My Recent Blog Posts

Market VIDEO Update from the Big Island of Hawaii!

Jun 03, 2021

Aloha! Click HERE for a video from Principal Broker and Founder of Hawaii Luxury Listings, Johnny Mac McElree, with his thoughts on the current luxury market situation on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Things are moving quickly... is this a Bubble or a Feeding Frenzy??

Hawaii Luxury Listings Teamwork Leads to BIG Closing on the Big Island

Apr 05, 2021

Hawaii Luxury Listings Teamwork Leads to BIG Closing on the Big Island Lot 4 at Napauka Place was SOLD on March 25thfor $4.8 million, making it the highest priced closing in the Waikoloa Beach Resort so far in 2021.  This 41,269 SF oceanfront lot is ready to build, and the new owners will enjoy 130 lineal feet of ocean frontage- giving them Hawaiian sunsets 365 days a year! The sale of Lot 4 was a completely in-house transaction, with Johnny McElree representing the Sellers and Chad Weigle representing the Buyers. Congrats to Johnny and Chad on this exciting sale, and on a smooth and quick transaction for your clients!  

VIDEO Walk-Through Tour Kolea 13E

Mar 04, 2021

CLICK LINK TO VIEW VIRTUAL TOUR: 13E is a 2147 SF, 3 bedroom 3 & 1/2 bath condominium located in the beachfront community of Kolea, on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. This second floor unit has been meticulously maintained and upgraded. Upgrades include wood flooring throughout, newly painted accent walls, energy efficient lighting, as well as a new energy efficient water heating system and refinished African mahogany cabinets in the kitchen. The property is being sold fully furnished and has the look and feel of a new unit. 13E has been relatively lightly used and has been rented only briefly, although the property does have a short-term rental vacation rental license.

New Listing Hali'i Kai 13G Walk-Through Virtual Tour

Jan 21, 2021

VIEW VIRTUAL WALK-THROUGH TOUR HERE: First time on the market for this clean and well maintained oceanfront Villa 13G at Hali'i Kai. Truly oceanfront condominiums are a very rare commodity on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, and an oceanfront property that has never been rented and sparingly used is rarer still. Please take a moment to view the video contained in this listing—the unit is fully furnished and appointed, and what you see is what you get! Oceanfront is oceanfront and the location of 13G within the complex is ideal. Building 13 is located right next to the Ocean Club but is on the north side of the Building, which minimizes the noise that may come from that facility. You can watch the whales breach in the winter from either of the two lanais. In addition, there are beautiful views of Maui, the Kohala Mountains, as well as sunsets 365 days a year.Hali'i Kai is a very popular vacation rental destination; however, the complex also has a higher percentage of permanent residents than most of the developments in the Waikoloa Beach Resort. The bar and restaurant in the Ocean Club foster a sense of community at Hali'i Kai in relation to other developments within the Resort. The basketball court and the tennis court also contribute to this sense of community.13G has some notable upgrades, such as a refrigerator and cabinets on the lower lanai, along with Wolf and Subzero appliances in the kitchen. At 1677 SF, the property is the largest floor plan available in the community. Hali'i Kai's condominiums are steel-framed construction with concrete floors, an important consideration for units built in such close proximity to the ocean.The Waikoloa Beach Resort features two golf courses, two shopping centers, and an outdoor amphitheater, as well as numerous water sports opportunities at Anaeho'omalu Bay. All of these amenities are within walking distance of Hali'i Kai.Hali'i Kai 13G is one of the most compelling properties on the Kohala Coast. It's your Hawaiian home!

VIDEO Tour, Naupaka Place 4

Nov 17, 2020

Please click the link below for a virtual tour of Naupaka Place, Lot 4 Looking to build your dream home on a truly oceanfront Lot within a Resort on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii? Look no further than this property, located within the gated and exclusive enclave of Naupaka Place. Naupaka Place is nestled between the Waikoloa Hilton and beautiful Anaeho’omalu Bay, both of which are within easy walking distance along the coastline. There are only 15 Lots within the Resort that are oceanfront with direct access to the ocean- and that’s all there will ever be. Like to surf? There’s a nice little break you can paddle out to by walking down the few steps from your home to the ocean. Enjoy sunsets? You will have them 365 days a year from your pool deck. Like to watch the sunrise? Open your front door and watch the sun come up over the Mauna Kea volcano, which is often snow-capped during the winter months. Sound like a nice way to spend a typical day in a home you have built just the way you want it? Here’s your opportunity. 

VIDEO on Hawaii Re-Opening and Market Update

Nov 03, 2020

Click below for a video update from Johnny: From a beautiful sunrise at Anaeho’omalu Bay in the Waikoloa Beach Resort, Johnny is bringing you an UPDATE on the reopening of Hawaii and on the current status of the Big Island real estate market.   Hawaii is open and ready to welcome back visitors, and after the first couple of weeks post-opening, the process of entry seems to be smoothing out.  The real estate market is moving along, and some interesting trends have emerged in the last few months.  As you make your plans to return to the Big Island, Hawaii Luxury Listings encourages you to stay up to date on the latest travel information from the State of Hawaii through the Safe Travels app, and at  We can’t wait to welcome you back to paradise, and to help you begin to Live Your Dreams Today in Hawaii!

Kolea Villa 2F- Virtual Open House

Oct 30, 2020 Kolea 2F in the Waikoloa Beach Resort, Big Island Hawaii Fully furnished and highly upgraded Kolea Penthouse. This villa has been professionally decorated and furnished by Mealani Morgan, a prominent local interior designer. Special features in the unit include Tommy Bahama ceiling fans, grasscloth wall coverings and ceiling treatments in the great room, custom stone floors, Sochi artwork, and many other special touches that create a relaxed and upscale feel to the property. The Penthouse also includes all the standard items that make Kolea condominiums such a highly desired luxury property on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island. These include an outdoor kitchen, 9' retractable pocket doors leading to the spacious lanai, steel frame construction, concrete floors, Viking and Subzero appliances, a wine cooler, and extensive African mahogany trim. A panoramic ocean view with beautiful Hawaiian sunsets completes this upscale and very desirable resort property.

The WiliWili Tree- Talk Story with Johnny Mac

Oct 19, 2020 In a continuation of our previous vlogs, Hawaii Luxury Listings founder and principal broker Johnny McElree takes us inside the grounds of Kolea at the Waikoloa Beach Resort for a mini-lesson on two special trees that are endemic to the Hawaiian Island chain- the Hau tree and, a more rare find, the Wili-wili tree.  

BUILD Your Dreams in Hawaii- New Listing Kolea LOT 17

Sep 15, 2020

69-1105 Kolea Kai Circle is one of only 30 Lots in the Waikoloa Beach Resort which are either ocean front, or bordering on the anchialine ponds adjacent to the ocean. The Lot is an absolutely killer deal at the price of $895,000. Come build your dream home on the Kohala Coast today! For more information, visit:

New Video Tour- Naupaka Place

Sep 10, 2020

Please click on the following link to watch our video tour at Naupaka Place: This week I am on the ocean at Naupaka Place, a 13 lot subdivision in the Waikoloa Beach Resort. We’ll be taking a look at an awesome house being built at this development. The house is being built on a lot where I represented the Seller, and Chad Weigle, who has worked with me for years at Hawaii Luxury Listings LLC, represented the Buyer. Chad will point out some of the features of the home. Also, this is an opportunity for you to meet Chad, who has been a great help to me over the years. Chad is an excellent Realtor, as well as a good friend of mine. We are here to help you live your dreams in Hawaii!