July 27, 2012

Hawaii Farmer’s Markets on the Big Island

Puako Pattie goes to Farmer's Market every saturday

Great Local Produce and rare Hawaiian treats

Hawaii Farmer’s Markets on the Big Island

One of the great joys of life on the Big Island (actually all Hawaiian Islands) is our easy access to fresh, mostly organic produce. I went to two Farmer’s Markets on Saturday in Waimea on the Big Island and found all of the produce and flowers and orchids I had in mind to have for this week. I went there on a mission for orchids to stage my home which is on the market for sale, but came away with much more than orchids. I came away feeling such a part of a community that is so full of love and joy! Most of the people selling their produce have grown it and/or are part of the family who has grown it. Everyone is so happy around all of the beautiful flowers, vegetables, fruit, thai food, local style breakfasts, art, live music, popcorn, crepes and more! Our Farmer’s Markets are a social gathering of sorts and often times I run into people I have been missing. The vendors are so friendly and full of love and excitement about being there every Saturday and when you stop to talk to them, they are thrilled that you remember them! I always walk away feeling full of abundance with my beautiful flowers and produce, but mostly the FRIENDSHIPS! Wonderful way to start your weekend!

For real estate information on the Big Island of Hawaii go to http://www.bigislandreale.com

July 26, 2012

HTA announces total Visitor Spending and Arrivals Rose Double-Digits for the first half of 2012

"Mauna Kea" For Immediate Release: July 26, 2012
HTA Release (12-18)

TOTAL VISITOR SPENDING INCREASED 20.4 PERCENT TO A NEW JUNE RECORD WHILE ARRIVALS GREW 11.5 PERCENT

Total Visitor Spending and Arrivals Rose Double-Digits for the First Half of 2012

HONOLULU – Total expenditures by visitors who came to Hawaii in June 2012 rose 20.4 percent compared to the previous year (or $207 million) to $1.2 billion1, a new record for the month of June, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Strong growth in total arrivals (+11.5% to 677,218 visitors) and higher daily spending contributed to this increase.

Among Hawaii’s top visitor markets in June 2012, arrivals by air from U.S. West were up 4 percent from a year ago to 285,342 visitors, the eighth month of consecutive growth. Total U.S. West visitor expenditures grew 9.8 percent to $410 million. U.S. East arrivals rose 8.1 percent to 173,002 visitors, the tenth straight month of increases, while total visitor spending increased (+10.6%) to $339 million.

Japanese arrivals grew 21.9 percent to 115,788 visitors, but remained below the June 1995 record of 177,299 visitors. A longer length of stay (6.21 days from 5.79 days in June 2011) elevated total Japanese visitor expenditures (+31.4%) to $219.1 million.

Canadian arrivals increased 3.4 percent to 16,705 visitors. Total Canadian visitor expenditures grew 14.9 percent to $30.1 million due to higher daily spending.

Total visitor expenditures (+58.9% to $219.5 million) and arrivals (+39.6%) from all other2 markets showed particularly strong growth compared to June 2011.

Half Year 2012:

For the first half of 2012, all visitor markets showed growth in total visitor expenditures and arrivals compared to the same period last year. Total visitor expenditures climbed 21.4 percent to $7.1 billion, led by double digit increases from Japan (+26.2% to $1.2 billion), Canada (+12.6% to $590.6 million) and all others (+75.9% to $1.4 billion). Total arrivals rose 10.2 percent to 3,932,266 visitors. Combined arrivals from all others market climbed 28.8 percent from a year ago.

July 25, 2012

Native Hawaiian Community Focus Groups on the Monk Seals – O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i

Native Hawaiian Community Focus Groups on the Monk Seals – O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i
Aloha kākou,
Honua Consulting will be hosting a series of focus groups throughout the Hawaiian Islands to gather input into monk seal management in the main Hawaiian Islands. The purpose of these meetings is to give Native Hawaiian community members opportunity to provide information for consideration in future monk seal recovery plans and activities. Participants will be presented with a series of specific questions related to monk seal recovery goals and given opportunity to respond, provide feedback and voice other questions and concerns. All information gathered from the focus groups will be given to National Marine Fisheries Service Pacific Islands Regional Office Protected Resources Division for consideration and potential inclusion in future recovery plans.

Focus groups will be facilitated. Each focus group will be limited to 10 participants.

Leeward O`ahu Meeting – Sunday July 29, 2012 10 am – 12 noon
 http://www.eventbrite.com/event/39640545…

Windward O`ahu Meeting – Sunday July 29, 2012 2 pm – 4 pm
 http://www.eventbrite.com/event/39642150…

Lana`i Meeting – Saturday, August 4, 2012 12 noon – 2 pm
 http://www.eventbrite.com/event/39642652…

Moloka`i Meeting – Sunday, August 5, 2012 12 noon – 2 pm
 http://www.eventbrite.com/event/39642752…

Exact locations will be sent to participants once locations are confirmed; they will also be listed on the event site once they are confirmed. Additional meetings are being scheduled for the islands of Kaua`i, Maui and Hawai`i Island (tentative dates between August 18 – August 26). Information regarding those meetings will be sent out shortly.

Please send this information to people who may be interested in participating. We are encouraging wide distribution of this announcement. We would like to encourage ʻōpio and mākua to encourage kupuna to attend and assist them in registering if necessary. If you or someone you know needs assistance in registering and would rather do so by phone, please call us at 808 392 1617 or email us at  admin at honuaconsulting.com.

Mahalo,

Kehaulani Watson

Trisha Kehaulani Watson, JD, PhD
Owner, Honua Consulting
PO Box 61395
Honolulu, HI 96839
kelepona (phone): (808) 392 1617
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July 12, 2012

Is it time to buy that vacation rental in Hawaii?

Is it time to buy that vacation rental in Hawaii?

There has never been a better time……..prices are down significantly and so are interest rates…and the big plus is tourism in Hawaii is booming…better than ever……

According to the July 6, 2012 report from Pacific Business News, prices of condo sales “soared last month” on the Big Island. 65 condo units sold on the Big Island in June compared to 51 in June, 2011. The median price rose 13% from $259,000 in 2011 to $292,000 in 2012 in the months of June.

Since home prices and interest rates have significantly declined from their peak, buying a vacation home makes more sense than ever for a long term investment…..plus you can use it when you want to be in Hawaii. You can have your vacation home managed by a professional company such as MacArthur & Company/Hawaii Vacation Rentals. They will attract the best guests and your property will be well managed in your absence………

As baby boomers and those even younger are planning for retirement and thinking of living in Hawaii in the future, buying a vacation home in Hawaii now could be a way to make those future dreams come true, especially with the record low interest rates.

Pattie Freeman, Broker in Charge Vacation Rentals
MacArthur & Company/Hawaii Vacation Rentals
(808) 882 7000
e mail:  puako at lava.net
visit website:  www.vacationbigisland.com

July 9, 2012

Unique home in Heathers section of Kohala Ranch

This home is unique in Heathers section of Kohala Ranch. Situated on 1.80 acres of land, this is the only CPR lot in the Ranch. The smaller size of the lot allows the owner to enjoy a private oasis of landscaping and easy maintenance. Perfectly designed for full time or part time living, the home has been successfully used as a vacation rental as well when the owner is not in residence; perfect for the absentee owner the vacation rental management is all in place should they wish to continue.
This home is unique in Heathers section of Kohala Ranch. Situated on 1.80 acres of land, this is the only CPR lot in the Ranch. The smaller size of the lot allows the owner to enjoy a private oasis of landscaping and easy maintenance. Perfectly designed for full time or part time living, the home has been successfully used as a vacation rental as well when the owner is not in residence; perfect for the absentee owner the vacation rental management is all in place should they wish to continue.

Beautifully landscaped around the entire home with large areas of shade and lawn, there are at least 3 great spots for a future pool if desired. Recently added is a wood deck with hot tub/spa perfectly sited for privacy and to enjoy the unobscured ocean views, year round sunsets and star gazing. The open floor plan of the combined living room, kitchen and dining lead out to the 800+ sq. ft. covered lanai where again the view is impeccable and the landscaping charming, colorful and healthy.
This home and the surrounding improvements are charming and well maintained at price rarely seen in this desirable section of Kohala Ranch. Named Hi’i Lani, “In the Arms of Heaven,” this property is situated at a desirable elevation of 900 feet offering year-round sunset views and moonrise views from behind the mountains. Tastefully tucked into the mountainside, this single-level home offers just the right balance of serenity and privacy along with easy access to outdoor recreation and entertainment options along the Kohala Coast. Although the tax records indicate this is a 2 bedroom home, the owner will have the 3rd bedroom noted on the tax records prior to closing and recordation.

For more information please visit the following website http://www.bigislandreale.com/255098-Koh…