Hawaii Life Real Estate Expands to Hilo

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Hawaii Life President Matt Beall and agent Mealoha Kraus at the recent opening of their new Keaukaha office. Courtesy photo.

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  • puna

    We dont need a show selling real estate. They will help make it to expensive to live here

    • puna

      I re-read my previous comment I did not say no that no one else can buy land here. Since your not comprehending what I am trying to convey is that if its publicized how cheap land is on this island the cost of living will go up more quickly than if they weren’t selling land and promoting this island. Pretty soon your island way of living will not be why you might possibly of moved here years ago. Small little towns I think not.

  • Maloha

    Puna – So it’s OK for you and your family to buy a home on the Big Island…but on one else? Such a small minded position. Where is your aloha? your sense of ohana? For every new person who buys a home – there is one of your neighbors that sold teir home and walked away with $$ that might need. You need to think bigger and kinder.

    • Millyabella

      Right back at you Maloha, you need to think kinder too. For every snowbird who buys a several hundred thousand dollar property, neighborhood taxes increase.Most who buy rarely visit or keep their properties beyond two years. A good home with decent land is left vacant, while another island family is homeless. Stop with the scripted reality shows seducing attention toward the Big Island. We do not need a hoard of disrespecting, loud, rude, all about me’s, trying to change island ways of life to suit their one month a year visits. Flooding the island with investors not family’s is destroying aloha.

  • Maloha

    Dear Mr. Puna – In the kinder gentler category you seem to be coming up a bit short. It appears like you’re advocating redlining real estate sales to only locals. Redlining is against the law. This tactic was used to prevent African Americans from buying into white communities. Sound familiar? Reversing the practice does not make it “more legal or more ethical”.
    Your comment “We do not need a hoard of disrespecting, loud, rude, all about me’s, trying to change island ways of life to suit their one month a year visits”. Again not much aloha here either. As a matter of fact sounds bit like class (maybe race?) discrimination.
    Unfortunately for you, in America (and yes that means Hawaii too) you cannot just stop free market capitalism from occurring. You might put some roadblocks in the way, but eager buyers find ways.
    So in a nutshell, your animosity to al those from the “outside” needs to be calibrated. I’m curios as to your own status….I’m sure at some point in your life you were the “outsider”. Think back and recall how you accepted the situation and act accordingly….with aloha.

    • Millyabella

      So it is obvious you have more than a passing interest in the real estate market on the Big Island. Let us put in perspective your comments are corrupted, seemingly you have a profit or something personally to gain from selling aloha.

      I am not against mainlanders and I do not need a walk down memory lane thank you very much.

      You or people like you who promote the Big Island for sale on these reality shows do so without respect, consideration or decency to people or the island. Well in most markets you can have at it without protest or commentary when you wave BUY BUY BUY or SELL SELL SELL advertisements on the island you do and it is not racial (Nice try).

      The objection to marketers like you are your deceptions. You do not properly educate off island buyers of Hawaiian Life. You fill their heads full of fantasy. They get all excited, buy mostly unseen, on your recommendations and once they visit they learn the dream is different than reality. They then try to force their everyday way of life onto island life which causes adversary. If you were honest, truthful, respectful when selling those eager buyers might be less but overall quality of life would be more for everyone. Oh but that would mean less commissions for you, right?

      Wondering do you let buyers know by majority their cars will be stolen, their houses broken into, armed robbery is on the rise? Do you give them those pieces of information along with TMK’s?

      There is only a couple ways on and off the islands. Unlike your target audience who can put their flights on credit cards many locals have no place else to be or the means to get there. The island is their everything. Start crowding them into one district you cannot sell, begin parading flashy clients with attitudes around town, see how long until there is an open rebellion. Whatever, as long as you get yours huh?

      Anyone who might be reading these posts, who are not from Hawaii DO NOT EVER BUY without first visiting. DO NOT BUY without first renting in the area you may want to purchase. Know these brokers selling are about profit. They do not care about your investment, your enjoyment or your home. No one can arrive on the island expecting to have the same laws, rules or regulations applied like where you are now. You do not call 911 for a neighbor complaint. You do not honk your horn or rush a line. You do not speak ill of your neighbor or make requests of them for your own designs. You always take only what you need, never more. You return twice the generosity given to you.YOU CANNOT BUY aloha, you earn it.

      Maloha might be right ” …(you)cannot just stop free market capitalism from occurring”, of the island but make no mistake, offend your new island mates, you will be the one leaving, not them. You have everything to lose, nothing to gain. Make sure you really learn what paradise is being sold to you.

      • Maloha

        The premise of your reply is based on your assumption that I have a vested interest in the real estate business. You are wrong on all accounts, therefore your specious arguments are null and void of truth.

        BTW – I’ve been here for 15 yrs so my understanding of “local” is pretty solid. So your assumption that I need to be lectured is humorous. Thanks for the chuckles.

        • Millyabella

          Yeah, I read through your profile. I was wrong speculating you jumped Puna trying to pr real estate. Dang though 15 years on the island? Really? You write angry, unsettled post, A LOT. Island life is not agreeing with you. Maybe you should try living somewhere else. Be Well.

  • loc1

    When I blasted one of those shows because I knew one of the “couples on the show”, I was told by a realtor from Hawaii Life that the show was fake. So everyone – it’s all staged.

  • Maloha

    Sorry – last time I checked we are still have capitalism and free markets as a cornerstone of our economy. So, until we change to a planned Government run model, you’re gong to have to settle for real estate business’ buying and selling on behalf of local families that want to cash in on their good fortune. Despite your NIMBY mindset.


      You are hilarious. Putting aside the real estate market discussion, the cornerstone of the U.S. economy today is monetized debt, QE, totally manipulated markets (LIBOR, FOREX and gold, to name but a few) and insider trading (news today about Carl Icahn & Phil Mickelson). The U.S. does have a planned economy, or haven’t you ever heard of the Federal Reserve Bank and all the good work they do? Fundamentals are a thing of the past. Ditto for price discovery. Your “free markets” are at the whim of HFT and dark pools.

      It was the illusion of free and efficient markets that crashed the economy in 2008. Capitalism is not good for people. Here are some data points for you to chew on:

      “The home ownership rate in the United States has dropped to the lowest level in 19 years.

      Consumer spending for durable goods has dropped by 3.23 percent since November. This is a clear sign that an economic slowdown is ahead.

      Major retailers are closing stores at the fastest pace that we have seen since the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

      According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20 percent of all families in the United States do not have a single member that is employed. That means that one out of every five families in the entire country is completely unemployed.

      There are 1.3 million fewer jobs in the U.S. economy than when the last recession began in December 2007. Meanwhile, our population has continued to grow steadily since that time.

      According to a new report from the National Employment Law Project,
      the quality of the jobs that have been “created” since the end of the
      last recession does not match the quality of the jobs lost during the
      last recession.

      Lower-wage industries constituted 22 percent of recession losses, but 44 percent of recovery growth.

      Mid-wage industries constituted 37 percent of recession losses, but only 26 percent of recovery growth.

      Higher-wage industries constituted 41 percent of recession losses, and 30 percent of recovery growth.

      After adjusting for inflation, men who work full-time in America today make less money than men who worked full-time in America 40 years ago.

      It is hard to believe, but 62 percent of all Americans make $20 or less an hour at this point.

      Nine of the top ten occupations in the U.S. pay an average wage of less than $35,000 a year.

      The middle class in Canada now makes more money than the middle class in the United States does.

      According to one recent study, 40 percent of all Americans could not come up with $2000 right now even if there was a major emergency.

      Less than one out of every four Americans has enough money put away to cover six months of expenses if there was a job loss or major emergency.

      An astounding 56 percent of all Americans have sub-prime credit in 2014.

      There are now 49 million Americans that are dealing with food insecurity.

      Ten years ago, the number of women in the U.S. that had jobs outnumbered the number of women in the U.S. on food stamps by more than a 2 to 1 margin. But now the number of women in the U.S. on food stamps actually exceeds the number of women that have jobs.

      69 percent of the federal budget is spent either on entitlements or on welfare programs.

      The number of Americans receiving benefits from the federal government each month exceeds the number of full-time workers in the private sector by more than 60 million.”

      (Source: Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog)

      Go ahead, believe whatever you want. Belief trumps evidence, analysis, critical thinking and common sense every time. You have demonstrated that amply on this website.

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