Congratulations to Ruth S. Marvin, RB, for celebrating her 20th anniversary at Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty, Inc.!

Getting her start as a new sales agent in 1994, Ruth quickly learned the trade of being a “trusted, pro-active real estate advisor”. By 2004, Ruth was promoted to Broker-in-Charge, where she has overseen – in collaboration with the company’s Principal Broker – sales transactions in excess of $1 Billion since.

Her high-standards of professionalism paired with attention to detail, organizational skills, and diligent client services are traits that have made Ruth one of the most respected Realtors on Kauai.

Praised by her Bali Hai colleagues as being a leading real estate expert, an encouraging mentor, and a fair team player, she is affectionately called the “Swiss clock”, as a testament to her exacting standards. Her Swiss background and work ethics faithfully reflect in the way Ruth practices real estate: with integrity, confidentiality, efficiency, courtesy and making clients’ interests her #1 priority.

Ruth’s contributions to the company’s success over the years are multifaceted, ranging from personal sales transactions to new agent training, contract reviewing, and implementing improved business practices to serve our clients in the best way possible. We are fortunate to have Ruth as part of our Bali Hai ‘Ohana. She is a priceless asset, leading and refining not just our office, but the entire real estate industry, through her poise and grace. Please join us in congratulating Ruth Marvin for her 20 years of dedicated service!

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My friends and I love ocean swimming. Living on Kauai allows us to do it year round. During the summer months, the waters are calmer on the north shore and that’s where we focus all of our swims. This past summer was especially fun since we made it a point to cover most of the entire north shore coastline.

Heading out to sea…Naomi paddles out from Waioli Stream to meet us in the Bay. Photo by Naomi Hild.

Last Saturday was our last “adventure swim” for the north shore for the summer.  We decided to go from Queen’s Bath to Waikoko, a nice little Iron distance. We ran down to Queen’s Bath, jumped in from the rocks and were immediately greeted by turtles. As we rounded the corner of Queen’s Bath to head out, there was a stunning double rainbow. Pinch me! Come on…turtles and rainbows – every swim should start out so dreamy. And it was a great swim. The water was calm and crystal clear. It really is amazing to “float” above the landscape of the ocean floor and look at a world through a blue green hue as turtles and fish “fly” around their habitat. The rest was a smooth swim to Waikoko. We all felt so blessed to live on Kauai where we can live these adventures year round.

Our friend Naomi Hild kayaked out to us and escorted us to Waikoko. She even captured some great photos that she was happy to share. Enjoy!

Way out in Hanalei Bay…headed to Waikoko. Photo by Naomi Hild.

This swim is not for everyone.  Consult with a lifeguard prior to swimming in our waters – and we always recommend swimming or snorkeling where lifeguards are present.

Kauai Vacation Rentals, Realty Services and Concierge

For the finest quality Kauai vacation rentals including luxury estates, condos, cottages and beach villas, see our Kauai Vacation Rental Galleries or use our new Map-Based Vacation Rental Search feature.

If you are considering buying a home on Kauai you can see some of the island’s best real estate deals by browsing through the Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty Kauai Real Estate Galleries, or use the Map-Based Kauai Home Search.

Also please feel free to give us a call. The Bali Hai Realty staff will be happy to help you find the perfect Kauai vacation rental or assist you in the process of buying or selling a Kauai home. We also offer the highest level of personalized Concierge Services to help you plan your Kauai vacation activities.

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Moon Tides

There she was again – that iridescent full moon.  Whispering to my instincts, waking me up well before dawn, and luring me outside to bask under the glow of her illuminating brilliance.  I’m hypnotized, body buzzing under a love spell – or perhaps a cup of Hawaii’s finest Kona coffee.  Whatever the source, it set me off on a chase to watch her melt into the sea.  I was not alone, for her gravitational force magnetically signals to all who are tuned in, “get thee to the sea”.

First swell of the season. Photo by Erin Erickson

Bright eyed and wave starved, today nearly every surfer on the North Shore of Kauai congregated to Hanalei Bay at dawn, reveling in the first bump of swell paired with the full moon overhead.  Even from shore, one could feel relief washing over the bodies and souls of each grateful wave warrior, as they paddle over, under and into this welcomed gift from Mother Nature. They implore to know the wave completely, connecting Read the rest of this entry »

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Have you ever dreamed of owning a home right on the beach? But not just any beach…Hanalei Bay! One of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the world! Stand on the sand by the pier and turn towards the Bay, the mountains and the waterfalls.  If that view doesn’t amaze you, nothing will. If you’ve been here, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, then you need to get here.

Beachfront lanai at the Carriage House.

True beachfront Hanalei Bay listings are a rarity, so this is an opportunity you do not want to miss. Not only is this home right on the sand, it has a very successful and permitted vacation rental, too! It’s a cute and cozy vacation rental, but it’s the location that keeps it fully occupied.  Definitely location. Imagine waking up and walking right out to the beach as you drink your morning coffee or smoothie. No driving or parking necessary – you’re right there. Grab your board and head out to a great surf session. Go for a swim. Go for a paddle. Or just enjoy YOUR view. Want to head into Hanalei town? Grab your bicycle or stroll in. It’s that easy.

The Carriage House vacation rental and garage.

The immaculately and lovingly maintained main home is traditional in design with warm toned American Cherry cabinets and Brazilian Cherry floors. Outdoor water features and thoughtful landscaping make a beautiful garden setting.  The permitted vacation rental known as the “Carriage House” is located above a three car garage – perfect for a workshop or storing your toys – or even your vehicles!

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The perfect location at Hanalei Bay!

Kauai Real Estate Services and Vacation Accommodations

If you are considering buying a home on Kauai you can see some of the island’s best real estate deals by browsing through the Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty Kauai Real Estate Galleries, or use the Map-Based Kauai Home Search.

For the finest quality Kauai vacation rentals including luxury estates, condos, cottages and beach villas, see our Kauai Vacation Rental Galleries or use our new Map-Based Vacation Rental Search feature.

Also please feel free to give us a call. The Bali Hai Realty staff will be happy to help you find the perfect Kauai vacation rental or assist you in the process of buying or selling a Kauai home. We also offer the highest level of personalized Concierge Services to help you plan your Kauai vacation activities.

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Fall in Love with Kauai!  Fall Discount and deals.

Hale Lola

Book your vacation rental with Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty and ask for our FALLspecial and receive a discount on select properties managed by our company. We offer a wide selection of vacation rental homes, condos, cottages and luxury estate homes located in the north and east shore of Kauai!  Many comforts of vacation rental homes may include a fully equipped kitchen, more space than a hotel room, TV, DVD, WIFI, BBQ Grill, living room, lanai area, beach gear, most of the comforts of a home and much more.   The Bali Hai Realty Vacation Rental Team is your island host.  We also offer complimentary lei greeting at your vacation rental and can also assist with any of your island activities or any island information that will help you have a vacation of a lifetime!

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Kauai Vacation Rentals, Realty Services and Concierge

For the finest quality Kauai vacation rentals including luxury estates, condos, cottages and beach villas, see our Kauai Vacation Rental Galleries or use our new Map-Based Vacation Rental Search feature.

If you are considering buying a home on Kauai you can see some of the island’s best real estate deals by browsing through the Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty Kauai Real Estate Galleries, or use the Map-Based Kauai Home Search.

Also please feel free to give us a call. The Bali Hai Realty staff will be happy to help you find the perfect Kauai vacation rental or assist you in the process of buying or selling a Kauai home. We also offer the highest level of personalized Concierge Services to help you plan your Kauai vacation activities.

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When mangos are in season in Hawaii it’s as if the fruit goddess has worked overtime!  The trees get loaded with the sweet mango fruits. It’s a great time to explore the island and find some of the wild trees in secret spots or just right on the road in front of you that give the juiciest mangoes all for the taking.  If you have friends or see trees on private properties remember mango etiquette, ask first.

Mangos seem to like the west side of the island, which has more sunny weather unlike the more tropical sides of the island.  The drier west side fosters larger, delicious fruit.  Mango season usually goes from June through October where the farmers markets or local fruit stands offer a variety, with the peak occurring towards the earlier part of the season.  A mango will take about four to five months to fully mature from its first flowering.

Mangos are full of nutrients.  The vitamin content depends upon the variety and maturity of the fruit, when the mango is green the amount of vitamin C is higher, as it ripens the amount of beta carotene (vitamin A) increases.  Mango smoothie anyone?

There are many varieties of mangos and they have different texture and juice content, sweetness and tart.  But no matter what type you try I’m sure you’re going to love them all.  My favorite is the Hayden.  Rich in flavor with a firm flesh due to the fine fibers.  Its color attracts you with its red, green, and yellow exterior.  You can squeeze the mango and if it is soft to the touch it is ready.

Suzi and a delicious Hayden mango!

Take note however that some people maybe allergic to the sap of the mango.  We call this “Mango Itch or Mango rash”.  Don’t let this stop you from enjoying this exotic and lovely fruit, though.  It’s the sap and not the yummy flesh of the fruit inside that you want to be careful with.

Here I’m holding a HUGE mango that I picked in Lawai Valley at one of my listings.  The owners offered this gift to me while we were showing the home yesterday afternoon.  Looks like and feels like this one will be ready in a few days.

We are right in the middle of Mango season so hit your farmers markets or go exploring the island and remember, when you find a good source its always good to share with a friend or two.

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The Bali Hai Ohana congratulates Dane Grady for receiving the People’s Choice Award for Surfing Magazine’s 2014 Follow the Light Photo Challenge! Dane takes amazing photos, so we are glad to see him get the recognition.

Photo by Dane Grady

We’ve updated his Kauai Waves and Kauai Lifestyle pages with some of his new photos. Be sure to check them out!

Photo by Dane Grady

Kauai Real Estate Services and Vacation Accommodations

If you are considering buying a home on Kauai you can see some of the island’s best real estate deals by browsing through the Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty Kauai Real Estate Galleries, or use the Map-Based Kauai Home Search.

For the finest quality Kauai vacation rentals including luxury estates, condos, cottages and beach villas, see our Kauai Vacation Rental Galleries or use our new Map-Based Vacation Rental Search feature.

Also please feel free to give us a call. The Bali Hai Realty staff will be happy to help you find the perfect Kauai vacation rental or assist you in the process of buying or selling a Kauai home. We also offer the highest level of personalized Concierge Services to help you plan your Kauai vacation activities.

 

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If you’re in the mood to make reservations instead of dinner, consider dining out on Thursday, August 14, 2014. The Kauai Independent Food Bank has teamed up with Kauai restaurants throughout the island and 10% of your food bill will go towards supporting Kauai Independent Food Bank programs. By dining out, you will help others, so it’s din-din that’s a win-win situation!

Thursday August 14, 2014

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