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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hawaii: Support Maui's History at a Holiday Fundraiser - 12/01/14 01:25 PM
You'll find that when you're living on Maui the holiday season is always full of interesting, enriching events that continue to make our lovely island a wonderful place to live. The upcoming fundraiser bazaar for The Bailey House Museum is one such event. They call it "E Palama Mau 'O Maui," meaning "Cherish Maui's History." 
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hawaii: Life is Sweet Fundraiser in Wailea - 11/07/14 12:33 PM
Looking for a way to support your community with like-minded people? That's the great thing about living in South Maui, there are always enjoyable events designed to help others just a couple minutes away from any South Maui home. For example, the upcoming "Life is Sweet" fundraiser for Best Buddies Maui will feature amazing food and entertainment at the Shops at Wailea.
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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)

 
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