Travel Update

Great News for Japanese Visitors!
Maui’s doors opening on November 6th to Japanese guests. Same rules apply for the Covid pretest requirement.

Hansen Ohana’s Maui Newsletter October 2020

Hansen Ohana’s Maui Newsletter
Maui Luxury Real Estate LLC

Hawaii Governor David Ige provided an update on the State’s Pre-Travel testing program saying it is set to launch today on Oct. 15 with an expanded list of testing partners. Under the program, travelers arriving in Hawaii must take a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test from a CLIA certified lab within 72 hours from the final leg of departure and produce a negative result in order to avoid the state’s 14-day mandatory quarantine. Travelers are encouraged to take a second test 3 days after arrival, but it is not mandatory. It is free and people who do it get nice gift cards to restaurants. Children under the age of five are exempt from the test. This expanded list of partners includes Hawaiian, Southwest and United airlines; CVS Health and Walgreens; Kaiser Permanente and Quest Diagnostics; AFC and CityHealth Urgent Care; as well as Carbon Health, Vault Health and Color.
Separate from the travel testing, Gov. Ige also announced that the state will receive 420,000 Abbot BINAXNOW rapid antigen tests from the federal government by the end of the year. These 15-minute tests will be used first to protect the health of residents, specifically at long term care centers and as schools are reopened. If you need information regarding Covid testing approved by Maui County, which restaurants are open, what activities are available, etc., please let us know by emailing us at dad@mauirealestate.net We are happy to assist in any way.
Our real estate update as of October 12, 2020:
Median home prices as of October 1 were up 9.1% since last year at $785,000. On the other hand, condos were down 8.3% from last year at $495,000. Number of new listings were down about 3.9% for homes but remained flat for condos. For the first 12 days of October the market is still showing resilience with 37 properties pending for South Maui, 40 properties for West Maui, 7 properties for the North Shore, 18 properties Upcountry and 17 properties pending for Central Maui. With continued low interest rates and low inventory, the market appears to be relatively stable in terms of pricing for properties on Maui. Fidelity state this is the first month condos outsold homes.

If you’re interested in something new, there are quite a few projects in a variety of price ranges planned across Maui spanning over the next ten years. Additional housing is needed on Maui for Maui residents. Last month we saw renderings of some workforce housing being conceptualized in Kapalua across from Pineapple Grill and another up for approval in South Maui across from The Five Palms. In addition to that there is a project currently underway in Wailea. The Wailea Hills development includes 75 units for sale in 15 separate buildings. They have beautiful floorplans, many with gorgeous views, underground parking and good locations. Prices start in the mid $1.5’s million and up and seem to be selling pretty steadily. If you would like to view them virtually please let us know at: dad@mauirealestate.net and we will send you the links. In addition, there is an application for a Wailea Project consisting of 289 condos, 51 zero lot line homes, 92 duplex homes and 146 multi-family units of which 23 units could be short term rentals, but this may take some time before they get final approval.

With so many potential buyers now glued to social media we have significantly increased our advertising online by offering additional video tours, virtual open houses and tours as you can see by the links below.

Virtual Home Tours:
65 Hale Hookipa
65 Hale Noho Pl.
Grand Champions #163
Kihei Akahi C312
153 Hokai Pl. Kihei
All VR Tour Matterport Links

May all good things come your way – laughter, gratitude, good health and good friends

Bob Hansen PB R(B) Clint Hansen BIC R(B) Donna D. Hansen R(S)
808-283-9456 808-280-2764 808-280-1650

Update! More Openings Happening Soon!

Tourists will be excited to learn Mama’s has plans to reopen! Mama’s Inn will be reopening October 15th. Mama’s Fish House will reopen November 6th. Plan you reservations using the OpenTable app!

Haliimaile General Store is also planing to reopen sometime in early November with modifications. 

We’re looking forward to more updates of openings and will keep you informed as the information becomes available. Mahalo!

Maui Starting To Sizzle With Excitement!

With the potential of having tourists start arriving on Maui as of October 15th,  businesses plan on returning to action, preparing for opening and providing aloha to visitors.  It’s wonderful to see enthusiasm and hope resume with United Airlines and others offering rapid test results on the day one leaves to Maui,  people are making plans to take a break and enjoy the Island.  Following is the most current list of what hotels and restaurants are targeting for opening.

 

Longhis – October 2nd

Andaz – November 1st

Hotel Wailea –  October 15th

Fairmont Kea Lani –  To be announced next week – NO later than November 1st   

Four Seasons – November 20th

Grand Wailea –  November 15th

Residence Inn – OPEN

Wailea Beach Resort –  November 1st

AC by Marriott Hotel  – NEW hotel scheduled to NOW Open February 15, 2021.

Wailea Tennis Club – Open

Wailea Blue Course – Closed  July 6th UNTIL economic conditions allow to reopen

Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Courses – Open

Wailea Kitchen (formerly Joe’s at Wailea Tennis Center) NOW OPEN Daily dine in & carry out  3p–9p

Gannon’s – No date yet

Mulligans – will continue carry out and drive in . Will OPEN for DINE IN and BEVERAGES on Sundays “AS Longhis-October 2nd

 

The Shops at Wailea advised:

Revitalizations  will be completed 3rd week of November, check their website for operating days and   hours for retailers.

Honolulu  Coffee has re-opened Daily 7am – 1pm

Island Gourmet Markets – OPEN

Tommy Bahama – Closed no updates

Lineage – open August 1 for dine in and carry out

Cheeseburger – No Updates

Ruth’s Chris – No Updates

Pint & Cork – No Updates

 

Gateway Center:

Pita Paradise –  carry out and dine in

Monkeypod – No updates

Fabiani’s Wailea – No updates

The Market – take out

 

Village Center:

Manoli’s – Closed pending future status of Blue Course

Akamai Coffee – open breakfast and light lunch

 

Town Center:

**** First Hawaiian Bank Wailea  Branch will permanently  close on Monday, November 30, 2020.   We have been advised that the ATM will remain OPEN.

Wailea Wine – Open 

 

Hawaii Named Happiest State

Congratulations Hawaii! As reported by Travel + Leisure, a study conducted by Wallethub has named the state the Happiest State of 2020. Wallethub has been doing this study for the Happiest State since 2014. This is the first year conducting the study during a pandemic.

Categories used for measuring happiness include emotional and physical well-being, work environment and community environment. Rounding out the top five were Utah, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Maryland.