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!
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.
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Beautifully renovated 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 covered parking stall condo with dazzling ocean and coastline view! Special features – sprinklers, master bath vanity renovation, A/C unit and popcorn ceiling has been removed. Park at Pearlridge has many amenities – whirlpool, heated pool, tennis court, golf driving range, club house, bbq area and plentiful guest parking. Conveniently located close to entertainment, shopping and freeway access. First open house, Sunday, 3/22, 2-5pm.
1631 Kapiolani Boulevard #2909, Honolulu HI 96814
Neighborhood: Metro Oahu
1 bedroom, 1 bath
We’re pleased to share the Oahu real estate update for February 2020.
O‘ahu Housing Market Holding Strong and record low mortgage rates continue to drive healthy market activity
According to resales figures released today by the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®, single-family home sales performed strongly again in February with a healthy year-over-year increase of 18.8%, while condo sales saw a slight dip of 1.6%.
Mortgage interest rates continue to average near historic lows, with this week’s average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage falling to a record low of 3.29%.
Single-family homes saw a median sales price of $765,000 or a 3% decline, which is largely due to a boost in sales in the mid-range prices. Homes in the $600,000 to $899,000 range were scooped up by buyers across the island, accounting for 55% of the sales last month. The majority of the total 136 sales occurred in the Ewa Plain region, followed by the Waipahu and Central O‘ahu areas.
Meanwhile, condo sales marked a median sales price of $430,000 or a 3.6% increase from this time last year. Though median condo sales prices continue to climb, more than 75% of the condos sold last month closed below the original asking price. This marks a slight increase when compared to February 2019, when 68.2% of the sales had closed below the asking price.
One of town’s best deals! This newly renovated residence is just minutes away from downtown and near Kakaako, shopping, and convenient to freeway in both directions. This updated studio is the perfect home for anyone seeking urban living and the conveniences of modern life. Some of the new furniture is also included, so move right in! One parking included and building has some visitor parking, as well as lots of street parking.
824 Kinau Street #901, Honolulu HI 96813
Wonderful Corner Unit across the street from Pearl Ridge Shopping Center! Easy access to everything. Investor’s dream to design as you wish or create your dream unit. Unit needs work. New Plumbing installed in the building.
98-1030 Moanalua Road #5-301, Aiea HI 96701
2 bedrooms, 2 baths
Welcome to Ka’a’awa on the beautiful countryside of Oahu! Situated between Ka’a’awa Beach Park and the majestic mountainside, this charming two bedroom home is a wonderful retreat that enhances any active lifestyle. Want some fun in the sun? Take your kayak across the street and paddle along the open ocean! Quickly drive to Chinaman’s Hat and Kualoa Ranch where many major Hollywood movies were filmed. Short distance to Ka’a’awa Elementary School adds to the convenient location of this home. Local neighborhood stores can be found on your drive along Kamehameha Highway and major department stores and restaurants can be enjoyed at Windward Mall in Kaneohe. Number of bedrooms does not match tax records. Call today and explore the beauty of this countryside getaway!
51-328A Kamehameha Highway, Kaaawa HI 96730
2 bedrooms, 2 baths
Vacation rental allowed building in Waikiki. The unit is very beautiful and fully remodeled, close to Waikiki Beach, in walking distance to Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center and the newly opened International Marketplace. First Showing will be March 31st.
364 Seaside Avenue #504, Honolulu HI 96815
Studio, 1 bath
Come home across Koko Isle’s Private Bridge into your “Best of Both Worlds” Oasis Retreat with its very own unique Tropical Garden in the Heart of Hawaii Kai. This upgraded three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home is the only Koko Isle unit with a large, manicured Tropical Garden yard and a private electricity-ready Hot Tub lanai. Wonderful ocean marina landscape centrally located to everything Hawaii Kai has to offer by land or water. Cantilever and floating craft launching dock allow the Purest entertainment of all Water Sports, Shopping, Dining, and Amazing Sight Seeing of all kinds.
707 Koko Isle Circle #1304, Honolulu HI 96825
3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
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