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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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Now that 2018 is coming to an end, it's clear that it was a record year for the Island Sotheby's International Realty team. 

Right now, two of Island Sotheby’s International Realty’s current listings would break sales records in Hawai'i: a sprawling 10-acre oceanfront estate in Kapalua offered for $49 million and a condominium at Wailea Point offered for $25 million. But those are just two of several highly significant listings, ranging from luxurious condominiums to swaths of historic ranches. We put together a list of our most notable listings as we close out 2018:

9 Bay Drive | $49 million

This breathtaking estate could be the largest sale ever for a single-family home on Maui. Located on a sprawling 10-acre oceanfront property, this

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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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Even in Hawai’i, there are few places where you can truly enjoy the islands' natural wonders without the crowds.

But Hana, Maui is one of the state’s most untouched paradises. On all of Maui, Hana is one of the last communities where you can truly live oceanfront without having a neighbor in sight. And nearby, you can explore dozens of tropical waterfalls, often empty beaches and scarcely populated hikes that truly create the feeling that you’re traveling back in time.

For those looking to escape from it all, Hana might be your perfect home. We made a list of a few of our favorite properties in one of Maui’s last undeveloped regions:

Hana Highway | $12 million

Dubbed the “crown jewel” of the Hana coastline, this 61-acre property is

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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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A national report released by data analyst CoreLogic showed Hawai’i had the fourth greatest home equity gain of all states in the nation — an average increase of nearly $30,000.

Over the last year, home values appreciated because the economy continues to strengthen — which means many homeowners, especially those in Hawai’i, are raking in equity. Across the country, California led the way with an average gain of $49,000, followed by Washington with $41,000 and Nevada with $32,000.

Generally, western states saw the highest gains, while the average homeowner nationwide gained $16,200 in home equity. The report examined year-over-year equity gain per borrower from the second quarter of 2017 to same period in 2018.

“When aggregated across all

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