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Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Ryan MacLaughlin, R(B) has been named a board member of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce.

Last week, MacLaughlin became a member of the chamber’s board, which works to promote and sustain Hawaiian culture by nurturing Hawaiian values and enhancing business and education opportunities. The group also focuses on boosting benefits available for Native Hawaiians from business, education, government, community and housing.

"I wanted to be apart of what they were doing, as they seemed to be a resource for Maui residents in support of business and education efforts," said MacLaughlin. "Being Native Hawaiian myself, and being born and raised here on Maui, it really made sense."

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It’s that time a year again when parents celebrate and children dig in their heels: back-to-school.

From rushing to beat school traffic to signing up for after-school activities, the season brings in quite a change for both parents and children. But that transition can be much smoother when you live within minutes of the island’s finest schools.

“Generally, if you live Upcountry, you’re going to be 15 to 20 minutes away from all the great schools,” said Island Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Mino McClean, R(B).

This elite estate on Lower Kula Road is nearby schools ranging from Seabury Hall to Haleakala Waldorf.

McClean was raised on Maui, and graduated from Seabury Hall. She explained that most of Maui’s top schools are located

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From lush, tropical waterfalls to pristine, secluded beaches, Hana is one of the last regions on Maui that truly feels like Old Hawaii. There are, however, so many natural wonders to explore that it's often hard to choose what to do once you get there. 

Fortunately, there are a couple Island Sotheby's International Realty agents that know the quaint town like the back of their hands. With years of experience selling real estate and spending time in the area, we asked agents Dan Omer and Megan Bouhey for some insider knowledge on their top picks in Hana town: 

Hamoa Beach

Hamoa Beach by Dan Omer.

Dan Omer, who has been selling real estate for nearly 40 years, said there are ample opportunities for surfing, fishing and diving at Hana at

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When many people picture the idyllic Hawaiian Islands, the first image that comes to mind is a colorful sunset on the horizon, framed by gentle waves of the Pacific Ocean and swaying palm trees.

At these luxurious estates, the view is even more spectacular. With panoramic vistas that span from Moloka’i to Kaho’olawe, these magnificent homes have vantage points that are simply intoxicating.

322 Waakaula Place, Wailea, Hawaii

With endless ocean views and 3,400 square feet of spacious living area, this home is the epitome of indoor-outdoor living. Located in the Wailea Golf Estates, the home overlooks Maui's azure south shore, in addition to one of the finest golf courses in the resort community. 

The single-level home offers an open

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This year marked the 31st time that Island Sotheby’s Vice President Rob Shelton has chaired the Kapalua Clambake Pro-Am Invitational - a charity tournament at one of Maui’s finest courses.

In the last week of June, Kapalua’s famed Plantation and Bay Courses were home to more than 100 golfers who were invited to the competition, which was sponsored by Island Sotheby's International Realty. For Shelton, it was nothing new - he helped found the event in 1987 as a way to promote local golfers, boost activity at the Kapalua Resort and give back to help Maui residents.

“Our goal was to become large enough to be recognized by the Aloha Section PGA and to give back to the community,” said Shelton, adding that they’ve been recognized by the local PGA

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It will come as no surprise to Maui residents: the island is one of the best places to vacation in the U.S.

Recently, U.S. News named Maui the No. 1 place to visit in the U.S. for categories including most relaxing, best romantic and most luxurious vacation destination. The island also ranked No. 4 in the best place to visit in the county - just behind New York City, Philadelphia and Honolulu. 

The news outlet examined multiple factors when creating the list including attractions, hotels and dining options, in addition to surveys from travelers themselves. Maui took the top spots because of its pristine, white-sand beaches and plethora of local restaurants.

The news organization recommended visitors explore the road to Hana, which extends

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Nothing inspires Linda Briske more than making a difference in the lives of Maui’s youth. 

As recently featured in the Maui News, Briske, a broker and realtor for Island Sotheby’s International Realty, has been volunteering with Kids Hope USA for nearly a decade. The nonprofit works to pair youth with adult mentors to help them with everything from school work to simply being there to listen. 

Kids Hope USA is a nonprofit that nurtures relationships between church volunteers and schools to ensure children have a responsible adult to spend time with. For an hour a week, Briske meets with a student at Kula Elementary School to work one-on-one on things such as reading, math and writing. Briske has tutored students from kindergarten to fifth

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For many Hawaii is paradise, but for some the price of paradise means struggling to put food on the table. 

Because of this, Ka Hale A Ke Ola has provided some of the island’s homeless residents with emergency shelter and hot meals. The nonprofit also provides education, childcare and counseling services to some of the island’s most low-income residents.

Ka Hale A Ke Ola welcomes in volunteers to feed meals to their residents — something Island Sotheby’s agents have been doing for years. Just recently, several agents joined together to prepare and serve dozens of meals and lend a helping hand to those in need.

“It is a great service project and allows us the opportunity to come together as a group and prepare and serve a nutritious

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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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Island Sotheby's International Realty (ISIR) agents participated in not one but two Golf events this past month. Each event raised money for their respective charities bringing fun and fundraising together.

 Beautiful carved wood trophies by Bill Hamilton

The 30th Annual Kapalua Clambake Pro-Am was held on June 24-26th on both the Bay and Plantation Courses. Professionals and amateurs from around the country converged at Kapalua for a fun three days of festivities and competitions. When the event was started in 1987, in part by ISIR's own Rob Shelton, the 3-year goal was to be recognized as an Aloha Section PGA event, and to be big enough to support a local charity. That goal was achieved within 2-years and now, 30 years later The Kapalua
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