Hawaii’s Volcanic Activity and Unique National Park

Hawaii is known as a great destination for those that want to get married in an exotic place. It is also a great place to study the geographical impact of volcanoes. Shield volcanoes have surfaced and spread into somewhat large land masses to form the Islands of Hawaii. Out of all volcanoes on these islands, only three are active today, Maunaloa, Kilauea, and Loihi.

Manualoa’s last eruption was in 1984, but still makes for a great tourist attraction. Manualoa and Kilauea are found in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park; however, Loihi is an underwater volcano, off the southern tip of Hawaii. Loihi’s last eruption was in 1996, and even though it is still underwater, several thousand years from now it will become another island added to the eight that already makes up Hawaii.

Kilauea has continuously erupted since 1983, making it the worlds most active volcano. Rocks that date over 25,000 years old have been found from this volcano. The early Hawaiians named the volcano Kilauea, which means “spewing” or “much spreading”. Since 1994 this extremely active volcano has added more than 491 acres of land to Hawaii’s “Big Island”.

As much of Hawaii is a beautiful land and great for tourists, the volcanoes are not always exciting to be around. Since the eruption started in 1982, Kilauea has destroyed over 200 homes and businesses, and threatened some of the wildlife within the rain forest. Another volcano, Mauna Loa, is feared to erupt soon, as scientists are saying its gaining pressure and swelling; however, residents of Hawaii are used to hearing news bulletins come across their television screens about the volcano Kilauea acting up. Tourists tend to have short stays in Hawaii, never fully understanding what its like to live day to day, wondering if your home is going to be next.

One of the main attractions of Hawaii, is that visitors  go to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, get to see an active volcano up close and personal. When visiting this park there is a lot of nature to cover, as the park stretches a large 377 square miles. There is a hotel that formed from a grass hut years back, it overlooks the crater of the volcano. This park is also famous for having the only natural made rain forest in the National Parks system, making it unique and the wildlife inside untouchable. Compared to some of the other United State’s Parks, this one seems to bring in more spectators and beauty than the others.

Honolulu Home Buying Guide – Should You Consult an Attorney Before You Sign?

The safe answer is, “Yes,” always. However, in most of the country and especially on the West Coast, buyers almost never consult attorneys before signing a purchase agreement. Indeed, while on the East Coast real estate attorneys are readily available, on the West Coast it’s hard to find one. In practice, the vast majority of pur­chases conducted by agents and signed without benefit of an attorney go perfectly well. However, if something f should go wrong, then you could rue the day you didn’t first seek competent counsel.

A purchase agreement is intended to be a legally binding contract. When I first became involved in real estate over 30 years ago, it was a single-page document with a few paragraphs of standardized text and the majority of items written in by hand.

Today it’s typically 5 to 10 pages long, consisting almost entirely of paragraphs crafted by attorneys. About the only thing left to fill in is the address, the price, the deposit, and the loan amount.

The reason for the metamorphosis in sales agreements is that over the years litigation between buyers, sellers, and agents has demonstrated that the old contracts were loose and easily broken. Today’s contracts are designed to be tighter and more difficult for either buyer or seller to break. The way this is accomplished by agents (who for the most part are not attorneys) is to try to foresee all the potential problems and then have a lawyer construct the appropriate language in a prewritten contract. In essence, almost everything in a modern contract is boilerplate, standardized legally vetted paragraphs.

However, purchase agreements cannot foresee all pos­sible problems. Often contingencies must be written in, and sometimes the situation of the buyer, seller, or the property is unusual. Only you, or your attorney, can pro­tect your interests here.

Be wary, however, of attorneys who seem to go out of their way to earn their fee by adding complicated clauses that give you excessive protection. In their zeal to protect you, the attorney may create an offer that is so one-sided, the sellers won’t accept. It’s an old joke in real estate that when you bring in the attorneys, you throw out the deal!

Many buyers (probably a significant majority) who have purchased Hawaii real estate in the past did not use attor­neys and quite successfully completed transactions. On the other hand, if this is your first time out, or there is anything unusual about the transaction or anything you are concerned about, you probably will want to get a lawyer to look things over for you, just to be sure. (Attorney’s fees here are usually quite low – $500 to $1000 to handle the entire transaction!)

Also the vast majority of Honolulu real estate agents are not attorneys. Indeed, when asked to give legal advice, they will almost universally respond that they are not qualified and will not do so. Nevertheless, I have known many agents whose practical knowledge of real estate law far exceeds that of many attorneys I have known!