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The holidays usually bring one of the slowest times of year across the country for real estate sales. But that’s not true on Maui: The winter rush of visitors and second-home owners to the island is poised to usher in a one of the largest boosts in sales during the first few months of 2020.  

“We are going to see a great uptick in real estate sales, both on the number of transactions and the price points,” said Island Sotheby’s International Realty owner and Principal Broker Ryan MacLaughlin. “Historically, January through April we see record sales.”

According to recently released data from the Maui Association of Realtors, the median sales price jumped 5.7 percent so far this year compared to last year. At the same time, the number of

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Photo courtesy of Greg Sturm.

Last month, more than 300 paddlers took to the seas to raise money for breast cancer research and community resources as part of the Paddle for Life, an event supported for years by Island Sotheby’s International Realty’s longtime Lana’i agent, Greg Sturm R(S). 

“It was Breast Cancer Awareness Month so a bunch of crews paddle from Maui to Lana’i and everyone sponsors paddlers with donations,” Sturm explained. 

Sturm helped sponsor a team of paddlers from Lana’i, whose team ended up raising more than $6,000. That team joined more than 300 other paddlers, who altogether raised a whopping $224,654 to support breast cancer research and services for Maui families who are touched by cancer. 

Photo courtesy of Greg

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Island Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to announce that Maeghan Pocock, R(S) is one of the most recent agents to join the prestigious firm’s growing team.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Maeghan has called Maui home for more than a decade and lives in Kula with her husband and their two children. When she isn't guiding her clients through real estate transactions, you can often find her spending time with her family and friends, volunteering throughout the community, exploring the outdoors and enjoying all that Maui has to offer.

Maeghan makes it a priority to learn about her clients’ interests and goals in order to find the perfect home or investment. She takes pride in being a dedicated and accessible resource to her clients near

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Everyone imagines what it might be like to build their dream home on a picturesque property on Maui.

Buying a vacant lot and building a custom home can seem a little daunting, but starting from scratch means that you can tailor every part of the process to meet your family’s needs. The first step — and perhaps most important — is picking out the land that will become your perfect slice of paradise. From cozy homes on the rolling slopes of Haleakala to indoor-outdoor architectural masterpieces with oceanfront access, Island Sotheby’s International Realty can help you find your ultimate escape. These are just a few of our favorite current land listings: 

45 Kuahulu Place | $4.85 million


Have you always dreamed of being able to walk out

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Everyone wants their backyard to feel like an oasis, and there’s no better way to do so than by filling it with tropical plants and flowers. 

Because of the island’s rich soil and mild climate, flowers, plants and fruit trees tend to grow like weeds, even if you don’t have a green thumb. But there are a few simple tips and tricks you can pick up that will boost your soil’s health and help your plants grow to heights. And many of them don’t involve pricey materials found at gardening stores. Here are seven tips to help you grow your best tropical garden:

  • There’s no need for chemical pesticides. Instead, try a microbial solution of microorganisms, which can take care of the pests without harmful toxins. One of the most popular products
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Photo by Janine, Wikipedia. 

Coconut french toast, banana pancakes, seared ahi benedicts — oh my!

Maui’s farm-to-table chefs make brunch an art, all while redefining what it means to celebrate and source local ingredients. And lucky for those who live on Maui, being a locavore not only helps protect the ‘aina and support local farmers — it’s great for your taste buds, too. 

So before you hit the beach this weekend, head to one of our favorite local brunch spots: 

Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop | Olowalu

Nestled in the tiny town of Olowalu on the way to Lahaina, Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. They serve up all sorts of sweet pies ranging from apple crumb to Olowalu lime, along with other decadent

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475 Manawai Place, Haiku

Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Debra Merle R(B) was eating lunch with a client who had recently sold an expansive estate in Kula with two homes on it, to instead replace it with a beautiful, yet significantly smaller home. After lunch, the client turned to Merle and said, “Last night, I was lying in bed with the biggest smile on my face.” 

“I am so happy that it almost scares me,” the client continued. “I feel like I’m finally where I belong.”  

It meant so much to Merle to hear that. Like many real estate agents across the nation, she’s met with a growing number of clients who are looking to swap their multi-acre estates with significantly smaller - and simpler - places to call home. 

From Florida

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Twisting along Maui’s rural northwest coastline, Kahekili Highway is truly a road less traveled, even on an island that attracts roughly 3 million visitors each year. The road carves into rugged cliffs and lush valleys, winding past waterfalls, hiking trails and panoramic views that sweep from the sea to summit of Haleakala. 

Stop at farm stands to buy fresh produce, flowers and some of Maui’s best banana bread, or gaze upon verdant pastures of grazing cattle. And if you follow the road just 15 minutes down past Wailuku, you’ll find a different slice of paradise: Hale Wainui.

Situated on 51 acres of pristine acreage, Hale Wainui is the epitome of luxury island living. Built with only the finest furnishings and craftsmanship, the

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Hawaiian legend goes that the demigod Maui, after whom our island is named, was determined to capture the sun to slow it down so his mother could have enough light in the day to dry her kapa cloth. So one night, Maui journeyed to the peak of Haleakalā to wait for the sun to rise. As it began to illuminate the sky that morning, he lassoed the sun, convincing it to slow its descent for part of the year to make the day last longer. 

Today, millions of Maui residents and visitors have made the same trek the summit of the dormant volcano, waiting for the sun as it rises over the crater. Towering over the island of Maui, Haleakalā, meaning the "house of the sun,” offers one of the ecologically diverse landscapes in the world and one of the state’s most

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Every magical thing about Maui that you’ve heard is true: You’ll find lush rainforests, rushing waterfalls and pristine, white-sand beaches, all within the island’s 727 square miles.

And better yet, you can experience all of those ecological treasures within a half dozen spots on island — Maui’s six state parks. From the redwood forests at Polipoli to crisp rivers running through 'Iao Valley, the island’s designated state parks offer gateways into world of exploration, natural beauty and a glimpse into the history of the Hawaiian people.

Makena State Park 

Spanning 165 acres of pristine Maui shoreline, the Makena State Park is perhaps Maui’s most popular state park, attracting thousands of locals and visitors alike. It’s divided into two

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