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Hawaii

Best Words In The World: Oceanfront Hawaiian Penthouse

By Jon Anderson | January 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Best Words In The World: Oceanfront Hawaiian Penthouse

Tahitienne is one of the first “high-rises” built on Oahu’s Gold Coast. Originally an eight-story building, a ninth-floor penthouse was added at some point. It rests alone with 2,800 square feet plus an additional 645-square-foot lanai that stretches 50 linear feet across the ocean. There are three bedrooms with two-and-a-half bathrooms. Listed at $6.4 million […]

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Kahala By The Sea: Move-In Ready On The Beach Comes At A Price

By Jon Anderson | January 15, 2019 | 1 Comment

Passing by a long-vacant lot, a sign suddenly appeared heralding the future of six townhouses facing the ocean on Oahu’s storied Kahala Avenue.  The lot’s most recent history involves a Japanese billionaire who purchased over 30 homes and lots in this small enclave that he subsequently let deteriorate. Some thought his plan was to degrade […]

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Mandarin Oriental Brings Questions And Haughty Baggage To New Honolulu Location

By Jon Anderson | January 4, 2019 | Comments Off on Mandarin Oriental Brings Questions And Haughty Baggage To New Honolulu Location

When I saw the Mandarin Oriental construction fencing go up across from the Honolulu convention center, my curiosity was piqued. First, the Mana’olana Place development isn’t a stellar location. To contradict the marketing materials, it is not “steps from the beach” and certainly not while schlepping chairs, towels and sunscreen. It’s also flanked by a […]

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Bag a Bargain On Honolulu’s Gold Coast: Elbow Grease Required

By Jon Anderson | November 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Bag a Bargain On Honolulu’s Gold Coast: Elbow Grease Required

Honolulu’s Gold Coast is a scant half-mile stretch of oceanfront high-rises at the foot of Diamond Head. You may think that Hawaii has the same unending tonnage of oceanfront high-rises seen around Florida, not true. Within Honolulu, there are just 18 oceanfront residential high-rises. Seventeen are on the Gold Coast, and one in Waikiki. None […]

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Diamond Head Duo: Re-Do or Re-Done, The Choice Is Yours

By Jon Anderson | November 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Diamond Head Duo: Re-Do or Re-Done, The Choice Is Yours

Back in 1982, two oceanfront thirds of an acre caught the eye of a developer who created a four-unit community behind private gates. Called Ku’u Makana it’s located in Honolulu at the foot of Diamond Head crater on the island of Oahu.  Each of the four units are identical — 3,536 square feet indoors and […]

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Second Homes, Natural Disasters, And Insurance

By Jon Anderson | May 7, 2018 | Comments Off on Second Homes, Natural Disasters, And Insurance

The world is captivated by the images coming out of the big island of Hawai’i this week as Kilauea erupted into the Leilani Estates subdivision. Thus far there are 10 fissures opened along the Eastern Rift Zone that runs along a historic volcanic path, marked by ancient volcanic ridges to the south. Next week, I’ll […]

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