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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.

A Delightful Home at Kahana Ridge

This gem of a home has charm, personality and elegance, along with an abundance of convenient features.
January 13, 2017

A Delightful Home at Kahana Ridge

In the wonderful world of Maui real estate, you'll find homes with plenty of charm, or elegance, or personality. Sometimes you'll even discover one with all three, along with plenty of other desirable qualities. If you're in the market for something that's just right for you, this delightful gem at 275 Kahana Ridge could be your perfect choice. You'll find that a great deal of care was given to its design, and the choice of building materials that made it the wonderful home it is today.

You'll find it nestled into lush tropical landscaping on a corner lot. Its single-story layout features three bedrooms and two bathrooms with 1,400 square feet of living area and 6,700 square feet of land area, including a fully enclosed backyard that would be especially convenient if you have a dog. It's just enough outdoor space for relaxing in the sun, playing games, and maybe planting a garden, or even building a swimming pool. The home features a two-car garage where you can shelter your vehicles from the elements, and/or use for storage space.

Step through the door and discover a spacious great room and dining area, along with partial ocean views. The floors are Travertine throughout, and the lovely wood cabinets feature granite countertops in both the kitchen and the bathrooms. Enjoy the fresh Maui air? You'll find that the trade winds bring nice soothing breezes through if you choose to leave the windows open. Alternatively, you could turn on the new A/C system and rest easy, because the monthly electric bill averages at around $25 thanks to the Photo Voltaic system.

The master suite is located on the opposite side of the house from the other two bedrooms, ensuring extra quiet and privacy. You'll find it fitted with a walk-in closet and lovely adjoining bathroom. You'll find warm, comforting hues throughout the inside and outside of this remarkable gem of a West Maui home, and one can clearly see that the current owners maintained the property with great care.

If you're a pre-qualified buyer and you would like to view this wonderful property, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We would be happy to assist you, and because the home is currently vacant, we can easily show it to you on short notice. The current asking price is $879,000, and the listing has only been on the market since December 11, 2016. A gem like this is sure to get snapped up soon! Mahalo!

Kapalua Maui Beach Guide

A handy guide to help you make the most of Kapalua's remarkable beaches.
January 06, 2017

Kapalua Maui Beach Guide

If you're in the market for Kapalua real estate, you may enjoy a handy guide to its wonderful beaches so you can make the most of the stunning natural beauty that makes this such a special part of the island. Kapalua's beaches are considered its finest treasures by many, and if you haven't yet explored them, we highly recommend that you take the time to do so. Spending time in ocean water and the right amount of sunlight can also be great for your physical and psychological health, too. With that in mind, we hope you find the following Kapalua beach guide helpful.


Napili Bay - Let's start with the southernmost beach and work our way north, up the coast. Napili Bay is a charming little beach with a family feel to it, not to mention it's on the less crowded side. Just a sandy little cove nestled in a resort that's surrounded by a peaceful neighborhood, this beach is still a bit bigger than the next one on our list. The water entry is sandy but moderately steep. Further out, you'll find reefs and may see some turtles when the surf is calm. Rip currents can be strong when the weather kicks up. Less experienced swimmers and snorkelers should avoid going out in these conditions. That being said, on those calm, crystal clear mornings, this water is clear and its reefs beautiful. The resort features restaurants, bathrooms and a general store.

Kapalua Beach - The smallest of all the beaches we'll list here, this one is also a bit on the rugged side. Water entry is mostly sandy, but it gets rocky once you're out in the water. Watch for those clear, calm mornings to get the best snorkeling experience from this spot. The visibility can be so-so, but overall, this beach appeals to the adventurous sorts, or those who are content to stay on the sand and soak up the sun. This beach really is breathtaking, and its slope is mild to moderate. Bordering the beach, you'll find sprawling lawns fronting a collection of luxury homes.

Oneloa Beach - Also known as Ironwoods Beach, this is a quarter-mile stretch of beautiful white sand beach beside the Ritz Carlton and the Kapalua Resort. While the east end of the beach is rocky, the west end has a nice, sandy bottom. One of the perks is that this beach tends to be on the less crowded side, especially considering its spacious size. The slope is mild, and water entry is mostly sandy, which is fitting because "oneloa" means long sand in Hawaiian. You can find vibrant reefs at both ends of the beach, which are anchored by the rocky promontories that stretch out into the ocean on either end. Surf can get high if the conditions are right, so be cautious and aware. You'll find this beach midway along a 1.76-mile-long Kapalua Coastal Trail that runs along this beach and the next one on our list.

DT Fleming Beach Park - Up the Kapalua Coastal Trail, and also bordering the Ritz Carlton and Kapalua Resort, you'll find this popular but charming beach. It tends to draw the most beachgoers out of all the beaches in Kapalua, but that's just thanks to its finer qualities. There are ironwood trees bordering the sand in some places, providing some spots of enticing shade. The beach is sandy and its slope gentle, and you'll find very few rocky areas, except at its edges. Snorkeling tends to be best on the east end. When the conditions kick up, there can be powerful waves and rip currents, so be cautious, and avoid swimming in such conditions unless you're very experienced. As with the other beaches, watch for those still, tranquil mornings for a blissful beach outing. Burger Shack is tucked behind this beach, if you feel like grabbing a bite to eat. This beach was charmingly named after the fellow who introduced pineapple to West Maui.

Slaughterhouse Beach - It's not what you think! This beach is on the rugged side, but was actually named after the Honolua Ranch slaughterhouse and tanning/storage shed that used to be perched on the nearby cliff. The buildings are long since gone, but the nickname stuck. Its much more pleasant Hawaiian name is Mokule’ia, which means “district of abundance.” The title is appropriate, especially considering that this beach is part of the Honolua-Mokule’ia Bay Marine Life Conservation District. This beach features plenty of shade from the cliffs and trees that border it, and the slope is gradual. When conditions are calm, it's a nice place for a swim and for snorkeling, but when the swells come, it brings in powerful waves that attract experienced and even professional surfers. Even the experts shouldn't let their guard down when such conditions kick up, which they tend to do most often in the winter months. The summer tends to be calmer and safer. You'll find limited street parking at this location, and a set of stairs with a railing that will bring you down 100 feet below the cliffside. As it's the most remote of the beaches, you should lock your car and bring your valuables with you, just to be safe.


This information should help to get you started on your Kapalua beachgoing adventures. We hope it helps you pick out the right experience for your interests. Be safe! If you need our assistance with your Kapalua real estate search, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

An Elegant Kapalua Home in Pineapple Hill Community

Interested in a West Maui real estate investment in 2017? This may be the home for you.
December 30, 2016

An Elegant Kapalua Home in Pineapple Hill Community

Planning to invest in a new West Maui home in 2017? Perhaps an exquisite luxury home in the exclusive gated Kapalua community of Pineapple Hill will start to get some ideas flowing, especially if you're not sure quite what you're looking for just yet. The 516 Pacific listing has so many elegant details, it would be hard to list them all, but we can cover the highlights of what make this home special.

First off, there are 3 beds/ 3.5 baths and 3,666 square-feet of living space, with a total land area of 9,540 square feet. The interior was professionally decorated and cosmetically upgraded by Koliana Designs in 2013. Naturally, its current owners are selling it fully furnished and move-in ready.

Step outside onto the spacious lanai and you'll discover sweeping ocean and golf course views as a backdrop behind an elegant, new saline swimming pool. A side courtyard provides a nice, quiet place to relax, while the vibrant landscaping provides color, comfort and privacy so you're sure to feel at home. A soothing outdoor water feature adds to the tranquil ambiance.

Inside, you'll discover that the interior colors are pleasantly neutral with warm, welcoming undertones and a design style that features simple but artful straight lines. Travertine flooring fills the main living areas, while the bedrooms provide the inviting softness of new carpets. Meanwhile, the spacious master bath has benefited from a recent redesign.

If you enjoy cooking at home, you may find yourself inspired by the renovated kitchen that features an island counter with storage cabinets and a back splash. The office and living areas also feature new cabinetry, so there's no shortage of storage space. Even the windows have been rebuilt with new window panes throughout the home, featuring automated blinds in the bedrooms and master bath, while there are new automated exterior solar shades. Other new additions include two new gas water heaters, new outdoor decks, and a Sunrun Photo Voltaic system.

One of the home's finest features is its location within the exclusive gated community of Pineapple Hill, which comes with its own list of charms and amenities. For example, you will have access to the large community pool and clubhouse, two tennis courts and a barbecue area. Conveniently, the community office is located on site.

If you'd like to set up a viewing of this extraordinary Pineapple Hill home, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We would be happy to assist you through every step of the Maui real estate purchase process. Mahalo, and Happy New Year!

World Class Golf Courses in Kapalua

The finest golf courses in Hawaii can be found right here in Kapalua, with beautiful homes nearby.
December 23, 2016

World Class Golf Courses in Kapalua

Owning Kapalua real estate comes with a long list of perks. There are postcard beaches, five-star resorts, award-winning restaurants, and upscale shops to explore, all just a few minutes away. And then there are the world-class golf courses with their lush, emerald fairways in sight of the soothing azure waters that stretch on as far as the eye can see. Thanks to the breathtaking qualities of the two championship golf courses in Kapalua, the resort has earned a place among the top golf courses in the world. Care to learn more about these two remarkable gems?


The Plantation Course

Not only is this incredible golf course consistently ranked #1 in Hawaii, but golf lovers in the market for Kapalua real estate can find stunning luxury Kapalua homes tucked along its edges amidst the greenery. What if you could live alongside a course that has made it to many a golfer's bucket list? Designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, the course was made to take advantage of the dynamic landscape and unparalleled views that surround, including the green chiseled slopes of the West Maui Mountains, and the sweeping blue Pacific Ocean. Don't be surprised if the world seems bigger on this course.

Its par 73 layout stretches along 7,411 yards, and while it provides a challenge for the pros, its generous fairways and greens accommodate the average golfer as well. Its pronounced elevation changes allow for many downhill tee shots, and when the ocean breezes kick up, you get some added challenge to your game.

The PGA TOUR Tournament of Champions is held at The Plantation Course every January, just weeks away now that we're in late December.


The Bay Course

This exquisite course has hosted over 20 major professional tournaments since its opening back in 1975, which is more than any other neighbor island course in Hawaii. The Bay Course is as rich in its design as in its history, being a part of such a beautiful landscape for so many years. Tried and true, this course continues to challenge professional players today.

Among the most popular PGA Players to play here are Fred Couples and Davis Love III, both of which have come out victorious twice. Other great golfers to play this course are Greg Norman, Ian Woosnam, David Llwellyn, and Morgan Pressel.

The slopes and contours of this regal course are as beautiful as they are challenging. Among its many distinctions is the fact that the 5th hole is the only one on Maui that you can play over the ocean. This is the kind of course that you can enjoy over and over again.


We hope to see you on these fairways and greens sometime soon. Just keep in mind that ownership of some real estate in Kapalua comes with discounted rates. If you need assistance finding the right property for your needs, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Blogs for January 2017

A Convenient New Option For Paying Maui Property Taxes

Posted on 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… Continue Reading

A Delightful Home at Kahana Ridge

Posted on January 13, 2017
A Delightful Home at Kahana Ridge

In the wonderful world of Maui real estate, you'll find homes with plenty of charm, or elegance, or personality. Sometimes you'll even discover one with all three, along with plenty of other desirable qualities. If you're in the market for something that's just… Continue Reading

Kapalua Maui Beach Guide

Posted on January 06, 2017
Kapalua Maui Beach Guide

If you're in the market for Kapalua real estate, you may enjoy a handy guide to its wonderful beaches so you can make the most of the stunning natural beauty that makes this such a special part of the island. Kapalua's beaches are considered its… Continue Reading

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