Ka’u: An Affordable Option for Sustainable Living on the Big Island

September 4, 2012||Big Island Communities: Districts & Subdivisions

Recently, "Ka’u: Rural, Resilient, Relevant," a post about agriculture in Ka'u by Michelle Galimba of Naalehu's Kuahiwi Ranch on the She Grows Food website had me reflecting on how Ka’u has evolved over the 15+ years after the sugarcane industry ceased operations in this area.

August 12, 2011||Our Listings: Sold Properties

South Kona's Ho'omau Ranch Sells for $3.6M 

Ho'omau Ranch, formerly owned by actor Jimmy Stewart, closed escrow earlier this week with a final sale price of $3.6 million. The sale includes 12 separate parcels totaling 1,593 acres of land in South Kona, ranging from pastureland to upland rain forest. Read More 

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January 27, 2010||Agents: In the Community

Ranching in Hawaii, Part 2: An Interview with Lora Ayers 

In a previous post, we took a look at the history of ranching in Hawaii and shared photos of our tour of Anna Ranch Heritage Center.  Today, we are "talking" with Lora Ayers, one of our Hilo agents, who lives on a working ranch in East Hawaii.  Here are some excerpts from our conversation with Lora: Will you describe your Mountain View ranch for us? We've owned Kahealani Ranch in Mountain View since 2000.  The ranch is family-owned and operated--my daughter, who is a nurse, and my son-in-law, a general contractor, live here and help with the day-to-day operations.  We have about 48 acres of land, two homes, one horse barn, one covered riding arena, stock pens, and one shop.  Before we purchased the ranch, we had horses, but boarded them. Right now, we have 6 horses.  We breed two of the mares and raise and train reining horses and cutting cow horses. We also run cattle.  We have 16 head of Angus/Hereford cows, 14 wean-offs (all... Read More 

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December 28, 2009||Big Island: History and Culture, Historic Hawaii Homes

Ranching in Hawaii, Part 1: A Visit to Anna Ranch  

Located on Kawaihae Road in Waimea, Anna Ranch is the realization of a dream of Anna Leialoha Lindsey Perry-Fiske. The Heritage Center exists in part to celebrate the legacy of her remarkable family. The Ranch was placed on the Hawaii State Register of Historic Places in 2005 and on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. The home, originally built in 1910, is full of beautiful furniture, paintings and items that tell the story of the blending of Hawaiian culture with ranching culture. Read More 

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August 25, 2009||Big Island: Weather and Nature

Beat the Heat - Move to Hawaii! 

At the higher elevations (over 2000 ft above sea level)  on the Big Island daytime temperatures average in the low 70s.  Those of us who live upcountry feel really fortunate when we hear relatives and friends complaining of the unbearably hot summer weather in various parts of the mainland. Even Honolulu residents love to visit Waimea, Volcano, and mauka areas of Hamakua for a respite, and many choose these areas for their retirement. If we have a rainy stretch (and we do get clouds and rain at the higher elevations), we can always go to the beach for a few hours.  We're always glad to get back to our cool air and green surroundings. Here are  a few properties where you, too, can escape the heat: WAIMEA IN-TOWN ACREAGE!  Walk to the park, school, theater & shopping from this charming kama'aina cottage on 2.57 secluded acres of trees & flowering shrubs.  $1,250,000, MLS#214955 WAIMEA OFFICE CONDO  right up... Read More 

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