Hawaiian Pidgin & Slang

The official languages of the state of Hawaii are English and Hawaiian. But there’s also a third unofficial language, which is spoken by many locals in everyday conversation: Hawaii Pidgin English. Hawaiian Pidgin has evolved from the old plantation days, when immigrants came from different countries to work in Hawaii’s sugar cane fields. First came the Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese in the mid-1800s. In order to be able to communicate

Another Real-Life Story Of Moving To Hawaii

I recently discovered another blog about moving to Hawaii that I want to share with you. This one is written by John Derrick, who fell in love with Hawaii 10 years ago when he visited the state for the first time. He and his wife Victoria are finally making their dream come true next year, when they move from South Carolina to Kauai. John is a great writer and storyteller,

How I Invited Thieves Into My Home

Today I want to take a quick break from my job-hunting series so I can take advantage of a “teachable moment” related to something that happened to me recently. Last Thursday, I left for a trip to the mainland to attend my nephew’s wedding. When I arrived home Monday evening, I noticed that a small bookshelf in the living room had been moved slightly away from the wall. At first

Upcoming Home & Garden Expos

If you’re thinking about or in the process of building, renovating, or remodeling a home in Hawaii, there are three home-and-garden shows happening this summer that might interest you. At these expos, you can learn about a variety of home- and garden-related products and services that are offered by local businesses and contractors. Home, Garden & Remodeling Show: June 10-12, 2011, Blaisdell Exhibition Hall in Honolulu, Oahu Maui Contractors Association

More Top Realtors In Hawaii

A couple days ago, I published a post about Hawaii Business magazine’s Top 100 Realtors list. If you’re looking to buy or sell a home on Oahu, here are two more resources for finding a top-quality real estate agent to work with. Aloha Aina Realtor Awards Each December since 1998, the Aloha Aina Realtor Awards have been given to 10 Realtors who are nominated by the public for their outstanding

Top 100 Realtors In Hawaii

If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Hawaii and haven’t found a real estate agent to work with yet, make sure you check out this month’s issue of Hawaii Business magazine, which contains their annual Top 100 Realtors list. This is the fifth year that Hawaii Business magazine has published the annual list. The following 24 Realtors have earned the special distinction of having appeared on the

Hawaii HomeOwnership Center

If you’re planning to buy a home in Hawaii, or already own a home in Hawaii but are having trouble paying your mortgage, the Hawaii HomeOwnership Center can help. This federally funded nonprofit currently serves prospective and current homeowners on Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island (with plans to serve Maui in the future). The center’s mission is to help individuals and families buy or build their own home in

Homebuyer Help From Hawaii State Government

Buying a home in Hawaii can be a challenge, due to the high cost of real estate. But there are two state government programs that can help make the purchase of a home a little more affordable for low- to moderate-income homebuyers. (Please note that these programs cannot be used in conjunction with each other, so you may participate in only one program at the same time.) Hula Mae Program

Fee Simple vs. Leasehold: Real Estate Ownership In Hawaii

If you’re shopping around for a home in Hawaii, there are two real estate terms you’ll constantly encounter that you might never have heard of before: fee simple and leasehold. Fee Simple Fee simple (also known as freehold) ownership is a concept most people are already familiar with, because in most U.S. states it’s the only type of real estate ownership available. When you buy a fee simple property, you

Finding A Rental Home In Hawaii: 8 Tips For Success

(Note: If this article looks familiar, it’s because it was originally published in my newsletter. I have since changed the format of my newsletter and have moved all articles previously published under the old format to my blog, where they can be more easily found.) Once you’ve figured out how much you can afford to spend on monthly rent and have an idea of where you want to live in

Hawaii Real Estate Terminology

Because of its distinctive island geography and its method of dividing land dating back to ali’i rule, Hawaii has some unique real estate terms. Before you start looking for a home on the islands, take some time to become familiar with these words that are commonly used in Hawaii’s real estate industry. ahupua’a (AH-hoo-poo-AH-ah) – In early Hawaiian times, a subdivision of land extending from the mountains to the ocean