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Maui Community Spotlight on Hale Makua Health Services

Hale Makua Health Services provides skilled care to Maui's elders regardless of ability to pay.
April 29, 2016

Maui Community Spotlight on Hale Makua Health Services

This week, we'd like to highlight Hale Makua Health Services and the wonderful work they do here for elders in the Maui community. Hale Makua is a non-profit organization that provides Maui elders with residential care regardless of their ability to pay. Their mission is to give elders compassionate health services, improve their well-being and honor the journey of their lives. Over the years, Hale Makua has earned its own impressive journey to share with those who are interested in learning how it all began.

Hale Makua was founded in 1946. After World War II, members of the community and the Young Buddhist Association joined forces to raise money to build the first 24-bed home in Happy Valley. Later, in 1953, they were given facilities at Malulani Hospital where they opened in 1968 as Hale Makua Wailuku. The facility is a 124-bed nursing home with an open-air design and garden setting.

As of 1968, Hale Makua also began providing nursing care for elders who prefer to remain in their own Maui homes during treatment. With the increasing demand for skilled care throughout the 1970s, Hale Makua opened its Kahului location in 1978. They established an adult day health program in 1987 for adults who needed a safe environment during the day, where those who needed it would get restorative and rehabilitative health services.

That's not the end of Hale Makua's impressive history of adaptation and expansion to meet the needs of the community. In 1996, the Weinberg Care Center opened, and Hale Makua Kahului expanded by 118 beds. In 2002, they added a short-stay rehab wing of another 16 beds, bringing the total number of beds at the facility to 254. Finally, in 2007, Hale Makua became the first and only Eden Alternative registered home in Hawaii, and their Adult Residential Home Care opened in 2013.

It seems fitting that an organization with so many years of its own rich history should see to the needs of the elderly, who have lived through their own incredible journeys in time. The same philosophy of nurturing that guides Hale Makua to take care of Maui's elders is likely the impetus of its own endurance, although the remarkable people who fostered its growth and services to the community may not have realized this.

If you're interested in learning more or contributing to this special organization, visit HaleMakua.org. As always, those of you in search of Maui real estate will find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We would be happy to lend you our expert assistance. Mahalo!

Luxury Maui Oceanfront Property

Maui living at its finest, and its healthiest.
April 22, 2016

Luxury Maui Oceanfront Property

When most people think of Maui, the first thing that pops into their minds is an image of a pristine white sand beach with gently swaying palm trees and a sparkling azure ocean. That pristine natural beauty is what keeps visitors coming back, and buying oceanfront real estate on Maui. In fact, the lure of the ocean is about more than its beauty alone. It brings cleansing breezes to and through our homes, reduces our stress, and gives us an opportunity for exercise and adventure. In fact, ocean air contains negatively charged hydrogen ions, which are powerful anti-oxidants that bolster our immune systems. Swimming in ocean water also provides the body with healthy vitamins, mineral salts, trace elements and amino acids, which are absorbed through the skin. It's no wonder living in an oceanfront home makes people so happy.

Fortunately for those of you who appreciate all the special qualities of oceanfront living, Maui has some exquisite properties to bring those joys into your life. Among the Maui oceanfront real estate listings that you'll find on the market, you will discover breathtaking vistas, dazzling sunsets, the soothing sound of the waves, and easy access to dramatic sea cliffs and charming little coves along the coastline.

These luxury properties can be found in numerous areas around the island, and each one offers its own unique living experience and environment. West Maui oceanfront homes feature views of neighboring islands Lanai and Molokai. South Maui oceanfront homes provide views of neighboring Kaho'olawe and the tiny crater island of Molokini, while Hana and Haiku face the trade winds atop massive cliffs, frequented by the majestic sea storms that keep the jungle lush, green and full of cascading waterfalls. The only question is, what flavor of living appeals to you the most?

If you would prefer an oceanfront condo, then your number of choices multiply greatly, although the number of luxury oceanfront Maui condos are comparable. Condominium living does of course involve fees, but those fees cover many services and amenities that you would need to tend to yourself if you opted for a home.

If you need any assistance choosing and finding the right kind of oceanfront luxury Maui property to suit your preferences, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We look forward to introducing you to some of Maui's finest real estate and the amazing natural beauty surrounding them. Mahalo!

Maui Real Estate Statistics in March 2016

Maui home sales were up in March, while condo sales dipped.
April 15, 2016

Maui Real Estate Statistics in March 2016

The Realtors Association of Maui has released their statistics report for Maui real estate, including the prices and sales of homes, condos, and land in March. When it comes to real estate investments, timing can substantially influence your outcome. That's why these statistics are worth keeping an eye on. In a nutshell, Maui home sales were up, while condo sales dipped and land sales remained steady.

The report revealed that 98 Maui homes sold in March, which was up 14 percent from the 86 homes sold in the same month last year, and also up from the 69 homes that sold in February. The median price of a single-family home on Maui was $610,750 in March, compared to $632,625 in March of last year.

As for condominiums, there were 104 units sold in March, which was exactly the same number sold in February, but was a 15 percent decline from the 123 units that sold in March of last year. The median price was $494,000, up from $440,000 year-over-year.

Land sales saw 17 lots sold in March, which was just one sale higher than the 16 lots sold in March of 2015, but down from the 20 February sales. The median price of a land sale was $439,000, down from $451,000 year-over-year.

Year-to-date statistics paint a clearer, steadier picture of real estate trends because the market can see a lot of odd fluctuations from month to month. The report revealed a 9 percent increase to 240 homes sold in the first three months of the year, compared to the same three months last year. Median prices showed a 2 percent increase at $609,500. Year-to-date condo sales were down 3 percent to 291 units sold, while the median price was down 3 percent to $425,000. Although land statistics aren't very reliable because of how few sales comprise the total, we'll share them for your convenience anyway. There were 42 lots sold, which was up 2 percent, and the median price was down 6 percent to $492,000.

We hope this information has provided you with a clear picture of Maui's current real estate trends, and that it helps you with your decisions. If you need assistance or have any questions, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Maui Realtors Betty and Roy Sakamoto

The real estate and community efforts of Sakamoto Properties' founders.
April 08, 2016

Maui Realtors Betty and Roy Sakamoto


Choosing a realtor is an important decision, and it's vital to find one who you trust to work passionately with your best interests in mind. The first step in getting comfortable with your realtor is by exploring some of their background. When you know about a person's history, it can tell you a lot about what to expect from them in the future. That's why people are naturally inquisitive about the past experiences and choices that brought others to where they are today. If you are interested in working with a realtor here at Sakamoto Properties, you may be interested to learn a bit more about the founders of this prestigious business.

While Roy was raised here on Maui, Betty came all the way from Buffalo, New York. Like so many visitors to Maui, when Betty arrived, she fell in love, and not just with the island. On her trip in 1975, she met Roy, and it wasn't long before they were married. Within two years, they had founded Sakamoto Properties. That was 41 years ago, and their passion for Maui real estate has only strengthened over the years, along with their experience and commitment to excellence.

Over the years, Betty and Roy nurtured a culture of enthusiasm, trust and discernment that contributed to the success of Sakamoto Properties. As a result, the company quickly earned a glowing reputation throughout Maui and the state of Hawaii itself. This was possible partly because Betty and Roy were both passionate about real estate, pursuing their own careers in that direction before they even met. It says quite a bit about the things that like-minded individuals can achieve when they work together.

Over the years, this dynamic duo have worked with celebrities, international clients and other distinguished individuals. Roy has been named Realtor of the Year by the Realtors Association of Maui, and Betty's Maui Real Estate Corner sessions have become an inspiration to other proactive realtors who want to share their knowledge with the public. Together, they have pledged support to the non-profit Maui Preparatory Academy here in West Maui, and they are also part of a 20-year commitment to the non-profit Hale Makua, which specializes in elder care.

Their involvement with charity has led Roy to earn the title of Humanitarian of the Year by the Maui Chamber of Commerce. That's why they're known not only for their wonderful work in Maui real estate, but also for their contributions to the community. So, if you're looking for help with your Maui real estate search, you couldn't hope for a more qualified pair to guide you. If you need assistance, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Tips for Selling Your Maui Home

Steps you can take to enhance the appeal of your home for prospective buyers.
April 01, 2016

Tips for Selling Your Maui Home


Making the decision to sell your home on Maui is a big one, and once you've made it, you'll probably prefer a quick process. If your house sits on the market for too long, you may have to lower your asking price. But there are steps you can take to enhance buyer interest in your home right off the bat and help make a sale happen fast. If you're interested, read on for some handy tips on making your Maui house more enticing to buyers.

1. Touch up your landscaping. If your property has any outdoor space, enhancing its greenery is a relatively inexpensive investment in terms of what you have to gain by a quick sale at your original asking price. Remove any dead plants and replace them with some affordable varieties from the nearest hardware store or nursery. Do some lawn maintenance if you can. Otherwise, hire someone to do it before you take pictures and show your home to prospective buyers. A buyer's first impression begins at the curb. To capitalize on that, all you need are some healthy plants.

2. Remove personal items. When a buyer looks at a home or condo, they want to be able to envision it as theirs. If the space is full of your family pictures, children's toys, and clutter, prospective buyers will get the distinct impression that this is someone else's home. It will be much more difficult for them to imagine how they would settle in and make it their own. Removing these distractions can go a long way to helping ensure a sale.

3. Get a new coat of paint. This is kind of an extension of the last tip. Your paint color choices may not appeal to everyone, so a fresh coat of paint on both the interior and exterior is very often worth the money that you'll spend on it. It's generally best to opt for a neutral shade, such as an off white. That way, your home will feel like a blank canvas, full of possibilities.

4. Fix up the fixtures. Another great way to improve the appeal of your home is to update the fixtures in your home, whether it's new knobs/handles on your cabinets and doors, a new mailbox, or new light switch covers, these little bits and pieces can really make a good impression, regardless of the age of your home. You might want to replace old lighting fixtures as well. These updates are relatively cheap in terms of the reward of a good, timely sale.

5. Clean your carpet. A good carpet cleaning can really freshen up your space in a way that everyone can feel. It's a good way to take care of any unsightly discoloration or stains that you might have accumulated during your time there, and can also improve the scent of the interior. Speaking of scents, you might want to add something mild to enhance the inviting feel of the space. Diffusers are a good way to do this without creating an overpowering smell.

Bonus Tip: If you're going to do anything to substantially enhance the value of your home, renovated kitchens and bathrooms provide the best returns. By contrast, additions like swimming pools and gazebos have been found to provide the least benefit in terms of added property value, simply because they aren't as important to buyers.

We hope these tips have helped give you some guidance on the process of selling your Maui home. If you need any further assistance, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page or you can Ask Roy & Betty and we may feature your question in our next Maui Video Blog. We look forward to hearing from you! Mahalo!

Blogs for April 2016

Maui Community Spotlight on Hale Makua Health Services

Posted on April 29, 2016
Maui Community Spotlight on Hale Makua Health Services

This week, we'd like to highlight Hale Makua Health Services and the wonderful work they do here for elders in the Maui community. Hale Makua is a non-profit organization that provides Maui elders with residential care regardless of their ability to pay. Their… Continue Reading

Luxury Maui Oceanfront Property

Posted on April 22, 2016
Luxury Maui Oceanfront Property

When most people think of Maui, the first thing that pops into their minds is an image of a pristine white sand beach with gently swaying palm trees and a sparkling azure ocean. That pristine natural beauty is what keeps visitors coming back, and buying… Continue Reading

Maui Real Estate Statistics in March 2016

Posted on April 15, 2016
Maui Real Estate Statistics in March 2016

The Realtors Association of Maui has released their statistics report for Maui real estate, including the prices and sales of homes, condos, and land in March. When it comes to real estate investments, timing can substantially influence your outcome. That's why these statistics are… Continue Reading

Maui Realtors Betty and Roy Sakamoto

Posted on April 08, 2016
Maui Realtors Betty and Roy Sakamoto


Choosing a realtor is an important decision, and it's vital to find one who you trust to work passionately with your best interests in mind. The first step in getting comfortable with your realtor is by exploring some of their background. When… Continue Reading

Tips for Selling Your Maui Home

Posted on April 01, 2016
Tips for Selling Your Maui Home


Making the decision to sell your home on Maui is a big one, and once you've made it, you'll probably prefer a quick process. If your house sits on the market for too long, you may have to lower your asking price.… Continue Reading

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