Best Places to Live on the Big Island – Westside of the
Island of Hawaii
They don’t call it the Big Island for nothing.  We have over 300 miles of shoreline on the Island and all the other Hawaiian islands combined can fit in the area of the Big Island.

 I am going to be talking about what I think are the 4 best places to live on the westside of the Big Island  

 With the Island being so large, where do you start? How do you find the right community? How do you know it will be right for you and your family? Where are the doctors and vetenarieans? Where are the hospitals? Are the schools good?

 What are your must haves? Can I afford to buy a home?  These, are all things to consider seriously

 The West side of the Big Island…

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Have you dreamed about purchasing a property here in the Kona area and turning it into a Short Term Vacation Rental?   

Aloha I am Stephen Proski with Real Estate Kona and I love living and working here in Hawaii.  


Lets get started. You decided to buy a property and intend on turning it into a Short term vacation rental.   Not every property qualifies for a STVR permit otherwise known as Short Term Vacation Rental whether it is a single family home or condo.  So the first thing you need to do is find out is whether or not that property is zoned for an STVR permit.


This has been the biggest misconception I run across with potential buyers.  The County of Hawaii established guidelines and regulations on Short Term Vacation Rentals back…

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Pros & Cons about living in Kailua Kona, Hawaii


Aloha I am Stephen Proski with Real Estate Kailua Kona and Corcoran Pacific Properties.  Today I am going to discuss some of the Pros and Cons of Living here. 

Pros and Cons of Living in Kailua Kona

Let’s start with some of the Cons.

1.  We live on an active Volcano Island and Kilauea has been erupting for the past 35 years. In 2018 we had a major volcano eruption that cracked opened 22 fissures and destroying over 700 homes. So, deciding on where you want to live on the island could have an impact on home-owners insurance, car insurance etc.   The island is sectioned off into 9 lava zones and the area with the most concern are lava zone’s 1 & 2. 

2.   Goods and Services.   Yes, living on an island definitely has its…

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Thinking of Buying an Investment Property or Vacation Home in Hawaii?


Before you jump in and buy a property, I am going to talk about some things you need to think about first.

Investment Property or Vacation Home

Aloha I am Stephen Proski with Real Estate Kailua Kona and Corcoran Pacific Properties.  As a real estate Broker for more than 25 years, I’ve been assisting my clients successfully buy and sell all types of real estate, from condos, luxury homes, investment properties and more. 


After visiting the Big Island on vacation and loving it, you might ask yourself, should I buy an investment property and make some money or a second home so I can avoid paying outrageous hotel and or rental fees in the future?

Over the past several years we have seen an uptick…

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Thinking about retiring to Hawaii?  Then you need to consider Kailua Kona

Planning for retirement is a major decision and you need to make sure you have a big enough nest egg to meet your daily cost of living expenses.  We are by no means the cheapest place to retire to, nor are we the most expensive.  So here are my eight reasons why you want to retire in Kona, Hawaii. 

Retiring In Kona, Hawaii



  1.     Home prices here can range from $300,000 for a one bedroom condo to $30,000,000 plus for a luxury estate.  Yes, we have something for just about everyone.  We’ve seen people moving  here from west coast cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle sell their homes, take their proceeds and pay cash for properties here in Kailua Kona.


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