December 30th, 2016 by Darcy

Say Happy New Year in Hawaii: Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! Free fireworks display! Waikiki Beach will host a spectacular fireworks show from a barge just off Waikiki Beach. The show starts at 11:55pm with one announcement firework every minute before midnight. Then at midnight, the big fireworks show begins. If you have a radio nearby, tune […]

December 26th, 2016 by Darcy

Property taxes had always been very palatable on Oahu until the city council put a higher real property tax rate on homes valued above 1 million dollars that are not owner occupied. The current rate is $6 per 1000 of assessed value. Good news: The rate for owner occupants is $3.50 per 1000 of assessed value. […]

December 21st, 2016 by Darcy

For the early Hawaiians, the Makahiki season was their time for “peace on earth and goodwill toward men.” Hawaii’s traditional holiday season lasted for four months. Feasting, dancing and renewing social ties were important elements of the Makahiki festival, with war and conflicts completely sidelined for the duration. As a practical matter, war would have […]

December 15th, 2016 by Darcy

A *Functional Rehab* is what we call a renovation which addresses a flaw in a home that is generally in good shape and livable. Many times an existing home with great potential is too hot, or too dark, or too closed off or the layout does not work for a current family’s health challenge or […]

December 7th, 2016 by Darcy

So you are a renter or just bought your first home and think there isn’t much you can do to be green or sustainable (after all, funds are tight). NOT true my friends. Little decisions and efforts do make a difference, so jump in and do what you can. Here are some ideas for things […]

December 1st, 2016 by Darcy

Hawaii’s premier sustainable architecture and design firm, Green Sand Architecture + Sustainability, will be presenting a multi blog series. Topics include: Every Decision Matters and the Small Things Add Up Renovations are Inherently Green Functional Rehabs Luxury Living Off the Utility Grid Designing for Pets Why Hire an Architect? When D’Arcy asked us to write […]