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Christmas in Ola Hou

Pictured home: 16-4018 Ohiohi St. in the new Ola Hou subdivision.

Don’t try to find it with a GPS because this gorgeous 30 lot subdivision will not show up. Travel a short 6-ish miles from Hilo and voila! You’ll find a truly upscale subdivision with wide streets,  ocean views, cool breezes and all utilities! When I sold the raw land to the developer, he told me he promised it would be first class. He was right. In fact, the first to reserve these beautiful one-acre parcels were the utility installers from HELCO and the water department.


We’ve talked about covenants, conditions, and restrictions before. Without those, neighbors could move in with Arnold the pig or Bessie the Cow and your friendly backyard mechanic could move in and pound away!

Ola Hou Has it All

As it is, epic views of Mauna Kea, peace and quiet, and distant ocean views are included at no charge! Just a short walk to Nawahi, Kea`au High and Kea`au Elementary, this keiki-friendly development has no thru traffic. With Kea`au shopping so close, you almost don’t need to crank the car; it’s a peaceful option for those looking for larger lots with all the bells and whistles.

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Entering Ola Hou. This is how a subdivision should look…wide streets with good shoulders and an inviting rock wall entry.

New Developments

Interestingly, I am frequently asked about upcoming developments. Public perception is that REALTORS® have some sort of advanced insight into these. Unfortunately, unless we are directly involved, we have no insider information. The State imposes strict rules about when newly created subdivisions can be offered for sale. Developers (normally through their agents) keep an interest list. Keep your ear to the ground. Watch for posted new development signs or see notices about zoning changes (with about .2 font) in the local paper. If you have a TMK you wish to check, you may visit the ever-friendly folks at the County Planning Department. They will share applications, approvals, or progress.

New Designs

Switching gears a bit, Loretta Montibon from Carpet Isle (my go-to flooring gal) will join our Wine’d Down on December 16th at 4pm. Just email me for an invitation to the Zoom meeting. She’ll go over flooring options, including what’s hot and what’s not! I’m always impressed with how she’s able to comb their inventory to recommend options and create design solutions that normally require a professional interior decorator.

Real Estate Wine’d Down

Besides the presenters I mentioned a few weeks back, Loretta joins a quality list of well-informed professionals like Julie Bratton (Old Republic Exchange) who filled our brains with specifics about 1031 exchanges, Kita Jo with the County of Hawai`i Real Property Tax Office, and the ever-amazing Mililani Browning, (says her proud Mama), Conservationist with Kamehameha Schools. We invite you to view the recording of each. Trust me, they are chock full of valuable information.

As we move closer to Christmas, we at Team Nakanishi want to wish you cheerful holidays with lots of presents under the tree. And if you’re taking a Sunday drive, be sure to check out Ola Hou. If you are as impressed as I was when I first went there, you’ll snap up one of the remaining properties right away!

About the Author

Denise Nakanishi

Denise Nakanishi is a REALTOR Broker with Hawai'i Life. Denise Nakanishi is one of Hilo's most acclaimed real estate agents. She reached the rank of Major in the US Army and is now known by many as "Major Mom." The nickname fits–not only does Denise bring the discipline and mission-oriented attitude you'd expect, she's also caring and compassionate, always looking out for her clients like they're her own family. Having made the Big Island her home since 1987, Denise combines her extensive knowledge of the area with a sharp focus on customer service and the results speak for themselves. She's the recent recipient of the Best East Hawai`i, Best of Zillow, Chairman's Circle Award, President's Circle, Top Producing Agent since 2001, and Realtor of the Year awards. Denise stays ahead of the curve because she's passionate about education–she served as Education Chair for Hawaii Island REALTORS® for many years. She's one of Big Island's best real estate resources, known for her weekly article in the Hawaii Tribune Herald. Denise leads Team Nakanishi for Hawai`i Life, who is committed to their family, work, and community. In her little time away from work, Denise is a committed runner and Grandy. She also devotes many hours to various Veterans' Organizations, the East Hawaii Cultural Center, and the Hawaii Island REALTORS®. You can email me at or via phone at (808) 936-5100.

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Calvin Matsumoto

December 19, 2020

Olu Hou is exactly how a subdivision should look. I will be looking into this with interest. Thank You.

Denise Nakanishi, R(B)

December 20, 2020

> You’re welcome. Let me know if you have any questions!

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