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With Maui’s residential median sales price at its highest point in more than a decade, real estate experts are hopeful 2017 will be a strong year for the island’s housing market.

Maui’s median sales price for a residential properties soared to $700,000 in December 2016 — the highest since September 2006. Meanwhile, the median price for condominiums and land rose to $414,500 and $435,000, respectively.

Real estate agents and investment experts alike are hopeful that the market’s upswing will continue through 2017. Alex Cortez, an agent with the Wailea office, said in particular, he expects to see a growing market for high-end, luxury homes.

“2017 will be a very busy year for uber high-end homes,” said Cortez. “Those markets will see substantial

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Hana town is Maui’s last undeveloped paradise.

Just more than a two hour drive from the Kahului Airport, Hana is one of the island’s most pristine jewels —  and one of the last remaining areas of Maui that truly feels like yesterday’s Hawai’i.

With just 1,200 residents, the town offers locals and visitors a refreshing lack of large resorts and developments. Dozens of waterfalls, freshwater pools and hiking spots contribute to Hana’s allure as the ultimate retreat into paradise.

Lucky for those looking for their own private space, there are handfuls of undeveloped properties perfect for building your own exotic oasis. Here are some of our favorite untouched Hana parcels:

Hana Highway, Hana HI 96713

This magnificent 61-acre property is

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Living eco-friendly lifestyle doesn't mean you have to sacrifice luxury — especially at home. 

More and more often, high-end homes on Maui are being built to be equally as luxurious as they are energy efficient. With state-of-the-art photovoltaic and energy storage systems, dozens of magnificent estates offer residents all the finest furnishing, while at the same time aiming to protect the planet by reducing our environmental footprint.

Making a difference without sacrificing comfort — a handful of homes that aim to protect the island that we all know and love:

454 Wailau Place  |  Lahaina  |  Hawaii 96761

Nestled in the slopes of the West Maui mountains, this magnificent estate is meticulously crafted — and entirely off-the-grid. This

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2016 marked the year when many lucky buyers made the purchase of a lifetime.

From spacious Kapalua villas to an oceanfront oasis in South Maui, dozens of luxury condominiums and homes were sold by Island Sotheby's International Realty agents last year. Here are a few of the most significant sales of 2016:

Keawakapu | Kihei | $8,000,000

There’s nothing quite like waking up to the soothing sounds of waves in a home that overlooks one of Maui’s most stunning white sand beaches. Undoubtedly one of the island's finest real estate gems, the last time this half-acre oceanfront parcel was on the market was in the 1950s — before Hawaii became a U.S. state.

With about 90 linear feet of unobstructed ocean frontage, this 1960s Hawaiian beach bungalow

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It's that time of year again when some of the world's best golfers flock to the slopes of the West Maui mountains for one of the most elite competitions in the nation.

In less than a week, Maui's Kapalua Plantation Course will be home to the PGA’s Tournament of Champions, which kicks off January 4th. While the island is home to several 18-hole masterpieces that span from lush mountain slopes to tropical coastal waters, the Plantation Course is undoubtedly one of Maui’s best courses.

With sweeping views unlike any other Hawaii golf course, players gaze across picturesque landscapes that span from Moloka'i to the West Maui mountains. The world-class course's breathtaking vistas can make it difficult to focus on the shot — even for the professionals.

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The best moments of the holiday season come from the cheer and joy that come with surrounding ourselves with the ones we love.

A holiday party is a perfect opportunity to capture that feeling. Whether hosting a tight-knit gathering of friends or the entire company, hosting the party in the perfect home will ensure your holiday gathering exudes warmth, good spirits and joyous holiday cheer.


This oceanfront home at 311 Door of Faith Road offers the space — and privacy — needed to throw a festive holiday party.

Deck the halls of this spacious Haiku home to celebrate the season of giving and warmth. With lush tropical gardens and lanais overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this idyllic home can comfortably accommodate a festive gathering of all your

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With the rest of the country facing record-breaking winter temperatures and snow storms hitting from east to west coasts, spending the coldest months of the year on Maui is your best option to escape the chilly winter weather.

Tropical south Maui is the perfect winter getaway for those looking to de-thaw and spend some time in the sun. Plus, dozens of beach-front condominiums in Wailea provide convenient, low-maintenance vacation homes, all while offering unmarveled privacy in luxury resort communities.

These elegant condominiums are ready for you, whenever you’re ready to escape from harsh winter months. Here are a few of our favorites:

Wailea Point I II III, Unit 1401, Wailea, Hawaii 96753

Avoid chilly mainland winters and spend the

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Cooking and hosting holiday dinners can be a feat to pull off, especially in cramped kitchens. But preparing Thanksgiving dinner and entertaining guests in these spacious Maui homes doesn’t have to be stressful.

From expansive countertop space to top-of-the-line appliances, these exceptional kitchen designs are equipped with all the goods to make hosting holiday dinners a breeze. And with pools and lanais that offer the perfect view to catch a Maui sunset, there’s plenty to entertain guests while you cook. Here are some of our favorite homes we wish we were spending the holidays in.

 454 Wailau Place, Lahaina, Hawaii 96761

Nestled in the slopes of the West Maui mountains, this magnificent estate is home to meticulously crafted furnishings,

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When most people imagine Maui, they picture pristine, white-sand beaches, tropical gardens and picturesque waterfalls. But miles up the slopes of Haleakala, there is a different view of Hawaii.

Since the late 1800s, the paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboys, have wrangled cattle in Upcountry Maui from Makawao town to Ulupalakua. Today, Upcountry Maui is still home to several working cattle ranches, many of which have been upgraded with luxurious modern amenities. Here are some of our favorites:

Piiholo Ranch - 325 Waiahiwi Road, Makawao, Hawaii 96768

Nestled on the lush slopes of Haleakala just outside of the historic Makawao town, Piiholo Ranch is one of the busiest operating cattle ranches on Maui. With more than 800 acres of sprawling pastures,

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Rock star Pat Benatar and her guitarist husband Neil “Spyder“ Giraldo are offering their secluded Hana estate for $3.6 million.

The oceanfront home perches atop a private cove that's minutes from the sleepy town of Hana. As recently featured in Wall Street Journal and Mansion Global, the famed couple lived there full time with their two daughters for several years until about 2009. Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents Dan Omer and Megan Bouhey are listing the home, which offers breathtaking views that sweep from the Big Island to Haleakala crater. 

Hana is known as one of Maui’s most pristine jewels with dozens of waterfalls, freshwater pools and hiking spots scattered throughout the area. Located minutes away from Waioka Pond — also

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