arkangel’s class will be “a survey of contemporary music in Hawai’i beginning in the 1970s and culminating with today’s popular music. Emphasis will be on performance, via the understanding of multi-cultural influences that shaped each era, the styles of composers, and the development of musical trends in Hawai’i. Students will participate in group activities, presentations, and required performances. Practical experience with singing and ‘ukulele will be included.

“If you have a ‘previously loved’ instrument that you are interested in donating, the Performing Arts Department will be happy to write a donation letter for tax purposes.  Please let me know via e-mail (jpjohnso@hawaii.edu) and we’ll be happy to pick up the instrument, too, to make it convenient for you.”

Sounds good to me!  Got a uke you can spare for a worthy cause?

Endless Ocean Vistas! Majestic Views! January 2, 2015

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Enjoy endless ocean vistas and majestic views of a thundering 100 foot waterfall at this incredible ocean bluff location, located along the Big Island’s coveted Hamakua Coast, less than 30 minutes from Downtown Hilo.

Located in the charming plantation town of Papaaloa, this premier parcel in the Banyan Bluff subdivision enjoys a rural backdrop combined with modern infrastructure: underground utilities, municipal water access, and high speed internet connectivity are available.

Watch the whales breach offshore while listening to the sounds of the sea, then head into Hilo’s market district to enjoy shopping and dining. Want something different? World class white sand beaches and five star restaurants are an hour to the north.

The gorgeous waters of Laupahoehoe point are also less than 10 minutes away, while nearby corner stores and gas stations provide quick conveniences in an otherwise pristine rural setting.

Also available: Adjacent parcel, MLS 279975, offers stunning unobstructed ocean views. Buy both premier ocean bluff lots for the discounted price of $675,000!

See all the images and view the virtual tour at: http://279976.kellymoran.com


Ultimate Ocean Bluff! Timeless Appeal! January 2, 2015

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Ultimate ocean bluff: a stunning perch overlooking endless Pacific vistas, located on the prized Hamakua Coast, just 30 minutes from Downtown Hilo.

Timeless appeal awaits. Build your dream home on this dual level, 28,659 square foot parcel with jaw dropping ocean views.

Choose from two excellent building sites, or design an innovative split level villa to take advantage of this property’s natural features.

Huge potential for landscaping, thanks to a terraced layout and generous parcel size. Municipal water, underground utilities and internet connectivity provide modern infrastructure for an otherwise idyllic tropical setting.

Take a scenic cruise 30 minutes south into Hilo’s market district to enjoy dining and shopping, or head up north, where world-class beaches and five star restaurants are just an hour away.

Also available is an adjacent parcel, MLS 279976, an ocean bluff paradise with majestic views of an incredible 100 foot waterfall. Buy both parcels for a discounted price of $675,000!

To see all the images and view the virtual tour, go to: http://279975.kellymoran.com