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We are fortunate here, on Oahu, to have many beautifully designed and Historically Significant Homes, for sale and otherwise. We hope to show you some of these fine Oahu homes, spotlight Hawaii Architects and Interior Designers, from time-to-time, and keep you abreast of what is happening in Oahu real estate, Kailua Real Estate, Honolulu Real EstateKaneohe Real Estate and Hawaii Kai Real Estate, and North Shore Real Estate, as well as showcasing the Hawaii Lifestyle and some of the fun Activities, Places and Events on Oahu.


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Aloha Friends of my Oahu Real Estate Blog:

As you may recall, Home Shoppe Hawaii has merged with Hawaii Life on Oahu. As a resuult, I have started blogging on the Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers site. As duplicate content is not favored by Google, I will not be posting the same articles here. I will, however, provide monthly updates for articles on my Oahu Real Estate Blog here. This will provide a summary of what I’ve covered on the site for Hawaii Life: Oahu real estate, Oahu activities, Oahu topics, buying a home on Oahu, my Oahu real estate listings, etc. 

This is a list of the Hawaii Life Oahu Real Estate Topics I’ve Covered So Far:

Please feel free to browse Oahu Real Estate topics of interest to you. If you have any other Oahu Real Estate questions or topics you are interested in also, please let me know.


5 Myths About VA Loans on Oahu
The Hawaii VA Loan: Basics on How to Get a VA Loan in Hawaii
Legal Nightly Rentals on Oahu | Condotels, BnBs, and TVUs
Termites in Hawaii | What Homebuyers Need to Know


Lanikai Beach House - Vintage & Large Lot!


Golf Course Homes on Oahu | Top 5 Areas for Golfers to Live on Oahu
Waterfront Homes in Kailua: Kailua’s Lakeside Lifestyle
Oahu Neighborhoods | Understanding the Geography & MLS Regions of Oahu


Kailua 4th of July Fireworks & Parade on Oahu 2018
Living in Kailua, Oahu - Top 5 Reasons Kailua No Ka ‘Oi

Diner en Blanc Honolulu | An Evening of Surprising Splendor


Preparing for a Hurricane in Hawaii: A Checklist With Top 10 Tips

Aloha ~ Yvonne


Oahu Real Estate | Seller's Disclosures & Buyer's Due Diligence in Hawaii (Part 1)

Issues involving seller’s disclosures and buyers due diligence come up every day in Oahu Hawaii Real Estate. These matters are of utmost importance and are some of the primary issues that commonly make or break an Oahu real estate transaction. But what are the obligations and requirements for Seller’s disclosures and Buyer’s due diligence regarding the sale of real estate in Hawaii? I will discuss each separately, starting with Seller’s Disclosures in Part 1.

Seller’s Real Property Disclosures

In any residential real estate transaction, a Seller is required to make disclosures of any fact, defect, or condition, past or present, that would be expected to measurably affect the value to a reasonable person of the residential real property being offered for sale.“ (Emphasis added. HRS Section 508D-1.)

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Oahu Real Estate | Is Your Oahu Home Hurricane Safe?


Oahu hurricane safety is at top of mind now, especially as we are in the midst of hurricane season, here, in Hawaii, and given the hurricane disasters we are witnessing in Houston, Florida, and the rest of the Southeast mainland. Today is also exactly 25 years from the date that Hurricane Iniki devasted the island of Kauai.

It is not as scary as it sounds: “only three hurricanes have made landfall in the past 60 years: Hurricane Iniki (1992), Hurricane Iwa (1982), and Hurricane Dot (1959).  Recently, Tropical Storm Iselle (2014) did make landfall on the Big Island, but had been downgraded to a tropical storm before impacting,” This storm was still very costly, in terms of damage and despair to Hawaii residents. “Hurricane Iniki (a Category 4 hurricane) has remained to date the largest hurricane and natural disaster that has struck the Hawaiian Islands.”* 

Hurricanes are typically a risk during the hurricane season - June 1 until November 30 - and more so in El Nino years. However, in Hawaii, we normally experience storms of lesser degrees —- tropical storms and tropical depressions —- not hurricanes, where the wind strength increases substantially. A very serious hurricane is still possible, without much warning, so hurricane safety on Oahu and tropical storm safety, in general, should always be taken seriously.

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Honolulu Real Estate | Hawaii Loa Ridge View Home in The Pointe

613 Moaniala Street Honolulu, HI 96821

Hawaii Loa Ridge Honolulu Real Estate on Oahu
Listed at: $2,650,000 FS by Yvonne Jaramillo Ahearn, RB-20262


Please call 808-721-8088 for access information.



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Kaneohe Real Estate | Well-Kept Waikalua Cottage, Steps to the Ocean

Home Shoppe Hawaii’s newest listing is this charming 3/2 Oahu beach cottage, just a few houses from Kaneohe Bay! Priced at $750,000 FS, this a is great value and on the affordable side of Windward Oahu real estate! This Kaneohe home for sale is in central Kaneohe, in the Waikalua area, near Kaneohe Beach Park. It is conveniently located, near shopping, schools, and major freeways.

This Kaneohe home is truly special. Not only do you have an ocean view from your dining area, but you have stunning mountain views from the back sunroom, all on a good sized lot of 5,575 sq ft. This home features maple laminate flooring throughout, and new paint inside and out. 

 Lush greenery surrounds the home, but the yard is still a blank canvas, for your special touches.

The living room, dining area and kitchen are spacious and well-laid out. All rooms have newer vinyl windows, which let in lots of natural light and capture the gentle ocean breezes. Many of the windows also have blinds.

The kitchen features solid surface countertops and lots charming original cabinetry, a cooktop, and wall oven.

There are three bedrooms and two full bathrooms, not counting the huge sunroom.

The hall bath is still in original condition, but is good-sized, with a tiled stall shower, and has fresh paint.

Enclosed lanai/sunroom is off the back two bedrooms, shown below. Each bedroom has a slider to the sunroom.

The second bathroom is spacious and fully tiled. There’s plenty of room to add a bathtub or other amenities, if you wish.

The sunroom and second bathrom were later additions to this 1959 Kaneohe home. I am told that the sunroom was originally built to be a lanai, but was instead enclosed. There are no permits found for the sunroom and large second bathroom. 

The sunroom has a separate entrance and small patio to the back yard. There are many interesting possibiities with this space and layout.

Behind the carport and adjacent to the kitchen area is a large covered laundry and work area. The 1-car carport also has a lockable storage shed.

To schedule a private viewing of this adorable Kaneohe home for sale, please call listor, Yvonne Jaramillo Ahearn (B) at 808-721-8088 or come to our Open House on Sunday 4/2/17 from 2-5pm.

~ Aloha


Honolulu Real Estate | Vintage Gem with Rental Opportunity in Kaimuki

Honolulu Real Estate - 1009 2d Ave in Kaimuki
$1,298,000 FS

With Honolulu real estate at such high prices, who wouldn’t love to have help paying the mortgage? With this remodeled 5BR/5BA Kaimuki home, you have a great opportunity for either multi-generational living or tenant income.

This Honolulu home for sale can stand as one large single-family residence, or may be used in two or three different areas, as needed, offering flexibility. Current rent for the upstairs 2/2 with wet bar is $2875 (incl. utilities - one electric meter), though this is no guarantee of future rent. The entire downstairs is currently vacant and ready to move-in.

This original, vintage Honolulu home for sale has been renovated top to bottom with new electrical, plumbing, bathrooms, flooring, and roof and in 2014. And at this time, a new addition was completed with more than 1600 additional square feet. Designed in a tasteful manner, the home retains its original Kaimuki charm, but provides ample multi-generational living space. All 5 bedrooms in this home have ceiling fans and split AC units for comfort. There are 5 off-street parking spots.

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The front of the home features a charming front porch, high ceilings and 1934 cottage detail, such a beadboard celings, crown molding, and wainscoting/chair rail detail. The original double-hung windows are still functional too, and add to the charm! Existing wood laminate flooring is over original wood floor, which could be refurbished.

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This vintage Kaimuki home in Honolulu has a full kitchen here, in front, with gas stove and original, vintage stainless steel counter. Some of the original vintage cabinetry is also intact with beautiful glass knobs.

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At the end of the kitchen area is a small storage area that leads to the laundry and lanai.

The vintage portion of this Kaimuki cottage for sale also has 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, in addition to the living area and full kitchen, shown above. 

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Bedroom 1 has en-suite bathroom and door to front porch.

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honolulu real estate kaimukiBedroom 1 has its own Bath.

The above bedroom suite may also be accessed from the front porch by a separate entrance.

There is also a second bedroom and second full bathroom off the same hall area.

Bedroom #2

Hall Bath

The NEW Addition! The back portion of the home, including the upstairs, was newly constructed in 2014 and is over 1600 square feet of living space. The downstairs - connected from the kitchen area - features a giant family room with a snack area, and a bedroom and full bathroom. The family room also accesses the large lanai by sliding door.

There is also an interior staircase, in the family room, leading to the top floor which has a 2BR/2BA with wet bar area. This upstairs area also has an outdoor entrance from the front side of the house, is currently tenant-occupied, and is not shown in these photos. It has its own separate laundry area and small zen yard space, also not shown. Finishes on the upstairs unit include carbonized stranded bamboo hardwood floors and granite and ceramic tile in the bathrooms. Bedrooms have AC and there is a view deck from the living space.

A back lanai from the family room provides a great space for eating or relaxation. The trex-style decking provides durability and easy care. The entire property is also fenced and has privacy gates between front and back. Shown above is the lanai for the upstairs area.

Lanai off the family room

More lanai and downstairs laundry area below.

This property is located on the border of Kaimuki and Kapahulu and is close to both shopping and dining areas, such as Kapahulu Safeway and Leonard’s Bakery for malasadas! There is also easy access to the freeway and beaches. If you have questions about this great property, please call Listing Broker, Yvonne Jaramillo Ahearn (PB) at 808-721-8088.


Staging by Home Shoppe Hawaii LLC, Photos by Tron Van Tran, Hawaii Real Estate Photography.