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Maui Real Estate Trends in July 2016

Home sales down, condo sales up in July, while prices remain steady.
August 26, 2016

Maui Real Estate Trends in July 2016

The Realtors Association of Maui recently released their monthly report on the Maui real estate market for the month of July. As always, this report provides vital information on market trends, which can guide your decision-making process, whether you want to buy or sell a Maui property.

July statistics revealed a slight increase in the median price of a single-family Maui home to $599,000. That was up 1.5 percent from $590,000 in the same month last year. Meanwhile, the number of sales fell to 92, which was a 28.7 percent drop from the 129 units sold in July of last year.

Condos on the other hand saw a 10.3 percent increase in their median price, settling at $440,000, compared with $399,000 in July 2015. Sales soared by 26.4 percent, almost the same margin that home sales fell. The final count was 110 units sold, compared with 87, year-over-year.

Although a 20+ percent change in the number of homes and condos sold may seem dramatic, remember that ours is a small market, so a handful of sales, or lack thereof, can cause large percentage swings. For that reason, it's just as likely that we'll see the numbers moving in the opposite direction in the next month. That's why keeping track of year-to-date statistics is a good idea. It gives you a much more stable set of trends to follow. On that note, read on.

Current YTD statistics include data from seven out of twelve months, so we'll have to wait until the end of the year report is in before we get the full story of how 2016 played out. So far, we have 0% change in the number of single family homes sold, and a median price increase of 4 percent to $625,000, compared to the first seven months last year. Condos saw an increase of 8% for the number of units sold, and a 4 percent increase in the median price of a condo, at $430,000.

Hopefully this information has given you a sense of the Maui real estate landscape at this point in time. For more specific advice and any assistance you might need, you can find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

World Class Living in Kapalua

Explore Kapalua and discover a one-of-a-kind island lifestyle.
August 19, 2016

World Class Living in Kapalua

Kapalua is one of Maui's top vacation destinations and most desired residential locations. With five-star resort amenities, incredible panoramic ocean and island views, this luxury residential resort community is truly the best combination of island living all in one.

Accommodations and resort amenities at Kapalua are world-class. The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and Montage Kapalua Bay are both world-renowned five-star resorts that offer luxury amenities, such as, Spa Montage, Kapalua Tennis and world-famous championship golf courses. Kapalua is also home to one of the largest luxury master plan communities here on Maui. There are several residential gated communities that include ocean side condominiums, luxury custom estates, and vacation condo rentals. Offering both residential and resort accommodations, Kapalua is ideal for those looking for a relaxing island getaway, real estate investment, or a place to call home.

Golf at Kapalua is unlike any other. Maui, Hawaii is one of the top golf destinations in the world, and Kapalua has two championship golf courses: The Plantation and Bay Courses. Home of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions PGA Tour, The Plantation Course at Kapalua offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, colorful tropical landscapes, and pristine fairways and greens. The Plantation Course is certainly on every golf enthusiast's bucket list of courses to play. Guests and residents can also participate in golf school and individual golf lessons with PGA Professionals at the Kapalua Golf Academy, which is Hawaii's top golf facility.

Kapalua also contains a variety of other amenities and fun outdoor activities, including a number of beautiful hiking trails along the coast, ziplining at Kapalua Zipline where you can soar over the tropical forest and hidden waterfalls while descending the West Maui Mountains, and secluded white sandy beaches with outdoor showers. Kapalua also hosts many special events, which consists of the annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival, The Celebration of the Arts and many more.

Within Kapalua, residents and guest can also enjoy causal and fine dining within the community. A list of restaurants and Kapalua's culinary specialties include: Merriman's Kapalua, The Wine Palette, The Plantation House, Pineapple Grill
Tavern, Sansei Seafood, Honolua Store, and dining at the Ritz Carlton and Montage Kapalua.

So, if you've had the opportunity to truly experience everything that Kapalua has to offer, then you know that this is the best of the best. Enjoy a luxury island getaway or pamper yourself everyday in this incredible resort living community. Either way, you are sure to experience Maui's finest luxury island lifestyle.

Luxurious Living at Pineapple Hill

An exquisite Maui lifestyle in Kapalua, Maui.
August 12, 2016

Pineapple Hill Maui Real Estate

For most, looking to purchase a new home on Maui can be somewhat challenging and overwhelming; as there are a number of beautiful locations to choose from with charming subdivisions and captivating island views. However, there is one master planned community in particular that stands out among the rest; and if you've had the opportunity to experience luxury resort living, then you know that it would be a complete waste of your time to look anywhere else.

Kapalua is located along the captivating coast of West Maui, where you will find endless breathtaking ocean views, pristine world-renowned golf courses, both fine dining and casual restaurants, secluded white sandy beaches and, of course, island living at its finest. Kapalua real estate is unlike anything else. Not only is it one of the best locations for luxury living here on Maui, but there are a number of private gated subdivisions to choose from within this exquisite resort community, each offering their own unique features and amenities.

Pineapple Hill at Kapalua is only one of the many incredible subdivisions available with homes for sale. This subdivision consists of nearly 99 single-family luxury homes. Most of these Maui estates sit on roughly half-acre lots with a minimum of about 2,900 square feet living space, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a 2-car garage. There are also a limited number of custom homes that have been built on two adjoining lots, which give you ample space and privacy for you and your family. In addition to these stunning estates, if you're looking to build your very own custom Maui home, Pineapple Hill at Kapalua also offers vacant lots with one-of-kind panoramic ocean views that are sure to please.

View : Pineapple Hill Homes for Sale or Pineapple Hill Vacant Land for Sale

These exclusive Maui homes also include a number of benefits and amenities. As a homeowner and resident of Pineapple Hill you have full access to on-site management, swimming pool, whirlpool, and two tennis courts which are directly within this exclusive gated community. Residents also have access to the resort amenities within Kapalua, which include discounted rates at the award-winning Bay and Plantation Golf Courses, resort spas, and tennis facilities, just to name a few. Last but not least, homeowners and their guests can utilize the resort shuttle services that go to and from the Kahului Airport and the Kapalua West Maui Airport. This definitely makes traveling to and from Maui, Hawaii that much easier for everyone.

So, when it's time to buy a home on Maui, consider all your available options, such as your location and benefits included. Remember that Pineapple Hill at Kapalua is the one place where you can truly enjoy luxury resort living with incredible amenities and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. When you're ready to start looking to buy your next home here on Maui, visit our website and search Maui homes for sale at SakamotoProperties.com. Here, you will find the best homes for sale, vacant lots to build your custom home, beachfront condos, and a variety of Maui real estate for sale.

The 100th Birthday of Haleakala National Park

Haleakala is one of the most culturally and environmentally significant places in Hawaii.
August 05, 2016

The 100th Birthday of Haleakala National Park


Photo Provided by : Shane Tajima

Haleakala National Park had a big weekend from July 30th to August 1st this year, which was the celebration of its 100th birthday. The park was abuzz with music, activities, cultural demonstrations and other festivities to entertain all the attending revelers.

This was a momentous celebration, considering the environmental and cultural significance of the lands contained within the park. Haleakala means "house of the sun," and for the native Hawaiian community, it's a sacred place. The park was established to manage and protect it for future generations. A public ceremony honored the park's rangers and their vital stewardship of this exceptional place.

The park is a popular spot for sightseeing and hiking amongst local residents and visitors alike. Watching the sunrise or the night sky from the summit is also a popular activity. But the park is also environmentally significant, hosting a number of endemic and endangered species, such as the Nene goose, Hawaii's state bird. Scientist have counted six endangered bird species and an estimated  30-35 endangered plant species that live in the park. The uniqueness of its landscape has given rise to the evolution of equally unique plants. In total, there are over 850 plant species in the park, with 400 being native species and 300 being endemic, meaning they only exist in Hawaii.

If you're getting to know the island during your Maui real estate search, you will inevitably discover several points of interest on the slopes of Haleakala. Just be sure to stop by its upper reaches. The summit is an amazing observation point for views into the Crater, and the rest of the island. Hosmer Grove is a wonderful place for a hike, where you might spot some of the rare Hawaiian honeycreepers, such as the brilliant red i'iwi.

If you'd like to read more about the celebration, you can follow this link. If you're currently exploring the island and getting yourself familiar with its most distinctive features, we hope you'll take some time to visit the park. It's a big part of our heritage. If you need assistance with your Maui real estate search, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We look forward to lending you our expert assistance. Mahalo!

Uniquely Hawaiian Real Estate Terms and Phrases

Boost your confidence and savvy by learning uniquely Hawaiian terms in your real estate search.
July 29, 2016

Uniquely Hawaiian Real Estate Terms and Phrases

Diving into the Maui real estate market can be a dream come true for those who love the island. Beautiful real estate abounds, and you'll find no shortage of uniqueness in their designs or in the landscapes that surround them. Hawaii is dramatically different from any other place in the world, and that is what makes it special. That being the case, it follows that the real estate market has its own special set of nuances that set it apart from its Mainland counterparts.

If you're thinking about buying real estate on Maui, learning the unique terms and phrases can go a long way to building your savvy and your confidence. To learn, we recommend exploring our Maui real estate glossary, but in the meantime, you can read on to get started.


Condominium hotel - This is a condominium building that is run like a hotel, featuring things like housekeeping and front-desk services, but its units are individually owned and often used for vacation rentals.

Fee simple - A purchased property or inherited estate which the owner has the right to control, use and transfer at will. This is the kind of ownership that most buyers are familiar with, as opposed to leasehold, which we'll list below.

Lanai - Originally, this was the same thing as a porch or veranda, being on the ground floor, but as architecture grew in height and number of floors, it became used synonymously with balcony as well.

Leasehold - A leasehold owner doesn't own the land, but has a right to use it for a fixed amount of time, and even build structures. When it expires, the buildings and structures may revert to the lessor's ownership, depending on the lease. Should the land change owners, the new owner is bound by the terms of the original lease. Of course, this kind of arrangement is much cheaper than fee simple ownership, although the financing requirements are stricter.

Leeward - The southern and western parts of the island that are sheltered from the prevailing winds, known as the trade winds, which come from the northeast. These areas tend to be drier than the opposite side of the island.

Makai - Toward the ocean.

Mauka - Toward the mountain.

Ohana - Typically refers to a living area not attached to the main house; i.e. an adjoining small studio or cottage.

Upcountry - Maui's higher elevation region on the slopes of Haleakala, generally characterized by cooler temperatures, pastoral land, and rural neighborhoods.

Windward - The northern and eastern parts of the island, which are facing the trade winds. These areas tend to be rainier and therefore greener than the opposite side of the island.


These are just a handful of common examples of terms you're likely to encounter in your Maui real estate adventures. For a more thorough explanation of our market's nuances, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Buying Hawaii real estate is a big decision, so why not make sure you're as informed as possible? We look forward to assisting you through every step of the rewarding process of finding and buying your Maui home or condo. Mahalo!

Blogs for August 2016

Maui Real Estate Trends in July 2016

Posted on August 26, 2016
Maui Real Estate Trends in July 2016

The Realtors Association of Maui recently released their monthly report on the Maui real estate market for the month of July. As always, this report provides vital information on market trends, which can guide your decision-making process, whether you want to buy… Continue Reading

World Class Living in Kapalua

Posted on August 19, 2016
World Class Living in Kapalua

Kapalua is one of Maui's top vacation destinations and most desired residential locations. With five-star resort amenities, incredible panoramic ocean and island views, this luxury residential resort community is truly the best combination of island living all in one.

Accommodations and resort amenities at Kapalua… Continue Reading

Luxurious Living at Pineapple Hill

Posted on August 12, 2016
Pineapple Hill Maui Real Estate

For most, looking to purchase a new home on Maui can be somewhat challenging and overwhelming; as there are a number of beautiful locations to choose from with charming subdivisions and captivating island views. However, there is one master planned community in particular that… Continue Reading

The 100th Birthday of Haleakala National Park

Posted on August 05, 2016
The 100th Birthday of Haleakala National Park


Photo Provided by : Shane Tajima

Haleakala National Park had a big weekend from July 30th to August 1st this year, which was the celebration of its 100th birthday. The park was abuzz with music, activities, cultural demonstrations and other festivities to… Continue Reading

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