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It’s again that time of year when the sounds of firecrackers and drums fill the air while Chinese lion dancers parade through the streets.

Chinese New Year, which is also known as the Lunar New Year, rings in on Feb. 16 when celebrations will kick off across the island. Maui has a rich cultural history with the festival, which is undoubtedly one of the largest seasons of festivities on island.

The celebrations have been associated with the Chinese Zodiac for about 2,500 years, and have been deeply rooted in Hawaii’s history for decades. Chinese New Year is celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar, which usually falls between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20. 

This year marks the Year of the Dog, which commemorates one of 12

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From white-sand beaches that stretch more than a mile long to secluded red-sand coves, Maui is home to dozens of breathtaking beaches that are some of the most stunning across the globe.

While all of the beaches are beautiful, there are some that rise above the rest. These are a few of our favorites:

Big Beach

Pristine, white-sand stretches composes what is one of Maui’s most breathtaking beaches, which spans more than 3,000 feet long. Most residents know this natural wonder as Big Beach, but it’s also known as Makena Beach or Oneloa Beach.

Big Beach is located past Kihei and Makena, and is one of the furthest-south beaches on island. In addition to boasting more than a half-mile of perfect wide sand, the beach is also one of Maui’s

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Running a farm can be hard work, but there’s nothing that compares to the feeling of being self-sufficient and helping to provide for your community.

From raising grass-fed cattle to growing tropical flowers and produce, there are plenty of opportunities on Maui to invest in agricultural properties. Along with the perks that come with working in the sun and the fresh air is the fact that you’re also helping the community become more sustainable.

For the sake of boosting your mental health and the health of the 'aina, here are a few farms and ranches properties ready to be your next agricultural adventure.

UPCOUNTRY NURSERY

Located on the slopes of Haleakala, this 27-acre property is home to Howard’s Nurseries, one of Hawaii’s top

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For some Maui locals, this may come to no surprise: Kula has been named the best place to escape to in Hawaii.

The travel website Expedia recently published a list of the best places in each state that offer peaceful retreats and great places to relax. From quaint small towns to nature preserves, the travel site picked its favorite places where people can go to enjoy tranquility and quiet while being surrounded by pristine nature.

The travel site emphasized locations where visitors can go to recharge and escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. In Hawaii, Expedia’s top pick was Kula, a rural town that sweeps across the slopes of Haleakala.

This Upcountry ranch spans 3,285 acres over some of the most pristine forests and rollings

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Properties like this beachfront Kuau estate just simply don’t exist anymore.

This rare, coastal estate is literally 70 steps from a white, sandy beach and just 67 steps to the palm trees and lawn of Mama’s Fish House, one of Maui’s most famed restaurants. The four-bedroom, five-bathroom home is offered at $10 million and is one of the rare estates located on the beach, just minutes one of Maui’s most famous windsurfing beaches - Ho’okipa.

“Properties like this just don’t exist anymore,” said Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Karla Aguera, who is representing the seller.

The home is nestled among a handful of other oceanfront estates, but is one of the only properties with a stretch of white-sand beach in its backyard, said

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As record-breaking cold temperatures swept across the nation on New Year’s Eve, the vast majority of the county bundled up and prepared their families, homes and pets for freezing temperatures. But here on Maui, that was far from the case.

There’s no doubt Maui is the best place to escape chilly winter weather, where residents and visitors can enjoy a temperate, tropical climate year round. Fortunately for those who want to escape from cooler climates on the mainland, there are hundreds of units across the island that provide a low-maintenance vacation home perfect for all seasons.

Whenever you're ready to flee the mainland's harsh winter weather, these condominiums are waiting for you. Here are a few of our favorites:

KAPALUA, MAUI

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Now that 2017 has almost come to an end, it’s time to sit down and think about the changes you want to make in 2018.

Making a list of New Year’s resolutions can seem like a daunting task - especially when it comes to maintaining them. But there is one resolution in 2018 that will help boost your health and happiness that doesn’t require dieting or hitting the gym more.

There’s one simple thing we can all do to expand our horizons: Simply exploring the island we all know and love in ways we haven’t yet.

Hike the Crater

Driving to the Haleakala Crater is undoubtedly one of the most popular activities on Maui, but you’re only having half the fun if you just make it to the observatory.

Don’t just drive to the top of the crater - hike

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The holidays aren't just about the decorations, but all the lights and life-sized gingerbread houses certainly make Maui a little more magical this time of year.

With just five days until Christmas, you may have noticed the neighborhoods aglow with strings of lights and life-size reindeer, while soaring Christmas trees tower in the lobbies of Maui's finest resorts. If you’re planning to spend this next week on Maui, it’s definitely worth making the time to visit some of the island’s most decked out businesses, neighborhoods and Christmasy attractions.

To make it easier on you, we made a list of our favorite places to enjoy the holidays with cheer and Aloha.

Photo by Thad Zajdowicz.

THE LAHAINA BANYAN TREE

Nothing quite compares to

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‘Tis the season for giving back to those in need.

For agents at Island Sotheby’s International Realty, the holiday season is time to count our blessings and give back to the community we love. Although many agents volunteer their time and resources year round, some agents are especially busy during the holidays to make sure others who are less fortunate have full bellies and fellowship.

“There are just so many things you can do,” said Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Debra Merle.

Sine the late 1980s, Merle has been feeding meals at Ka Hale A Ke Ola, Central Maui’s homeless shelter. She now organizes volunteers, who prepare and serve dinner to residents in need, throughout the year.

"It's a great way to directly help someone and

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Traveling down the carriage driveway to H.A. Baldwin’s Olinda vacation home is truly like going back in time.

Perched atop the slopes of Haleakala, this historical 60-acre estate was once the vacation home for one of Maui’s most influential families. The home was built in 1912 by Henry Alexander Baldwin, a sugarcane plantation manager and politician who served as congressional delegate during Hawaii’s territorial era.

“When you walk in, it's like you're stepping back into the 1920s or the 1930s,” said Wendy Peterson, the Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent who’s representing the seller.

This timeless property looks as if it’s out of a storybook, with 6,000 square feet that includes spacious living areas, verandas, six bedrooms

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