Maui Kula Laveder Farm

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.

Luau’s

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A popular activity that most Maui vacationers want to experience is a luau.  Most of the hotels on the island offer their own luau’s which is nice since your alcoholic beverages are included in the pricing.

For a family friendly luau, Ka’anapali Beach Luau offers kids 5 and under are free.  The buffet style luau serves pork, fish, steak, fresh greens, and a desert bar.  Be entertained by luau dancers and listen to music influenced by Don Ho and Elvis.   The dramatic finale includes fire knife dancers!

For those looking for a more romantic experience, The Feast at Lele is the luau for you.  Feast at Lele is located in Lahaina.  This four course gourmet meal is a Polynesian celebration is served directly to you at your table.  While feasting on your dinner, enjoy the dances representing each part of the Polynesian island inspired dish.

The Hyatt Luau is the best for kids.  Kids are often invited onstage to participate in hula lessons.  This luau is also served buffet style.  Menu includes fish, pork, chicken, rice, soba noodles, tropical fruits and a desert bar.  The open bar includes fruit punch. mai tais, beer, wine, and mixed cocktails.

With many luau options to choose from, we are sure you will find one that offers exactly what you and your family are looking for!

Maui Brewers Festival 2014

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I hope your ready for a fun filled Saturday afternoon!  This Saturday May 17th from 4 pm to 7 pm is the Maui Brewers Festival.  Proceeds from the festival benefit the arts and cultural programs at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

Sample some of the best beers made in Hawaii while listening to live music and enjoying appetizers from local eateries.  Must be 21 or over to attend this event. For information on ticket packages as well as menus, visit mauiarts.org.  Have a fun and safe time, please don’t drink and drive.