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Largest Wholesale Fruit Tree Nursery in Hawaii August 4, 2014

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Plant It Hawaii is the largest wholesale fruit tree nursery in the State of Hawaii, and has built a solid reputation as the industry leader. This turnkey business has a consistent track record of quality products and positive name recognition throughout the State and beyond.

Sale includes five contiguous parcels (5 separate TMKs 3-1-7-17-130, 165,166,167,168), office building, warehouse, certified kitchen, six greenhouses, two shadehouses, garage, equipment, 8 acres of irrigated fruit tree nursery, established exotic fruit orchards (including Rambutan, Longan, Lychee, Starfruit, Citrus, etc.), and the turnkey Plant It Hawaii business (trade name, accounts, plant inventory, goodwill, etc.).

Plant It Hawaii produces over 200 varieties of sub-tropical and tropical fruit trees. The majority of customers are retail garden centers and orchard developers within the State of Hawaii. Plant It Hawaii also services local landscapers and “end user” consumers who attend semi-annual retail sales. A growing segment is the out-of-state clients to whom they export air layers of varieties of Lychee and Longan & other desirable “new” exotic cultivars.

In addition to the 8 acre nursery, there is a 13 acre scion wood orchard supplying the propagation material for the nursery. There are also 22 acres of producing fruit orchards, including Longan, Lychee, Rambutan and other exotics.

The quality trees produced by the owners and loyal staff of Plant It Hawaii are the result of a 20+ year effort to find, collect and propagate the best cultivars and plant material from around the world.

Plant It Hawaii is conveniently located in Kurtistown, just one mile from the Volcano Highway and nine miles from Hilo with close access to inter-island port facilities, airport and major government offices.

The nursery employs 15 full time nursery and orchard workers who are trained in all phases of propagation and plant maintenance.

Contact us today for more information. To receive info and pictures to your mobile phone, text “4254″ to 79564.

For full images and virtual tour, go to: www.BuyPlantItHawaii.com

What’s Shakin’? July 28, 2014

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To that question, the answer is: smoothies, mainly: juicy fruit-filled blends that people will – and do – drive hundreds of miles to enjoy.  And arguably the best place to get a smoothie on the Big Island is What’s Shakin’, on the popular “scenic route” – the original highway that’s now a byway, up the Hamakua Coast.


The smoothies are made of frozen fruit — no fillers, no ice. Just good, homegrown fruit.


It started as a fruit stand, 20 years ago, and its owners still jokingly call it that, with great affection for what it was and what it has become.  Patsy and Tim Withers came to the Big Island from L.A. in 1987, and bought 23 acres along the old road, much of which had been planted in macadamia nuts over the previous decade, after the local sugar company went out of business.  The land was (and still is) zoned for agriculture, and had no structures on it except a tractor shed, although the Withers also purchased a modest two-bedroom house on its own lot just across the road.

Patsy, an accomplished dancer, and Tim, a moto-cross racing champ, both wanted to farm the land.  They removed most of the mac-nut trees, replaced them with fruit trees and dozens of banana plants, and opened (what else?) a fruit stand.  Their timing was excellent, as the old frontage road was just then becoming a visitor attraction.  Along its four miles of rainforest, streams, gorges and rocky coastline between Papaikou and Pepeekeo, it is similar to the road to Hana, on Maui (albeit only one-tenth as long).  And only a mile or so away, the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden had opened, showcasing native and exotic plants in a lush valley culminating at Onomea Bay.  The Withers quickly realized that their little fruit stand could be a destination in itself if they offered more than just fresh fruit.

So they built a small restaurant, open only from 10-5 every day, serving sandwiches and snacks, but mainly featuring smoothies made exclusively from fruit they had grown.  Word spread quickly, aided by the then-new Internet, through which happy patrons contributed glowing reviews to travel sites.  As a result, What’s Shakin’s smoothies have become a must-try, not only for independent travelers in rental cars, from as far away as Kona, but also as a scheduled stop for groups on backpack- and bicycle tours.

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Over the years, the Withers converted the house across the way to a vacation-rental, and built their own home behind the restaurant: a two-story house that stands on the 1,800-square-foot pad of that old tractor shed.


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But now the Withers feel it’s time to move on, so everything is for sale: the house, the vacation-rental, and of course, What’s Shakin’.  It’s a rare opportunity to acquire not only a unique home on a large parcel in a stunningly beautiful part of the island, but an enormously popular visitor-industry enterprise with a growing customer base.

Patsy doesn’t mince words, however, about what it takes to run What’s Shakin’.  “Like any small business, you have to devote the time, not only to make good smoothies but to make sure everything is done right.  This is not a fast-food operation,” she told me.  “We have three employees, who’ll be happy to stay on; but you have to work there with them.  You can take vacations, but you have to plan ahead for them.”

The expression “what’s shakin’?” is a colloquial contraction for “what’s going on, and what’s coming up?”  And to Patsy and Tim, the present and the future of their industry is all about fresh fruit and vegetables and other demonstrably healthy foods.  “With that in mind,” she said, “it seems to Tim and me that you just can not stop What’s Shakin’!”

To view the listing, virtual tour, photo gallery and full details, click here: www.OnomeaRetreat.com


HERE ON THE BIG ISLAND – High Victorian Fun in Volcano July 18, 2014

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By Kelly Moran

High Victorian Fun in Volcano

Every few years, one of the greatest legacies of the Victorian Era is celebrated on the Big Island. If you enjoy musical comedies, you can thank the “operettas” that premiered in London in the 1880s and ‘90s. Their tone was light and comic; much of the dialog was spoken; the songs introduced the characters and advanced the plot – in other words, the model for all the musical comedies that have followed.

The greatest (and still the funniest) of the Victorian operettas were invented by two rather unlikely collaborators.  Sir Arthur Sullivan was a celebrated classical composer. His theater pieces are snappy and beautiful and immensely memorable, but he thought he was wasting his talents on such light fare. Sir William S. Gilbert was England’s leading humorist, able to fill his lyrics with more rhymes in English than anyone before, and few since. But he had no ear for music. Yet the entertainments that Gilbert and Sullivan created together have been performed continuously, all over the world. You can be sure that there is a G&S production on stage, somewhere, right now.

In fact, you can see one here on the Big Island this coming weekend and next. G&S operettas are a regular feature of the Kilauea Drama and Entertainment Network (KDEN), presented at the Kilauea Theater, in Volcano. Producer/Director Suzi Bond has been doing two musical shows a year, there, for ten years, and this is the fifth in her G&S series.

On stage this year is Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse. Though not as well-known as The Mikado and HMS Pinafore, this one has plenty of what G&S operettas are famous for: lovesick maidens, hidden identities, an elderly spinster, a hero who’s not as bold as he might like to be, and a “topsy-turvy” conflict between love and duty. (Full disclosure: I’ve gotten the lowdown on Gilbert and Sullivan from one of my clients, who’s in the show.) The plot of Ruddigore is laugh-out-loud funny, a quirky parody of old-time lurid melodramas, complete with a mustache-twirling villain, and ghosts who come to life from their painted portraits!

Dame Hannah + Bridesmaids

Dame Hannah (l.) astonishes the corps of professional bridesmaids with the legend of the witch’s curse on all the Baronets of Ruddigore.

The orchestra is large, and so is the cast, with much young local talent — as there always is in the KDEN shows. And the theater itself is a little 280-seat gem inside Kilauea Military Camp, built by the WPA and CCC in the 1930s for servicemen’s R&R, within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. (From about half an hour before show-time, you won’t have to pay the park admission if you’re going to the theater.)

Ghosts Torment the newest Baronet

The ghosts of his ancestors hound the newest Baronet of Ruddigore to suffer the curse: he must commit one heinous crime a day or die in agony.


There are six upcoming performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays July 18, 19, 25 and 26; and 2:30 matinees on Sundays July 20 and 27. Tickets are available in Hilo at The Most Irresistible Shop, in Volcano at Kilauea General Store, and in Kea’au at Kea’au Natural Foods. The price is $15 general; $12 for students, $10 for children. Call KDEN at 982-7344 or email kden73@aol.com for more info about this delightful musical — oops, I mean operetta.

Living the Dream! Home, Business and Guest House! July 15, 2014

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Living the dream … Located on the Onomea Scenic Drive, just north of Hilo, you’ll find a serene zen-inspired retreat residence, surrounded by over 20 acres of income-producing tropical fruit orchards.

Imagine waking up in a Feng Shui inspired home. An upstairs master suite has cathedral ceilings, separate sitting area, and an ocean-view lanai. Downstairs is an open concept main living area and bedroom with sweeping views. Breakfast on fresh superfoods from your orchards. Slip down the street to enjoy beautiful Onomea Bay for a swim or snorkel. In the evening, enjoy guacamole made with your own avocados — over 6 varieties ensure ripe fruit year-round.

Over 90% of the bananas, avocados, dragon fruit, guavas, rambutans and other exotic fruits grown on the property are used in an on-site business. The remainder is sold to Whole Foods.

“What’s Shakin” smoothie stand is a 5 star farm-to-table business located on the property. It is known internationally for featuring some of the freshest fruit smoothies you’ll find anywhere on the planet. The business has been in operation for 20 years and has an excellent reputation and scores of repeat customers. “What’s Shakin” has been featured in Sunset magazine, and is on the “must visit” list 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.

Across from the smoothie stand lies an historic guest home currently in high demand as a rental. Once used as a train station, 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 retreat into a bygone era.

3 TMKs are included: 3-2-7-11-6, 3-2-7-11-15, and 3-2-7-11-24.

The operation is well-run,with an experienced, reliable staff. The management team is available to assist with the transition. The hard work has been done. Let your dreams come true.

Contact us today for more information. To receive info and pictures to your mobile phone, text “27999″ to 79564.

For full images and virtual tour, go to: www.buywhatsshakin.com

Diversified Ag Business & Home on 20 Acres July 14, 2014

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Diversified agriculture business and home on 20 acres. Located in Keonepoko Iki Farm Lots, near Pahoa. Great combination of privacy and turnkey farm with room for expansion.

Please note: This is State of Hawaii leasehold property. Realtor can provide you with Dept. of Agriculture application detailing requirements for eligibility to assume this lease.

Sellers will help train new buyers in farm operations. There are 3 acres of Anthurium Flowers under shadehouse, 7 acres of Guava, 2 acres Bird of Paradise Flowers, 1 acre of Macadamia Nut Trees, 2 acres of Dracaenas (a foliage plant), and 1 acre of Hawaiian Christmas Trees.

Includes 2 Conley green houses, 2 storage sheds, 3,000 sq ft propagation shadehouse, 3 vehicles for deliveries and farm use. Approximately 3 acres near the front of the property is forested and can be cleared for more crops. Also includes an internet website, and established accounts. Turnkey business with your own house to live in!

The home has 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths and over 1,800 sq. ft. of living area. Features vaulted ceilings and a sunken living room in a private setting. County water for this property is an added plus for this area. Shopping, schools and community centers nearby. The ocean is at the end of Kahakai Boulevard, several miles away.

This property is located in the Pahoa Agricultural Park, and is State of Hawaii leasehold. There are approximately 20 years remaining on the lease. Buyer must be a bona fide farmer and meet the requirements and approval from the State of Hawaii, Department of Agriculture. Sale and lease transfer is subject to approval from the Department of Agriculture. Lease rent is every six months.

Note: Ten year agriculture use dedication (effective 7/1/2006) real property tax

For full images and virtual tour, go to: http://275108.kellymoran.com

HERE ON THE BIG ISLAND – Summer Bon Dance Season 2014 July 10, 2014

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HERE ON THE BIG ISLAND – Bon Dance Season is Here
by Kelly Moran

In the Buddhist tradition, during the summer months, Japanese residents welcome back the spirits of departed loved ones at lively and festive dance events called o-bon (most in Hawaii shorten the word to bon). There are numerous o-bon dances at venues around the island of Hawaii set for this summer season between June and August.

Photo: Hawai’i Magazine (www.hawaiimagazine.com)

In Japan, the summer o-bon festivals date back to more than 500 years. In Hawaii, Buddhist temples take turns hosting the festivals and these dances have become as much social affairs as religious observances.

Everyone is welcome at the Hawaiian festivals, regardless of religious background or ethnicity making the temple festivals well-attended.

What can I expect to see at an o-bon festival?


Here are the upcoming festivals for this year:

• July 11, 12
Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, 398 Kilauea Ave., Hilo, 7 p.m.

• July 12
Kona Daifukuji Soto Mission, 79-7241 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, 7 p.m.
Kohala Jodo Mission, Hawi, 7 p.m.
Paauilo Hongwanji Mission, 43-1477 Hauola Road, Paauilo, 7 p.m.

• July 18, 19
Hilo Meishoin, 97 Olona St. Hilo, 7:30 p.m.

• July 19
Honokaa Hongwanji Mission, 45-5016 Plumeria St., Honokaa, 7 p.m.
Keei Buddhist Church & Cemetery, 83-5569 Middle Keei Road, Captain Cook, 7 p.m.

• July 26
Papaaloa Hongwanji Mission, Papaaloa, 6 p.m.
Hilo Hongwanji Mission, 457 Manono St. Hilo, 7:30 p.m.
Kona Hongwanji Mission, 81-6630 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, 7 p.m.

• Aug. 2
Hawi Jodo Mission, Hawi, 7 p.m.
Paauilo Kongoji Mission, 43-1461 Hauola Road, Paauilo, 7 p.m.
Taishoji Soto Mission, 275 Kinoole St., Hilo, 7 p.m.
Kurtistown Jodo Mission, Iwasaki Camp Road, Kurtistown, 8 p.m.

• Aug. 9
Hamakua Jodo Mission, Honokaa, 7 p.m.
Kona Koyasan Daishiji Mission, 76-5945 A Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa, 7 p.m.
Hilo Higashi Hongwanji, 216 Mohouli St., Hilo, 8 p.m.

• Aug. 15
Life Care Center, 944 W Kawailani St., Hilo, 6 p.m.

• Aug. 16
Kamuela Hongwanji Mission, Church Row, Kamuela, 7 p.m.
Hakalau Jodo Mission, Hakalau, 8 p.m.

• Aug. 23

Pahoa YBA Kaikan, Pahoa, 8 p.m.

• Aug. 30
Honohina Hongwanji Mission, 32-896 Mamalahoa Hwy, Ninole, 7 p.m.

SOURCE: Tsukikage Odorikai (www.hawaiimagazine.com)

Quality Workmanship And Modern Feel On 1 Acre July 9, 2014

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High ceilings, polished concrete floors and high-quality workmanship lend a modern feel to this beautiful three bedroom, two bath home perched on a nicely landscaped one acre corner parcel.

Located just 15 minutes from Hilo and only 10 minutes from Keaau, this well-maintained house lies along a row of gated homes in a great pocket neighborhood along Paradise Drive.

A beautifully constructed rock wall anchors the gated entry to the property.

Prepare a meal while chatting with your guests, thanks to the open layout in the main living area. An open-air, covered patio is perfect for entertaining or relaxing while enjoying the beautiful trees and foliage surrounding the home.

High-quality flooring is both handsome and functional, allowing for easy cleanup.

The master bedroom features a large walk-in closet and private bath, with all bedrooms enjoying views of the exterior landscaping.

The home has a fully enclosed garage and laundry area.

Notes: Tenant occupied. Please contact listing agent for access.

For full images and virtual tour, go to: http://275019.kellymoran.com

Sprawling Ranch Estate! Ocean And Mountain Views! July 8, 2014

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Sprawling ranch estate with sweeping ocean and mountain views, located off of North Kulani Road above Kurtistown. Only 20 minutes from Hilo and excellent ocean views! 112 acres zoned Agriculture minimum lot size 20 acres.

Build your dream country home on this 112 acre masterpiece perched along a hillside, overlooking gorgeous ocean vistas.

Majestic views of Mauna Kea Mountain form the backdrop to this large expansive parcel.

“AG-20” zoning provides great investment value and future development opportunities.

Cell tower nearby provides fantastic data speeds and voice reception in an otherwise rural setting.

For full images and virtual tour, go to: http://274684.kellymoran.com

Estate-Quality Living In The Heart Of Hilo July 3, 2014

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Estate-quality living, right in the heart of Hilo.

Master craftsmanship defines this one-of-a-kind executive mansion, featuring over 6,000 square feet of luxury living space on a beautifully manicured one acre property. Just a short walk away from the Hilo Municipal Golf Course, and only minutes from the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Chateau-style architecture influences the main house, which features 30 foot ceilings, a formal dining room and galley kitchen, and old-world amenities like African mahogany cabinets, a Napoleon-era hand-carved pedestal, and Parisian chandeliers.

Eastern influences dominate the mansion’s guest wing, which features 10 foot ceilings, recessed lighting, and picture windows throughout. A Zen mirror-fountain greets visitors in the formal Genkan entryway, while a temple-inspired hallway leads your guests to a spacious Japanese-style Furo (bathtub) and spa.

Two suites (four rooms total) allow for plenty of living space in the guest wing, while the main house has a total of three bedrooms and two full baths.

A hand-crafted grand staircase separates the two wings, set against a majestic solarium with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the pool and landscaping below.

Carefully manicured grounds surround the spacious patio and pool area fronting the mansion, where Thai Guavas, Tangerine, Loquat and Star Fruit trees have been planted, along with bananas and coffee.

An exterior orchid house is a perfect home for exotic plants or hobby pursuits, while a Hawaiian-style concrete outdoor oven provides the ultimate focal point for entertaining.

A fully enclosed pool house safely contains all pool equipment, while providing bathroom facilities for your guests to wash up after a long afternoon outdoors.

The home has ample storage areas throughout, a full laundry room, and fully enclosed two car garage.

For full images and virtual tour, go to: www.HiloLuxuryEstate.com

Well-Priced Acreage! Stream Frontage! July 2, 2014

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Well-priced acreage just north of Hilo with stream frontage!

Previously operated as a Macadamia nut farm, this large parcel lies along wind-swept slopes in a coveted part of the Big Island, just minutes from Downtown Hilo.

Build a secluded estate and listen to the sounds of the stream, or harvest Macadamia nuts for income while holding onto this valuable acreage.

Macadamia nut trees currently need pruning and other work in order to achieve good production levels. A well-kept adjacent orchard provides a nice example of the possibilities.

Ocean views are evident along the access road leading to the property, but exact view lines from the parcel are uncertain due to the current tree growth.

For full images and virtual tour, go to: http://274713.kellymoran.com