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All longtime Maui residents know how abundantly bananas grow on island, but did you know that you can eat more than just the fruit?

As the name suggests, banana flowers are the blossoms on banana trees that would otherwise develop into bananas. But like the mature fruit, banana blossoms are entirely edible.

Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine, which works to bring communities together to learn about healthy food and sustainability, recently wrote about how eat the blossoms. Almost all modern edible bananas come from two wild species: Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana, but the fruit’s size, color and firmness varies, according to the magazine.

The flowers all grow in clusters hanging from the top of the plant. To eat the flower, you must

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One of the world’s best aquariums is right in your backyard.

The Maui Ocean Center was recently named among the Top 10 Aquariums in the World by TripAdvisor 2018 Travelers’ Choice, an annual award that highlights the top travel destinations and companies around the world. The Maui Ocean Center came in at No. 8, joining prestigious aquariums including the Georgia Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Tennessee Aquarium. The rankings are based on both the quantity and quality of TripAdvisor reviews.

“Maui Ocean Center is honored to have been named one of the Top 10 Aquariums in the World by TripAdvisor,” Tapani Vuori, the general manager said in a news release. “We appreciate every individual traveler who visited Maui Ocean Center and rated

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Autumn is a beautiful time to visit Maui, but there’s no doubt the island is lacking in some of the season’s conventional activities.

You won’t find red, orange or yellow trees to sweep up, or even really need to put on a sweater, for that matter. But there is one fall tradition that you’ll find on Maui that rivals anything on the mainland — the pumpkin patch at Kula Country Farms.

Nestled on the slopes of Haleakala, Kula Country Farms is a fourth generation farm that sells some of the island’s freshest produce  — it’s best known for its strawberries, sweet Kula Onions, and sweet Kula corn. But during the fall, the farm is most famous for its pumpkin patch, which has become one of Maui’s most popular autumn activities.

Starting October

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Island Sotheby's International Realty is proud to announce that Marty Guerriero R(S) has joined the firm's prestigious real estate team.

Marty Guerriero is a longtime Maui resident specializing in South Maui real estate, who is consistently described by clients as hard-working, knowledgeable and patient. At a young age, he became intrigued with design and architecture, which led him to pursue a degree in Architectural Interior Design from San Jose State University. This experience in interior design has proven beneficial to many clients, as he has a knack for spotting opportunities to enhance a property’s value or give you an edge at the negotiation table.

Guerriero prides himself on working hard to get you the best deal possible. We sat down

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This month, hundreds of runners will head to the Valley Isle for the oldest marathon west of the Mississippi River.

The countdown to race day has begun because on Oct. 14, athletes from across the world will participate in the Maui Marathon, which is the longest consecutively held running event in the state of Hawai’i. Besides the full marathon, there’s also a half marathon, 10K, 5K and a newly added full marathon relay.

The full marathon and marathon relay starts in Kahului and ends in Kaanapali with breathtaking views of Maui’s coast along most of the course. Meanwhile, the half marathon, 10K and 5K start and end in Ka’anapali, where athletes can soak in stunning ocean views along the way.

Because of the beautiful natural environment

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As many Maui residents know, living in paradise often comes with a cost. 

It's no secret that it's often difficult to find an affordable home anywhere in the Hawaiians Islands, not just on Maui. But just because you think finding the right home might be an expensive and complicated process, it doesn’t mean it has to be.

From charming country homes in Kula to houses in lush Wailuku neighborhoods, the Island Sotheby’s International Realty team has the scoop on all the best homes to fit your price point. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite homes for under $900,000:

594 Hapapa Road | $815,000

Situated on 2 fenced acres of lush pastureland and fruit trees, this plantation-style home is the epitome of peaceful Upcountry living. At 4,200

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The most winning doubles team of all time and an Olympics tennis coach descended on the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch last week for the High Powered Doubles Camp, one of the most esteemed doubles tennis camps on Maui.

The four-day camp was supported by Island Sotheby’s International Realty’s own Mino McLean R(B), who also participated in the event. Attendees learned strategy and tactics from the former world #1 team, Bob and Mike Bryan, in addition to legendary doubles player/U.S. Davis Cup & Olympics coach Tom Gullikson and a cast of other top-notch doubles coaches.  

Mino McLean, R(B) / Tennis geek takes her photo opportunity with Bob & Mike Bryan

“It’s a tennis mecca for people who really love doubles,” said Cynthia Neiman, who helped

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Nestled on the slopes of Haleakala, the Upcountry region is undeniably one of the most beautiful parts of Maui. But it’s not just rolling, green pastureland and lush forests — from distillery tours to art galleries to charming eateries, there are literally dozens of ways to explore one of Maui’s most loved regions.

So we’ve wrapped up a list of some of our favorite ways to spend your days exploring Upcountry. And as summer turns into fall, there’s no better place to spend a cool autumn day on Maui.

Surfing Goat Dairy

You don’t have to travel far to find some of the best goat cheese in the country. With dozens of different delicious goat milk products like cheeses, soaps and truffles, Surfing Goat Dairy has been an island favorite for two

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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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