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In school, students who study music score 34% higher on SAT tests. Music is very important in a child’s education.
It’s more important than people realize.
Playing an instrument is actually physical fitness or exercise for your brain. It may improve spatial-temporal reasoning, a cornerstone for problem solving.
Such love of music and it’s profound benefits are some of the reasons President and Owner, George Nellas, dedicates his over 35 years of expertise to Piano Planet, the exclusive home of Steinway & Sons in Hawaii.
“I enjoy seeing kids start out”, says George. “They get their first piano and become very successful. Many take off and become professors, singers, and even concert pianists. Now twenty years later they have their own kids. All the great artists started somewhere.”
As a successful musician with an impressive background, George opened Piano Planet on Oahu in 2001. Growing up in Peoria, Illinois he learned to play a school instrument at age 10. Many musicians influenced him during the 60‘s, especially “The Animals” an English band, “The Doors,” and “Paul Revere and the Raiders.”
He loved the old cronies too like Perry Como. But, it was seeing the Beatles on television that really got his attention! That’s when he became obsessed with music and performing. He got a guitar, formed his own band, and loved the attention it attracted. As they progressed and got better, he was able to make a living by playing for many years. They went on the road and toured all over the Midwest. Today, he still enjoys playing the guitar and piano at home for his own pleasure.
It’s easy to see how George Nellas became successful. He rightfully earned the reputation of being a “giver” who donates the use of many pianos at no charge to countless musicians, organizations, piano teachers, and piano recitals. He is a man of high integrity who is professional, fair, caring and knowledgable.
In our society people who study music do better, are focused, and more successful in life. Using that part of the brain when you’re younger makes a difference. A parent might say, “Oh well, he only played for three years,” but George tells them, “Even if they quit, it’s still for the better just to have the experience of learning an instrument.”
Piano Planet knows that anyone can sell you a piano. However, as George explains, “Our priority has always been to help our customers make an educated decision in choosing the right piano for their needs.”
As Hawaii’s largest dealer of new and used pianos, Piano Planet has many happy customers who say, “You always get a pleasant experience at the store.” “They allow you to test all the pianos — even the Steinway Concert Grand to hear the subtle differences between luxurious and economically-priced instruments.” To learn more, please visit: pianoplanet.com. Piano Planet is located on Oahu in the Gentry Pacific Design Center in Honolulu, 560 North Nimitz Highway, Honolulu, HI 96817 Phone: 808.537.3373 Neighbor Islands Call: 888-84PIANO or 888-847-4266.
In July 2012, the U.S. Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act which calls on the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other agencies, to make a number of changes to the way the National Flood Insurance Program is run. Key provisions of the legislation will require the NFIP to raise rates to reflect true flood risk. Many Oahu homes and businesses are materially effected.
This means insurance premium rates will increase for some—but not all—policyholders over time. In some cases premiums will rise by a substantial amount over the premiums previously charged for flood insurance for a given property on Oahu.
Because premiums are changing, you should not rely on the premiums previously paid for flood insurance on a property as an indication of the premiums that will apply now. You should consult with a flood insurance carrier for a better understanding of flood insurance coverage, the premiums that are likely to be required to purchase such insurance and any available information about how those premiums may increase in the future.
Hawaii homeowners and business owners are encouraged to learn their flood risk and talk to their insurance agent to determine if their policy will be affected.
Talk to your insurance agent about your ﬂood insurance options. You can usually get ﬂood insurance coverage from the insurance agent who sells your homeowners policy.
Flood Zones are rated on a scale from Moderate/Low Risk to High Risk. If the home you are considering purchasing is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, and you obtain a mortgage from a federally regulated or insured lender, your mortgage lender will require you to purchase flood insurance in connection with your purchase.
To help visitors to our website learn more, each Oahu listing advertised on KahalaAssociates.com features a Flood Zone hyperlink that will take you directly to the specific map as found on the Hawaii Flood Hazard Assessment Tool. Look for the Flood Zone data under the “Home / Building” heading of each property.
To learn more:
- Contact your Kahala Associates’ Realtor
- Visit FloodSmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419
- Enter your location into the Hawaii Flood Hazard Assessment Tool
Kahala Associates Real Estate Agents Earn Advanced Certifications for Specialized Expertise, High Performance
Eleven Kahala Associates real estate agents recently earned the following five advanced certifications for demonstrating their expertise and high performance in the luxury market, international market, and/or senior lifestyle transitions:
Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist® (CLHMS)
Five associates recently received their CLHMS designations and became new members of the prestigious Million Dollar Guild, including: Chris Friese, Renée Hampton, Darouny Hu, Sue Ann Lee and Aileen Rodriguez-Chizer.
Including current designees Dawn Marie, Jeff Fox and Myra Brandt, Kahala Associates boasts eight members among Hawaii’s 31 designees – the largest group for any Hawaii real estate company and cause for high praise from Laurie Moore-Moore, founder and CEO of The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing.
“Kahala Associates has made a commitment to helping its real estate professionals increase their competencies and their ability to deliver quality service,” said Moore-Moore. “At least a dozen of their associates have attended comprehensive luxury home marketing training and met the strict performance standards necessary to earn the prestigious CLHMS designation. We are proud to recognize Kahala Associates’ professionals for their service and performance in the luxury real estate arena.”
Future designees Yumi Laney, Christina Laney Wycheck, Jenn Lucien and Mavis Nellas were also in attendance for the special luxury home marketing course taught by Moore-Moore on Kauai.
The CLHMS and Million Dollar Guild designations indicate an agent’s successful performance in the top 10 percent of the Oahu real estate market and in assisting buyers and sellers with properties valued at $1 million and above.
Certified Residential Specialist® (CRS)
Kahala Associates COO Chuck Garrett and broker-owners Dawn Marie and Brandon Kim recently received their CRS designations, a designation held by fewer than 3 percent of real estate agents worldwide, for their strong sales performance and commitment to best practices in residential sales and customer service.
Certified International Property Specialist® (CIPS),
Certified Aging in Place Specialist® (CAPS),
Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES)
Dawn Marie earned her CIPS designation for her extensive global real estate knowledge and skill in working with international clients including cross-cultural relationships, historical influences, regional market conditions, government regulations, and economic trends.
Yumi Laney and Christina Laney Wycheck earned their CAPS certifications for their expertise in residential remodeling for seniors who are aging in place. Earlier this year, this mother/daughter duo initiated the Senior Concierge Program which offers services to aid the elderly with real estate issues from finances to relocation.
Dawn Okano, a partner in the Senior Concierge Program, received her SRES designation for her expertise in counseling clients 50 years and over through financial and lifestyle transitions while relocating, refinancing, or selling their home.
“At Kahala Associates, we constantly strive to improve our industry knowledge and skills,” said Garrett. “Our specialized knowledge of luxury, senior and international real estate enables us to go beyond the transaction of buying or selling a property and beyond the expectations of our clients to truly provide customized concierge service.”
Hawaii home Sellers have long been obligated under HRS 508D, to fully and accurately disclose to a Buyer any fact, defect or condition, past or present, that would be expected to measurably affect the value of the property.
At the same time, the standard Hawaii real estate contract has long provided that the Seller convey “governing documents” to Buyers of Hawaii condos, town homes and other community associations. Earlier this year, Hawaii law makers formalized this practice by requiring the disclosure of such documents. Act 186 which became effective November 1, 2013 adds a legal requirement the disclosure of association documents within 10 days of receipt of the title report. The new law also allows for the electronic receipt of documents, with the buyer’s consent.
Paragraph M of the The Hawaii Association of REALTORS® Standard Form Purchase Contact states, “Seller shall provide applicable documentation to Buyer… Buyer’s obligation to purchase the Property is contingent upon buyer’s review and approval of documents provided.”
In this video segment of Beyond Homes, we take a closer look at some of these condo documents…
By-Laws: The By Laws are the foundation, the history of a building; any amendments to them over time indicate changes voted on by owners, and will affect buyers today. This may start a buyer thinking about how to participate in their association.
Financials: Financial documents such as the Budget, Reserve Study and Insurance Summary offer a snapshot of ﬁscal responsibility by the Board of Directors. When a buyer ﬁnances a condo purchase their lender wants to see these items to minimize their risk on behalf of the borrower. A Reserve Study anticipates repair or replacement cost for major common area items such as roofs, drain pipes, parking lots, garage doors, etc. The Reserve Fund is like a savings account for those expenses; it’s subsidized by a portion of monthly Maintenance Fees paid by owners.
Board Meeting Minutes: Each Board of Directors holds regular meetings to govern the association of homeowners. Monthly meeting minutes offer insight to what has been discussed recently and what plans are being made for the future; annual meetings are for the purpose of electing directors and ofﬁcers Homeowners are encouraged to attend these meetings.
Other required documents include: articles of incorporation and amendments, pending litigation, covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs), budget documentation, house rules, design standards, declaration and amendments, insurance summary, lender’s disclosures, planned community documents, reserve studies and more.
— For more information about Hawaii real estate laws and best practices, check out our Real Estate 201 series.
142 Haokea Drive, Lanikai, Kailua
$1,500,000 | 4 Beds | 4 Full Baths | Fee Simple
A hidden gem with charm and character. Single level living with custom renovated kitchen and master bath. Additional cottage on the property perfect for in-laws, a nanny or guests. A tropical setting with magnificent Monkeypod trees on an oversized level lot with 14,063 sf. Right-of-way to sandy beach just down the street.
Hawaiian culture, history and art come together this Friday night at an event featuring our dear friend Aaron Kawaiaea, an award winning local artist.
You’ll want to update your pau hana plans to include a visit to this very special event.
Kawaiaea, a native Hawaiian artist, works in numerous mediums focusing specifically on portrait art through acrylic on canvas. Aaron incorporates Hawaiian tradition with modern day political and social ideology. Through these ideas, Aaron’s viewers are engaged and inspired with limitless possibilities.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Time 5:00pm until 8:00pm
Cafe Julia at YWCA
1040 Richards St.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
How Diamond Head got its name
Le`ahi is thought to mean the brow of the ahi, or yellow fin tuna, which the crater was said to resemble. But other possible meanings are wreath of fire, or fire point. Hawaiians were thought to maintain fires to guide canoe fleets.
Which one is it? Probably all of the above.
Westerners usually focus on one particular definition of a word. Hawaiians typically gave words multiple meanings. They admired the cleverness of those who added secondary, and even secret meanings.
The first English name given to Le`ahi was Point Rose, by Captain Nathaniel Portlock in 1786. He was honoring a British Chancellor of the Exchequer.
British seamen thought they saw diamonds glittering in the sunlight and named it Diamond Hill, Diamond Point and then Diamond Head. “Head” referred to the headlands such craters formed, Allan Seiden in “Diamond Head: Hawaii’s Icon” explains.
The diamonds turned out to be worthless volcanic calcite crystals and are long gone. Hawaiians called them “Pele’s Tears.”
Today though, Diamond Head is the most recognized landmark in Hawaii.
– Read more posts from Bob Sigall
If you’re Oahu home or condo is craving a unique inspired look, consider making your mark with a Pixers wall mural.
A mural allows you to transform a space quickly and easily. With more than 20 million images available from resources like Pixers; the company that will bring your interiors to life. As the folks at Pixers say, “We’re already doing so all over Europe and soon around the world.”
Wall murals have become the most popular and affordable way to decorate. You can decide to create your own scenic outdoor landscape with your choice of beautiful wall murals. Your options are limitless!
There are all types of murals such as door murals, full wall murals, waterfall, tropical, accent and wallpaper murals.
Wallpaper murals come in separate, easy to install panels. They are sometimes referred to as “slip covers” for your walls. Install by simply pasting and smoothing like wallpaper. Whether they are scenic or whimsical, wall murals and wallpaper murals will add drama and interest to any room in your home or office.
You can easily find one that fits your mood or décor. You can even choose a photo of your own. Inspired by amazing photography or extraordinary voyages, feel free to make your mural HUGE.
Your personal choice might be a wall mural that gives you an expansive view and makes you feel as though you have traveled miles and finally found the serenity of the great outdoors. A wall mural is the perfect solution to the room with no view.
Surfing-inspired wall murals are quite popular also. Dynamic photos combined with a blue-and-white color palette will capture the heart of anyone who loves interesting decorations reminding them of a carefree summer for 365 days a year.
Kahala Associates mother-daughter real estate team Yumi Laney and Christina Laney Wycheck along with fellow agent Aileen Rodriguez-Chizer are holding their sixth annual neighborhood food drive for the Hawaii Foodbank – one of the largest and most successful neighborhood food drives on Oahu, featured on the Hawaii Foodbank’s website. The Laneys’ goal this year is to exceed last year’s record-setting donations of 2,622 pounds of food, which they gathered in a single day.
Using a door-to-door food drive model created by Laney Wycheck in 2007, the agents and their family, friends and volunteers from partner organizations will walk the streets in Pearl City and the Kaimuki/Kapahulu area and drop off donation bags at over 700 households. A week later, they will return to collect the donated dry and canned goods for the Hawaii Foodbank.
The Laneys’ success in Pearl City inspired Rodriguez-Chizer to replicate their model in the Kaimuki/Kapahulu area last year, resulting in a 238 percent increase in donations and bringing total donations to over 5,300 pounds of food – equivalent to 4,100 meals – over the past five years.
This year’s food drive schedule is:
- Donation bag drop off on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Donation pickup on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Contact Aileen Rodriguez-Chizer at (808) 348-1782 for more info or to participate.
- Donation bag drop off on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Donation pickup on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Contact Christina Laney Wycheck at (808) 282-1399 for more info or to participate.
“We’re so thankful to everyone who supports us, year after year,” said Laney Wycheck. “When we started the food drive, we couldn’t have imagined how big it would become. We just wanted to give back because the Hawaii Foodbank helped our family when we needed it. Ultimately, I want to bring together our entire Pearl City community – schools, nonprofits, everyone – and have other communities all over the island be able to adopt our model too. I tell people, ‘You can do it! Every one of us can make a difference.’”
In the Kaimuki/Kapahulu area, Hawaii State Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto and local retailer Keiki 2 Keiki will be helping to drop off bags and collect donations.
In the Pearl City area, Councilman Breene Harimoto is allowing volunteers to use Momilani Community Center free of charge as a meeting location and food drive headquarters. Volunteers from the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii’s Young Professionals Program and the Pearl City High School Key Club will be helping to drop off bags and collect donations. The Pearl City Lions Club is also supporting the event. The bags are donated by Outback Steakhouse in Waipio. Hawaii Self Storage is storing the donations over the weekend until the Hawaii Food Bank re-opens on Monday.
“Christina, Yumi and Aileen have truly gone the extra mile,” said Myra Brandt, Kahala Associates co-founder and broker-owner. “We are proud of their efforts and success in helping those in need. They are inspiring examples of Kahala Associates’ core values in action: smart solutions, caring for others, and going above and beyond expectations.”
Pacific Business News Coverage dated 10/31/13:
Like me, chocolatier extraordinaire, Melanie Boudar, has always loved chocolate.
“I was in the jewelry business and I would travel to Belgium to buy diamonds where there is a tiny, colorful chocolate shop on every corner,” Melanie said. “I got hooked.”
“Who would have thought that at age 58 I’d become a farmer, and yet the very thought is quite exciting. I currently have several hundred trees in a greenhouse.”
Melanie’s Sweet Paradise Chocolate Company on Maui recently purchased a farm with 7 acres of cacao and tropical fruits in Haiku, on Maui’s Hana Highway. The Hawaiian Islands are the only state in the U.S. that grows cacao. “Cacao is an agricultural product; an interesting and lengthy project, Melanie explains.” Cacao production in Hawaii is very limited, but Sweet Paradise has partnered with several growers to produce a signature Hawaiian chocolate that has a complex flavor profile.
A dreamer who dreams BIG, Melanie arrived in Hawaii from New Mexico about twelve year’s ago. Her interest in chocolate continued to grow. She studied and graduated from Ecole Chocolat in Vancouver, Canada, and the Artisan Chocolate and Confection Program at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. It was 2008 when she opened her first chocolate shop in the beach community of Kailua Town on the Windward Coast of Oahu, Hawaii.
Although Melanie owns and operates luxury rentals and a B&B called, “Crater’s Edge” in Volcano, just outside Hawaii Volcano’s National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii, she currently resides in Wailea, on the Island of Maui.
Her 30-year career as a diamond buyer and jewelry designer in New Mexico and Hawaii, included regular trips to Italy, Switzerland, Argentina, and Paris. More recently, Melanie visited Belize and Venezuela to see the cacao farming process in action. Her astonishing creativity, unique life-time skills, and hard work have prepared her for what she is accomplishing today. As she says, “Weeding, mulching … there’s always farm work to do.”
“Our No. 1 best seller is passion fruit, no matter what it’s in, Melanie says.” “In Hawaii, it’s consistently tropicals that people want, so we try to expand on local fruits and other ingredients that are here.” She can infuse passion fruit, pineapple, lavender, macadamia nuts and virtually any local island ingredients into her chocolate. The attractive packaging is as close to edible jewels as you can imagine, with intricate paintings, edible gold dust and precise, uniform shapes that glitter and bedazzle. Sweet Paradise goes through about 150 pounds of chocolate a week as they offer all types of chocolate events, and ship their chocolate around the world.
Are you traveling to Maui sometime soon? You might want to satisfy your chocolate cravings by visiting the Sweet Paradise Chocolate Shop.
You won’t be disappointed because as Melanie says, “Everything in life is better with chocolate.”
– Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the elegant resort community of Wailea on Maui.
– Located at 34 Wailea Gateway Place, Suite # A107. (808) 344-1040
Talk of “Hawaii” and “film making” usually leads one to epics like From Here to Eternity and Jurassic Park. Our unique natural beauty easily lends itself to stories of love and tales of wonder.
Stories about nuclear bomb testing and human rights, however, are less common.
Far from a Hollywood blockbuster and produced with a much different budget, is a film produced on Hawaii Island which tells a story about our Polynesian neighbors from The Marshall Islands. Thanks to a policy called the compact of free association, which has allowed many Marshallese citizens to immigrate to the United States, many have begun a new life right here in Hawaii.
The Land of Eb tells the story of a Marshallese immigrant named Jacob. Through Jacob’s personal story and that of his family we learn a bit more about the larger dramatic story of the lives left changed forever when, in 1946, the United States began testing nuclear weapons on Enewetak Atol and Bikini Atol.
Produced by Andrew Williamson, John Hill and Jonithen Jackson, the films stars and is loosely based on Jackson’s true life story.
The film has been featured in numerous festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, the Nashville Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, the Oceania International Film Fesitval Fiji, the St. Tropez International Film Festival, the Boston Independent Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival, the Big Island Film Festival and the Hawaii International Film Festival where the film was nominated for the 2012 Golden Orchid Award.
— To learn more about The Land of Eb, visit the film’s website.
— Today’s post is part of a global event known as Blog Action Day, where blog sites around the world post about the same issue, on the same day, in order to raise awareness and trigger a positive global discussion. The 2013 Blog Action Day theme is Human Rights. Read hundreds of other posts on this subject, posted today @ http://blogactionday.org/
— If you are in Hawaii right now, check out other great films at the 2013 Hawaii International Film Festival which started on 10/10 and continues through 10/20 in Honolulu and again 10/24 through 10/27 on the Big Island and Kauai.
#BAD13, #HumanRights, #Oct16 YB4DHADW88DV
Kanahele concluded they first inhabited the windward parts of Oahu because of its abundant water supplies. As the population grew over the next several hundred years, Hawaiians spread to the Honolulu side of Oahu. The first dating of human habitation in Waikiki and Diamond Head goes back to about 1000 AD.
Hawaiians called the ancient volcano Le`ahi. Le`ahi was sacred to the Hawaiians, who built five temples or heiau around it. Religious ceremonies and human sacrifice took place there. The most scared of them was Papa`ena`ena.
Hawaiians inhabited all the major islands, with family leaders giving way to an alii or chiefly class as the population grew. By the 1500s, kings ruled each island.
In 1795, Kamehameha the Great brought 10,000 war canoes to Oahu. They landed along the coasts of Kahala and Waikiki, and marched to Nuuanu where three battles were won. In 1810, Kuamualii surrendered Kauai and the islands were united for the first time.
When Kamehameha II broke with the kahuna, or religious leaders in 1819, the heiau at Diamond Head and across the kingdom were destroyed. The stones were taken away, most being used to erect other buildings or roads. Nothing of the ancient heiau remains today.
– Read more posts from Bob Sigall
It’s been over a week since Yuki Takenaka joined Kahala Associates and everyone of us feel blessed to work with her.
Affectionately known as “The House Whisperer” and a top producer in the Oahu real estate market for over a decade, Yuki has been featured as a stager and Realtor for HGTV’s Bang For Your Buck series.
Visit Yuki tomorrow at her open house at 95-228 Kapanoe Place, Mililani, HI 96789.
Welcome home to this delightful Island Villa in the East Oahu neighborhood of Koko Kai.
Just steps to the beach, enjoy gorgeous ocean, Diamond Head and sunset views from the resort like backyard with heated in-ground pool, spacious covered lanai and outdoor wet bar.
Beautifully remodeled five bedrooms and 4.5 baths with cathedral ceilings, open flowing living room, elegantly appointed kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.
5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms and 1 Partial Baths.
Views include: city, water, sunset, mountain.
Amenities include: In ground pool.
Built in 1974.
2 stories, 4,107 approximate square feet. 1 building.
.377 acre lot. 16423 lot dim.
In today’s video segment of Beyond Homes we take a look at some of the important elements of the real estate sales process here on Oahu, Hawaii including:
The Seller’s Real Property Disclosure Statement
Seller’s Disclosure is required by Hawaii law and reviewed by the Buyer as a requirement of the contract. The disclosures will include any information that materially affects the property’s value or desirability. The letter of the law is known as “Chapter 508-D“.
The disclosure covers such topics as a property’s physical or structural condition, health & safety (issues like asbestos or lead-based paints), legal issues like pending lawsuits, zoning compliance and much more.
The Hawaii Purchase Contract
Some of the major elements contained within the Purchase Contract include:
– Price and terms including the amount of earnest money and type of financing
– Offer deadline – how long do you have to respond?
– Contract Contingencies
– Special terms if any
– Proposed closing date
Financial – A financial contingency provides a deadline by which the Buyer must secure a loan,
Inspection – The inspection contingency allows the buyer to have a professional home inspector check the overall condition of the home and its major systems,
Other – Other contingencies specific to Hawaii include Buyer’s approval of the termite report, the title report and condominium or association documents.