13. April 2020 · Comments Off on Oahu Market Report – March 2020 · Categories: Hawaii Real Estate, Market Report, News & Events, Oahu Monthly Market Report

We’re pleased to share the Oahu real estate update for March 2020.

Oahu Housing Market Remains Steady, Readies for Impacts of COVID-19.
Single-family home sales up, condo sales and new listings down in March.

According to resales figures released by the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®, single-family home sales were up again in March with a year-over-year increase of 9.8%, while condo sales declined 12.2% compared to last year. The median sales price for both single-family homes and condos rose modestly to $810,000 and $435,000, respectively.

“While the numbers illustrate the market is holding strong, we’re only beginning to see the changes in activity,” said Tricia Nekota, president, Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. “For example, the majority of closed sales were already in escrow at least 30 days prior to the stay-at-home order, and we saw a double-digit decline in new listings last month. These stats are likely an early reaction to economic uncertainty and indicative of a shift in market activity due to the impacts of COVID-19.”

Generally, real estate activity has kept pace with 2019 figures. For the first quarter of 2020, single-family home sales were up 11.6% compared to 2019. Condo year-to-date sales trail last year by just under 1%. However, the stay-at-home order that went into effect on March 23, 2020 has contributed to a slowdown in the number of listings coming on market. Single-family home listings declined by 16.7% and condo listings were down 14.3% in March. A significant number of active listings have also been moved into a temporarily off-market status, which has resulted in lower inventory levels.

The Honolulu Board of REALTORS® temporarily canceled all open houses effective March 24, but its members continue to conduct essential business. Showings are held virtually and preventative measures, including best practices in social distancing and hygiene, are encouraged for any activity that must occur in-person or on-properties.

“We’re all doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe,” added Nekota. “The real estate industry – from REALTORS® to title companies, financial institutions and more – is presenting a united front to support homeowners and renters. We know that it will take everyone’s cooperation to get through this uncertain time.”

As many in the community face unemployment and concerns over paying their mortgages and rent, resources have been made available to provide relief. Homeowners and renters are encouraged to contact their mortgage lender or landlord to discuss relief options, such as deferral and forbearance. Information is available at https://hicentral.com/.


Courtesy of Honolulu Board of Realtors

30. March 2020 · Comments Off on May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii – Hawaii Events 2020 · Categories: Art & Lifestyle, Hawaii Real Estate, News & Events, Oahu Community, Oahu History

This year marks the 93rd Annual Lei Day celebration in the Hawaiian Islands. The tradition highlights the art and craftsmanship of lei makers, allowing them to demonstrate their skill and beautiful artwork. By showcasing a unique element of local culture, May Day honors the rich history of the Hawaiian people.

Lei Day began in 1927 with just a few people wearing lei in downtown Honolulu. The holiday has since grown into a recognized event complete with organized exhibits, competitions, and festivities. Today, Lei Day features lei making demonstrations, lei contests, and live entertainment from the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association. By dedicating a day to the celebration of local artists, Lei Day provides a moment of reflection and appreciation for the beauty of Hawaii and its culture. So remember, May 1st is a day to give and receive lei and ultimately a day to spread the Aloha spirit!

30. March 2020 · Comments Off on Honoring Price Kuhio · Categories: Hawaii Real Estate, News & Events, Oahu Community, Oahu History

Prince Kuhio Day on March 26 celebrates the life and legacy of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole. Prince Kuhio was a member of Hawaiian royalty and next in line for the throne when Queen Liliuokalani was overthrown. Rather than abandon his royal status, Prince Kuhio worked hard to ensure the future success of the Hawaiian people. He is remembered to this day for his unwavering support of his people in times of both peace and unrest.

Born on the island of Kauai, Kuhio was orphaned at the age of 13 and adopted by Queen Kapiolani and her husband, King David Kalakaua. His education consisted of the Royal School and Punahou School on Oahu. Two years after the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani, 25-year-old Kuhio participated in a rebellion that resulted in a prison sentence of one year. Upon his release, he married his fiancée, Elizabeth Kahanu Ka’auwai, and set off to travel around Europe and America.

Returning to the recently annexed state of Hawaii, Prince Kuhio pursued a career in politics. It was as a member of Congress that he made his greatest impact on Hawaii. Prince Kuhio served as Hawaii’s representative in Congress from 1903 until his death in 1922. His most lasting contribution came in the form of the Hawaiian Homes Act of 1920, which provided native Hawaiians land upon which to build homes and live.

The statue of the Prince, cemented in Waikiki in 2002, forever enshrined the ideals that he stood for. His unwavering support for the perpetuation of Hawaiian culture and protection of Hawaiian people earned him the title, “Prince of the People.” On the state holiday of Kuhio Day, the state of Hawaii recognizes the role Prince Kuhio played in securing a prosperous future for the Hawaiian people.

04. February 2020 · Comments Off on Upcoming Oahu Events – February 2020 · Categories: Hawaii Real Estate, News & Events

List Sotheby's International Realty Hawaii

POW! WOW! Hawaii 2020
February 7 through 15, 2020
The art extravaganza POW! WOW! returns to Hawaii for its 10th year of street art, music, exhibitions, dance battles, and more! POW! WOW! features a gathering of local, contemporary artists who celebrate Hawaii’s culture, music and art and engage with the hip and vibrant Kakaako neighborhood. Throughout the second week of February, renowned artists will be creating new murals on walls throughout Kakaako. Their work will culminate in a special block party alongside the Honolulu Night Market on Friday, February 14, complete with art exhibitions, artist talks, break dance battles, film screenings, and more.

For more information, click here.

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Hawaii Pacific Health’s 36th Annual Great Aloha Run
February 17, 2020
Lace up your sneakers and get ready to race at the 36th Annual Great Aloha Run! The 8.15-mile course traverses through downtown Honolulu, down Nimitz Highway, and toward Aloha Stadium, where kids and adults alike can enjoy games, entertainment, and other family friendly festivities. Best of all, over the past 36 years, the Great Aloha Run has raised over $12 million for over 150 nonprofit organizations and community groups throughout Hawaii. Register today!

17. October 2019 · Comments Off on 56TH ANNUAL HAWAII TAX INSTITUTE JAPAN-U.S. ALLIANCE PROGRAM · Categories: Hawaii Real Estate, International Real Estate, News & Events, Wealth, What's Happening on Oahu





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NOVEMBER 4-7, 2019

2019 年 11 月 4 日 – 11 月 7 日

November 5th, 2019 (2019 年 11 月 5 日) Event Sponsored by:

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Aloha and welcome to one of the nation’s premiere tax and wealth transfer conferences. Practitioners interested in keeping abreast of the latest developments in tax and wealth transfer education are certain to welcome the opportunity to participate in the 56th Annual Hawaii Tax Institute sponsored by the Hawaii Tax Institute Foundation and Chaminade University of Honolulu. This year’s program provides unparalleled education and professional development opportunities delivered by a diverse and distinguished faculty of recognized tax and wealth transfer authorities with a positive approach to current and practical subjects. While the Institute is designed primarily to serve as a forum where tax and wealth transfer oriented people may freely exchange ideas on practical problems, professional status is not a prerequisite for registration. This program is designed for attorneys, accountants, financial planners, planned giving professionals, bank and trust administrators, insurance agents, elder law specialists, non-profit administrators, wealth management professionals, enrolled agents, educators, and others who would benefit from high quality continuing education. The highest level of learning has been the hallmark of prior Institutes and we shall endeavor to again maintain this standard.

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24. September 2019 · Comments Off on Bahamas Hurricane Dorian Disaster Relief · Categories: News & Events


We Are Family.

Dear associates and friends,

We know we speak for the entire List Sotheby’s International Realty community when we say we are heartbroken over the unimaginable devastation that the people of the Bahamas have suffered at the hands of Hurricane Dorian. Our Bahamian friends have undergone a historic tragedy as one of the most powerful storms ever recorded hovered unrelentingly over the islands.

Always and especially in this moment of hardship, we stand together with our Sotheby’s International Realty network and all of the Bahamians and loved ones that have had to endure this tragedy. As such, we are determined to aid the Bahamas and our family at Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty.

We would like to ask for your support to help, through monetary donations that will be donated to Hope Town’s relief fund. ONE Sotheby’s International Realty has partnered with three extraordinary teams to support the Bahamas through monetary donations and a relief drive. Let’s rally together and make a difference where everything is at stake. There is one week left to make one FINAL PUSH towards the goal of raising $1,000,000. Donate today.
Ends October 1st 2019.


The Winslow/Sands Initiative
The Winslow Family and the Sands Family Foundation will match, dollar for dollar, all
donations up to $100,000 for the purchase of critical supplies such as diapers, baby food, tarps, clothing, water, fuel, food and medical supplies. Additionally, Constellation Brands will be donating use of their corporate plane to transport supplies being gathered in New York down to Florida where we are working with Poseidon Shipping to transport over to Elbow Cay. The initiative has received incredible support and they have increased their goal to $1,000,000! We are incredibly grateful for your support and look forward to making a difference together.

Help them reach their goal. Click here to donate through GoFundMe.

Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty Donations
Our Bahamian affiliate, Damianos SIR, will be accepting donations via PayPal to go directly to those affected.

Name: Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty
Email: info@sirbahamas.com
Phone: +1 242 362 4211

Support their initiative. Click here to donate through PayPal.

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23. January 2019 · Comments Off on Around Oahu – What’s Happening February 2019 · Categories: News & Events, What's Happening on Oahu

AROUND OAHU – February 2019

chinese new year

Chinese New Year

Chinatown Open House (Choy Cheng)
Friday, February 1, 6pm – 9pm

Night in Chinatown
Friday, February 1, 5pm – 10pm
Saturday, February 2, 8am – 9:30pm
Parade: Saturday, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii presents its annual Chinese New Year Celebration event at Chinatown Cultural Plaza (100 N. Beretania Street) on Friday, Feb. 1 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The family-friendly event will feature food and craft booths, live entertainment, special cultural performances, lion and dragon dances, lion dancing on poles, and more.

The 2019 Narcissus Queen and her court, along with various lion dance groups, also will be visiting stores in Chinatown to wish them good luck for the new year as part of a traditional New Year’s blessing known as Choy Cheng on Feb. 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information, click here.

Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2019
Friday, February 8 – Sunday, February 17

Heading into its 9th year in Hawaii, POW! WOW! is returning to Kaka’ako to create new murals and throw a slew of events. Happening between February 8th and the 17th, come down to the neighborhood to witness renowned artists at work, such as Shepard Fairey, How Nosm, ONEQ, Logan Hicks, and more. As well as join us for a block party alongside the Honolulu Night Market, an exhibition curated by Thinkspace, artist talks, screenings, indoor soccer matches with Kicks to the Pitch and Paradise Soccer Club, break dancing battles with the Endless Summer Jam, as well as a BAMP concert with Eminem at Aloha Stadium.

For more information, click here.

17. December 2018 · Comments Off on Around Oahu – What’s Happening December 2018/January 2019 · Categories: News & Events, What's Happening on Oahu

AROUND OAHU – December 2018/January 2019

hawaii open

Hawaii Open
Friday, December 21, 11am
Saturday, December 22, 11am
Sunday, December 23, 11am

The Hawaii Open presented by the Hawaii Tourism Authority is a three-day men’s and women’s professional tennis tournament held at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu. Tournament action begins Friday, December 21, and features top-ranked tennis players from the ATP and WTA tours, with six male and six female tennis players including Asia’s No. 1 men’s tennis player Kei Nishikori and two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza. Other stars include Canadian Genie Bouchard, Ryan Harrison, CoCo Vandeweghe, and more.

For more information, click here.


Monday, December 31
11:55 pm
Waikiki Beach

Sponsored by the members of the Waikīkī Improvement Association, the Fireworks by Grucci New Year’s fireworks show will start at 11:55 pm on December 31st.  From a barge just off Waikiki Beach, one announcement salute will be fired every minute until 1 minute before midnight.  This is the signal for everyone to direct their attention toward the ocean and tune your radio toKKOL107.9 KoolGold or amfmKHNR or 95.1FM Real Country or 97.5 Country to enjoy choreographed music.
For more information click here.

ohana festival

Sunday, January 13, 2019
10 am – 4pm
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii/Moiliili Field

Celebrate the Year of the Boar with us at the 26th Annual New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival!

The event is the state’s largest festival celebrating Japanese New Year traditions. This fun-filled event, held at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i and Mō‘ili‘ili Field, features a craft fair, food vendors, games, entertainments on two stages and cultural displays and demonstrations to name a few. The New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival is a great way for the community to come together and celebrate the New Year and Hawai‘i’s cultural diversity.  Click here for more information.

18. January 2018 · Comments Off on The LSIR Hong Kong Collection – January 2018 · Categories: Art & Lifestyle, International Real Estate, News & Events, Wealth

COLLECTION Magazine January Issue, 2018

We are proud to present the innagrual issue of the COLLECTION magazine from List Sotheby’s International Realty HONG KONG. We hope you find the content and global property listings informative and inspirational.

Experience It Now

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02. January 2018 · Comments Off on Urban Honolulu Among Top 5 Metros Affected by the New Tax Law · Categories: Hawaii Real Estate, News & Events, Oahu Community, Oahu Luxury Real Estate

Rainbow over Honolulu

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) recently conducted an analysis to identify which metro areas will be most affected by the new tax laws. NAR’s research determined that those metro areas with a high percentage of homes with mortgages that are worth over $750,000 and those metro areas where home owners typically pay more than $10,000 for real estate taxes, will be most impacted.

The good news is that an estimated 95 percent of home buyers and homeowners will not likely be impacted by either new provision. The remaining 5 percent will be impacted by one or both.

While San Jose, CA and San Francisco, CA are expected to be hit by both provisions, Urban Honolulu ranked 5th for just new parameter: areas with a high percentage of mortgages over $750,000.

Researchers created the maps below which show how many homeowners will be impacted for each finding for 382 metropolitan areas.

Metro Areas with Mortgages over $750,000

5 most affected areas:

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metro Area
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA Metro Area
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA Metro Area
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA Metro Area
Urban Honolulu, HI Metro Area

Mortgages over $750K

Metro Areas with Property Tax in Exess of $10,000

5 most affected areas:

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CA Metro Area
Trenton, NJ Metro Area
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metro Area
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA Metro Area

Property Tax $10K+

Full article: http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2018/01/02/metros-will-feel-tax-reform-most

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