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Advice on Moving to Hawaii from the Mainland

If you are feeling a little overwhelmed and are in search for some helpful information then you are in luck! Here is our handy checklist of tips on what you need to know before moving to Maui.
November 09, 2018


Are you finally taking that leap of faith? If you have decided to make the move to Maui, you are probably wondering what in the world you need to know about how to survive this move across the Pacific. Well, if you are feeling a little overwhelmed and are in search for some helpful information then you are in luck because we have a go-to guide for you to help make your big move a breeze. Here’s our handy checklist of tips on what you need to know before moving to Maui.

Downsize. Downsize. Downsize
If you’re planning on moving to Hawaii then it is finally time to purge! Downsize as much as you can before the move because the honest truth is you probably won’t be using your snow gear anytime soon and won’t be needing those heavy jackets either. Pack light and bring only what you need. Think about hosting a garage sale a week or two before moving and try to get rid of as much stuff as you possibly can before the big move.

Budget for Moving to Hawaii
You probably haven’t thought about what it will cost to ship your car or all of your belongings across the Pacific and that’s OK but you’ll definitely want to get a number in mind before the move. Consider whether it will be cheaper to buy a car when you get to the island or if shipping your car over makes more sense. Consider budgeting for the items you plan to buy here and searching ahead of time on West Maui furniture stores like Mind’s Eye Interiors.

Searching for Maui Jobs
You’re ready to move but have you started your job search? Well, that’s a good place to start. There are many jobs you can find on the islands and by planning ahead and googling jobs in Hawaii. You’d be surprised what’s out there and it never hurts to have something to bring you to the islands.

Moving Your Pets to Hawaii
This is a big one! Don’t forget that if you plan on bringing your pet to the islands then you will want to take actions ahead of time so you won't have to quarantine your beloved pet. Do your research ahead of time and weigh whether or not this is the best move for your pet.

Housing and Locations
You’ll certainly want to know more about the real estate housing on the island before moving. Start considering if you and your family would like to live closer to the beach, up the mountain where there’s cooler weather, or in a neighborhood close to a good school. Our Maui Information pages should help you with that. Perhaps take a look at some of our favorite properties on this website like Kapalua homes for sale, Kapalua Bay Villas oceanfront condos or condos in Kaanapali.

And that concludes our checklist for moving to Maui. If you’re looking for the perfect home to move into then make sure to look at our luxury beachfront properties. Contact us with any questions you may have and continue to look at some of our new listings today. Aloha.

Catch Henry Kapono at Holiday Pops

The holidays are just around the corner what better way to celebrate this special time of year than with an exciting show with Hawaiis beloved Henry Kapono!
November 02, 2018


The holidays are just around the corner and you know what that means? ‘Tis the season to celebrate! And what better way to celebrate this special time of year than with an exciting show with Hawaii’s beloved Henry Kapono.

Venture from your West Maui condo and home on December 2nd for Holiday Pops featuring Henry Kapono (Candy). Starting at 3 pm at Castle Theater, Holiday Pops will be under direction by James Durham. The 50 plus member Maui Pops Orchestra will be playing some holiday classics and more with Henry Kapono, one of Maui and Hawaii’s favorite musicians. Henry Kapono is best known as the Grammy Award-nominated and 14-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winner. Guests can expect to hear some holiday classics that we all loved so much in our younger years as well as some Hawaiian island-inspired tunes.

Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this exciting show and purchase your tickets as soon as possible. Ticket prices vary from $22, $35, $50, $60 (plus applicable fees). If you happen to be a student then you’re in luck because students get half-price tickets with an ID.  Tickets are on sale now so check them out today. The Castle Theater is located at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

Henry Kapono is a performer who is known as a vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, composer, performer, and more. His career started in the 1970’s and 1980’s as part of the laid-back island rock band of Cecilio & Kapono. So far he has produced 18 albums and continues to be a fan favorite for all visiting and living in Hawaii.

If you love Hawaii music as much as we do then we hope to see you at this stellar concert. If you’re also in love with Hawaii luxury real estate, then we welcome you to browse our website and hope you spend some time exploring.

Here at Sakamoto Properties, we have a wide selection of luxury real estate in Maui to choose from. Explore everything from some of our favorite properties like the Kapalua Ironwoods condo real estate to Hawaii oceanfront homes for sale island-wide. If you’re interested in learning more about our team, visit our about us page to see what makes our real estate company stand out among the rest. Contact us soon with questions you may have about all things real estate on Maui. We have years of experience and would love to share it with you. We hope to see you at the concert and hope you have a Happy Holidays!

Hawaii Luxury Home Owners Look To Pineapple Hill Estates

Whether you know exactly what you want out of your multi-million dollar estate or you are still searching for the right exclusive and lavish features to fit your needs, we are here to help.
October 26, 2018


Luxury homes in Hawaii are becoming increasingly popular these days. Whether you know exactly what you want out of your multi-million dollar estate or you’re still searching for the right exclusive and lavish features to fit your needs, we are here to help. Here at Sakamoto Properties, we have a special luxury residential neighborhood that is sure to entice you. With incredible views, amazing properties, and peace and quiet, it’s no wonder prospective Hawaii homeowners are becoming increasingly more intrigued with homes for sale in Pineapple Hill.

Tucked away in a private Kapalua Resort community is Pineapple Hill Estates where you can experience fine living complete with panoramic views, resort amenities, world-class golf courses, boutique shopping, fine dining and so much more. Here you will be pleased to discover that Pineapple Hill homes are not only exceedingly spacious and elegantly designed but come with some of the best views on the island. Built upon a hill, most homes here overlook West Maui offering the perfect perspective for watching whales play in the distance, surf, and the tranquility of the Pacific. These Maui homes for sale in Kapalua are second to none and often come with infinity pools, square footage that ranges between 9,000 to more than 13,000, open floor plans, high ceilings, state of the art amenities to name a few. It is truly a high-class exclusive residential neighborhood so if you’re looking for a home to impress your friends, loved ones, or to simply reward yourself for all your hard work then a home in Pineapple Hill Estates is right up your alley!

Contact us today to take a look at the luxury homes in Pineapple Hill and let us know how we can help you with your next luxury real estate purchase on Maui. If you like the idea of living in Kapalua on Maui, then you might also be intrigued by some of the Kapalua residential real estate. Or if you’d prefer to see what else is available in terms of real estate along Maui’s west side then take some time to explore the property for sale on the islands west side. 

There are so many options to choose from and we hope you enjoyed learning about what makes Pineapple Hill Estates such an incredible neighborhood. Join the elite today and purchase luxury real estate in Maui. Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to give us a call and let us know what you’re looking for in your next investment property in Hawaii. Aloha and a hui hou!

Run for a Great Cause this Winter on Maui

The seasons are changing on Maui and you know what that means? That means it is almost time for one of our favorite times of the year- the holidays. If you are looking for ways to give back during this season of giving then we have got an idea for you!
October 19, 2018

The seasons are changing on Maui and you know what that means? That means it’s almost time for one of our favorite times of the year- the holidays. If you love the holidays as much as we do and are looking for ways to give back during this season of giving then you will definitely want to check out this amazing Christmas run in honor of the Maui Food Bank.

On Sunday, Dec. 16, the annual Christmas 5K, 1 Mile Walk and Santa’s Half Mile Keiki Dash kicks off at 7:30 a.m. During the day of the event, the organizers will be collecting donations for the Maui Food Bank. What better way to contribute than by focusing on a healthy event that puts food in our neighbor’s mouths? The Maui Food Bank’s mission is to help the hungry in Maui County by collecting and distributing food through community partnerships. According to their website, they distribute more than 2.5 million pounds of safe, nutritious food each year, that includes around 500,000 pounds of fresh produce. The Maui Food Bank has been a local non-profit on Maui since 1994 and is the only nonprofit in Maui County that collects and distributes masses amounts of perishable and nonperishable food to those in need.

As part of this event, there will also be a special keiki run or a Santa’s Half Mile Keiki Dash. This race is a special race for children 8 years and under and will start at 7:30 a.m. According to the website, there will be no bib numbers or run times for the Keiki Dash. There’s also the option of doing a 5K run at 7:35 a.m. that day and a 1-mile walk that will start after the 5K runners head out.

This race will be free for Valley Isle Road Runners and $20 to nonmembers before December 15th. The race will start at the Kaunoa Senior Center at 401 Alakapa Place in Paia.

We hope you consider joining in on this family-friendly and healthy event this December. If you’re also looking for a new home on Maui, are interested in investing in a second home or vacation condo investment property, then take some time before the race day to look at some of the luxury homes for sale in Maui. View some of our luxury beachfront properties for sale or check out our latest Maui MLS listings to see what’s available here on Maui. If you have any questions about real estate on Maui and are looking for some help with your housing search, then contact us and let us help you get the most out of your next purchase.

Maui County 2nd Highest for Hawaii Mortgage Approval

From the friendly neighbors to the plethora of fun activities to explore, it is no wonder why we all love living on this island so much. But did you also know that Maui happens to be among the top counties in the state for mortgage approval as well?
October 12, 2018

For those of us that live in Maui, there are so many reasons to celebrate being a part of this amazing community. From the friendly neighbors to the plethora of fun activities to explore, it’s no wonder why we all love living on this island so much. But did you also know that Maui happens to be among the top counties in the state for mortgage loan approval as well? Now that’s another reason to celebrate!

According to a study by SmartAsset, an online-based financial technology company, Maui is among the top in Hawaii for mortgage loan approval rates. The study ranked counties across America by assessing the ratio of total mortgage applications to mortgage approval rates. In Hawaii, Maui came in second behind Oahu. In third place came Big Island and Kauai County ranks fourth with Kalawao County on Molokai coming in last. According to the report, Maui County has a 59.81 percent loan funding rate and an annual mortgage rate of $14,489.

This article goes to show just another reason why Maui is the best. So not only would buying a luxury home in Maui mean you will have access to miles and miles of white sandy beaches, island views and adventure at your fingertips but it also means you are well on your way to making this a smart and wise real estate investment.

Maui has one of the greatest tourism rates in all of Hawaii and it just makes sense to invest in a new vacation home or condo so that you can share all that this island has to offer and make money doing so. If you’re someone who loves the idea of getting a good investment property for well worth its price then it’s evident that Maui is the island for you.

With a great approval mortgage loan approval rates and beautiful views, why not make Maui your next home away from home? If you’re interested in learning about the Hawaii real estate market on Maui then please contact us so we can show you what makes this island so incredible. You may also want to take some time and check out what homes are for sale on the island right now. Check out some of our favorites like condos for sale in Kapalua and luxury homes in Kaanapali to see what’s hot on the market or spend a day exploring our Maui Real Estate Map to search by area. We can’t wait to hear from you and answer your questions. See you soon! 

Blogs for November 2018

Advice on Moving to Hawaii from the Mainland

Posted on November 09, 2018


Are you finally taking that leap of faith? If you have decided to make the move to Maui, you are probably wondering what in the world you need to know about how to survive this move across the Pacific. Well, if you are feeling a little overwhelmed… Continue Reading

Catch Henry Kapono at Holiday Pops

Posted on November 02, 2018


The holidays are just around the corner and you know what that means? ‘Tis the season to celebrate! And what better way to celebrate this special time of year than with an exciting show with Hawaii’s beloved Henry Kapono.

Venture from your West Maui condo and home on… Continue Reading

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