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CONDOS

Maui has a wide range of condo choices, including beachfront vacation condos and penthouses. More…

SINGLE FAMILY HOMES

Homes on Maui can be simple or elegant, with prices starting in the $400,000's. Another feature of many homes here on Maui is an OHANA which means room for the whole family. Larger lots allow for a detached cottage in addtion to a main house. More…

VACANT LAND

Sometimes you want to build your own home from scratch. Maui has building lots or larger parcels of many acres. From magnificent view lots to sprawling estates, there's something for every developer and dreamer. More…

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At the Beach

walking on a Maui beach and enjoying the sunset

THE BEACH - there's nothing quite like the beach, where the land meets the sea. Something about it is just so relaxing. It's hard to be in a bad mood when you're at the beach. Sunrise or sunset, day or night, the beach is always welcoming. On Maui there are so many wonderful sandy beaches that I could never list them all. My favorite one for making a whole day event would be Makena Beach on the south side.
Which beach is your favorite?
Maui North Shore Beaches
Maui South Shore Beaches

beautiful white sandy beach - Makena Beach, Big Beach on Maui


Aloha - The Hunter - Georgina M. Hunter R(S)

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Maui County Property Tax Assessments

Property Tax office for Maui County, Maui local information

ASSESSMENTS - Maui County property tax assessments have been mailed out recently. If you own property on Maui you've probably already seen yours. Were you shocked? I know a lot of people who were surprised at the new higher amounts. If you think you have been overassessed, here's what you can do... APPEALS - If you do not agree with the assessed value or tax classification on your assessment notice, you may file an appeal with the Real Property Tax Division Board of Review or the Tax Appeal Court. There is a $15.00 fee to appeal to the Board of Review. The cost for filing an appeal with the Tax Appeal Court is 5% of the amount of taxes in dispute, but not more than $100 or less than $5.00 for each case. All appeals must be filed by April 9. Even though you have an appeal pending, you must pay all taxes by the due dates or you will be charged penalty and interest. Time is of the essence. Get more information from their Website.

Maui County Property Tax Rates

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Paia Maui Hawaii - February 2, 2008

Hula girls in Paia Maui shop window, Paia Maui local information

Lately I have posted a lot of local info about Paia town, on Maui's north shore. It's a historic sugar plantation town that has been revived with a strong arts/sports scene. Hippies and surfers, windsurfers, kiteboarders, international travelers and what-not live here.

If you're coming to Paia Maui you should check out these ActiveRain posts and let me know if you have any questions by emailing or calling:

Aloha - The Hunter - Georgina M. Hunter R(S)

What's a WWOOFer? - November 25, 2007

Hawaiian fruit stand on the road to Hana

This cute little roadside fruit stand on the Hana Highway in Huelo is staffed with WWOOFers. They have come to Hawaii to learn about growing fruits, preparing and serving them to visitors who are driving along the scenic Hana Highway. Our young farmer friend is happy to have these traveling helpers who are able to take care of themselves while they stay on his property, and trade their labors for a place to call home for a few months.

What's a WWOOFer?

Some of our Huelo Maui friends have been bragging about their WWOOFers. We are dying to try a WWOOFer ourselves. It's a network of mostly young people who want to travel and experience a down to earth "working vacation".

History of WOOF

The WWOOF program started in the United Kingdom in 1971, by Sue Coppard, a London secretary, under the name 'Working Weekends on Organic Farms'. It was to provide people living in London with a chance to participate in the organic farming movement going on in the countryside. Since the establishment of WWOOF in the U.K., the program has expanded to ‘World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms', and is now in over 28 countries worldwide, with a wide range of farm stay opportunities. WWOOF programs operate independently in each country.

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA

This is an organization that is dedicated to connecting willing workers and organic farmers across the world, to promote an educational exchange and build a global community of conscious ecological farming practices. It's a project of the non profit Ecological Farming Association.

WWOOF-USAwas inspired by, and cooperates with other similar WWOOF programs worldwide, including:

  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden

How Does it Work?

One half day of volunteer help is traded for food and accommodations, with no money exchange. WWOOF provides a directory of organic farms, communities and garden projects to volunteers interested in gaining hands on experience about organic food and farming. The prospective workers will contact the hosts and negotiate the terms and work expectations. The hosts can decide who they want to have come and help on their farms. A typical stay can be anywhere from 3 days to 3 months. The host is able to ask the worker to leave at any time if things aren't working out. Most of the time it's a win/win situation as life is what you make of it.

We've joined the organization and we're looking forward to being contacted by some hard working young "farmers" from different places. We have plenty of opportunities here on our Haiku Maui farm, for a motivated person with some skills. This could be interesting, and I will keep you posted on the adventure. There will be plenty to learn for all of us. If anybody else has some WOOFer stories, I'd love to hear them!

why did the chicken cross the road?

Do You WOOF? You too can Join Online or check them out at WOOFUSA.ORG and in THE UNITED KINGDOM

Don't be CHICKEN - we'll cross this road together.


Aloha - The Hunter - Georgina M. Hunter R(S)

Peahi Farms at Opana Point - November 9, 2007

new paved road at peahi farms maui opana point
Peahi Farms on Maui gets paved roads. Paving crews have been busy making miles of smooth black roads into this new planned community subdivision at Opana Point on Maui's north shore. During the months of October and November the blacktop has gone down and the entrance to the Hana Highway is almost complete. Road work is a major improvement for this north shore Agricultural oceanfront subdivision. Sales will surely be moving smoothly now with easy access to the string of cliff front vacant parcels.

Buyers of this prime oceanfront location should be aware of any issues that pertain to Special Management Areas(SMA's), and Shoreline Areas in Hawaii. Contact your favorite Maui real estate agent for more information and updates.

This ambitious project has been a long time in the making, and is finally reaching completion, with the first property closing escrow last month, for $2,100,000. More upgrades are on the way, and this promises to be a well planned Haiku Maui neighborhood. Final subdivision approval was granted December 14, 2006. Land court approval granted on September 12, 2007. Currently there are 14 MLS listings of vacant land for sale at Peahi Farms, priced between $1,300,000 to $2,995,000

Are you looking for some Maui oceanfront land to build your dream home in paradise?

road paving equipment at Peahi Farms Maui


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Mama's Fish House beachfront dining - October 23, 2007

If you have never eaten at Mama's Fish House, on the north shore, then you need to put that on your list of things to do before you die. You will remember it. We like to go there for special occasions, as it's so conveniently located, just outside of Paia, Last night we went for somebody's birthday and had another fantastic culinary adventure. I'm always amazed at the way they attend to the details. The floral arrangements are stunning, as is the eclectic Polynesian decor. The fish doesn't get any fresher unless you catch it yourself. Ahi sashimi melts in your mouth, and the mahi-mahi stuffed with lobster and encrusted with Macadamia nuts is always a winner. Desserts will knock you out. The staff really go out of their way to make your meal special. We had a great evening. mama's fish house restaurant maui
Mama's Fish House has been in business in Kuau since the 70's, when it started out as a small bar and restaurant in a quiet oceanfront neighborhood. The little beach in front is sandy and protected from large breaking waves. Coconut palms line the water's edge where tidepools are inviting you in for a cool dip. Experienced windsurfers will launch from this small beach and race out to the offshore waves for hours of sport. Over the years the nearby homes have grown larger and more expensive, and so has the restaurant! This award winning dining landmark has become a famous PLACE TO EAT on Maui, and rightly so. Be sure to make it a stop on your next visit to Paia.
kuau beach maui beachfront dining

My Other Blog Is... - October 14, 2007

I have recently become addicted to blogging on another site. I find it more convenient, as this other site is geared towards blogging, and they make it really easy for me to publish blogs with lots of pictures, etc. It's also a site that's a thriving community for Real Estate professionals and people in the industry. What's really nice is that people can comment on the blogs, so a person can get some instant gratification, and even start a dialogue.
Here's the link to MY OTHER BLOG.
If it gets a little sparse on this current page, be sure to jump over to MY OTHER BLOG at ActiveRain to see what's new there. For the most part there will be unique information, and I apologize for any duplications. .

Pe'ahi Farms SOLD - Haiku Maui - October 9, 2007

Pe'ahi Farms on Maui has just closed it's very first sale, marking a turning point in this spectacular new project in Haiku. Lot 3, a prime oceanfront acreage, closed on October 5th for $2,100,000.
The developers Holt and Everhart claim to specialize in the creation of socially responsible villages and mixed use developments. Their vision for Pe'ahi Farms is to tackle the fine line between development and preservation of diverse agri-business, in a traditional agricultural setting. They hope to achieve a preservation of open space, while increasing the opportunities for enterprising Maui agri-business.
Pe'ahi Farms is a 240 acre site at Opana Point, on the windward coast of Maui. About 180 acres of the parcel will be dedicated to farm use, and is currently open fields and deep gulches. In the future this may be converted to a diversity of marketable crops, a native plant nursery, and cattle pastures. The remaining land has been subdivided into 15 fee simple AG lots of varying sizes ranging from 2.69 acres to 9.2 acres. There will be building restrictions to ensure a quality neighborhood, and to maintain the ocean view corridors.
The Farm hopes to employ alternative methods of power production like wind turbines and photo-voltaics, as the location lends itself well to this endeavor. The Farm will also promote green principles like organic farming and water conservation, while working with the community to educate the public.
Here on Maui, AG zoning allows for a homeowner to build a main house of any size, an additional farm workers dwelling up to 1,000 sf, and other farm related buildings. When submitting house plans for approval from the building department, you will be expected to submit a farm plan outlining your strategy for using your land.
If you have any questions about Pe'ahi Farms, or about buying land and building a home on Maui, please inquire for more information.

Lana'i Properties - Pines at Koele - October 2, 2007

On our recent trip to the island of Lana'i, I was able to see some properties for sale, and get an overview of the real estate market there. Basically, there are some really great homes and condos, but they are not cheap, compared to the Maui market. Most of the listings on Lanai are brand new developments, and they are from one developer. The impression they would like to create is that homeownership on Lana'i is for the privileged few. If you can afford one of their exclusive residences, you will be able to enjoy all the amenities including championship golf, spa treatments and world-class dining.
There are really only 2 communities on Lana'i, Lana'i City and Manele. Both locations boast a Four Seasons Hotel and an award winning golf course. They are about a 20 minute drive apart, and the resort runs a private bus service back and forth.

Koele Lodge on Lanai, a quiet upcountry retreat with 5 star service.

Lana'i City is located at a higher altitude, with a nice cool climate. Lana'i City used to be the Dole plantation town, and it's the town where the locals live. The Lodge at Koele is the name of the resort which resembles a grand English estate nestled amongst tall pines. Lawn bowling, croquet and skeet shooting are some of the activities offered at the hotel. The nearby Experience at Koele championship golf course was designed by golf legend Greg Norman. The Lodge at Koele has been ranked the number 1 golf resort in the world, by Conde Nast Traveler. Here, along the second fairway, you will find The Pines at Koele, 2,3 or 4 bedroom residences that are detached condominiums. The upscale Pines community offers spacious living and luxury, in an ideal tropical environment. The architectural design and flavor reflect the standard originally set by the newly rebranded Four Seasons Resort. Some are single story, and the larger ones are 2 stories. Living area is about 1,600-2,100 sf. Standard features are impressive, and include: covered entry; granite countertops; Sub-Zero/Wolf appliances; central air conditioning; hardwood and natural stone flooring; indoor/outdoor gas fireplace; Hardiplank siding; single garage and a carport. As they are condos, all the yard maintenance is left to the management company, so these homes lend themselves well to part time occupancy. During my visit, 5 of the 20 pre-construction units were on the market, ranging in price from $1,150,000 to $1,559,250.
Owners of these luxury homes on Lana'i will have the option of applying for membership to the Island Club. As a member in this private recreation and social club, you will have access to amenities at both of the Four Seasons Resort Lana'i hotels. If you're a golfer, you will certainly appreciate all this membership has to offer, and will enjoy extra special golf course privileges.
If you have any questions about properties on Lana'i, please contact me for more details. I have a nice CD which I can mail you upon request.

Maui County Fair - September 28, 2007

Yesterday the Maui County Fair kicked off its four day run in Wailuku with a fabulous parade, complete with marching bands and floats. The 85th Maui County Fair resumes at 5 p.m. today and opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children 5 to 11 years old. Younger children are free. If you have never been to this annual event, it's worth the time to go just for the orchid and farm produce displays. Of course there's also the rides and games for the young at heart, and the variety of ono grinds (food) is impressive. This year it looks like good weather will make for a fun filled weekend at the fair. I'll see you there!

Maui Ocean Views - September 24, 2007

If you're looking for bi-coastal views on Maui, you will love the sweeping views over the sugar cane fields from this upcountry home that's for sale.

bicoastal Maui ocean views from cute upcountry home

This home was built in the 70's and boasts oak hardwood floors, a carport and loads of storage. The location is in the cool town of Haliimaile, close to Makawao town. It's being offered for $525,000 fee simple. There are plenty of other great homes with breathtaking views too. Please contact me if you're looking for some help to find the perfect property. After living here since 1980, I'm familiar with all the neighborhoods with the best views. Let me be your guide.

Hawaiian Sunset - September 21, 2007

When you're in Hawaii, it's always nice to see a beautiful sunset over the ocean. There's just something really relaxing about the rhythmic lapping of the waves, and the soft wind in the palms.

Beautiful Hawaiian sunset with coconut palms over the ocean and beach.

On this evening we found a perfect spot at the perfect time, and had a little swim in the bay before the sun went down in the ocean. What better way to sooth the soul?

Kai Makani Beach Villas - September 14, 2007

There's a brand new condo development in north Kihei, right across from the popular windsurfing beach, next to Ohukai Road. This project has a pool and rec center, as well as plenty of open space for kids to play. There are 112 units located in 22 two-story buildings, and some of them are already occupied while the final ones are being finished.

Kai Makani Condo Development on Maui's south shore, in Kihei

Kai Makani Beach Villas is a pet friendly complex geared towards owner occupants and vacation rentals are not allowed. Prices range from $525,000 to $725,000 fee simple. Due to strong demand when they were offered, most of them have sold already, but there are a few available today. Call me for more information.

Vacation Rental Forum - September 12, 2007

Yesterday I got an email invitation from the Maui Vacation Rental Association to attend a very important meeting tonight, Wednesday night from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at the Iao Theatre in Wailuku. There will be a public forum on vacation rental, and it will be widely covered by the media. I was urged to COME TO THIS IMPORTANT MEETING. This is one of those rare opportunities where the public gets to ask some penetrating questions and get some real answers.

Kuau Cove beach, Maui north shore

The short term rental issue between homeowners and the County of Maui is of interest to a great number of people, including the visitors who come here and keep our economy rolling. If you'd like more information about TVR's on Maui, you can sign up with the Maui Vacation Rental Association on their website at www.mvra.net

Green Sea Turtles - September 10, 2007

Green turtles are native to Hawaii and can be found in shallow coastal waters of our islands. The turtles commonly come into shallow waters to feed on algae growing on the bottom. During the past few years, green turtles have begun to crawl out on the sand and rocks to bask in the sun. This is natural behavior unique to Hawaiian green turtles.

Green turtles in Hawaii, basking in the sun.

Green turtles in Hawaii, taken underwater.

Green turtles are protected by both State and Federal laws as a threatened species, and it is illegal to disurb or touch them. We came upon these 2 turtles at different times while exploring the coastline on the Big Island of Hawaii this past week.

Superferry Update - September 7, 2007

Today's Superferry update is good news for any passengers who have a vehicle stranded on another island. The courts have allowed one final sailing from Oahu to Maui and back, returning cars to their ports of origin, on Saturday the 8th. We had previously been notified of this as our car is presently sitting on the dock on Oahu, waiting to return home. No landing was ever made on the island of Kauai, where protestors managed to thwart any scheduled ferry dockings. When the Superferry will begin regular commercial travel is anyone's guess, as there is an ongoing legal challenge. More on this later.

Paia from the air - September 4, 2007

Here we go again on another interisland trip, this time we're flying from Maui to the Big Island. This picture was taken from the window of our Aloha Airlines flight on a typical sunny day. The expanses of green are sugar cane fields which cover a good portion of the slopes of Haleakala, Maui's famous dormant volcano. Maui is the last of the Hawaiian islands to still grow sugar cane, and Paia was historically a sugar plantation town.

Paia Maui from the air, an aerial shot of Historic Paia Town on Maui's north shore.
You can see that Paia is a small town with most of the development along the shoreline. Oceanfront homes are priced in the multi-million dollars, and there are always some on the market if you're interested. Starter homes are priced in the $400,000's. Many houses in Paia are within walking distance to the shops and restaurants, and sandy beaches too. It's a nice little community that is only about 15 minutes from our airport and main cities of Kahului and Wailuku.
Paia really appeals to visitors who are looking for a different kind of tourist experience than the resorts have to offer. This north shore town is where surfers, windsurfers and kiteboarders congregate due to the excellent ocean conditions for their sports. For a small town, there is a lot going on. Check out the restaurant scene in Paia and Kuau. Paia is the town where I base my real estate practice from. Be sure to inquire about the local market if you're looking to buy a home here.

Four Seasons Resorts Lanai - September 2, 2007

Recently a group of us took the Lanai passenger ferry over to Lanai for an overnighter, and here's the rest of that story. We all had a great time, except for the guy who spent the night in jail, but that's another story.
Staying at the resort is a wonderful experience I would highly recommend. The Lodge at Koele welcomes you with smiles, flowers and refreshments while they check you in. The lobby is very comfortable and you can totally kick back and let the hotel take care of things from now on. The grounds are gorgeous and invite you to wander past the pond to the orchid pavillion and beyond. Resort activities are numerous, including top notch golf, if that's what you want, or you can just hang around the pool and fitness center.
If you don't have a car, trips into the nearby town of Lanai City are leaving every half hour, and the bus goes all the way to the Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay, the oceanfront sister resort. At Manele Bay Resort you can access the sandy beach, or enjoy the pool and poolside amenities. The boat harbor is literally just around the corner. Staying at the resort enables you to travel back and forth to either facility, and enjoy the best of both worlds.

the fountain on the manicured grounds of the Lodge at Koele, Lanai
As a side trip from Maui, a trip to Lanai as a guest of the Four Seasons Resort is time well spent if you're looking for a laid back vacation. All of the Hawaiian islands have so much to offer, in their own way. Maui County encompasses the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Lanai has an exciting and limited real estate market which I will tell you about later.

Superferry Grounded - August 29, 2007

The Hawaii Superferry is grounded. A judge's ruling prevented the ship from sailing back to Maui on August 28th, as scheduled. Those of us who were hoping to return to Maui on the new ocean going vessel were notified of the change of plans. We decided to fly back to our home island of Maui on Aloha Airlines, courtesy of the Superferry. As for my car, they promise that they will return it as soon as possible, with Friday being the earliest date. It all depends on another ruling that we are to hear on Thursday. In any event they will either bring it back on the ferry, or ship it back via Young Brothers, the interisland freight monopoly. We trust that we left it in good hands, at the ferry dock on Oahu, about 11:00 am. A news update mentioned that there was an anti-ferry demonstration that same day in the afternoon, at the very same place!

my Honda onboard the Hawaii Superferry

So I'm driving around in a rented Subaru provided by the nice folks at the Superferry. Not exactly what I had envisioned for this week, but I can at least get around and do business as usual. My business as a Realtor means that I need to be able to get out and see properties, so I can be informed to help buyers and sellers. Don't hesitate to call if you have any questions about the real esate process here on Maui.

the Superferry dock on Oahu

The Superferry Day 2 - August 27, 2007

The Hawaii Superferry sailed on its inaugural voyage on Sunday August 26th, debarking from Honolulu to Maui, and back again. The next leg of the voyage was to be from Honolulu to Kauai, but protestors in Kauai prevented the cars from unloading. Passengers had to return back to Oahu with their cars.

boarding the Hawaii Superferry in the car

On day 2, as I sit here on the Superferry from Maui to Honolulu, all seems to be running smoothly. Due to a lack of demand, prices have been slashed for passengers and cars, and we decided to take advantage of these super low rates of only $5 per person and per car. For only $30 we are traveling with our car to Oahu and back, for an overnighter in Waikiki. It seemed like a good opportunity to see first hand what all the fuss is about. Today's ship is not fully booked, and we drove right on without any delay. The passenger cabins are nowhere near full, and upon boarding we find out that there is also a complimentary beverage and snack! So for the price of a sandwich, we are cruising over to Oahu in the comfortable Lanai Lounge and seeing all the smiling faces of families who are on board for this event. Talking with another passenger, we have found out there has been a court ordered injuction today, against the Superferry operating on Maui. We don't antipate any difficulty upon our arrival in Honolulu, and will take things as they come.

leaving Maui from the back deck of the Superferry

More about this event later....

The Cottages at Kehalani - Wailuku - August 25, 2007

Maui has many new housing developments underway, and some are selling right now. Today is the Grand Opening of The Cottages a Kehalani, a single family home project set the base of the West Maui Mountians in Wailuku. 114 contemporary plantation style residences are spread over 23 acres in this master-planned community by Stanford Carr Development. There are 6 floorplans to choose from, with both single and 2 story styles. Prices range from the mid $500,000's to the low $800,000's. The first phase will be turnkey by September, so don't wait to place your order.

interior of the plantation cottage model home in the Cottages at Kehalani, Wailuku brand new housing development on Maui

Open house at The Cottages at Kehalani - August 25, 2007

You can call me for more information about this great new neighborhood close to Historic Wailuku Town.

Maui to Lanai Ferry - Lahaina - August 23, 2007

view of the boats in Lahaina taken from the Lanai-Maui ferry

If you're on Maui and you want to get to the island of Lanai, there is a great ferry service that sails the Auau Channel 5 times a day. The boats are nice and clean and safe, and the trip only takes about 45 minutes one way. It's way cheaper that flying interisland, and it's more fun too, as they let you bring a cooler with your own refreshments. We recently packed our bags and went with a group of 10 to spend a night at the resort over there, for the first time! The boat left at 9:15 and was pretty full for the smooth ride over. The return trip next evening was a little rough as we sailed into the wind, and some of the kids onboard were a little scared, but they soon fell asleep anyway since it had been a fun filled 2 days. More on that next time.

ferry coming into Manele Harbor

Here's the ferry coming into the harbor on Lanai, at Manele Bay. For more info and to make a reservation, go to www.go-lanai.com

Baby Luau - Baldwin Beach Park - August 22, 2007

Hawaiian baby luau entertainment

A Hawaiian tradition that is still practiced these days, is the 1 year baby luau. In the old days it was a big deal to commemorate the baby's first birthday, with feasting and celebration, as it was a worthy achievement. A baby luau was held this past weekend at Baldwin Beach Park in Paia, for baby Leimomi who just made 1 year. Over a hundred people attended this joyful event and stayed for the day to talk story with neighbors and friends, while the small children played on the beach or on the rented waterslide. There was live music, plenty of ono grinds, and lots of fun for all. Food included many traditional items like lau-laus, ahi poke, poi, sashimi, chicken long rice, mahi-mahi, potato-macaroni salad, and of course birthday cake. (What's a lau-lau? It's a piece of beef, piece of fatty pork, and a piece of butterfish wrapped up in a taro leaf or 2 and then wrapped again in a couple of ti leaves to make a packet that can be steamed until it becomes a yummy local snack.)

Hawaiian baby luau gift table

Leimomi is blessed to have a loving family who will shower her with aloha and give her the promise of a bright future.

Hawaii Superferry - going onboard - August 18, 2007

The Hawaii Superferry is docked in Kahului Harbor on Maui, and the public were invited to come aboard today, with an appointment. We signed up for the event online a few days before, and showed up at our appointed time. It was a beautiful sunny day on Maui, and the newly trained staff were very friendly and welcoming. We were shuttled over by van to the loading ramp where all foot traffic was boarding by way of the floating dock extension.

Maui superferry docked in Kahului Harbor for Open House, Maui public is invited on board for 1 day only

Vehicles are contained on 2 decks below the passenger deck, and will load and unload from the same end, in about 15 minutes. It will carry up to 900 people and 250 cars on the one way trip of about 3 hours. The Superferry is scheduled to start daily service between Honolulu and the islands of Kauai and Maui on August 28th.

Hawaii superferry docked in Kahului Harbor Maui, visitors walking on and off the back end of the ferry

Many families were exitedly exploring the upper floor, which was all "decked out" in its splendor with plenty of comfortable upholstered seats in various arrangements. The fore lounge is a $20 upgrade with the best views from this four story catamaran. Aft, there is a small open air deck for those who like some fresh sea breezes while traveling the channel between Maui and Oahu.

Inside the passenger lounge in the front of the Hawaii Superferry, open to the public for 1 day event.

Kahului Harbor Superferry dock and loading area map Click for larger MAP.

International Homebuyers - NAR report- August 16, 2007

The National Association of Realtors has released the results of a study exploring the statistics of homeownership by foreign citizens living abroad. This latest study shows that more and more consumers from around the world are purchasing a home in the United States for themselves, as an investment, or simply to enjoy a piece of the American dream. The median sales price of homes purchased by international buyers was $299,500, which is significantly higher than the U.S. median of $221,900 during the same period. International homeowners spent an average of 4.2 months of the year in their U.S. property in 2006.

A third of all international buyers are from Europe, but buyers from Asia and North America (outside the United States) each represent about one-fourth of the total market. Sixteen percent of all international buyers are from Latin America. By individual country, most buyers come from Mexico (13 percent), the United Kingdom (12 percent) and Canada (11 percent).

If you're a foreign buyer with questions about our Hawaii real estate process, please let me help you as your buyer's agent, so you can be fully represented.

Vacation condos are a great way to start out with Maui home ownership, and the selection is impressive. Maui prices might be higher than Florida and the South, but that's because it's worth it. If you're curious about prices and neighborhoods, feel free to ask for advice.

Hurricane Season - Flossie Blows Over- August 14, 2007

After days of advisories, Flossie is now downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, and the eye of the hurricane has disappeared, according to the Civil Defense Agency . A High Surf Advisory has been issued separately. It appears this one has not been a threat, but there will be more. Hurricane season in Hawaii is from June through November, so it's always good to be prepared.

hurricane flossie bearing down on the big island of hawaii

This picture was taken yesterday as Hurrican Flossie approached the Islands. For tips on creating a personal preparation plan, emergency survival Go Kit, and emergency centers/shelters access: civil defense INFO

Twin Falls Maui - August 13, 2007

Just another roadside attraction?

At the 2 mile marker, on Maui's road to Hana, you'll come to a roadside fruit stand and parking area for Twin Falls. They have tropical fruits and creations for sale and some craft vendors sell their products too. You can watch as tiki masks are carved from local woods.

twin falls farm stand on Maui's north shore, where you can swim in natural pools

There's a trail that will take you up to the natural swimming pools and stream where you can jump off rocks into the water and swim in a Maui pool.

twin falls fruit juice bar

After your swim and hike, stop at the fruit stand for a Maui fresh fruit smoothie, or some fresh squeezed sugar cane juice flavored with ginger!

Home Inspections - Brand New Homes


Buying a home? - Get a professional home inspection!

As a buyer's agent, I always recommend the services of a professional home inspector to thoroughly go over the property and provide a detailed report of items that need attention now, and might need attention in the near future. But what if you're buying a newly built home or condo? In the case of new construction, you might think it's not necessary, but that's not so.
There are a number of reasons why a home inspection is even more important when buying NEW. A typical inspection usually doesn't cover cosmetic items since the home has already been used. Yet with a brand new home, there may indeed be cosmetic defects that aren't immediately apparent, and who's going to point those out? In the case of new condos, there may be construction defects or deficiencies in the common area items that will affect the value of each unit. Since the warranty period for new houses and condos is limited, the buyer needs to be aware of this, and file any valid claims within this time. By hiring a home inspector for your new home purchase, you will get the extra service and be apprised of the process for protecting your warranty rights.
Don't skip this important step in the purchase of your next new home. For a list of certified home inspectors on Maui, please inquire here.

Let me be your guide in your search for a Maui property, whether home or condo or land. With over 27 years of Maui living, I know the territory and will show you the way to living your dream.
Your agent - Georgina M. Hunter R(S) - THE HUNTER

Team Member of: Jim Sanders Realty Inc. PO Box 792050 Paia, HI 96779 (808) 579-8255 EMAIL