hawaii: Free Health Care Education Events in Kihei - 10/10/14 12:23 PM
If you're thinking about buying a South Maui home for retirement, or you're simply a resident without employer-based health care coverage, the upcoming workshop on health care education may be of interest you. Nothing is more important than your health, so if you have questions, this is an ideal opportunity to ask them. 
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hawaii: Big Gain in Maui Hotel Occupancy - 09/12/14 02:06 PM
Hawaii hotel occupancy was up 2.5 percent in the last week of August, according to a report by Hospitality Advisors LLC and STR Inc. What's interesting about it is that the gain was largely attributed to Maui's 8 percent spike in occupancy, which was a higher increase than the neighboring islands earned. Why does this matter to us as South Maui real estate specialists? The state's primary economic driver is the visitor industry, and its performance shapes Maui lifestyles in many ways. Also, if you're not familiar with the island, South Maui is a major vacation destination, and visitors become buyers … (0 comments)

hawaii: Hawaii Foreclosures Down in July - 08/22/14 01:48 PM
According to RealtyTrac, Hawaii foreclosures plunged by 50 percent in July, compared to the same month last year. Why such a dramatic change? Yes, the economy has been improving, but there are a few factors in particular that analysts credit. First, unemployment has fallen significantly since July of last year. Second, property values are rising fast. Third, there's a new Hawaii law that requires attorneys to check all documents required before filing foreclosure complaints in the courts, which is something you might have expected them to do in the first place, but evidently many did not.
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hawaii: New South Maui Residential Development - 08/15/14 01:08 PM
Keeping an eye on South Maui real estate developments? Alexander & Baldwin Inc. recently won their final zoning approval for the 600-unit housing project they've been planning for 95 acres in the South Maui area. Low housing inventory and high demand are major driving forces behind this development, which will be situated mauka (toward the mountain side) of Piilani Highway between Kaiwahine Street and the end of Mokulele Highway.
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hawaii: Hawaii Fourth Safest State in Nation - 06/27/14 01:11 PM
According to a recent report from WalletHub, Hawaii is the fourth-safest state in the nation. That should mean a great deal for anyone considering a move to Maui, or any other island in our beautiful state. Parents in particular can set their minds at ease when moving here from the 46 states that fell below Hawaii's safety level.
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hawaii: Hawaii Foreclosures Down By Half in May - 06/20/14 01:28 PM
A recent report from RealtyTrac revealed that Hawaii foreclosures fell by 48 percent in May, with only 211 homes in some stage of foreclosure. The foreclosure rate is now one in every 2,464 homes. Meanwhile, the national average is the lowest it's been since 2006. What a reassuring transition after the challenges of the recession.
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hawaii: Annual Kids Inc. Business Showcase on Maui - 06/13/14 12:58 PM
If you're thinking about moving your family to Maui, you're probably concerned with the kinds of educational opportunities that your kids will have access to. There seem to be endless extracurricular activities and programs here, along with numerous community efforts to enrich our children's education and prepare them for their role as the future leaders of Maui.
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hawaii: Lanai Real Estate - 06/06/14 02:07 PM
We've been through all the beautiful Maui real estate areas, along with the many charming options on Molokai, and now we've arrived at our final stop: Lanai! Before we get started exploring Lanai real estate, you should know that it's not only smaller, geographically, but so is its population.
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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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