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The Gift of You Event for Maui Teens

Inspire that special teen in your life to focus on their strengths, talents, gifts and abilities at this free event.
October 13, 2017

The Gift of You Event for Maui Teens

What happens in our teens can have a powerful influence over the direction of our lives. Those years can be both challenging and rewarding, not to mention memorable. So, why not inspire a teen in your life with a visit to the UH Maui College campus for "The Gift of You" event on Saturday, October 14th?

This event will feature live music, inspirational speakers, free food, games, interactive booths from community groups, and free giveaways, including an opportunity to win a free iPad. Organized by members of Maui Youth & Family Services, the goal is to get the community together to provide our teens with support, encouragement, inspiration and fun, while helping them to focus on their strengths, abilities, talents and gifts.

The Gift of You will be held in Kahului at the UH Maui College Campus in the Pilina Building student lounge. It will kick off at 11am on October 14th and conclude at 3pm. It's free for Maui youth, ages 12 to 18. Since they're providing so much at this event at no cost to the teen attendees, space is limited, so make sure to register on Eventbrite by searching for "The Gift of You."

There will be special guests present, including world-renowned ukulele player Derick Sebastion, professional windsurfer Levi Siver, and the rising star singer/songwriter Anthony Pfluke. Each of them have their own contributions to share with teens about honing their skills and cultivating their talents.

One of the organizers is Autumn Shields, who is the Chair for The Gift of You, and the Arbonne International Executive Vice President. She made the following statement about the event: “We want each and every one of them to feel special and get excited about doing productive and positive things in their lives.”

If you need more information you can reach her at (720) 394-7058. We hope you're able to make it to the event with the special teen(s) in your life, and that it succeeds in every way! You can check back with us each Friday for our latest blog on Maui real estate, lifestyle and events. Speaking of real estate, if you're looking for something near the UH Maui College Campus, we recommend a search for Maui real estate listings in Kahului and Wailuku. Mahalo!

Maui Named Most Popular US Fall Travel Destination

Maui's reputation drives tourism, and helps keep short term rentals lucrative.
October 06, 2017

Maui Named Most Popular US Fall Travel Destination

Maui was recently named the most popular domestic destination for fall travel, based on the 2017 Fall Travel Trends Survey from Travel Leaders Group. With our balmy year-round weather and the more affordable prices during this off-season time, it's no wonder Maui is the island of choice for visitors.

The survey included an impressive one-thousand travel agency professionals, which placed Maui at No. 1, just 1.5 percent behind was Orlando at No. 2, followed by Las Vegas at No. 3, New York City at No. 4, while the No. 5 most popular fall destination was Alaska cruises. Honolulu came in at No. 6.

While Maui got plenty of acknowledgement as the most popular fall destination, there wasn't much discussion about why. It's likely that travelers want to take advantage of the off-season to enjoy a luxury vacation at a lower price than normal, but there could be other factors as well. Considering the school year starts in the fall, there's a lot of travel without children, especially in the later part of the season. Maui's reputation as an icon for the ultimate romantic getaway vacation could have extra appeal to the kinds of vacationers who travel in the fall. 

In any case, these are the trends that keep savvy real estate investors active in the Maui real estate market. Short term rentals can be more lucrative on Maui than many other markets, thanks to its delightful reputation and the strength of the visitor industry. But for many investors, it's not just about turning a profit. It's about starting a new life in a new place with a permanent move, or opting for a part-time residence in a place of magnificent beauty. Not all vacationers are content to simply visit once they've experienced Maui's charms.

We're happy to guide you through the Maui real estate search and purchase process, no matter what your plans. If you need advice on what kinds of plans might be the most realistic and fulfilling, we can help you there, too. There are a lot of factors to consider in terms of buying Maui real estate. For example, permits are required if you want to use your home or condo as a vacation rental. Some listings already have the required permits, while others don't, which could factor into your decision to buy. If you need to reach out to us to answer your Maui real estate questions, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Pair of Adjacent West Maui Condos for Sale at Napili Ridge

A rare opportunity to own two reasonably priced West Maui condos located side-by-side.
September 29, 2017

Pair of Adjacent West Maui Condos for Sale at Napili Ridge

Here is a rare opportunity to own two side-by-side condos at Napili Ridge in West Maui. Units 14A and 15A are each 1 bed/1 bath, and provide a whole lot of possibilities. If you have family and you require two separate living spaces, this would be a great way to stay close. Looking for a potential part-time Maui vacation rental? You could own a pair of them, and use them for your own vacation time, accommodating friends and family that you might want to travel with as well. Napili Ridge provides some pleasant amenities, and the location is conveniently close to five-star resorts, world-class golf courses, countless activities, a broad spectrum of dining choices, places to shop, and some of the island's loveliest beaches.

For images and details, see Napili Ridge Unit 14A For Sale and Napili Ridge Unit 15A For Sale.

All of these things could be at your fingertips if you opt to purchase one or both of these condos. They are also reasonably priced, 15A at $305,000 and 14A at $299,900. If your budget allows for more wiggle room, you could renovate and customize the spaces to your liking. So, let's dig into what these units have to offer.

These units are being sold by the same owner, who renovated both at the same time, replacing the popcorn ceilings and putting in tile floors in the kitchens, bathrooms, entryways and lanais. The carpeting has also been recently replaced. These are both upper units in building "A," which is positioned to catch the soothing trade winds while providing a fantastic vantage point, so both units boast lovely views of the ocean and the neighboring island of Molokai. They're are also in conveniently close proximity to the swimming pool and barbecue area, as well as the laundry room.

Napili Ridge is a low density complex with two-story cinder block buildings containing a total of 132 units. As for improvements, the Homeowner's Association is working on cast iron pipes on-site, a window replacement, stucco work and painting of the exteriors. The pool and barbecue area includes a lovely fountain and outdoor shower, complimented by the patio furniture. The property is nestled into a gorgeous green belt that features acres of vegetation.

What can you find nearby? Napili Ridge is perched above the scenic Honokeana Cove, just a short walk away from the stunning Napili Bay. A few thousand yards away, you'll find the 14th fairway of the renowned Kapalua Bay Golf course. If you're interested in getting more information on these units or scheduling a viewing, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. If you'd like to continue browsing around the area, you might check the current Kapalua condos for sale and Kaanapali condos for sale. In the meantime, we'll continue to keep an eye out for unique and attractive Maui real estate investment opportunities to share with you. Mahalo!

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!

Blogs for October 2017

The Gift of You Event for Maui Teens

Posted on October 13, 2017

The Gift of You Event for Maui Teens

What happens in our teens can have a powerful influence over the direction of our lives. Those years can be both challenging and rewarding, not to mention memorable. So, why not inspire a teen in your life with a visit to… Continue Reading

Maui Named Most Popular US Fall Travel Destination

Posted on October 06, 2017

Maui Named Most Popular US Fall Travel Destination

Maui was recently named the most popular domestic destination for fall travel, based on the 2017 Fall Travel Trends Survey from Travel Leaders Group. With our balmy year-round weather and the more affordable prices during this off-season time, it's no wonder… Continue Reading

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