The Hansen Ohana Gives Back To The Community

Thank you Clint Hansen, Maui Paintball Owner and Broker/Partner at The Hansen Ohana’s Maui Luxury Real Estate LLC, for giving back to our Maui community and Maui’s future by supporting the teen academy and the Children’s Justice Center.

Maui Paintball hosted police training simulation for approximately 10 teens who participated in the second annual Maui Police Department Teen Academy. Not only did the teens learn firearm safety, they participated in fitness training, CPR training, toured a correctional facility, and also toured the Wailuku Police Station cooperatively with Pyramis Company.

To participate in the program, students must show an interest in a police career, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students must fill out an application and be interviewed by a three-officer panel before being chosen as one of the ten to participate.

Clint Hansen donates the use of the paintball field, time of his employees, safety gear, and equipment to the program. To read more about the Teen Academy, visit the Maui News website here.

Congratulations to all on the continued success of the program!

Expansion Being Considered

We were pleased to see the county considering plans to expand Kula Agricultural Park.  If you have ever attended a 4H event and watched our future farmers with such enthusiasm on their faces as they learn about the different aspects of farming, it can make your heart sing.

The Maui News reported that the county is considering leasing and hopefully eventually purchasing 869 acres of former sugar cane land. The hope is to open the doors for small farmers who otherwise don’t have the opportunity for small farming parcels.

The 869 acres the county is considering would be able to grow crops that would include bananas, papayas, pineapples, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, potatoes and chickpeas. Livestock could also be raised there as well.

To read the entire article via the Maui News, visit their website here.

For The Love Of Coffee!

Since I am a coffee-holic the richness of a good coffee without bitterness makes the world of difference to me, especially that first morning cup! So far in my search I have found Maui Coffee Roasters to be the best. We were fortunate enough to meet Seymour when we were looking into growing our own coffee beans to enjoy. He was an incredible man.

Congratulations to Olinda Organic Farms for winning Best Overall Coffee out of 107 entries at the Maui Seed to Cup coffee festival. The festival took place at the Maui Plantation Farm. Maui coffee is a vibrant high demand industry, but with the high cost of real estate many farmers are worried.  As read in the Maui News, Act 116 will help MauiGrown Coffee expand with special bonds to help cultivate up to 1,00o acres of land.

Read more about the growth of the Maui coffee industry via the Maui News here.

Makena Resort Moves Forward

Maui Planning Commission is receiving praise for unanimously approving the SMA (special management area) for the $354.5 million Makena Resort.

The project was scaled down from 158 units to 134 units. These will include multifamily units, cottages, custom lots, and commercial space.

The project cut three multifamily buildings, two cottages, and one vacation rental unit. Lots for custom homes were moved and parking for the beach was increased.

Commissioners were won over by the attention to the community the project gave.  The resort has generated 160 jobs during the construction phase, and approximately 145 jobs will result from resort operations.

Contact the Hansen Ohana today to learn more about the Makena Resort.  You can read the entire article via the Maui News here.

Maui Film Festival

Maui Film Festival (photo via the internet)

The Maui Film Festival will start this Wednesday June 21st and run through Sunday June 25th. The official launch will include a cocktail reception, dinner, and live entertainment.

On Wednesday the 21st, the Celestial Cinema night will include a double feature.  Showings will include Beatriz at Dinner, and Grand Unified Theory.  Connie Britton, four time Emmy nominee will be awarded the Navigator Award.

Thursday the 22nd, starting at 8:00 pm enjoy a viewing of The Big Wave Project A Band of Brothers and Charged The Eduardo Garcia Documentary.  Freida Pinto will be honored with the Shining Star Award.

On Friday the 23rd the Maui chocolate lovers event Taste of Chocolate will proceed the movie showings of Kuleana at 8:00 pm, Poisoning Paradise at 10:00 pm and Given at 11:00 pm.  Pierce Brosnan will receive the Pathfinder Award.

Saturday the 24th the ‘Crown Jewel’ of the festival celebrates the best of Wailea’s Chefs with the Taste of Wailea. Karen Gillan will receive the Rising Star Award, and movies for the evening include A Comedy About Tragedy DEAN, and Class Rank at the Celestial Cinema.  At the Castle Theatre starting at 3:00 pm showings include A Family Man, The Trip To Spain, Mantra, and Fits & Starts.

The Maui Film Festival concludes on Sunday the 25th. At the Celestial Cinema showings starting at 8:00 pm include Proximity, Take Every Wave, and Fish People. At the Castle Theatre starting at 3:00 pm showings include Ram Dass Going Home, Holy (un) Holy River, Heal, and Hare Krishna! Various dining options will also be available throughout the festival.

Be sure to view the entire schedule, including the Short Film Showcase showings via the Maui Film Festival website here. We hope you enjoy all the films available for viewing!