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150 Ala Hoku

Views! Views! Views! Ocean, outer island AND mountain! This freshly remodeled 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom single level home is a true masterpiece and entertainer’s dream. Incredible kitchen with top of the line appliances and attention to every detail. The open and spacious floor plan is filled with natural light while keeping convenience and flow in mind. Phenomenally located on over 2 acres offering privacy and serenity. Looking for a dream piece of paradise? This is a must see.

 

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Enjoying your Mother-Daughter Vacation On Maui

Maui with Mother DaughterSpending quality time with children is always a treasured gift.  Many mothers and daughters spend special quality bonding time by traveling to Maui for vacation.  For most, relaxing on beautiful sandy beaches is the number 1 priority of their trip.  Others want to see sights, shop, or have an adventure.  Here are some tips for things to do and see while on your mother-daughter vacation on Maui.

If you enjoy painting and being artistic, you would enjoy an Island Art Party!  Create your own keepsake from your Maui getaway.  Sessions typically run 2-3 hours.  All the supplies you need are included in the price.  Be sure to make a reservation!  Varies times and classes available so check out their website.

Getting pampered on your vacation is always a must.  Who wouldn’t enjoy the royal treatment with facials, massages, or a pedicure!  The Grand Wailea Spa offers a truly luxurious atmosphere to be spoiled for the day.  The Grand Wailea Spa was voted one of the Top 10 spas in the United States by Conde Nast Traveler.  The Ritz-Carlton allows you access to the spa facilities for the remainder of the day when you have a scheduled treatment.  They even offer summer spa specials.  Hair services, skin care and various massage packages are all available.

Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch at the Alii Kula Lavender Farm.  After exploring the beauty of the lavender farm, or joining one of the daily guided tours a basket lunch with a variety of sandwiches and salads will curb your appetite!  Also included is your beverage choice and a lavender infused dessert!

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Take advantage of your mother-daughter time with a fun day of shopping!  Exclusive boutique shopping can be found at The Shops at Wailea.  Various retailers, art galleries, and dining can be found at The Shops.  Whalers Village has a little of everything to offer.  Shopping, dining, and a calendar of activities available for that month.  Boutiques, surf shops, and art can be found in Pa’ia for a unique shopping experience like none of the others.  After a full day shopping there are a number of eateries to choose from. Pizza, burritos, or fish are all available.

Not all vacationers are looking for rest and relaxation.  Those that are looking for adventure can check out Adventure Maui.  Here you will find information for everything from helicopter tours, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, and surf lessons.  This is a great resource in helping you plan activities and make advance reservations.

Maui offers a variety of both adventurous and leisure activities for all to enjoy!

Maui Real Estate

70 Hale Alii Place

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Located in sought after Wailea Fairway Estates, this stunningly beautiful home is a residential work of art, with every detail designed to create an elegant yet comfortable lifestyle.

Impressive landscaped grounds boast a sun drenched pool and spa, lush tropical plantings, ultimate privacy and a soothing waterfall.

Just moments away from world renowned beaches and the incomparable Shops of Wailea, this architecturally designed home balances entertainment spaces with relaxed everyday amenities. Custom built by current owners in 2001, this private retreat has been meticulously maintained and nurtured to create an oasis of peaceful serenity.

Enjoy ocean views from the living room, kitchen and master suite which all open to a large covered lanai.

The gourmet kitchen with five burner gas cook-top and top-of-the-line appliances makes entertaining a joy. Besides the large master suite there are three other bedrooms. A spacious family room open to the lanais leading to the tropical pool and spa.

Truly a tranquil hideaway seamlessly integrated with the natural beauty of the island of Maui.

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Hansen Ohana Economic Report

Hansen Ohana Family MauiWe attended a recent economic report from Paul Brewbaker at the State of Hawaii 100 Top Realtors meeting on Maui in June.

At that meeting Mr. Brewbaker reported that Maui should fare well in home price increases over the next several years. He feels that price increases should be in the 7% to 10% range until at least the early 2020’s. As you recall we had unsustainable increases in prices in 2004, 2005 and 2006 which was over 20% per year. That is what creates a bubble.

Our current increases in prices at 7% to 10% are sustainable at least for the short term. This is especially true for Maui as the demand for new housing is estimated at over 850 units per year (not even including mainland and foreign buyers) but there are estimated to be only about 350 permits issued per year.

With the projected increases in interest rates and the small increases in rates recently it should spur some buyers who have been sitting on the sidelines.

Paul Brewbaker’s idea on a way to increase affordable housing is to encourage developers and anyone to go ahead and build as many homes as possible at or below the median sales price which is currently at $575,000. The current County rules on affordable housing are resulting in less affordable housing, not more.

The County currently wants developers to provide 50% of any subdivision to be (in their definition) affordable, which is even lower than it should be. This seems to have pushed developers to pass on building on Maui and build where there are less restrictions.

So what it does all mean? Supply and Demand. Economists’ indicators are for increasing prices.

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A Day Upcountry

Most people think of Maui and imagine the beach with beautiful sunsets, warm ocean water, and sandy beaches.  Maui has a beauty that doesn’t get the same attention their beaches may get.  Known as Upcountry, there are a variety of organic farms, places to eat, and shopping to enjoy.

Kula Country Farm has delicious strawberries as well as other fruits, vegetables and flowers.  The Kula produce stand is located on the slopes of Haleakala offers fresh produce that is replenished daily.  The pumpkin patch and Christmas at the farm are two family friendly events.  Make sure to check their website for dates and hours of operation.

If you’re looking for something truly unique, you may want to try the tour at Organic Ocean Vodka.  Open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, tours run every 30 minutes with the last tour starting at 4:00 pm.  A great lesson in sustainable farming and preservation of the land and ocean, ticket prices range from $10 to $25 ($25 includes lunch).

In need of a pick me up?  Stop at Grandma’s Coffee for some organic coffee and fresh-baked goods.  Open 7 days a week from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Sit on the outdoor deck and enjoy the views of the ocean and mountains!  Surfing Goat Dairy has gourmet cheeses, goat cheese truffles, and some yummy cheesecake.  Bring your appetite with you!  It’s also a great place to get a gift basket!  Check their website for hours of operation.

After you get your fill of food and treats, you will want to do some shopping in Makawao.  Makawao Fine Art Gallery was founded in 1986 and has become one of the finest galleries in Hawaii. Works displayed are both local and nationally known artists.  At Worcester Glass Works you can watch the glass making process.  Original works sold on site in the shop!

Every third Friday, Maui Fridays is happening in Makawao.  Enjoy music, entertainment, activities,  and shopping.  A fun family event that everyone will enjoy.  Nights tend to be chilly so be sure to bring a light jacket!