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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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Investing in yourself is investing in your business.

If you’re an entrepreneur or successful professional who works from home, investing in an office space that helps boost creativity and focus is critical to financial success. Cramped and unappealing spaces can actually do harm to your business and productivity, which is why homes must be meticulously designed with open, inspiring spaces to boost efficiency and workflow. These are a few of our favorites:

100 KAWEHI PLACE, KULA, MAUI

Located on 5 acres that sprawl across the lush slopes of Haleakala, this private estate offers unrivaled peace and quiet in the heart of Kula.

Gaze upon bi-coastal views and listen to the calming sounds of the breeze between trees from this

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It’s not even into the busy winter season for Maui’s real estate agents, but sales prices are rising and demand is growing.

Compared to last year, the median sales price for all properties is up 9.5 percent, according to  recent data from the Realtors Association of Maui. At the same time, homes for sale are down 17.3 percent compared to last year.

“We have limited inventory, even the new developments are selling out,” said Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Volker Weiss.

Live beachfront at Maluhia at Wailea.

The busiest time of year for agents usually starts in January when visitors flock to the islands to avoid chilly temperatures. But even a month before the busy season kicks off, new developments are almost sold out, said

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Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to live on Maui.

From getting stuck in Paia traffic to dealing with expensive food and housing costs, sometimes we get overwhelmed with our daily grind and forget that we do live in paradise. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we wanted to celebrate all the reasons that make us so thankful to live on Maui.

We truly are lucky to live in the Aloha State.

1. BEACHES

This is the view of the backyard from Coconut Grove, one of the west side's finest resort communities.

This seems like a no-brainer, but some of the world’s most stunning beaches are basically in your backyard. From the white-sands of Kaanapali to the shore break at Makena, miles of pristine shorelines are entirely accessible - and

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