November 2017

There are 6 blog entries for November 2017.


Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to live on Maui.

From getting stuck in Paia traffic to dealing with expensive food and housing costs, sometimes we get overwhelmed with our daily grind and forget that we do live in paradise. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we wanted to celebrate all the reasons that make us so thankful to live on Maui.

We truly are lucky to live in the Aloha State.

1. BEACHES

This is the view of the backyard from Coconut Grove, one of the west side's finest resort communities.

This seems like a no-brainer, but some of the world’s most stunning beaches are basically in your backyard. From the white-sands of Kaanapali to the shore break at Makena, miles of pristine shorelines are entirely accessible - and

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year - especially for Maui’s real estate professionals.

Each winter, thousands of visitors flock to the islands’ warm weather and white-sand beaches to flee chilly temperatures on the mainland. And some of those visitors - particularly ones that return year after year - decide to invest in vacation properties of their own. 

This Wailea Elua unit is situated one of South Maui's most elite condominium complexes.

Over the last year, condominium sales on Maui soared - even before winter, which is by far the busiest sales season. Now, Maui’s real estate professionals are gearing up for could be some very successful winter months.  

“It’s starting to get cold on the mainland so they come to Maui to enjoy our

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After 22 years, Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar has decided to part ways with his oceanfront estate.

“It’s like island living inside the house,” Hagar told the Los Angeles Times. “This place is like a painting.”

Situated atop the azure waters of Waipio Bay in lush Haiku, Maui, the 9.8-acre, cliffside retreat is being offered for $3.299 million through Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Becky Hanna.

“It can be the most perfect place on earth,” said Hanna.

The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath villa is situated on one of Maui’s most sustainable properties, equipped with solar-powered electricity, a private water well and water catchment. There’s also a tilapia pond, fruit trees and a terraced vegetable garden, allowing for

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Its very important to know your credit score and obtaining a recent copy of your credit report.  You want to make sure all the information listed on your report is accurate and work to correct any mistakes. The higher your credit score, the more likely you will be to receive a better interest rate for your mortgage, which will translate into more ‘home for your money.’

Many potential buyers believe that they need a 750 FICO® Score or higher to be able to purchase a home. The truth is that according to Ellie Mae’s Origination Report, over 53% of loans were approved with a FICO® score under 750 last month!

Here are some tips for improving your credit score:

  • Make payments, including rent, credit cards, and car loans, on time.
  • Keep your
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You may have heard the term "Maui No Ka Oi" - it means "Maui is the best" in the Hawaiian language.  Here is a little history lesson for you - when visiting the islands, you may hear some of these terms.

Here are a few Hawaiian expressions like Maui no ka oi to learn during your stay!

Aloha kakahiaka – Good morning

Aloha ke akua – God is love

E komo mai – Come in, welcome

Aloha nui loa – Much love, fondest regards

Komo mai e noho – Come in, sit, rest

A hui hou – Goodbye, until we meet again

Malama pono – Take care, be right

Ke Akua pu a hui hou – God bless you and see you later

E pili mau na pomaika’I ia ‘oe – May blessings ever be with you

Ka makani ‘olu ‘olu – Refreshing, perfect wind

Mai ‘ai – Come and eat

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This year I was a Parade Marshall for the Halloween in Lahaina Keiki Parade.  With the name "Parade Marshall" written across the back of my shirt, I was afraid they'd be handing me a battan and whistle - not so - I don't have that much power.  My job was to make sure none of the wee ones wandered off from the parade route.   As instructed, we gathered at the N. end of Front Street to line up for the parade.  Right on schedule for the 4:30pm start time, we began the parade at 4:50pm Hawaiian time.   The plan was that the smallest keiki by age bracket would fall in behind the Lahainaluna Marching Band.  Well, it was alot like herding cats - no organization, everyone at every age joined in the festivities, parents included.  There were so many…
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