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It’s hard to count all the factors that make Hawai’i such an incredible state – white-sand beaches, warm weather year-round, dozens of breathtaking waterfalls and colorful sunsets.

But there’s another thing that sets the state apart from the rest – it’s leading the U.S. in generating renewable energy, in almost every way there is to produce it.

Although the state generates most of its renewable energy from solar power, it also relies on wind, geothermal, hydro and biofuels. Today, the state gets roughly one-third of its electricity from rooftop solar and roughly 60 other utility-scale renewable energy projects that support power grids. On some days, almost 60 percent of its power comes from renewable sources.

That’s a drastic increase

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Just in case you needed another reason why you should call Hawai’i home: The Aloha State has once again claimed the title of the healthiest state in the country.

A recently released report by the United Health Foundation dubbed Hawai’i as the healthiest state in the country for the fifth time in the last six years. Since the report began in 1990, Hawai’i has never placed worse than sixth.

To produce the report, researchers examined more than 30 different health markers on public and health policies, community and environmental conditions, residents’ behaviors and clinical care data to provide a holistic view of people's health.

In Hawai’i, it’s clear that residents are often healthier simply because of their lifestyles. The state had the

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One of Island Sotheby’s International Realty Realtor Becky Hanna R(B) has become one of the first on Maui to receive the National Association of Realtors’ Green Designation.

NAR’s Green Designation is the association’s only conferred certification designed for real estate professionals who want to become better informed about energy-efficiency and sustainability in real estate. Across the globe, homeowners, builders and general consumers are becoming more and more aware of these issues, especially when it comes to the facets of green living and reducing carbon footprints.

“Since I care deeply about the environment, I knew obtaining the Green designation will help and encourage clients to care though consciously building green and promoting a

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Everyone knows that Hawai’i is paradise, where you can find tropical rainforests, exotic waterfalls, white-sand beaches and soaring cliffs. That means in addition to being a traveler’s heaven, it’s one for filmmakers, too.

For decades, filmmakers have been flocking to Hawai’i for some of the most picturesque filming locations in the world. Because of the islands’ temperate climates and diverse landscapes, Hawai'i offers the perfect conditions for producing celebrated Hollywood films. Although dozens of movies have been filmed in Hawai’i, a few stand out among the crowd. We made a list of some popular favorites:

1. 50 First Dates

Starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, this famous rom-com was almost entirely shot on Oahu. In the movie,

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Even though you won’t find chilly temperatures or snowmen on Maui, the holiday season on the island is full of joy, cheer and warmth. Best of all, you can be merry and bright in your bathing suit, soaking up the sun on a white-sand beach while you escape the frigid temperatures on the mainland. 

From beach days with Santa to volunteer activities, there are a range of events on island that are sure to get you into the Christmas spirit. To make it easier on your family, we made a list of a few activities you should be sure to check off your list this holiday season.

Santa’s coming to town – by canoe!

Before Santa makes his rounds delivering presents across the globe, Santa will be heading to

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Island Sotheby's International Realty is proud to announce that Benjamin Massie has become one of the newest members of the firm's prestigious real estate team. 

Massie began his real estate career more than six years ago in Richmond, Virginia and has been involved in more than 500 transactions. Massie received a bachelor's degree in commercial real estate and urban land development at Virginia Commonwealth University and focuses on developments that improve the economy, infrastructure and the daily lives of individuals who live and work in wonderful updated communities.When he moved to Maui more than three years ago, he opened his own firm as the Principal Broker and has since embedded himself in the island's real estate industry.

Massie can

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“Follow our dreams and just be Hawaiians.”

That’s what celebrity Hawaiian chef Sam Choy told an audience of roughly 270 people at the Hui Holomua Business Fest at King Kamehameha Golf Club last month, an event hosted by the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce. Island Sotheby’s International Realty’s own Ryan MacLaughlin PB attended the event, which was a huge success for Native Hawaiian business leaders on island.

“Our keynote speaker was Sam Choy, who is a living testament of a Native Hawaiian who grew up in a small town and created an international brand that spurred restaurants worldwide,” said MacLaughlin, an owner of Island Sotheby’s International Realty who also serves on the chamber’s board. “His message was simple: ‘just

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Starting October 28, the International Windsurfing Tour will host the annual Aloha Classic at Ho'okipa Beach Park, where riders from across the globe travel for the biggest event of the year. Past champions include legendary names in the sport including Rush Randle and Robby Naish to this year's reigning champions, Morgan Noireaux and Sarah Hauser. Maui's biggest names will also be there, including Kai Lenny, Antoine Martin and Maria Andres.

You can get up close and personal by watching the contest at Ho’okipa Beach Park — or view it from afar from the secluded white-sand beach in front of 131 Aleiki Place — a four-bedroom, five-bathroom beachfront home. Offered at $9.85 million, the beautiful estate is located on the beach, just minutes one

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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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