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Watchdog bars ex-LPL broker who tapped client funds for Hawaii retreat

03/26/2015 A former LPL Financial LLC broker who borrowed nearly $2.3 million from clients to build a vacation rental property in Hawaii has been permanently barred from the securities industry in a settlement reached with Wall Street's watchdog. Raymond Daniel Schmidt, who was affiliated with the unit of LPL Financial Holdings Inc in Oceanside, California, borrowed the money from seven clients between ...

Hawaiian tropic: Are Obamas privately eyeing Magnum, P.I. home?

03/19/2015 Magnum, P.I. is not on the case, but plenty of amateur sleuths are trying to figure out if the mysterious buyer of the Hawaiian mansion where the 1980s detective show was shot is none other than President Obama.

House panel passes bill to increase affordable housing

03/17/2015 A state House panel passed a bill to provide more affordable housing for working families and Hawaii's most vulnerable, calling for general obligation bonds that would be used to develop homes including micro-housing units.

Affordable — relatively speaking

03/15/2015 LIHUE — Kauai is home to two of the “Most Affordable Places to Live in Hawaii,” according to a new study.

Virtual reality is disorienting but brings with it real potential

03/14/2015 The Samsung Gear VR headset transports me from a gondola ride in Venice to a helicopter ride over Hawaii to a frigid, serene seashore, waves gently lapping, somewhere on this planet.

US property lures super funds

03/10/2015 THE falling dollar is no deterrent to Australian super funds investing in pricey US real estate, a Hawaii mall deal suggests.

Hawaiian Mall Draws Hefty Price, Australian Investor

03/10/2015 Hawaiian Mall Draws Hefty Price, Australian Investor

Associa Hawaii's Kristi Hirota-Schmidt Named President of West Oahu Economic Development Association

03/10/2015 OAHU, Hawaii -- Associa Hawaii is proud to announce that Senior Vice President of Business Development Kristi Hirota-Schmidt, CMCA(R), AMS(R), has recently been named president of the West Oahu Economic ...

ZBB Energy Corporation to Participate in the Hawaii Buildings, Facilities and Property Management Expo March 11-12, 2015

03/09/2015 MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwired - Feb 10, 2015) - ZBB Energy Corporation ( NYSE MKT : ZBB ), a leading developer of innovative energy management systems solutions serving the utility and commercial and industrial (C&I) building markets, today announced that the Company will be an exhibitor at the Hawaii Buildings Facilities and Property Management Expo in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Alexander & Baldwin to Present at Sidoti & Company's 19th Annual Emerging Growth Research Institutional Investor Forum

03/09/2015 Alexander & Baldwin will provide access to the presentation slides on the investor relations page of its website at www.alexanderbaldwin.com beginning at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on March 16, 2015. Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. is a Hawaii-based public company, with interests in real estate development, commercial real estate, agriculture, materials and infrastructure construction. With ownership of ...

Jeff Surnow, founder and owner of Surnow Co., killed in Hawaii vehicle-bicycle crash

03/08/2015 Kirk Pinho - The founder and owner of Birmingham-based real estate firm Surnow Co. died in Hawaii on Sunday. Jeffrey Surnow, 63, was struck by an on-duty police officer while riding his bike in South Kohala, according to a press release from the South Kohala Police Department. The crash was reported around 6:25 a.m. yesterday, and Surnow was pronounced dead at North Kohala Community Hospital at ...

GGP to Sell 25% Stake in Honolulu Asset to AustralianSuper - Analyst Blog

03/03/2015 General Growth Properties (GGP) would reap around $907 million from the sale of 25% stake in Ala Moana Center at Honolulu, Hawaii to AustralianSuper.

West Bloomfield man dies in bicycle crash in Hawaii

03/03/2015 A real estate developer from West Bloomfield has died in a crash while riding a bicycle in Hawaii.

Fire crews trying to locate source of smoke at Webster Hall

02/19/2015 Fire officials are investigating the source of smoke that was coming out of Webster Hall at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Oahu's condo market heats up with affordable prices

02/18/2015 Hawaii's real estate market remains red hot. If you're priced out of the home buying game, condos may be a better route with a median price of $361,000. So KITV4 decided to shop around to see what that really buys? 

Concierge Auctions Produces Record Price In Waiki'i Ranch On Hawaii's Big Island

01/19/2015 WAIMEA, Hawaii, Jan. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Thursday's auction of Hale Mehana was another for the Concierge Auctions record books. The New York-based luxury real estate auction firm placed the Hawaii ranch under contract following a live auction with eight bidders in cooperation with listing agent Ed Rapoza of Island Resort Property. The buyer is a past client of Concierge's and previously ...

Couple involved in mortgage fraud sentenced to federal prison

02/09/2015 SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A real estate investor and his wife, a Wells Fargo bank employee, were each sentenced to federal prison Monday for participating in a mortgage fraud conspiracy involving dozens of properties in Colorado and Hawaii.

Hawaii ranks 6th in nation for green buildings

02/05/2015 HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii is ranked sixth in the nation for sustainable building design. That's according to the U.S. Green Building Council's annual ranking of top 10 states released Wednesday. Illinois ranked No. 1.

Peter Savio aims to make home ownership more affordable

02/02/2015 Peter Savio has been purchasing and selling real estate in Hawaii for over 50 years. He made his first purchase when he was only 15 years old, going in on a Waikiki property with his sister. The purchase price was $15,200, and he and his sister put down $1,500 each to secure the loan. He saved that money by doing odd jobs like cutting grass, digging holes for swimming pools, anything to earn ...

Hawaii ranks #1 in homeless population among states

01/21/2015 Hawaii is #1 when it comes to the homeless population in each state, according to the Movoto real estate blog. The blog featured an interactive map that shows which states have the most amount of homeless per 100,000 population. According to Movoto, Hawaii has 487 homeless people per 100,000 residents, which tops the list  Mississippi has the least homeless with 74 homeless people per 100,000 ...

West Hawaii lawmakers look at numerous issues

01/21/2015 Marijuana dispensaries, an aquarium fishing ban, reforming the public hospital system, reapportionment, land use and hunting laws and creating pesticide buffer zones are among West Hawaii state legislators’ list of priorities. Capital improvement projects such as the Kona judiciary complex, updating Kona International Airport, the Hawaii Community College — Palamanui, North Hawaii irrigation ...

Obama at ease, if not at home, in native Hawaii

01/04/2015 Amid growing public opposition, the Honolulu City Council recently dropped a proposal to rename a popular beach in honor of former patron President Obama. Last year, Hawaii’s legislature adjourned without acting on a bill that would designate the president’s birthday as a state...

Hawaii waits to learn its role in President Obama's legacy

01/04/2015 Amid growing public opposition, the Honolulu City Council recently dropped a proposal to rename a popular beach in honor of former patron President Obama. Last year, Hawaii’s legislature adjourned without acting on a bill that would designate the president’s birthday as a state...

Properties in the sun

01/02/2015 From a contemporary Australian house overlooking Sydney harbour and opera house to an estate in Hawaii’s Kealia hills. The post Properties in the sun was first published on MoneyWeek .

Nature Conservancy purchases strategic Hawaii Island property

12/30/2014 The Nature Conservancy has purchased a 222-acre property at the southern end of Hawaii Island.

Scholarships will go to three Maui County students

12/17/2014 Josh Jerman of Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers is again offering the Josh Jerman Maui Nui Scholarship to encourage college-bound students to use their educations to benefit Maui County.

Houses go cheap where lava is hot

11/25/2014 While lava flows on Hawaii island have certainly put a dent into home sales, the market hasn't completely collapsed in the lower Puna district.

Hawaii Life promotes Julie Keller to Hilo broker-in-charge

11/24/2014 Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers announce the promotion of Julie Keller to broker-in-charge of the Hilo office at 500 Kalanianaole Ave. in Keaukaha.

Rumormongering: Obama Family's Vacation Rental in Hawaii Asks $10.5M

11/07/2014 Every winter, over Christmas vacation, the Obama family rents a house in Kailua, Hawaii, an idyllic beach town that President Obama used to visit as a boy growing up in Honolulu. Over the last six years of his presidency,...

NFL Legend Terry Bradshaw Is Selling His Oklahoma Ranch For $10 Million

11/10/2014 Retired NFL legend Terry Bradhsaw has listed his ranch in Oklahoma for $9.95 million. The 750-acre Circle 12 Ranch is listed with Bernard Uechtritz and Angie Nelson of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty in Dallas . Uechritz told Business Insider that Bradshaw originally listed the property in 2012 with local real estate companies, but after buying a properties in Hawaii and Texas ...

Kauai real estate agents oppose cesspool proposals

09/30/2014 LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Kauai real estate agents are opposing proposed new statewide rules for the regulation of cesspools. The state Department of Health wants to prohibit the installation of new cesspools.

Hawaii Association of Realtors announces new officers

09/29/2014 The Hawaii Association of Realtors recently announced its officers for 2015.

Briefs: Metric Holdings, American Homes

09/26/2014 Tarzana real estate firm buys Hawaiian industrial park. American Homes completes offering.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Hawaiian Oasis Hits Market

09/15/2014 Basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s custom, lavish oasis in Kauai, Hawaii is for sale, complete with extra-high ceilings and doorways to accommodate the NBA legend’s storied height.

Critics object to proposed cesspool rule changes

09/15/2014 KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Proposed state rules requiring replacement of rural home cesspools with septic tank systems are drawing objections from real estate agents and builders.

Lava threat boosts demand for rental housing near Hilo

09/13/2014 East Hawaii real estate offices are reporting a rush of lower Puna residents looking to rent homes closer to Hilo in anticipation of the approaching lava flow.

Lava flow from Hawaii volcano has residents on the Big Island nervous

09/09/2014 The Kilauea volcano, one of the worlds most active, has spewed a flow now parallel to homes, raising fears the area could be lava-locked Lava from one of the worlds most active volcanos has been advancing at a slower pace the past few days and is now moving parallel to a sparsely populated subdivision on Hawaiis Big Island. Lava from Kilauea volcano was still at least a mile from any homes in ...

Residents: Hawaii lava part of living in paradise

09/09/2014 In this Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 photo, security guard George Cortez stands at a roadblock to prevent non-residents from entering the lava-threatened community of Kaohe Homesteads in Pahoa, Hawaii.

'There's no control': Hawaii watches lava's creep

09/08/2014 PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Lava from one of the world's most active volcanos has been advancing at a slower pace the past few days and is now moving parallel to a sparsely populated subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island.

Street art, not beaches, in Honolulu's Kakaako

08/20/2014 The neighborhood has declined in recent years as landowners struggled to find ways to utilize its prime real estate, smack in the middle of Honolulu. Wong says the art represents a unique local style, mixing the elaborate urban graffiti seen in places like Brooklyn, Miami, Tokyo and London with Hawaiian cultural influences and Asian anime. For vacationers, the neighborhood's edgy vibe and urban ...

Hawaii Island real estate market shows slight growth

08/18/2014 Hawaii Island’s real estate market took a bit of a pause this summer, real estate agents say.

State Data Book updated, on DBEDT website

08/14/2014 The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism released Thursday the 2013 edition of the State of Hawaii Data Book. The resource is available at dbedt.hawaii.gov/economic/databook and may be downloaded in whole or in part as either PDF or Excel files.

San Anselmo couple complete record row to Hawaii

08/08/2014 After rowing nonstop about 2,400 miles across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Hawaii, San Anselmo husband and wife team Sami Inkinen and Meredith Loring are enjoying a stronger relationship, conquering concerns the voyage could cause them to float adrift.

Hawaii braces for storm double whammy

08/05/2014 David Fell of the Waimanalo section of Honolulu stands with generator, bottled water and other supplies as he stocks up Tuesday at a Costco store in anticipation of two big storms moving toward Hawaii.

First pair crosses finish line in Great Pacific Race

08/02/2014 The first pair crossed the finish line in a 2,400-mile trip from California to Hawaii with no engines, just a rowboat and oars. Click here to watch Kenny Choi's report. A daring couple said the Great Pacific Race was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In the technology world, Sami Inkinen has conquered many feats as the co-founder of Trulia.com, a real estate search site that recently sold for $3 ...

It's 'aloha' for Twin Cities-based Artspace

07/28/2014 A tax credit helps advance a project in Hawaii for Twin Cities-based Artspace Inc. - the group's first off-shore project

Report: Maui house, condo prices up, sales down

07/11/2014 WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Maui house and condo prices are increasing, while sales numbers are lagging, according to real estate figures for the first six months of the year.

Kimo Sutton to represent minority party in Hawaii if elected lieutenant governor

06/27/2014 Kimo Sutton, a Republican, said Thursday during a live interview on Hawaii News Now, if elected as lieutenant governor in the upcoming election, he would represent a minority party in Hawaii.

Dallas police-fire pension fund sees $60M loss from luxury homes

06/19/2014 The retirement fund relied heavily on property investments, including in ultra-luxury homes in Hawaii, Aspen and elsewhere.

Couple try to be first to row from Monterey to Hawaii

06/14/2014 Tech entrepreneurs and endurance athletes Sami Inkinen, 38, and Meredith Loring, 34, hope to celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary as the first couple to row from California to Hawaii. In coming days, the San Anselmo residents - he is a co-founder of the real estate search and information site Trulia - will set off on a 2,400-mile journey from Monterey to Oahu. "People have done things like ...

Blackstone Helps Fund $400 Million Hilton Tower in Hawaii

06/04/2014 Blackstone Group LP (BX) , majority owner of Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., will provide half the funding for a $400 million timeshare tower set to break ground today at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.

Hawaii scuba divers face off over aquarium fish

05/15/2014 A filmed underwater confrontation between an environmentalist who wants to shut down the aquarium-fish industry in Hawaii and a collector who gathers the fish and sells them for a living has put a spotlight on a...

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Captures 16-year-old Stowaway Stepping Onto Tarmac From Wheel Well

05/07/2014 UPDATE: HONOLULU (AP) - Newly released surveillance video captures the moment the 16-year-old teen stowaway stepped out of the wheel well and onto the tarmac after surviving the five and a half hour flight across the ocean to Hawaii.

Tribute in the works

05/07/2014 Many of you knew Frank Babakaiff, a real estate agent for 35 years and musician with Flashback who passed away on April 11, 2010 as a result of a very serious accident while on vacation in Hawaii. While bogey-boarding, Frank was permanently injured and became a paraplegic.

Law on flood coverage will allow higher rates to flow in

03/24/2014 Premiums are going up on nearly 14,000 federally subsidized flood insurance policies in Hawaii as Congress looks to get a federal program out of a $24 billion hole.

3 file suit in alleged Puna land scam

03/23/2014 Three Japanese nationals have filed suit alleging they were sold undeveloped land in Puna at inflated prices by another Japanese national who made fraudulent claims and who is not licensed to sell real estate in Hawaii.

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03/10/2014 HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Kau farmers are anxious over the pending sale of lands where they've cultivated some of world's best coffee. Rusty's Hawaiian owner Lorie Obra told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald the uncertainty has her worried. She says her lease is up next month.

Kau coffee farmers worried about pending land sale

03/10/2014 HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Kau farmers are anxious over the pending sale of lands where they've cultivated some of world's best coffee. Rusty's Hawaiian owner Lorie Obra told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://bit.ly/1gfgJrN ) the uncertainty has her worried. She says her lease is up next month. The ...

Town & Country Welcomes Burch & Flaherty

03/10/2014 Town & Country Real Estate (1TownandCountry.com) has announced that Melissa Flaherty will join the firm’s Bridgehampton office. Ms. Flaherty, born and raised in Montauk, has returned to the East End after many years in Hawaii, first as student at the University of Hawaii in Manoa and then as the manager of Jimmy Buffet’s at the Beachcomber in Waikiki.

New political party registers in Hawaii

02/24/2014 HONOLULU (AP) The Hawaii Independent Party has enough voter signatures to satisfy the requirements for a new party. The party is led by former Maui Mayor Charmaine Tavares and Maui real estate agent Michelle del Rosario.

Honolulu Officials Bulldoze Real Estate Broker's Protest Signs

02/14/2014 Honolulu Officials Bulldoze Real Estate Broker's Protest Signs Headlines Legal Nation Honolulu officials targeting properties under eminent domain law asserted itself with an aggressive show of power against a local real estate broker, bulldozing the broker's protest signs three years after seizing her property. Choon James has bought and sold real estate in Hawaii for two decades. In 2010 the ...

Family business inspires Kristofer Chun

09/03/2013 Real estate broker Kristofer Chun may be a newer Napa resident but he’s not new to the industry. For Chun, buying and selling homes is a family business. “My grandfather started a real estate development business in Hawaii over 70 years ago. My father followed him,” said Chun.

Zuckerbergs go house hunting in Hawaii

09/03/2013 Washington, Sept. 3 (ANI): Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are reportedly looking to buy a property in Hawaii where the couple is vacationing.

Hawaii QB Blindsides USC Defender into Another Dimension

08/30/2013 Engage warp drive, set a course for “semiconsciousness” and PUNCH IT, CHEWIE . That’s essentially the scenario that took place when Hawaii quarterback Taylor Graham blasted into a USC cornerback during Thursday night’s game between the Trojans and the Rainbow Warriors. A GIF of the block was crafted by Business Insider’s Cork Gaines . Be warned, you could lose an afternoon just staring into this ...

Daryl Hannah for Hawaii Five-O

08/30/2013 Daryl Hannah is the latest star revealed to be making a guest appearance in the new series of Hawaii Five-O.

Opus’ Park West Business Center sells for nearly $12M

08/19/2013 The 104,000-square-foot Park West Business Center in Brooklyn Park sold for $11.75 million to a legal entity related to the Kapolei, Hawaii-based James Campbell Co., according to a certificate of real estate value filed Friday in Hennepin County.

Say ‘Aloha’ to Don Mitchell, a valued figure in Buffalo running

08/17/2013 Hawaii native Don Mitchell is going home. Mark Mulville/Buffalo News file photo

Hawaii investors to buy Kauai's Coco Palms

08/10/2013 KITV4 News has confirmed a group of Hawaii investors is buying the Coco Palms resort on Kauai. The group called Coco Palms Hui LLC is under contract to buy the resort. Tyler Greene, from Bridge Real Estate, the developer for the project says he's working with the county of Kauai to restore Coco Palms under the Iniki ordinance to its original state. Greene says the company applied for the demo ...

Attorney Francis L. Jung has Achieved the AV Preeminent® Rating - the Highest Possible Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®

08/07/2013 Francis L. Jung, a lawyer based in Kailua-Kona, HI whose primary area of practice is Real Estate, Civil Litigation, Corporate, has earned the AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii, Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Martindale-Hubbell, a division of LexisNexis®, has confirmed that attorney Francis L. Jung still maintains the AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale ...

China's Top Countries For Second Homes

08/05/2013 This fall in Hawaii, the people over at LA bound Affinity China will be hosting hundreds of affluent Chinese looking for a piece of real estate in the U.S. Countries around the world are watching affluent Chinese gobble up property, most of it prime-time. In some countries, this will have ramifications on social services -- as is the case in places like New Zealand -- and Canada, as the eastern ...

Brewbaker: Bottom has passed for home market

07/13/2013 WAIKAPU - Hawaii economist Paul Brewbaker said Friday that there are no longer bargain-priced homes left on Maui from the Great Recession several years ago.

Caldwell talks property tax changes in 'Ask The Mayor'

07/08/2013 In an appearance on Hawaii News Now Sunrise on Monday, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said that raising property taxes for certain homeowners may be considered as a possible alternative to help offset increases in operating costs for the City and County of Honolulu.

Realtor MLS for Big Island, Kauai gets new CEO

07/01/2013 Hawaii Island MLS firm gets new CEO Having served the company for more than a decade, Faith Geronimo has been appointed to serve as the CEO of Hawaii Information Service, a local real estate technology company which handles the Realtor MLS, or multiple listing service, for the Big Island and Kauai.

Prospective homeowners flock to homebuyers fair

06/30/2013 Interest in buying a home in Hawaii appears to be rising, if attendance at the annual Homebuyers and Homeowners Fair Saturday is any indication. 

Steve Rodgers Attends the Asian Real Estate Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii

06/19/2013 The AREAA (Asian Real Estate Association of America) held a Global Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii on April 21-23, 2013 to showcase the U.S. and Asia Real Estate and Investment prospects. President and CEO of Real Living Lifestyles, Steve Rodgers, attended the Summit to learn more about the Asian market and how his brokerage can maximize [...]

AP IMPACT: Snowden's life surrounded by spycraft

06/15/2013 A real estate sign stands in front of a home in Waipahu, Hawaii on Sunday, June 9, 2013 where Edward Snowden, source of disclosures about the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs, lived with his girlfriend.

POLL: Does Hawaii Kai need another grocery store?

06/13/2013 Kamehameha Schools had been planning a new shopping complex in the lawn area near Maunalua Bay in Hawaii Kai known by residents as the 'Great Lawn.' But on Thursday, Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate announced it has decided to suspend preliminary planning and the community outreach process for the Kuapa commercial village. "This allows us to direct more resources to other projects in the state ...

Edward Snowden Moved Out Of Hawaii Home On May 1st

06/09/2013 WAIPAHU, Hawaii -- A Hawaii real estate agent says Edward Snowden and his girlfriend moved out of their home in a quiet neighborhood near Honolulu on May 1, leaving nothing behind.

HST Boosts Hawaiian Presence - Analyst Blog

06/04/2013 The lodging real estate investment trust (REIT) Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. ( HST ), bought a Hawaii-based premium property - Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach - for $138.5 million. The

RISMedia’s Great Spaces: For Sale: Paradise Property, Walls Optional

05/31/2013 Want to move to paradise? Who could blame you! This Hawaiian estate, located on the big island of Hawaii, is called Laule’a, or “a place of peace and happiness.” Happiness, indeed! Overlooking the fifth green of the Kona Country Club’s mauka course in the prestigious Keauhou Estates, this stunning property mixes tropical design with contemporary [...]

Consultant on ‘Descendents’ speaks on trust issues

05/31/2013 University of Hawaii at Manoa law professor Randall Roth was “tickled” to see his name on the big screen. Never mind that it appeared just after Dollar Rent-A-Car as the last in the long list of credits for “The Descendants,” a movie based on the first novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings. Roth felt it was “extremely generous” for the film’s director, Alexander Payne, to do so for the insight he provided ...

Great Spaces: Paradise Property for Sale, Walls Optional

05/22/2013 Want to move to paradise? Who could blame you! This Hawaiian estate, located on the big island of Hawaii, is called Laule’a, or “a place of peace and happiness.” Happiness, indeed! Overlooking the fifth green of the Kona Country Club’s mauka course in the prestigious Keauhou Estates, this stunning property mixes tropical design with contemporary [...]

Inside Oprah's Maui farm: Green-thumbed billionaire offers a first-ever glimpse of her vast Hawaii estate

05/14/2013 The media mogul, 59, who is worth $2.7billion, currently owns approximately 780 acres on the Hawaii island, and produce grown on her land is donated locally.

Short Hops May 7

05/07/2013 Keauhou Canoe Club awarded its annual college scholarships to two high school seniors who are West Hawaii paddlers. The James F. Rogers Memorial Scholarship for academic excellence for $1,000 was awarded to Sean Duim. who is completing his studies at Kamehameha-Oahu. Duim plans to study business and real estate at the University of Northern Colorado in the fall.

Exclusive: Lehman puts Ritz-Carlton Maui resort up for sale

05/07/2013 By Ilaina Jonas NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lehman Brothers Holdings has put the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Resort, a 54-acre luxury condo and hotel resort in Maui, Hawaii, on the block as it continues to sell off its real estate holdings to pay off creditors, said two sources familiar with the deal. The sale is expected to fetch more than $200 million, said one source who was not authorized to speak on the ...

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04/30/2013 Not registered for Financial Planning.com? To beat the chilly, rainy winters in Portland, Ore., Verle and Carolyn Grove hop a plane to Hawaii each year - using their investment real estate to help fund the escape.

Hot, Hot, Hot!

04/30/2013 A real estate sign points buyers to a home in Holualoa in this March photo. (Special to West Hawaii Today/Anna Pacheco) A home in Kona is available for sale in this March photo.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg revealed to have landed 2.3 billion dollar stock windfall while he continues to treat ...

04/26/2013 While Mark Zuckerberg continues to enjoy his budget holiday in Hawaii, it has been revealed he is even richer than previously known after he gained $2.3 billion from exercising stock options last year.

Hawaiian ‘Frog Whisperer’ keeps menacing coqui frog population under control

04/16/2013 Toronto has its raccoons, New York its rats, and in Hawaii, where lush greenery and scenic landscapes make this collection of Pacific islands a virtual paradise, locals have to contend with the oversized menace of the teeny weeny coqui frog. … Continue reading ?

Marketing agency wins national award

04/15/2013 Hafner Creative Communication is credited with the creation of award-winning marketing materials for the Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union.

PLDC repeal clears last hurdle in Hawaii House

04/15/2013 The Hawaii House voted unanimously Monday to get rid of the highly disliked Public Land Development Corp., ending legislative debate on the agency that sparked a groundswell of public protest because of ...

HPU settles with real estate developer

04/02/2013 It looks like Aloha Tower Marketplace will finally get a make-over. A dispute between Hawaii Pacific University and real estate developer Ed Bushor has been resolved. The University shared its vision of what the New marketplace will soon look like. HPU officials hope its acquisition of Aloha Tower Marketplace will transform the area. "We expect this to be a really vibrant place to offer a lot to ...

Jerry Buss Left Condo, Bentley To Young Girlfriend

03/28/2013 Before his death Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, wrote his much younger girlfriend Delia Cortez into his will. A recently surfaced copy of Jerry’s will shows that he has left Delia his condo in Hawaii and his 2009 Bentley. The estate according to the filed will is worth $5.5 million and is [...] Jerry Buss Left Condo, Bentley To Young Girlfriend is a post from: The Inquisitr

Get Most Out of Hawaii

03/25/2013 Thinking of taking a trip to Hawaii ? From the historical sites of Oahu to the out-of-this-world volcanic landscape of the Big Island, here are 20 tips to keep in mind the next time you head to Hawaii .

Hawaii passes Steven Tyler bill to protect celebrities’ privacy

03/08/2013 HONOLULU, HI – The latest punch thrown in the battle between celebrities and the paparazzi may have landed squarely on the chin in Hawaii . Senate bill 465 – otherwise known as the Steven Tyler bill, which would make it easier …

1250 Oceanside Partners Files for Bankruptcy Protection

03/07/2013 1250 Oceanside Partners and two affiliates, owners of more than 1,800 acres of land on the Island of Hawaii , filed for bankruptcy to restructure more than $500 million in debt.

Today's Real Estate Report: Hawaii

02/26/2013 Economic recovery is under way in earnest in the Hawaii commercial real estate market. There are a lot more deals, and the price tags are bigger. The total value of such deals in 2012 was $2.21 billion, up 81 percent from 2011, Colliers Hawaii said Friday.

Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce recognized

03/05/2013 HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii State Senate is recognizing real estate agent Mary Begier and the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce for their work on invasive species.

Japanese billionaire's arrest tied to Kahala property

03/05/2013 Hawaii News Now has learned that Japanese real estate mogul Genshiro Kawamoto is facing legal trouble in ...

Be on the lookout for invasive species

03/03/2013 For the first time, the state will participate in National Invasive Species Awareness Week, observed from Monday to March 10. Gov. Neil Abercrombie will kick off Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week with a proclamation at 10 a.m. Monday in the Capitol auditorium.

Larry Ellison Buys Hawaii Airline Island Air

02/27/2013 Oracle Corp.'s (ORCL) billionaire Chief Executive Larry Ellison has bought Hawaii airline Island Air as he aims to improve transportation to the region after his purchase of a Hawaiian island last year.

Today’s Real Estate Report: Hawaii

02/26/2013 Economic recovery is under way in earnest in the Hawaii commercial real estate market. There are a lot more deals, and the price tags are bigger. The total value of such deals in 2012 was $2.21 billion, up 81 percent from 2011, Colliers Hawaii said Friday.

Signs of life: More Hawaii commercial real estate deals

02/22/2013 Economic recovery is under way in earnest in the Hawaii commercial real estate market. There are a lot more deals, and the price tags are bigger.

$214,000 real estate bet a big risk for couple

02/04/2013 When Thomas and Narichica Handy bought their first home in Hawaii in 2003, they weren't thinking of becoming landlords.

When Online House Hunting Heats Up Across America

01/30/2013 Trulia's Chief Economist reveals the seasonal real estate peaks and valleys across America. Most would-be buyers search for homes most in March and April. However, peak-search season happens now in Hawaii and Florida, but is six months away in Montana and Oregon.

Police warn about rental scam

01/16/2013 Hawaii Island police are warning the public about a real estate scam that falsely lists houses for rent when they are really being offered for sale by someone else.

Hawaii police warn against rental scam

01/15/2013 Hawaii? Island police are warning the public about a real estate scam that falsely lists houses for rent when they are really being offered for sale by someone else. A South Kohala woman answered an

Inside Obama's Kailua Beach Vacation Homes

01/02/2013 Landowners are being cagey this year about where Obama is staying on chic Hawaii beach.

REIT looking to buy Hokulia

01/02/2013 KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A real estate investment firm is putting together a deal to buy Hokulia and finish the luxury subdivision on the Big Island's Kona coast.

Agents say W. Hawaii real estate market improving

12/21/2012 With foreclosures and short sales at lower levels than this time a year ago, West Hawaii real estate agents are seeing improvements in the local market.

Hawaii bounces back with development

12/13/2012 Hawaii bounces back with development Hawaii, buffeted in the aftermath of the U.S. recession and Japan's tsunami, is benefiting from a travel rebound that has that's sent tourism revenue to a record and spurred real estate investments across the islands. Investors and lenders are seeking to take advantage of increased demand from affluent Asian travelers and visitors from Northern California ...

Hawaii's Average Home Price Tops in Nation

12/09/2012 A real estate company says the average four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is more expensive in Hawaii than any other state in the nation. Coldwell Banker said Wednesday says the average listing for a house that size is more than $742,000 in Hawaii.

HGTV to Premiere Four New Series in the New Year

12/03/2012 "Hawaii Life," "Scoring the Deal," "Cousins on Call" and "Spontaneous Construction" are all on tap in 2013.

Hawaii is the Most Expensive State for Home Buyers

11/28/2012 A real estate company says the average four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is more expensive in Hawaii than any other state in the nation.

Hawaii is most expensive state for home buyers

11/28/2012 A real estate company says the average four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is more expensive in Hawaii than any other state in the nation.

Hawaii: No paradise for the megabanks

11/28/2012 The sunshine and gorgeous beaches of Hawaii may attract millions of tourists to its islands every year, but the nation's largest banks steer clear of the state.

Host Hotels Completes JV with Hyatt - Analyst Blog

11/21/2012 Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. ( HST ), the largest lodging real estate investment trust (REIT), has recently completed a joint venture agreement with an affiliate of Hyatt Hotels Corporation H ) to develop and operate a 131-unit vacation ownership project in Maui, Hawaii on Ka'anapali Beach.

Big Island of Hawaii Home Prices, Sales Up in October

11/18/2012 Real estate numbers on the Big Island are increasing in terms of the median sales price and the number of homes and condominiums sold. Last month the median sales price of a single-family home on the Big Island was $299,999, according to data just released from the Hawaii Information Service.

A hero's welcome includes new home

11/17/2012 Couple become first to participate in local home program Active duty military member Chris Mola and his wife, Maria, completed their move from Hawaii to South Bend recently with a community ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the closing of their new home.

Couple become first to participate in local home program

11/17/2012 Active duty military member Chris Mola and his wife, Maria, completed their move from Hawaii to South Bend recently with a community ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the closing of their new home.

Developer, residents discuss Hanalei development

11/16/2012 HANALEI, Hawaii (AP) — A company that wants to build luxury homes and hotel cottages in the hills above Hanalei Bay met with residents this week to hear their concerns about the project.

Iconic Chinese leader's brother commemorated

11/10/2012 The world-renowned Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the modern-day revolutionary who ended the Chinese dynasties spanning more than 5,000 years of Chinese history and was born 146 years ago Monday, spent some of his formative years in Hawaii.

Coffee Pickin’ Time

11/05/2012 A contestant picks coffee Sunday at Ueshima Coffee Co. in Holualoa for the Kona Coffee Picking Contest. (Laura Shimabuku/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Expert: Hawaii seeing steady economic rise

11/01/2012 A Hawaii economist offered continued optimism for the state’s economic recovery, according to a report First Hawaiian Bank released Wednesday morning.

Casting Calls: Bravo's reality docudrama Million Dollar Listing...

10/29/2012 Bravo's reality docudrama Million Dollar Listing is expanding into San Francisco, Atlanta, Hawaii, and Miami. The show is casting for "prominent, big personality real estate agents who are at the top of their game and deal with the most high-profile...

Bali Hai Realty on Kauai First Broker to Launch Mobile Website with Real-Time Information

11/01/2012 With the growing trend of accessing information via phone, Kauai's Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty leads the pack in providing on-site details via mobile phone to Kauai visitors interested in real estate property and vacation rentals. Lot lines, topography, views, size, prices, images and other features are served up instantly without need for an 'app' -- a first in Hawaii's real estate climate ...

Business fair starts today

10/25/2012 Hawaii Business Fairs 2012 is under way today at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale in Hilo. The event is Hilo real estate broker Liza Yogi’s second attempt at an annual business-related conference.

Former Bankoh CEO Takes Charge at Citi

10/19/2012 Michael O'Neill was so confident in his ability to turn around Bank of Hawaii when he was hired in November 2000 that he vowed to buy $10 million worth of the company's stock.

Boom, Bubble Or Simply Bust

10/08/2012 MANILA, Philippines — I received a very insightful email from a Fil-American residing in Hawaii in response to an article I wrote about the possibility of a real estate bubble occurring in some market segments in the residential housing sector of real estate in the Philippines. Before I quote extensively from his message, let me just summarize my current views about residential housing in the ...

Witnesses called to appear at Tuesday's State Senate Wonder Blunder hearing

10/02/2012 Here's a list of the people invited to testify Tuesday, Oct. 2., before the State Senate Special Committee on Accountability about the University of Hawaii's Stevie Wonder concert fiasco.

Kauai Home, Condo Sales Increased in August

09/29/2012 Single-family home prices on Kauai inched up nearly 3 percent in August, while the median price of a condominium jumped nearly 20 percent, according to statistics from Hawaii Information Service.

Course Source: Hawaii Prince, Kapalua

08/27/2012 IN THE PUBLIC EYE: Hawaii Prince Golf Club, Ewa Beach, Oahu, Hawaii.

Isle’s economic recovery slow

08/24/2012 Hawaii Island’s economy continues its slow climb out of recession, thanks largely to a relatively quick recovery of its tourism industry, according to economist Leroy O. Laney.

Cooking on pure inspiration, thinking about somebody I used to know

08/23/2012 Tonight I made dinner for some neighbors I haven't seen in a long time, as we all have been very busy living a Travelife . They'd just come back from two months spent in Hawaii , living an easy life in Honolulu and having drinks on the beach at sunset basically every day. Some people have all the luck. The husband had made his fortune at a shockingly young age via Hong Kong real estate ; and now ...

Kansas City GSA employee works from home -- in Hawaii

08/23/2012 The General Services Administration, already under investigation for lavish spending, allowed an employee to telecommute from Hawaii even though he is based at the GSA's Kansas City, Missouri, office, a CNN investigation has found.

Hawaii Five-O to seek a new home.

08/20/2012 Hawaii-Five O will soon be looking for a new home. Hawaii News Now has learned that the landmark Honolulu Advertiser Building, which has housed the popular television series for the past two years, is being sold to local developer Marshall Hung, who plans to build condos.

EXCLUSIVE: Hawaii Five-O to seek a new home

08/20/2012 Hawaii-Five O will soon be looking for a new home. Hawaii News Now has learned that the landmark Honolulu Advertiser Building, which has houses the popular television series for the past two years, is being sold to local developer Marshall Hung, who plans to build condos.

Hirono, Lingle set first debate in US Senate race

08/17/2012 U.S. Senate candidates Mazie Hirono and Linda Lingle have set their first debate as they contend for Hawaii's open seat.

HPD warns renters about Craigslist scam

08/08/2012 Roger Wong, 35,  was pleased when his real estate agent placed pictures of his Hawaii Kai home on the internet, but his joy quickly turned to disbelief when a friend found his home for rent on Craigslist . "I feel like I had to do something," said Wong. "At least let it be known that these are out there, and there's a lot of people getting scammed right now." Lt. John McCarthy of the Honolulu ...

Buzz on the Street: Santa Maria gets flights to Hawaii; why can't Redding?

07/29/2012 On my recent travels around California, I noticed a billboard off Highway 101 announcing Alaska Airlines flights from Monterey to San Diego. Then there is this. Allegiant Air will start flying to Hawaii from Stockton, Fresno, Monterey and Santa Maria in November. Yes, you read that right. Santa Maria.

Local economy not yet reaping the benefits of tourism growth

07/27/2012 The record growth Hawaii's tourism sector is experiencing this year has yet to translate into benefits for the broader economy, which remains mostly stagnant, the latest forecast by University of Hawaii economists say.

Larry Ellison collects lavish real estate

06/29/2012 Larry Ellison collects lavish real estate The siren song that enticed Oracle founder Larry Ellison to buy his own special island last week has driven the maverick mogul to amass a portfolio of lavish estates in recent years. Even before the world's sixth-richest man bought 98 percent of Hawaii's sixth-largest island, his real estate spending sprees ranged from Woodside to Pacific Heights, from ...

‘Wheels came off’ real estate market

06/29/2012 Hawaii Island has more than 500 foreclosures pending in the 3rd Circuit Court, appraisers say. Compare that figure with the 1,289 active real estate listings the county has, appraiser Larry Baird said.

Hawaii OKs island sale to Larry Ellison

06/26/2012 A Hawaii public utilities agency on Monday approved the transfer of three Lanai utilities to Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison, clearing the way for his purchase of most of the island to close this week.

Ellison to gain Hawaii utilities

06/26/2012 HONOLULU — A Hawaii public utilities agency on Monday approved the transfer of three Lanai utilities to Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison, clearing the way for his purchase of most of the island to close this week.

Hawaii OKs Lanai sale to Ellison; deal closes Wed.

06/25/2012 A Hawaii public utilities agency on Monday approved the transfer of three Lanai utilities to Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison, clearing the way for his purchase of most of the island to close this week.

FACTBOX - Larry Ellison: talk about expensive tastes

06/21/2012 SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Oracle's billionaire CEO has a taste for the finer things in life, from yachts, jets and supercars to tennis galas and real estate. Now, the third-wealthiest man in America has added a Hawaiian island - or most of it - to his mantelpiece. Ellison bought 98 percent of Hawaii's sixth-largest island, Lanai, the state's governor announced on Wednesday. The following is a ...

Japanese real estate investers prefer mountainview

06/20/2012 Ties between Hawaii and Japan go back a long way, and now more and more Japanese investors are looking to call the islands their second home.

Hawaii realtors see change in Japanese buyers after deadly tsunami

06/20/2012 Interest in Hawaii real estate has Japan based buyers scooping up anything with an ocean view, but not next to the ocean. The devastation from the March 11, 2011 tsunami is still burned into peoples minds.

Girls school to market campus for weddings

06/16/2012 HONOLULU—A Hawaii school for girls is marketing the campus as a location to hold weddings and events. La Pietra School signed an exclusive agreement last month with Distinctive Homes Hawaii Real Estate to market the five-acre campus as a wedding and event venue.

Kaiser Pemanente Hawaii to open new Kona clinic

06/13/2012 Promised for early 2014, Kaiser Pemanente Hawaii will open a new state-of-the-art clinic in North Kona, officials announced Thursday.

Matthew Fox sells Manhattan Beach Spanish-style home

06/04/2012 The ocean-view home was Matthew Fox's residence before he moved to Hawaii to shoot "Lost." Matthew Fox can no longer be found living in Manhattan Beach. The "Lost" star has sold his house there for $1.875 million.

Seibu Holdings may sell hotel business in Hawaii

05/24/2012 TOKYO (MarketWatch) -- Japanese hotel and railway group Seibu Holdings Inc. is considering selling its hotel and golf resort business in Hawaii as part of its restructuring efforts, a person familiar with the matter said Friday, adding that the property portfolio could be valued at more than Y50 billion.

Historic Dillingham Ranch on 2,700 Acres of Prime North Shore Land Hits the Market

05/22/2012 WAIALUA, Hawaii--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Historic Dillingham Ranch on 2,700 Acres of Prime North Shore Land Now on the Market, Represented by Christie's International Real Estate

Obama: The ‘birthers’ are back

05/18/2012 Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett says it is “possible” President Obama’s name won’t be on the fall ballot if Hawaii officials do not certify that the 44th President’s birth certificate is “authentic.” Bennett is following on the heels of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. When he’s not harassing local Hispanic residents, Arpaio has launched his own “investigation” of the birth certificate ...

Colliers: Honolulu industrial market improves

04/23/2012 HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The industrial real estate market in Honolulu has begun to improve, another sign of economic rebounding. Colliers Hawaii reports the first quarter saw 19,925 square feet of positive net absorption, and vacancy rates declined slightly, to 4.72 percent.

Six UH regents named

04/20/2012 The state Senate has confirmed the appointment of four new members of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents, effective July 1, and renewed the appointment of two others, effective immediately.

Lawmakers denounce GSA parties, trips

04/17/2012 The agency's top official traveled to Hawaii and Napa Valley, despite having been warned not to.

2nd panel blasts GSA for parties, trips, bonuses

04/17/2012 The main figure in a General Services Administration spending scandal took trips to Hawaii, Napa Valley and the South Pacific islands, all after the agency's inspector general warned top officials about the excesses.

Uncle Kokua giving millions to Hawaii residents in need

04/16/2012 When cash is tight, don't you sometimes wish you could contact a rich uncle? A Kailua man who goes by the moniker "Uncle Kokua" is giving his money away to Hawaii residents in need.

Hawaii's Next Real Estate Boom?

04/15/2012 Hawaii's Next Real Estate Boom?

GSA spent millions in relocation costs

04/12/2012 The General Services Administration inspector general was told the agency spent as much as $330,000 to move an employee from Denver to Hawaii, an example of millions of dollars wasted in relocation costs.

CAG ventures into Hawaii

03/29/2012 SINGAPORE-based real estate marketing firm Capital Asia Group Pte Ltd (CAG) has launched its latest land investment product, Ho'olei (Crown of Flowers), on the north-western coast of Big Island in Hawaii.

Hawaii: Foreclosures Accounted for 10.5% of 2011 Home Sales

03/22/2012 Some 10.5 percent of all residential sales in Hawaii last year were for homes involved at some level of the foreclosure process, according to a new report from RealtyTrac.

Hawaii: Big Island Condo Sales Down, But Prices Edge Up

03/22/2012 The median price of a Big Island single-family home dipped by 10 percent to $235,000 in February, while the price of a condominium rose by 6 percent to $257,500, according to statistics from the Hawaii Information Service.

Pearlridge Center sold

03/22/2012 A mainland real estate investment trust is buying Pearlridge Center, the second largest shopping mall in Hawaii.

Glimcher To Buy Partner's Interest In Pearlridge Center In Honolulu, Hawaii

03/21/2012 Glimcher To Buy Partner's Interest In Pearlridge Center In Honolulu, Hawaii

Rentini Concerned Over New Hawaiian Bill

03/09/2012 A lot of us are familiar with vacation rental and timeshare websites- owners post their properties online, users take a look, and rent what they pick out. This is all about to change in Hawaii, where vacation rentals are big …

Citigroup Chairman Parsons stepping aside: report

03/02/2012 Richard Parsons is stepping down as chairman of Citigroup Inc and is expected to be replaced by Michael O'Neill, the former chief executive of Bank of Hawaii Corp, the Wall Street Journal's website reported late on Friday afternoon.

Hawaii's cheapest gas hits $4 a gallon

02/20/2012 The lowest gasoline prices in Hawaii, at discount stations on Oahu, are now over $4 a gallon, while gasoline is now selling for well over $5 a gallon on Molokai.

HC&S profits offset Matson, property losses

02/17/2012 Alexander & Baldwin Inc.'s agricultural sector - led by Maui's Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. - produced a "strong performance" in 2011 while losses related to Matson Navigation Co. and the real estate sales division put a drag on company profits.

$200 Million Ceded Lands Settlement in Hawaii Under Consideration

02/07/2012 Two Legislative committees will begin looking into a proposed $200 million real estate deal that will settle the Office of Hawaiian Affairs ceded lands claims with the state. In November, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and OHA announced they had reached a …

W. Hawaii real estate - Cash buyers remain active

01/31/2012 emiller@westhawaiitoday.com

Hawaii short sale, lender sales rose 23 percent

01/27/2012 A real estate research firm says foreclosure-related Hawaii home sales increased 23 percent in third quarter, compared to a year earlier. The 486 repurchased properties represented 8.8 percent of all transactions in the third quarter.

'Lost Kingdom': How Hawaii joined America's 'destiny'

01/21/2012 In the beginning of the movie "The Descendants," George Clooney, who plays real estate attorney Matt King, seeks to dispel the myth that Hawaii is a paradise for the people who live there. Even amid a backdrop as idyllic as Hawaii, all is not always well, he says.

“Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure” by Julia Flynn Siler

01/20/2012 No matter who you are or where you come from, in Hawaii you are greeted with a lei of fresh flowers and a kiss on a cheek. And this practice may help explain the demise of what was once an independent kingdom of native people who subsisted for centuries on one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Read full article >>

Hire a hero: Richard Slawinski

01/11/2012 By Teri Okita – bio | email WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) – All week, Hawaii News Now is profiling military veterans looking for employment in our "Hire a Hero" series. These days, having a master's degree...

Briefs 01-06

01/06/2012 Missing Puna teen sought Big Island police are seeking public assistance in locating a 14-year-old Puna girl missing since October. Shyla Sakurai-Rilveria is described as being 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighing about 130 pounds with long brown hair and brown eyes, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

Hawaii Has Highest Average Closed Home Loan Amount

12/29/2011 LendingTree.com says Hawaii leads the nation with the highest average closed home loan amount.

Kauai, Hawaii Home Sales and Prices Up in November

12/23/2011 The number of single-family homes sold on Kauai rose in November, as did prices, but condominium sales were flat and prices dropped, according to statistics from Hawaii Information Service.

Big Island, Hawaii Home Sales Up, Prices Down in November

12/23/2011 Home sales on the Big Island saw double-digit gains in November, but prices lagged behind last year, according to data from the Hawaii Information Service.

Briefs 12-23

12/23/2011 Missing girl located Police Thursday located a 15-year-old Kailua-Kona girl reported missing. Miosoti Santiago-Militao was found unharmed in Kailua-Kona, according to the Hawaii Police Department. DOE program to offer athletics in middle school

Obituary: Annette Stapleton

12/22/2011 Annette Stapleton passed away on December 17, 2011 in Reno, Nevada after a long and brave struggle with her health. Annette was a fixture in the local real estate business. After selling real estate in California and Hawaii, she bought her first Nevada home in Incline Village in 1974.

A&B Inc. announces split

12/02/2011 Alexander & Baldwin Inc., the $2 billion conglomerate that grew up with modern Maui and Hawaii, announced plans to split itself into two $1 billion companies, one maritime, the other to manage the real estate and agricultural segments of the business. The split is expected to happen in the second half of 2012, when holders of each A&B share would get one share each of the new companies. The real ...

A&B to split into 2 publicly traded companies

12/02/2011 Hawaii's shipping, real estate and sugar plantation conglomerate Alexander & Baldwin Inc. plans to split into two independent, publicly traded companies.

Deal would settle OHA crown land revenue claim

11/16/2011 AUDREY McAVOY Associated Press HONOLULU The state of Hawaii and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs said Wednesday they have agreed in principle to a deal that would give OHA $200 million worth of prime Honolulu real estate to settle a decades-old claim on revenue generated by Hawaiian monarchy lands. The deal would transfer ownership of 25 acres near the Kakaako waterfront to OHA. The Legislature ...

Capsule reviews of new releases

11/16/2011 Alexander Payne makes movies about men on the brink — of a nervous breakdown, of personal or professional ruin and, ultimately, maybe even some hard-earned peace. That's certainly true of George Clooney here. As real-estate lawyer Matt King, he finds everything in his life is in flux and on the verge of collapse simultaneously. This isn't any easier even though he lives in Hawaii, a place that's ...

For One Man, Hawaii Is a Land of Problems

11/15/2011 In a voice-over at the beginning of “The Descendants,” Matt King ( George Clooney ) challenges the myth, endemic among mainlanders, that Hawaii, where he lives, is a paradise on earth.

Vincent Lao Selected For 'Top 100 Realtors'

11/10/2011 Vincent Lao of Honolulu, HI has been honored with a recognition by Hawaii Business in its selection of "Top 100 Realtors"

Invasive, Fragrant Ants Crash Hawaii

11/01/2011 House ants, that smell like fresh coconut when smashed, are invading coconut-filled Hawaii.

Oaktree Joins With Woodridge to Buy Fairmont Orchid Luxury Hotel in Hawaii

11/01/2011 Howard Marks’s Oaktree Capital Management LP and real estate developer Woodridge Capital Partners LLC purchased the Fairmont Orchid luxury hotel in Hawaii, the companies’ law firm said today.

Orchid Hotel Partners LLC Acquires Famed Fairmont Orchid Resort on Kohala Coast of Big Island

11/01/2011 KOHALA COAST, Hawaii--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A joint venture between real estate developer, Michael Rosenfeld through an affiliate of Woodridge Capital Partners, & an investment fund managed by Oaktree Capital has acquired the Fairmont Orchid.

Kona Mountain Wins Award Best Retailer of the Year - Hawaii Island

10/25/2011 Kona Mountain Coffee, retailers of gourmet 100% Kona Coffee from their own farm in the official Kona Coffee District on the Big Island of Hawaii, is the winner of this years prestigious Ho'okela Award for Best Retailer of the Year 2011 - Hawaii Island, from the Retail Merchants of Hawaii. It is the first time ever that a Kona Coffee Farm Direct Retailer has won a Ho'okela Award, recognizing the ...

Twin Trees Land Company, Premier Power Enable Leed-Certified Real Estate Services in Sacramento

10/26/2011 Twin Trees Land Company, a family owned commercial real estate investment company with properties in Hawaii and several states across the nation, ...

Honua Kai Resort & Spa Exceeds $500 Million in Sales

10/20/2011 KAANAPALI, Hawaii--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Honua Kai Resort & Spa, the only new, whole ownership opportunity on Kaanapali Beach in more than 25 years, has recently exceeded $500 million in real estate sales.

Home Sales Dip ...

10/18/2011 BY ERIN MILLER WEST HAWAII TODAY emiller@westhawaiitoday.com West Hawaii recorded slightly fewer home, condo and land sales in September compared with the same month one year ago, although prices are increasing and inventory has dropped, a West Hawaii real estate agent says.

Lehman Seeks Title to Ritz-Carlton Kapalua Resort in Hawaii

10/12/2011 Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. (LEHMQ) , which lent $232.4 million for a resort in Hawaii in 2007, said it intends to take title to the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua after foreclosing on its loan, according to a court filing today.

Large Assisted Living Facility in Hawaii Goes up for Sale

09/28/2011 The real estate brokerage firm of Marcus & Millichap has been retained on an exclusive basis to handle the sale of an institutional quality assisted living facility located on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Permit granted for Maui Costco gas station

09/14/2011 Maui, which has the most expensive gasoline in Hawaii, is set to get a Costco gas station.

"Soft" Hawaii market sees prices plunge

09/14/2011 The residential real estate market in Hawaii "continues to be quite soft, with fluctuating sales volumes and no recovery yet in prices," but will recover in 2012.