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Maui, and the rest of Hawai'i, is often considered one of the most beautiful places in the world, but sometimes, you visit somewhere on Maui that is entirely out of this world. These seven places on Maui will have you wondering when you left Earth for a striking alien planet or fantasy oasis.



Haleakala, Maui's famous dormant volcano that sits 10,023 feet above sea level, is more than just a breathtaking sunrise destination. Within the fertile crater lies a hiking path that resembles something out of this world. Deep red sand, plants native to the crater alone, views of Maui's skyline, and rock gardens are only some fantastic sights to see inside the Haleakala crater. This is a place where you can, quite literally, have your

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We've given you our take on the best spam musubis, best cocktails, and best food trucks...but we think it's time for a sweeter take on some of the best foods on Maui. Living on Maui, it's always time to share something sweet, whether for a special celebration, potluck with ohana and friends, or a treat on the way home from the beach. 

Just in time to get our summer bodies ready for the beach, we're sharing our five favorite donut shops on Maui! From local flavors like calamansi to delectable artisan donuts and malasadas, there is something for everyone. 


The Bakery Lahaina 

Maui's European Bakery 


Instagram: @bakerylahaina

There are donuts…and then there are fresh Lilikoi Donuts from The

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Living in Hawai'i, we know more than anyone how meaningful ohana or family is. Whether it's heading to the beach, getting together for "no reason" potlucks, or gathering around the bonfire to talk story, there's always time to celebrate the beauty of ohana. We especially love taking the time to honor all the fathers, father figures, and soon-to-be fathers on our island who help create those special moments and are there to be the guiding light on the sea. So this father's day, we've gathered our favorite ways to celebrate, either with Maui-made gifts or our favorite island activities. 


Maui Brewing Co 

Maui brewed craft beer. Need we say more? 

If Maui Brewing Co's handcrafted beer is not enough to steal dad's heart away this

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The extraordinary 1.5-acre property sits just north of Makena Landing and boasts an oceanfront vista featuring tidal pools and multi-island views.  

(Makena/Wailea, Maui) – A recent transaction from Island Sotheby's International Realty agent Rick Brandt R(S) marked the highest oceanfront sale on Maui this year. 5022 Makena Road is one of the most exclusive oceanfront offerings of Makena. The extraordinary 1.5-acre property sits just north of Makena Landing and boasts an oceanfront vista featuring tidal pools and multi-island views.

 This two-parcel listing features a new construction home from renowned Maui architect Greg Bayless. 

Upon arriving at 5022 Makena Road, you witness the epitome of oceanfront living, and an exterior of Pietra

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Maui is a fantastic vacation destination with stunning waters, white sand beaches, cascading waterfalls, volcanoes, and more. The island provides a quiet haven unrivaled on the mainland. Upon arriving, the fresh aroma of salty air hangs, and calming Hawaiian music travels through the airport on the soft, coastal wind. The time spent on Maui always seems to slip by, the lifestyle and ease of each day leaving people in awe. 

When living or visiting Maui, there is always so much to do and little time. So once you're done daydreaming of these ten stunning pictures of Maui, book your ticket ASAP and start planning your Maui itinerary! 


Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach is a scenic and stunning cove unlike any other. The sea beyond the

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Mother’s Day is around the corner, and we know a few of us are waiting until the last minute for our gift-giving ideas to soar! So we have made it easy for you this year by rounding up our top five gift ideas from local Maui businesses. Bonus for the ones owned and operated by women and mothers themselves. So keep reading for our favorite ideas on how to honor your mama and give the local economy a boost.

1. Simple and Sweet Like Her

Bring the perfect Mother's Day gift home with Kuia Maui Chocolate. Crafted on Maui, it's delicious, but it's also a way for her to give back by shopping through their Chocolate Laulima program, where Kuia donates 40% of the retail sales. Or check out their Ku'ia Club subscription, the gift that keeps on giving

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When we think about living "off-the-grid," we might envision an unruly person stashed away in an RV or tent, hunting and foraging their supplies. We doubt any of us would picture anything remotely close to "luxury" or "comfortable" when we think about this type of lifestyle. Some may consider off-grid living a rugged lifestyle; however, the property at 796 Awalau Road will undoubtedly change that opinion. 

The property spans over 16 acres and features never-ending ocean vistas, grassy knolls with grazing horses, breathtaking views of Haleakala, the Milky Way with minimum if any, light pollution, and stunning views of Haleakala.

"The sellers bought the raw land from Linda years ago. One of the sellers is an architect and essentially created

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Situated on one of Maui’s most revered coastlines, this five bedroom residence is the epitome of Maui beachfront living. 

 (Kihei, Maui) – A recent transaction from Island Sotheby's International Realty agents, Ryan MacLaughlin R(B) and Alex Cortez R(B), marked the highest sale on Maui this year. 3082 South Kihei Road is one of the most exclusive offerings of Kihei. The property boasts breathtaking ocean views and serves as a quiet getaway atop one of the most pristine coastlines in Hawaii. 

Rarely is a house so ideally situated on one of the world's most picture-perfect beaches, Keawakapu Beach, while still providing the luxury of complete privacy.

"We are truly honored and humbled for the opportunity to market such a legacy

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Island Sotheby's International Realty Welcomes Newest Realtor, Anya Sutherlin-Ruskin!

Through a lifetime of learning how to build genuine client relationships, Anya Sutherlin-Ruskin knows a thing or two about navigating and leading clients through it all. Combined with an undeniable love for the Hawaiian islands that she has been nurturing for years, she's the perfect person to guide you on your real estate journey. 

"I am fulfilled by building client relationships and helping others manifest the life they're wanting."

Anya is the epitome of trust, integrity, and a detail-focused mindset when it comes to finding your forever home on the island and starting that new chapter as a homeowner. 

Find out more about Anya below!

What led you to

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Growing up in Hawaii makes for a magical and colorful childhood spent going to the beach with the ohana, learning about the culture, and making every day an adventure. 

Almost as good as living it, we love experiencing this life through authors who use imagination and creativity to bring these stories to life. These stories are meticulously written and delivered in traditional Hawaiian children's books, ranging from well-known mythology across the Pacific Islands to different cultural practices. Here are five of our favorite books that can inspire everyone. 

If you're looking for Hawaiian books to read to your children or if you want to teach your children about Hawaiian culture, this list is for you!

Gabrielle Ahulii's Hawaiian Legends

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