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 on Maui’s Trans-Pacific Arrivals on Thursday

The Associated Press reported that about 8,000 people arrived in Hawaii on Thursday while Maui News reported 1,262 passengers arrived on Maui. For visitors arriving with Covid test clearances provided by “trusted partners” approved by the state pretty much breezed through, for those who didn’t get the needed results, unfortunately approximately 10 to 25 percent of passengers on each flight had tests from nontrusted partners. Moniz added that 5 percent of arrivals decided to forgo pre-travel testing and head straight to quarantine.

Mayor Victorino did state that they will work out the problems that occur in the next few days and will do their best to have things work out for the benefit of all. Many of the visitors stated they felt that with the way Maui has set up safety for our island’s health and theirs, this feels to them that this is the safest place to travel. We are taking the necessary steps to keep all healthy. Remember to wear masks and continue with social distancing to protect everyone. Mahalo Nui Loa!

If we can be assistance to anyone needing lists of approved “trusted partners” for testing or what is open as far as entertainments, restaurants, etc., we have gathered a pretty good list. Email dad@mauirealestate.net We are here to help.

More Updates Regarding Maui Opening


The following information has been obtained mainly from Maui News’ posted article today. Please note any of this information is not guaranteed and subject to change without notice. It’s a very important time for Maui opening up its doors. We want visitors to return but need to protect our special island against another pandemic. Thank you one and all for loving and respecting Maui and it’s beauty. We are available to assist and have lists of what is available to enjoy once you arrive. Here’s an update:
Maui News mentioned that Maui will be expecting about 1,000 to 1,100 visitors today and thereafter the best guess about 1,300 the next week. If you are planning to travel to Maui, please be sure to follow the testing rules and information. Maui News suggested going to the site: hawaiicovid19.com. Upon arrival you will be given informational about Maui County rules such as face mask mandates, social distancing, etc. Please be sure to read the material. It may vary from where you are traveling from. Also note where you are staying should also have materials for you. Maui County is hoping that travelers will take the voluntary second test a few days after arrival. Incentives will be offered (coupons and discounts).

Maui Travel Update From The Chamber Of Commerce

After observing the presentation by Sandy Baz, the Maui Chamber of Commerce summarized what we can expect for travel opening on October 15th.

Update on Reopening Travel Plans for Maui County and the State:

Both the Mayor’s office and Governor provided press conferences today where they addressed travel plans.

Sandy Baz, Managing Director for the County of Maui shared that they have sent in 3 requests to the Governor, but they are still waiting on the Governor’s response.

1. If Maui County residents can travel solely between Maui, Molokai and Lanai without a quarantine.

2. For interisland travel to reopen with a pre-travel testing program similar to what is happening with Trans Pacific travel.

3. As the Mayor announced earlier this week, his request to mandate a second test for Trans Pacific travelers was denied by the Governor. However, he is asking the Governor to consider a request to strongly encourage visitors to take a voluntary second test, with incentives offered. He said they are working with hotels and lodging areas to encourage their guests to get tested.

Sandy also shared that travelers who are quarantining as they await their test results from the pre-travel test (if they did not get them prior to landing) can quarantine in their hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, condo or legal transient vacation rental.

In addition, Governor Ige and Lt. Governor Josh Green did a press briefing today on the October 15th reopening plan.

Updates include additional trusted travel and testing partners including: AFC Urgent Care, Carbon Health, CityHealth Urgent Care, Color, CVS Health, Hawaiian Airlines, Kaiser Permanente, Quest Diagnostics, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Vault Health and Walgreens and mentioned Alaska Airlines is in the final phase of getting their approvals.

He also shared they are working on a post arrival surveillance testing program as a pilot by giving 10% of arrivals (who did the pre-test) a second test 4 days after arrival. However, we understand that will be voluntary and incentivized as a way to ensure safety and make sure the pre-test system works properly.

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!