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May 30, 2024

Honolulu Earns Top Recognition as World’s Safest City for Visitors

Duke Kahanamoku Statue

Honolulu has achieved a significant milestone: it has been named the safest city to visit in the world for 2024 by Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection. This accomplishment marks a substantial leap from its 12th place ranking in 2023 and underscores Honolulu’s unwavering commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of both residents and visitors. The city’s performance in the safety rankings encompassed a diverse range of categories, securing the top position for overall safety, health measures, safety for women, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC travelers, and safety from violent crime.

This prestigious recognition is a testament to the collaborative efforts of various stakeholders, including the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Honolulu Police Department, and various partners within the visitor industry. Their unwavering dedication to fostering a safe and secure environment has undoubtedly played a pivotal role in attracting and retaining visitors to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands.

A recent visitor survey conducted by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism revealed that over 90% of visitors rated the Hawaiian Islands as “excellent” or “above average” for safety and security. This high level of visitor satisfaction underscores the effectiveness of the implemented safety measures.

May 17, 2024

Sachi Hawaii Agent Spotlight: Meet Ayako Ide Ancheta

Ayako Ancheta

Ayako Ide Ancheta is a Broker-in-Charge at Sachi Hawaii, Honolulu’s leading international luxury real estate company in Hawaii. Originally from oceanfront Kamakura, Japan, Ayako Ide Ancheta’s passion for the water propelled her to become a professional bodyboarder while earning a psychology degree at Ritsumeikan University. This competitive drive honed her focus and determination, skills that now benefit her clients in Hawaii’s dynamic real estate market.

Now a resident of Oahu’s South Shore near Diamond Head, Ayako’s experience extends beyond this idyllic location. Having previously lived on both the North Shore and East Shore, she’s gained a deep understanding of the island’s diverse neighborhoods. This, combined with fluency in English and Japanese, allows her to bridge the gap for local and international clients seeking their Hawaii dream home.

Ayako, who has been a licensed realtor in Hawaii for over 19 years, holds an array of professional certifications, aimed at bringing an array of comprehensive skills to her clients aid. Her certifications include: Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager Designation, Real Estate Negotiation Expert Certification, Pricing Strategy Adviser, Accredited Buyer’s Representation Designation, Seller Representative Specialist, Military Relocation Professional, Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Certified Distressed Property Expert, and Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource.

Always striving to go above and beyond, Ayako’s drive for real estate excellence extends to volunteer work, actively serving on the Honolulu Board of Realtors City Affairs Committee (chairing Land Use and Shoreline Matters) and the Grievance Committee. This dedication is further recognized through a decade of nominations for the Aloha Aina REALTORS Awards.

Understanding the nuances of American, Japanese, and Hawaiian cultures allows Ayako to cater to her diverse clientele seamlessly. Her passion for Hawaii extends to her commitment to family, friends, and clients. As Broker-in-Charge at Sachi Hawaii, Ayako injects an energetic and results-oriented approach into every transaction.

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Embracing the Ocean Lifestyle

Ayako Ancheta Bodyboarding

Ayako Ancheta Paddling

Ayako isn’t just passionate about helping clients find their dream Hawaii home – she’s living it herself! When she’s not working tirelessly for her clients, you’ll find her immersed in the vibrant ocean culture that defines the islands.

Ayako is an active paddler with world renown Outrigger Canoe Club, training alongside their Open Women’s crew that competes in the Na Wahine O Ke Kai Outrigger Canoe World Championship race. This annual 41-mile paddling challenge across the grueling Ka’iwi Channel from Molokai to Oahu tests both physical and mental strength and endurance, perfectly reflecting Ayako’s dedication and drive in all that she does. On her days off, Ayako often jumps on her jet ski, venturing out to search for dolphins and whales enjoying the incredible feeling of swimming alongside these playful creatures. Early mornings often see Ayako longboarding the waves in front of her Waikiki home, while afternoons might find her jogging or exploring Kapiolani Park. Winter brings a change of scenery, as Ayako heads to the North Shore of Oahu to tackle the legendary Banzai Pipeline surf spot on her trusty bodyboard.

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Sales Portfolio

Ayako has helped an array of clients from around the globe buy and sell in Hawaii, including representing the buyer for famed Hawaii Sumo wrestler, Konishiki. Below is a selection of her most notable transactions.

Park Lane #3402 Sold

Park Lane #3402:
Exclusive 3-bedroom Park Lane luxury residence boasts sweeping ocean views throughout & from expansive 470 sq ft lanai. Enjoy a private oasis w/ den, office, & more. Ayako Ancheta represented the buyer.
SOLD $8,400,000

4714 Kahala Avenue Sold

4714 Kahala Ave:
Refined Kahala 6-bedroom luxury home w/ gated entry, superb indoor/outdoor living, & captivating curb appeal in Honolulu’s most upscale neighborhood. Ayako co-listed the property and represented the seller.
SOLD $6,325,000

5005 Kalanianaole Highway Sold

5005 Kalanianaole Highway:
5-Bedroom beachfront retreat along Aina Haina Beach. Enjoy sunrises & sunsets on the beach, enjoy island lifestyle & watersports, with a convenient location. Ayako Ancheta represented the buyer.
SOLD $4,075,000

87-579 Farrington Highway Sold

87-579 Farrington Highway:
Former home of famed Hawaii sumo wrestling champion, Konishiki. Wide sandy beachfront 5-bedroom retreat in a true island-paradise setting. Ayako co-listed the property and also represented the buyer.
SOLD $3,890,000

ONE Ala Moana #1903 Sold

ONE Ala Moana #1903:
Coveted 2-bedroom + den residence in ONE Ala Moana. Panoramic ocean views, large living spaces, unrivaled location adjacent to Ala Moana Center, nearby beaches, shops, & restaurants. Ayako represented the seller.
SOLD $2,400,000

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Exceptional Service & Proven Results — Contact Ayako Ide Ancheta

Looking to buy or sell your dream Hawaii property? Ayako Ide Ancheta can be your trusted guide. Ayako offers the ideal combination of multi-cultural understanding, extensive local expertise, and a proven sales record across multiple real estate markets in Hawaii.

Contact Ayako to discuss your Hawaii real estate goals.

(808) 351-7151 | ayako@sachihawaii.com

May 17, 2024

Introducing Waiea Penthouse #3400: A Jewel of Unparalleled Luxury

Waiea Penthouse #3400 Living Room

Sachi Hawaii is proud to present a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a penthouse of unparalleled distinction: Waiea Penthouse #3400. This exceptional property offers a new level of luxury living in the heart of Honolulu.

Waiea Penthouse #3400 is more than just a residence; it’s a legacy property ready to write its next chapter. For discerning buyers seeking an unparalleled lifestyle in a singularly unique statement property in paradise, look no further.

Waiea Penthouse #3400 Entry

Soaring Elegance in a Prime Location

From the moment you enter through the private foyer, soaring 13.5-foot ceilings greet you, setting the stage for a sprawling 4,192-square-foot residence. The expansive floor plan boasts 4 bedrooms, a den that’s currently utilized as a theater room, and 4.5 bathrooms, all designed to seamlessly blend comfort and elegance.

Waiea Penthouse #3400 View from Interior

Waiea Penthouse #3400 View from Lanai

Panoramic Vistas to Captivate Every Moment

Step into any room and be mesmerized by breathtaking panoramic views. Diamond Head, Magic Island, the ocean, coastlines, verdant parks, marinas, and captivating sunrises unfold before you, creating a truly unforgettable visual experience. These captivating vistas are enjoyed not only from the primary living areas but extend to the private 154-square-foot lanai and even grace each individual bedroom.

Waiea Penthouse #3400 Primary Bedroom Suite

Uncompromising Luxury at Your Fingertips

High-end finishes elevate every aspect of this penthouse. The chef’s kitchen boasts Snaidero cabinetry, top-of-the-line Miele appliances, and stunning marble countertops, creating a culinary haven for the discerning chef. Exquisite details continue throughout, with bespoke-art lighting, built-ins, and an ultra-luxe primary suite featuring a double walk-in closet, double vanity, a deep soaking tub, and a walk-in shower – the epitome of pampering.

Embrace the Essence of Ward Village

Waiea stands as the flagship luxury residence in the award-winning Ward Village. Residents enjoy a plethora of on-site resort amenities, while just steps away lie boutique shops, cafes, and a vibrant restaurant scene. For those seeking outdoor adventure, world-famous beaches and water activities beckon directly across the street.

Property Details
Bedrooms 4 Bedroom + Den
Bathrooms 4 Full, 1 Half Bath
Interior Sq. Ft. 4,192 sq.ft.
Lanai Sq. Ft. 154 sq.ft.
Listing Price $19,000,000

View Property Information: Waiea Penthouse #3400

For inquiries, contact Sachi Hawaii:
(808) 596-8801 | info@sachihawaii.com

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