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Featured Home: Kaanapali Ocean View Estate

An elegant 5 bed/3.5 bath front line, corner unit with breathtaking views at Kaanapali Golf Estates.
February 17, 2017

Featured Home: Kaanapali Ocean View Estate

Perched on a gentle slope within the Kaanapali Golf Estates, bordered by mature palm trees, you'll find the elegant West Maui home at 280 Wekiu. This rambling 5-bed/3.5-bath features recent upgrades throughout, and its front line corner location provides sparkling ocean vistas from several rooms. The first floor includes the kitchen, living area, a half-bath and the Master Suite, while the lower level includes four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a den, for a total of 4,476 square feet of living space.

This home has been designed and maintained with every attention to detail. Step inside the inviting front door and you'll find sandstone tile throughout the living areas and comfortingly carpeted bedrooms. The kitchen and bathrooms feature gorgeous cabinetry and granite counters. Among the upgrades throughout this special home are the Central Air system, the central vacuum, the rock walls, some landscaping embellishments, and the exterior painting. In addition to that, the pool and grill area has been re-tiled, along with the front of the home.

Those breathtaking ocean views can be enjoyed from the Master Suite, the living room, the dining area and the kitchen. On the lower floor, the two front bedrooms and the den overlook the lovely covered lanai and the sunny pool and spa, all of which are surrounded by lush foliage and a Hawaiian style rock wall for extra privacy. Imagine this as your own little outdoor sanctuary where you could spend your time soaking up the sun, reading in the shade, or going for a refreshing swim.

Located at the Summit in the Kaanapali Golf Estates, this remarkable home enjoys a number of amenities and special community features, including 24-hour security and electronic gates. The monthly maintenance fee covers the care of common areas, pool, sewer, rubbish, gardening, and exterior home maintenance. The current asking price is $1,975,000.

This link to the Kaanapali home at the Summit includes a myriad of beautiful photos and plenty of additional information on the property. If there are any questions you might have that aren't covered by this information, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We would be happy to assist you, and to schedule a viewing, if you're interested. Mahalo!

The Golf Villas at the Kapalua Resort

A beautifully renovated condo at the Golf VIllas in the prestigious Kapalua Resort.
February 10, 2017

As the name implies, the Golf Villas are perched around some of Maui's most scenic fairways at The Kapalua Bay Course in West Maui. The Villas span 15.8 acres, with 16 separate buildings for a total of 186 units. To add to their charms, these condos provide commanding views of the ocean, and the neighboring islands of Lanai and Molokai.

The Golf Villas are located within Kapalua, a prestigious resort community that includes no less than 750 exclusive coastline acres in West Maui, surrounded by stunning ocean and mountain scenery. It boasts some of the most beautiful white sand beaches on the island, along with upscale shopping and dining experiences. Exceptional art galleries, spas, outdoor adventure tours, and four championship golf courses and tennis facilities enhance these prestigious West Maui locations.

Among the Golf Villas' neighbors are such exquisite properties as The Ritz Carlton Hotel and Residences, The Montage Hotel and Resort, The Kapalua Bay Villas, The Plantation Estates, and many others. They all celebrate the finest in island living in their own unique way, with the extraordinary Golf Villas in the heart of it all, adding to Kapalua's long list of charms. Built in 1979, the Golf Villas underwent a remarkable exterior transformation between 2012 and 2014. The fresh new look is on par with the island's other elegant, contemporary developments.

The property features four swimming pools that were positioned with great care, so as to provide conveniently close proximity to the units throughout the community. Most owners and guests are just steps away from a soothing swim, and a deliciously barbecued meal at the grills in the adjacent recreation areas. The amenities also include reduced rates at the Kapalua Tennis Garden, and both The Bay and The Plantation Golf Courses. Combine these amenities and you have every opportunity to cultivate an active, fit lifestyle in paradise.

In the midst of all the charms of the Kapalua Resort, is Kapalua Golf Villas 23P1-2. This gorgeous corner unit condominium features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and wide open ocean vistas before a backdrop of Maui's famous flaming red sunsets over the neighboring islands of Lanai and Molokai. During the winter and spring months, you will spot whales at play from your lanai with a sharp eye. The kitchen and bathroom areas have been upgraded with new cabinets, granite counter tops, new tiled backsplash, appliances and elegant lighting. Located at the patio level, 23P1-2 has its own spacious outdoor lanai just begging to be used for rest and relaxation.

If you would like to learn more about this exceptional condominium, please contact Sakamoto Properties at (808) 669-0070 or via email at Info@SakamotoProperties.com. We would be happy to arrange a viewing for you if you are on island. Otherwise, we would love to answer any questions you might have! Mahalo!

Maui Hotel Room Rates and Occupancy Up

Maui's average daily room rate is always the highest, but it continues to increase, along with occupancy.
February 03, 2017

Maui Hotel Room Rates and Occupancy Up

Maui leads the charge again in hotel room rate gains, with a modest gain in occupancy. Based on a report from Hospitality Advisors LLC and STR weekly, the state's hotel room rates spiked 9 percent in the week that ended on January 21st. Much of this increase was owed to Maui's rate increases, which should be of interest to anyone considering a Maui real estate purchase for potential use as a vacation rental property.

Maui's hotel room rates increased 13.1 percent, while Oahu's increased by 9, the Big Island's decreased by 0.1 percent, and Kauai's rate increased by 7.9 percent. Now factor in the average daily room rates, and the picture becomes clearer. Maui's is always the highest of the main islands in Hawaii. For the week in question, Maui's room rates increased to a $336.34 per night average. Oahu's rate increased to $240.22 by comparison. Meanwhile, the Big Island rate decreased to $254.87, and Kauai's rate increased to $283.07.

Maui vacation rentals and hotels charge more on average than do those on the other islands, simply because vacationers are willing to pay more for a better vacation, and Maui is the favorite. It boasts more miles of beach than any other island in Hawaii, its eastern jungles are vast and full of cascading waterfalls, its towering mountains add majesty to the already vibrant scenery, and visitors find the robust mix of outdoor activities and indoor attractions to be nicely balanced.

Another noteworthy aspect of the report was that all the islands enjoyed hotel room occupancy over 80 percent for a statewide increase of 1.2 percentage points to a total of 85.5 percent. There were gains on all islands but Oahu, which typically has the highest occupancy rate, with minimal fluctuations. Maui occupancy increased 1.1 percent to 81.4 percent, Oahu's dropped 0.3 percent to 87 percent, the Big Island's increased 4.2 percent to 84.9 percent, and Kauai's occupancy was up 5.9 percent to 87.5 percent.

Given the lower room rates on Maui's neighboring islands, their marginally higher occupancy is expected. In fact, Maui's visitor industry officials encourage higher prices as a way to limit the number of guests to a smaller, more exclusive group. Also, it may be worth noting that this report is based on 71.5 percent of the states total hotel room inventory, which includes about 100 properties and 40,744 rooms. The remaining 28.5 percent may have changed the numbers, but only a bit. It's always worth knowing how precise your data is, so that you can make the most informed decisions possible when it comes to your investments.

On that note, if you need our assistance with your Maui real estate investment, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We look forward to assisting you through every step of the process. Mahalo!

Unique Condominium in Kaanapali

A two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo with custom details and an ocean view.
January 27, 2017

Unique Condominium in Kaanapali

Browsing through the many Maui real estate listings currently for sale? If you're in the market for a beautiful Kaanapali condo, this may be the perfect choice. The 150 Puukolii condo is a single-story, ground floor 2-bed/2-bath unit with 1,152 square-feet of living space. These are just the broad strokes. The uniqueness is all in the details and personal touches developed by the seller, who has used the space as a primary residence since 2000.

The stand out features of this unit are numerous. The first thing that catches the eye is the wonderful ocean view that can be enjoyed from the living room, the dining area and even the kitchen. The trade winds keeps things cool as they circulate pleasantly throughout the interior, and the orientation of the building provides beautiful sunset views all year round. If you want some extra temperature control, split A/C systems have been approved.

The spacious kitchen opens to the living and dining areas, featuring both granite and butcher block countertops. It's a fantastic space for cooking and socializing, and it has room for a full washer and dryer as well. The bathrooms feature walk-in showers and elegant travertine countertops. In the living room, you'll find beautiful wood flooring with warm undertones for a comforting and welcoming feel. The built-in entertainment center will spare you the trouble of hunting for furniture, and the mirrors along the northern wall add a bright, open feeling to the space.

The bedrooms feature various desirable qualities as well. The second bedroom features its own private entry from the outside, and this convenience has made it ideal for use as both a guest room and an office.   The Master Bedroom is adjacent to the living room, and shares those beautiful blue views of the ocean and the sunsets, with the neighboring islands in the distance. The sliding glass door opens to the comfortable, covered lanai, where you'll find an attractive ceiling fan to keep the air flowing on warm days. If you enjoy making the most of indoor/outdoor living, you can dine out on the lanai and enjoy the fresh ocean air, or curl up with a good book on the charming patio swing.

Last but not least, this remarkable condominium is located at The Kaanapali Plantation, a low-rise, two-story property on 10 lush acres, with 62 units fronting the Royal Kaanapali Golf Course. Its charms include a swimming pool and BBQ area, a tennis court, shuffle board, and owner's cabana. The space is currently occupied, but a showing could be scheduled with less than 24 hours notice, if you're interested. The current asking price is $669,500.

If you need more information on this very special listing, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We would be happy to fill you in on any additional details that might interest you. Mahalo!

A Convenient New Option For Paying Maui Property Taxes

Maui home owners can now pay property taxes through local credit unions.
January 20, 2017

A new convenience for Maui home owners has recently emerged regarding the payment of property tax. The County of Maui has made an agreement with Maui credit unions to allow residents to pay their property tax bills at local credit unions. Still more convenient, they can also set up automatic payments so we won't have to worry about remembering to submit these payments and take time out of our busy schedules to do so.

The credit union payments are available on all three islands in Maui County, including Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Owners simply need to set a due date schedule and the credit union will withdraw the appropriate funds and remit payments to the Maui County Finance Department.

Eight Maui County chartered federal credit unions are participating, along with one branch of an Oahu credit union. Here is a list of the participants.

  • Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union
  • Kahului Federal Credit Union
  • Maui County Federal Credit Union
  • Maui Teachers Federal Credit Union
  • Molokai Community Federal Credit Union
  • Valley Isle Community Federal Credit Union
  • Wailuku Federal Credit Union
  • West Maui Community Federal Credit Union

As Finance Director Danny Agsalog pointed out, Maui home owners sometimes finish paying off their mortgage and forget that they still have to pay property tax, which can create quite a mess. This service is a great way to stay on track and spend more time focusing on your other home-related goals, like maintenance and renovation. It's a nice arrangement that benefits everyone involved.

Blogs for February 2017

Featured Home: Kaanapali Ocean View Estate

Posted on February 17, 2017
Featured Home: Kaanapali Ocean View Estate

Perched on a gentle slope within the Kaanapali Golf Estates, bordered by mature palm trees, you'll find the elegant West Maui home at 280 Wekiu. This rambling 5-bed/3.5-bath features recent upgrades throughout, and its front line corner location provides sparkling ocean vistas from… Continue Reading

The Golf Villas at the Kapalua Resort

Posted on February 10, 2017

As the name implies, the Golf Villas are perched around some of Maui's most scenic fairways at The Kapalua Bay Course in West Maui. The Villas span 15.8 acres, with 16 separate buildings for a total of 186 units. To add to their charms, these condos provide commanding… Continue Reading

Maui Hotel Room Rates and Occupancy Up

Posted on February 03, 2017
Maui Hotel Room Rates and Occupancy Up

Maui leads the charge again in hotel room rate gains, with a modest gain in occupancy. Based on a report from Hospitality Advisors LLC and STR weekly, the state's hotel room rates spiked 9 percent in the week that ended on January… Continue Reading

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