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!

Coming Up, Your Weekend Events!

Friday Town Party this Friday September 29th from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm in Lanai. Roundtrip ferry rides between Lahaina Harbor and Manele Harbor will be available. Live music, food, drinks, prizes and more! There is expected to be over 30 vendors, and food booths will be set up along Dole Park. The Maui Fridays website has information for Lanai Fifth Friday.

Happening now through September 30th, the Chinese Moon Festival is taking place along Front Street.  This week long event is free! A box of 4 moon cakes is $25.00. Flavors include red bean, white lotus, taro, and 5 nuts with egg yolk. Cultural activities like calligraphy and knot tying along with tea and traditional music that the whole family can enjoy. You can view the schedule of events here.

Also on Saturday September 30th, Damian Marley & J Boog will be performing at the A&B Amphitheater with gates opening at 5:00 pm. Show is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm. Food will be available for purchase as well as drinks including beer and wine. General pricing and VIP ticket pricing available. Parking will be available in the MACC lot and the UHMC lot. The Maui Arts website has all the information on this event.

Enjoy the remainder of your week and weekend!

Mid-Summer Newsletter

LATEST REAL ESTATE STATS

Semi-annual figures released, Year to Date 2017
Statistics for Maui show the last few years continued to be a stable and orderly market, however there has been a significant increase in the number of sales and median price from last year.  Prices have been on the slow, but steady rise since 2011.  At the end of June the median Home sale price was $740,000 which is an increase of 12.3% from a year ago.   The Condo median price increased a robust 13.3% to $435,000.  Days on market generally depend on how well a property is priced.  Over six months on the Maui real estate market is considered to be a Buyer’s market. Under six months on the market is a Seller’s market.  Buyers are educated so pricing above market just means the property will sit a lot longer to sell unless they can find a reliable service as houseofcashin.com to make the sell easily.

Job creation is high and interest rates (while increasing slightly last month) remain at historic lows.  The pull toward home ownership remains high.  On the other side housing starts remain low which points toward a continued housing shortage on Maui.  With demand high for homes and supply low we might expect prices to continue to increase.  It’s also important to keep in mind that Maui is a relatively small market and a few sales can skew the statistics.

On Friday July 21, 2017 we attended an economic presentation featuring, Paul Brewbaker, who many consider to be the most the most highly regarded economist in Hawaii.   In a nutshell he said (barring some disaster) that there is no immediate threat of a downturn in real estate, there is no bubble and it is like we are on a slow and steady escalator ride into at least the early 2020’s.  For the complete video of Paul’s presentation please email us at dad@mauirealestate.net or call Clint at 808-280-2764 or Bob at 808-283-9456.

In summary, while there is always local and International news that could affect the housing market, Real Estate has shown to be a store of value as well as one of the best ways to increase one’s net worth and family security.   The current market appears sustainable into the future and with the current and continuing low interest rates it continues to be a great time to buy.

WAILEA DEVELOPMENTS

KEALA O WAILEA
This condo project located by the Gateway Center is under construction and moving along steadily with only a few left.   Most of the units are under contract, but there are a few left from the $800,000s with one available with a fantastic view in the 3 building around $1,200,000.

SINGLE FAMILY LOTS AT GOLF ESTATES II
This new subdivision will be a part of the Wailea Golf Estates just below the current subdivision.  They anticipate 16 lots of approximately 14,000 generous square feet each, with almost all having either ocean view or golf course frontage.  The infrastructure is complete and sales, while a little slow, are happening.  One developer built home is also currently in progress. Email us with your questions:

MAKALI’I O WAILEA
This property is owned by Wailea Golf LLC and is planned to be co-developed by Armstrong Builders.  It is located across the street and up from the Fairmont Kea Lani.  The project is a sharp departure from the typical Wailea look.  The look and feel will be mid-century modern with Hawaiian touches.  There will be 17 buildings of 4 units each in a townhouse style.  Most of the units will have grand ocean views and will be 2 or 3 bedroom homes with a garage. Presale is getting close to the magic number to begin construction.  As of this date they report 54% are under contract.

MAKENA’S DISCOVERY LAND PROJECT
Makena’s Discovery Land gets the green light!  We had the opportunity to revisit this very interesting project offering a lot of integral working parts. The unanimous Planning Commissions approval to get started allows this development with golf course, private club, restaurant and dwellings get started.  Have questions or interest?  Call us for more information and a private tour:  dad@MauiRealEstate.net 808-280-2764 (Clint) 808-283-9456 (Bob).

MORE INFORMATION
Presently there are a lot of new developments both residential and commercial  under way in Kihei, Kula, Kahului, Wailuku and West Maui.  If you would like to learn about any of these new, present or future developments, contact us at dad@MauiRealEstate.NET

On a personal note, 2017 has been a great year to date for The Hansen Ohana.  In 2016 both Clint and Bob Hansen earned the Top 100 Realtor designation for the State of Hawaii.  We believe this is the first time a father and son (separately) have both been recognized with this prestigious award.  Clint additionally received the 2017 top award.   We have enjoyed assisting so many old and new friends in their purchase or sale of Maui property in every price range.  We are proud of our combined 75+ years of real estate experience and truly love what we do.  As full time Maui residents for over 27 years we have valuable contacts, experience and resources to assist our clients.  Please call us anytime if you or someone you know is considering buying or selling property on Maui.  We look forward to hearing from you.
Warmest Aloha,

Bob, Clint and Donna

Bob Hansen, Realtor® Principal Broker
Clint Hansen, Realtor® Broker-in Charge
Donna D. Hansen, Realtor® (S)

The Hansen Ohana Real Estate Group
Maui Luxury Real Estate LLC
Wailea Town Center
161 Wailea Ike Place, Suite A-106
Wailea Hawaii 96753

Information herein deemed reliable but not guaranteed and is subject to change.
If your property is presently listed for sale, this is not a solicitation for that listing.

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.

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!