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Pet owners who want to bring their furry friends to Hawai’i from the mainland can rejoice — the state’s quarantine process just got a lot quicker.

Hawai’i is the only rabies-free state in the country, largely because the state has carefully managed animals traveling to and from the islands with strict quarantine laws that have been in effect for decades. But now, pet owners who go through an expedited process, known as the 5 Day or Less Rabies Quarantine Program, can get their pets to the islands even quicker than before. With that process, pets don’t have to be quarantined when they arrive at the airport.

Under the old rules, even the pets that had vaccinations and underwent special blood testing could be required to wait months before

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This is your chance to build your beachfront Maui dream home.

Nestled below the West Maui Mountains, this private, 2-acre lot is ready for you to immediately start building your own private oasis in the heart of Olowalu. With sweeping views of Lana’i and Kaho’olawe, this property is the epitome of beachfront living in West Maui.

“It’s everything someone would want in an oceanfront property — except the crowds,” said Jamie Woodburn R(S), one of the Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents representing the seller.

Woodburn is co-listing the property with Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Wendy Peterson R(S). The property has an approved farm plan, complete with a flourishing citrus orchard, mature mango trees, coconut

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Bring your beach chairs and blankets — because this weekend, you can spend a Sunday on the lawn of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center with friends, delicious food and some of the state’s most famed musicians at the 13th annual Maui ‘Ukulele Festival.

The 2018 festival is free to the public and runs Sunday, September 30th, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Roy Sakuma, renowned ‘ukulele teacher and founder of the first and original ‘ukulele festival in 1971, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Before Sunday’s event, Sakuma will also be holding a free ‘ukulele workshop in the McCoy Studio Theater on Saturday, September 29, at 10 a.m.; no pre-registration is required. The workshop is open to children and adults, and is designed for beginning and intermediate

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Imagine what is once was like to bake bread and churn butter without the modern wonder of electricity.

Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Ricardo Ralha, R(S) knows exactly what that’s like. Ralha was recently part of an event held by the Portuguese Association of Maui, which sought to teach Maui’s keiki the traditional way of baking bread and churning butter without electricity. 

The event, however, was about more than just teaching the historical techniques of baking bread in a stone oven. Instead, Ralha and the other members were using the activity as a way to preserve and celebrate the history of Portuguese people in Hawai’i.

“The Portuguese Association of Maui wants to raise awareness that Portuguese culture is still

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Consider the fact that the typical food item in America travels 1,500 miles from the farm to your plate.

That means that eating local isn’t just important for your health — it’s also vital to protect the environment. But lucky for those who live on Maui, becoming a locavore is not only beneficial for the planet — it’s great for your taste buds, too.

On Maui, many chefs and restaurateurs have turned their attention to issues like climate change, public health and the support of local farmers. The farm-to-table movement may be decades old, but these are a few restaurants on Maui that are redefining what it means to celebrate and source local ingredients.

This is by no means a comprehensive list. So go out and explore the best farm-to-table

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For yet another year, Maui Realtors and Rotarians came together to help students in Hana.

Last month, the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset held a school supply drive for the second year in a row to help Hana High & Elementary School students. Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Heidi Dollinger, R(S) is the current president of the club, which has a mission to boost quality of life in West Maui and beyond.

“We recognize there is a need in the community to help families and teachers with the cost of school supplies for education,” Dollinger told the Maui News.

Even though the Lahaina-based club is more than 50 miles from Hana, the club collected $500 and eight boxes of school supplies for students last year, the Maui News

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Ready, set, go — be sure to mark your calendars for one of Hawai’i’s most celebrated canoe races.

On Sept. 15, paddlers from across the globe will head to DT Fleming Beach in Kapalua, Maui for the Pailolo Challenge, which is known as one of the most fun canoe races in the Aloha State. The race spans from the beach in Kapalua all the way to Kaunakakai, Moloka’i.

Teams of six paddlers flock from across the world, coming as far as Australia and Canada to test themselves against challenging channel crossing conditions. The race spans 26 miles across the Pailolo Channel, notorious for being one of the windiest and roughest in the Hawaiian Islands.

But that doesn’t stop hundreds of people from participating. And despite being one of the

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Becoming a locavore is pretty simple in Hawai’i — especially if you live on Maui, where you can shop at abundant and affordable farmers’ markets all year round.

From fresh-caught fish to eggs to veggies, you can find almost everything you need to eat on island. To make it even easier on you, Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine, which works to bring communities together to learn about healthy food and sustainability, made a list of farmers’ markets on island, where you can find all your weekly staples.

Besides fresh fruits and veggies, the farmers' markets often showcase the work of local artisans, plant nurseries and delicious pre-made food from chefs. So the next time you think about hitting the supermarket, turn to this guide of farmers’

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After more than 50 people lost their homes to fires that raged through West Maui last week, the Maui ohana is coming together to help them rebuild.

As Hurricane Lane barreled toward Hawaii late last week, the island braced for rain and floods.  Fortunately, the hurricane lost strength and far less rain was realized for most areas of Maui. Unexpectedly though, the wind fanned three fires which scorched roughly 2,330 acres from Launiupoko to Ka’anapali. According to fire officials, at least 21 structures and 30 vehicles were damaged. Six of those structures are located near Lahainaluna and the other 15 are are near Launiupoko.

In the short amount of time since the fires, the community has come together to help the families in need, who must now

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Amazing food, music, cooking demonstrations and plants for sale — at Maui’s second annual La 'Ulu Day, there's fun for the whole family!

On Sept. 8, the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in Kahului is hosting La 'Ulu Day in partnership with the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Free to the public, the festival will celebrate 'ulu, or breadfruit, which has been a staple of the diet in Hawaii for hundreds of years.

Food booths, breadfruit cooking demonstrations and a sale of Pacific 'ulu varieties are among the attractions at the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be a multi-grower Hawaiian plant sale, cultural activities, live Hawaiian music and hula.

And if that isn’t alluring enough, foods and drinks planned for sale at the event

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