Major Funds Released For Airport Improvements

Over $305 million in funds is being released for improvements to the roadway and also for rental car facility at the Kahului Airport.  The new Consolidated Car Rental Facility will be more convenient for travels and help with traffic congestion at the airport.  Other improvements expected at the site include a people mover system, customer service building, roadway connections to and from the terminal, and employee parking spaces.  The improvements should bring in a boost to the economy and well as more jobs.  You can read the article via MauiNow here.

May Lei Day Today



The very first Lei Day was held May 1, 1927.  This now annual event is celebrated across the islands with music, food, and festivals taking place.  Each island has a different type of lei that is worn for the celebration.  Maui celebrates with the lokelani Lei.  A light pink sweetly scented flower.

Here on Maui, the celebration will continue through Friday with a concert by Brothers Cazimero at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.  This is a May Lei Day annual tradition.  Concert time is 7:30 pm.

Have fun today celebrating the true Aloha spirit of the lei!

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






Rock & Brews Opening in Pa’ia


Rockers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley hosted a private party with 200 guests at their new Rock & Brews restaurant in Pa’ia on Maui.  The restaurant is scheduled to open to the public on February 15.  Patrons will be able to enjoy American cuisine, local favorites, and Pa’ia largest selection of craft beer.  You can read this article via yahoo finance here.

2014 Tax Season Information

The Internal Revenue Service will commence the 2014 filing season on January 31.  The date change will enable the federal government to test systems after the 16 day shutdown in October.  April 15th is still the deadline. to file.  You can find more valuable tax information here.  Thank you to Patrick Kilbride for the informative flyer.