Hawaii Real Estate Websites: My Top Picks

(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.) When you’re ready to buy a home in Hawaii, there are so many real estate websites to choose from to start your search for the

Green Home In Hawaii Open To Public

If you’re thinking about building a green home in Hawaii — or would just like to tour one — you should check out the “New Hawaiian Home,” which is open to the public for two more Sundays this month. Newly constructed on a lot in the Kaimuki district of Honolulu, this 4-bedroom 2-bathroom house was built by the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Hawaii and more than 80 contractors as

New Affordable Senior Housing On Oahu

Last week, I wrote about why Hawaii is a good place to be a senior citizen, citing subsidized housing for seniors as one of the reasons. If you’re a senior who’s interested in affordable housing on Oahu, there’s a brand-new apartment complex that you should know about. Just last week was the grand opening of Franciscan Vistas Ewa, a newly constructed subsidized housing complex for seniors located in Ewa Beach

Another ‘Green Home’ Open House Tomorrow

A newly constructed 5-bedroom house in Kaneohe on Oahu will be open to the public tomorrow, Sat. July 30, 2011, 10am-3pm at 45-610 Huinawai Place. The home was certified “green” at the “gold level” by the National Association of Home Builders. The house’s eco-friendly features include: A 15-panel, 4.8-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system (installed by RevoluSun) LED-recessed lighting EnergyStar appliances Pre-engineered structural beams and trusses, which minimize the number of lumber

Oahu’s New Residential And Commercial Developments

I just discovered this free special feature in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser called “Growing Hawaii,” which should interest those of you who are planning to move to Oahu or who already live there. It’s a roundup of all the newest housing developments, retail centers, and hotels that are currently being planned or built around the island. New housing development projects on Oahu include: Koa Ridge: 3,500 homes near Mililani (Central Oahu)

Affordable Housing On Waianae Coast

The Waianae Coast on leeward Oahu has a bad reputation, and it isn’t entirely undeserved. Waianae High School has the highest student dropout rate in the state. Drive through certain neighborhoods and you’ll see unkempt properties, shuttered businesses, and a proliferation of convenience and liquor stores. News reports of drunken brawls and “tent cities” on some of its beaches certainly don’t help improve the area’s image. The Waianae Coast is

2012 BIA Home Building & Remodeling Show

If you’re planning to build a home in Hawaii or have been thinking about renovating your existing home, here’s an upcoming annual event that you won’t want to miss, where you can talk to all kinds of local licensed contractors and vendors under one roof: What: 2012 BIA Home Building & Remodeling Show (also known as “The Big Show”) Who: Sponsored by the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Hawaii (an

New Home Developments In Hawaii: Oahu

Looking for a brand-new condo, townhouse, or single family home in Hawaii? Here’s a roundup of all the current new-home construction on the island of Oahu. (In my next post, I’ll cover new-home construction on the neighbor islands.) All properties listed in this article are fee-simple. I did not include time shares (also known as “fractional ownership”) or home sites (land only). With the proliferation of master-planned communities in Hawaii,

New Affordable Condos In Honolulu: On Sale Now

I just found out about a brand-new condo building — Holomua — that is scheduled to open in early 2013. More than half of the condo units are being sold at reduced prices to qualified buyers under the state’s affordable housing program! Holomua is being built in the Makiki area of Honolulu — the location is close to downtown, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Punahou School, and University of Hawaii at

New Home Developments In Hawaii: Big Island, Maui & Kauai

If you’re looking for a new-construction condo, townhouse, or single family home on the Big Island, Maui, or Kauai, you’ll find them in all sorts of price ranges — from “affordable” to “the sky is the limit.” Looking for new home construction on Oahu? Read my previous article, New Home Developments In Hawaii: Oahu. Unfortunately, there are no new home developments right now on Molokai or Lana’i, unless you buy