Kailua-Kona, HI Real Estate News

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
I've always thought a praying mantis reminds me of the lead singer in Midnight Oil. You gotta admit there is a strong resemblance. However, I did not realize that a praying mantis is supposed to bring good luck. I had heard that dragonflies and hummingbirds can bring good luck or supposedly messages from the beyond, LOL, if you believe in that sort of thing, but had no idea about the praying mantis.Turned out to be a bit of truth to that. You can read more about it in my personal blog today at this link: Will a Praying Mantis Bring You Good Luck?
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
One of the nice things about being in an environment where tourists go is there are a lot of hotel activities everybody can attend. The Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce sponsored an event at the Sheraton this weekend called the Hawaii Island Living and Design Expo. It was held both Saturday and Sunday at the Sheraton in Keauhou. This is one of the prettiest spots on the Kona side of Big Island.I like attending these types of expos, although my husband detests them. He doesn't want to talk to home improvement vendors because he intensely dislikes home improvement projects. That's one of the reasons I am in Hawaii right now and he is not, although I am returning to Sacramento shortly. As you guys know, I finished our remodeling project in Kona.But, Eureka! My friend Linda is still in the p...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Thirteen years doesn't seem like a long time, but I guess it does to a 13-year-old girl. And speaking of that, what a horrible age to be, 13. I would not wish that on any girl much less her parents. That's about the age when we should lock them up and not let them out until they turn 18. However, 13 years is how long we've had the avocado festival on Big Island. There were almost more vendors than people, but we got there in mid-afternoon with only a couple of hours left, and Hawaii does not allow alcohol at these events. You know, for the guys who don't want to go but then figure the wife and kids would like to and what the hey, at least he can enjoy a beer. You can see more photos and read all about it in my personal blog today at this link: Hawaii Avocado Festival in Kona.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Every day that I am on vacation in Hawaii, I am grateful that I am not in the miserably cold weather in Sacramento. Especially more so when my sister sends me a photo of the back-breaking job she just went through in Minneapolis to shovel her front sidewalk. I thought of that yesterday when I met up with my friend Loli to go to the beach. For some reason, Kuakini was blocked off, and we could not go to the beach we wanted to visit. Instead, we headed across Ali'i Drive and turned south in search of another.On foot is a big of a pain but sometimes it's the best way to discover. We located shoreline access and zipped down the path only to be confronted by a plethora of wedding guests already seated and waiting. Oops. Not our beach for that moment in time. As we marched back up the hill, a...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
I had planned originally to post this as a Wordless Wednesday post but then I figured out that even though it happened yesterday, posting it today doesn't count toward a Wordless Wednesday post. Not to mention, talking about the photograph is not exactly wordless, now, is it? I say no. Perhaps a thoughtful Thursday instead then. Nah, I will leave it.Well, you can read more in my personal blog today and find out ways to murder turkeys at this link: Wordless Wednesday: Turkey Terrorists in Kona.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Have you ever tasted a fruit so deliciously satisfying that you could feel compelled to get out of bed and drive to the grocery store at 2 AM to take care of that craving? Say hello the Hawai'i Sharwil avocado! Up until last month, these types of avocados were not allowed by the USDA to be shipped to the Mainland. There was a concern about fruit fly infestation, which fruit growers in Hawaii say was not a problem. Even though that law has been lifted for the months of November to March and 32 lucky states, plus D.C., can receive shipments, the state of California is not included. No Sharwil avocados for you, Californians. Pity. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Hawai'i Sharwil Avocados are Shockingly Addictive.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Even though I have been in Hawaii since November, I have yet to perfect the art of grocery shopping for myself. I have a really good excuse for it because I haven't had to grocery shop for myself for 20 years at least. Much has changed in grocery stores.Who knew how many selections we needed for paper towels or tissues? The deodorant aisle is a mystery. Whatever happened to the choices of only Dial, Irish Spring or Dove? I have discovered you have to really pay attention to the cost per ounce or number of items inside the packaging. Too many products and brands, all vying for our eyeballs.In fact this morning, I discovered the plastic gallon bottle of Crystal Geyser water I use for coffee had its plastic cap smushed down below the lid. Why didn't I notice that when I picked up the water...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Yesterday morning my gaze fell upon the newly refinished kitchen -- before I realized I could not open the dishwasher so the contractor had to come back -- and I noticed how butt ugly the ceiling light is. Well, I knew that all along but figured I could ignore that small voice. Besides, I had searched through every light fixture online and could not find a suitable replacement. The ceiling is vaulted, which rules out chandeliers, unless I want to swag. The light fixture sits too closely to the upper cabinets so any depth beyond 9 inches would interfere with opening a cabinet door. On top of that, if I don't find a fixture at least 13 3/4ths in diameter, it will involve painting the entire ceiling, not only in the kitchen but in the entire house.So apart from developing "mouse arm" resul...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Yes, I get asked how is that kitchen remodel with Lowes coming along almost every week from friends . . .  and strangers to boot. Problem is there has been no activity since the first week in December. Lowes had to come to a screeching halt with crown molding hanging midair because some of the Shenandoah cabinets arrived damaged and other parts of the order did not arrive at all. The clerks at Lowes who were overseeing the job were filling in for another who was out on maternity leave, so there was not not much management. Lousy systems in place, and I am a systems-type person so I recognize the deficiency in corporations.The countertop install was far more stressful over all than anything, and that was not Lowe's job. That was the job of some guy I found online who works out of a stora...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
At first blush, I wasn't sure the Apple store in Kona was really an Apple store. I'm still not certain. I stopped by the store last year to pick up a couple of cables. The place was packed and it took a long time to get somebody to ring up my purchase, but I don't recall anything unusual about it.However, I was astonished that when I stopped by the store last week, it would not sell me a MacBook Air. My plan was to order through my local store and after it arrived at the store, bring down my MacBook Pro to transfer my data. Whenever possible, I try to spend my money in the community. The clerk at the store instructed me to order it myself through Apple.com and then bring it back. He assured me I did not need an appointment. Just bring the new computer down and we'll do it for you, he sa...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Photography inspires me in cookbooks and magazines. I do not often get a chance to cook or bake anything but every so often I do tend to find inspiration in a photograph. Can I make this object, I wonder to myself. And then I set out to do it. Not to necessarily consume the end result, but it's not a bad distraction.However, there is just something about coconut pretzels that sounded really good. They actually are pretty amazing. Perhaps it is the cup of whipped cream or all of that brown sugar! And probably the funniest part of the whole ordeal was when I sat down with the final manipulation of bread dough and suddenly realized I do not know how to make a pretzel shape. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link and I encourage you to try out the recipe: How to Make Cocon...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
We spotted a couple of guys running along the Maka'eo Walking Path in Kona but at the time of day we were there (mid-afternoon), it was pretty quiet. Not a soul gardening. Not a soul relaxing under the Australian  Fire Tree to read a book. Nobody but mongooses darting about.This walking path provides a way to not have to walk uphill. My neighbor, when he goes out for a walk, does extreme walks, and he is almost 70. He walks at least 5 miles. When you live on the slope of a volcano, inclines are steep. You can easily walk into town, it's only a mile, but getting back up the hill is another story.You can read more about the perfect walking spot and view photos of the spectacular garden in my personal blog today at this link: Kona Maka'eo Walking Path and Community Garden.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
It may surprise you to learn that vanilla beans come from vanilla orchids. I know, right? If you're like me, you can hardly wrap your head around the fact a vanilla bean needs to go through a process to become vanilla extract. On top of which, you might not know that you can make your own vanilla extract by adding alcohol to the beans. And we have a vanilla factory right here in Kona, which is open for tours. When I think about it, we use vanilla all over our houses. From hand wash to lotion to air fresheners. You can read more in my personal blog today and see all of the amazing photographs at this link: The Vanillerie Tour in Kona Ends With Ice Cream.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Finding secluded, out-of-the-way beaches in West Hawaii is one of the great joys in life. And while we did not make it to the beach billed as the most beautiful in all of Hawaii, we will do it, even if I have to do it myself. We had already walked to the closest beach to the first parking lot, followed by strolling along the shore to the other end when we realized it involved a much further trip to the last beach.By that time, we had already found both of the two Hawaiian monk seals who live on the island, resting on the beach. That was enough excitement for one day. Not to mention traversing the unforgiving road from the highway to the beach. You can read more and view a bunch of photos in my personal blog today at this link: Mahai'ula Beach at Kekaha Kai State Park.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
We got to the beach out on Old Airport Road yesterday with about an hour left of low tide. My plan was to hit the beach earlier but we had commerce to attend to. More specifically, we were on a search for a mortar and pestle. I made grilled shrimp on skewers a few nights back, yes, I actually cooked dinner for my husband, and I needed a mortar and pestle to smush kosher salt into chopped garlic. Every so often I discover we do not have an essential item at our vacation house.Some people just stared at us when we asked if they carried such a thing in their store. They asked: what is it? One Asian store in Kona had woks, rice bowls, chopsticks, seaweed, all sorts of stuff, but no mortar and pestle. Nothing at Island Naturals. They suggested Pier I but no such luck. If you'd like to know w...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Just attended an annual HOA meeting for our community in Kona last night, and it was packed. I suggested the HOA set maximum percentages on the number of homes that could be rented, and that seemed to be a new concept that nobody had heard of before.Mostly people wanted to talk about the coqui, although we don't have those on my street. The only sound I hear at night is the ocean and an occassional car. I did ask about methods to control the terrorists, the band of turkeys roaming our streets like they live here, and I think they said it was OK to kill them. The problem seems to be how do you get those scrawny turkey legs into a trash bag.But on to more pleasant things today, like the daphnis nerii that I found crawling across our front porch. Having never seen anything like this before...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Alrighty, it goes without saying that Barbara Todaro  will be pleased to hear I finally joined a gym. Of worthy note, I am NOT eating boiled chicken. I still prefer my chicken grilled. But when faced with the facts of life, those facts that are not a TV show, it is easy to see why I finally came to the conclusion I needed to join a gym. Of course, coming to the conclusion and then acting on that decision are two different things, and I know that. Without hesitation, I know that.The main problem seems to be I can't count on my good looks and nature to carry me through life until I leave the earth. Nope, that journey requires a bit of work on my part now that I'm over 65. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: My First Day at Planet Fitness in Kona.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Sometimes, I can get into trouble on an Agent Visual Inspection if I mention garage door opener. Buyers and their agents have thought that means a remote and they do not understand it is an opener attached to the ceiling of the garage. You have your garage door opener and your garage door remote. But it's even less clear when you're reading programming instructions from Liftmaster, which employ other words.I tried all afternoon on Sunday to get my remote control to work properly. It stopped functioning. After everything I did, including replacing the battery and attempting to reprogram, I concluded it was the garage door remote itself. It was 27 years old. Of course, the first place I looked for an answer was inside my SUV. It has features I have not familiarized myself with due to lack...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
There were shortages at U C Davis a few months back, and probably everywhere, for the new pneumonia vaccine. Still can't even get the updated shingles vaccine; maybe next month, I hear. When I googled places to get vaccines in Kona, I was surprised to learn that Wal Mart and Safeway both offer this service.Of course, as things go, I did not think about getting my shot until the opportunity presented itself. I am really good at jumping on opportunity when I see it. Even if I am unprepared, because you can't let opportunity pass you by or get hung up in the small details. Selling real estate is a good example of that premise. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Getting the New Pneumonia Vaccine at Kona Safeway.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
One of the things about remodeling a house is realizing contractors are limited by their experiences. They don't know everything. Especially general contractors. Every single one of them has a different opinion. Usually, the goal seems to be to pay their workers as little as possible and get the job done as quickly as they can. GCs are unlike real estate agents because Realtors care if their clients come back to them. I suspect witih some contractors, it's a one job thing.We are installing quartz counters in our house in Hawaii. You will not believe the number of counter top installers I talked with to figure out how to handle the overhang on our counters. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Do Quartz Counter Overhangs Require Support?
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