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For the second year in a row, two Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents have made it onto Hawaii Business magazine's list of the top 100 real estate agents in the Aloha State.

For more than a decade, Hawaii Business magazine has been creating a list of the state’s most successful agents and companies, which has become the pinnacle of success for Hawaii's real estate professionals. The list named Island Sotheby’s International Realty as the ninth-top company in the state, which closed $340,481,875 in real estate transactions in 2017.

The list also honored several of the firm’s top agents. Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents Courtney Brown R(S) and Wendy Peterson R(S) made the list of the state’s top 100 agents, while agent

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After recent eruptions in the Puna area of the Big Island started making national headlines and destroying homes, mainland travelers began to panic, canceling long-planned vacations and leaving the island’s resorts.

But what many of them don’t know is that the lava isn’t spewing across the entire island - and definitely not across all of the Hawaiian Islands. The affected area, Puna is mainly residential, and the rest of the Big Island - and the rest of the state - are entirely safe.

And Hawai’i need visitors’ love and travel dollars.

As visitors canceled vacation rental stays and planned activities, the communities that rely on their spending suffer. And especially on the neighbor islands like Maui, Oahu and Kaua’i, the only signs of the

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A luxurious condominium has sold for $2.185 million in one of Maui’s most popular vacation communities.

Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Jan Lap R(B) represented the buyers of this two-bedroom, two-bath condominium in the heart of Wailea. This secluded and exclusive resort community is conveniently located near the famed Shops at Wailea and Wailea Beach Walk, which leads to the region’s finest resorts and restaurants.

“The buyers began by looking at other complexes, but were subsequently attracted to Wailea Beach Villas because of its location, quality and the unit’s spaciousness,” said Lap. Everything went smoothly and the new owners are thrilled.”

The condominium, which looks out onto the resort community’s lush

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Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger is offering his breathtaking 5,000-square-foot estate in Haiku for $4.888 million.

Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents Rob Shelton, R(B) and Cynthia Warner, R(B) are the listing agents for the founding member of the rock band, who chose the home because of its premier oceanfront location nestled in a quiet, private neighborhood.  

The rockstar founded Nickelback in 1995 with his brother, the group’s lead singer. Since then, they’ve produced nine albums, which include hits like “Rockstar” and “How You Remind Me.”

There are sweeping ocean views visible from the open living spaces and breezy lanais of the exquisitely-designed home, while screened in porches add another 866-square-feet to this

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It’s summer in Maui, but there’s lots to do on island besides just the usual beach days.

From island’s Friday night town parties to cultural festivals, we’ve got you covered. Here are five activities that are a must do in the summer of 2018:

Waʻa Kiakahi Canoe Festival

From June 1 through June 3, Ka’anapali will be home to the 14th annual Waa Kiakahi, an event celebrating the history and proficiency of crews who sail traditional Hawaiian canoes. Stop by for canoe races, demonstrations and to ride in one yourself.

Friday Night Town Parties

If you’re on Maui and it’s Friday night, that means there’s a party somewhere. Sponsored by Maui County, the island’s town parties are held on four Friday evenings every month in different

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Sometimes “going green” can seem like it might take a lot of money and work.

But there’s much more you can do that doesn’t involve a hefty price tag that comes with installing photovoltaic panels or buying a hybrid car. Instead, you can reduce waste, limit toxins and make your home healthier just be following a few of these tips:

  1. Put down the paper towels: Change up your paper towel habit to reduce waste by using cloth napkins and rags for the dirtier jobs.  

  2. Reduce, reuse, recycle:  Make sure you have a system in your kitchen that makes it easier to separate recyclable materials from the non-recyclables. Everyone in your home will be more likely to recycle if they don’t have to walk outside to the recycling bin each time they

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Maui locals may have noticed something new out of the water. And Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Karla Aguera’s husband is behind it.

Alex Aguera, a former professional windsurfer, spent years tinkering with designs for hydrofoil boards for water sports ranging from windsurfing to kiting. But no one had ever figured out how to attach a stand-up paddle board, or SUP, to a hydrofoil, which would allow the large board to glide above the water.

“He just kept researching and designing and testing - and it was always something in the back of his head that he couldn't give up,” his wife, Karla, explained. 

Photo courtesy of Alex Aguera Designs

About two years ago, all the experimentation paid off - Alex came up with a design

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Sometimes, even the ocean isn’t enough to cool you down on a hot summer day.

That’s why we always like to keep a supply of homemade, banana ice cream in our freezer for when we’re craving a creamy and cool treat. The ice cream itself is amazing, and so is the fact that it's simple and easy to make.

Our favorite recipe comes from Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine, which works to bring communities together to learn about healthy food and sustainability.

Edible’s recipe calls for using Blue Java bananas, which are best known for their creamy fruit that tastes like vanilla custard. While most other banana varieties start out green, these bananas look blue before transforming into a bright yellow when they’re ready to eat.

This creamy ice

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Whether you happen to be on vacation or live on island, Maui is the perfect place to celebrate and appreciate all the wonderful things moms do.

And fortunately for those on island, simply being on Maui makes it easy to make this Mother’s Day one of the best she’s ever had. From tours of flower farms to luxurious spa days, here are a few of our favorite ways to treat Mom this Mother’s Day.

Kula Lavender Farm

Nestled on the slopes of Haleakala, the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm hosts an annual Mother's Day event where you can enjoy farm tours and all their delicious treats like lavender scones that they have to offer. Stroll through lush botanical gardens and breath in the relaxing fragrances that exude from every corner of this magical place.

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Even if you live on Maui, sometimes you need to get away for awhile.

Fortunately, just 9 miles from Maui’s west coast, there sits an island where it feels like you’re going back in time. On Lana’i, there are no stoplights and just 3,000 residents, many of whom live in picturesque plantation-style homes.

Shipwreck Beach

For those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle, Lana’i is the perfect place to get away. Only 30 miles of Lanai’s roads are paved, but residents also have access to the luxurious Four Seasons Resort and two world-class golf courses — the Manele Golf Course and the Koele Golf Course.

From adventurous off-road trips to visiting historical sites, there are all sorts of unique activities to do while visiting or living

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