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2017 Festival of Birds in Kona   Leave a comment


Hawai’i Island Festival Of Birds will be held on September 15-17, 2017. Celebrate Hawai’i’s unique blend of birds – from native honeycreepers found nowhere else in the world to common backyard birds from five continents. 

The festival includes 4 days of unique birding experiences. Tours, workshops with noted artists, a gala dinner and silent auction with live entertainment, a film festival, speakers, vendors, keiki activities, and much more.


2017 Festival Of Birds

Date: 9/15/2017 – 9/17/2017

Address: Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa, 78-128 Ehukai St, Kailua-Kona

Hours: Friday 6am, Saturday 8:30 am, Sunday 6am

Cost/Cover: $10 general admission. Ages 15 and under are FREE with a paying adult!

Web Page: http://birdfesthawaii.org

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

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Touch a Truck for Keiki!    Leave a comment


Keiki of all ages are invited to Touch a Truck at Kona Commons on August 12 from 10 am to 12 noon! Explore big trucks and meet the people who operate them! Trucks include emergency vehicles, construction trucks, tow trucks and more!

Touch a Truck offers kids a hands-on opportunity to explore working trucks of all types. Children of all ages are invited to creatively explore the trucks with guidance from the professionals who use the trucks. Meet the people who build, protect and serve on the Big Island.

Bring the family to Touch a Truck and enjoy free keiki activities, a waterslide and prize giveaways. Event presented by Kuleana Education.

Touch a Truck

Date: 8/12/2017 (Saturday)

Address: 74-5450 Makala Blvd., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Hours: 10:00 am – 12 noon

Cost/Cover: Free

Web Page: http://konacommons.com

Contact Info: Nancy Sakamoto – 808-896-5308

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

Community Lecture Series: June’s Hanohano O Kona Lecture   Leave a comment

June’s Hanohano O Kona Lecture 

June’s Hanohano O Kona Lecture Sponsored by an Anonymous Friend of KHS

On Wednesday, June 28 KHS’ Museum Curator Mina Elison and KHS’ Asst. Program Director Gavin Miculka will share stories and photos from “The Kona Coffee Story: Along the Mamalahoa Highway”, an exhibit at KHS’ H.N. Greenwell Store Museum that tells the rich history of coffee in Kona through the eyes of families and farmers who built the lucrative industry. With the introduction of coffee to Kona in 1828, the development of Kona’s world-famous coffee industry experienced its highs and lows. Voices of hard working coffee farmers and community leaders can be heard through personal accounts, historic photographs and artifacts featured in this exhibit, all of which tell the compelling story of the early days of Kona coffee.
This is the June portion of a community lecture series held at the West Hawai`i Civic Center every last Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7:00pm, that spotlights local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. Presented by Kona Historical Society, in cooperation with the County of Hawai’i, this lecture series is a gift from the Society to the community that has supported it for so long. Free of charge, it is open to all, residents and visitors alike.

Date: 6/28/2017 (Wednesday)

Address: West Hawai`i Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Hours: 5:30p.m.-7p.m

Cost/Cover: Free

Web Page: http://www.konahistorical.org/index.php/events_calendar/june 
Contact Info: For more details, call 808-323-3222

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

12th Annual Living + Design Show in Kona ~ February 25-26, 2017   Leave a comment

12th Annual Living + Design Show 

February 25-26, 2017

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa Convention Center Kailua-Kona, HI


Formerly known as the Building and Design Expo, the newly revamped exhibition will showcase latest goods, door-buster deals and endless options for a better home. Don’t miss this two-day event!

Make sure to check out these exhibitors at the Home Show:

All Natural Stone Fabrication

All Out Carpet Care

American Electric

APN Alarm

Cardinale Cabinet Coatings

Coastal Windows

C-Thru Window Tinting

Concrete Technology of Hawaii

Cutco Cutlery

Dickinson General Contracting

Floor Coverings Hawaii

Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union

Hawaii Energy Connection, LLC

Hawaii Gas

Hawaii Steel Alliance

Hawaiian Glassworks 

Hawaiian Solar & Plumbing, Inc.

Honsador Building Products

Island Cooling LLC

Island Plastering & Drywall, LLC

Kaloko Shutter & Blinds

Kona Shoji Design

Mason Termite & Pest Control

P.A. Harris Electric LLC

Pacific Boats & Yachts, LLC

Pacific Waste, Inc.

ProVision Solar, Inc.

Real Time Pain Relief

Renewable Energy Services, Inc.

Royal Pools of Hawaii

Service Rentals & Supplies

S&K Marketing Group

Sonshine Cabinets & Granite

Sunrun, Inc.

Wisteria Lane and more!

Photo + Article courtsey of: Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce 

Karen E. Bail

808-936-4640

Fax: 808-883-2263

RB-16072

kebail@aloha.net

http://www.KarenBail.com

 

7th Annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival   Leave a comment


The seventh annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival takes place January 2-5, 2017 in Waimea as well as the Mauna Kea Resort + The Fairmont Orchid. It then moves to the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai from January 6-10, 2017.

Ocean Film brings over 60 films to the big screen each year. Most are world, U.S., Hawaii or Big Island of Hawaii premieres, with many filmmakers in attendance. Films fall into categories of ocean experience, such as surfing; ocean environment; and island culutre and history. In addition, films of broader cultural, historic and conservational appeal are also featured, as well as generally inspirational film and stories of epic adventure.In addition to film, the festival offers intimate breakfast talks, Q & A filmmaker sessions and more. 

The festival program is posted to the website and fedtival passes are available online at http://www.waimeaoceanfilm.org. 

Info: 808-854-6095 or info@waimeaoceanfilm.org.

7th Annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival

1/2/2017 – 1/10/2017

🔸Waimea, HI

🔸Mauna Kea Resort

🔸Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani Resort 

🔸Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

See website for schedule, map of various venues +more details: http://www.waimeaoceanfilm.org/

Article + Photo courtesy of: whofish.org + Waimea Ocean Film Festival (http://www.waimeaoceanfilm.org/)

Karen E. Bail, REALTOR (B), CIPS, TRC, ePro Elite Pacific Properties 

Call: 808-936-4640

kebail@aloha.net  

http://www.karenbail.com

Puako for Buyers   Leave a comment

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Aloha.  It is starting off to be another beautiful week in Hawaii with the return of the cool stirrings of the Tradewinds.   Clear skies, fresh air…..Hawaii!

The time has never been better to be a buyer for Puako property.  While much of the Island’s most desirable areas have limited inventory, there has never been more properties for sale in Puako in my entire career (selling here since 1989).   By clicking on this market report covering sales over the last 3-months (wait…what sales?!?) you can see that there are 17 homes* and lots for sale with three properties in escrow

The last quarter of 2015 and early first quarter of 2016 saw fourteen properties come to market.  All but four are still on the market. Two of the three in escrow were listed then, all priced at the lower end of the price range.  (Two of the three are our Elite Pacific Properties listings) Two sold although one that sold was actually on the market nearly two years priced 17% higher, then given a “rest” from Multiple Listing Service, a refreshing practice to make it appear as a new listing. Understand the buyer had looked at it earlier and made the offer soon after the price was reduced. The best Puako value, Puako #80, was listed only a few weeks ago and in escrow within days because of its location, charm and excellent pricing.  Word on the streets is it was purchased by one of its regular vacation rental guests.  The other oceanfront home in escrow has been in escrow for months but is another example of a well-priced, well located property considered to be a good value given its extra-large, deep set lot with a classic beach house.   The lot next door to this home, another great value is still for sale, click here to see.  Although there have not been any sales over the last 3-months, there was total of 8-sales between August of 2015 and March of this year.  You can see what sold by clicking here for that report.

At least three of the oceanfront properties on the market have been trying to sell for literally years.  We can suspect that this is mostly due to their prices.  I have shown them to several clients who felt their perception of value was not equal to the sellers perception of value.   Limited inventory in the past gave sellers the luxury of pricing to meet their needs.  Add to that that sellers are not always educated as to how the differences between homes affects their values. Puako is a community without CC&Rs which is very attractive to most of those who call Puako home.  This leads to a mixed basket of homes; from rustic beach cottages to grand oceanfront estates.  It is difficult to determine values since we really have to compare mangoes to bananas.  Harder still for a seller to price to sell if he doesn’t understand how these differences affect their value in the marketplace of today.  That is the job we agents have to do!  But right now, my job is to educate you so you make the right choice as a buyer.  Having all these choices now at this time of year makes it an awesome time for us to find your perfect Puako home.  Or if not Puako, we will find you one somewhere else on this beautiful Island!

Give me a call or shoot me an email and let’s jump on this opportunity now.

 

*Puako Kai is 2-CPR homes on one lot listed separately (2X) and together (1X).  It has been on the market 18-months, listed with three different Brokerages. Now at 20% off the original list price of $2,350,000.

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