Please join us in extending a helping hand and aloha to the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. If you would like to directly help all those affected, Realogy (Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp.) has pledged to match up to $75,000 in donations raised through the The Realogy Charitable Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) charity, with 100 percent of the proceeds of this campaign delivered to the American Red Cross. You can make a donation through this secure website. Also, The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) have personally called for the REALTOR® family to donate funds through the REALTORS® Relief Foundation (RRF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, with 100 percent of all donations going directly to disaster victims. To donate, please use this secure online form and be sure to write "RRF Contribution" in the memo line. With Hurricane season in full swing, and in the wake of the devastating damage from days of flooding rainfall from hurricanes, are you aware of the changing flood zones and Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) affecting the Big Island this month? According to FEMA, these changes are effective September 29, and it is very important to learn and understand how these changes directly and significantly impact you.
Falling leaves mark the peak of Autumn on the mainland, while falling air fares are leaving a mark on many calendars. Starting September 15, and after a seven-year absence, Japan Airlines is starting daily, non-stop flights between Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport (Kona Airport). Nearly a year ago, Hawaiian Airlines launched its non-stop service between Haneda Tokyo Airport and the Kona Airport, being the first to bring direct flights from Japan back to the Big Island of Hawaii for the first time since 2010. Later this year, with Denver becoming a major and direct gateway to the Big Island, United Airlines is expanding and adding new flights from the mainland, celebrating its 70th year of flying to Hawai'i – in turn, offering more flights than any other airline. As a result of the surge of direct flights to the Big Island, air fares have already begun to plummet to unbelievable lows. So go ahead and start planning to fall in love with Hawai'i island!
What do the Fall/Winter New York Fashion Week (NYFW) and the Hawaii Songwriting Festival have in common? They both occur in September! This year, Big Island native Manaola Yap, is the first Native Hawaiian designer to share his authentic Hawaiian designs during the NYFW. Manaola is one of 24 designers selected by Oxford Fashion Studio to present an exclusive runway collection at Studio 450, in New York City. Manaola’s luxury line is inspired by nature’s sacred geometry and the tradition of hand-carved ‘ohe kāpala (bamboo stamp) used on kapa (bark cloth) by Native Hawaiians – a modern departure from the more common floral patterns. Synonymous with successful runway shows is great music. Music professionals who have written chart-topping hits for music icons, and songwriters of all levels from around the country, come together to work one-on-one at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel every September for the Hawai’i Songwriting Festival. This creative celebration of the art of songwriting ends with The Hit Makers Concert with special guest and Grammy Award Winner, Jason Mraz. In the spirit of the goddess Pele, find what fuels your creativity this Fall!
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Compassion with a sense of community is the Hawaii way and that’s why the Hawaii Affiliates of Sotheby’s International Realty established our own charitable fund. We invite you to join us in supporting environmental, educational and cultural programs across the Hawaiian Islands. Your donations will make a positive difference across the islands.