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Growth in Kona – Kaloko Makai Development Planned

We are fortunate to live on the Kona Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii for many reasons, but one of the benefits of this area is that we are still growing. There is plentiful open space ripe for conscientious development. I found the article in our local newspaper today, West Hawaii Today, very informative. See the full article here.

The Kaloko Makai planned development of 1,139 acres off Hina Lani Street would consist of around 5,000 new homes, shops, light industrial, a transit center, new schools, and perhaps the best part, a new hospital. The concept appears to fit in perfectly with the Kona Community Development Plan (CDP). It’s a plan where one can live, work, and play within the confines of the community.

Kaloko Makai project site map

Of particular interest to me, as a member of E Mau Na Ala Hele, is that the developers are also planning to restore the mauka-makai Kohanaiki walking trail that runs the length of the property. A previous article regarding Keeping Public Places Public might also interest you.

Land use conceptual map

It’s exciting to belong to a community that looks to the future with anticipation of continuing to make our town a better place with enthusiasm. Sure, there are those that try to stifle change, and it could take many years of environmental impact studies and negotiations with the county before it comes to be, but the future is bright in Kona. The promise that developers see the potential here and are willing to invest in our future is key, not to mention, all the jobs that this development will create!

So, is this a good time to buy real estate in Kona? You bet! Interest rates are at historic lows (lowest in 60 years) and prices should begin to rise again as new development happens. I don’t have a crystal ball that tells me exactly what the future will bring, but I’d sure rather have my money in real estate today than in the volatile stock market. How about you?

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Katie Minkus, R(BIC)

August 7, 2011

Aloha Martha. One of the big problems we’ve experienced with growth in Kona in the past is the developers who “promise” to either create or pay for infrastructure such as sidewalks, street lights and parks, but then somehow they seem to magically no longer be responsible – or in some cases they simply walk away – because no one is keeping them accountable to contribute to the community. I sincerely hope we will see this change in a drastic way in the future.

Projects such as this one are in alignment with “smart growth” and that certainly has my vote. The fact that it fits in with the CDP is also encouraging. What’s the possibility of getting them to invest in the infrastructure before allowing them to sell any property for development? Wouldn’t it be great to see that walking trail be restored first??

Katie Minkus, R(BIC)

August 7, 2011

Aloha Martha. One of the big problems we’ve experienced with growth in Kona in the past is the developers who “promise” to either create or pay for infrastructure such as sidewalks, street lights and parks, but then somehow they seem to magically no longer be responsible – or in some cases they simply walk away – because no one is keeping them accountable to contribute to the community. I sincerely hope we will see this change in a drastic way in the future.

Projects such as this one are in alignment with “smart growth” and that certainly has my vote. The fact that it fits in with the CDP is also encouraging. What’s the possibility of getting them to invest in the infrastructure before allowing them to sell any property for development? Wouldn’t it be great to see that walking trail be restored first??

Martha Tumbleson, R(S)

August 7, 2011

I agree with you, Katie. Would love to see the trail and hospital completed first. Perhaps some financial incentives such as the contractor had in the LA ‘carmageddon’, #carmageddon, might make it actually happen as planned.

Martha Tumbleson, R(S)

August 7, 2011

I agree with you, Katie. Would love to see the trail and hospital completed first. Perhaps some financial incentives such as the contractor had in the LA ‘carmageddon’, #carmageddon, might make it actually happen as planned.

sharon choe

October 8, 2011

please email me a more informnation about new development .

sharon choe

October 8, 2011

please email me a more informnation about new development .

Michele McKinley

November 21, 2011

Aloha Sharon,

My name is Michele McKinley a Realtor with Hawaii Life. Please email me or call for more info. Michele@hawaiilife.com or 808-756-7099. Here is a article I found with more info. http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/kaloko-makai.html
Aloha,
MM

Michele McKinley

November 21, 2011

Aloha Sharon,

My name is Michele McKinley a Realtor with Hawaii Life. Please email me or call for more info. Michele@hawaiilife.com or 808-756-7099. Here is a article I found with more info. http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/kaloko-makai.html
Aloha,
MM

Isaiah Saragosa

January 29, 2012

Kaloko Makai will be a key development, to economic growth in Kona…not only will we see more job creation, but the increase in population that Kaloko Makai, the planned Forest City development, and not mention many other proposed developments, will create; will also give Kona and Big Island residents a better selection of reatail, restaurant and services! I am a Hawaiian, Hawai born youth and I support Kaloko Makai, and many other developments on Hawaii Island :)…I say to every backward thinking native and conservative, “Support a Hawaii for Change!…” x)

Katie Minkus, R(BIC)

January 29, 2012

Mahalo, Isaiah, for your comments! One of the things I’m super passionate about is supporting Hawaii! At Hawaii Life we don’t outsource any of our personnel – all our developers and employees live and work in Hawaii. That’s saying something given how easily (and cheaply) things like web development can be outsourced around the world. Just another reason why I love my Hawaii Life!

Isaiah Saragosa

January 29, 2012

Kaloko Makai will be a key development, to economic growth in Kona…not only will we see more job creation, but the increase in population that Kaloko Makai, the planned Forest City development, and not mention many other proposed developments, will create; will also give Kona and Big Island residents a better selection of reatail, restaurant and services! I am a Hawaiian, Hawai born youth and I support Kaloko Makai, and many other developments on Hawaii Island :)…I say to every backward thinking native and conservative, “Support a Hawaii for Change!…” x)

Katie Minkus, R(BIC)

January 29, 2012

Mahalo, Isaiah, for your comments! One of the things I’m super passionate about is supporting Hawaii! At Hawaii Life we don’t outsource any of our personnel – all our developers and employees live and work in Hawaii. That’s saying something given how easily (and cheaply) things like web development can be outsourced around the world. Just another reason why I love my Hawaii Life!

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