Welcome to the island. My name is Irina. I am a Realtor® on the Big Island of Hawaii. I started my YouTube Channel Irina Ownhawaii in 2017 with one purpose to keep it informative about life on the Big Island. Some people say Hawaii is not the USA. What do they mean by that? One customer called me about the land that I listed in South Kona and asked if septic and water had already been installed. In her state when you buy land you buy it together with septic and water. The answer is no, not in Hawaii. Sometimes and it’s very rare there could be septic installed and water meter paid off but as I said it’s very rare. Among unexpected things when you buy any property in Hawaii from land in a rural area to a condo in a developed subdivision could be a catchment tank for water, a generator for electricity, a complete off-grid lifestyle, unpermitted homes, leasehold for ownership, always changing maintenance fees, etc. I am talking about all these things and more in my videos. Subscribe to my channel to be updated on new videos.