Moving to Hawai’i with Your Pets.
It has been 16 years since we moved to Hawai’i from Maine with our sweet English Bulldog, Sadie. In case the photo does not fully depict her displeasure in having to fly from Maine let me assure you, in true Bulldog style, she held a grudge. The original rabies quarantine program was established in 1912... Read More
Maine to Hawai’i In Nine Months.
One of the first questions people ask me when they find out that I actually live here on the Big Island, and I’m not just vacationing, is: “What made you move from Maine to Hawai’i?” My first response is generally something along the lines of, “40 years of Maine winters,” or “Have you ever been to... Read More
Is Hawai’i Really Right For Us?
The real question is, are we right for Hawai’i? Why would you want to move all the way to Hawai‘i from Maine? That was the first question out of all of our friends’ mouths when we casually mentioned that we were considering moving after our trip to Hawaii in 2005. Well, all we could say was, “If you... Read More
The Surprising Things I have Learned Since Moving to Hawai’i
In 2006 when my family and I decided to move here, we knew that it would be a big life change. Moving from Maine, we knew some things were pretty evident such as not having to plan extra time to brush snow off of our cars in the winter, pay to heat our home, or... Read More
Does It Really Make a Difference If You Have a Pre-Approval Letter Before You Start the Buying Process?
So you’ve made the decision to purchase a home and you are raring to go. The first thing you do is call your favorite realtor and start setting up showings right? Well, not really. As exciting as it is to start shopping, the first thing you should be doing is connecting with a trusted local lender.... Read More
How Kenji & Cali Help to Sell Their Home
Kenji & Cali Help to Sell Their Home Buying and selling a home can be, for the most part, a very personal experience for everyone involved. More often than not, friendships are formed, and relationships carry on well after the sale itself. If there is one thing I have learned as a realtor, it is that there... Read More
Fun and Healthy D.I.Y Treats
Anyone that knows me knows that I love animals. I am that person that will stop in the middle of a sentence if I see a cute critter. Just ask my friend and colleague Teri Takata who recently admitted to me that she will purposely steer me in the opposite direction of an animal if she happens... Read More
The Sacred Process of Preparing Dyes with Hawaiian Endemic Plants to Use on Kapa
This weekend I had the privilege to learn from my friend and Kumu, Pua Lincoln Maielua, about the sacred process of preparing dyes with Hawaiian Endemic plants to use on Kapa. We spent the better part of Saturday learning about the process and gathering the lau (leaf), mole (root), pua (flower), hua (berry), and hili (bark).... Read More