The Amenities Owners Enjoy At Hualalai Resort!

Discerning homebuyers seek out Hualalai Resort because of the enclave’s exclusivity and  luxurious amenities. Here, stunning villas and unparalleled estates offer exceptional living with ocean views and privacy.

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Let’s take a look at some of the amenities available when you own in Hualalai Resort:

Hualalai Club Membership
Only property owners in Hualalai Resort can apply for membership to The Hualalai Club. Membership provides you with access to all the amenities that make the Four Seasons at Hualalai an AAA Five Diamond Award hotel.

In addition to concierge services, Club membership includes privileges at the member’s only Ke’olu Golf Course, and Canoe Club, the Tennis Club, beach and swimming facilities at the Four Seasons Hualalai

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Fine Dining
Hualalai Resort is home to the most award-winning restaurant on the entire island: ‘Ulu Ocean Grille and Sushi Lounge. Offering fresh fish straight from the sea, grass-fed island raised beef, and locally grown produce, ‘Ulu has repeatedly been named one of the top 100 restaurants in the country. Hualalai Club membership also includes dining privileges at Beach Tree, Hualalai Grille, the Canoe Club, the Residents’ Beach House, and the members-only Ke‘olu Clubhouse.

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Exceptional Golf

Golfers enjoy two exceptional golf courses in Hualalai: Hualalai Golf Course and Ke’olu Golf Course. The Hualalai course, which is a challenging par 72, is the first course designed by Jack Nicklaus on Hawaii Island. Every January, golfers from across the country flock to Hualalai when the PGA Champions Tour stops at the Resort for the Mitsubishi Electric Championship Tournament. Hualalai Course is open to Hualalai Club members, their guests, and guests of the Four Seasons Resort. Nearby Ke’olu Course, designed by Tom Weiskopf, is a par 72 private course open to Hualalai Club Premier members and their accompanied guests.

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Sporting Activities
Whatever your favorite sport is, the Hualalai Sports Club probably offers it. With three separate gyms, a half court basketball court, eight tennis courts, a 24-foot rock climbing wall, fitness classes, yoga, and Pilates equipment, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Plus you can avail yourself to the swimming facilities and ocean activities at the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort with kayaking, paddling, surfing, snorkeling and more.

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After a day of golf or hiking you can enjoy one of the many wonderful spa treatments at Hualalai Spa. Conde Nast Traveler named Hualalai Spa #1 in Hawaii. This soothing environment is perfect for relaxing and rejuvenating while enjoying a full range of salon services, including body treatments, skin care, and massage therapies.

Interested in Hualalai Resort, and ready to take a look at a well priced Villa?  Waiulu Villas #133C – is a single level, immaculate offering, that is sold turnkey furnished!

Waiulu Villas #133C  | $2,289,000 | MLS 279272

 

 If you would like to learn more about the lifestyle, amenities and fine real estate offerings awaiting in Hualalai Resort, please contact me directly. I look forward to being of assistance! 

Purchasing Now: Your Property As A Kona Vacation Rental

One of the great options home buyers in the Kona real estate market embrace is the popularity and ability to rent their properties as vacation rentals. People come from all over the world to enjoy our wonderful climate, pristine beaches and relaxed island lifestyle.

Some wonderful clients, who I sold the below home to, have done just that! This is their retirement dream home, that they absolutely LOVE. Since they aren’t planning to retire for another 10-15 years, they are offering the home as a vacation rental. What an awesome opportunity for families vacationing on the Big Island!

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The property is meticulously landscaped, with lush garden areas, producing fruit trees and plenty of yard room for outdoor games and activities. Of the many highlights of the home, the pool is an absolute favorite!  The privacy afforded in the pool and sunning area is something one can only dream of.

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The main house is a 4bedroom/2 bath home completely outfitted for your convenience, with a delightful chef’s kitchen, breezy screened in lanai area, and a pool table for entertaining.

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Below the main home is the completely self contained “ohana” unit, that is furnished with a king size bed, mini-refrigerator and offers a great escape for visitors seeking a little more quiet and privacy away from the main group!

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This property is quiet, extremely private and offers all the amenities of a high end resort, at a fraction of the price!

Click the Vacation Rental By Owner link below for more property information and to view rental availability!

http://www.vrbo.com/398178

Snapshot Of West Hawaii’s Recovery: Kona Coffee Villas

When do you know the real estate market has hit bottom? When it has passed you by!

West Hawaii’s continued recovery can be clearly illustrated in some of our local condominium projects.  The Kona Coffee Villas is one of these.

Located in Holualoa, this project of 176 fee simple units can prove to be a great investment for first time buyers or the savvy investor. Coffee Villas offers concrete constructed 2bed/2bath units, some offering additional loft areas, with dynamite ocean views and low maintenance fees!

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The three highlighted units SOLD for $65,000, $80,000 and $82,000!  Are you kidding me? These are fee simple,  2bed/2bath units, in concrete buildings, with low maintenance fees! 

Currently in the project there are 3 units available, priced between $120,000-$150,000. Will we see units listing at under $100,000 anytime soon? Possibly, but not likely.  In my opinion, that market has bottomed, and is already, as illustrated, on the way back.

It’ll be interesting to see where it goes!

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Save Kona Coffee! Fighting the Coffee Berry Borer

Our beloved Kona coffee is under attack by a beetle that threatens to decimate our coffee industry if left unchecked.  

The Coffee Berry Borer is a beetle native to Africa that is found in most coffee growing regions in the world. Save Kona Coffee! CBB Information, Fighting the berry borer

First discovered on the Big Island in 2010, the borer has spread throughout the Kona area and has been found in coffee farms in Kau.

Adult berry borers are 1.4-1.77 mm in length, smaller in size than sesame seeds.

Females burrow into coffee beans and lay their eggs. Once the larvae hatch, they then eat their way out, destroying the bean in the process. Save Kona Coffee, CBB Kona, Fighting the Coffee Berry Borer

Destroyed beans are a total loss for coffee farmers. Less production equates to lost revenue while increasing the cost of cultivation. That loss is then passed onto the consumer in the form of higher prices.

This beetle has the potential to cripple the Kona coffee industry. Not just destroying a few beans here and there, but wiping out farms completely. The danger of the this infestation cannot be understated.

Industry wide, it is estimated that the borer does over $500 million dollars worth of crop damage per year.

Howard Dicus, a local television personality for Hawaii News Now Sunrise recently did a morning news piece with Melanie Bondera of the Kohala center. In association with Kamehameha Schools and the Kona Coffee Farmer’s Association, the Kohala center produced an instructional video with tips on combating the berry borer. Howard interviews Melanie on the production in the news clip below.

Howard Dicus Hawaii News Now Sunrise segment 

Staff from the University of Hawaii Manoa – College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources,  U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture have been working jointly to find the most effective ways to combat the beetle. 

Eradication at this point does not seem likely.  However, if coffee farmers and private citizens are aware and vigilant, the hope is beetle infestation can be kept to minimal levels.  

Please watch the video below and share with anyone who has coffee trees on their property.

Help save Kona coffee!  

For more information on the coffee berry borer see links below.

Coffee Berry Borer Information, University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

Department of Agriculture Coffee Berry Borer Page

Department of Agriculture’s Frequently Asked Questions on Coffee Berry Borer

Kona Coffee Farmers Association

Kona Real Estate Statistics: Escrows Reflect Continued Recovery!

Mike Griggs, a fellow Realtor Broker here in Kona puts out a market report updated every two weeks, and it is packed full of valuable information!

The Griggs Report – February 29, 2012 came out late Friday afternoon and I wanted to share this great publication with my blog readers.

As the report indicates, pending sales are up! Current North Kona properties in escrow number at 114, up 17 from a month ago! A huge indicator in this statistic is that this level of escrow activity was last seen in the recovery cycle of 2001.  I like it! To better put that in perspective, at our current cycles low point in 2008, North Kona had 26 homes in escrow. Yikes!  Any idea which way we are heading?

We have a classic example of supply and demand shaping up in West Hawaii. As Kona’s residential inventory decreases with demand staying strong, you can certainly expect increased pricing on the horizon.  To make purchasing even more enticing, interest rates are still at historically low levels.

If you are not out shopping for homes, you should be!  There is fantastic opportunity right now in West Hawaii, send me a note and I can get you a list of my best buy properties!