hawaii: Planned Expansion of Native Dryland Forest on Maui - 10/02/15 11:50 AM
Amidst all the reports of population growth, new real estate developments and general expansion, hearing about a planned native dryland forest expansion is an unusual break. State officials are planning to restore the forest that once blanketed leeward Haleakala. The dryland forest in this area currently covers only five percent of what it once did, which is the result of logging and cattle ranching. Once upon a time, it covered a swath of Maui land all the way from Makawao to Kaupo.
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hawaii: Maui County Leads State in Population Growth - 09/25/15 01:14 PM
Maui's reputation as a tropical paradise icon has certainly been making big ripples in its population. In fact, a U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that Maui County's population growth was the fastest in the state from 2012 to 2014. On top of that, Hawaii as a state had one of the fastest growing populations in the nation last year. It's no wonder that Maui real estate inventory is so low.
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hawaii: Hope Fest Maui to be Held in Kihei - 09/11/15 12:12 PM
If fighting cancer is a cause that speaks to you, we'd like to suggest Hope Fest Maui, an upcoming benefit taking place here in South Maui at the Maui Brewing Company in Kihei. The event goal is to raise money for the American Cancer Society, and for the completion of Hope Lodge Hawaii, a cancer treatment facility that provides lifesaving programs and services to the community.
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hawaii: Education Opportunities Expanding on Maui - 09/04/15 12:59 PM
When you move to a new place, education is an important factor to consider whether you have kids or you're thinking about furthering your own education. You want to know that there are worthy opportunities in the place that you're moving to. If you're in the market for Maui real estate, and you'd like to keep up to date on the island's expanding education opportunities, a couple of recent developments might interest you.
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hawaii: The Shops at Wailea Sold to Chicago Firm - 08/28/15 12:31 PM
The march of interesting South Maui real estate purchases goes on this year, with The Shops at Wailea recently selling to Chicago-based investment management firm Heitman Capital Management LLC for no less than $342 million. The price tag is no surprise, given that the shopping center comprises of 161,626 square feet, filled by numerous upscale brands, and is located within the luxurious Wailea Resort.
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hawaii: New Solar Farm Planned for South Maui - 08/21/15 11:13 AM
An interesting new development is in the works for South Maui, only it isn't residential, it's a solar farm. South Maui Renewable Resources is actually based out of West Maui, but plans to develop on a property near the Maui Research and Technology Park in Kihei.
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hawaii: The Visitor Industry and Earning a Living in Hawaii - 08/07/15 02:07 PM
Economic opportunity is a common concern among those considering a real estate purchase on Maui. If you move to a new place, especially one overseas, you want to know you can earn a living there. Hawaii is a challenge that way, it's true, but the visitor industry is thriving and growing steadily, which is something to keep in mind if you are interested in working in some capacity that would be influenced by that industry. Countless Maui businesses deal with visitors, and who knows, maybe you've got your own business idea you'd like to try out?
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hawaii: Existing Home Sales Reach Highest Levels since 2007 - 08/05/15 02:42 PM
We're a long way from those recession days of foreclosures, short sales, and real estate steals. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released stats revealing that existing home sales are at their highest level since 2007. Not only that, but the median sales price reached a new record. Those who purchased real estate during the recession are in an excellent position to make money on their investment.
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hawaii: Wailea Accommodations Performance Leads the State in May - 07/17/15 11:53 AM
According to a recent report from Hospitality Advisors, Maui hotel rates increased by 10 percent in May, compared to the same month last year. This substantial increase says a great deal about the performance of the visitor industry, which affects numerous aspects of life on the island. It can mean opportunity for those who rent their Maui homes and condos to visitors. For example, if you want a second Maui home but you don't know how often you'll be able to make use of it, you can earn some extra income by enlisting a property management company to rent it out.
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hawaii: New Owner Plans Expansion for Shops on the Green in Wailea - 07/10/15 01:35 PM
Among the string of recent South Maui developments is the new owner of Shops on the Green in Wailea, which will soon become Wailea Village Center. The new owner is Burnham USA, a California developer that intends to expand the establishment to 45,000 square feet, which is double its current size.
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hawaii: Hawaii Governor Signs Bill for 100 Percent Renewable Goal - 06/19/15 12:45 PM
Back in mid May, we blogged about the legislature passing the bill that would establish a 100 percent renewable energy goal for the state of Hawaii. At that time, all that remained was for Governor Ige to sign it into law, which he did on June 8th. Hawaii is the first state in the nation with a 100 percent renewable energy portfolio. The bill has set the goal deadline for the year 2045, and given that the state has been ahead of its renewable energy goal deadlines in the past, many are optimistic about the time frame.
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hawaii: Hawaii Among Top 10 Renewable Energy States - 06/12/15 01:25 PM
If you're considering a move to Maui, evaluating the cost of living is a natural step, especially if you plan to buy real estate. Whether you plan to live in it full time or part time, you've probably thought about what your utility bills would be like, in addition to your mortgage. Some good news has recently come down the pipeline on Hawaii's energy status.
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hawaii: New Walgreens Planned for South Maui - 06/05/15 05:06 PM
Things are marching right along for South Maui real estate, and some interesting developments are in the works. Namely, a new Walgreens will be built in Kihei, and is expected to be open by 2017. The drugstore stocks a lot of convenient items, but the pharmacy is the most important feature of all, saving many South Maui residents from driving all the way to Kahului to pick up their prescriptions.
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hawaii: Hawaii Seniors 4th Healthiest in the Nation - 05/29/15 12:58 PM
A recent report from the United Health Foundation has revealed that Hawaii's seniors are among the healthiest in the nation. While it's true that some of that is attributed to ethnic trends, there are other factors. If you're thinking of buying South Maui real estate for your retirement, you might find the following information worthwhile.
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hawaii: Maui 5th Annual Huliau Youth Environmental Film Festival - 05/22/15 12:09 PM
It's that exciting time of year again for Maui's students as they graduate from high school and begin the next step in the journey of their lives. Some of these talented keiki are part of an extra special event that takes place this time every year: the Huliau Youth Environmental Film Festival. These films are a testament to the creativity, hard work and community support surrounding the efforts of our island's students, which should be inspiring to those of you who are thinking about moving your families here and buying a home on Maui.
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hawaii: Hawaii Capable of Running on 100 Percent Clean Energy - 04/24/15 03:38 PM
The Environmental Council Annual Report for 2014 has revealed that Hawaii is capable of generating all its electrical power and transportation fuels from renewable energy, which will likely lead to new goals that reflect that potential. Where transportation is concerned, the report emphasized that new policies and procedures are needed if we are going to reduce the use of fossil fuels. From a Maui home owner's perspective, both changes will impact the cost of living on the island, which will hopefully be for the better, as intended.
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hawaii: Maui Home Sales Spike in March - 04/17/15 12:24 PM
The Realtors Association of Maui has recently released its monthly real estate statistics report for the county. Looking into the trends revealed in the report is a great way to stay abreast of changes in the market for Maui real estate buyers and sellers alike. In March, home sales spiked, and prices rose.
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hawaii: New Home Sales Highest in Seven Years - 04/03/15 02:19 PM
Based on a recent report from the Census Bureau, new single-family homes have spiked to their highest level in seven years. This is encouraging news, not only for the health of the real estate market, but for the construction industry, which is an important source of jobs here on Maui.

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hawaii: Maui to Host Startup Weekend in Kihei - 03/27/15 04:38 PM
The push to establish Kihei as a tech hub continues with Startup Weekend Maui officially scheduled for May 15-17. These developments are worth keeping an eye on, especially when it comes to buying real estate. Tech jobs generate strong revenue, overall, and stimulate the economy, which drives up both rental and real estate prices. These areas quickly become some of the most expensive places to live, but if you make your real estate investment beforehand, your property value is much more likely to increase.
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hawaii: Book Trust Fundraiser in Wailea - 03/13/15 05:11 PM
One of the perks to buying South Maui real estate is that interesting events are at your fingertips all year round. For example, the 3rd Annual Book Trust Extravaganza is coming up on March 14th. This year's theme is Casino Royale. All the proceeds from this lively fundraiser will support the Book Trust's wonderful efforts to help our island's keiki (children) develop strong literacy skills, empowering them for a life of learning.
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