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Living on Maui means days off work are spent lounging on the beach and exploring the island’s forests and valleys by hiking trails. But whether you’re kama’aina or are vacationing here, there is one thing that can make your Maui adventures even better — exploring the island with a shelter dog by your side.

The Maui Humane Society allows visitors and residents to take adoptable dogs out for a day of fun through its “Beach Buddies” program. Every Wednesday and Friday, head down to the humane society to pick up your furry companion so you can splash around at the beach, grab lunch at a dog-friendly restaurant or explore the island’s numerous hiking trails. The dogs are sure to be thrilled with a day of one-on-one attention and adventure, while they

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It’s again that time of year when people living on the mainland brace for frigid temperatures and snow days. But in Hawai’i, it’s the season where residents give their warmest welcome to their favorite visitors: humpback whales.

About 60 percent of all North Pacific humpbacks make the nearly 6,000-mile round trip to the islands, where about 80 percent will choose the waters of the Au’Au Channel, between Maui and Lanai, as their wintertime home, according to the Keiki Kohola Project, a nonprofit that works to protect humpback whales in the islands. The whales usually start the journey in late fall to early winter, then return to the chillier North Pacific waters in the spring. Then, they make their way to Alaska for the summer to feed.

Each year,

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The U.S. doesn’t consider most humpbacks endangered species since they’ve rebounded from the threat of extinction after decades of whaling. But they’re still in need of our help. Today, humpback whales and other marine life face a slew of other threats, including climate change, unsustainable fishing, plastic contamination and noise pollution. Here are a few ways you can help support the whales who migrate to Maui, as well as humpbacks across the globe:

  • Adequate rest is critically important to mothers and calves, so if you’re in the water with them, be especially mindful of the noise you might produce. Don’t approach them while resting; and similarly, avoid their line of travel. All ocean users are barred from approaching humpback whales

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All ocean users are barred from approaching humpback whales within 100 yards...but sometimes they come to you! This behaviour is known as “whale mugging” and the boat captain is required to stay put until the whale decides to swim away.

For decades, Maui residents have come together to celebrate the island’s most beloved wintertime visitors—humpback whales.

In 2020, the Pacific Whale Foundation will hold its 40th annual Maui Whale Festival, a series of events designed to inspire environmental stewardship and honor the great giants that migrate to the islands each winter. Held since 1980, the festival offers a range of events for residents and visitors alike. But isn’t the only event dedicated to the whales. Here are a few ways you can get involved

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Marilyn Griffin R(B) has become the latest real estate professional to join Island Sotheby's International Realty's growing team, drawn to the firm's focus on giving back to the community and raising the bar for industry as a whole.

In her short time with the firm, Griffin has already become part of the Island Sotheby's 'Ohana, spending a day in earlier this month volunteering with other Realtors to help feed families experiencing homelessness at Ka Hale A Ke Ola.

Griffin is a retired emergency room nurse who found her calling in real estate, eventually leading her to advocate for the industry on a local, state and national level. Most importantly, however, she is passionate about serving her clients and the greater island community. We sat

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Island Sotheby’s International Realty’s Candy Mulcoy R(S) sells another extraordinary residence on Maui’s west side shores, Kahua Kai Pl, located in the coveted gated community of Kaanapali Golf Estates.

This 3,800 Sq Ft residence features a spacious 3 bedrooms and 4 baths with an ocean view office that makes any work from home job a dream. The 1,000 Sq Ft of covered lanai offers the ultimate entertaining space or outdoor oasis. A gorgeous pool and relaxing spa and sauna are just a few of the many amenities offered.

Located in this residence you will find that the custom interior design blends some of the most exotic arrays of wood and Italian marble imported from Italy. The professionally designed kitchen is decorated with the finest

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“For the first time this year – I felt the Christmas Spirit!” 

Island Sotheby's International Realty's Broker in Charge for the South Maui Office, Ron Silva R(S) boasted about this year’s Christmas dinner at Ka Hale A Ke Ola on Thursday morning.  

Chefs: Marilyn Griffin R(B), Ron Silva R(B) and Ricardo Ralha R(S), Entertainment: Brooks Maguire and Patrick Kilbride, Cookie Decorating: Mari Ippolito R(S)

December 4th, marked Ka Hale A Ke Ola’s annual Feeding the Homeless Christmas Celebration. This year Island Sotheby International Realty teamed up with Fidelity National Title & Patrick Kilbride of the Kiwanis Club to bring joy to the community! Volunteers made this year’s event bigger than ever by coming together to put on a feast,

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Teresa Nelle, Realtor (S), Island Sotheby's International Realty - West Maui Office

The Hawaiian value of aloha has a lot of different meanings. But, during the holiday season, aloha means spreading love throughout your community and to those who need it most. At least, this is true for Island Sotheby International Realty Agent Teresa Nelle, who’s been volunteering her time to feeding the community of Maui for the last 7 years alongside a program called Feed My Sheep.

“I believe no one should go hungry, its a basic human right to have enough to eat, especially in a rich country,” said Nelle when asked about why she started working with FMS.

Feed My Sheep is a mobile food distribution program, unlike any other. By driving out into the

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For me, working in Maui’s Real Estate market is more than buying and selling homes. There are stories behind the homes embedded in their history and the surrounding landscape. Stories that span both generations and geologic time. Whether a place boasts monumental history, has complex place names, or is as simple (or diverse) as the features of its landscape, all places have their own uniqueness which imbues in them intrinsic value. Knowing these stories, histories, and understanding the physical landscape adds to one’s sense of place. I’d like to share some of these stories, like this simple background of my own neighborhood here on Maui, Kula Kai:

At the time of the Mahele Aina (1848), the lands of Kula Kai were granted in formal Land Grants to

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Island Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to announce that Diana Rodbourn, R(S) has become the latest agent to join its growing team of real estate professionals. 

Rodbourn has worked in the real estate industry for more than 20 years, 15 of which were spent as an escrow officer and operations manager in Colorado. In 2014, she moved to Maui, immersing herself in the complexities of the local market by working as a full-time independent consultant to several top agents on the island. 

Rodbourn is passionate about redefining real estate by offering a superior level of service, innovative marketing and a highly personalized boutique-style experience to her clientele. We sat down with Rodbourn to learn more about why she chose to join Island

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