Christmas Week in review of a real estate broker here in Hawaii.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with (831) 626-4000 CA #01772851 HI #RB-21268

Trolley at Christmas in Honolulu

Today was Boxing Day.

It was a time to sleep in and just laze around until this afternoon when the family decided to go to "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." Great movie to take grandsons to whose ages are 8 and 10.

And, right at the end during an epic battle between the Empire and our heroes who try to thwart them in their evil plans, my phone started to vibrate...and ring...and dings of texts. For about 5 minutes, someone tried to divert my attention from the destruction being played out on the screen. Didn't happen! not until the good guys won.  SPOILER: They "won" but didn't make it out alive!

Yes, a client was trying to get through to me to ask a question about a Docusign document. I felt sooo bad about letting them wait for 5 minutes..and then texted them I would call them in a few minutes.

PS. Movie Theaters should scramble signals just so we don't have to feel guilty about not answering our phones. And, no, I NEVER turn off my phones because I do want to know what's going on.

Yesterday, Christmas Day.

Christmas with the family in Hawaii Nothing like Christmas breakfast without calorie counting. This after rising very early to watch the grandsons open presents from Santa.

Then it was a mad scramble to wrap a whole bunch of gifts for family members who were going to be at the big annual family Christmas get together.

And it was an afternoon of  cooking for the clan, because this annual event is a pot-luck Christmas Dinner.

Neighbors kept dropping by with gifts, so cookies needed to be baked for handouts.

The family dinner was fun, catching up, many of us don't see each other too often. And there are stories to tell, some tall tales from way back when. And the Rothwell clan keeps growing, at least one will be born in 2017.

My clients? No one called me on Christmas Day and I didn't call them.


Christmas Eve.

Honolulu Hale at Christmas Christmas Eve's Day was all about shopping and wrapping presents. In the evening, we Skyped with family members in Canada. That was fun, they had just finished dinner and were well into their Christmas celebration while we here in Hawaii still had daylight.

Then it was time to go to HONOLULU CITY LIGHTS, the annual Christmas display and rides at Honolulu's City Hall. It's great especially for little kids, because Santa is there. Trolleys drive by all decked out in Christmas lights and those riding them have a great time distributing trinkets to kids. A great way to get your grand kids like mine all tuckered out so that they immediately fall asleep once they get home. This is essential because Mom and Dad, Santa's Helpers, need time to get the presents moved under the tree.

Days preceding Christmas.

I actually left California very early on Tuesday morning, arriving about Noon in Honnolulu. That gave me a couple of days in which to finish up all kinds of odds and ends for my real estate clients. Luckily in this day and age, so much gets done on the computer and phone, no one even knows where I am.

What's next?

Well, I will try to write here more often. Feel bad that I haven't been on Activerain too much this week, but you understand: at Christmas, family first.

Aloha from Hawaii,


Posted by

Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Broker/Owner/REALTOR 


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Licensed in California #01772851 & Hawaii #RB-21268

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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA


Wishing you and yours Merry Holidays s and may you have good health, abundance and everlasting joy in your life.

Dec 26, 2016 11:50 PM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Hella Mitschke Rothwell what a grand time you had with your grandchildren....and how fortunate they are to have such an energetic grandmother.... and congratulations on another one coming!!  I love big families (said the only child!!)

Dec 27, 2016 04:20 AM #2
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Aloha and thanks for sharing! I definitely turn my phone off in movies, but that's one of the few places that get that extreme behavior from me! 

Dec 27, 2016 04:34 AM #3
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Sounds like you had the perfect Island Christmas with your family.  Thanks for sharing your great photos.

Dec 27, 2016 08:35 AM #4
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Hella Mitschke Rothwell, you had a great Christmas with family, thank you for sharing it with us.
Wishing you a great New Year! 

Dec 27, 2016 04:07 PM #5
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I do turn off my phone in the movie theater. OK, not totally off but I mute. It's in my bag on the floor and whatever it is can wait until the movie is over. We all have our limits. Even though it is Christmas, family and work are on the same level playing field. I don't ignore one for the other. Both are equally balanced.

Dec 29, 2016 12:49 PM #6
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