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Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Ryan MacLaughlin, R(B) has been named a board member of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce.

Last week, MacLaughlin became a member of the chamber’s board, which works to promote and sustain Hawaiian culture by nurturing Hawaiian values and enhancing business and education opportunities. The group also focuses on boosting benefits available for Native Hawaiians from business, education, government, community and housing.

"I wanted to be apart of what they were doing, as they seemed to be a resource for Maui residents in support of business and education efforts," said MacLaughlin. "Being Native Hawaiian myself, and being born and raised here on Maui, it really made sense."

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It’s that time a year again when parents celebrate and children dig in their heels: back-to-school.

From rushing to beat school traffic to signing up for after-school activities, the season brings in quite a change for both parents and children. But that transition can be much smoother when you live within minutes of the island’s finest schools.

“Generally, if you live Upcountry, you’re going to be 15 to 20 minutes away from all the great schools,” said Island Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Mino McClean, R(B).

This elite estate on Lower Kula Road is nearby schools ranging from Seabury Hall to Haleakala Waldorf.

McClean was raised on Maui, and graduated from Seabury Hall. She explained that most of Maui’s top schools are located

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From lush, tropical waterfalls to pristine, secluded beaches, Hana is one of the last regions on Maui that truly feels like Old Hawaii. There are, however, so many natural wonders to explore that it's often hard to choose what to do once you get there. 

Fortunately, there are a couple Island Sotheby's International Realty agents that know the quaint town like the back of their hands. With years of experience selling real estate and spending time in the area, we asked agents Dan Omer and Megan Bouhey for some insider knowledge on their top picks in Hana town: 

Hamoa Beach

Hamoa Beach by Dan Omer.

Dan Omer, who has been selling real estate for nearly 40 years, said there are ample opportunities for surfing, fishing and diving at Hana at

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When many people picture the idyllic Hawaiian Islands, the first image that comes to mind is a colorful sunset on the horizon, framed by gentle waves of the Pacific Ocean and swaying palm trees.

At these luxurious estates, the view is even more spectacular. With panoramic vistas that span from Moloka’i to Kaho’olawe, these magnificent homes have vantage points that are simply intoxicating.

322 Waakaula Place, Wailea, Hawaii

With endless ocean views and 3,400 square feet of spacious living area, this home is the epitome of indoor-outdoor living. Located in the Wailea Golf Estates, the home overlooks Maui's azure south shore, in addition to one of the finest golf courses in the resort community. 

The single-level home offers an open

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Maui is celebrated as one of the world’s most luxurious travel destinations, with dozens of elite accommodations and resorts to explore. Thus, it may come to no surprise that its condominiums and expansive estates are undeniably world-class, too.

In the second quarter of 2017, Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents represented several buyers and sellers of absolutely magnificent homes, closing millions of dollars in transactions. While there are dozens of notable homes, we selected a few of our favorite high-end sales of the most recent quarter to spotlight for you.

Coconut Grove Condominium | $5,000,000 

The oceanfront, three-bedroom unit in Coconut Grove overlooks one of the finest beaches in the country - Kapalua Bay. The condominium

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Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents Courtney M. Brown and Wendy R. Peterson have been named some of the most productive sales associates in the nation.

REAL Trends was sponsored by Zillow to create a list of “America’s Best Real Estate Agents,” which compared more than 12,600 agents throughout the nation. To qualify for the list, an agent was required to have closed more than 50 transactions or sold more than $20 million in real estate in 2016.  

According to the rankings, Peterson closed more than $22 million in real estate transactions in 2016, while Brown closed more than $20 million in sales. Both agents were also honored this year for being top agents in the state of Hawaii.

“It's an honor to be recognized by REAL Trends as one of

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Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Courtney Brown has assisted yet another buyer of a luxury condominium in Kapalua, marking her second major sale in Coconut Grove this year.

The spacious three-bedroom unit sold for $4.5 million - just months after Brown sold another Coconut Grove unit, which sold for $5 million. In the most recent transaction, Brown represented the buyers who selected the second floor residence for it's sweeping views of Kapalua Bay and the coastline.

“I am so happy to have been a part of fulfilling this family's long time dream of being at the Coconut Grove,” said Brown. “So many people feel a special connection to Kapalua, myself included.”

Born and raised on Maui, Brown has always marveled at West Maui’s

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A 52-acre ranch on the slopes of Haleakala has sold for $4.7 million, marking the largest sale in Kula year to date.

Island Sotheby’s agents represented both the buyer and seller of this expansive property, which offers acres of rolling hills that provide a plethora of opportunities for trail systems, pasture and farm lands.

“This was essentially a turn key property for my client who plans an organic farm,” said Island Sotheby’s Realty agent Dan Omer, who represented the buyer.

Neighboring the prestigious Kula 200 neighborhood, Kula Koa Ranch is a secluded, tranquil escape with many unique features including a private well and photo voltaic system. Omer’s clients fell in love with the property for its views and opportunity to live

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This year marked the 31st time that Island Sotheby’s Vice President Rob Shelton has chaired the Kapalua Clambake Pro-Am Invitational - a charity tournament at one of Maui’s finest courses.

In the last week of June, Kapalua’s famed Plantation and Bay Courses were home to more than 100 golfers who were invited to the competition, which was sponsored by Island Sotheby's International Realty. For Shelton, it was nothing new - he helped found the event in 1987 as a way to promote local golfers, boost activity at the Kapalua Resort and give back to help Maui residents.

“Our goal was to become large enough to be recognized by the Aloha Section PGA and to give back to the community,” said Shelton, adding that they’ve been recognized by the local PGA

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A luxury home in Wailea Golf Estates has sold for $4.75 million - one of several significant sales Island Sotheby’s agents have closed in recent weeks.

Volker Weiss, an agent with Island Sotheby’s, represented the buyers of the luxurious home, which is situated on a gentle slope that gazes to Maui’s azure, south-shore waters. The spacious estate is comprised of more than 3,200 square feet of living space with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.


“There are maybe a dozen and a half properties in all of Wailea that have this kind of a view,” said Weiss. “It’s is completely unobstructed, and it is impossible to ever be obstructed.”

The single-level home is located on the edge of the gated community, perched atop the 17th fairway of Wailea’s “Old

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