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Elegant West Maui Studio for Sale at Napili Ridge

If you're looking for Maui real estate at a manageable size and price, this might be your ideal choice.
September 22, 2017

Elegant West Maui Studio for Sale at Napili Ridge

Not everyone in the market for Maui real estate is looking for a big house. Some buyers are looking for an investment at a manageable price with a manageable size. If you're buying  something for yourself as a single or you and your partner as a couple, you might find that a Maui studio condo works best for your needs. Conveniently, there are such listings to be found on the market, and they may be small, but they don't sacrifice anything in terms of quality. Take this studio condo for sale at Napili Ridge, for example. The living area is 380 square feet of exquisite building materials with appealing design elements.

This unit was chosen by the previous owners for its lovely ocean views, but this is just one of its charms. The interior has been completely remodeled, with some features specifically designed to accommodate a couple. The elegant walk-in shower in the bathroom has two shower heads, and there are two attractive Onyx sinks that grace the countertop side by side. If you want a cozy, intimate, and elegant space, this listing should tick the boxes.

The upgrades include a lot of work done in the kitchen, where you'll find Mahogany cabinets, Italian granite counter tops, and stainless appliances. In addition to the Onyx sinks, the bathroom features Zebra wood cabinets and a wall-mounted toilet with a Coco bidet lid. The brightness of the lighting and ceiling fan are conveniently adjustable. As for the flooring, you'll find herringbone patterned tile throughout. Last but not least is the lanai, where you can kick back, relax, and enjoy the view of the ocean and the island of Molokai off in the distance.

Step out the front door and you can take a short walk and you'll pass by the pleasantly lush tropical landscaping on your way to the swimming pool and barbecue area. Just a short drive away, you can enjoy an abundance of restaurants, the world class golf courses of West Maui, and enticing places to shop. If you love beautiful postcard beaches, this part of the island won't disappoint. The beauty of Napili Bay would be at your fingertips, as would the many stunning natural features of Kapalua and its magnificent resort.

If you'd like to schedule a viewing, or you have any questions about this or any other property, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. To continue browsing through studios or any particular type of real estate, try our Maui property search feature. You can select very specific search criteria to make sure you only see the listings that apply to your preferences. Mahalo!

Hale Makua Health Services Presents Award for Sue D. Cooley

We had the great honor of accepting the award on behalf of our dear friend Sue D. Cooley.
September 15, 2017


Hale Makua Health Services Presents Award for Sue D. Cooley

Living on an island with friends, family and loved ones has a way of keeping everyone close. We share our challenges and triumphs with each other, and this helps keep the Maui community strong and connected. When we find out that people need help, or that people are doing good work for others, it's not like watching a commercial about something happening somewhere that feels like a million miles away. It's about people we know. It's about our families, our friends, and their families.

Over the past weekend, we were honored to attend Kokua for Kupuna, which means help for our elders. This was a benefit on behalf of Hale Makua Health Services, a non-profit organization which provides home health care, day health, and in-home care for Maui seniors. At this benefit, we had the privilege of accepting an award on behalf of the late Sue D. Cooley, a dear friend, a philanthropist, and a guiding star for those who want to make a difference in their community without looking for anything in return.

The life and legacy of Sue were honored at this year's benefit, where we shared our profound gratitude for her generosity to Hale Makua. Over her lifetime, she gave more than $4.6 million, making it possible for Hale Makua Kahului to efficiently prepare over 1,000 meals per day to the elders who need them. Her generosity also funded the master planning process for the Hale Makua Kahului and Wailuku locations.

As we accepted the award on behalf of Sue, in an ocean of gratitude for her generosity and for our own commitment to Hale Makua, we reminded everyone what Sue would say when given thanks. She would answer, "No, thank you. It's about the community. It's about all of us coming together. I'm just one person, and this is what I was able to do." Her message was that everyone's help is equally important.

She was proven right by the wonderful turnout at Kokua for Kupuna, which was a very special evening that we were lucky to share with wonderful family and friends in our Maui community on behalf of Hale Makua. The generosity of the guests and sponsors will go a long way to help Hale Makua continue to provide exceptional care for our kupuna. To all of you who participated, as Sue would never forget to say:  Thank you!

Dine Out in September to Benefit Maui Student Nutrition Education

Four Maui restaurants will donate a portion of their sales to Grow Some Good in September.
September 08, 2017

Dine Out in September to Benefit Maui Student Nutrition Education

There are many ways to give back to your community, from fundraising, to donations, to volunteer work. But sometimes it's even easier. Sometimes, all you need to do is dine out to help make a difference. If supporting Maui's students is as important to you as it is to us, maybe you'd like to participate. Grow Some Good is a non-profit organization that provides Maui students with hands-on experiences in growing food and making good nutrition choices.

Appropriately, four Maui restaurants have partnered up to donate a portion of their sales to the non-profit in September. If you're here searching for Maui real estate, you've probably already discovered the charms of Maui's restaurant scene, and the delightful food that can be enjoyed here. In September, not only can you indulge in tasty dishes at some of the island's best restaurants, but you can enjoy knowing that a portion of their proceeds will help support the health and nutrition of local students.

The donations apply to specific menu items, and for every one of these items that a diner orders, the restaurants will donate a dollar to Grow some Good. Here are the participating restaurants and applicable dishes.

So, if these are restaurants that you like, or that you'd like to try, September would be a great month to swing by and enjoy a terrific meal. Of course, if you'd rather just donate to the organization directly, you can do that at growsomegood.org, where you can also learn all about what they do for Maui and its students.

In the meantime, we can tell you that they strive to improve the health of our community by promoting healthy, sustainable practices through student education. Not only do they help students, but also their families and the community at large as they help create affordable access to locally grown produce and teach about nutrition, health and fitness.

As for the beneficiaries of the restaurant donations, they include the following schools: Kamali‘i Elementary, Kīhei Elementary, Lahaina Intermediate, Kīhei Charter, Lokelani Intermediate, Maui Prep Academy, Pomaika‘i Elementary, Princess Nahi‘ena‘ena Elementary, Pu‘u Kukui Elementary, Wailuku Elementary and Waihe‘e Elementary.

Grow Some Good has a nice, broad reach, and the work that they do is important to the health of our future generations. So get out there and enjoy a delicious meal! Bon appétit, and as always, if you need our assistance with your Maui real estate search, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

HECO Among Top 10 Utilities For Solar Capacity Per Customer

Hawaii continues to maintain its place on SEPA's top 10 list for solar capacity per customer.
September 01, 2017

HECO Among Top 10 Utilities For Solar Capacity Per Customer

Interested in Hawaii's utility costs? If you're in the market for Maui real estate, you may have already begun weighing out the cost of living against other factors that make the island so enticing. We have our magnificent white sand beaches, five-star resorts, world-class golf courses, and an amazing selection of homes, condos and vacant land to choose from. You've likely heard that we have to contend with high energy costs as well, compared to the rest of the nation. While this has been historically true, the state is on a mission to bring down those costs as much as possible by committing to a 100% renewable energy goal by 2045.

The state has made remarkable progress in that direction so far. In fact, Hawaiian Electric Co. recently ranked among the top 10 utility companies in the nation for solar capacity per customer, based on the "2017 Utility Solar Market Snapshot" by Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). Solar energy has been appropriate for the state, and for Maui, because we get a lot of sunny days. In fact, photovoltaic systems are becoming ubiquitous in both South Maui and West Maui homes. Many condominium complexes are fitted with those systems as well.

According to the report, HECO was 10th among 415 reporting utilities, with 1,299 solar watts per customer, including residential rooftop solar and grid-scale solar. This isn't a new accomplishment. HECO has in fact made the top ten list every year since SEPA began compiling its data a decade ago. HECO includes Maui Electric, along with utilities on the neighbor islands, like Hawaii Electric Light and Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. The first ranking utility in the nation was Dominion North Carolina Power with 4,690 watts per customer.

There were other fascinating tidbits of information in the report as well. For example, Hawaii added nearly 92 megawatts of solar capacity in 2016, which put its cumulative solar capacity at over 622 megawatts. Also, the report showed that solar is growing beyond traditional markets like Hawaii and California to states like Utah and Arkansas. According to SEPA, solar is becoming more mainstream and competitive, based on the trends in their data. At this point, the U.S. has 33.4 gigawatts of solar power, and 9.4 of them were connected to the grid by American utilities last year.

If you want to investigate more on the report and solar power in general, you can visit sepapower.org. In the meantime, if you're interested in West Maui homes for sale with photovoltaic systems to reduce your utility bills, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We can add that criteria to your list of preferences as we help you find the right investment to suit your needs. Mahalo!

Kapalua to Host Sentry Tournament of Champions

Sentry Insurance has signed on for a five-year deal as the title sponsor of the PGA Tour, which will kick off in Kapalua.
August 25, 2017

Kapalua to Host Sentry Tournament of Champions

Kapalua is a remarkable place to live. Its gorgeous white sand beaches, upscale shopping, wide variety of restaurants, and five star resorts continue to draw in visitors and prospective homeowners who fall in love with its enticing features. But we've left one of those features off the list, because it deserves a special emphasis. Kapalua real estate provides an absolute haven for golf lovers, given that two of the most majestic golf courses in the world are located here.

More than 20 professional tournaments have been hosted by the Bay Course, which is more than any other course located on the neighbor islands. It also bears the distinction of including the only hole on Maui that golfers play over the ocean. Meanwhile, the Plantation Course has earned recognition as the best golf course in Hawaii for ten years in a row by Golfweek Magazine. It is also home to the PGA TOUR's Tournament of Champions. We're excited to report that the tour has attracted a new sponsor for the winners-only event here in Kapalua.

That new sponsor is Wisconsin-based Sentry Insurance, which has signed on for a five-year deal as the title sponsor of this exciting event. It's a decision that has bolstered the tour's commitment to beginning the new year here in Hawaii again. It's a choice that competitors are sure to appreciate, assuming they're not easily distracted by humpback whales breaching offshore. Who wouldn't want to play in a breathtaking Maui location, where the course is both challenging and incomparably beautiful?

The idea of having both the PGA Tour and the LPGA Tour events at the same location unfortunately didn't work out, according to PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, but that doesn't mean it won't happen in future years! Having both tours start here in Kapalua would be inspiring to many of us.

The Sentry Tournament of Champions will take place from January 4th to the 7th, officially marking the 20th consecutive time for the PGA Tour to start a new year on Maui. It's a tradition that we Maui residents appreciate, and is especially convenient and exciting for Kapalua residents who love the game. If you plan to be one of them but you have yet to find your ideal Kapalua real estate investment, we would be happy to assist you. You'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page if you need us. Mahalo!

Blogs for September 2017

Elegant West Maui Studio for Sale at Napili Ridge

Posted on September 22, 2017

Elegant West Maui Studio for Sale at Napili Ridge

Not everyone in the market for Maui real estate is looking for a big house. Some buyers are looking for an investment at a manageable price with a manageable size. If you're buying  something for yourself as a single or… Continue Reading

Hale Makua Health Services Presents Award for Sue D. Cooley

Posted on September 15, 2017


Hale Makua Health Services Presents Award for Sue D. Cooley

Living on an island with friends, family and loved ones has a way of keeping everyone close. We share our challenges and triumphs with each other, and this helps keep the Maui community strong and connected. When we… Continue Reading

Dine Out in September to Benefit Maui Student Nutrition Education

Posted on September 08, 2017

Dine Out in September to Benefit Maui Student Nutrition Education

There are many ways to give back to your community, from fundraising, to donations, to volunteer work. But sometimes it's even easier. Sometimes, all you need to do is dine out to help make a difference. If supporting Maui's… Continue Reading

HECO Among Top 10 Utilities For Solar Capacity Per Customer

Posted on September 01, 2017

HECO Among Top 10 Utilities For Solar Capacity Per Customer

Interested in Hawaii's utility costs? If you're in the market for Maui real estate, you may have already begun weighing out the cost of living against other factors that make the island so enticing. We have our magnificent white… Continue Reading

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