hawaii: Hawaii Seniors 4th Healthiest in the Nation - 05/29/15 12:58 PM
A recent report from the United Health Foundation has revealed that Hawaii's seniors are among the healthiest in the nation. While it's true that some of that is attributed to ethnic trends, there are other factors. If you're thinking of buying South Maui real estate for your retirement, you might find the following information worthwhile.
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hawaii: Maui 5th Annual Huliau Youth Environmental Film Festival - 05/22/15 12:09 PM
It's that exciting time of year again for Maui's students as they graduate from high school and begin the next step in the journey of their lives. Some of these talented keiki are part of an extra special event that takes place this time every year: the Huliau Youth Environmental Film Festival. These films are a testament to the creativity, hard work and community support surrounding the efforts of our island's students, which should be inspiring to those of you who are thinking about moving your families here and buying a home on Maui.
 
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hawaii: Hawaii Capable of Running on 100 Percent Clean Energy - 04/24/15 03:38 PM
The Environmental Council Annual Report for 2014 has revealed that Hawaii is capable of generating all its electrical power and transportation fuels from renewable energy, which will likely lead to new goals that reflect that potential. Where transportation is concerned, the report emphasized that new policies and procedures are needed if we are going to reduce the use of fossil fuels. From a Maui home owner's perspective, both changes will impact the cost of living on the island, which will hopefully be for the better, as intended.
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hawaii: Maui Home Sales Spike in March - 04/17/15 12:24 PM
The Realtors Association of Maui has recently released its monthly real estate statistics report for the county. Looking into the trends revealed in the report is a great way to stay abreast of changes in the market for Maui real estate buyers and sellers alike. In March, home sales spiked, and prices rose.
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hawaii: New Home Sales Highest in Seven Years - 04/03/15 02:19 PM
Based on a recent report from the Census Bureau, new single-family homes have spiked to their highest level in seven years. This is encouraging news, not only for the health of the real estate market, but for the construction industry, which is an important source of jobs here on Maui.

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hawaii: Maui to Host Startup Weekend in Kihei - 03/27/15 04:38 PM
The push to establish Kihei as a tech hub continues with Startup Weekend Maui officially scheduled for May 15-17. These developments are worth keeping an eye on, especially when it comes to buying real estate. Tech jobs generate strong revenue, overall, and stimulate the economy, which drives up both rental and real estate prices. These areas quickly become some of the most expensive places to live, but if you make your real estate investment beforehand, your property value is much more likely to increase.
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hawaii: Book Trust Fundraiser in Wailea - 03/13/15 05:11 PM
One of the perks to buying South Maui real estate is that interesting events are at your fingertips all year round. For example, the 3rd Annual Book Trust Extravaganza is coming up on March 14th. This year's theme is Casino Royale. All the proceeds from this lively fundraiser will support the Book Trust's wonderful efforts to help our island's keiki (children) develop strong literacy skills, empowering them for a life of learning.
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hawaii: Pending Real Estate Sales Up in January - 03/06/15 12:18 PM
Toward the end of February, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released data indicating that pending home sales jumped significantly in January. Sales were low, but contract signings were high. In fact, pending home sales were at their highest since August of 2013.
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hawaii: Fairmont Kea Lani Completes $70 Million Renovation - 02/27/15 05:11 PM
The Fairmont Kea Lani is poised on a beautiful 22-acre oceanfront Wailea property, its exotic architecture and vivid white coloration like a beacon to the eyes of whoever passes by. The hotel just completed its three-year, $70-million renovation. Now, all of the 413 one-bedroom suites have a new, tropical contemporary design. The 37 two-story villas have been fitted with new furniture, decor, carpet and lighting.
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hawaii: Hawaii Residents Confident About Economy - 02/20/15 02:32 PM
A report from People's Pulse revealed that Hawaii residents are generally confident about the current economic conditions of the state, as well as the direction it's going. The organization has been tracking confidence since 1999.
 
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hawaii: Median Maui Real Estate Prices Down in January - 02/13/15 02:01 PM
If you've been considering a South Maui real estate purchase, but you're unsure about the timing, you will probably be interested to know that the median price of Maui homes sold in January fell by 17 percent. Of course, this is largely due to fewer luxury homes being sold that month, but there are more details to be aware of.
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hawaii: Hawaii Job Market and Commercial Real Estate Up - 02/06/15 12:40 PM
Prospective Maui home buyers who are concerned with the economic health of the island should be happy to hear that Hawaii's unemployment rate dropped to 4 percent in December, compared to 4.7 percent in the same month in 2013. The rate is seasonally adjusted, and the information comes from the state Department of Labor & Industrial Relations.
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hawaii: New Plan for Rooftop Solar Connections to Grid - 01/30/15 12:12 PM
Hawaii's march toward cheaper, renewable energy sources is struggling with a bit of a bottleneck. No, it's not the cost of rooftop solar installation for customers, it's the number of installations that the grid can integrate. The good news is that Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) has recently proposed a new plan to increase the number of systems that can connect to the grid. If you're looking for real estate in South Maui, you may have already noticed that rooftop solar is becoming prevalent. This makes a whole lot of sense, considering that we live in one of the sunniest places on … (0 comments)

hawaii: Five Diamond Rating Awarded to Four Seasons Resort - 01/23/15 10:34 AM
AAA Hawaii has recently announced the establishments that received their Five Diamond Rating for 2014. Unsurprisingly, two of them were Maui resorts.five diamond rating awarded to four seasons resort
The other winners included two restaurants on Oahu, which were Chef Mavro and La Mer, along with one resort on the Big Island, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. The Maui winners were the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua and the Four Seasons Resort at Wailea, which is located here in South Maui. What does this distinction mean? Every year, AAA reviews over 28,000 hotels, resorts, historic inns and B&Bs. Only 0.4 percent of them make … (0 comments)

hawaii: Maui Yo-Yo Ma Concert - 01/16/15 11:22 AM
Every so often, we like to take a break from our serious Maui real estate blog topics and point out something fun to our readers. After all, choosing to live on Maui isn't all about home prices and economic trends. Sometimes, it's worth discussing the opportunities for fun and enjoyment that abound here. On that note, world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma is going to perform here on Maui on January 22nd, which is this coming Thursday.
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hawaii: Hawaii Accommodations Tax Revenue - 01/12/15 10:36 AM
Last year was a good one for Hawaii, not just because of the visitor industry records and their beneficial impact on the economy, but also for the state's tax revenue from those sources. If you're thinking about buying a Maui home for use as a vacation rental for at least part of the year, you might find the following numbers interesting.
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hawaii: Bank of Hawaii No. 2 on Forbes List - 12/26/14 11:35 AM
There's a funny little trend among some who live on the U.S. Mainland, and it involves not taking Hawaii very seriously. Specifically, this tends to apply to business. There are those who just assume that nothing serious is going on here, and that laying on the beach takes up the majority of our time as Hawaii residents. Some prospective Maui home owners who are contemplating a move have run into this attitude among friends, family, co-workers, etc. That's why it brings a smile to a lot of faces here in Hawaii when our businesses trounce their competitors all over the nation.
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hawaii: Hawaii is the Healthiest State Again - 12/19/14 01:46 PM
If you needed one more reason to buy Maui real estate and move here permanently, Hawaii topped the United Health Foundation's list of healthiest states this year. That's the second year in a row that we've earned that distinction. If people question your decision to move here, you can just tell them it's a health decision! 
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hawaii: Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra's Annual Winter Concert - 12/12/14 01:39 PM
The Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra's Annual Winter Concert is coming up on December 14th. Over twenty Maui students from eight local schools will be providing us with a wonderful performance. It's free to attend, for both adults and children. If you're thinking about buying Maui real estate and moving your family out here, education is probably on your mind. This concert is a great opportunity to learn more about what Maui has to offer to its students.
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hawaii: Hawaii Visitor Spending on Target for Record Year - 12/05/14 12:21 PM
Based on October statistics, Hawaii is on target for a record year in visitor expenditures, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA).  Arrivals were up 3 percent to 659,821 visitors and expenditures were up 2.2 percent to $1.14 million, compared to October of last year.
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