Tips On Visiting Haleakala, Maui



Haleakala is one of Maui’s most sought after activities for those visiting and residing on the island.  The volcano sits 10,023 feet above sea level.  Many people visiting choose to watch the sunrise early in the morning.  If your an early riser, wear warm layers and bring breakfast.  Food is not sold in the park so make sure to stock up if your planning to stay past sunrise.  Weather conditions are rather chilly, make sure to bring pants, shoes and layers!

There is plenty to do for the explorer.  With lush trails throughout the park, people enjoy hiking as well as horseback riding. Some hiking expeditions can last for three days and include camping.  The park contains many endangered wildlife.  You may delight in seeing the Nene, or Hawaiian goose, Hawaii’s state bird, or a flowering silversword blossom that take 50 years to bloom.


There really is something available for everyone at Haleakala National Park.  A true Maui treasure thats enjoyed by travelers and locals alike.  Activities and resources for your trip to Haleakala can be found here.

Summer Camps

Summer is rapidly approaching!  It’s a great time to explore classes for Keiki on Maui.  One great option for the theatre lover is Maui Academy of Performing Arts. MAPA has camps offered in Dance for ages 3-10.  These camps are geared toward teamwork and having fun!  Space is limited, and registration has begun as of April 7.

MAPA also offers Musical Theatre Camp with auditions for different productions. All the information for camps and registration can be found on the MAPA site here.

Pacific Whale Foundation offers summer sessions of Ocean Camp.  Camps are available from May to July with a different theme each week.  Rainforest’s of the Sea, Spineless Wonders, and Mighty Mollusks just to name a few.  Camp hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am-4:00 pm.  Information for Ocean Camp is viewable here via the Pacific Whale Foundation website.

Another great summer activity that is not only fun for kids but very educational is via the Maui Ocean Center.  The Maui Ocean Center has daily/weekly activities available throughout the year.  You can find more information from their website here.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy summer!  Mahalo!

Congratulations Bob, Donna and The Hansen Ohana!

The Hansen Ohana is proud to announce that our very own Bob and Donna Hansen were awarded the prestigious “Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Specialist for 2014″.  The Top Agents conference held this year in Scottsdale Arizona was attended by 140 of the most successful real estate professionals.  Training sessions and seminars were held by top experts and Christie’s executives.

The official news release courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate is viewable below.  Then Hansen Ohana is a proud affiliate of Christie’s International.  Mahalo for all your continued support!



Bob and Donna Hansen of The hansen OHana REAL ESTATE Group of Maui Estates International, LLC, were Awarded the



Specialist designation presented by

Christie’s International Real Estate and Christie’s Education



Maui, Hawaii – Leading The Hansen Ohana Real Estate Group of Maui Estates International, LLC sales associates Bob and Donna Hansen were awarded the distinction of “Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Specialist for 2014.” The Christie’s International Real Estate and Christie’s Education specialist designation was awarded recently at the Top Agents Conference in Scottsdale, AZ.

Bob and Donna were identified as one of the 140 most successful real estate professionals in the Christie’s International Real Estate network, the world’s leading network of real estate brokerages and the real estate arm of Christie’s auction house. Criteria for participation in the conference included a requirement that each attendee be among the top 10% of sales for his or her Affiliate brokerage.


“We were delighted that The Hansens participated in our Top Agents Conference,” said Bonnie Stone Sellers, CEO of Christie’s International Real Estate. “Together with Christie’s International Real Estate and The Hansen Ohana Group of Maui Estates International], Bob and Donna Hansen are leaders in the luxury real estate market and is positioned to meet the needs of the world’s most discerning buyers and sellers of luxury real estate. This specialist symposium offered insights into marketing to the upper-tiers of the luxury market, and allowed attendees to explore ways in which to increase their level of service to clients through their exclusive connection with Christie’s International Real Estate.”


This two-day networking and educational event featured seminars led by top industry experts and senior executives of Christie’s and Christie’s International Real Estate. Topics included how to position a listing to attract buyers worldwide; negotiation strategies in the luxury end of the real estate market; how to take advantage of state-of-the-art global marketing techniques; and Christie’s perspectives on the art market and its connection to the luxury real estate sector.


Conference guest speakers included Milton Pedraza, CEO of The Luxury Institute, a leading voice about high-net-worth consumers; Michael Kamins, consultant with the Gap Partnership, which delivers negotiation advice to more than 350 corporate clients; Paul Hewitt, Managing Director of Growth Markets for Christie’s in Europe, the Middle East, Russia and India; Julie Reiss, Associate Professor, Christie’s Education; Paul Provost, Deputy Chairman, Christie’s Americas; and Jonathan Stone, Chairman of Asian Art, Christie’s.


“It is an honor to have Bob and Donna Hansen designated as a Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Specialist,” said Bonnie Sellers. “This is a powerful tool that will not only help these agents distinguish their businesses within the marketplace, but will elevate their global standing in the luxury sector. I applaud their hard work and leadership and look forward to their implementation of new concepts and strategies garnered from the experience.”




About Christie’s International Real Estate

Christie’s International Real Estate is an invitation-only Affiliate network composed of the world’s most proven and qualified real estate specialists in the luxury residential sector. The company has offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Beverly Hills, Chicago, and Palm Beach, and more than 135 global Affiliates with 27,000 real estate professionals in 45 countries. For additional information about Christie’s International Real Estate, please visit






The Garden Of Eden Reborn At Kupu Hou on Maui

Kupu Hou ~ Fresh New Life.  That is the name that so aptly describes 1651 Naalae in lower Kula, Maui.  This truly unique property encompasses the meaning Kupu Hou.  Since receiving organic certification in 2009, Kupu Hou has maintained strict standards farming 650 Maui Mokka coffee plantings, as well as strawberry papaya, sugarloaf pineapples, koa and sandalwood trees plus so much more ~ all on 7.9 acres.

Working with nature has been the philosophy of the owners of Kupu Hou.  Great attention and care has gone into the permaculture ethics of organic farming.  Making systems work efficiently with nature is enhanced thus making the farm more productive with little waste.  Hugelkulturs are used for water harvesting, and the main home is completely off the grid thanks to a 7 kw system.  With bi-coastal views, a serene setting, multiple quality living structures and an abundance of beauty Kupu Hou is a true legacy property.

The land of opportunity awaits you.  Please watch this Maui featured property listing and get to know Kupu Hou and why it is so special.



Iao Valley State Park


Iao Needle Iao Valley State Park Maui Hawaii

If your looking for beauty along with nature, visiting Iao Valley State Park may be the perfect fit for you.  Covered in rainforest, the park is considered Maui’s second wettest location.  The 6.2-acre park has trails and great photo opportunities.  Be sure to read the signs throughout the trail that give the history of what has taken place at that location.

For the more adventurous, you may want to bring your swimsuit.  The Iao Stream located in the park houses small rapids and pools that are fun to swim and play in.  Be advised swimming in the stream during heavy rains can be dangerous and is not recommended.

The park is open daily from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Parking is free for Hawaii residents, and $5.00 for standard vehicles.  For more information including photos and videos visit their website here.