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Tomorrow, June 20th, marks the beginning of the Dragon Boat Festivals.  A Dragon Boat team consist of 20 paddlers, one tiller, one caller, and one flag catcher.  It is a sight to be enjoyed as the teams rhythmically glide across the water.  Dragon Boat Festivals will be celebrated in many parts of the world on different dates.

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Upcoming Events

One of the best things about Maui is there are lots of events happening weekly. With so many things to do, it’s definitely hard to choose just one!  Here are a few options for the upcoming week.

The Mui Nui Farm Farmers Market located in Kula runs every Thursday-Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The 40 acre farm is known for delicious produce.  Zucchini, avocados, bananas, and squash are just a few of the crops grown here.  If you don’t have a chance to make it out to the farm, produce is sold on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm at TJ’s Oriental Food Mart.  To learn more about the farm, including catering and tours, visit the Maui Nui Farm website.

Makawao Friday Town Party is every third Friday.  Happening this Friday, the theme is “Summer Lovin”.  Music on the main stage will be performed by local band Kanekoa.  The Keiki Zone will have pony rides, henna tattoos, balloon animals, and face painting.  Enjoy foods from Makawao award-winning restaurants.  For more information on events, and parking visit the Makawao Third Friday Facebook page here.

On Saturday the Maui Comedy Festival presents comedian Tim Barry.  Tim Barry has made stand up appearances on shows such as David Letterman, Late Night with Conan, and Jimmy Kimmel Live just to name a few.  Event location is at Charley’s Saloon & Restaurant in Paia with a ticket cost of $20.00.  You can purchase your tickets online, and view upcoming comedy events via the Maui Comedy Festival website here.

Shop and help out a good cause!  Every Sunday from June 7th through September 6th The Outlets of Maui in Lahaina present Summer Block Party for the Make-A-Wish Hawaii.  Sidewalk sales, Happy Hour pricing at Hard Rock Cafe, plus entertainment will be had at this free event.  Come to the Outlets on Front Street from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

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Weekly Events

The 34th annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival kicks off this Thursday June 11th at the Ritz Carlton.  The invitation only Master Class Introduction to Wine Tasting.  This class is for industry professional looking to unlock clues in wine tasting flavors and aromas.  Starting Friday June 12th events for those with tickets and 4 day passes begin.  All events showcase various wines.  The Grand Tasting Kapalua Style at the Montage on Friday from 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm will showcase premium wines paired with delicious cuisine. The event concludes with the Seafood Festival at the Ritz-Carlton on Sunday from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm.  14 of Maui’s finest restaurants will compete for the “Best of the Fest” award.  All events are 21 years and over.  To get more information on the festival including the schedule of events, visit their website here.

June 11th and 12th is the Maui Upcountry Ag and Farm Fair at the Oskie Rice Field and Arena.  Hours for both Saturday an Sunday are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The 4-H auction will be presented by the children that have raised them throughout the year.  Lots of games and activities just for kids under the Keiki Boot Tent.  Entertainment and good eating will be had by all throughout the weekend!  Check their Facebook page here for updates on the event.

HouseMart Ben Franklin Crafts summer keiki Crafts Class starts Monday June 15th through Friday June 19th at HouseMart in its Queen Kaahumanu Center store.  For children 8-10 years class will be held from 10 am to 12 noon.  For ages 11 and older, class will be held from 1 pm to 3 pm.  Cost is $20 per day or $60 for all 5 days.  Children will about different techniques, and have a different theme each day.   Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended.  Visit their website here for the class brochure and registration form.

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Summer Camps!

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Summer camps are a great way for kids to try something new, make new friends, and beat the summertime blues!  Having a variety of activities to choose from can make planning your summer loads of fun!

This may be an opportunity for your sports shy child to try something athletic without having to commit to an entire season.  A great one for both boys and girls is soccer.  Different age appropriate classes available starting June 22.  Age ranges from 4 years to 14 years old.  Each session runs a week-long teaching campers the basic skills of soccer, while emphasizing having fun!  For information on sessions, cost, and registration, visit the Catalyst Soccer website.

Rather use your hands than feet?  Basketball camp may be the camp you’re looking for!  From June 22 to June 26, Basketball Maui has two camps to choose from based on player level.  The Basketball Skills Camp will work on offense, defense, shooting, and team skills.  Available for girls and boys ages 7-13.  Next Level Advanced Player camp is for experience players looking for a challenging camp experience.  This camp is geared for boys and girls ages 14-19 years.  For more information visit the Basketball Maui website here.

For those looking to explore their more artistic side, Camp Kaluanui offers camps with a different theme each week.  For ages 5+ these weeklong camps will focus on being creative and imaginative! Some of the themes for this summer include School of Rock, House of Sun, and  I’m an Architect.  Pre-registration is required.  For more on cost, themes and registration, visit the Hui Noeau website here.

Maui Paintball has summer camps starting on June 8th for ages 10+.  Camp sessions run for two weeks, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Carpooling may be available in your area!  Campers will learn about safety, equipment maintenance, game types etc., that they will use during games while at camp.  Camps do sell out! Book your session as soon as possible.  Visit the Maui Paintball site for dates, rates, and a video from last years camp.

We hope everyone has a wonderful fun filled summer!

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The Hansen Ohana Newsletter: First Quarter 2015

Maui Luxury Real Estate LLC ~ http://www.MauiRealEstate.NET ~ 808-879-3667

First Quarter Report 2015

Aloha All,

As usual there is a lot happening around the Island.  Last month there was a phenomenal $41 million dollar sale in a large lot subdivision in Wailea/Makena.  To say the least this is a record home sale on Maui ~ and it is not even on the ocean, but it is private and is on over 3 acres.  You might not see this on-line as the Buyers and Sellers did not want any publicity.  This illustrates that the very high end remains strong.  There have also been two notable Keawakapu beachfront sales in 2015 – 3024 S Kihei Road was sold to a buyer from British Columbia, Canada for $14.5M and another small home just closed for $7.7M.  The properties over a million dollars in Wailea are taking a little pause, but their prices are holding well.

The prices on Maui under $1 million are doing well and there is about a 2 to 3 month supply of inventory which is very good for Maui.  The median price of a home on Maui was $583,300 last year but has actually dropped to $575,000 at the end of April this year.  The median price of a condo a year ago was $403,500, but now is $407,500.  Last month we were fairly close to economist Paul Brewbaker’s prediction of around 7% increase in prices per year.  As of the last meeting we had with Paul he continues to believe that this will continue for the next few years.  This month however, the median price of a home dropped, as it did in 2013 and 2014.  Is this a yearly seasonal change?  Maybe, but we do know that this may be a short window of opportunity from a steady climb approaching pre 2007 levels.

Developments in Wailea are moving forward.  A brand new hotel is going vertical and there is a lot of excitement on this.  It is an all-suite, 200 room hotel and is designed to appeal to families.  It is slated to be named The Residence Inn by Marriott and is located directly adjacent to the Wailea Town Center with very easy access to the Center and it’s now famous signature restaurant Matteo’s Osteria.  Try that restaurant, you won’t be disappointed.  When in the area please drop by our office any time.  It is right beside Matteo’s.
 
Something new to Wailea is happening at the Shops at Wailea.  It is called paid parking.  One other rumor is that the Shopping Center is for sale.  See the link here.  The owners are said to try the paid parking for a year to see what happens.  Many Wailea residents and guests are upset and are busy writing letters to the manager and owners, but it seems like it is moving forward anyway.  You can see the kiosks and gates going up now.  All I can say is that I am glad our office is at the Wailea Town Center and not at the Shops.  Time will tell on that one.  The good news is that a medium size grocery store is being constructed at the Shops to help with quick grocery items needed by the local residents and visitors is steadily progressing.

Speaking of oceanfront ~ have you had the opportunity to view the online photos of our 16 acre listing in Olowalu check the link here.  It’s a definite Wow.

If you prefer something a little smaller we also have a 2 acre property listed in Huelo right on the ocean with an absolutely awesome view.

Prefer a condo?  We have vacation rentable condos in popular complexes such as Kihei Beach unit 102, Maui Sunset B306, Kamaole Sands 9-104, Kamaole One #12, Maui Banyan H-503 and others.   If you are looking for possibly the two best home values in Wailea right now – be sure to check out our listings in Wailea Kialoa at 230 E Panana and Wailea Kai at 61 Waikai.

To receive updates regarding the projects throughout the Island (The Ritz Carlton Residences, Montage, the Upcountry brand new project, Wailea Golf Estates II, as well as many others) please email us.   We also blog about projects and other interesting news around the island as much as possible ~ please be sure to check our blog!

Fun events coming soon:

Friday May 22- 23rd: 46th Annual Barrio Fiesta at the War Memorial Soccer Field on Kaahumanu Ave.  Food concessions open at 5:00 pm, Parade of Queens starting at 5:35 pm.  Dance entertainment.  Saturday May 23rd at 10:00 am Veterans with be honored at a Memorial Service.  Games, races, and a talent contest will take place throughout the day.  Crowning 2015 Little Miss Barrio Fiesta will help conclude event. Updates available on the event Facebook page here.

May 24th – 30th is the popular Restaurant Week in Wailea.  It’s a great opportunity to enjoy fabulous restaurants and support the Maui Food Bank.  Additional information is available on their site here.

Wednesday June 3rd, through Sunday, June 7th:  Maui Film Festival!  New: Grand Wailea will host a Taste of Summer opening party!  Various ticket options as well as pricing available.  Find the various ticket package options here.  
Movie goers can save up to 20% on passes thru June 2. Event schedule available here.

Saturday and Sunday June 13th and 14th : Support our future farmers who have worked so diligently!  Maui’s Annual Upcountry 4H Livestock and Agricultural Fair. BBQ Cook-Off Contests, enjoy Maui made products, delicious food, rodeo and live entertainment.  Special appearances just for Keiki including Elsa from Frozen!  The event Facebook page, viewable here, has information and updates on the event.

Please contact us when you or someone you know is looking for real estate assistance.  Just drop us a line or give us a call.  Summer is around the corner and it is a great time to buy with interest rates still low.  Additionally, if you are considering selling, we would love the opportunity to discuss our experience, explain the market activity in the specific area your property is located, as well as show you our marketing plan.

Respectfully,

Bob, Clint, and Donna

The Hansen Ohana Real Estate Group

Bob Hansen, Realtor/Broker

Clint Hansen, Realtor/Broker

Donna Hansen, Realtor (S)