January 5th, 2017 by Darcy

No design or home is complete without factoring in the family pets. After all, they are an important and integral part of the family. Most often when renovating or buying a home, needs of four footed family members are not considered. We believe homes should function well for all family members for their entire lives. […]

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 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 […]

November 23rd, 2016 by Darcy

Thanksgiving became official in Hawaii 14 years before President Abraham Lincoln declared it a national holiday. King Kamehameha III declared December 31 a national holiday of Thanksgiving in 1849, complete with church services and luau, in an effort to strengthen relations between Hawaii and the USA. Hawaii Thanksgiving celebrations can last a day or longer, […]

November 17th, 2016 by Darcy

Lucky for all of us who enjoy outdoor activities from the mountains to the sea: air quality in Hawaii ranks up there with Wyoming, in the top 5 for first class breathable air. Even with the Volcano’s continuous efforts our trade winds hustle those particles and clouds away. Email me for more information about living […]

November 9th, 2016 by Darcy

The Gold Coast is a beachfront/oceanfront enclave is across from Kapiolani Park and the foot of iconic Diamondhead, highly sought after for direct oceanfront and unobstructed views. The neighborhood consists of 20 buildings, each one has its own personality and community. With a mix of full time residents and second home owners, this is a preferred location for beach […]

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 […]

October 26th, 2016 by Darcy

Hawaii Kai is the only community on Oahu that has a large private inland body of water on which residents can live and have ocean access by boat. There are single family homes, condominiums and townhouses on the marina. Hop in your boat or stand up paddle to restaurants and shopping on the marina right from […]