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Bob Sigall

Looking Back: Waialae Kahala

Kamehameha III, retouched photo by J. J. Williams (PP-97-7-011)

The springs of Waialae

Waialae was a dry and dusty part of Oahu. Water was scarce and greatly appreciated. Legend has it that the ancient Hawaiian alii reserved an artesian spring for themselves, posting guards to restrict access and keep the waters flowing.

The responsibility was a special honor that was passed down the family lineage from one generation to the next, said Carol Silva in a 2006 Downtown Planet article.

“By the reign of Kamehameha III in the 1830s and 1940s, a hard-working old couple was responsible for the spring. Word came one day that they king and a small riding party were touring Oahu and were due to pass through Waialae.

“The sun’s heat was blistering, yet all of the loyal subjects were present to greet their sovereign. Quite unexpectedly, the royal entourage halted before those gathered. The king was thirsty and had asked for a sip of water.

“Without a moment’s delay the old couple hurried to the now-hidden spring, stripped off the morning glory vines and the stone slab that concealed it and humbly presented the king with cool, refreshing water.

“Kamehameha III was very grateful, and his kind words of appreciation to the couple were the best rewards for their long and faithful service and preparedness.”

The location of the original spring is unknown, but some evidence points to the mauka part of today’s country club golf course.

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Tour our Luxury Portfolio International Collection

Luxury Portfolio International® is the luxury face of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® the largest global network of premier locally branded companies dominated by many of the world’s most powerful independent luxury brokerages. The network markets over 25,000 of the world’s most remarkable homes annually and attracts over 3 million high-net-worth visitors a year by presenting a gallery of the finest luxury properties and brokerage worldwide, our brand is recognized throughout the world as the luxury standard of excellence.

Here, we present, our featured Luxury Portfolio Collection homes:


Kahala Associates

Classic Kahala

628 Honua Street Honolulu, HI 96816

Single Family  |  4 Beds  |  4.01 Baths  |  5273 Sq. Ft.  |  MLS#  201404962
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Custom designed by the current owners, this elegant home exudes a warm and inviting ambiance. Soaring ceiling heights and a profusion of windows create wonderful light-filled open spaces. Custom doors, baseboards, tray ceilings, gorgeous bowed windows, tumbled marble floors and lush tropical landscaping. Located on one of the most sought after streets just a few blocks from the beach!

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Chuck Garrett

The Worldwide Employee Relocation Council’s Shanghai Expansion

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Today, Worldwide ERC® (WERC), announced the formation of a Wholly Owned Foreign Entity (“WOFE”), in Shanghai, China. Kahala Associates is a long standing member of Worldwide ERC®, the workforce mobility association for professionals who oversee, manage, or support U.S. domestic and international employee transfers.

The enterprise will allow the association to expand its activities and services in the region, offering educational resources, conferences and professional accreditation programs for workforce mobility professionals.

In their recent executive digest, “Talent Mobility in China”, WERC outlined several important emerging trends for moves into and within China including the fact that six out of 10 companies estimate the cost of a traditional long-term assignment into Mainland china is two to three times an assignee’s base salary.

Read: “Talent Mobility in China – Executive Digest

Contact us to learn more about international employee relocation.


Kahala Associates

Modern Island Design

749 Oneawa Street Kailua, HI 96734

$825,000

Single Family  |  3 Beds  |  2 Baths  |  1458 Sq. Ft.  |  MLS#  201403071
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Completely remodeled/expanded home in modern island design by Black Rock Development, incl new electrical/plumbing. Flowing floor plan w/unique private courtyd, makes for entertainer’s delight. Excessive attn to detail in gourmet kitchen, spa baths, porcelain walls/flooring, granite countertops, new windows, french doors, finishes to last a lifetime! Loc on pref Mokapu end of Oneawa w/abundant pkg

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The Ossipoff Papers

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View from driveway of Liljestrand House

Vladimir Ossipoff, has been called “the master of Hawaii modern architecture”, “the dean of residential architects in Hawaii,” and “the premier postwar designer of kama’aina-style residences in Honolulu”. Much of Ossipoff’s library of drawings and working papers are in the possession of the University of Hawaii’s Hamilton Library; stored in boxes and in various ways virtually unaccessible to students or other professionals.

In 2013, the Hawaii Architectural Foundation and the American Institute of Architects Students — Hawaii Chapter, undertook a successful crowdsourcing campaign to provide the Hamilton Library with flat files so the bequeathed archives can be organized to provide proper access to some 66 boxes of Ossipoff’s folded architectural drawings and papers. Known as “The Ossipoff Documents Restoration Project“, the campaign ran from October 11, 2013 – December 10, 2013 and successfully raised $28,205 – exceeding its $27,000 starter goal. But, there is more work to be done. The Hamilton Library estimates a total cost of roughly $585,000 to “provide the UH library with special flat file drawing cabinets so the archives department can open up these treasures and make them usable and available to students, teachers, owners and builders.”

This video explains:

You can help. To learn more, follow The Ossipoff Documents Restoration Project on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/ossipoffdoc or make a donation to the Hawaii Architectural Foundation c/o http://hawaiiarchitecturalfoundation.org.


Luxury Portfolio International®

Young Affluents In A Digital World

Understanding The Impact To Real Estate

Imperial Plaza Honolulu, HI

Luxury Portfolio International®, the luxury face of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® – the largest global network of premier locally branded companies dominated by powerful independent luxury brokerages, has partnered with Harrison Group to author its latest white paper entitled “Young Affluents in a Digital World”.

The latest research uncovers key findings behind today’s increasingly savvy online consumer, specifically in regards to the Young Affluent demographic, providing sophisticated insight exclusively for Luxury Portfolio members to leverage the evolving role of the salesperson in the digital age. The data in this report is sourced from the Survey of Affluence and Wealth in America, produced by Harrison Group and American Express Publishing (now part of the Affluent Media Group, a Division of Time, Inc.).

Leisure Heritage, Honolulu HISeveral key takeaways are explored in detail in the White Paper, available only to Luxury Portfolio members, with thought-provoking statistics and detailed evaluations.

Digital research is the ‘new ordinary’.

The vast majority of Young Affluents believe online access to user feedback and category experts is a more valuable way to conduct research than consulting a sales professional. Device ownership is at an all-time high, especially among Young Affluents, and have become “tools of empowerment”, enabling consumers to become more resourceful by engaging in due diligence activities across categories. Homebuyers searching online can now find listing information at the same rate and even sometimes faster than industry insiders. Therefore, it’s the agent’s duty to identify personally relevant information not available online and be in essence a “Lifestyle Concierge”.

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Time is a commodity to be protected.

Young Affluents are high stress and time pressed. They are on-the-go, focused on growing their careers, making big decisions about their futures and their families—all of which impact their plans in the real estate market. Technology has allowed them to maximize efficiency, make more time for the things they love and enhance the personal relationships they have in their lives. Consequently, once online research is conducted, Young
Affluents will increasingly contact the listing agent directly, recognizing that no matter their resourcefulness the fastest and most reliable way to get answers is to speak with the agent that knows the home intimately.
• A new sense of personal economic invulnerability resulting from required self-reliance during the recession
• The most important attributes of a salesperson in the eyes of the Young Affluent
• What it takes to be a credible source of information in the digital age

“Young Affluents in a Digital World” concludes that while today’s Young Affluents have maintained the resourceful consumer habits developed during the recession, they value a great sales experience even more than their predecessors.

Being equipped with the statistics, tools and marketing and market intelligence provided by Luxury Portfolio International® ensures its members are in the best position possible to serve this unique market segment.


Kahala Associates

24 Acres On Ahu Lani Sanctuary

44-5350 Waikaalulu Road Honokaa, HI - Hawaii Island

$1,250,000

Single Family  |  5 Beds  |  5 Baths  |  8056 Sq. Ft.  |  MLS#  201336073
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Unique Ahu Lani Sanctuary, a privately owned residence on Mauna Kea foothills, Hamakua Coast. Its main house comfortably sleeps 10+; commercial-sized kitchen adjoins the great room, perfect to entertain around the fire. Generous lanai enwrap, offering pastoral views. Ancient ‘ohia forests, young & old koa; pastures; habitats. CREP enrolled. Detached “round room”;cottage;barn.

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Kahala Associates Shines at International Real Estate Conference

Kahala Associates Luxury Portfolio Summit 2014

A prestigious audience of luxury real estate professionals from around the world convened at Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT, February 23-25 at Wynn Las Vegas. Participants included Kahala Associates’ Founder Myra Brandt, COO Chuck Garrett and Brokers Yumi Laney, Renee Hampton and Christina Laney Wycheck. The event saw record attendance with more than 700 top brokers, sales associates and luxury marketing specialists in attendance.

With a theme of “Luxury is Back,” the program gave participants the opportunity to become immersed in luxury on every level – from the five-star location to the hospitality events to the educational sessions, which provided insights into high-end consumer preferences and luxury lifestyle and housing trends. Focusing on the state of the global luxury real estate market and looking beyond the industry into other affluent sectors, SUMMIT was developed to give the most successful luxury real estate specialists timely, research-based insights on serving affluent clientele.

Speakers included former chief evangelist for Apple Guy Kawasaki; bestselling author Daniel H. Pink; artist, filmmaker, and author Erik Wahl; real estate technology expert Matthew Ferrara; real estate authority Steve Harney; customer service expert Debbie Maier and home positioning specialist Martha Webb.

Also featured were numerous top-producing sales associates and executives who shared their unique success strategies including our own Chuck Garrett who, along with Çiğdem Ercűment, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®’s Manager International Member Services, spoke on a panel called “Mind the Gap: Bridging the Space between Generations and Cultures“. Much of this lively discussion centered around the concept that we do not see things as they are, we see things as we are. Such assumptions can run very deep, including the meaning of time, the meaning of silence, negotiation styles, amount of detail/context, and even the role of the individual within their culture or your business transaction.

Drawing talent from outside the industry, SUMMIT showcased experts from other luxury names, including chef Paul Bartolotta, a James Beard Award winner who is the genius behind Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare at the Wynn; Hedy Woodrow, vice president of retail at the Wynn, who represents numerous luxury lines; and Federico Pratesi, owner and chairman of Pratesi Linens, manufacturer of the world’s finest linens.

“The energy at this year’s Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT was incredible, as members from around the world came together with great news on the strength of the luxury market and a true collaborative spirit with their willingness to share strategies and insights on ways to best attract and serve today’s luxury clientele,” said Stephanie Pfeffer-Anton, executive vice president of Luxury Portfolio.


Young affluents in a digital world: Understanding the impact to real estate.As to the next generation of luxury home buyers, Luxury Portfolio International partnered with Harrison Group to author its latest white paper entitled “Young Affluents in a Digital World”. The latest research uncovers key findings behind today’s increasingly savvy online consumer, specifically in regards to the Young Affluent demographic, providing sophisticated insight exclusively for Luxury Portfolio members to leverage the evolving role of the salesperson in the digital age. The data in this report is sourced from the Survey of Affluence and Wealth in America, produced by Harrison Group and American Express Publishing (now part of the Affluent Media Group, a Division of Time, Inc.).

Several key takeaways are explored in detail in the White Paper, with thought-provoking statistics and detailed evaluations. Findings include:

    • Digital research is the ‘new ordinary’.
    • Time is a commodity to be protected.
    • A new sense of personal economic invulnerability resulting from required self-reliance during the recession.
    • The most important attributes of a salesperson in the eyes of the Young Affluent.
    • What it takes to be a credible source of information in the digital age.

 

Write to us, if you’d like to receive a copy of the complete White Paper.


LeadingRE Diamond AwardFor the second year in a row, Kahala Associates was nominated for the prestigious Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Diamond Award.

The Diamond Award is presented to one company from Leading RE’s network of more than 550 independent firms. The award is based on points brokerages receive throughout the year for their contributions and participation in a broad range of categories, including:

  • Lead Generation
  • Professional Growth
  • Technology
  • Branding

 

30 brokerages were nominated for this award and Kahala Associates is very proud to have been nominated two years in a row with this fine group of amazing companies.

We’re also very pleased to congratulate our friends at Watson Realty for taking home the Diamond not just this year, but last year as well. Watson Realty, a leader in fine Florida real estate, has 41 residential sales offices and more than 1,200 sales associates throughout Northeast Florida, the Beaches, Gainesville, Starke and South Georgia. Go Watson!


KahalaAssociates.com Awarded WQC

Among the awards distributed at the event, Kahala Associates was awarded the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Website Quality Certification (WQC), presented to member companies that demonstrate best practices in website design and Internet communications.

KahalaAssociates.com, earned the certification after achieving high marks on a range of criteria, including usability and performance, design and content, interactivity, customer service and Internet lead management, search engine optimization and mobile. The website was evaluated by Virtual Results, LLC, a real estate internet and social marketing firm that was selected to evaluate participating member websites for the program.

Created by LeadingRE in 2009 to recognize member websites that combine high standards for design, technology and service, the criteria for the WQC are updated annually to reflect the latest in internet marketing strategies. The WQC is an optional program available only to firms affiliated with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and requires re-certification every two years.

“We are pleased to present the WQC to 124 members this year and commend these firms for creating websites that effectively engage today’s home buyers and sellers by providing relevant information in a compelling way, with the perspective only a local firm can offer,” said Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® President/CEO Pam O’Connor.


Also receiving special attention: the Kahala Associates Quarterly Market Video which placed third this year, ranking as follows:

1st Place: Crossland Real Estate
2nd Place: Old Dominion Realty
3rd Place: Kahala Associates


Affiliates of Luxury Portfolio market high-end homes to affluent consumers worldwide through the network’s strategic marketing program, including the award-winning website www.LuxuryPortfolio.com, which markets over 25,000 luxury homes to over three million high-net-worth visitors annually and features a total inventory of available properties totaling over $44 billion.

 


Kahala Associates

Marinafront Living in Mariners Cove

6851 Niumalu Loop Honolulu, HI 96825

$1,543,210

Single Family  |  4 Beds  |  3 Baths  |  2623 Sq. Ft.  |  MLS#  201400311
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Relax & enjoy peaceful mountain & marina views from this privileged marina front home. Outdoor living is at it’s best from the backyard or large covered patio – perfect for entertaining & BBQs. Elegantly remodeled home features an open floorplan of 2,100+ sf, cathedral ceilings, travertine & engineered wood flooring, granite countertops, cherry cabinets. 3bd/2bath upstairs, 1bd/1bath downstairs.

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Bob Sigall

Looking Back: Diamond Head

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Waikiki Shell

The Waikiki Shell was built in 1956 for concerts and events. It seats 2,400 and the lawn can hold another 6,000. The outdoor arena resembles the Hollywood Bowl, which was built in 1928.

Honolulu Zoo

The Honolulu Zoo occupies 42 acres of Kapiolani Park. It is the only zoo in the United States built by a king and queen and dates to 1876. The zoo features over 1,200 animals in specially designed habitats. Over 600,000 people visit the zoo annually.

Diamond Head Theatre

Thousands of us have attended plays at the Diamond Head Theatre over the years. However, did you know it’s the third oldest, continuously operating theatre in the entire United States?

Its roots can actually be traced to 1915, when a theatrical group called The Footlights was formed. Their first performance was The Ama¬zons at the Honolulu Opera House, where the downtown Post Office on Merchant Street now stands.

During World War II, Honolulu Community Theater productions entertained thousands of troops at over 300 performances throughout the Pacific.

In 1952, the Honolulu Community Theatre took over the Fort Ruger Theatre, the Army Post’s former movie house. In 1990, the name was changed to Diamond Head Theatre. Each season offers six theatrical productions, including five major musicals, on a scale that rivals that of Broadway. The Diamond Head Theatre calls itself the Broadway of the Pacific.

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Rare Japanese Minka House

Minka from Birdling Films on Vimeo.

In a recent study, Jiro Yoshida, a real-estate economics professor at Penn State University reports that half of all homes in Japan are demolished within 38 years — compared to 100 years in the U.S.  There is virtually no market for pre-owned homes in Japan, and 60 percent of all homes were built after 1980. In Yoshida’s estimation, while land continues to hold value, physical homes become worthless within 30 years. Read the complete article here.

Kew MinkaBalance that against a rare Japanese Minka house in Gifu Prefecture, Japan - a 19th century timber frame country house that is so highly cherished in Japan it’s available for sale at a price of $1,750,000.

Offered for sale by LandVest, Inc. of Boston, the home may be shipped anywhere.

The Minka’s timber frame has been prepared for Ichiku, a 7th century practice where the Minka is disassembled, transported and reassembled at any build-able lot of the buyers choosing.

The Minka house, which originally stood in the snow fields of Futui Prefecture in Northern Japan, was disassembled and transported to Gifu Prefecture by Architect Yoshihiro Takishita, one of Japan’s foremost conservators of these famous antique houses.

The intricate and valuable timber frames of the Minka, built in the noka or farm house, style, now on the grounds of Mr. Takishita’s workshop, are like sculptures, works of art,” says Mr. Takishita, founder of the nonprofit Association for Preserving Old Japanese Farmhouses whose work was featured in the Los Angeles Times. “I have looked around the world but never found another place where curved trees are used as anchor beams.

Is this special Minka home part of your future? Contact us for more information about this offering.


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Panoramic Ocean Views

134 Prospect Street #2 Honolulu, HI 96813

$1,588,000

Single Family  |  7 Beds  |  4 Baths  |  4553 Sq. Ft.  |  MLS#  201400675
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Brand new 7 bd. 4 bath luxury home perfect for Downtown Professionals. Enjoy panoramic and unobstructed sunset views. Built with quality materials, incl. porcelain tile & Kempas wood flooring + cherry wood railings, etched glass, granite counters & steel exterior railing. Tax Office records do not reflect the CPR that was just approved. Tax Assessments are not correct at this time.

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A Closer Look: Artist Carol Collette

Hawaii Artist Carol Collette

Carol Collette, of Honolulu, Hawaii is an artist with an international reputation. This September, Carol will make her fourteenth trip to Japan to visit several art galleries and meet collectors.

Born in Toronto, Canada, Carol graduated with honors from the Ontario College of Art.  Her career path took her to Quebec City, where she met her husband John Collette. In 1968 she moved to his hometown of Boston.

It was during their travels to the major museums of Europe that Carol became fascinated by the technique of etching with its delicacy of detail, richness, and variety of tone. After returning from Europe, she began a series of pen and ink sketches of Cape Cod which served as the foundation for her early etchings.

While living and working in rural New England, surrounded by familiar and favorite subjects, Carol was able to increase her knowledge and control over one of the most demanding mediums. Today she is known for her etchings. She paints her etchings with watercolor which makes each print different. For this reason, her editions are classified as “unique editions.”

On a personal note, when I first met Carol she showed me some of her paintings. I was overcome with emotion, as feelings from deep within me surfaced, and tears filled my eyes.

It was only later that I understood what evoked such feelings. In this fast paced world that we live in today, it was the tranquility, beauty, peacefulness, and crystal-clear intricacies of her work that captivated me. I imagined myself “stepping into” the scene and becoming part of the surroundings. I was overwhelmed with joy!

In both her hand painted etchings and oil paintings, Carol explores a fine line between control and spontaneity to create images which capture the ephemeral combination of fleeting light and shadow which makes her art truly magical.

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As Carol explains, “I’m an artist, inspired by the New England landscape, as well as the lush tropical beauty of Hawaii. There’s beauty all around us!”

A long and happy future awaits Carol as one of Americas most enduring and popular artists.  Her oil paintings, etchings, limited edition prints, landscapes, still life, and florals are included in many corporate, private and public collections.

Keeping active with a variety of interests, Carol enjoys West Coast Swing Dancing, Contra Dancing, classical music, Brazillian music, as well as socializing with friends and family. She loves cooking, hiking, kayaking, walking on the beach, going to movies, foreign films, reading, and traveling.

Carol’s etchings represent many areas of the country, and she’s always eager to visit new places and find new subjects. Questions, suggestions and recommendations are welcomed at her website www.CarolCollette.com


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