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Imagine what is once was like to bake bread and churn butter without the modern wonder of electricity.

Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Ricardo Ralha, R(S) knows exactly what that’s like. Ralha was recently part of an event held by the Portuguese Association of Maui, which sought to teach Maui’s keiki the traditional way of baking bread and churning butter without electricity. 

The event, however, was about more than just teaching the historical techniques of baking bread in a stone oven. Instead, Ralha and the other members were using the activity as a way to preserve and celebrate the history of Portuguese people in Hawai’i.

“The Portuguese Association of Maui wants to raise awareness that Portuguese culture is still

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Consider the fact that the typical food item in America travels 1,500 miles from the farm to your plate.

That means that eating local isn’t just important for your health — it’s also vital to protect the environment. But lucky for those who live on Maui, becoming a locavore is not only beneficial for the planet — it’s great for your taste buds, too.

On Maui, many chefs and restaurateurs have turned their attention to issues like climate change, public health and the support of local farmers. The farm-to-table movement may be decades old, but these are a few restaurants on Maui that are redefining what it means to celebrate and source local ingredients.

This is by no means a comprehensive list. So go out and explore the best farm-to-table

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For yet another year, Maui Realtors and Rotarians came together to help students in Hana.

Last month, the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset held a school supply drive for the second year in a row to help Hana High & Elementary School students. Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Heidi Dollinger, R(S) is the current president of the club, which has a mission to boost quality of life in West Maui and beyond.

“We recognize there is a need in the community to help families and teachers with the cost of school supplies for education,” Dollinger told the Maui News.

Even though the Lahaina-based club is more than 50 miles from Hana, the club collected $500 and eight boxes of school supplies for students last year, the Maui News

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Ready, set, go — be sure to mark your calendars for one of Hawai’i’s most celebrated canoe races.

On Sept. 15, paddlers from across the globe will head to DT Fleming Beach in Kapalua, Maui for the Pailolo Challenge, which is known as one of the most fun canoe races in the Aloha State. The race spans from the beach in Kapalua all the way to Kaunakakai, Moloka’i.

Teams of six paddlers flock from across the world, coming as far as Australia and Canada to test themselves against challenging channel crossing conditions. The race spans 26 miles across the Pailolo Channel, notorious for being one of the windiest and roughest in the Hawaiian Islands.

But that doesn’t stop hundreds of people from participating. And despite being one of the

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Becoming a locavore is pretty simple in Hawai’i — especially if you live on Maui, where you can shop at abundant and affordable farmers’ markets all year round.

From fresh-caught fish to eggs to veggies, you can find almost everything you need to eat on island. To make it even easier on you, Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine, which works to bring communities together to learn about healthy food and sustainability, made a list of farmers’ markets on island, where you can find all your weekly staples.

Besides fresh fruits and veggies, the farmers' markets often showcase the work of local artisans, plant nurseries and delicious pre-made food from chefs. So the next time you think about hitting the supermarket, turn to this guide of farmers’

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Amazing food, music, cooking demonstrations and plants for sale — at Maui’s second annual La 'Ulu Day, there's fun for the whole family!

On Sept. 8, the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in Kahului is hosting La 'Ulu Day in partnership with the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Free to the public, the festival will celebrate 'ulu, or breadfruit, which has been a staple of the diet in Hawaii for hundreds of years.

Food booths, breadfruit cooking demonstrations and a sale of Pacific 'ulu varieties are among the attractions at the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be a multi-grower Hawaiian plant sale, cultural activities, live Hawaiian music and hula.

And if that isn’t alluring enough, foods and drinks planned for sale at the event

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There’s a reason why so many people want to live in South Maui.

From the miles of white-sand beaches to world-class dining, the stretch of coastline between Ma'alaea and Makena is one of the most coveted regions in Maui. Besides the warm azure waters, South Maui is also full of convenient amenities including shopping, restaurants, gyms, art studios, small businesses and family activities.

Whether you plan on making South Maui your permanent or vacation home, we’ve got you covered with homes or condominiums. And if you need just a bit more convincing, we’ve listed our favorite reasons why you should make the move to South Maui.


Want to walk on the beach every day? South Maui has got you covered. From strolling along the white

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Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents are representing what could be the largest sale ever for a single-family home on Maui.

Realtors Courtney Brown, R(S) and Rob Shelton, R(B) are representing the owners of a sprawling 10-acre oceanfront estate, equipped with its own small lighthouse, that’s offered for $49 million. If it sells for that price, it would break Maui’s current record of a single-family home, which is currently held by a $41.8 million home sold in 2015, according to the Maui Association of Realtors.

This once in a lifetime property has already garnered national attention, including that of the Wall Street Journal and Mansion Global. That’s no surprise: The estate boasts more than 12,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor living

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Pristine, white sand. Colorful coral reefs. Clear, azure water.

These are just a few of the reasons why Kapalua Bay Beach was named the nation’s best beach, according to an annual survey by “Dr. Beach.” Last year, the beach ranked No. 2, just behind Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Florida.

Teeming with marine life, Kapalua Bay is a favorite for locals and visitors alike, who flock to Kapalua Bay for white sands, swimming, snorkeling and other ocean activities.

Dr. Beach says Kapalua Bay Beach is “a perfect beach for swimming and snorkeling in the clear, azure waters that are protected by two headlands formed long ago by lava flows into the sea.”

“This beautiful crescent-shaped, white sand beach is bounded by these rocky anchors where

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Island Sotheby’s International Realty has facilitated another multi-million sale — this time, a prestigious condominium in the heart of Kapalua Bay.

Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Courtney Brown, R(S) represented the buyer of a 2,789-square-foot condominium at the Montage Residences at Kapalua Bay — one of West Maui’s finest resort communities. The three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath condominium was sold for $4.9 million, bringing the total to over $20 million in sales that Brown has facilitated so far this year.

Undoubtedly one of Kapalua’s finest resort communities, the Montage Residences at Kapalua Bay offers spacious floor plans that overlook Maui’s stunning northwest shore — and more specifically, the famed crescent-shaped

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