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We are excited to welcome Rebecca Taylor to the Island Sotheby's International Realty family as our newest realtor! As a premier real estate agency serving the beautiful island of Maui, we take pride in our exceptional team, and Rebecca is a valuable addition to our roster of talented professionals.

With a background in hospitality management, marketing, and operations, Rebecca brings a fresh and dynamic perspective to our team. Born and raised on Maui, Rebecca has a deep love and understanding of the local communities and their unique characteristics.

Rebecca has served as the Executive Assistant to our Principal Broker, Ryan MacLaughlin, and our Broker-In-Charge, Alex Cortez. Her experience in asset management, brand management, and new

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As the summer sun graces the shores of Maui, the island buzzes with a diverse array of events in June. From agricultural festivities and wine celebrations to cultural showcases and film festivals, there's something for everyone to enjoy. We've curated a list of must-attend events happening on the Valley Isle this June. Join us as we explore the highlights, guaranteeing unforgettable experiences for residents and visitors alike.


Maui Ag Fest

June 3, 9 am - 4:30 pm at War Memorial Stadium

Connect with local farmers, indulge in delicious food, and discover the wonders of agriculture at the Maui Ag Fest. This family-friendly event features an extensive farmers market, exciting activities for kids, and the Grand Taste event where

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Starting in July, most residents who own their homes will enjoy lower property tax rates. The updated Maui County Real Property Tax rates for the upcoming fiscal year have been announced, bringing reduced rates to many homeowners. 

Property is classified based on its highest and best use. Properties receiving home exemptions, condominiums, permitted bed and breakfasts and permitted transient vacation rentals are exceptions. Condominiums are classified upon consideration of their actual use — Non-owner-occupied, Commercial, Short-term/Vacation rental, Long-term rental (new classification), Timeshare, or Owner-occupied.

These changes are part of the new property tax rates for fiscal year 2024, which were recently adopted after a public hearing by

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At the very beginning of Kihei town’s entrance and just past Maalaea, there is a serene oasis of natural beauty that makes everyone pause: the Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. 

Covering 700 acres, this refuge expands along both sides of the highway and was established in 1992 to protect and conserve the endangered Hawaiian waterbirds and their habitats and is an unofficial landmark along the scenic drive heading towards Kihei from Maalaea.

The Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is an important sanctuary for various bird species that are native to Hawaii. The refuge is home to a variety of waterbirds, including the Hawaiian coot, Hawaiian duck, and the endangered Hawaiian stilt. As the largest lowland wetland remaining on Maui, visitors

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Maui is a beautiful island with plenty of activities and events happening year-round. May is a great month to visit and enjoy the island's many offerings. From Lei Day to the Seabury Craft Fair, there's something for everyone. Here's a list of some exciting events happening on Maui in May.


Lei Day Heritage Festival

Date: May 1, 2023

Time: 2PM - 7PM

Location: Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House, Wailuku

Celebrate the Hawaiian culture and tradition of Lei making on Lei Day, a vibrant day for creativity. Enjoy live music, local food, craft vendors, and tours of the museum. Join in on the lei-making contest and see the creativity of local artists. This event is free and open to the public, no tickets required.



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Just South of historic Lahaina town, you’ll find Puamana, a gated, sought-after enclave, sited on 30 acres of oceanfront land where the open spaces, soft breeze and the sound of the waves soothe the mind and body. Home to one of Maui’s most oceanfront pools, enjoy the amenities of a pickleball court, tennis court, clubhouse, and gym and two additional pools. Relish the treasured views of Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui Mountains) and this quiet escape at Puamana, 24 Puamelia Place, #24-1 Lahaina, Hawaii.  

If you're looking for a slice of paradise to call your own, this lofted, one-bedroom unit may be just what you've been searching for. Recently remodeled in 2019, this beach house is fresh, turnkey and ready for its next owner.  

Inside, the

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Just like in the iconic Beatles song, An Octopus’s Garden, you can be surrounded by a mesmerizing wonderland of vivid colors, intriguing textures, and fascinating creatures. Schools of fish dart around you, while you explore every nook and cranny of this enchanting garden. Maui is one of the best places in the world experience the magic of snorkeling. Whether you are a seasoned pro or just starting out, there are plenty of places on the island to explore vibrant marine life and underwater landscapes. Here are 10 top snorkeling spots on Maui:


Molokini Crater

Located off the coast of Maui, Molokini is a crescent-shaped island that is home to a diverse range of marine life. Snorkelers can enjoy clear waters and sightings of colorful fish,

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April has plenty of exciting events happening on the island. From concerts to marathons, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Here are just a few of the events you won't want to miss:


Kapa Event

April 1, 2023, 10:00 AM - 1:00PM, Maui Historical Society, Wailuku

Join the Maui Historical Society, 2375 A Main Street, for their Kapa Event from 10 am - 1 pm. Learn about the practice and value of Kapa while enjoying food, vendors, and activities. A special members only event will be held after the public affair. If you would like to participate be sure to sign up to be a member of MHS.

Champagne Hale at Cliff House 

April 2, 3, 9, 10 and 22 to 24, 2023, Kapalua

Located at Montage Kapalua Bay, Champagne Hale at Cliff House

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Maui's North Shore is a paradise for surfers, kitesurfers, windsurfers, and foil surfers alike. With its world-renowned waves, consistent trade winds, and stunning natural beauty, it's a top destination for water sports enthusiasts worldwide.

Surfing is arguably the most popular water sport on Maui’s North Shore. The area is home to several world-class surf spots, including Peahi (also known as Jaws) and Hookipa Beach. Peahi is perhaps the most famous of these spots, with waves that can reach heights of up to 60 feet during the winter months. Surfers from around the world come to test their skills against these giant waves, and the Jaws Big Wave Challenge (currently in the 2022-2023 waiting period) is one of the world's most prestigious

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Mar 5, 2023, 5-7 PM, Maui Kuia Estate Chocolate

The Sunset Jazz concert series, presented by Jazz Maui, offers an exceptional live jazz experience accompanied by delectable chocolate and beverage pairings. The concerts take place every Sunday from 5-7pm at the Maui Kuia Estate Chocolate in Lahaina. Each event showcases an impressive line-up of world-class jazz performers, guaranteeing outstanding music. The upcoming show on March 5 features the exceptional vocalist Sheryl Renee, accompanied by drummer Howie Rentzer, keyboardist Paul January, and bassist Doug White. For tickets visit or


Mar 5, 2023, 7 AM, Maui Ocean Center

The Maui 5K is 5K run or 1 Mile run/walk to benefit Maui

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