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Outrigger canoeing has been intertwined with Hawai’i and its people for centuries. And even today, it’s considered the Aloha State’s official team sport, boasting some of the largest and most challenging outrigger canoe races in the world. Here are a few races you should be sure to catch:

Queen Lili'uokalani Long Distance Canoe Race

Touted as the world’s largest long-distance canoe race by its organizers, the Queen Lili'uokalani Canoe Race started in 1972 as a way for participants to train for the grueling Na Wahine O Ke Kai and the Molokai Hoe. The race was named to honor the last reigning monarch of Hawaii, Queen Lili'uokalani, held for the first time on her birthday — September 2.

Held in Kona on Hawai’i Island, the race now falls on Labor

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We were six paddlers in an outrigger canoe in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Darkness engulfed us. Angry seas churned and spit in the strong, cold, quartering winds; swells careened our vessel up and down twelve-foot walls of water. Aware that the smallest mistake might end in the sea’s swallowing our tiny craft, we paddled on.”

Those are the words of Jamie Woodburn R(S), an Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent who nearly a decade ago, was part of a crew that undertook a six-year, 1,650-mile odyssey through the Hawaiian Archipelago. For nearly 40 years, Woodburn has immersed himself in Maui’s paddling community, helping to spearhead the resurgence of voyaging throughout the islands.

Jamie Woodburn Champion Paddler

Courtesy of Jamie Woodburn, Hawaiian Outrigger

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Paul MacLaughlin (third from left) and crew after paddling the Moloka'i to O'ahu race. Photo courtesy of Ryan MacLaughlin.

Hawai'i and the ocean are forever linked. And over the last few decades, the rich history of outrigger canoe paddling and its integral role in the Hawaiian people's lives has resurged in the islands.

From high school paddling teams to crews that wayfind through the Hawaiian Archipelago, the outrigger canoe is still a main focus for Maui residents — including members of Island Sotheby's International Realty's team.

Take Island Sotheby's International Realty founder Paul MacLaughlin, for example. He began paddling in the 1950s as a child, and his son, Island Sotheby's International Realty owner, Ryan MacLaughlin R(B), has

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Depending on what type of property you own in Maui County, you could be paying a higher property tax bill.

The Maui News recently reported that the county council approved a property rate rate increase for the next fiscal year (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020), with hotels and resorts seeing the highest hike. Homeowners, however, won’t see a significant increase in their tax rate.

These are the changes:


  • Hotels and resorts will see a surge from $9.37 per $1,000 of net taxable assessed value to $11.00 per $1,000 of net taxable assessed value, a boost of 17 percent.

  • Short-term and vacation rentals will see an increase from $9.28 per $1,000 of net taxable assessed value to $10.75 per $1,000 of net taxable assessed value, a

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The “Cinema Under the Stars” is back again for its 20th annual film extravaganza, a spectacle that draws celebrities and film moguls from across the globe to Maui for five days each June.

Get ready for film premieres, filmmaker panels, special screenings, tributes, award ceremonies, culinary arts celebrations and private soirees at the Maui Film Festival, which kicks off on June 12. Filmmakers, actors and actresses will descend upon the Grand Wailea Resort for the event, celebrated as a premier festival for audiences, not just industry executives.  

2019 Maui Film Festival Trailer from Maui Film Festival on Vimeo.

The festival replaces Hollywood’s traditional red carpets with beachfront film screenings under Maui’s starry night skies.

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In need of a break from the city, traffic and tourists?

Hidden far away from the crowds and hotels, Maui offers several picturesque small towns that are packed with personality and charm - truly the best of country living. From the rolling pasturelands to quiet streets to mom-and-pop shops that have served communities for decades, Maui’s rural communities make you feel like you’re going back in time.

From ranch houses to luxury cottages tucked away from the hustle and bustle, these are a few of our favorite escapes in rural Maui.

39606 Hana Highway | Hana


Oceanfront and bordered on both sides by streams and waterfalls, this plantation-style home is the perfect retreat. Offered for $2.249 million, this two-bedroom home is completely

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Get ready for tasty food, live music and tastings from dozens of local and national craft breweries — the 11th Annual Maui Brewers Festival is headed to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center later this month.

On May 18, one of Maui’s top festivals will feature fare from local restaurants and caterers at no additional charge, as well as the opportunity to sample libations from dozens of celebrated brewers. There will also be live music featuring Yum Yum Beast, Riddum Station and Flat Jackson, door prizes and a homebrew competition, where you can see how your brew stands up to the rest.  

Don't like beer? Sip on hard cider, hard kombucha and root beer, as well as other non-alcoholic beverages offered at the event. You can do so knowing that all of it

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This could become your own resort within a resort.

Nestled on 1.2 acres of manicured grounds overlooking Manele Bay, Sweetheart Rock and the Jack Nicklaus golf course, this spectacular gated estate is a rare offering on the island of Lana’i. Listed for $10.5 million, paths for golf carts meander around the home’s three levels of gardens, nursery and expansive pool, creating the epitome of luxurious island living.

“It’s the only estate for sale on the entire island,” said Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Greg Sturm R(S), who is representing the sellers. “We don’t really have a lot for sale here, and it’s truly one of a kind.”

Custom built with clear cedar, the home boasts the highest quality finishes and materials. Pocket

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Maui is famous for its luxurious beach resorts, but there’s something incomparably special that comes with sleeping under the stars.

Dozing off while listening to gentle crashing waves and waking up to the warmth of the sun’s rays make camping on island the ultimate outdoor experience. From the mountains to the sea, these are a few of our favorite places to retreat back to nature, where you can plan fun-filled and affordable staycations with family and friends:


Photo: Avriette

Nestled at 6,200 feet up the slopes of Haleakala, you’ll find Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area, one of the only state-managed parks in Maui. Ascend into another world as you climb in elevation, surrounded by trails that meander through old-growth forests —

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There are many reasons why so many of Maui’s visitors return year after year — for the sandy beaches, crystal clear water, lush rainforests and picturesque landscapes. But why not spend your vacation giving back to the island that we all love so much?

Maui’s voluntourism opportunities are endless, offering visitors a chance to relax, soak in the sun’s rays and return from vacation with a feeling of fulfillment that only comes from leaving a positive impact. From beach clean-ups to invasive species removal, you can work alongside Maui locals to malama ‘aina and protect the land and sea for everyone who relies on it.

DIY beach clean-up

Photo: Dronepicr

Pick a day and clear the litter from one of your favorite beaches alongside family and

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