September 5th, 2017 by Darcy

Crozier Drive, not part of the 7 miracle miles, however, an equally delightful beach

Ocean Villas and Turtle Bay Hotel above and below a portion of the 7 miracle miles



From Haleiwa to Sunset Beach is known as the 7 miracle miles. Three of the most famous surf breaks in the world are located here.
Waimea bay with the placid lake like profile in summer to winter’s waves reaching 50 feet. In Hawaii we measure wave size from the back of the wave not the front.
Ehukai (Pipeline), home of the Pipeline Masters surf contest in December. When this wave breaks in the shallow, it is only for the brave and trained waterman.

Sunset Beach, the second stop in the surfing triple crown event. 2017 holding period for the Vans Triple Crown is November 12 to December 20. Beautiful sunsets and great strolls on the beach in the summer time.

Haleiwa town has been shaped by the surf culture that permeates and feeds the community. An abundance of restaurants, gift shops, art galleries, and shopping opportunities abound.

August 18th, 2017 by Darcy

Being close to the beach that fascinated all of Honolulu for the past 43 days as Rocky the monk seal and the baby she gave birth to, Kaimana played and frolicked in the pacific ocean?
The ‘Gold Coast” lifestyle gives you unending views of the ocean,morning coffee or afternoon cocktails, Waikiki coastline, shipping lanes (we are an island after all), and access to Kapiolani park to the Mauka (or backside).
The buildings front beach or ocean at the zoo end of Waikiki. The 16 residential buildings each have a personality of their own. The word eccentric comes to mind. This is a unique community within walking distance to Waikiki, a short distance to golf, and abundant shopping opportunities, along with numerous restaurants. Loved by full time residents as well as those that choose to call it a second or 3rd home.

August 12th, 2017 by Darcy

Summer is here and the waves on the North Shore have diminished. Waimea Bay is now like a lake with sailboats moored out by the point. Lots of activity in Haleiwa Harbor.

Beachfront sales have been remarkable for the past 5 months from Turtle Bay to Mokuleia. Please feel free to ask for the statistics.

August 10th, 2017 by Darcy

Now that the neighborhood has been picked, time to eliminate the ones that do not meet your criteria. If you are looking to raze the beach shack and build new, shoreline setbacks need to be considered carefully to ensure the home of your dreams will fit. As you can see from these photos the owner is preserving the positioning of the existing structure. It is called the repair and replace trick. This renovated cottage will be coming back on market for purchase. Contact me if you have an interest.

August 8th, 2017 by Darcy

Is it time to buy that special home at the edge of the Pacific ocean? There are many things you will need to consider in Hawaii, depending on the location of your choice. There are State regulations that need to be carefully considered. The home if it is a new build has to be 40 feet from the seaward boundary;

The shoreline is defined as the “upper reaches of the wash of the waves, other than storm and seismic waves, at high tide during the season of the year in which the highest wash of the waves occurs, usually evidenced by the edge of vegetation growth, or the upper limit of debris left by the wash of the waves”

This is determined by a shoreline survey. The survey needs to be approved by the governmental agencies monitoring coastlines in Hawaii.

August 3rd, 2017 by Darcy

The beach where the monk seal birth occurred is called Kaimana beach, this is the prime beach of the Gold Coast of Honolulu. Located across from Kapiolani park this neighborhood is beach or oceanfront.

There are seventeen oceanfront residential and hotel buildings in the area on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki in Honolulu. Those buildings turned out to be politically very unpopular, and after they were built in the 1960’s the city of HOnolulu banned any future high rise buildings in that area.

The Diamond Head Preservation Area was created at that time to preserve the area at the base of Diamond Head and protect it from future high rise construction. According to current regulations, if any of the current high rise buildings in this area are knocked down or damanged beyond repair they will not be rebuilt. New structures are limited to a height of 3 stories.

No changes in structure or use of the current 17 buildings can be made without a significant government approval process. For example, even though the Colony Surf was once a hotel, it cannot revert back to beging a hotel unless it receives special approval. Until recently Michel’s restaurant was only allowed to serve dinner but they finally received approval to serve Sunday brunch. Residential buildings can only be rented as vacation homes for a minimum of 30 days.

The New Otani Kaiman Hotel, San Souci, Colony Surf, Colony Beach are located on a sandy beach. The remained of buildings are oceanfront. Some buildings do have a small beach at low tide.
Each building has it’s our nuances and personality.
More information about the unique buildings in another post.

August 1st, 2017 by Darcy

on 29 June Rocky the female monk seal gave birth to a pup at popular Kaimana Beach. At the zoo end of Waikiki and next door to the Outrigger canoe club many people use this beach year round.
However, because of the mom and pup activity fewer people are in the water.
An area is cordoned off as a no people zone, but paddleboarders, surfers and canoes are out in the ocean.
Hawaiian monk seals are an endangered species and the only warm water seals.

July 3rd, 2017 by Darcy

Surprisingly this is still an accurate portrayal of the island of Hawaii. Wonderful shots and great narrative from Don Blanding.
Enjoy, it is a bit long but worth every bit of it.

April 6th, 2017 by Darcy

Here’s an interesting perspective of Waikiki from the penthouse floor of the Colony Surf on the ‘Gold Coast’ of Waikiki (click images to enlarge):

Shaded in the morning

Shaded in the morning

View from the top.

View from the top.

Perched at the foot of Diamondhead the cluster of  buildings makes up a neighborhood deemed the ‘Gold Coast.’ Sandy beachfront welcomes the owners and visitors at Colony Surf and San Souci, the building in the foreground.

Waikiki Shell at night

Kapiolani Park, directly across from the beach, hosts many musical events in the outdoor amphitheater, The Waikiki Shell.

Email me for up-to-the-minute real estate information about Honolulu’s Gold Coast!

November 3rd, 2016 by Darcy

Many buyers ponder when deciding to invest in a Hawaii second home or vacation rental: Beach Villas at Ko Olina or Ocean Villas at Turtle Bay?

Turtle Bay is way more laid back, swimming, surfing the more outdoor lifestyle or the lay around the pool with a book. Just steps from the beach, the Ocean Villas at Turtle Bay Resort are the perfect setting for relaxing and playing in true Hawaiian luxury. Ocean Villas at Turtle Bay Resort are world-class beachfront condominiums and have the finest Oahu resort amenities available just next door at Turtle Bay Resort.  Elegantly furnished with a masterful blend of luxury and style, Turtle Bay Resort’s Ocean Villas surpass any oceanfront resort accommodations on North Shore Oahu. The spectacular Pacific Ocean is at your front door and the superb amenities of Turtle Bay Resort are your fingertips.

Ko Olina is a much larger community of homes and vacation retreats than Turtle Bay. There’s a lot more activity: Disney with Aulani, plus Marriott already has a time share property, more action and shopping. Beach Villas at Ko Olina is comprised of 247 luxurious villas in two towers along the shoreline. The Beach Villas at Ko Olina are beautifully designed with high ceilings and pocket doors between the Villa itself and the very large lanai for outdoor dining. Kitchens were designed by famed Hawaii chef Roy Yamaguchi.

Email me — we’ll explore some of the listed properties together!