Thursday, July 30, 2009

Roy's in Hawaii Kai Hosting Wine Night

Roy’s Restaurant will present 20 leading winemakers from across the country at Roy’s in Hawaii Kai on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

The industry-style wine tasting will feature 90 wines from 20 different winemakers. This is a special opportunity for wine enthusiasts to experience some really great American labels. Roy’s chefs will be creating special pupus for the occassion to pair with the wines.

Here is a list of the wineries and vineyards participating in this special event:

Karma Fine Beverages – Patrick S. Wilson
Babcock Vineyards – Alan Jahns
Handley Cellars – Milla Handley
Saintsbury – David Graves
Selby Winery – Susie Selby
Dark Horse – Mike Lokaysek
Honig Vineyard & Winery – Patti Hawker
Diamond Terrace – Maureen Taylor
Domaine Serene – Eleni Papadakis
Bonaccorsi – Jenne Lee Bonaccorsi
L’Ecole No. 41 – Debbi Frol
Merry Edwards Winery – Cheryl-Lynn Mattos
Kaena – Michael Sigouin
Beckman – Michael Sigouin
Rombauer Vineyards – James Heinemann
Duckhorn Wine Company – Michelle Watkins
Landmark Vineyards – Andy Wolfe
Miner – Samantha Kasper
Plumpjack & CADE Winery – John Conover
Longboard – Oded Shaked

Price per person is $60 including tax & tip.

Please call Roy’s Hawaii Kai at 396-7697 or visit Roy's Events to make a reservation.

Our office of East Oahu Realty is next door to Roy's, so let me know if you want to discuss real estate before wine tasting and I'll meet you there.

Barbara Abe, Realtor

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Cash for Clunkers starts July 24 in Hawaii Kai

Cash for Clunkers, where owners can trade in low-mileage cars for cash, starts officially Friday, July 24 nationwide. The program gives $3,500 or $4,500 trade-in vouchers to customers who bring in their old vehicles to be junked. To qualify, cars must be 10 to 25 years old, get 18 miles per gallon or less and have been insured by the owner for at least a year.

The program, in effect since July 1, has been awaiting federal rules for implementation. Hawaii auto dealers are fervently hoping for a boost in car sales, and suggest owners visit to see if their vehicle qualifies. Car sales in Hawai'i have slipped by 31.5 percent in the first six months of 2009, compared with last year.

Most people who qualify will get at least a $3,500 voucher. Those who buy a new vehicle that gets 10 mpg or more than their clunker will receive $4,500. Dealers are required to provide proof of disposal of the clunkers at approved scrap-metal yards. So far, no scrap yards have been announced for dealers to take the cars to, nor is there any word on how to stay below the government's $1 billion allotment.

As reported by the Honolulu Advertiser, "Dave Rolf, executive director for Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association, was optimistic and complimented the speed of implementing the program since the act was signed on June 24.

"'I don't think in all my years I have seen a program come together this fast," Rolf said. "It's a great compliment to the people in federal government. When you look at how many moving parts are in a car and then how many cars there are, and then how many people are in America; and to get a program moving in 30 days?

"'That's a lot of moving parts.'"

Since we live on an island, with limited resources and disposal facilities, and our gas price is the highest in the country, hopefully this program will be a huge success on Oahu.

Contact me for relocation information for Hawaii Kai, and other innovative programs now in place to keep Hawaii Green.

Barbara Abe, Realtor

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hawaii Kai Relocation Packages Just Released

I've finished the Complete Hawaii Kai Relocation Package and the Hawaii Kai Condo Relocation Package with sales data through June, 2009, and updates on new waterfront condo complexes that have sold this year.

Request your free copy at my web site,, or for condos only, the Condo Page. Or just call/email for your free copies.

If you want additional information on real estate throughout Oahu, but specifically on Hawaii Kai, just let me know. It's my home, and I've been a Realtor here for more than 20 years.


Barbara Abe, Realtor

Friday, July 10, 2009

WestJet Increases Flights to Hawaii

On Nov. 7, WestJet will launch a weekly flight every Saturday from Victoria to Honolulu, with an introductory roundtrip fare of $259.

In addition, WestJet said it will increase the frequency of its Vancouver-to-Honolulu flight to seven days a week Oct. 8, to 11 times a week Nov. 1, and 12 times a week Dec. 16. It also will boost its Vancouver-to-Maui service to seven days a week Oct. 7, 10 times a week Nov. 1 and 12 times a week Dec. 16. Lihue service will begin Dec. 16.

WestJet, headquartered in Calgary, has been operational since 1996, when it started service to 5 cities in Western Canada. It is now Canada's leading high-value low-fare airline, offering scheduled service to 55 destinations in Canada, the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean, with its fleet of 79 Boeing Next-Generation 737-series aircraft equipped with increased legroom, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV.

To book a flight and check schedules, visit WestJet Guest.

All the more reason for Canadians to visit Hawaii and Hawaii Kai, and consider a real estate investment here!

Barbara Abe, Realtor

Friday, July 3, 2009

Hawaii Kai Real Estate Market Report June, 2009


15 sales occurred in June in Hawaii Kai Condos. The low price was $349,900 for a 1 bedroom unit in the Commodore. The highest was a 3 bedroom home in Kuapa Isle, on the marina.

Complexes with sales included: Colony at the Peninsula (2), Colony Marina (1), Commodore (1), Esplanade (1), Hawaii Kai Cp (1), Heritage House (1), Kaimala Marina (1), Kuapa Isle (1), Mariners Village 3 (1), Mauna Luan (3), Moana Kai (1), and Villa Marina (1).

Days on Market ranged from 254 (Moana Kai) to 8 (Mauna Luan).

Request my reports on the condo complexes and get more sales statistics on the Condo Page of my web site.

Single Family

17 sales occurred in Hawaii Kai for single family homes. The low price was $500,000 for a 3/2 home in Kalama Valley, and the highest $2,100,000 for a magnificent view home in Koko Kai.

Neighborhoods represented included: Kalama Valley (4), Lower Hahaione Valley (1), Mariners Village (1), Laulima (1), Koko Head Terrace (1), Mariners Cove (3), Mariners Ridge (1), Queen's Gate (1), Koko Villa (1), Kamilo Nui (1), Triangle (1), and Koko Kai (1).

Days on Market ranged from 317 (Kalama Valley) to 1 (Kalama Valley, Mariners Cove).

Request reports on all the neighborhoods on my web site, and read full statistics on the Hawaii Kai Market News page.