January 2016

There are 8 blog entries for January 2016.

  Stunningly beautiful and privately situated, this incredible Lana’i residence captures the grace and elegance of Old Hawai’i. 300 Kaunaoa Place, listed by Wendy Peterson, R(S), this 3 bedroom/3.5 bath home is prominently situated on over 1.4 acres and nestled beneath the revered Cook Pines of Koele, offering sweeping views including the Munro Trail and the Lana’i mountain range beyond. Enjoy your own exclusive retreat with this distinctive island property on the Island of Lana’i! For those interested in exploring available opportunities, visit our Upcountry office located at 3628 Baldwin Ave. or call us at 808.572.8600.
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  Location! Location! Location! 17 Hoaka Place in Mahinahina is listed by Candi Matthews, R(S) is a charming 3 bedroom/2.5 bath single family home that won't last! This well maintained home in the Kauhale Mahinahina gated subdivision of just 19 homes is across the street from the beach, within walking distance to shopping, farmers market, surfing, beach parks and all the resorts from Kahana to Kaanapali. Move in ready! Start enjoying the good life! For those interested in exploring the Napili/Kahana/Honokowai real estate market and available opportunities, visit our West Maui office located in the Napili Plaza at 5095 Napilihau St. 113A or call us at 808.665.1166.
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I am a self-confessed “whaleaholic”. I go 2 or 3 times a month during Maui’s whale season. Last year, I had been out 6 times by Christmas but this year the whales were late arriving (because of super El Nino conditions?) and I’ve only been out twice so far. Hopefully, they will stay longer.

My tips for the best whale experience:

  • I love the 4pm-6pm sail on Boss Frog’s newly named Malolo (formerly the  Frogman) out of Maalaea. Whales enjoy Happy Hour too and I think you see more activity on the late afternoon cruise than the 1:30pm-3:30pm.
  • Days with less wind allow for greater visibility and are easier on those passengers who fear getting queasy.
  • I go out even if windy or rainy. A good captain will avoid rough conditions by hugging the
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Whales are most abundant in the channel between Maui and Lānaʻi, so this area will be your best bet for sightings. The first whales arrive here as early as October, however your odds of spotting a whale are best from February and March. The population then tapers off through as late as June.


1. Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

Not surprisingly, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kīhei is a prime spot for land-based whale watching. Located just steps from the ocean, there’s viewing scope and public bathroom facilities. Be sure to stop in at the sanctuary’s education center. 

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary | KIHEI

2. Papawai Point


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Maui’s most beloved wintertime visitor arrives to much fanfare. There are festivals, educational talks, and even an annual parade in honor of Hawaiʻi’s humpback whales! Here are just a few ways to get in on the action.

January 30

Run & Walk for the Whales

Māʻalaea Harbor Shops
300 Māʻalaea Rd., Māʻalaea

Go on, lace up those shoes and get your game face on. Join the Pacific Whale Foundation for the Run & Walk for the Whales on January 30 at Māʻalaea Harbor Shops, and chose from the 2.5-mile walk; or 5K, 10K, or half-marathon races.

Register at MauiWhaleFestival.org.


February 12–15

Photo credit: Flip Nicklin/Minden Pictures

Whale Tales

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Hosted by Whale Trust Maui, the 10th annual

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  At 710 Fairway Dr. in Kapalua, the unique location of this peaceful Pineapple Hill home contributes to an overall sense of well being. Listed by Ben Willis, R(S), the interior of the house evokes a similar sense of calm, with simple but elegant furnishings and décor.From the ocean facing lanais, morning rainbows frequently appear over Molokai and Lanai reminding us the day is rife with possibility - a round of golf, set of tennis, an ocean kayak or SUP outing, snorkeling at one of five beaches or just hanging out at the neighborhood pool reading a new bestseller. For those interested in exploring the Kapalua real estate market and available opportunities, visit our West Maui office located in the Napili Plaza at 5095 Napilihau St. 113A or call us…
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  Outstanding resort living with all of the amenities on beautiful West Maui with this rare opportunity for a huge 2 bedroom 2 bath unit at Hale Royale B104 in Honokowai. This listing by Candi Matthews, R(S), boasts over 1,100 square foot of living space. Enjoy all of the luxuries of paradise with a reverse floor-plan, main living area overlooking luscious tropical garden landscaping and 1 of 2 private pools, peek-a-boo ocean-views, and 2 private 100sf lanai’s on each floor allow for cool ocean breezes and private outdoor living space. For those interested in exploring the Honokowai real estate market and other available opportunities, visit our West Maui office located in the Napili Plaza at 5095 Napilihau St. 113A or call us at 808.665.1166
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  Upcountry Kula Living & Protea Farm at 120 Pilikino Pl. This 4 Bed / 3 bath home is surrounded by spectacular mountain and ocean views. Listed by Guida Anderson, R(B), this 2.7 acre parcel with plantation style home and working Protea Farm offers the privacy of the country and the advantages of Agricultural use. Enjoy the peaceful quiet of Upcountry living with incredible sunsets, pheasants running through the yard, rolling Kula pastures beside and behind you, looking out to the West Maui Mountains with coastal and outer island views. For those interested in exploring the Kula real estate market and available opportunities, visit our Wailea office located in the Shops at Wailea at 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr. Ste. B34 or call us at 808.879.8880.
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