Maui Real Estate & Lifestyle News

A taste of Maui: Maui Ku'ia Estate Chocolate

Chocolate Martini Anyone? 

While we are sheltering in place, I've been looking for ways to bring the spirit of the Hawaiian Islands to you, wherever you may be.  Today I'd like to feature Maui's Ku'ia Estate Chocolate.  The company was founded by philanthropists with the incredible goal of giving 100% of the net profits to local charities.  So essentially, your chocolate addiction will positively reverberate through the community--who doesn't love that?

Ku'ia Maui Chocolate Martini Recipe   Kuia Chocolate Martini

Maui Ku'ia Estate Chocolates recommend using their Dark Chocolate Baker's Drops because they melt so quickly on the stove.

Of course, you can always use our chocolate bars or pieces instead, and you can experiment with the

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Maui Real Property Tax Assessement Information

Property owners in Maui County should be receiving their notices of their annual Real Property Tax Assessment, which were mailed on March 15, 2020.  The notices will include:

  • Tax Rate Classification
  • January 1st Assessment (market value as of last June 30th, 2019)
  • Exemption and person receiving the exemption

The deadline to file an appeal is April 9, 2020.  Errors can occur, exemptions can be missed, so please check your notice carefully. If no action is taken the owner will be committed to the tax rate classification, assessment value and exemption information presented on the form for the entire year.  

Please look for this assessment notice in the mail. When you receive it, review it for accuracy and if you have any questions,…
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Royal Kahana Market Update, March 3, 2020

By Heidi Dollinger, R(S)

Royal Kahana Condos for SaleThe Beach at the Royal Kahana

Current Listings 6
Low List Price $370,000
High List Price $747,000
Average List Price $476,500
Average List Price/Sq. Ft. $694
Average Days on Market $185
(Jan - Mar 1, 2020)
Sales 3
Volume $3,058,999 
Low Sales Price  $340,000 
High Sales Price  $999,999 
Average Sales Price  $611,799 
Average Price/Sq. Ft.  $694 
Average Days on Market  370 

With just a little over 2 months of inventory available at the time of

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Market Update, January 2020

Maui Oceanfront home for sale

View Goals!  1437 Front Street is an oceanfront home for sale in the heart of Lahaina, on historic front street
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Maui has several areas with oceanfront homes: West Maui, South Maui, North Shore, East Maui and Central Maui.  As you will see below, the home prices and activity tend to be highest in the resort areas of West and South Maui, and along the North Shore. 

There are broad fluctuations in price depending on whether the property is beachfront or oceanfront; whether it is on a rocky shoreline or cliffside without water access; and the age, condition and size of the home.  

Over the past five years, oceanfront home sales have consistently seen a volume of around

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Paki Maui Market Update: December 2019

by Heidi Dollinger, R(S)

Paki Maui for Sale

 Current Listings      3
 Low List Price  $380,000
 High List Price  $899,000
 Average List Price  $686,000
 Average LP/Sq. Ft.  $854
 Average Days on Market  82
 Volume  2
 Low Sales Price  $325,000
 High Sales Price  $355,000
 Average Sales Price  $340,000
 Average LP/Sq. Ft.  $672
 Average DOM  58
 Sales Volume  10
 Volume ($)  $4,498,500
 Low Sales Price  $277,000
 High Sales Price  $708,000
 Average Sales Price
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Market Update, November 2019

Lahaina Oceanfront Home for Sale

1437 Front Street is an oceanfront home for sale in the heart of Lahaina, on historic front street
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Update 1/27/2020:  Since this post was written, the classification of 6 sales in Makena was changed from Beachfront to Across the Street from the Ocean.  These sales totaled $60,162,136.  As they were developer sales the escrow could only close once construction was complete, so they had a very high Days on Market Count, averaging 1202 days on market.

As such, the statistics and summary below have changed.  Please see the post written 1/27/2020 for updated statistics.

Maui has several areas with oceanfront homes: West Maui, South Maui, North Shore, East Maui and Central

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Plantation Course Kapalua

Avid golfers dream of playing Kapalua's Plantation Course, which consistently ranks amongst the top courses in Hawaii and rated as one of the top 100 courses in the world.  The course is the home of the PGA TOUR’s Sentry Tournament of Champions which returns to Kapalua Golf’s Plantation Course from January 1-5, 2020. Tickets for the PGA TOUR's champions-only event are available at

In preparation for the tournament, a 9-month, multi-million dollar enhancement project began in February 2019.  Both the course and the Plantation Course clubhouse and golf shop reopen to the public on November 23rd.  In preparation for the tournament, tee times will be limited on the

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Pineapple Hill and Pineapple Hill Estates Market Update, Oct 2019

Kapalua's Pineapple Hill and Pineapple Hill Estates is a popular neighborhood in the heart of the Kapalua Resort.

Pineapple Hill Kapalua Home for Sale

Pineapple Hill is the first phase of the development and was originally designed with 99 homesites, most being a quarter-acre, though many of them were consolidated to make larger lots.  Owners must build one of six floor plans (thought modifications are allowed with approval from the Design Review Committee), unless buildling on two or more contiguous lots, in which case a custom home is permitted.  

Pineapple Estates was annexed in early in 2001, with 31 homesites being integrated into the community.  Lots are larger (approximately a half-acre) and custom homes

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Spotlight on Aina Nalu:

Market Update through September 30, 2019

Aina Nalu

The Pool at Aina Nalu is a calm oasis in the heart of historic Lahaina town

by Heidi Dollinger, R(S)

Located on 8.63 acres, Aina-Nalu is one of the few Airbnb vacation rentable communities right in Lahaina town, close to all the shopping and restaurants on Front St. in Lahaina, and close to Lahaina Harbor for whale-watching boat excursions, fishing, and sunset sails.  Aina-Nalu is located just a few blocks from the ocean, and a short drive to many of the most popular West Maui beaches. There is an infinity-edge saltwater pool and hot tub spa, and another smaller kidney-shaped pool, and several bbq areas with gas grills.  Amenities include a large open-air pavilion, and

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