Floating like lemon drops high above the chimney tops!

Real Estate Agent with HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 RS-76763

Floating like lemon drops high above the chimney tops is where you'll find me-

Somewhere Over the Rainbow 

It's starting to look a lot like winter here in The Islands. Diamond Head is getting greener, the trade winds are cooler and rainy days are more frequent. For those of us who live at higher elevations we might have already fired-up the old fireplace to warm the chilly nights and to gather around to talk story; 60 degrees is cold in the islands, seriously.  


As incredulous as it might sound there are more fire places here in hawaii than one might expect; unfortunately, not everyone remembers to clean and maintain them. It is recommended that chimneys be inspected yearly by a licensed inspector or chimney sweep. Even if you don't use your fireplace, a functioning one is a major plus for many potential buyers and spending a little extra money to make sure your fireplace passes inspection can add value and major charm to your property for sale.  

With frequent use, chimneys accumulate soot and require regular cleaning and maintenance. If chimneys are not properly maintained and kept clean there is a high risk of health and safety issues; resulting in not only fire hazards but carbon monoxide poisoning, as well.   Wood stoves or gas fireplaces are not the only soot accumulating appliances that require regular inspection don't forget cook stoves, barbecues, and electric ranges. The ventilation hoods should be cleaned regularly and inspected for excessive grease build up which is a fire hazard and accelerant. 

Warm & Happy Holidays to all!


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Kris Kombrink ~ The Kombrink Team
RE/MAX Excels - Chicago's Western Suburbs - Geneva, IL

Great post, Kimo - really gets us in the holiday spirit.  And a very timely reminder for people to have their chimneys inspected/cleaned.

Nov 25, 2008 07:41 AM #1
Elayna Fernandez
The Positive Mom - Irving, TX
BE Positive and You'll BE Powerful!

Marketing Diva  Thank you, Kimo. Warm and Happy Holidays to you too!

  Elayna Fernandez

  Marketing Naples FL

Nov 25, 2008 07:51 AM #2
Cindy Leiterman
Resource One Realty, LLC - Green Bay, WI
Green Bay, WI

I was in Hawaii at Christmas time about five years ago.  It was a very unique experience.  Thanks for the reminder about chimenys.  We start using ours in Green Bay in late August.

Take care.

Nov 25, 2008 08:28 AM #3
Konnie Mac McCarthy
MacNificent Properties, LLC - Cobb Island, MD
Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!"

Hi Kimo....my husband is Hawaiian....(I've not been yet) but you are right, hard to believe, I would not have thunk it, fireplaces in Hawaii... :)

Nov 25, 2008 08:42 AM #4
William Collins
ERA Queen City Realty - Scotch Plains, NJ
Property and Asset Management


Thanks for the post. I know the importance of a well maintained chimney. However, it's the winter without snow that I am stuck on!

Nov 25, 2008 03:55 PM #5
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Kris, it's very easy to forget to inspect but it's worth it in the end.

Aloha Elayna, mahalo for visiting.

Aloha Cindy, burrrr Green Bay sounds chilly, I'm sending you warm thoughts.

Aloha Konnie, you have to get your hubbie to take you on holiday to Hawaii, what are you waiting for?

Aloha William, we actually do have snow here in winter but just on the Big Island. 

Nov 28, 2008 07:42 AM #6
Kathy Kooyman
Home Realty - Pella, IA

Kimo,  I can remember one very cold December in 1985 when I thought the wind was going to blow me off the ground.  We had a space heater in our apartment and had to turn it on to get the chill off.  Wishing I was there....

Nov 28, 2008 02:00 PM #7
Teresa Berry
Seattle, WA

Kimo - Love your graphic and festive stocking - hope it's filled with holiday cheer from the tippy toe to the tippy top this year. Timely safety tip for those of us who enjoy the ambiance and warmth a fireplace can add to a room and to the holiday season. Thank you!

Nov 30, 2008 01:37 PM #8
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Excessively greasy surfaces are also health hazards since lots of interesting bacteria and germs love to live in that stuff.

Dec 04, 2008 11:36 AM #9
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Kathy, it's making me cold just thinking about it.

Aloha Teresa, mahalo and haoli makahiki hou!

Aloha Jim, thank you for your 2 sense

Dec 05, 2008 12:30 PM #10
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