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May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii

30 March 2020 · Categories: Art & Lifestyle, Hawaii Real Estate, News & Events, Oahu Community, Oahu History

This year marks the 93rd Annual Lei Day celebration in the Hawaiian Islands. The tradition highlights the art and craftsmanship of lei makers, allowing them to demonstrate their skill and beautiful artwork. By showcasing a unique element of local culture, May Day honors the rich history of the Hawaiian people.

Lei Day began in 1927 with just a few people wearing lei in downtown Honolulu. The holiday has since grown into a recognized event complete with organized exhibits, competitions, and festivities. Today, Lei Day features lei making demonstrations, lei contests, and live entertainment from the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association. By dedicating a day to the celebration of local artists, Lei Day provides a moment of reflection and appreciation for the beauty of Hawaii and its culture. So remember, May 1st is a day to give and receive lei and ultimately a day to spread the Aloha spirit!

Honoring Price Kuhio

Prince Kuhio Day on March 26 celebrates the life and legacy of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole. Prince Kuhio was a member of Hawaiian royalty and next in line for the throne when Queen Liliuokalani was overthrown. Rather than abandon his royal status, Prince Kuhio worked hard to ensure the future success of the Hawaiian people. He is remembered to this day for his unwavering support of his people in times of both peace and unrest.

Born on the island of Kauai, Kuhio was orphaned at the age of 13 and adopted by Queen Kapiolani and her husband, King David Kalakaua. His education consisted of the Royal School and Punahou School on Oahu. Two years after the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani, 25-year-old Kuhio participated in a rebellion that resulted in a prison sentence of one year. Upon his release, he married his fiancée, Elizabeth Kahanu Ka’auwai, and set off to travel around Europe and America.

Returning to the recently annexed state of Hawaii, Prince Kuhio pursued a career in politics. It was as a member of Congress that he made his greatest impact on Hawaii. Prince Kuhio served as Hawaii’s representative in Congress from 1903 until his death in 1922. His most lasting contribution came in the form of the Hawaiian Homes Act of 1920, which provided native Hawaiians land upon which to build homes and live.

The statue of the Prince, cemented in Waikiki in 2002, forever enshrined the ideals that he stood for. His unwavering support for the perpetuation of Hawaiian culture and protection of Hawaiian people earned him the title, “Prince of the People.” On the state holiday of Kuhio Day, the state of Hawaii recognizes the role Prince Kuhio played in securing a prosperous future for the Hawaiian people.

List Gives Back: Beach Clean Up with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii

On Saturday, June, 22, our company supported a good cause that hits very close to home. An island in the middle of the ocean, we all love our home for different reasons— but one thing that almost everyone can agree on is the unique beauty of the nature found on the Hawaiian Islands, especially its renowned coastlines. However, in order to preserve the incredible nature in Hawaii, we must care for our earth, beaches, and oceans. “Caring” for our environment not only means cleaning up the environment by picking up trash, plastic, and other non-biodegradable materials, but by reducing the amount of trash and waste we create in the first place.

List Sotheby’s International Realty Hawaii’s agents and staff came together to support this cause by volunteering for Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii. Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii is a grassroots, local nonprofit organization run by a small team of dedicated staff and supported by passionate volunteers. They make their impact on the world by inspiring local communities to care for their coastlines through fun hands-on beach cleanups, coordinated educational programs, team building corporate cleanups, waste diversion services, and public awareness campaigns. They taught us that cleanups can only do so much, so they now utilize their cleanups to inspire better consumer behavior and continued coastal stewardship through cleanups, education, social media, and more.

We hope that this inspires you to put a little effort into reducing your trash and waste, and being conscious of picking up litter when you see it. We all love our home, and it’s time to give a little love back. Together, let’s care for our land. E Malama Ka ‘Aina.

 

Around Oahu

AROUND OAHU – Upcoming Events in May

Woman hands holding Flower lei garland of white plumeria. Welcoming Lei on the hawaiian island. Plumeria flowers.

MAY DAY FESTIVITIES

92nd Annual Lei Day Celebration
Wednesday, May 1, 9am – 5:30pm
Kapiolani Park

The annual Lei Day Celebration provides a venue, where one day of the year is set aside to celebrate the lei and the skill and artistry of Hawaii’s lei makers.  This event honors Hawaii’s people and their rich heritage. On May 1st of each year, this beautiful event is at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The event features the annual Lei Court, as well as local entertainment and hula halau.

For more information, click here.

Hawaiian Airlines May Day 2019: The Tradition Continues
Wednesday, May 1, 3pm – 9:30pm
Hawaii Convention Center

Hawaii’s Finest presents their annual May Day event. A whole evening featuring culture and music. The event features entertainers Raiatea, Weldon K. , Na Hoa, Liam Punahele, Na Wai Eha, Kapena, and a bunch of special guests. Also enjoy the culture with Hula and numerous local vendors.

For more information, click here.

May Day on the Great Lawn
Wednesday, May 1, 4:30pm – 10pm
Bishop Museum

Keauhou, consisting of Jonah Kahanuola Solatorio, and brothers, Nicholas and Zachary Lum, will headline “Hawaiian Airlines May Day 2019: The Tradition Continues.” The star-studded program will feature Robert Cazimero and Halau Na Kamalei o Lililehua, the big-band sounds of Kahulanui, the hula artistry of Hālau Hiiakainamakalehua, under the direction of Kumu Hula Keano Kaupu IV and Lono Padilla, the Kamehameha Schools Concert Glee Club, the vocal artistry of Kaumakaiwa Kānakaole, the celebrated reunion of Na Palapalai, and more. Concert attendees will also be treated to exclusive access to the May Day Makeke, a marketplace featuring favorite Made in Hawaii crafts from vendors and local artisans. Food and beverage will be available for purchase, with VIP selections from award-winning chef, Mark Noguchi, co-founder and executive chef of the Pili Group and a Hawaiian Airlines featured chef.

For more information, click here.

Waimea Valley May Day Lei Day
Wednesday, May 1, 9am – 5pm
Waimea Valley

Come to Waimea Valley and learn about this special holiday celebrated all over the Hawaiian Islands. Waimea Valley will have cultural educators and artisans throughout the botanical gardens demonstrating how to make a lei. Be sure to stop by, talk story and learn how to make a lei! Entry fee to the valley includes demonstrations.

For more information, click here.

Kalani Pea and Friends – May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii
Friday, May 3, 7pm
Hawaii Theatre

Hosted By Hawaiian 105 KINE’s Mele Apana & Shannon Scott featuring: Amy Hanaialii Na Hoa Mark Yamanaka Josh Tatofi Kumu Hula Sonny Ching, Lopaka Igarta-De Vera & Halau Nā Mamo O Puuanahulu Two-Time GRAMMY winner Kalani Pea will headline Hawaii Theatre’s May Day is Lei Day concert.

For more information, click here.

Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony on Oahu, Hawaii which honors loved ones who have passed away

Lantern Floating Hawaii
Monday, May 27, 6:30pm
Magic Island

On Memorial Day, tens of thousands gather at Ala Moana Beach to honor the fallen, feel a connection with loved ones who have passed, and to remember all beings that have existed over time immemorial. Prayers include those who died in all conflicts and wars, in natural or man-made disasters, and accidents, famine or disease. Lanterns inspire hope, courage and determination in participants and viewers from around the world. Over 6,000 lanterns will be floated.

For more information, click here.

List Gives Back – Lanakila Pacific Meals on Wheels

Our volunteers, Ann Camacho, Aileen Rodriguez-Chizer, Tiffany Chen, Lena Lin, Mari Hirano, Yuki Takenaka, Vanessa Tsukano, Adam Tay, Steve Nihiser, Jessica Nihiser

Our volunteers: (Back row) Tiffany Chen, Mari Hirano, Yuki Takenaka, Vanessa Tuskano (Front row) Ann Camacho, Aileen Rodriguez-Chizer, Lena Lin, Jessica Nihiser, Steve Nihiser, Adam Tay

As our first community service event of 2019, List Sotheby’s International Realty Hawaii worked in cooperation with Lanakila Pacific Meals on Wheels, providing nutritious meals to the kupuna (elderly) and those in need. Lanakila Pacific is a non-profit organization with a mission “to build independence and an improved quality of life for individuals with cognitive, physical, social or age-related challenges. Lanakila Pacific’s vision is to embody self-sufficiency and inspire inclusive communities where people of all ages and abilities are empowered to find meaningful employment, live independently and thrive in spirit” (Lanakila Pacific).

We at List Sotheby’s International Realty Hawaii embody this belief and vision for our community. Lanakila Pacific serves over 2,000 people annually, packaging and delivering nutritious meals to individuals, assisting those in our community to continue to live with dignity in the comfort of their own homes. We understand that a house is not simply a house, but a home- and we are privileged to work with the impassioned Lanakila Pacific organization: Not only to keep those in our community feeling safe, secure, and healthy, but to lend support to our kupuna and others in need to maintain their independence and remain in the home they love.

 

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Urban Honolulu Among Top 5 Metros Affected by the New Tax Law

Rainbow over Honolulu

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) recently conducted an analysis to identify which metro areas will be most affected by the new tax laws. NAR’s research determined that those metro areas with a high percentage of homes with mortgages that are worth over $750,000 and those metro areas where home owners typically pay more than $10,000 for real estate taxes, will be most impacted.

The good news is that an estimated 95 percent of home buyers and homeowners will not likely be impacted by either new provision. The remaining 5 percent will be impacted by one or both.

While San Jose, CA and San Francisco, CA are expected to be hit by both provisions, Urban Honolulu ranked 5th for just new parameter: areas with a high percentage of mortgages over $750,000.

Researchers created the maps below which show how many homeowners will be impacted for each finding for 382 metropolitan areas.


Metro Areas with Mortgages over $750,000

5 most affected areas:

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metro Area
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA Metro Area
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA Metro Area
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA Metro Area
Urban Honolulu, HI Metro Area

Mortgages over $750K


Metro Areas with Property Tax in Exess of $10,000

5 most affected areas:

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CA Metro Area
Trenton, NJ Metro Area
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metro Area
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA Metro Area

Property Tax $10K+


Full article: http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2018/01/02/metros-will-feel-tax-reform-most

#tax reform #honolulu #sanjose #sunnyvale #santaclara #sanfrancisco #oakland #hayward #santacruz #watsonville #santamaria #santabarbara

SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY ASSOCIATES AMONG TOP HONOREES AT HAWAII BUSINESS MAGAZINE’S TOP 100 REALTORS EVENT

HBM Top 100 Realtors

This year, Hawaii Business Magazine celebrates 11 years of publishing the Top 100 Realtors list, the gold standard in identifying the highest producers in Hawaii’s real estate industry. Sotheby’s International Realty sales associates from across Hawaii were among those honored.

Sotheby's International Realty Hawaii

The exclusive gala open to invited guests only, was held at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel including a cocktail reception and awards ceremony.

TOP 100 REALTORS BY TOTAL SALES

AGENT TOTAL SALES FIRM ISLAND
Yukiko Yang $33,582,700 List Sotheby’s International Realty Oahu
Scott Carvill $28,343,000 Carvill Sotheby’s International Realty Oahu
Paul Kyno $22,375,000 Oceanfront Sotheby’s International Realty Kauai
Courtney Brown $21,642,884 Island Sotheby’s International Realty Maui
Judith Whitfield $20,513,000 List Sotheby’s International Realty Oahu
Wendy Peterson $20,351,800 Island Sotheby’s International Realty Maui

MOST TRANSACTIONS

AGENT TOTAL SALES FIRM ISLAND
Mari Hirano $17,799,000 List Sotheby’s International Realty Oahu
Cindy Griffey $13,292,500 MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty Hawaii Island
Paul Kyno $22,375,000 Oceanfront Sotheby’s International Realty Kauai

TOP 25 COMPANIES BY TOTAL SALES

FIRM TOTAL SALES ISLAND
List Sotheby’s International Realty $295,003,318 Oahu
Island Sotheby’s International Realty $249,572,269 Maui
MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty $163,273,555 Hawaii Island
Carvill Sotheby’s International Realty $108,986,400 Oahu

 

TOP 25 COMPANIES BY TRANSACTIONS

FIRM TRANSACTIONS ISLAND
List Sotheby’s International Realty 364 Oahu
Island Sotheby’s International Realty 312 Maui
MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty 225 Hawaii Island

 

HONORABLE MENTION BY SALES

AGENT TOTAL SALES FIRM ISLAND
Kristy Stephenson $18,138,000 Carvill Sotheby’s International Realty Oahu

 

TOP 100 REALTORS HALL OF FAME

AGENT FIRM ISLAND
Myra Brandt List Sotheby’s International Realty Oahu
Scott Carvill Carvill Sotheby’s International Realty Oahu
Connie Carvill Carvill Sotheby’s International Realty Oahu
Wendy Peterson Island Sotheby’s International Realty Maui
Rob Shelton Island Sotheby’s International Realty Maui
Mary Worrall List Sotheby’s International Realty Oahu

“Each of our firms across the islands join us in celebrating all of this year’s honorees and we’re especially proud of the hard work and dedication our teams put forth this year“ said Chuck Garrett, Senior VP of Operations at List Sotheby’s International Realty, “We’re truly blessed to be a part of this dedicated professional community.”

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#HBTOP100REALTORS

NOTE: The Hawaii Business magazine’s Top 100 awards are compiled based on a specific set of MLS criteria. Individual agent and company results may be higher when sales of all types are calculated.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has over 20,000 sales associates located in approximately 880 offices in 69 countries and territories worldwide.  In 2016, the brand achived a record global sales volume of $95 billion USD. Each office is independently owned and operated.

LIST Sotheby’s International Realty is located at 4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 100, Honolulu, HI 96816 and recently opened a second office at 677 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 111, Honolulu, HI 96814. For additional information, please contact 808-735-2411.

Top 100 Realtors 2017

3 Reasons To Consider Hawaii Loa Ridge Homes For Sale

Benefits Of Hawaii Loa Ridge Homes For Sale

It’s no secret that Oahu is a tropical utopia full of gorgeous sandy beaches, turquoise seas, and breathtaking scenic vistas. However, even paradise offers certain neighborhoods that stand out in any housing market. Case in point: Hawaii Loa Ridge. Homes for sale in this  neighborhood provides residents with a unique range of amenities, making it a highly desirable place for singles, couples, and families.

Why should you consider Hawaii Loa Ridge homes for sale? This unique, gated ridge community offers distinctive features, including:

Sweeping Views:

Hawaii Loa Ridge homes for sale are built on elevation levels that can reach up to 1000 feet above sea levels. The placement of the homes means that virtually every property enjoys wide, sweeping ocean and beach views.

Community Perks:

Purchasing Hawaii Loa Ridge homes for sale offers residents much more than just a house; people in this community enjoy an entire lifestyle. This exclusive neighborhood  provides its citizens with an extensive range of features, amenities, and plush creature comforts including tennis courts, private roads, picnic stations, a park, and a clubhouse. This particular ridge even touts 24-hour security as well as a professionally managed Homeowners Association for added peace of mind for residents.

Central Location:

Most importantly, Hawaii Loa Ridge doesn’t just offers access to amenities within its community; its central location means you’ll also get to enjoy a comprehensive assortment of nearby sights and attractions right beyond your back yard. Kawaikui Park offers a beach, surfing and sports. The Aina Haina and Kahala shopping centers provide shops and eateries. Restaurants, fitness centers and health care facilities are just some of many services you will have within a few minutes drive.

Contact List Sotheby’s International Realty Today

Partnering with a professional real estate firm that specializes in high-end, luxury homes can prove an invaluable resource when buying or selling in this unique Hawaiian ridge.

For more information about the Oahu housing marketing, contact the team at List Sotheby’s International Realty today!

 

Hawaii Literacy: 2017 Recipient of HASIR Charitable Fund

Hawaii Affiliates of Sotheby's International RealtyThe Hawaii Affiliates of Sotheby’s International Realty (HASIR) Charitable Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) made a presentation to the fund’s 2017 grant recipient, Hawaii Literacy, on Friday March 10th at the Kahala office of LIST Sotheby’s International Realty, 4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 100 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The group of Sotheby’s International Realty affiliates presented a check in the amount of $20,000 to Hawaii Literacy Board President Scott Simon and Hawaii Literacy Assistant Director Shayna Yatsushiro. In his opening remarks, List Sotheby’s International Senior V.P. Chuck Garrett introduced the other representatives of HASIR; Georgianna Tamayose of Island Sotheby’s International Realty on Maui, Dodie MacArthur of MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty on the Big Island, Donna Apisa of Oceanfront Sotheby’s International Realty on Kauai and Myra Brandt of LIST Sotheby’s International Realty on Oahu. “We founded the HASIR fund in 2014 to give our agents, employees and clients the opportunity to support the future of our Islands,” said Garrett. She continued, “The group appreciates the ability to play a proactive role in our community.”
Hawaii Literacy
Receiving the 2017 donation, Scott Simon expressed his appreciation for the selection of Hawaii Literacy as this year’s beneficiary of the HASIR fund. Scott shared, “we – the community of learners, volunteers, and staff at Hawaii Literacy – are incredibly grateful to the HASIR Charitable Fund and Sotheby’s International Realty team of caring professionals for their generous contribution facilitated by the Hawaii Community Foundation.” He added, “the commitment of the HASIR Charitable Fund to making a meaningful difference in the lives of disadvantaged keiki and adults across our islands is both inspiring and empowering.”

Hawaii Literacy is the state’s leading non-profit provider of free literacy and education services, offering 1-on-1 adult literacy tutoring, family libraries and after-school programs at Kuhio Park Towers and Mayor Wright Homes, English language classes, and a Bookmobile that serves low-income communities along the Waianae coast. Since 1971, Hawaii Literacy has trained and equipped volunteer literacy tutors to help others learn to read. Each year, over 3,000 people across Oahu, Kauai, and Hawaii Island work to build the basic literacy skills they need to fill out a job application, read a book, help their kids with homework, and more! For more information or to get involved, please visit: http://www.hawaiiliteracy.org.

HASIR Foundation

Established in 2014, the Hawaii Affiliates of Sotheby’s International Realty Charitable Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation serves as a collective effort across four Hawaii-based offices that contributes to the positive future of the Islands through impactful philanthropy. Grant-making is professionally managed and advised by the Hawaii Community Foundation. The HASIR Fund at HCF was established by: LIST Sotheby’s International Realty, Island Sotheby’s International Realty, MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty, Oceanfront Sotheby’s International Realty.

The mission of the HASIR fund at HCF is to provide grants that invest in Hawaii’s future through programs that:

  • Protect – our natural environment
  • Nurture – the education of future generations
  • Preserve – Hawaii’s unique cultural legacy

Congratulations Judy & Seiko

27 January 2017 · Categories: Hawaii Real Estate, News & Events, Oahu Community · Tags: Judy Whitfield, seiko Ono

Congratulations to our newest Certified Residential Specialists, Judy Whitfield and Seiko Ono. We are so proud of your hard work and dedication

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