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Hawaii Luxury Home

Hawaii has always been a haven for the world's most affluent, with year-round picture perfect weather, some of the most acclaimed amenities anywhere, an inviting culture of Aloha, and a natural environment as diverse as its people - from top-rated beaches, to tropical mountains and everything in between. As such, it's no surprise that luminaries from technology, finance, business, entertainment and more call Hawaii their second home. 

Although the 2019 Hawaii luxury market ($10M+) is on a slow down, Hawaii offers among the most luxurious and unique properties anywhere. It is important to note that each island offers something incredibly different - from Oahu's urban oasis in the Pacific, to Kauai's quiet, undeveloped tropical heaven, to Big Island's stark…

Question: We own a condo in Kakaako and we're interested in selling. We've been told that when we sell, we'll have to disclose everything we know about the property, even if it might kill the deal. Why do we have to 'disclose' if it's not in my best interest?


Hawaii Real Estate Disclosure by Seller
Disclosure Statement image above by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images

Great question, Mark, thank you for asking. To start, please keep in mind that this is not legal advice, this is for informational purposes only and you are highly encouraged to speak to an attorney well-versed with Hawaii real estate. In Hawaii, Hawaii Revised Statute Chapter 508D details the legal responsibility of a Seller to disclosure 'material facts' to the Buyer during the course of due diligence, as agreed upon in…

Honolulu Vacation Rentals

With support from the Honolulu City Council, Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed Bill 89 into law, becoming Ordinance 19-18, to now impose strict enforcement of regulations affecting Vacation Rentals on Oahu. This enforcement affects long-term how and where Transient Vacation Units (TVU's) and Bed & Breakfasts (B&B's) can legally operate. Read Honolulu Ordinance 19-18 in its entirety and Ordinance 19-18 Frequently Asked Questions for a better understanding on how this may potentially affect you, whether as a current owner of Oahu real estate or a prospective Buyer. 

Note: Visit our Oahu Vacation Rentals page to view condos currently for sale and check out a Oahu Map of Properties Eligible for Vacation Rentals for those holding NCU's.

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Lana’i — an island so stunning that after the billionaire founder of Oracle visited there, he realized he loved it so much that he decided to buy it.

Since 2012, the remote and secluded island has been owned by Larry Ellison, a paradise for its 3,200 residents and visitors that flock to two Four Seasons resorts. But even though it is privately owned; purchased by Ellison for $300 million ; there's no reason you can't own a slice of paradise, explore the Lanai real estate market today. 

Maui Lanai Island
Photo Credit: Halibut Thyme, Wikimedia Commons

Lana’i is a hidden gem, the perfect getaway for those who want to leave the hustle and bustle behind on Hawai’i’s more populated islands. Just 9 miles from Maui’s west coast, traveling to Lana’i is like going back in time. Only…

Oahu is famous for its big waves, silky, white-sand beaches, epic hiking trails and colorful sunsets, but it’s also celebrated for its culinary specialities and cutting-edge chefs. Better yet, many of their delicacies can be found across the island in food trucks, which are sure to “broke da mouth”. There are dozens of food trucks scattered across Hawai’i’s most populous island, but some stand out among the rest. These are our five favorite food trucks:

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck 
66-472 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa
808.293.1839  
Website: http://giovannisshrimptruck.com Giovanni's Food Truck Oahu
Photo Courtesy: Flickr

The shrimp trucks scattered across Oahu's North Shore are perhaps most popular — and longstanding — mobile food establishments on the island. And Giovanni's Shrimp Truck, which…

The sunrise atop the summit of Haleakala on Maui's Upcountry, visiting the white sands of Lanikai, and partaking on the view of Honolulu from Diamond Head are always going to be must-sees for first time visitors of the Aloha State. But those iconic places only begin to scratch the surface of all the magic and Eden-like settings Hawaii has to offer.&

The islands offer a plethora of lesser known gems worthy of exploration - whether resident, first-time arrival or long-time frequent visitor, blaze your trail. As you start to plan out the year ahead, be sure to add these 10 experiences to your list of ways to explore Hawaii in 2019.

Paddleboarding Under Oahu's Fireworks

Every Friday night, the Hilton Hawaiian Village launches fireworks above Waikiki Beach…

From tropical rainforests to soaring cliffs to sanding shorelines, Kauai is truly a paradise for those who love the great outdoors. The Garden Isle offers some of Hawaii’s most diverse terrain without the crowds, showcasing some of the state’s best hikes and stunning scenery.

When traveling to Kauai, there are so many ways to explore the island that it can almost seem overwhelming. To make it easier on you, we made a list of some of our favorite hikes, some that you can accomplish within a hour or two and others that demand a backpack full of camping gear and an appetite for discovering Kauai's Aloha. Wherever you go, be sure to bring a camera to capture some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes.

Kalalau Trail

Even though it’s one of the longest hikes…

Everyone on the mainland might be dreaming of a white Christmas, but the holiday season on Oahu takes on its own unique twist. From Santa arriving by outrigger canoe to parades of boats, there are all sorts of ways people in the islands celebrate the holidays that you won’t find anywhere else.  We’ve got you covered with a list of five things you need to check out this holiday season on Oahu. And best of all, you can enjoy all of the holiday’s most cheerful activities within the comforts of slippers and Aloha wear — without ever having to put on a winter coat.

Mele Kalikimaka Oahu
Photo credit: Daniel Ramirez

Everyone on the mainland might be dreaming of a white Christmas, but the holiday season on Oahu takes on its own unique twist. From Santa arriving by outrigger canoe to…

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of your toes in the sand, the sun on your skin and the sounds of waves gently crashing onto a beach. Yet often, relaxing days at the beach can get cut short by crowds of people, who flock to the islands in search of creating new memories and exploring Hawaii’s famous shorelines. For those craving secluded pockets of paradise, Waikiki and Ala Moana Beach Park, as beautiful as they are, just don’t cut it.

But if you’re searching for serenity, solitude and a quiet place to lay down a blanket and read a book, we’ve got your covered. There are handfuls of beaches across Oahu, Hawaii’s most populated island, where you can enjoy the island’s natural wonders without crowds of tourists. These are a few of our favorites:

Every few years something comes on the market that is so extraordinary that it stands out into a category of its own. Such is the case with 4508 Makena Road, one of Hawaii's most uniquely located beachfront homes. With one of the highest quality of build anywhere on Maui and a location steeped with culture, it presents one of the strongest value propositions for a sophisticated Buyer looking for absolute perfection in the Pacific.

Makena Luxury Home

The 4 bedroom / 5.5. bathroom beachfront estate is thoughtfully designed with an open floor plan anchored by the living area which seamlessly transitions to the spacious lanais and resort-style pool with spa. With 20' ceilings, the Living Area and main lanai feel open and spacious, while panoramic ocean views frame some of the…