May 31, 2016

Purple Hearts Parking Dedication Honolulu Ford

On Friday, the 27th of May, 2016 and just three days before Memorial Day, Hawaii's Goarmyhomes teamed up with Veteran's United Dawn Luat and Joe Sosky of Honolulu Ford to dedicate Hawaii's first Purple Heart parking.

Purple Hearts Parking Dedication Honolulu Ford

The brainchild of this unique way to honor our veterans was Joe Sosky (pictured below,) director of the handicapped and mobility division of Honolulu Ford.                Purple Hearts Parking Dedication Honolulu Ford

Guest speakers included the mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, Kirk Caldwell, who promised a minimum of three purple hearts stalls at various county buildings.                         Purple Hearts Parking Dedication Honolulu Ford

Another key speaker was Orrly Keller, commander of the Purple Hearts Association, Aloha Chapter. Orrly spoke very somberly about what it means to receive a Purple Heart. A short history lesson followed and we all learned that the Purple Heart was born when George Washington decided to honor our enlisted soldiers who were wounded or killed in direct combat. Prior to the Purple Hearts medal, only the officers would receive recognition for shedding their blood in combat.                               Purple Hearts Parking Dedication Honolulu Ford

There was a little bit of rain, but the skies cleared for our honorees and the event was a success!

Purple Hearts parking dedication at Honolulu Ford

                       Purple Hearts parking dedication at Honolulu Ford

We SALUTE our veterans, active members and their families for all they do for our country!

May 16, 2016

Hawaii Hang Gliding and Parachute R&R

Stationed or coming to Hawaii?

Curious about fun activities?

Have a couple of things on the old bucket list that need to be crossed off?

Well, right here on the North Shore is Dillingham airfield.

Hawaii Hang Gliding and Parachute R&R                 Hawaii Hang Gliding and Parachute R&R

Just minutes from Schofield Barracks, Dillingham Airfield offers paired parachuting for the novices.

You can also do free fall dives!                        Hawaii Hang Gliding and Parachute Military R&R                                        Hawaii Hang Gliding and Parachute Military R&R

You'll get views of the North Shore all the way to Kaena Point that mere mortals dream of.

A less scarier alternative is to hop into a glider with an experienced pilot and soar above the clouds with only the sound of rushing air in your ears!                                                  Hawaii Hang Gliding and Parachute Military R&R                                                          Hawaii Hang Gliding and Parachute Military R&R

 There are several outfits on site and walk-ins are welcome! Rates vary and many offer military discounts.

For more information on Oahu's best military R&R, contact your Hawaii GoArmyHomes.com neighborhood experts!

article by Ken Gines Realtor 

Century 21 All Islands Fine Homes and Estates

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Welcoming military families to Hawaii since 2006

May 11, 2016

Hawaii Military R&R Valley of the Temples

PCS'ing to Hawaii? 

Wonder what great R&R opportunities are not to be missed?

Take a ride out to Kaneohe's Byodo-in Temple.

Hawaii Military R&R Valley of the Temples

Thanks to the beauty of Hawaii’s natural environment, serenity is around the corner at nearly every turn, but if you are looking for an ideal place for contemplative reflection, it doesn’t get any better than Oahu’s Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.

Nestled in a lush valley at the base of the Ko’olau Mountains, Hawaii’s Valley of the Temples Memorial Park is about as peaceful a location as you’ll find. Filled with tropical flora and fauna, and complete with swans, Koi and other exotic wildlife, the valley is home to memorials of all faiths. Here you’ll find statues of the Virgin Mary, Christ, and the Buddha; as well as the popular Byodo-In Temple.

 It is not uncommon to see waterfalls cascading down the mountainsides after a refreshing rain fall.      Hawaii Military R&R Valley of the Temples

A replica of the United Nations World Heritage Site Byodo-In Temple in Uji, Japan, Oahu’s smaller version is popular amongst tourists and locals alike largely for its peace / sacred bell, or bon-sho. The three ton brass bell stands five feet tall and ringing it said to purify the mind and bring blessings, happiness and a long life.                 Hawaii Military R&R Valley of the Temples

Several areas in and around the temple that have been designed for meditation and it is common to find people in contemplative reflection or meditation throughout the area. Visiting the Valley of the Temples is sure to rejuvenate you and promote a feeling of tranquility that you won’t find anywhere else. If you go to Oahu’s Valley of the Temples, please remember that because this is a memorial park and the final resting place for many, it is considered a scared place.

                                  Hawaii Military R&R Valley of the Temples

To make the best of your time in Hawaii, contact your Hawaii GoArmyHomes real estate professionals.

Don't forget your military I.D. for a discount!

article by Ken Gines Realtor Military Real Estate Professional

Century 21 All Islands Fine Homes and Estates

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May 11, 2016

Hawaii Military R&R Motorcycle Rally

Heading to Hawaii? Want to know more about motorcycle riding R&R?

Check out the Metal Mania bike rally- an event to benefit Fisher House on Tripler Army Hospital grounds.   Hawaii Military R&R Motorcycle Rally

 Fisher house is a home away from home for children receiving treatment at Tripler Army Hospital. Parents and family members can stay with the keiki while they receive treatment in a convenient setting on TAMC grounds.          Hawaii Military R&R Motorcycle Rally

 The rally brought out many veteran riders and their riding bitches.                    Hawaii Military R&R Motorcycle Rally

The fund raising event offered live music, beer gardens, a rally, motorcycle show and (of course) bikini contest!                                  Hawaii Military R&R Motorcycle Rally

 Want to learn more about riding, owning and getting licensed in Hawaii?

Contact your Hawaii GoArmyHomes real estate professional to get your (short and military haircut) in the wind in Paradise!

Article by Ken Gines Realtor Century 21 All Islands Fine Homes and Estates

808-389-0489

Skype kennyg808808

Free Hawaii relocation packet on request.

May 3, 2016

HIgh-End Hawaii Shopping Ala Moana Center

...so, the Army Ball is quickly approaching. Where to find a formal gown?

Why, Ala Moana Shopping Center, of course.

Ala Moana is the world's largest outdoor shopping complex and Hawaii's premiere destination for shopping, dinning and entertainment. Located in Oahu, this shopping center that first opened in 1959 boasts nearly 300 stores, 70 restaurants and attracts 42 million annual visitors, making it Hawaii's most visited destination.HIgh-End Hawaii shopping Ala Moana Center                                      HIgh-End Hawaii shopping Ala Moana Center                                                                   HIgh-End Hawaii shopping Ala Moana Center

With over thirty restaurants, Ala Moana Center is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. A great place to wine, dine, take a load off or just have a cold one, Hawaiian-style entertainment is featured nightly.HIgh-End Hawaii shopping Ala Moana Center                            HIgh-End Hawaii shopping Ala Moana Center

Now enjoying a condominium building boom, Ala Moana Shopping center now features destination luxury living in the recently completed One Ala Moana. Minutes from World-famous Ala Moana Beach Park, the Waikiki Convention Center and shop-till-you-drop boutiques, you may want to stay at the Ala Moana Hotel during your TDY and house-hunting. This is what we locals call a stay cation!

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Honolulu Luxury CondosTo learn more about Hawaii's many R&R opportunities or high end living, contact your Hawaii GoArmyHomes.com Military Real estate Professionals.                            

April 28, 2016

Ewa By Gentry Community Fair Hawaii GoArmyHomes

Tomorrow...11-5 Hoaluana Park 91-1330 Keaunui Blvd (just follow signs...)

Community Fair sponsored by Ewa by Gentry Association!

Great fun, rides, shopping, grinds (that's good food in Hawaii)

Ewa By Gentry Community Fair Hawaii GoArmyHomes

AND THE BEST ENTERTAINMENT IN HAWAII

Ewa By Gentry Community Fair Hawaii GoArmyHomes

AND...UFC three day passes AND ONE and ONE only 30 day pass..

Ewa By Gentry Community Fair Hawaii GoArmyHomes

AND! Lucky egg give away! Maybe a TV? 

Ewa By Gentry Community Fair Hawaii GoArmyHomes

Come on down! Win a prize! Talk Real Estate Story!

 

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April 28, 2016

The sounds and smells of Honolulu Chinatown

So you got orders to Hawaii...

Ready for a taste (and smell) of the orient?

Visit Honolulu's Chinatown...Honolulu's Melting Pot-Chinatown

Honolulu is known as the meeting place.

Cultures from all around the world came and are still coming to Hawaii to pursue the American dream.

Korean, Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese and many others have settled in the Chinatown area of downtown Honolulu.

Want to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Orient? A true must-not-miss adventure in Paradise awaits...not to mention the great shopping for fresh and exotic fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood.

Also, a great place to find the best Pho on Oahu.

Honolulu's Melting Pot-Chinatown

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                                                         Honolulu's Melting Pot-Chinatown

Or you could visit Phuc Hung hahaha!

Honolulu's Melting Pot-Chinatown

 

For more information on Hawaii R&R fun contact your Hawaii GoArmyHomes local experts.

808-389-0489 

 

Posted in R&R IN HAWAII
April 28, 2016

Hawaii Summer Fun YMCA Camp Erdman

Moving to Hawaii during the busy summer months?

Looking for a safe place to send the keiki (kids) while you move into your new home, unpack and get settled down?

Consider YMCA's Camp Erdman on Oahu's Mokuleia North Coast.

YMCA Military-friendly Summer Camp Fun

Camp Erdman features supervised swimming lessons, horse riding, zip lines, Alpine tower, Stand up board riding and much, much more...

YMCA Military-friendly Summer Camp Fun

YMCA Military-friendly Summer Camp Fun

For more information on this and other military-friendly activities please contact your Hawaii GoArmyHomes real estate professionals.

Camp Erdman has reduced rates for our military keiki!

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April 21, 2016

Where do I find VA approved new homes?

Hawaii has several developments that you won't find in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS.)

Prices range from the low 500's to over a million for executive golf course homes.

Where do you find these homes? Contact your Hawaii GoArmyHomes Military Real Estate Professionals.

Ewa Beach Hawaii new VA approved homes

Ewa Beach Hawaii new VA approved homes

Ewa Beach Hawaii new VA approved homes

VA approved homes near Schofield Barracks

Just minutes from Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Air Base and most major military installations, Ka'makana is part of a booming planned community minutes from beaches, shopping and Hawaii's water park.

Models are open daily. Please call 808-389-0489 to make an appointment.

Developers give our veterans numerous incentivesl

April 16, 2016

Hawaii VA approved resort living

 

VA approved resort living in Hawaii? Use your BAH to live in a resort property? Why, yes!

Ko'olina resort destination, home of the Disney Aulani resort with private lagoons, golf course and marina is VA approved.

Want to know more about this and other VA approved resort properties?

Contact your Hawaii GoArmyHomes Military Real Estate Professionals

 

 

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Posted in R&R IN HAWAII