May 29, 2012

Pattie Freeman Real Estate Broker with Hawaii Vacation Rentals, Inc. a Luxury Real Estate Company just sold “best buy” at Kohala Ranch

Maki Place in Kohala Ranch

Best Buy in Years

These clients just got the best buy in many years at Kohala Ranch for $550,000. Large bank owned property with incredible views on 3 acres. Is the Hawaii Real Estate market on the way back up? It seems so if you look at the statistics below.

There are currently no homes listed in Kohala Ranch for under $1,000,000! Right now there are 11 homes listed for sale between $1,195,000 to $4,950,000 and a contingent sale in escrow with an asking price of $1,299,000.

Since June, 2011 there have been 10 homes sell at Kohala Ranch with prices ranging from $550,000 to 1.3 Million.

Pattie has 30 years of experience in assisting home buyers and sellers with many contacts through her many years of renting luxury vacation homes on the Kohala Coast from the Mauna Lani, Puako, Mauna Kea, Kohala by the Sea, Kohala Waterfront, Kohala Ranch.

Pattie Freeman
Real Estate Broker/Owner
Hawaii Vacation Rentals, Inc.
A Luxury Real Estate Company
P. O. Box 2880
5 Emmalani Street
Kamuela, HI 96743
(808) 882-7000
 seaside at

(808) 882-7607 Fax!/PuakoPattie/follow…

It’s a beautiful day in paradise!…

May 24, 2012

New Regulations from DLNR for Coastal Areas


Division of Aquatic Resources – Kona 74-380B Kealakehe Parkway Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
May 2012
West Hawai’i Regional Fishery Management Area (WHRFMA) Rule Proposals
In accordance with Act 306 (1998) and Hawai’i Revised Statute §188-F, the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) is proposing changes to the rules governing the WHRFMA which encompasses the regional ocean area of the west coast of Hawai’i Island from ‘Upolu Point to Ka lae.
Due to the complexity and potential confusion in amending the current WHRFMA rule chapter (HAR §13-60.3), DAR is proposing to repeal this chapter and concurrently adopt a new chapter (§13-60.4) incorporating all proposed changes.
Substantive changes to the rules governing the WHRFMA are listed below. These recommended changes are the result of ten years of research, committee meetings, and community discussions, all facilitated by the West Hawai’i Fisheries Council (WHFC).
The overall goals of these changes are to ensure continued resource sustainability, to enhance nearshore resources, and to minimize user conflicts in the WHRFMA. Except for minor changes to address inconsistencies, ambiguity, and to clarify or remove superfluous language, all other existing rules governing the WHRFMA remain substantively the same.
The following new provisions are proposed for the WHRFMA:
 Prohibition of SCUBA spearfishing to include the possession of SCUBA gear and a spear or speared aquatic life.
 Establishment of a 1,500 foot section of Ka‘ohe Bay (Pebble Beach), South Kona, as a Fish Replenishment Area (FRA) where no aquarium collecting or recreational fish feeding will be allowed.
 Establishment of a list of 40 fish species permitted for aquarium take (see “white list” at end).

 Establishment of a West Hawai‘i Aquarium Permit required to collect aquatic life for aquarium purposes within the WHFRMA.
 Nets or containers used to capture or hold aquatic life for aquarium purposes must be labeled with the commercial marine license (CML) number(s) of the person(s) who own(s) or is using such equipment.
 Possession of aquarium collecting gear or aquarium life on a vessel after sunset or before sunrise requires prior notification to the DAR Kona office.
 Size and/or bag limits for aquarium collectors for kole and Achilles tang (see table at end).
 Size and bag limits for all fishers for yellow tang (see table).
 Prohibition on take and possession of certain vulnerable species (see table).
 Minimum mesh size for “lay nets” does not apply to nets that are permitted for use under an aquarium permit, and labeled with the CML number of the person owning or using the net.
In addition to the above provisions this submittal also includes proposed rule changes involving updates to two FMAs contained within the WHRFMA and an update to DLNR’s lay net rule.
 Clarification of the boundaries of the Puakō Bay and Puakō Reef Fisheries Management Area (FMA) (out to the edge of the fringing reef), the types of nets prohibited (all except thrownets) and inclusion of a more accurate map of the FMA.
 Clarification of the boundaries of the Keauhou Bay Fisheries Management Area rule to be consistent with the no-laynetting boundaries established under the WHRFMA rule and inclusion of a more accurate map of the FMA.
 Technical amendments to department lay net rules (HAR §13-75-12.4) are made to reflect differences in the proposed replacement chapter (§13-60.4).
‘White List’ of Species Permitted for Aquarium Collecting
Common Name
Yellow Tang
Chevron Tang
Goldring Surgeonfish Achilles Tang
Tinker’s Butterflyfish Orangespine Unicornfish Forcepsfish
Goldrim Surgeonfish Potter’s Angelfish Fourspot Butterflyfish Yellowtail Coris
Ornate Wrasse Orangeband Surgeonfish Bird Wrasse
Eyestripe Surgeonfish Multiband Butterflyfish Saddle Wrasse
Brown Surgeonfish Flame Wrasse Thompson’s Surgeonfish Peacock Grouper Bluestripe Snapper Redbarred Hawkfish Psychedelic Wrasse
Hi Whitespotted Toby Fisher’s Angelfish
Hi Dascyllus
Milletseed Butterflyfish Blacklip Butterflyfish Pyramid Butterflyfish Shortnose Wrasse
Black Durgon
Spotted Boxfish Blackside Hawkfish
Hi Longfin Anthias Eightline Wrasse Fourline Wrasse Smalltail Wrasse
Lei Triggerfish
Gilded Triggerfish
Scientific Name
Zebrasoma flavescens Ctenochaetus hawaiiensis Ctenochaetus strigosus Acanthurus achilles Chaetodon tinkeri
Naso lituratus
Forcipiger flavissimus Acanthurus nigricans Centropyge potteri Chaetodon quadrimaculatus Coris gaimard
Halichoeres ornatissimus Acanthurus olivaceus Gomphosus varius Acanthurus dussumieri Chaetodon multicinctus Thalassoma duperrey Acanthurus nigrofuscus Cirrhilabrus jordani Acanthurus thompsoni Cephalopholis argus Lutjanus kasmira
Cirrhitops fasciatus Anampses chrysocephalus Canthigaster jactator Centropyge fisheri
Dascyllus albisella Chaetodon miliaris Chaetodon kleinii Hemitaurichthys polylepis Macropharyngodon geoffroy Melichthys niger
Ostracion meleagris Paracirrhites forsteri Pseudanthias hawaiiensis Pseudocheilinus octotaenia Pseudocheilinus tetrataenia Pseudojuloides cerasinus Sufflamen bursa Xanthichthys auromarginatus

May 17, 2012

Step Inside the Music with Prince Dance Institute May 19th and 20th

Step Inside the Music with Prince Dance Institute May 19th and 20th at the H.P.A. Gates Theatre in Waimea, Hawaii. The shows we have attended have been great and you get to see some local talent showcase their dance moves. Go to for more details. These shows are always community based and full of exciting , new choriography from the Creative Director Angel Prince.

7 PM on Saturday Night and 2 PM on Sunday afternoon

Angel Prince.

May 2, 2012

Puako is still the only ocean front residential community along the Kohala Coast

Puako is still the only ocean front residential community along the Gold Coast/Kohala Coast of the Big Island nestled between the Mauna Lani Resort, Fairmont Orchid and Mauna Kea/Hapuna Resorts. Hapuna Beach State Park has earned the reputation of being one of Hawaii Island’s finest beaches. It is the largest White Sands Beach on The Big Island and consistently rates on Top Ten lists internationally. Hapuna Beach offers some wonderful opportunities for swimming, bodysurfing, bodyboarding, sunbathing and snorkeling and is just a mile from Puako. You can even drive the back road to Hapuna Beach and not get on the Highway. Local shore fisherman can be seen daily enjoying the great reef fishing.

From this ariel shot you can view the coast line of Puako and the extensive protected coral reef

Puako Beach Drive has no thorough thru access which keeps it virtually still undiscovered by many. Hawaii Vacation Rentals, Inc. had their office next to the Puako General Store for almost 20 years and we often noticed people driving down the road and turning around before ever seeing the charming neighborhood which is still prevalent with original beach shacks next to stately homes as well as charming beach cottages that some owner’s have preserved. There are homes along the ocean side as well as across the street from the ocean. There are six separate “beach” accesses along this stretch of beach. Although there is not a tremendous amount of sand, there are tide pools and the extensive protected reef is remarkable. During low tide, small pools dot the entire coastline and these pools are filled with small sea life that make excellent areas to explore for all ages. If you enjoy shore diving, kayaking and snorkeling you can find a spot along this stretch of shoreline to enter the water. Offshore the reef is home to a wide variety of fish and many days you will see dolphins playing right from the shore. Enjoy the Whales who return each year to mate and give birth in the tropical warm waters during the winter months.

Puako is a place of activity and rejuvenation. There is so much to do or nothing at all. Sunsets are celebrated by most who live and visit Puako every evening.

Warmest Aloha,


Pattie Freeman
Real Estate Broker/Owner
Hawaii Vacation Rentals, Inc.
A Luxury Real Estate Company
P. O. Box 2880
5 Emmalani Street
Kamuela, HI 96743
(808) 882-7000
 seaside at

(808) 882-7607 Fax!/PuakoPattie/follow…

It’s a beautiful day in paradise!…

May 1, 2012

Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau update


© 2012 Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau

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