Hawaiian Paradise Park

Hawaiian Paradise Park or HPP is the largest subdivision in Puna. It has nearly 9000 lots, most of which are on one acre lots. Like so many of the subdivisions in Puna it is private which means no county maintained roads. The current road assessments are $163 a year. There are no other subdivision dues. All of the main access roads are paved and the side roads are cindered. They just got a large loan to begin paving the side roads over the next several years.
HPP is just south of Hilo on the makai (ocean) side of highway 130. It stretches from the ocean to the Highway which is about four miles and is about three and a half miles wide. Currently there is more new construction going on there than anywhere else on the east side. Typical new construction starts around $290,000 to $360,000 for 3 bedroom/2bath homes. Homes on or near the ocean will range up in price to $1,000,000. HPP is zones agricultural so there are orchid nurseries next to private homes and of course you will find chickens. One acre lots are starting in the mid $50,000’s and go up in price close the the ocean. Some areas are wooded with Ohias and other native trees, while other areas have either Albizia trees or are more open. Catchment water is the norm with the exception of some houses along Hawaiian Paradise DR up to the fire station. I know that many people have installed wells. I have a friend who has inspected the water in several of the wells over the years and he says that if you get a well be sure and have the water checked. Most are pure water but some are pollluted by near by cess pools.
HPP is family friendly and it’s a good place to meet your neighbors. The neighborhood association is active and it has a strong Neighborhood Watch Program. It has a few community parks, including an undeveloped one on the ocean. One of my favorite hikes leaves from HPP that stretches along the coast a couple of miles to Shipman Beach. Shipman beach is a beautiful sand beach in Puna.
HPP has a large inventory of homes on the market. This is great for buyers because there is a lot to choose from and sellers are in the mood for negotiating these days. A few older homes are on the market for under $200,000 and many new homes are listed under $300,000. Several homes have ocean views and views of both Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. All in all HPP is known as a pretty nice place to live.
Feel free to add your own comments or questions about the subdivision.
Glenn Pressel, MA, RS, ABR, E-Pro
Coldwell Banker Day-Lum Properties
2 Kamehameha AVE
Hilo, HI, 96720
800-949-4456 Office
808-987-6078 Cell
gpressel@daylum.com
www.GlennPressel.com

Maku’u Farmer’s Market

This is a market you don’t want to miss. It is open every Sunday from 8:00 AM to around 2:00 PM. It is the event of the week in Puna. It is a gathering place to talk story with friends and neighbors besides being a great place to stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables. But it is so much more. There is music. Each week there is a featured performer that keeps things alive under the music tarp. In addition to that there is often performers at other places around the market to keep you entertained. There is always a good variety of food vendors that have ono food to try. One of the most in demand vendors makes a fresh papaya salad just for you. You can tell where she’s located because she always has the longest line. There is also some great hawaiian smoked meats and barbeque and if your in the mood, some of the most imaginative crepes that you will devour with relish.
At this market you can get some great buys on live plants to put in your garden and loads of free advice from the growers that know how to grow in the Puna lava/cinder/soil. You can also get some great buys on all sorts of hand made crafts and flea market items. Need a massage? Try a lomi lomi massage, you won’t be disappointed. Need adivce? Try the tarot card reader.
But the biggest reason for going to the Sunday market is for the people. This has to be one of the best places to people watch that you will ever find. Saying it’s colorful just doesn’t capture the crowd. You will find the true “punatics” here, the back to the earth crowd, the pierced, the tatooed, the newly arrived, your next door neighbors and in short the heart and soul of Puna.
As always, post your own comments or questions about this post.
Glenn Pressel, MA, RS, ABR, E-Pro
Coldwell Banker Day-Lum Properties
2 Kamehameha AVE
Hilo, HI 96720
800-949-4456 Office
808-987-6078 Cell
gpressel@daylum.com
www.GlennPressel.com

Orchidland Estates

Orchidland Estates is one of the fastest growing subdivisons in Puna. Situated about 10 miles south of Hilo on Highway 130, it is an easy commute to town. It consists of approximately 2400 lots most of which range from 1 to 3 acres. Many have distant views of the ocean depending on the elevation and vegetation and some have views of Mauna Kea.
There are no CC&R’s here so you will find all kinds of homes built here. You will find modest one bedroom homes to large mini-mansions. Some homes are close to the roads but many people choose to have curving drives that hide thier home behind trees and gardens. The subdivison, like the majority of Puna subdivisions is zoned agricultural. So there are several orchards, nurseries, and depending where you are; chickens, horses, sheep and other farm animals. If you aren’t interested in the rural lifestyle this is not the place to live. However, if you are looking for the slower pace that a rural lifestyle has, look no further.
It is a private subdivison so everyone owns a part of the roads. Currently there are two road assessments a year. One is $65 for the general upkeep of the roads and the other is a temporary assessment of $100 for paving the main access roads. Once the paving is finnished on those roads, that assessment will be dropped.
There is no county water so most people use catchment water systems. Luckily there is no shortage or rain and it is rare that catchment tanks run dry here.
Orchidland has a small but soon to be growing commercial area. Currently there is a Wiki Wiki convenience store and gas station, the Orchidland General Store that is a full Ace hardware store plus grocery store, plus home store and a Blanes Drive-In. There are plans to build a couple of other small shopping area on Orchidland Drive. This all saves having to drive into Hilo for supplies.
Orchidland has a great mix of residents, old time punatics to new blood from the mainland plus a great mix of nationalities, families, couples and singles. There is a spirit of the old west here where independent souls thrive. If this sounds like you and you’re looking for a place to set down roots, this may be just the place. Feel free to ask me any questions about Orchidland or just post your own comments about this unique subdivision.
Glenn Pressel, MA, RS, ABR, E-Pro
Coldwell Banker Day-Lum Properties
2 Kamehameha AVE
Hilo, HI 96720
800-949-4456 Office
808-987-6078 Cell
gpressel@daylum.com
www.GlennPressel.com