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Island Sotheby's International Realty's realtors in the Top 3%, Left to right, Alex Cortez R(B), Ryan MacLaughlin R(B), Wendy Peterson R(S), Jan Lap R(B), Rob Shelton R(B) - Courtney Brown R(S) not pictured.

Six Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents have been honored for making the list of Maui’s Top 3% REALTORS® for 2019, further solidifying their status as leaders among hundreds of agents on island.

Fidelity National Title & Escrow and Homes and Land Magazine set out to honor Maui’s top agents based on their production in 2018. Using data from the Realtors Association of Maui’s Paragon system, they totaled agents’ production by calculating the sales volume of homes, condominiums, land transactions and project sales. When agents served as

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Sugar Beach

There’s nothing better than tasting creations from Maui’s finest chefs while gazing at the sun setting over the ocean. This weekend you can do all — while you raise money for environmental education programs for the island’s youth.

The Maui Huliau Foundation is putting on its seventh annual Huliau Food & Film Festival, a farm-to-table celebration of local agriculture featuring local chefs and student-produced films. The oceanfront event will take place this Saturday, Aug. 3 at Sugar Beach Events’ stunning North Kihei venue. And it’s already so popular that the event’s organizers have already been forced to expand capacity.

You’ll spend the evening sampling from chef-run farm-to-table stations while listening to live music by Arlie Asiu Music.

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Photo by Josh McIntosh, Wikipedia.

Depending on your familiarity with the local coffee scene, you may be surprised by the fact that Hawai'i is the only state in the U.S. where coffee is grown commercially. 

There are hundreds of coffee farms across the Aloha State. Of course, the most famous — and expensive — coffee beans are grown in Kona on the Hawai’i Island, a region celebrated for its ideal combination of altitude and rich, volcanic soil.

But everyone on Maui knows that the Valley Isle produces a delicious cup of brew, too — several of which you can sample from producers across the island next month. 

On Sunday, Aug. 4, the Maui Coffee Association's Annual Seed To Cup Coffee Festival will take place once again at the Maui Tropical

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Pool or beach? 

It can be a tough call on Maui, which has some of the best beaches in the world. But as tourists from across the globe flock to the island’s sandy coasts, nothing beats relaxing at a luxurious oasis ⁠— in the privacy and comfort of your own property. 

There’s no reason to ever leave your property when you can take a dip in pools like these, exquisite enough to be found in world’s finest five-star resorts. These are a few of our favorite pools in paradise:

9 Bay Drive | $49 million


A property like this one only comes around once in a lifetime. Nestled on Hawea Point in Kapalua, Maui, this stunning home was designed to seamlessly blend the indoors with the expansive lanai and pool, all while showcasing the tropical flora

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Island Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to announce that Napua Banks R(S) has become the latest agent to join the prestigious firm’s growing team of real estate professionals.

Napua was born on Maui and spent her early childhood on her family’s ancestral land in Waiehu and South Kihei before moving to Kaua’i, O’ahu, Thailand and then Los Angeles. She moved back to Maui more than 30 years ago and has since become an active member of her island community.

As a proud part of the Island Sotheby’s International Realty ‘ohana, Napua prides herself on navigating complicated transactions and finding solutions for her clients — always with a smile on her face. Whether she’s listing an investment property or helping a family find a home that

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Island Sotheby’s International Realty has helped a late Lahainaluna High School teacher’s dream to support students come true.  

Tom Hansen, a longtime english teacher at Lahainaluna High School, recently passed away and instructed that the proceeds from his home and other financial accounts be used to start a nonprofit foundation — the Tom Hansen Scholarship Foundation. That trust will help support Lahainaluna high school students with demonstrated financial need as they pursue higher education and trade schools.

Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Rob Shelton was asked to oversee the sale of Hansen’s home, a three-bedroom, one-bathroom home on Kaniau Road in Lahaina. The two-story building boasts ocean views and a 600-square foot ohana.

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This is your opportunity to make one of Maui’s most beloved farms your own.

Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Wendy Peterson is representing the owners of Surfing Goat Dairy ⁠— one of Maui’s most successful agritourism businesses. The 42-acre property, which attracts some 75,000 visitors annually, is offered for $7.99 million.

For nearly two decades, the Kula farm has been delighting island residents and visitors with dozens of delicious cheeses and a chance to hang out with adorable baby goats. Surfing Goat Dairy means that Maui residents don’t have to travel far to find some of the best goat cheese in the country: The dairy produces more than 50 different cheeses, 18 of which have won national cheese awards.

In addition to

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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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