March 7th, 2014
On March 4, 2014 the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the Biggert-Waters act, which addresses the National Flood Insurance Program and premium rates. Click here for the National Association of Realtors’ “issue brief” about current flood insurance legislation. For more information about your specific property call your insurance agent, or the County of Hawaii’s Department of Public Works, (808) 961-8787.
February 26th, 2014
The Hawaiian tree fern, also known as hapu‘u, for millennia abundant in wet forests, is now in decline along with the rain forests themselves. Those who have been around West Hawaii for years may remember our tree ferns, cibotium glaucum, growing thickly along the Koloko mauka road high above Mamalahoa highway. Now, grasses invade these spaces as the tree fern recedes. According to a University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture public handout “hapu‘u was very common in the wetter areas of all the major islands, but exploitation and drier conditions caused by climate change have reduced the stands drastically.”
February 22nd, 2014
With the closing of the Kona golf course, the Kohala Coast golf courses are seeing much more play. As this year is the anniversary of one of the best Kohala Coast Resorts most famed golf courses, please enjoy this article by local journalist Carolyn Lucas-Zenk published in West Hawaii Today, January 27 2014
“Mr. Rockefeller, if you allow me to build a golf course here, this’ll be the most beautiful hole in the world.”
That was the proposal posed by golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. while standing on the Kohala coastline, overlooking the sweeping panoramic views of land and sea. That hole, No. 3, is iconic.
February 21st, 2014
I saw a home today with solar tubes. It was amazing how much light they produce! Here’s an article I found about them.
Solar Tubes Beat Traditional Skylights for Low-Cost Daylighting
By Dave Toht, Realtor.com
Get the natural light that skylights provide — but with less cost and less hassle — by installing solar tubes instead.
How it works
Known variously as a sun tube, sun tunnel, light tube, or tubular skylight, a solar tube is a 10- or 14-inch-diameter sheet-metal tube with a polished interior. The interior acts like a continuous mirror, channeling light along its entire length while preserving the light’s intensity. It captures daylight at the roof and delivers it inside your home.
February 20th, 2014
If you own Hawaii property near a flood zone and are nervously waiting to see your neighborhood’s new flood rate map, yesterday Yahoo Finance published a related article. Food for thought.
February 19th, 2014
The 19th Annual Kona Brewers Festival Pa’ina Dinner is Thursday March 6, 2014 at the Sheraton in Kona. Tickets $75. Buy two and take a friend! Outstanding food and local beer. See the menu here. Volunteer to be a Beer Tender and help raise tens of thousands for local non-profits!
This year, participate in this charity event in a new way! Sign up for the Suds and Sea Benefit Cruise, five hours of snorkeling and whale watching, $149. Proceeds will benefit the Brewers Festival’s beneficiaries.
In Kona town it’s easy to become part of the community!
February 11th, 2014
A home’s value is dependent on many things. Here are nine factors you might not have thought about.
1. Surf Breaks
Being within a mile of a surf break adds about $106,000 to a home’s value, according to surfonomics experts at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
2. Parks and Open Spaces
A desirable public park or other recreational open space boosts the property value of nearby homes by 8%-20%. One study looked at 16,400 home sales within 1,500 feet of 193 public parks in Portland, Oregan and found these boosts to home values:
Natural areas: $10,648
Golf courses: $8,849
Specialty parks: $5,657
Urban parks: $1,214
February 6th, 2014
New flood studies are underway for North and South Kona for Hawaii County. The flood studies for South Kona are in two phases. Today I received notification from the Department of Public Works that flood rate maps for phase 1 of the South Kona district (south of Kona town to Ocean View) were adopted by FEMA. If you own property that is now in a flood zone, before calling your insurance agent for a flood insurance quote, you’ll first need to hire a surveyor for an elevation certificate. But I am jumping ahead. If your Hawaii Island property is in the areas of Honaunau, Keokea, and a small section of Ki’ilae in South Kona, the new flood insurance rate maps are in effect as of February 7. To find your flood zone designation, complete this online form, hit the submit button, and Public Works will give you the official designation. Below is the announcement I received.
January 21st, 2014
Before the luxury Kohanaiki neighborhood created easy public access to the new Kohanaiki Beach Park, the Pine Trees surf spot was reached via four wheel drive from the Natural Energy Lab road. That stretch of coastline, between the Natural Energy Lab and the Kohanaiki Beach Park, is known locally as Ooma.