We have a wonderful assortment of articles, Big Island Calendar of Events, resources, tips and industry updates for you this month and we hope you enjoy. Some of these include:

In addition to Kelly's Blog (, you can now also follow him on Twitter @hilobrokers!

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In addition to the featured articles, don't forget to dig a little deeper for additional articles located in the "Daily News & Advice" area, as well as the "More Articles" section.

Kelly & the Hilo Brokers, Ltd. Team


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Big Island Scenic Drives

- By Kelly H. Moran

This month I focused on a series of three blog posts detailing some favorite Big Island Scenic Drives. 

Here is an overview of these three articles:

The (Very) Scenic Drive
The four-mile alternative to Hwy 19 between Papaikou and Pepeekeo has long been one of my favorite places on the Big Island. The road is narrow and winding, with many one-lane bridges, so you have to drive it slowly – the better to appreciate all the lush vegetation, the many streams and waterfalls, and the stunning vistas of knife-edged ridges and sheer rocky cliffs along the coast.

Maps and road signs proclaim ...


Along the Puna Coast
Now I’d like to take you on another – and longer – scenic drive, along the coast of the Puna district. If you take Hwy 130 from Kea’au, and keep going straight, past Pahoa, you’ll end up at Kalapana, where the current eruption of Kilauea is extruding lava into the Pacific. By day, all you see is white clouds of steam and smoke, but after dark, you realize that the hot lava, exploding as it hits cold seawater, is actually vividly colored with yellows, oranges and reds. Most people just drive there directly, especially if they are showing visitors around. But I suggest ...



The "Red" Road That Isn't
Until just a few years ago, Hwy 137 along the Puna coast was paved with locally quarried red cinder. Though it’s conventionally paved now, a rather standard gray-black color, local folks still call it “The Red Road.”

And it’s still very narrow, with many blind hills and curves, weaving and undulating through stands of giant mango trees. Pay attention, and drive carefully ...


(Read all the articles in this series here)


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U.S. averages as of November 25, 2009:

30 yr. fixed:   4.78%
15 yr. fixed:   4.29%
1 yr. adj:        4.35%

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Hilo Brokers iPhone Real Estate Search Application
- By Kelly H. Moran

Great news!

We’ve created a new, customized, FREE, iPhone application that allows you to search hawaii real estate from your iPhone.


To download from your iPhone:

On your iPhone, go to the iPhone Apps Store, Tap Search, tap the search field and enter “hilo brokers”, then tap Search. The Hilo Brokers App page will display and you can download from there.

To download the application via PC/Mac, go here:

Alternatively, you may go directly to the iTunes store and search for “hilo brokers”.

"I downloaded the app and it's your website exactly! It's very cool!"




Should I Take My Home Off the Market
During the Holidays?

When you look at your calendar you may find the months already overloaded with seasonal obligations -- shopping, entertaining, children's pageants, charity work, decorating the house, and so much more. If you are also trying to sell your home, you are under extra pressure to keep your home in "showtime" condition. And that could be the last thing you need before the holiday spirit is broken.

It is understandable why you would be tempted to take your home off the market during the holidays. And the list of justifications is long. If you are too busy, buyers may be also, and you may find your efforts unrewarded with not enough showings. And what if you do get an offer? You may be faced with the possibility of packing and moving during the busiest time of the year. Besides, you can give your house a rest, and it will have better momentum after the holidays. Better to just pack it in and start fresh in January, right?

But wait!

Most top Realtors agree that taking your home off the market during the Christmas season is a mistake. The house surely isn't going to sell off the market! What is the advantage of that? So you're busy. Let your Realtor do the work. You can leave in the morning, go to work, go shopping, and let your Realtor take care of things.

The holidays are a wonderful selling period. Why? Because most people take off work sometime during the season. The husband and wife are both off and want to see houses. Most agents like the holidays because the buyers have more time, and they can look at homes together.

Before you take your home off the market, consider the following points...



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Tips for an Eco Friendly Holiday

  It's hard to believe, but according to Robert Lilienfeld, co-author of the book, "Use Less Stuff: Environmental Solutions for Who We Really Are," between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, Americans throw away a million extra tons of garbage each week. During the season of giving, it sure seems like we're taking a lot from Mother Nature. Here are some suggestions of ways to go green this holiday season, and you just might save some green in the meantime.

Start with your gift giving. You may not have ever thought about it before, but some gifts are certainly more eco-friendly than others. Giving an experience, like tickets to a ballgame or an art exhibit, create much less waste than complicated toys and gadgets. And some of the best gifts can be ...



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Upcoming Island Calendar of Events

Date: Daily through 12/31/09
Time: 3:00pm

Place: Hilo’s high-tech Imiloa Astronomy Center planetarium
(808) 969-9700 or visit
For the holiday season, 'Imiloa returns "Mystery of the Star" to the planetarium dome for daily showings. Mystery of the Christmas Star takes audiences on a journey back 2000 years to Bethlehem to discover a possible scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. This program investigates recorded sightings of significant astronomical events during the time of the birth of Christ. Investigators will see which of these signs in the sky could have been remarkable enough to cause the wise men to travel across the desert from Babylon just to see a newborn King. This modern retelling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate audiences of all ages. “They go back in time mapping out these sequential recorded events from the Babylonian astrological traditions and theorize the possible true nature of the ‘Christmas Star’,” notes Dr. Richard Crowe, Astronomer-in-Residence, at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, and professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.


Date: Through 12/31/09
Time: By appointment only, 8:45am-12:30pm
 Ahualoa, Northeast Coast of Hawaii
(808) 775-1000 or (808) 775-1171 or visit
Ahualoa, on the Hamakua Coast, has long been an active agricultural region of Hawaii Island. Come visit three working farms and experience three of the unique local flavors of Ahualoa. The morning starts with coffee and fresh baked banana bread at Long Ears Hawaiian Coffee. Next you will drive just up the road to enjoy tea and goodies at Mauna Kea Tea Garden. Finally, another short trip up the road will bring you to Volcano Island Honey Company, where your morning will end on a sweet note. By appointment only.


Date: Daily through 1/3/2010
Time: 9am-5pm
Place: Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Admission: Free (Park entrance fees apply).
Contact: 808-967-7565 or
Working in a wide variety of media and materials, Gallery artists present their unique and highly creative collection of one-of-a-kind wreaths, from the whimsical to the traditional!


Date: Friday evenings through 1/8/2010
Time: "Laser Beatles": 7:30pm; "Laser Zeppelin": 9:00pm
Hilo’s high-tech Imiloa Astronomy Center planetarium
Admission: $10 per show.
(808) 969-9700  or visit
Two "music experience" shows, featuring songs by the Beatles and Led Zeppelin using lasers to create a multi-sensory concert program of color, sound and music, images, and special effects.


Date: 1/9/2010
Time: Noon-4pm
Admission: Free
Place: Kalakaua Park in Hilo
Contact: (808) 961-5711 or visit
These monthly programs feature musical performances by Hawaii Island musicians and hula halau, along with presentations by community groups. Also featured are authentic arts and crafts vendors and food booths.


Date: 1/23/2010
Place: Le Hot Club De Hilo
Contact: Hal Glatzer at or John Nussbaum at
Le Hot Club De Hilo will host a Gypsy Jazz Festival in honor of famed guitarist Django Reinhardt’s 100th birthday. This event is expected to feature performers from Honolulu and beyond.


Kelly H. Moran
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Hilo, Hawaii, 96720


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