Maui Best Property Tax Rates Prevail!

The budget chairman, Riki Hokama, said Friday that he had nixed the mayor’s proposed tiered scheme for property taxes designed to increase income from second homes and investment properties.

His proposed property tax rate structure follows with proposed and current rates per $1,000 of assessed value:• Homeowner, $2.85, $2.86.• Commercialized residential, $4.55, $4.56.• Residential, $5.52, $5.54.• Agricultural, $6, $6.01.• Apartment, $6.31, $6.32.• Conservation, $6.35, $6.37.• Commercial, $7.25, $7.28.• Industrial, $7.45, $7.49.• Short-term rental, $9.28, $9.28.• Hotel and resort, $9.37, $9.37.• Time share, $15.41, $15.43.

Maui continues to have reasonably low real estate tax rates. Contact The Hansen Ohana today for all your real estate needs!

Hydroponic Farm Set To Open This Year

The indoor hydroponic farm is scheduled to open later this year. The Larry Ellison partnership will be able to grow and sell vegetables for cheaper than produce thats imported. Last August Ellison announced the Sensei project on Lanai. Sensei would use automated computer hydroponic farming in large greenhouses.

Also set to reopen later this year is the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele. The property closed in January 2015 in order for extensive renovations to be done totaling approximately $75 million. A new spa and fitness center are among the new amenities the lodge will provide.

Lani is the first Sensei farm for the Los Angeles based company. The first crops will include Black Trifle tomatoes, and Komatsuna mustard greens. We look forward to viewing the completed project!

It’s Official!

Maui Fair

Happening Now! The 95th Maui Fair! The fair takes place at the War Memorial Complex in Kahului. The theme for this years Fair is “Celebrating the Greatest Things In Life”. $10 admission fee for adults, kids aged 5-11 $5 admission fee. 4 and under are free. On Sunday the admission fee lowers to $7 and $3 respectively.

This year the fair will be having its first street party starting at 5:30 pm. Be on the lookout tonight for a possible flashmob! On Sunday the street party will have some Aloha Characters.  Sunday at 3:00 at the main stage is the 12th annual Chili Cookoff sponsored by the Maui Fire Department. All proceeds of the Chili Cookoff will benefit the Shriners Hospital on behalf of the Maui County Fire Fighters Relief Association.

The Joy Zone has a new ride this year! Come by and ride the “Seven Seas”! Other rides include Magic Maze, Umbrella Squad, Zipper, and the Wave Swinger! Credits per ride vary. You can see more information regarding rides and credit cost here.

Events taking place at the fair this year include exhibits, a pie contest, baby of the year contest, and World Of Jam dance competition! These are just a sampling of the events that will be happening all throughout the weekend. To see a complete list of activities and entertainment, visit the Maui Fair website.

Enjoy your weekend!

Seabury Hall Craft Faire And Other Weekend Events!

Friday night kicks off the weekend with Lahaina’s Town Party from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  The evening will get started with Maui Jam from 5:00 pm to 6:45 pm. Winners from the 4th annual Short Story Writing Contest will be announced at 6:50 pm. The Maui Fridays website has information for this event.

The 44th Annual Seabury Hall Craft Faire will be taking place this Saturday May 14th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  All proceeds from the faire benefit the Financial Aid program. More then 100 local artists will be featured.  Also on hand, activities for kids, silent auction, food, and live entertainment.  Admission is $5.00 children 12 and under are free. Come support a great local event! More information available on the Seabury Hall website here.

There are lots of brunch options available to help celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday.  One choice is the Champagne Brunch offered at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel.  This Maui favorite will take place from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Tiki Terrace restaurant.  Enjoy traditional brunch items as well as seafood, specialty Hawaiian fare, fruits, dessert, and champagne.  Children 5 and under eat free with paying adult.  More information including reservations available here.

We hope you enjoy the remainder of your week.  Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!