The World Famous Mauna Kea Resort!

Did you know that the Big Island was once home to the most expensive hotel in the world? Looking to create the most luxurious hotel possible, Laurance Rockefeller built Mauna Kea Resort overlooking two of the most beautiful white sand beaches on the Big Island: Hapuna Beach and Kauna’oa Bay.

shutterstock_399721810The beach frontage at Mauna Kea Resort is unmatched anywhere along the Kohala Coast, and enables Resort residents to enjoy a wide range of ocean activities.

When the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel opened to the public in 1965 it was the most expensive hotel not only in Hawaii or the U.S., but in the entire world! Celebrities from all walks of life attended the hotel’s glamorous opening.

Today, Mauna Kea Resort includes the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Prince Hotel, two championship golf courses, and eight different residential resort communities offering a variety of real estate options. It has the lowest density of any of the resorts along the Kohala Coast and is also the only resort that crosses Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway, extending up to an elevation of 1,000 feet. This means you can choose living close to the ocean or more upland (mauka), enabling you to take advantage of excellent mountain and ocean views, depending upon where you reside.

If you’re a golf enthusiast, you’ll love the two incredible 18-hole golf courses here: Hapuna Beach Golf Course designed by Arnold Palmer, and the Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed Mauna Kea Golf Course. Each course offers something special. Starting at an elevation of 700 feet, the Hapuna course offers ocean views from almost every hole. The Mauna Kea Course is considered one of the best on island. Golf Magazine ranked it #12 of its Top 100 golf courses in the country!

Golf at Mauna Kea Resort

The resort is home to a truly extraordinary art collection of more than 1,600 Asian and Oceanic pieces – some of them come from Mr. Rockefeller’s personal collection! If you’re interested in learning more about the Mauna Kea Resort’s fantastic art collection, a walking tour of the Laurance Rockefeller Asian & Pacific Art Collection is given every Saturday at 10am. The ADA compliant tour is guided by Patti Cook and begins in the lobby, and takes about 1.5 hours to complete.

The communities within this luxury resort are as varied as the activities you can pursue here. Each of the eight private communities within the Resort has a different feel. The Villas at Mauna Kea contain just 40 condos while the Fairways at Mauna Kea South and Mauna Kea North each have 33 lots, offering detached single-family homes in a variety of styles. The Bluffs at Mauna Kea is close enough to the ocean to hear the surf at night, while the townhomes at Wai’ula’ula are at the highest elevation within the resort, offering stunning views of rolling hills and the Kohala coastline.

VIEW AVAILABLE REAL ESTATE OPTIONS AT MAUNA KEA RESORT

Mauna Kea Resort communities include:

  • The Villas at Mauna Kea
  • Apa’apa’a at the Uplands
  • Kumulani at The Uplands
  • Wai’ula’ula
  • Fairways at Mauna Kea South
  • Fairways at Mauna Kea North
  • The High Bluffs
  • Kauna’oa

Mauna Kea Resort offers a range of luxury real estate opportunities at different price points – condos, single-family homes, townhomes, or vacant land. Get in touch if you’d like to learn more about living in beautiful Mauna Kea!

 

Fifth Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival!

In five short years the annual Big Island Chocolate Festival has become one of the “must attend” food events of the year in West Hawaii. It’s easy to see why. Happening May 13-14 at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and sites across the westside, the Big Island Chocolate Festival features cooking demonstrations by some of the finest chocolatiers in the world, farm tours, and the piece de resistance—a gala that’s a feast for the senses. 

The Chocolate Festival’s Gala at Hapuna

Most people focus on the Chocolate Festival’s gala, which will be held Saturday, May 14 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. Top chefs, chocolatiers, and confectioners from across the country offer a mouth-watering array of sweet and savory food creations. But that’s not all; there will also be beverage purveyors creating signature cocktails, plus fine wines and handcrafted ales on tap.

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Chef Donald Wressell

This year, the Festival honors the centennial of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park with the theme, “Lavalicious-A Chocolate Salute to the 100th Birthday of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.” Gala culinary stations will be judged on their depiction of the popular park and judged by Cindy Orlando, HVNP superintendent. Also, award-winning Chef Donald Wressell of Guittard Chocolate Company will sculpt one of the largest volcanoes ever created in fine chocolate!  

Add in live entertainment and a silent auction and you’ll see why the Chocolate Festival is so popular. 

Plus, you can have fun knowing that it’s all for a good cause. Sponsored by the Kona Cacao Association (KCA), festival proceeds benefit the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Assn./University of Hawai‘i endowment fund for the culinary program at Hawai‘i Community College-Palamanui in West Hawaii and programs at Kona Pacific Public Charter School in Kealakekua. 

Local Farm Tours

The Big Island Chocolate Festival also provides opportunities to learn about cooking as well as local agriculture. For instance on Friday, May 13, the Festival offers a guided plantation tour at Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory in Keauhou from 11 a.m. to noon. You can visit the nation’s first tree-to-bar chocolate operation to see cacao growing on trees and how it’s processed into chocolate. This chocolate is sought after the world over and is grown and made right here on the Big Island!

Cooking Demonstrations and Tastings

On Saturday, May 14, at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel there will be several cooking demonstration and tasting, including one on “How to Make An Elegant Dessert Full of Textures,” from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Derek Poirier, Valrhona, an international pastry competitor, will provide pointers on how to create desserts with milk chocolate and hazelnuts. Chocolate Bird

Tickets and More Information

Whether you’re interested in learning more about growing cacao, cooking with chocolate or just tasting yummy food, you’ll want to check out this year’s Big Island Chocolate Festival. 

Pre-sale gala admission is $75 or $100 at the door. Choice of unlimited beer, wine and two specialty cocktails is also included in the ticket price. Find ticket info, including details on the event’s May 13-14 agricultural activities and culinary demonstrations, at www.BigIslandChocolateFestival.com or phone (808) 324-6100.

Chocolate sculpting photo credit: Denise Laitinen

78-6701A Alii Drive, 78-6901 Mamalahoa and 77-6356 Halawai Pl: Open For REALTOR® Caravan,1/21/16

Three sensational Kailua Kona properties will be held open this Thursday, January 21, from 9-12!

78-6701A Alii Drive | MLS 290104  | 1,249,000 – NEW PRICE

This is a 5bed + office/6bath, multi level deluxe beach home, with a variety of living areas and lanai space, all steps to the blue Pacific!

As a multi level one of a kind offering that allows YOU to live across the street from the world famous Kahaluu Beach Park, you are able to enjoy the fruits of a producing vacation rental, or utilize the additional space for extended family and guests.

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The second home to be held open is a John Dinmore designed, Guy Lam built home will be held open, this Thursday January 19, from 9am -12pm.

Located in the Keauhou area of Kona at a comfortable elevation with mature landscaping this 3 bedroom, 4bath home plus office, speaks of serenity. Tasteful use of native and natural woods, open beam ceilings, built in display areas, fireplace, formal and informal dining, stone counters with over 3000 sq. ft. of interior living space plus lanais, add to the ambiance. Include a stunning infinity edge pool with waterfall framed by 1500 sq. ft. of quartzite deck, plus a cabana and you have magic!

78-6901 Mamalahoa Hwy | MLS 290458 | 1,295,000

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77-6356 Halwai Place | MLS 290267 | 869,000 – NEW PRICE!

Architecturally stunning Komohana Kai II home with wonderful upgrades and ocean views is now available!

Fine wood floors and soaring ceilings welcome you as you enter this immaculately cared for home.

Once inside, you’ll notice the cooling island breezes and great air flow as the expansive west (ocean facing) lanai is screened in – allowing Kona’s trade winds to naturally cool the home.

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If you have time this Thursday, make sure you get out to preview these stunning offerings!

Have questions on either of the properties above? Get in touch below!

NEW PRICING: Kona Luxury Real Estate

Take advantage on fantastic pricing on some of Kona’s finest offerings!

A Hualalai Resort offering priced well below recent sales, an investment friendly Kahaluu beach house, and an immaculate central Kona home with striking design.

Hualalai Resort: Waiulu Villas #133C | MLS  279272 | 2,289,000

Located in the Hualalai Resort at Ka’upulehu are the luxurious Waiulu Villas

This exquisite 3 bed/3.5 bath single level residence incorporates the finest materials and design for island living.

Overlooking the fifth hole of the member’s only Ke’olu Golf Course, and taking in views of Hualalai Mountain, Waiulu #133C was revitalized throughout with new decor and paint in late 2013. High quality stone flooring, fine wood craftsmanship and custom louvered shutters grace your villa. A spacious layout, multiple zone air conditioning with private lanais ensure the comfort and serenity youll enjoy while at Hualalai.

Video Tour of Waiulu Villas #133C

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78-6701A Alii Drive | MLS 290104 | 1,249,000

Tremendous property located across the street from the world famous, Kahaluu Bay!

This is a 5bed + office/6bath, multi level deluxe beach home, with a variety of living areas and lanai space, all steps to the blue Pacific!

As a multi level one of a kind offering that allows YOU to live across the street from the world famous Kahaluu Beach Park, you are able to enjoy the fruits of a producing vacation rental, or utilize the additional space for extended family and guests.

Video Tour of 78-6701A Alii Drive, Kahaluu Beach House

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77-6356 Halawai Place | MLS 290267 | 869,000

Architecturally stunning Komohana Kai II home with wonderful upgrades and ocean views.

Fine wood floors and soaring ceilings welcome you as you enter this immaculately cared for home.

Once inside, you’ll notice the cooling island breezes and great air flow as the expansive west (ocean facing) lanai is screened in – allowing Kona’s trade winds to naturally cool the home.

Video Tour of 77-6356 Halawai Place 

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For more information on any of the above, or to search other Big Island, Kailua Kona Luxury offerings currently available, visit KonaLuxuryRealEstate.com  or contact me directly!

Happy New Year!

Hualalai Resort Real Estate: Villas at Ke Alaula – SOLD!

My Buyer client recently closed on this unbelievable Villas at Ke Alaula unit, in the breathtaking Hualalai Resort!

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Amenties in this location are some of the best on Hawaii Island and the uniqueness of the direct beach access, variety of ocean sport activities and unbeatable golf courses – make this a one of kind location.

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This Villa at Ke Alaula unit was completely remodeled, prior to coming on the market – and is simply exquisite. No detail was spared, as there were fine wood finishes, stone flooring throughout the unit and plush furnishings.

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Love this unit and want to enjoy it before you purchase something similar in Hualalai? My client now has the unit set up as a vacation rental! For more information and to check dates available, see the vacation rental by owner website: VRBO site here. 

When you are ready to begin your property search in Hualalai Resort, or prepare your property to be SOLD – make sure you get in touch.

You should be represented by an experienced REALTOR® who has the knowledge and market experience in Hualalai Resort to negotiate the best price and terms for your purchase or sale.

For current Hualalai Resort real estate, click here. I look forward to speaking with you!

Buying Luxury Real Estate In Hawaii: What Price Do I Offer?

Many Buyers have been in this situation. You have studied properties online for months. You have researched and compared listings as they’ve gone into escrow and then closed. After previewing a variety of properties in person, you have narrowed it down and one property has made it to the top of your list! GREAT. Now the question is, what price do you offer the Seller?

Is the Seller overly optimistic in their list price? Will paying full price make you less of a Buyer?  If you miss out on this property due to a low offer, will you regret it later? Are there multiple Buyers making offers on the property?

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There can be an endless stream of questions and mind bending scenarios a Buyer can put themselves through when making an offer to purchase. This strain can be minimized by working with a seasoned REALTOR®, who has thorough market knowledge in the area you are considering.

Your REALTOR® will be able to advise on what has sold in the immediate subdivision,  and/or neighborhood that compares well to the subject property. Your REALTOR® will be able to provide you market statistics relating to a properties average days on market, and the average sales price to Seller’s list price. This will clearly indicate the market, and how soft or competitive it is. If the past 15 sold properties, have sold 5%-10% off of their original list price, you can expect some negotiation room in the property you are considering.

Lastly, your REALTOR® will provide you all of the facts and information pertinent to your decision making and assist you in making the final decision.

Happy house hunting and if you have any questions feel free to get in touch!