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Even in Hawai’i, there are few places where you can truly enjoy the islands' natural wonders without the crowds.

But Hana, Maui is one of the state’s most untouched paradises. On all of Maui, Hana is one of the last communities where you can truly live oceanfront without having a neighbor in sight. And nearby, you can explore dozens of tropical waterfalls, often empty beaches and scarcely populated hikes that truly create the feeling that you’re traveling back in time.

For those looking to escape from it all, Hana might be your perfect home. We made a list of a few of our favorite properties in one of Maui’s last undeveloped regions:

Hana Highway | $12 million

Dubbed the “crown jewel” of the Hana coastline, this 61-acre property is

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Even though you won’t find chilly temperatures or snowmen on Maui, the holiday season on the island is full of joy, cheer and warmth. Best of all, you can be merry and bright in your bathing suit, soaking up the sun on a white-sand beach while you escape the frigid temperatures on the mainland. 

From beach days with Santa to volunteer activities, there are a range of events on island that are sure to get you into the Christmas spirit. To make it easier on your family, we made a list of a few activities you should be sure to check off your list this holiday season.

Santa’s coming to town – by canoe!

Before Santa makes his rounds delivering presents across the globe, Santa will be heading to

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Island Sotheby's International Realty is proud to announce that Benjamin Massie has become one of the newest members of the firm's prestigious real estate team. 

Massie began his real estate career more than six years ago in Richmond, Virginia and has been involved in more than 500 transactions. Massie received a bachelor's degree in commercial real estate and urban land development at Virginia Commonwealth University and focuses on developments that improve the economy, infrastructure and the daily lives of individuals who live and work in wonderful updated communities.When he moved to Maui more than three years ago, he opened his own firm as the Principal Broker and has since embedded himself in the island's real estate industry.

Massie can

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A national report released by data analyst CoreLogic showed Hawai’i had the fourth greatest home equity gain of all states in the nation — an average increase of nearly $30,000.

Over the last year, home values appreciated because the economy continues to strengthen — which means many homeowners, especially those in Hawai’i, are raking in equity. Across the country, California led the way with an average gain of $49,000, followed by Washington with $41,000 and Nevada with $32,000.

Generally, western states saw the highest gains, while the average homeowner nationwide gained $16,200 in home equity. The report examined year-over-year equity gain per borrower from the second quarter of 2017 to same period in 2018.

“When aggregated across all

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Maui single-family home prices have soared almost 16 percent over the last year, mirroring a market where demand is high but inventory is limited.

The Realtors Association of Maui recently released data showing that median home prices surged to $774,000 in October — an increase of more than $105,000 from that same time the year before. The number of homes sold, however, dropped 21 percent, reflecting the tight inventory on island.

“Prices are still rising in most areas,” the report said. “And the number of homes for sale is still low.”

According to the report, inventory was down almost 14 percent for single-family homes and almost 25 percent for condominiums. Prices for condominiums, however, didn’t quite keep up with the uptick in

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Island Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to present one of the rarest offerings ever to come to market: a breathtaking getaway on one of South Maui’s most exclusive white-sand beaches.

With four bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms and 5,065-square-feet of living space, this newly-constructed, fully-furnished home offered for $29.98 million is one of the finest in Makena, an area known for being home to some of the most extraordinary properties in Hawaii. Constructed out of the highest quality materials from across the world, this home was created with the utmost attention to detail, with interior living spaces that seamlessly blend into expansive covered lanais.

“The master level of craftsmanship and thoughtful design throughout the

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Imagine stepping from the comforts of your home, and walking just a few feet until you reach the calm, clear waters of the Pacific Ocean.

The buyers of 1614 Halama Street, a breathtaking beachfront estate in Kihei, will be able to do just that. Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Candy Mulcoy R(S) represented the buyers of the 3,511-square-foot architectural masterpiece, which recently sold for $6.125 million.

“The quality of the home and the attention to detail really attracted my buyers,” Mulcoy explained. “It’s a very contemporary, sleek and modern — a design not often found on Maui.”

The home, which boasts four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, was originally built in 2012. The seller, however, had recently

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“Follow our dreams and just be Hawaiians.”

That’s what celebrity Hawaiian chef Sam Choy told an audience of roughly 270 people at the Hui Holomua Business Fest at King Kamehameha Golf Club last month, an event hosted by the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce. Island Sotheby’s International Realty’s own Ryan MacLaughlin PB attended the event, which was a huge success for Native Hawaiian business leaders on island.

“Our keynote speaker was Sam Choy, who is a living testament of a Native Hawaiian who grew up in a small town and created an international brand that spurred restaurants worldwide,” said MacLaughlin, an owner of Island Sotheby’s International Realty who also serves on the chamber’s board. “His message was simple: ‘just

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Imagine being able to live off-grid, surrounded by unobstructed ocean views in one of the most tranquil communities on Maui.

At this stunning Huelo home, you can do just that. 770 Honokala Road, offered for $2.275 million, is one of the nicest and largest homes located in the grid-independent, desirable community on Maui’s northeast coast. Nestled on more than 3 lush acres, this 4,337-square-foot oasis was designed with the utmost attention to detail, creating a space that seamlessly blends into its natural surroundings.

“If you're looking for seclusion, peace and tranquility, that's exactly what this home offers,” said Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Stephanie Malcolm R(S), who is representing the seller along with Cynthia

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Starting October 28, the International Windsurfing Tour will host the annual Aloha Classic at Ho'okipa Beach Park, where riders from across the globe travel for the biggest event of the year. Past champions include legendary names in the sport including Rush Randle and Robby Naish to this year's reigning champions, Morgan Noireaux and Sarah Hauser. Maui's biggest names will also be there, including Kai Lenny, Antoine Martin and Maria Andres.

You can get up close and personal by watching the contest at Ho’okipa Beach Park — or view it from afar from the secluded white-sand beach in front of 131 Aleiki Place — a four-bedroom, five-bathroom beachfront home. Offered at $9.85 million, the beautiful estate is located on the beach, just minutes one

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