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Honoka‘a Western Week Parade & Block Party May 21-29, 2017   Leave a comment


Honoka`a’s favorite party, Western Week rides into town May 21-29, 2017, celebrating the colorful, tasty, and somewhat bodacious paniolo heritage of Hamakua! From Portuguese Bean Soup to Stick Horse championships, line dancing and more, events lead up to the Paniolo Parade and Block Party on Mamane Street on Friday night, followed by the 61st Annual Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo over the weekend.

Event organizers are recruiting talent now for the Saloon Girl and Cowboys Got Talent Contests. Men and women who love the spotlight are invited to dress up in their best boots and fancy duds, and strut their stuff in a talent and personality competition on the streetside stage. There are no entry fees, and winners receive cash prizes.

“No experience required!” said contest honcho Michelle Hartman. “The more contestants we have, the merrier it is for everybody. This is definitely not a beauty pageant, and we definitely welcome all kinds of talented people. Our past winners have been folks of all ages, shapes and sizes—singers, dancers, storytellers—it’s all about letting your hair down and having some fun with the crowd.” For more information and entry forms, call Michelle at Big Island Grown, 775-9777. 

Commemorative HWW buttons will be available to purchase as show of support, as well as automatic entry in the “lucky number” drawing during the Block Party. Although buttons are not required for admission, attendees receive fair warning that those without buttons at the Block Party risk being thrown into the hoosegow by roving sheriffs. (All in good fun). 

Honoka‘a Western Week is a volunteer-driven project supported by the Honoka‘a Business Association, the Hamakua Lion’s Club, Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter, Steinlager, and others, celebrating Hamakua’s paniolo heritage and unique cultural blend. Checks payable to “Honoka?a Business Association” can be sent to P.O. Box 474, Honoka?a HI 96727, attention: Honoka‘a Western Week. For more information, follow Honoka‘a Western Week on Facebook or check out the new Honoka‘a Western Week website @ http://www.honokaawesternweek.org


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

🔸May 20. Deadline to enter Saloon Girl and Cowboys Got Talent Contests. For information and applications, call Michelle Hartman, 775-9777 or check out the website

🔸May 21-29. Celebrate Honoka’a Western Week with Honoka’a Business Association. Everyone is invited to dress up western-style, visit Honoka‘a town merchants, and enjoy different paniolo-themed activities every night.

🔸Sunday, May 21, 8am-3pm 2nd Annual Farm Festival @ Hamakua Harvest.

🔸Monday, May 22, 3:00 p.m. Art Event: Make-your-own Stick Horse for the Races, at Hamakua Youth Center (HYC). Limited to the first 30 applicants to turn in registration forms at HYC. Please call 775-0976 for more information.

🔸Tuesday, May 23, 5-8:00 pm Portuguese Paniolo Night @ NHERC Pavillion

🔸Wednesday, May 24. Line dancing at the Peoples Theater 6:00-9:00pm- Call 775-0000. Food Truck at R. Martin parking lot 5-9pm

🔸Thursday, May 25, 4-6 p.m. Talk Story with author Ross Stephenson, “Honoka‘a Town,” and Leilani Hino -Cowbboy Kaona, documentary photos from 1979-1988 at the Honoka‘a Public Library. Then at 6:00, Rowdy Rodeo at the Landing Restaurant.

🔸Friday, May 26 4 p.m., Paniolo Parade down Mamane Street. 5pm Stick Horse Races. 5-10 p.m., Block Party, Steak Fry, Saloon Girl and Cowboys Got Talent Contests, Dancing in the Street. Vendors interested in booth space for the Block Party can download forms from the website and drop off at Big Island Grown in Honoka’a

🔸Saturday, May 27-Monday, May 29, Hawai’i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo. Tickets $9 in advance $10 at the gate.

https://sites.google.com/site/honokaahiwesternweek/

Photo + Article courtsey of: http://www.whofish.org

Karen E. Bail

808-936-4640

Fax: 808-883-2263

RB-16072

kebail@aloha.net

http://www.KarenBail.com

Building Without a Permit can be very expensive   Leave a comment

Lots of people want to avoid the hassle of the permitting process, thinking it will save them time and money.  Every day we Realtors see the costly aftermath of this when the banks won’t loan on homes with unpermitted additions or lacking final permits….My Grandmother had a saying “Penney wise, pound foolish”  You might save a few dollars in the beginning, but if you ever want to sell your home, after the fact permitting can cost you a lot!  My friend Alan Van Zee at Hawaii Mortgage said I could share his article about the implications of building without a permit in today’s lending climate, thanks again Alan for these very wise words!

Building Without a Permit

The percentage of single family homes for sale that have unpermitted improvements is staggering.  As lending regulations have tightened over the past 8 years, sellers and homeowners are learning the harsh reality of not playing by the rules.

 

It really makes no sense to do work without a permit.  While permits may take some time getting through the building department, the cost for one is relatively low.  I’ll just be bold and say – If you proceed with building anything without a required permit, you are dumb.

 

Sorry to be harsh, but what time and money you may save going the “cheap and dirty” route, will not only cause problems for you in any future financing, but you may never really reap the reward of added value.

 

Appraisers have a tough job when valuing a home with unpermitted improvements.  No matter how nice, an enclosed lanai or transformed garage can never be counted in the calculations of living space square footage.  That could change your 3 bedroom 2 bath home into a 2-1.  The value placed on living space is significantly higher than non-living space.  If someone is trying to buy your listed home for sale, the appraisal may not support the sales price.  SO unless the buyer is putting a substantial amount down, it could cause the transaction to collapse.

 

While this phenomenon of unpermitted improvements occurs on every island, what’s up with Maui and Hawaii Island?  The incidence of unpermitted improvements is almost like a contagion.  Recently I had a client wishing to buy a beautiful ranch property on Maui for $1,300,000.  The owner/seller constructed a 1,700 square-foot shed/barn/garage on the property without a permit.  Why?  The permit was not that expensive.  They obviously had a contractor build it, as it was not some piece of junk.  Now the seller has to go and obtain an after-the-fact building permit.  Not only does it slow down the transaction process, it could derail it if the county comes back and doesn’t approve what was built.  If you are selling something valued at almost 1½ million dollars, are you nuts to think you can build an illegal structure larger than many people’s home, and it won’t cause any problems?  Maybe the thought of selling was not on their radar when they built it.  But selling or not, here’s a fact – rarely does a property stay in one’s family without the need for financing.

 

I get the idea that you may work in the trade and have friends that can help on the side, but get a permit.  Maybe you don’t want to get a permit because certain specialty areas need a licensed contractor to perform that work?  For the specialty areas like electrical and plumbing, get a licensed contractor to do the work.  If I were buying a home and found that someone other than a licensed contractor did the electrical or plumbing, it would not sit well with me.  After all, what could happen?  The place flood or go up in flames?

 

The bottom line is that lending and unpermitted improvements don’t mix.  If you want to see your “investment” reap the greatest reward from the time, money, and effort you put into a renovation or expansion, do it right, and get it permitted.”

for-blogReprinted courtesy of Alan Van Zee, Hawaii Mortgage Company, Phone: 808.988.6622

17th Annual Wailea Village Mochi Pounding   Leave a comment

346377497_881ab8bfc0_zAnnual Mochi Pounding in Wailea, Hakalau is a tradition for both visitors and locals. Make traditional rice cakes the “old-fashioned” way at this “quiet little plantation village”. Don’t miss your change to gain a little good luck by pounding the sticky rice. “From 8-2pm; fire building starts at 7 a.m. to steam the rice. Hearty local-style lunch available for sale. New Years crafts, food vendors, fortune telling, massage, I Ching readings, floral arrangements, plantation stories, Okinawan taiko drumming, Hawaiian entertainment & more.” Read more here…

Article courtesy of Konaweb.com

Image courtesy of ivva/Flickr.com

Hwy. 19 on the Hamakua Coast
Hakalau, HI

December 27, 2015

Karen E. Bail, REALTOR (B), CIPS, TRC, ePro
Elite Pacific Properties
Call: 808-936-4640
kebail@aloha.net
www.karenbail.com

MARDI GRAS 2015 – TERRANCE SIMIEN & THE ZYDECO EXPERIENCE   Leave a comment

8979867609_eba0a123ac_z“Lazar Bear presents Mardi Gras Hawaii 2015, with Two Time Grammy Award Winner and Louisiana’s Cultural Music Ambassador Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience w/ special guest Marcella Simien.”

“Terrance & his band The Zydeco Experience were featured in the blockbuster film “The Big Easy” and have shared the stage with Robert Palmer, Stevie Wonder, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Dr. John, the Meters, Alan Toussaint, Paul Simon and Dave Matthews Band”. Read more here…

Feb. 21, Sat. – Big Island
Honokaa Peoples Theater
45-3574 Mamane St. Honokaa 96727
Doors: 6:30 pm. Show: 7:30 pm.

Article courtesy of LazarBearProductions.com

Image courtesy of Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau/Flickr.com

Karen E. Bail, REALTOR (B), CIPS, TRC, ePro
Elite Pacific Properties
Call: 808-936-4640
kebail@aloha.net
www.karenbail.com

Singer-Songwriter & Folk Music Icon Judy Collins in Concert   Leave a comment

Judy CollinsHonokaa Peoples Theater welcomes folk music icon, Judy Collins. “The award-winning singer-songwriter is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions including, “Both Sides, Now”, “Someday Soon”, “Send in the Clowns”, “Who Knows Where the Time Goes”,” and more.

“She has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable song writing, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism.” For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here.

January 24, 2015

Honokaa Peoples Theater
45-3574 Mamane St. Honokaa 96727
Venue: 808-896-4845 Tickets: $35. Back Section
Doors: 6:30 pm. Show: 7:30 pm.

Article courtesy of LazarBearProductions.com

Image courtesy of Bryan Ledgard/Flickr.com

Karen E. Bail, REALTOR (B), CIPS, TRC, ePro
Elite Pacific Properties
Call: 808-936-4640
kebail@aloha.net
www.karenbail.com

Kohala Ranch, North Kohala, Big Island of Hawaii   Leave a comment

Kohala Ranch after the rainsThe Big Island’s Kohala Ranch is a gated equestrian community of over 3500 acres conveniently located between the Kohala Mountain Road and Akoni Pule highway along coast.  It begins at approximately 100 feet above sea level, within range of the whale songs, to cool up country ranch lands 3000 feet above the Sea.  Four legged pedestrian; horses, wild pigs and cows  have the right a way on the roads thru these  range lands. Kohala Ranch residents

Those who chose to call Kohala ranch home today live among the different climates of the distinct neighborhoods of Kohala Ranch.  The Heathers is at the balmy elevation of about 100 feet above the sea to 1,000 feet.  The Meadows lies between 1600 and 2100 feet above sea level and then the Summit from approximately 1600 feet to over 3,000 feet above sea level.  Micro-climates from ocean tropical arid to cool, misty uplands are found here.   Located in the ahupua’a ( historic land division) of Waika, between the Kawaihae and Kahua districts of Kohala, this area is as rich in history as it is in beauty.  Cherished then as now for the vista across Kahuwai-o-pili of an amazing panorama from the mountains to the sea.  Today the beauty of this place continues to awe both the lucky to live here and the lucky to visit .Kohala Ranch vistaKohala Ranch over view

Early Hawaiians established productive fields amidst the sandalwood forest of Waika. It is believed that sweet potatoes were grown along Kahuwai-o-pili, erroneously labeled on many maps as Keanahalulu.  Today one can still see the walls and terraces of these old fields in the pastures of Waika and Kahua.  Even the Hei’au walls,  where agricultural and cultural practices were taught, still stand scattered thru the pastures.

The sweet potato fields and Sandalwood of Waika and Kahua impressed the next wave of settlers with their abundance and stewardship.  The Sandalwood forest were harvested and sold as one of the early commodities of post-contact Hawaii.  Subsequent introduction of cattle by ocean voyaging Europeans seeking to establish stores of provisions ended the farms and sandalwood.  Cattle ranching practices were introduced and taught to the early Paniolo in nearby Kahua, where walls of the first corrals, pens and a homestead still stand as relics of those first Paniolo. Kohala Ranch was once part of these pastures. Almost 40 years ago, circumstances and conditions changed for the ranchers.  They sold these pastures to be developed into the  Kohala Ranch we know today

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Note old corral walls in background

It’s the Season…   Leave a comment

Hohoho Aloha.    Holidays in Hawaii are lit by the same dreams as those of other places.  All the children get excited about Santa Claus and bring out socks this one time of year because there is no way slippers can hold all the Santa booty.   Businesses slow down as both the employees and the employers take off to share the joys of Island life with family and friends.  The feeling of aloha is even stronger this time of year.

The Big Island holiday season is the time when very special properties come on the market.  The best resort and oceanfront properties are released to the market this time of year.

IMG_3124Mauna Kea Resort Home For Sale

Mauna Kea Resort adds two very cool properties to its limited inventory of homes and land for sale.   These properties are really one; a stately home on one parcel and the adjacent empty lot.  It’s a very interesting opportunity for the right person.

Entry (1)Forty Nine Black Sand Beach also has this new listing of a great oceanfront lot.  The owners club at 49-Black Sand Beach is quietly and tropically elegant set steps away from the black sands of Honu’apae Bay.  There is also the possibility that I can sell you a great house at Pau’oa BeachMauna Lani Resort Beach Club…..have a shy seller who would like to sell quietly at the moment.  We may go on the active market in early 2013.

Kona Bay Estates Real Estate for Sale in Kailua-Kona, HawaiiOceanfront Kailua-Kona has some new, high quality merry season offerings. Kona Bay Estates Oceanfront home for sale There is a very attractive oceanfront home and  a great lot for sale only a short walk away from Keiki Beach at Kona Bay Estates.   A home that more than one oceanfront buyer asked about at Ali’i Point is finally on the market. Home at Alii Point There is also a new lot listing a few lots north. Down at the end of Keauhou past all the condos, along a dusty beach road is this very cool Island style home.Keauhou Ocean Front Home For Sale  Island life has totally different feeling from resort living out here at the edge of Keauhou.

Santa and Mrs. Claus relax on the Big Island

There are many reasons why this is the time of year that typically generates the best quality of Real Estate inventory.  As they say” timing is everything” and then there’s that phrase about “location, location, location”….. The location is Hawaii; the timing is now.  The winter market is shaping up to be one of beautiful choices at good values.  Just the way life should be….

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year!

A hui hou!