Born and raised in Hawaii, Sage is a longtime local boy who shares his love for the ocean, real estate, and Maui through everything he does. Having spent his whole childhood in the sea, waiting for that perfect wave, Sage knows a thing or two about being patient and knowing a good thing when he sees it. He specializes in residential real estate and finding that "perfect match" for every one of his clients. He is a trusted and comforting ally for new homeowners because of his strong roots in Hawaii and his understanding of the islands and their history.
Owner of Maui Sailing Canoe, Sage is also able to share his knowledge, and love for the ocean with clients. What better way to celebrate buying a home on Maui than to head out on a canoe tour led by your realtor?
Find out more about Sage below!
What led you to where you are today?
For starters, I grew up on Oahu but married a Maui girl, so here we are! I attended Punahou School, then UH Manoa, where I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology. My wife and I started a small tour company out of the Fairmont Kea Lani back in 2005. As we grew, I was getting so many real estate questions that I went and got my RE license in 2010. My first time representing anyone was when my wife Liz and I bought our home in Haiku in 2010, and it was the best move we ever made (aside from having our two beautiful children, Kirra, 16, and Cru 13).
What's your favorite part about living in Maui?
I have been surfing since I could walk. My family's life revolves around ocean sports, including surfing, paddling, diving, kiting, etc...Maui is perhaps one of the best islands in the world to be an ocean sports enthusiast. From big perfect Honolua Bay to kiting windy Kanaha, Maui has it all.
What's one thing you've always wanted to do on Maui but haven't yet?
This is a tough one as I've tried out most of my Maui bucket list stuff. My wife and I just recently mountain biked down the Skyline Trail on the backside of Haleakala, which was terrific. I just learned how to kite surf after being a lifelong surfer, so I'd say one thing I haven't done yet that I'm planning on is kitesurfing some big outer reef north shore waves this coming winter. You're never too old to get after it in life!
What inspired you to work in Maui real estate, and why ISIR?
Like I said, my wife and I own and operate a small canoe tour in Wailea, and I was getting so many questions from guests about real estate that I went and got licensed in 2010. After being with a couple of different brokers here on Maui and most recently Harcourts based out of Honolulu, I just wanted to be with a company that has a well-established presence here on Maui. Island Sotheby's has a reputation for excellence, and I am proud to be a part of it going forward.
Where is one place on the island we can find you on the weekend or in your spare time?
Most of my spare time is spent with my family; my beautiful wife Liz, 16-year-old daughter Kirra, and 13-year-old son Cru. We spend weekends either surfing, sailing, or just hanging out at the beach. We live on three acres in Haiku, so quite a bit of my spare time is spent taking care of our land. We feel blessed to own a small piece of the Haiku rain forest. Another place you'll find me is taking guests out on our Hawaiian sailing canoe Ke Anuenue in front of the Fairmont Kea Lani hotel, sharing my knowledge and passion for Hawaiian history and culture!
What should clients know about you?
I have some profound roots here in Hawaii. My great-great-grandfather, Lincoln Benjamin Kaumeheiwa Sr, was born in Kaupo, Maui. He made his way eventually to Lahaina, where he was the Pastor of the historic Waiola Church. He is laid to rest there amongst some legendary figures in Hawaiian history. If you have the time, I'm able to go into all this in great detail!