As part of ongoing updates to the expansive public records data in REsearch, we have begun to update street names in several subdivisions in East Hawaii, starting with Hawaiian Acres, Fern Acres, and Fern Forest Vacation Estates.
These updates also include standardizing street suffixes, such as using “RD” for “ROAD”.
As these updates affect thousands of parcels, they are being made gradually, with care, street by street. Work will then continue for other subdivisions, including Hawaiian Ocean View Estates (HOVE) in Kaʻu.
Better Searches, Better Listings
The benefits of this comprehensive data normalization effort are clear. With complete and consistent street names in our TMK public records data, you will be able to search for properties and listings in REsearch with greater confidence. With fewer variations in street names, it will take fewer steps and searches to find what you’re looking for.
On the MLS side, this improved TMK data will make it easier to enter complete listings for parcels in these subdivisions. Street names will autopopulate for new listings, at the same time preventing manual entry of potentially incorrect information.
Hawaiian Acres Street Names
In the Hawaiian Acres subdivision, streets have both ‘alias names,’ named in sequence by letter or number (like “ROAD G”) and Hawaiian language names (like “WAO KELE RD”). For this subdivision, we are retaining both street names, which will now be displayed as follows:
WAO KELE RD (ROAD G)
This will allow you to search for properties and listings using either street name.
How to Search Using the * Wildcard
REsearch allows you to use asterisks (*) to allow wildcard searches in most fields. If, for example, you only know the ‘alias’ name of a street in Hawaiian Acres, you can enter *ROAD G* in the “Street” field.
This will display any street that matches that pattern, allowing you to select “WAO KELE RD (ROAD G)” from the list.
Updates Are Ongoing
These updates are well underway and will proceed subdivision by subdivision. We look forward to completing this data normalization effort for nearly all of Hawaii Island in the next few months. We hope you will agree that the work will be worthwhile and improve REsearch for everyone.
Our Data Quality department is dedicated to exactly that: quality data. And Hawaii Information Service is always looking for ways we can improve. If you have questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.