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03/24/2014 - Law on flood coverage will allow higher rates to flow in

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.

03/23/2014 - 3 file suit in alleged Puna land scam

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.

03/10/2014 - Slideshows

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.

03/10/2014 - Kau coffee farmers worried about pending land sale

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 ...

03/10/2014 - Town & Country Welcomes Burch & Flaherty

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.

02/27/2014 - Woodridge and Colony Acquire the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Resort

MAUI, Hawaii--(BUSINESSWIRE)-- The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Resort was sold today to a partnership between Michael Rosenfeld’s Woodridge Capital Partners, LLC and Colony Capital, LLC and its affiliates including Colony Financial. The AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is a stunning destination resort on the Island of Maui, which was again voted “Best Island in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler ...

02/25/2014 - Maui Luxury Home Builder/Broker BD Properties Hawaii Celebrates 10th Anniversary by Offering Pre-Construction ...

Greg Brown, owner of trusted Maui luxury home construction company Brown Development and licensed real estate broker for BD Properties Hawaii is offering generous pre-construction discounts on a limited number of luxury estate homes currently under construction on Maui. (PRWeb February 25, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/02/prweb11605132.htm

02/24/2014 - New political party registers in Hawaii

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.

02/24/2014 - Associa OnCall Announces Promotions for Hawaii Operations

Associa OnCall, a 24/7 solution to community association maintenance needs, proudly announces the addition of Barbie Hatcher as Vice President of Associa OnCall Hawaii, James Silva

02/14/2014 - Honolulu Officials Bulldoze Real Estate Broker's Protest Signs

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 ...

02/04/2014 - Associa Hawaii Names New Vice President of Maui Operations

Associa Hawaii, an Associa company, is proud to announce Linda Ames has been named vice president of Maui operations. In this new capacity, she will work closely with Doug Lefler,

09/03/2013 - Family business inspires Kristofer Chun

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.

09/03/2013 - Zuckerbergs go house hunting in Hawaii

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.

08/30/2013 - Hawaii QB Blindsides USC Defender into Another Dimension

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 ...

08/30/2013 - Daryl Hannah for Hawaii Five-O

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

08/19/2013 - Opus’ Park West Business Center sells for nearly $12M

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.

08/17/2013 - Say ‘Aloha’ to Don Mitchell, a valued figure in Buffalo running

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

08/10/2013 - Hawaii investors to buy Kauai's Coco Palms

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 ...

08/07/2013 - Attorney Francis L. Jung has Achieved the AV Preeminent® Rating - the Highest Possible Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®

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 ...

08/05/2013 - China's Top Countries For Second Homes

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 ...

07/18/2013 - Waikiki Beach Walk® Expands Its Online Presence for Travelers From Asia

Travelers from Japan, China, and Korea can now learn about Waikiki Beach Walk® online in their own languages prior to arriving in Hawaii. Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, which markets Waikiki Beach Walk®, has joined efforts with PacRim Marketing Group to host pages featuring the retail center, its stores, restaurants, and activities utilizing PacRim’s three proprietary Asian language websites ...

07/13/2013 - Brewbaker: Bottom has passed for home market

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.

07/08/2013 - Caldwell talks property tax changes in 'Ask The Mayor'

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.

07/01/2013 - Realtor MLS for Big Island, Kauai gets new CEO

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.

06/30/2013 - Prospective homeowners flock to homebuyers fair

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

06/19/2013 - Steve Rodgers Attends the Asian Real Estate Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii

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 [...]

06/24/2013 - Luxury Hawaii Estate in the Exclusive Kuki'o Golf and Beach Club to Sell at Live Auction Without Reserve on July 25th

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- New York City-based Concierge Auctions is pleased to announce the July 25th auction without reserve of Hiwa Lani at Kuki'o , a stunning island estate ...

06/18/2013 - MacArthur Sotheby's International Realty Leads the Big Island Real Estate Industry with More Top Producers Than Any ...

The prestigious powerhouse of Big Island Real Estate - MacArthur Sotheby's International Realty - ranks highest with the most Top Producers of any other company on the Big Island of Hawaii. With 25 years of Big Island real estate expertise, MacArthur proves that its commitment, unparalleled knowledge, and unsurpassed concierge level of service set the gold standard required by astute buyers and ...

06/17/2013 - Par Petroleum Corporation Agrees to Purchase Tesoro Hawaii, LLC

Par Petroleum Corporation announced today that it has reached a definitive agreement for the acquisition of Tesoro Hawaii, LLC from Tesoro Corporation. Tesoro Hawaii, LLC is an owner of refining, retail and distribution assets located in Hawaii.

06/15/2013 - AP IMPACT: Snowden's life surrounded by spycraft

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.

06/13/2013 - POLL: Does Hawaii Kai need another grocery store?

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 ...

06/09/2013 - Edward Snowden Moved Out Of Hawaii Home On May 1st

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.

06/05/2013 - Mauna Kea Realty, Exclusive Real Estate Brokerage Company For The Mauna Kea Resort, Now Under New Management

KOHALA COAST, Hawaii, June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Mauna Kea Resort is pleased to announce that Mauna Kea Realty, the Resort's exclusive real estate brokerage company, is now under the management of Bob Chancer and Steve Hurwitz. Bob and Steve, co-founders of C and H Properties,...

06/04/2013 - HST Boosts Hawaiian Presence - Analyst Blog

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

05/31/2013 - RISMedia’s Great Spaces: For Sale: Paradise Property, Walls Optional

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 [...]

05/31/2013 - Consultant on ‘Descendents’ speaks on trust issues

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 ...

05/22/2013 - Great Spaces: Paradise Property for Sale, Walls Optional

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 [...]

05/14/2013 - Inside Oprah's Maui farm: Green-thumbed billionaire offers a first-ever glimpse of her vast Hawaii estate

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.

05/08/2013 - SolarCity, Forest City Team to Install Solar on up to 6,500 Homes in Project at Navy, Marine Corps Bases in Hawai’i

Construction has started on the first phase of a massive solar project by Forest City Military Communities and SolarCity® to provide solar electricity to 6,500 military family residences at Ohana Military Communities , which serves Navy Region Hawaii and Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

05/07/2013 - Lehman puts Ritz-Carlton Maui resort up for sale

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 ...

05/07/2013 - Short Hops May 7

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.

05/07/2013 - Exclusive: Lehman puts Ritz-Carlton Maui resort up for sale

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 ...

05/01/2013 - AREAA Global Summit Points to Increased Momentum Between U.S. and International Real Estate Markets

CARLSBAD, Calif., May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) wrapped up its annual Global Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii this week amongst rising optimism on an improving ...

04/30/2013 - LOG IN

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.

04/30/2013 - Hot, Hot, Hot!

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.

04/26/2013 - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg revealed to have landed 2.3 billion dollar stock windfall while he continues to treat ...

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.

04/22/2013 - Biennial Condominium Association Registration Starts with New Look at eHawaii.gov

The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is kicking off the 2013-2015 Condominium Association Registration period with the introduction of a redesigned website

04/16/2013 - Hawaiian ‘Frog Whisperer’ keeps menacing coqui frog population under control

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 ?

04/15/2013 - Marketing agency wins national award

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

04/15/2013 - PLDC repeal clears last hurdle in Hawaii House

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 ...