hawaii: Art of Trash Maui 2014 - 04/04/14 05:45 PM
It's almost time for the Maui community to get together for the Art of Trash exhibit of 2014, presented by Sharing Aloha Maui, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainability. This fascinating, lively event provides residents from Maui County with an opportunity to express their creativity while simultaneously demonstrating the value of reusing materials that would otherwise be dumped in our landfills. If you're skeptical as to the quality of art that could come from reused materials, just look at the slideshow from Art of Trash 2013.
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hawaii: Maui Home Ownership and Renting - 03/14/14 12:51 PM
For some, the search for the perfect Maui dream home can be a daunting process, especially if you live on the Mainland. As South Maui real estate specialists, we do our best to make sure you can get the most information possible out of listings on our website, and that you'll have an easy time searching based on the criteria that applies to you. That being said, you obviously need to see a property in person before deciding to buy, and in most cases, you'll want to view numerous properties throughout this process, but that can be tricky to accomplish when … (0 comments)

hawaii: Hawaii Energy Savings Reports - 01/27/14 02:05 PM
As South Maui real estate specialists, we like to keep an eye out for innovations that improve thelives of homeowners anywhere in Hawaii, and on that note, an interesting story came out recently about saving on electric bills. Hawaii Energy has begun sending Oahu residents free reports that compare their electricity usage to their neighbors in order to encourage energy efficiency, and it seems to be working. What a simple, smart idea.
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hawaii: Hawaii Home Insurance Premium Comparisons - 01/17/14 12:29 PM
The state of Hawaii has recently made it easier to get comparative information about insurance plans. As Maui real estate specialists, we especially appreciate the homeowner comparison guide, but they have also provided guides for motor-vehicle and health insurance premiums.
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hawaii: Oahu Power Grid Connection Public Meeting on Maui - 01/10/14 12:08 PM
A few weeks ago, we wrote a blog about an undersea cable grid connection between Maui and Oahu, and the potential for ratepayers to save millions in the years to come. Now Hawaii regulators will be holding a public meeting about the cable this month on Maui. That means that Maui home owners and residents can attend and have their thoughts heard on the Maui to Oahu power grid connection.
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hawaii: Hawaii Construction Jobs High - 01/03/14 01:24 PM
As analysts predicted, construction jobs in Hawaii grew substantially in 2013. In fact, 1,300 jobs in that sector were added, which is great to hear, not just for those who have found employment, but also for Hawaii real estateand the economy overall. 
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hawaii: Maui Employment Comparison - 12/27/13 01:25 PM
By Mark Harbison
For many who are deliberating on a permanent move and Hawaii real estate purchase, employment is an important concern. You may know that the Honolulu economy is big, but what if you don't prefer an urban environment? What if you've taken a vacation to Maui and you prefer it over the other islands? In this case, looking at unemployment information may be helpful.
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hawaii: Maui Recycling and Employment Boost - 11/01/13 01:05 PM
Here on Maui, there are often reports about falling unemployment these days, and there are a lot of major strides being made in green living. However, it's not often that we hear about substantial gains in both categories via one project. That's exactly what we're seeing from Anaergia Services.
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hawaii: Hawaii Bankruptcy Filings Drop in September - 10/11/13 02:08 PM
As Maui real estate experts, we like to keep our eye on the Hawaii economy as a whole, especially when the reports focus on statistics that can influence the Maui housing market. Amid the nervousness and tension surrounding last week's government shutdown, we were glad to read about the report from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Honolulu that provided statistics on a 4.4 percent drop in the number of bankruptcy cases filed in Hawaii, compared to the same month last year.
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hawaii: Kihei Piilani Promenade Project - 10/04/13 01:10 PM
The Piilani Promenade project has been revised, and if it gets built, it will be a rather large commercial and residential real estate addition to South Maui. The plan originally included a 700,000-square-foot retail center called the Maui Outlets and Piilani Promenade, but the Hawaii Land Use Commission rejected the outlet and retail center plan because the developer didn't meet zoning conditions. Now the plan has changed.
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hawaii: 8th Annual Maui Ukulele Festival - 09/27/13 12:43 PM
A relaxing, family-friendly event with no admission and plenty of fun.
Sometimes it's a good idea to take a break from our busy, productive lives for an enjoyable evening out. Even living in South Maui, things can get hectic, and work can be taxing, but there's a reason we choose to live our lives on this stunning tropical island. No matter how hard you work, it's still a wonderful place to relax.
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hawaii: Maui Wind Energy Improvements Lower Electric Bills - 09/13/13 12:31 PM
For those of you who are in the market for a beautiful South Maui property but are concerned about energy costs, you'll be pleased to hear a recent bit of news from Maui Electric Co. (MECO). Thanks to improvements of their generator control systems and the full incorporation of the battery energy storage system at the Kaheawa Wind II farm, MECO is now using 91 percent of available wind energy compared to the 72 percent it was able to use before. This means better savings for customers.
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hawaii: Hawaii Unemployment and Bankruptcy Claims Fall in January - 02/20/13 05:48 PM
 
 During the month of January, Hawaii unemployment claims fell by 20 percent and bankruptcy claims fell by 25 percent. These substantial changes are great news, especially the bankruptcies, which haven't been at such a low level since January of 2008, according to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Honolulu. There were 159 bankruptcy filings in January this year, as opposed to 212 filings during the same month last year. Year over year, Chapter 7 filings fell by 31.5 percent, while Chapter 13 filings fell by 4.3 percent. The unemployment data came from the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, … (0 comments)

hawaii: Auwahi Wind Project Online for Cheaper Maui Energy - 01/04/13 11:40 PM
The Auwahi Wind project on Ulupalakua Ranch is officially online, as of last week Thursday. The ranch is located up the slopes of Haleakala from the real estate in South Maui that we represent. Energy efficiency projects, such as Smart Grid technology, are a big theme in our beautiful corner of the island, so the Auwahi Wind project is a subject of interest among South Maui home and condo owners who are pushing for continual improvements in energy affordability. The 21-megawatt wind project cost $140 million, and was completed on time and on budget. It was a major step towards Hawaii's goal … (0 comments)

hawaii: Maui Hotel Occupancy Up and Rates Down - 12/28/12 03:16 PM
 

During the week that ended on December 14th, Hawaii hotel occupancy was up 7.5 percent compared to the same week last year. Hotels were 71.6 percent full. Average daily room rates went up 5 percent to $185. Those are the numbers for the state, but Maui itself had the largest increase in occupancy of any of the islands with a 17 percent jump compared to the same week last year. Hotels here were 73.6 percent occupied, which was higher than the state average. What's interesting is that Maui generally has the highest average daily room rate of the islands, … (0 comments)

hawaii: Dine Out for Hospice Maui - 11/11/12 04:43 PM
On Tuesday, November 13th, Maui residents and visitors alike will be dining out, and for a long list of restaurants, part of the proceeds will go to Hospice Maui. It's all part of the Dine Out For Hospice Maui event, and there are 29 participating restaurants to choose from. This worthy event takes place every year, and it's a great way to make a difference while enjoying an evening out with your friends and family. If, like us, you are lucky enough to live in South Maui, the nearest participating restaurants are Buzz's Wharf Restaurant, Capishce, Fabiani's Bakery & Pizzeria, Mala … (3 comments)

hawaii: Haleakala Waldorf School to Add High School at Hui - 10/12/12 09:59 PM

A surprising partnership has emerged on Maui, between the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center and Haleakala Waldorf School. Next year, Waldorf will add a high school program on the grounds of the Hui. It might not come as a surprise to some, but the teaming up of groups like these isn't the kind of thing you see every day, and in this case, it sounds brilliant. Haleakala Waldorf School is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, with 260 students in a program that ends with the 8th grade. Its new plan will include the admission of 25 new students in 9th and … (0 comments)

hawaii: South Maui Honua'ula Luxury Development - 10/05/12 11:31 PM
 

The Honua'ula luxury golf community which was planned for Wailea has come up in the news recently, addressing the affordable housing units that were to be included and built before the project's other components. What does the Honua'ula project consist of, specifically? It includes 670 acres above the Wailea Resort in South Maui. About 370 acres or 55 percent of the site will be for residential use, single-family homes will comprise 260 acres, multi-family homes will include 110 acres. This means that out of 1,400 planned residences, 60 percent are multi-family and 40 percent are single-family. Housing density will be … (0 comments)

hawaii: Chili Cook-off Fundraiser for Children's Medical Care - 09/29/12 09:42 PM
On September 30th, between 4-6pm, those with the best chili recipes will face off in whipping up the tastiest creation. The money generated will benefit Shriner's Hospitals for Children Patient Transportation Fund, which allows kids who are afflicted with fire related injuries to get the medical treatment and rehabilitation they need, regardless of what their family can afford. This is a great cause, so attending for the benefit of these kids is an added motivation to the scrumptious food and all the fun the Maui Fair has to offer.
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hawaii: Maui Rotary Club Oktoberfest Fundraiser - 09/22/12 12:42 PM

The Maui Rotary Club hosted the Oktoberfest fundraiser with proceeds going to the Rotary Clubs of Kihei-Wailea, Wailuku, 
and Upcountry Maui. The event was held at the King Kamehameha Golf Club. This lively event was a recreation of Germany's Oktoberfest and featured harvest themes with German-inspired pupus and beer. The event also features the Oompah band perform and bring zesty German style tunes. For those who don't know much about the Rotary Club, we are a non-profit organization made up of a broad range of professionals working to improve the communities throughout the nation. Our projects help with various community … (1 comments)

 
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