In Hawaii, lending is more specialized than on the mainland, so it is strongly suggested that you use a local lender for your real estate purchase. The following lender representatives provide outstanding service along with very specialized lending programs and great rates. They are very responsive to inquiries and most of the time you get your answer the same day!
Premier Mortgage Resources Leslie Woods 808-896-5775
www.gohawaii.com Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau makes available lists for vacation planning, meetings, conventions, FAQ’s and a home page which has a nice overview of facts about Hawaii in general and each island specifically. You can do searches about places to fish, snorkel, golf, shopping, just about anything. For the Big Island page, use
www.hawaiirevealed.com/ Enter the home page and click on “Big Island Revealed,” a good resource about history, beaches, snorkeling, fishing, accommodations — even the secret beaches and places only the locals know about. The authors have a complete list of what’s available in their books.
www.bestplaceshawaii.com This site contains overviews about construction, education, employment, taxes and agriculture. A good educational tool providing slightly outdated information about Hawaii’s economic base.
www.konaweb.com A great site to find out more about the Big Island specifically. (Caution: advertisers are the often the source of the information which may or may not be objective as a result.) Basically a great web site focused on the Big Island.
www.hawaiibusiness.com This up-to-date online business magazine is helpful for the person who wants to know what business and economic forecasts are like in Hawaii in general and specifically on the Big Island.
HAWAII GOVERNMENT Sites
www.hawaii.gov/dlnr Dept. of Land and Natural Resources hosts this site listing recreational activities, island by island, with maps, everything.
www.hawaii.gov/health This State Department of Health web site has information on a few key topics, such as getting married in Hawaii, pet quarantine, and school health requirements.
www.fhat.hawaii.gov Access the Flood Hazard Assessment Tool provided by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
BIG ISLAND NEWS
www.westhawaiitoday.com Get acquainted with the west side of the island through the local newspaper, West Hawaii Today. Read it regularly before you move here and get up to speed on local issues. You can even check out the classified ads for jobs, real estate, what’s for sale, etc.
A few years ago I had the honor of being one of the five winners of the inaugural Kupono award, a new award given for REALTOR® Excellence. The award recognized selected REALTORS® for our extraordinary service, caring spirit and professionalism that earned us the highest respect from our peers, clients and community.