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Found 5 entries for March, 2020.

Truman Taoka has been a Hawai’i boy his whole life. Being born and raised on the island of Maui, he knows island life better than anyone. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Tourism and Travel Management at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. With his passion for the island and expert knowledge in the field, Taoka brings his aloha to each client that he works with to provide the best for them and their families.

Taoka has been extraordinary when interacting with customers and tourists. Before joining our team, Taoka was a renowned events director with Hyatt Regency Maui Resorts & Spa. While with Hyatt Regency he was recognized with multiple Hy-Achiever awards and acknowledged as Manager of the year. We love the passion Truman puts into his work

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Growing up on the sandy shores of South Maui, Jordan Smith is no stranger to the tropical landscape, beautiful neighborhoods, and ocean waves. 

Besides being a local boy at heart, Smith has extensive knowledge and experience in Maui development, from beginning to end, new and innovative marketing strategies, and a deep understanding of his trade. In 2019, Jordan lead the sales to successfully closing out 170 unit development of Kamalani, one of Kihei’s newest communities.

To learn more about Smith and his dedication to the island of Maui and how he uses his sincere character and enthusiasm to help his clients, we asked Smith a few questions to help us get to know him a little better and welcome him into our ohana. 

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Nestled upon the slopes of Haleakala rests the prestigious Haku Baldwin Center, standing as a home for The Maui Horse Show Association and countless Maui equestrians over the past 25 years. Founded in 1989, MHSA is an outstanding resource in the community by allowing members to competitively and casually work with their horses for sport and recreation. 

The association is truly a hidden gem on the island. What started with a few members, is now a growing community on Maui! Run completely by volunteers, MHSA owes it all to the dedicated community that works hard so others may continue to take advantage of this precious resources. They work hard to ensure the highest level of welfare for all Maui horses and ponies. 

With such amazing

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When you think of Maui, you think of swaying palm trees, an oasis of blue shorelines, and maybe a pina colada or two. You would never expect Maui to have a commercial livestock industry or a rich, paniolo (cowboy) heritage and lifestyle, but it’s true. The first cattle arrived in Hawaii in 1793 when Captain George Vancouver presented King Kamehameha with six cows and a bull. By the late 1800s, Maui began to see the first family-owned ranches and the birth of Mauiʻs cherished paniolo heritage and lifestyle in the cool, Upcountry Region of the island. Today, Haleakala Ranch and Ulupalakua Ranch are partners, providing cattle to the Maui Cattle Company brand which is now owned by Mahi Pono. 

1. Haleakala Ranch 

Forest & Kim Starr / CC BY 3.0 US

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Photo:Emy-Jo Ferguson

Welcome to Maui, where the palm trees are lush, the ocean is as blue as the sky above it, the waterfalls flow majestically and....the cowboys run free? 

Taking it back about 200 years, the history of “paniolos” (cowboys) runs deep on Maui. When King Kamehameha was first introduced to longhorns for his cattle, the booming world of beef trade, ranching, and rodeo took off. This became a significant moment for the history of Maui because of how passionately the island would make the world of western rodeo their own. 

Not many would expect the beautiful tropical paradise that is Maui to have such a booming community of young cowboys and cowgirls riding and roping throughout the slopes of Haleakala. But, within the lush trees and

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