September 29, 2008

Mauka – Makai

Mauna Kea  Mauka

Mountains to the Sea

Today some people walked in and asked to see some homes, when we said Mauka or Makai side of course the look on their face told me they had no clue what I was talking about. There is only one road in and one road out here in Puako, so its hard to get lost. Here is a description of the Hawaiian viewpoint of this reference.
Mauka (toward the mountains) and Makai (toward the ocean) are not just directional reference; they embody our fundamental natural and cultural resources, land and ocean. Hawaiians believe there is a balance between the ocean and land. In traditional times, the ocean and its marine life were as well known as the life attributes of the upland areas. This intimate relationship with nature resonates today in the modern principle of sustainability. We continue a strong interconnected, interrelated and interdependent relationship with our natural and cultural resources.

Some call it ecosystem – based sterwardship; to the Hawaiians, this was exemplified in the ahupua’a (and ancient land division system divided into strips of land from the mountain to the sea supporting self-contained communities. The legacy of the mountain to sea management system continue today. Living on islands requires balance in addressing human needs while protecting our natural and cultural reasources.

We must hold our islands in good stewardship for the generations to come. Our natural and cultural resources are not simply historic sites,oceans,streams, mountains,trees, birds, and fish. They are the foundation of our economy and the key to our quality of life. Our natural and cultural resources define Hawaii’s “sense of place.” They make and keep Hawaii, Hawaii.

September 25, 2008

Luxury travel to your vacation home, be available at a moments notice to fly to Big Island.

Private jet to private beach, great way to get to the islands.Many of our guests and owners often times need to get to Hawaii on a moments notice to close a deal. With the multi million dollar homes lining the shores of the west side of Hawaii, private jets have become the new choice for vacation rental and real estate travelers. With exclusive resorts and neighborhoods like Hualali, Mauna Lani, Waikoloa, and the Northern Kohala coast, we are seeing more an more people fly outside the normal commercial carriers.

There are many different carriers to get you there, here is what one carrier sent to us to update their offerings for guests and owners looking for different way to travel for business or pleasure.

NEW YORK, NY -January 2007-According to the 2007 survey from the independent New
York-based Luxury Institute, Blue Star Jets has been recognized as the most prestigious
brand in the Private Jets Services category.
“Blue Star Jets is privileged to receive this award,” said Ricky Sitomer, CEO of Blue Star
Jets. “We are the only company that works for the customer, and this award signifies that
our commitment to customer service and attention to detail bears a real difference in the
experience of flying with us.”
Blue Star Jets bested Bombardier Flexjet, Citation Shares, Marquis, and Net Jets, among
others en route to being honored as the top brand in private aviation-a post it has held
since 2005.
“[Survey results] indicate that since our last survey smaller boutique brands continue to
overtake the larger players in brand status and that the larger brands need to redesign and
deliver a far better customer experience to earn a better brand reputation score,” said
Milton Pedraza, CEO of the Luxury Institute.
Through Blue Star Jets’ Sky Card program, customers are granted access to 4,000
executive aircraft, ranging from helicopters and turboprops to jumbo jets. With freedom to
choose the perfect aircraft for every trip, Blue Star Jets clients can maximize productivity
while minimizing investment. And with in-flight services such as Jivamukti Yoga, massage
from Exhale spa, and catering from Nobu, it is clear that the Blue Star Jets standard has no
equal.
To continue its quest for improved customer satisfaction, Blue Star Jets has launched the
first rewards program in private aviation. Beginning in January, Blue Star Jets clients are
awarded points for every dollar they spend. Points can then be redeemed for high-end
luxury lifestyles products, such as Bang & Olufsen plasma televisions.
The Luxury Institute asked ultra-wealthy consumers to rate each brand on delivering
superior quality, uniqueness and exclusivity; on whether the brand is used by people who
are admired and respected; on the ability of the brand to make clients feel special
throughout the entire customer experience; and whether the customer would refer friends
and business associates to the service. The survey also asked responders to rate each brand
on price worthiness and on change in status over the previous 12 months.

Thank you for the update on their achievement in providing a great service to our islands. Hawaii Vacation Rentals can help you coordinate your traveling needs relating to vacation rentals and real estate deals. There are many different ways to get to the islands with multiple private jet companies, so do your research.

September 24, 2008

Whale Songs in Hawaii, right in your back yard.

Whale singing positionWhale season is coming soon. We are looking forward to the days of sitting on shore for hours enjoying the show these magnificent creatures put on. The Jupiter Foundation records songs of the Humpback whales.

Puako, Hawaii
Song Library
 http://www.jupiterfoundation.org/new_bw_…

Whale Songs in Hawaii

During the winter breeding season in Hawaii, the male humpbacks “sing.” Their songs are comprised of a complex series of sounds which form a clearly identifiable pattern. A song typically lasts 8-15 minutes and is then repeated over and over in song sessions that may last several hours.

The songs change somewhat each season but all the whales in a specific population sing the same song. The singers are usually alone and stationary but have been known to sing while traveling with a female and calf. Because our buoys are also stationary, and because these songs can carry for miles underwater, you will notice our recordings usually feature many whales singing simultaneously . This is known as “chorusing.”

The recordings in the present library were made during the 2004-2005 winter mating season off the island of Hawaii.

September 22, 2008

Kohala District on the Big Island of Hawaii

Black sand beaches along the Kohala Coast area

About a 20-minute drive north from Kona International Airport you enter South Kohala. Lava fields blanket the coastal plains.

The colors—matte black, rust red, glossy black—and textures—jagged, chunky, ropey—provide a historical map of the eruptions that have flowed from Hualalai volcano over the centuries. The “Gold Coast” of Hawaii Island, South Kohala is the sunniest area in Hawaii. Less than 9 inches of rainfall annually works out to 360-plus great beach or golf days, with eight world-class resorts to help you indulge. Each resort is a green oasis nested within the black lava landscape, a world unto itself, that has carved its own identity, whether it be with a priceless collection of Asian and Oceanic art, a swim with dolphins, family fun, Hawaiian cultural programs, a sheltered beach, an ancient petroglyph field, championship golf, exceptional dining or a world-class spa. And every resort offers in-room broadband Internet so you can send the day’s photos home right away.

Continuing up past the little harbor of Kawaihae into North Kohala (about a 45-minute drive from the Kona Airport), the coastal road continues through dry, sunny grasslands spotted with cactus until suddenly the landscape turns green. This region, the “thumb” on the map of Hawaii Island, is the perfect complement to South Kohala. Now, lush tropical foliage fills the landscape. The former sugar cane villages of Hawi and Kapaau have restored old buildings and reinvented themselves as delightfully funky and colorful art communities with galleries and eclectic eateries.

Not far beyond, the road abruptly ends at one of Hawaii’s most breath-taking views: the overlook far down into Pololu Valley and its black sand beach. Another road meanders up the flank of Kohala volcano through cool pastures where lazy cattle occasionally get herded by paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) on horseback. And then, just when it can’t possibly get any better, a white pueo (the native Hawaiian owl), appears outside your car window as you crest a ridge leading into Waimea town with the peak of Mauna Kea far across the plain. North Kohala is full of surprises. Take your time.

Kohala Average temperatures: 79° in winter 85° in summer
Annual rainfall: 4.8 inches

Copied from Hawaii Visitor Bureau home site on Kohala District.

September 19, 2008

Aloha Friends of the Three Ring Ranch, Kona Hawaii.

Aloha Jonathan, Many thanks!! WE sure can use some serious help here since with the economy in the dump the animals get left for last when people think of donations. We are still holding the private educational tours for visitors. They take 2 hours, must be booked in advance and you need to wear shoes for walking on uneven ground. No heels or flip flops. The tour is amazing and people who visit say that it is the best part of the trip on the island. Not ok for children under the age of 6. This rule is hard and fast since kids just can not control the natural movements that scare our residents. The total in any group may be up to 15 if one family but we try to keep it under 10. I like 6-10 as group size. No fee for the program but we suggest a minimum donation to the 501 c 3 facility of $35 per person. This goes 100% to feed and care for the critters.

Many many thanksTell everyone who visits or rents in Puako and maybe we’ll have some regular tours from that end of town. We run the tours at 11 am so that it is after feeding rounds and before any afternoon rains. This also beats the traffic time. AnnThree Ring Ranch Exotic Animal SanctuaryKona, HawaiiAnn Goody, Curatorwww.threeringranch.org

Baby wiggy faceIN HAWAII

During the month of September Sack N Save and Foodland stores are running their annual Give Aloha Campaign and will match up to $300,000 in donations to Hawaii’s non-profits.

Go to any Sack N Save or Foodland store in the State and present your Maika’i Card at the checkout. Tell them that you want to make a donation to the Sanctuary and give them our program id: 78357. It’s that easy.
Give Aloha is an great way for you to get the most bang-for-your-buck. When you make a donation (up to $249 per Maika’i Card) to support the animal care and educational programs at the ranch, the Give Aloha program will match a portion of your donation up to a total of $300,000 for all non-profits enrolled. Donations are tax-deductible and a receipt will be given at the register.
OUTSIDE HAWAII

Here is a link to the Support page on our website where you can make a donation, adopt an animal, visit the Ranch Store or view our wishlist

The Three Ring Ranch is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

All donations are tax-deductible and will go 100% towards taking care of the animals and furthering our educational programs.

Projects they are working on.

Video of Classroom Teaching Program for DVD Distribution toSchools

On-site Classroom and Museum Building

Teachers all over the Big Island, and even from Oahu and Maui, now book our programs but there is just no set place where the students can actually see all of the specimens or experience the hands-on education that would be possible in one set-up room. Although I take some of the specimens on the road now but only a fraction of them are ever seen.

For several years we have felt that our programs could be better, sharper, clearer and make more of an impact if the educational work we were doing at the Sanctuary had a physical home. Currently, we hold our classes in areas on site, such as the on the lawn or in the barn. These are often not ideal options with the rain, bright sun or wind that we commonly face. Early 2007, with the help of State Representative Josh Green, we applied for a State GIA grant (Grants in Aid) with the goal of building a modular, environmentally self-sustained (solar and catchment), fully handicapped accessible classroom/museum building. This structure would house our specimens, contain a lab area for students to learn in, have audio-visual equipment for teaching and the equipment and workspace to create educational film and photographs. Unfortunately, the Legislature was not able to grant this financial request and we are now appealing to individuals and private grant funding.

It is estimated that construction will cost $74,400 in total. We have a great deal of in-kind labor promised from local contractors.

Handicapped Accessible Bathroom

to have children from the Public School System visit the Sanctuary we MUST provide a bathroom that complies with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) guidelines.

Another long standing dream of the Curator and Board of Directors has been to videotape the classroom teaching program, edit it into a series of DVDs, and making them available, along with course curriculum, FREE of charge to teachers. An excellent partnership has already been established with the award winning Interact club of Kealakehe High School. Working with high school students in the video production classes, we could create images that could then be used to share the animals with children who were not able to physically visit the Sanctuary. Each year the video interns would be able to train others in the editing and filming required as we care for more and different species. The students would not only learn about the animals we care for and the fragile ecology of our islands but how to use high tech video tools to profile our work and educate. This series could focus on the care and rehabilitation of Hawaii’s fragile wildlife including the endangered species we save. Work to create this series would be one of the many things done in the new building.

We are a private sanctuary and not open to the public. If you want to reach us via phone please remember that Hawaii is EARLIER than the US Mainland! We are 2 hours earlier than the West Coast (PST) during the winter and 3 hours earlier in the summer (Hawaii has no daylight savings time).

Telephone
808-331-8778

FAX (toll-free)
866-365-5097

Postal address
Ann and Norm Goody
Three Ring Ranch, Inc.
75-809 Keaolani Dr.
KAILUA KONA , HI 96740-8815

Email
 Animals at ThreeRingRanch.org

Ann Goody , the Curator of the Three Ring Ranch is a great coordinator and has helped so many animals that otherwise would have not lived without their efforts. Thank you for all you do.

September 18, 2008

Great NARPM meeting today!!

rental-home-pros.jpgrental-home-pros.jpgThe National Association of Residential Property Managers had a meeting today in Waimea, Hawaii. The Big Island chapter, an organization dedicated to promoting the advancement , development and support of property managers to be a leading force in the profession of property management. As usual it was very informative.

Cindy Evans, State House of Representatives was the speaker discussing issues relating to Property Management.

In our goal to follow the Code of Ethics, Article 10 Duty to remain educated.

The Property Manager shall strive to remain informed about relevant matters affecting the property management field on a local, state and national level. The property manager shall maintain their real estate licenses by meeting continuing education requirements as set out by the state in which they work.

Professional Members of NARPM® are individuals who must be engaged in the management of residential properties as agents for others, licensed in those states that require licensing.

Support Specialist Members are individuals who act in the role of support in the office of a Professional Member, not acting in a capacity requiring licensure in that state.
Affiliate Members are companies who serve or supply the residential property management profession.
Support Specialist and Affiliate Members are nonvoting members of NARPM®.
Just the Facts
A large number of single-family dwellings across the United States are non-owner occupied.
The average number of units owned by investors is fewer than five.
There are many properties being managed either by owners or by managers who specialize in small properties.
NARPM® Fills the Void
As a group, managers of small residential properties oversee billions of dollars worth of assets, yet have had little or no voice in such important matters as tax law, legislation, legal document requirements, accounting practices, insurance, building codes, zoning and utilities.
Prior to the inception of NARPM®, there was no organization to represent this large group of property managers and their clients.
Meeting the Needs of Residential Property Managers
The National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM®), founded in October 1988, provides a permanent trade organization for the residential property management industry. NARPM® continues to be the premier professional association of residential property managers, currently representing over 2000 members comprised of real estate agents, brokers, managers and their employees.

NARPM® promotes a high standard of business ethics, professionalism and fair housing practice. The Association also certifies its members in the standards and practices of the residential property management industry and promotes continuing professional education.
NARPM® is an association of real estate professionals who know first-hand the unique problems and challenges of managing single-family and small residential properties.
NARPM® members know that education and communication raise the level of our profession, so that we may better represent our clients.
NARPM® is here to represent the interest of property managers.

September 17, 2008

Great to have local resources like Big Island Nannies, LLC while looking for a home to purchase.

Hawaii great for family travelHawaii great for family travelI was speaking with Marla Hanson with the company Big Island Nannies, LLC. She had pointed out that the Nannie company we had on our site was not a local nannie company, and probably wouldn’t know as much about the area as local nannies would. I had to agree with her.

She wrote up this brief description of her services.

Big island Nannies LLC. is a local company offering quality vacation childcare to hotel and resort guests on the Big Island of Hawaii. We have a group of childcare professionals available to help meet your guest childcare needs. Their collective experience includes teaching in public schools, having licensed daycare centers, directing and teaching in preschools and working as nannies at the major hotels and resorts in Kailua-Kona and on the Kohala Coast. All are certified for First Aid, have their TB clearance, and have criminal history clearances.
Some of the Hotels and Resorts we service are Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, Mauna Lani Terrace Condominiums, The Villages at Mauna Lani, Hilton Waikoloa and Camp Menehune, The Hilton Grand Vacations Club, The Kona Coast Resort, Kanaloa Outrigger, Holua Resort, Ohana Keahou Beach Resort, The Bay Club, Paniolo Greens, etc. We also service private homes at places like Champion Ridge and High Bluffs.
Please visit our link for rates and policy information. ALOHA and MAHALO!
Big Island Nannies will provide you with childcare services when you visit the Kona or Kohala Coast on the Big Island Of Hawaii. We also schedule nannies for large groups and conventions. Elder care is available upon request.

marlahanson@bigislandnannies.com

 jackieohata at bigislandnannies.com

General Phone LIne 808-331-0700

Photos by Tim Rice Studios.

Tim Rice is another great family orientated business that services our area. www.ricesstudio.smugmug.com

September 15, 2008

Net Jets for the Holiday season

Private Jet to private Estate, Big Island has it all.That time of year is here again, Holiday season is just around the corner. Flying on a plane with too many people can be quite a challenge, especially during the high season of travel. Charters are a way to go.

As summer comes to a close, your thoughts may be shifting to holiday travel planning. Because of the challenges of flying commercially, combined with the planned elimination of many routes, the demand for private jet travel this fall and winter is shaping up to be at some of the highest levels ever. Therefore, if you are interested in flying privately with NetJets over the upcoming holidays, you will need to act soon.

You can fly with NetJets by purchasing either a NetJets fractional share or a Marquis Jet Card* which is sold as a prepaid lease offering 25 hours of occupied flight time. Either way, you’ll fly on the same world-class fleet with the same pilots and uncompromising safety standards.

In order to properly manage the peak season demand and to provide world class service, we require that new Marquis Jet Card customers purchase their Marquis Jet Cards at least 60 days in advance of the heavy travel times. New Marquis Jet Cards must be purchased by the following dates in order to travel on the upcoming Peak Period Days:

September 30, 2008 to fly on Thanksgiving 2008 Peak Period Days
October 31, 2008 to fly on Christmas 2008/New Years 2009 Peak Period Days
December 31, 2008 to fly on Presidents Day 2009 Peak Period Days
January 31 to fly on Easter week 2009 Peak Period Days
These purchase deadlines do not apply to the purchase of NetJets fractional shares.

You owe it to yourself to experience flying with NetJets. I welcome the opportunity to discuss with you whether a NetJets fractional share or Marquis Jet Card is the best fit for you. Please contact me today to learn how we can tailor a program to best meet your needs. You can reach me at 877-NETJETS (877-638-5387). Let him know you will be working with Hawaii Vacation Rentals for more details and available homes to Jet Set this winter.

David Pritchard
NetJets Inc.

*The Marquis Jet Card Program is operated by NetJets under its FAR Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate.

Alan B. Lundberg, Realtor (S) Director of Sales- Property and Estate Management

Director of Sales, Property and Estate Management Alan is our latest staff addition as we broaden our Real Estate capacities here on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island. Alan has been a Big Island resident for 40 years and has lived in the Hilo, Kona, Kohala, Waimea, and Hamakua areas of the Big Island. He is quite familiar with the growth and trends of Hawaii’s growing economy. A few of Alan’s specialties include Property & Estate Management and Long-Term Rental Investment Real Estate. If you are interested in purchasing properties that you plan to rent out or, if you presently need a Property Manager to care for your Hawaii home while you are away, Alan is the contact you need. Alan will be serving as President of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM), West Hawaii Chapter, for the year 2009. Call Alan if you have any questions about Sales, Real Estate Purchases, or Property Management in Hawaii. He is dedicated to serving you in order for you to accomplish your real estate investment goals. Call him direct at 808-895-9318.

September 5, 2008

Big Island a great place to enjoy local foods and Pan- Asian cuisine.

Aloha Friday Big Island and abroad. This weekend is going to be great ,full of dining and fun, with all the local colorful food and the wonderful mix of flavors our island chefs’ produce. Local , fresh, organic foods are a must when visiting or living in Hawaii. You can usually find these foods throughout the state , Saturday markets are full of great deals.

Here is a list of some of the dining in our area of North Kohala, Waimea and South Kohala.

Coast Grille & Oyster Bar Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, 62-100 Kaunaoa Drive, Level 4
(808) 880-3192 Daily 6:00-9:00pm (closed Wed) , RR, C
Blend of fresh island produce and Pacific Rim flavors
Seafood, steaks, excellent wines

Hakone Steakhouse & Sushi Bar Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, 62-100 Kaunaoa Drive
(808) 880-2192 Wed-Sat 6:00-9:00pm, RR, C
Traditional Japanese, sukiyaki, sushi and steakhouse

The Hualalai Club Grill Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, 1 Kaupulehu Drive
By Allen Wong Daily 11:00am-9:00pm, RR, C
(808) 325-5000 Great for lunch or dinner, golf course view

Merriman’s Market Café Kings’ Shops, 250 Waikoloa Beach Drive
(808) 886-1700 Daily 11:00am-9:00pm, C
Casual café, Mediterranean and Italian style specialties

Roy’s Waikoloa Bar and Grill Kings’Waikoloa Shops, 250 Waikoloa Beach Drive
(808) 886-4321 Daily 11:30am-2:00pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm, RR, C
East-West cuisine, fusions of local meats, seafood, vegetables

Ruth Chris Mauna Lani Shops, 68-1330 Mauna Lani Dr, #121
(808) 880-887-0800 Daily 5:00pm-10:00pm, RR, C
Steaks, excellent wines

Tommy Bahama Mauna Lani Shops, 68-1330 Mauna Lani Drive
(808) 881-8686 Daily 11:00am-10:00pm, RR, C
Seafood, etc.

North Kohala

Café Pesto, Kawaihae Kawaihae Shopping Center
(808) 882-1071 Sun-Thurs 11:00am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm, C
Gourmet pizzas, wok, grilled island fish

Kawaihae Harbor Grill Highway 270
(808) 882-1368 Daily 11:30am-1:30pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm, C
Seafood Bar 11:00am-10:30pm
Burgers, salads, seafood, prime rib, ribs

Waimea/Hamakua

Merriman’s Opelu Plaza, 65-1227 Opleo Road
(808)-885-6822 Daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-9:00pm, RR, C
Seafood, beef, salads