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Nov. 10, 2022

Everything You Need To Know About Makawao, Maui : The Hub of The “Upcountry”

Makawao, which means "Eye of the Forest" in the Hawaiian language, was first inhabited by the Polynesians more than a thousand years ago. From being the settlement of native hamlets and canoe workshops, it is now a renowned Paniolo town and a thriving arts community. For Hawaii's original inhabitants, Makawao was an important gateway to the forests of Upcountry Maui, as it is a transitional zone between the mid-dry land regions and the upper forest. Makawao town is half a kilometer above sea level, thus making it cooler than towns along the coast. It is also the biggest of the four small towns that comprise that part of Maui collectively  known as "Upcountry." 

Makawao is the last stop for adventurers going up the summit of the Haleakala volcano. Its two main streets are lined with old storefronts, which tell the story of a town built with pride and cherished by its residents. One of the most notable establishments is the Komoda Bakery which was opened in 1916 and has since been treating the town to its excellent bread and delicious cream puff. 

One can wander around and visit interesting boutiques, shops, and galleries. Guests can also go to workshops where glassblowers, sculptors, and painters are at work, creating their latest pieces. Due to their love for the arts, some old structures, like the beloved Old Makawao Theater, have been converted into art galleries. A trip to Makawao is not complete without gracing the Hui No'eau Arts Center, where visitors can feast their eyes on the exhibits and even partake in the art classes.

Makawao has a population of more than 7,000 - small but proud of its heritage. The story of Makawao, as it is known today, began with the arrival of European settlers in the early 1800s. Through that decade, Makawao and surrounding areas became a major hub for cattle raising and agricultural development.

The progress brought about by expanding production led to the cultural diversification of Makawao. As the sugarcane industry grew, so did the need for workers. Laborers started arriving from other countries in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The most significant contingents were from China, Portugal, Japan, and the Philippines. From the dawn of the 20th century until the 1950s, the pineapple became a money crop along with sugar.

Cultural diversity did not prevent Makawao from becoming the tight-knit community it has since become. People from different countries found a way to live harmoniously and produced their melting pot of cultures. Testament to this was how Makawaon pidgin developed out of the necessity of people working in the fields with different mother tongues to find a way to communicate with each other. They took words from the different languages spoken in the plantations, put them together, and followed the grammar from Olelo Hawaii, the indigenous culture.

Of all the unique cultural elements that evolved in Makawao, nothing is more distinct than that of the Paniolo culture that came from its cattle industry. Paniolo culture permeated and influenced every aspect of daily life in Makawao. Elderly residents tell people with delight that no one had a car back in the day, but everyone had horses, and they all rode.

Primarily an agrarian and ranching community, the 9-square-mile town of  Makawao is most known for its Paniolo culture. The term paniolo comes from "Espaniolo," or Spaniards brought into the islands by King Kamehameha III in the late 18th century. They taught and trained the locals on the science of raising and herding cattle.

Annually, on the 4th of July weekend, Makawao celebrates its rich Paniolo history with its Makawao Rodeo. For over 50 years, this yearly Rodeo festival thrills the town with cattle wrangling, calf roping, and horseback riding, among others. The ultimate tribute to Paniolo culture is Rodeo, and for the cowboys of Upcounty, this is a chance not just to put on a show and wow crowds but also to hone, test, and showcase their skills. The festive Makawao Parade and its colors, horses, and wagons kick off the Rodeo. The Parade and the Rodeo turn the whole of Makawao into a Hollywood cowboy movie, a classic Wild West Town where anything is possible.

The imprint that Makawao leaves on anyone is its beautiful landscapes and the charms of its vibrant community and tradition. Upcountry's biggest small town is Maui's biggest family, after all.

 

Posted in Area, Maui Information
Nov. 1, 2022

Why Visit Maui in November?

Maui is famous for its world-class white sand beaches, picturesque countryside, healthy food selection, and various water activities. Tons of tourists from all over the globe flock to this Hawaiian county to savor the warm tropical climate from May to August. During these peak tourism months, there is a crowd of visitors, and prices from food to accommodations are steeper. November is excellent if you want to savor all that Maui has to offer without breaking the bank.

Maui is a beautiful place to visit year around, but you may find that November provides for a more serene and relaxing vacation. Let's enumerate the advantages of coming to Valley Isle in November.

1. Cheaper rates

One of the perks of coming to Maui in the off-peak season is the price drop. The decline in visitors leads to lower prices for airfare, car rentals, and hotel rooms. Businesses offer discounts and promos to entice more guest bookings. Some companies collaborate and offer joint packages of their services, such as accommodation plus activities, to pull up their sales.   

If you're planning to vacation on a budget, coming to Maui in November lets, you enjoy the best deals. Start searching online now.

2. Avoid the crowds

Younger and college kids often vacation to Maui to surf, dive, and party. If you're craving a more peaceful and laid-back vacation, coming to Maui in November, when most students would be back in school, would be right for you.

At this time of the year, places are less busy, which makes strolling along the beach and sightseeing more pleasant. The relative lack of crowd also means less traffic and lines in the popular tourist spots. Fewer cars on the road also make the trips to the Road to Hana less hectic and allow for better views of this incredible, scenic route. With less competition, it is also faster to schedule trips and tours, such as a scenic zipline tour or a tour to watch the sunrise at Haleakala National Park, which is typically challenging to book.

3. Cooler temperature

One of the reasons tourists flock to Maui is the warm tropical climate which allows them to hit the beach and soak up the sun. In November, Maui's weather cools down a little into more relaxing tropical weather. While November brings some rain, the milder weather remains perfect for sunbathing and enjoying the many water activities offered in the summer, such as snorkeling and surfing.

If you want to enjoy the typical Maui summer activities in cooler weather with the Pacific Ocean still calm and pleasant, come in November.

4. Access to the following activities:

Made in Maui County Festival

The 9th Annual Hawaiian Airlines Made in Maui County Festival is one of Maui's top annual events. This significant event, joined by over 140 local vendors, aims to promote the county's culture, art, fashion, food, and local produce. Get to join this festival held on November 4 and 5 this year at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. The entrance ticket costs $5, and the Special Shopper Preview ticket goes for $35.

Hula O Nā Keiki Festival

Hula O Nā Keiki is the Children's Hula Competition for children ages 5 to 17. It is celebrated yearly to instill in each participant an appreciation and deeper understanding of their Hawaiian ancestors and heritage. Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel will be hosting the 30th-anniversary celebration of Hula O Nā Keiki. The 3-day festival will be held from November 10-12. Coming to Maui within these dates and joining the Hula O Nā Keiki gives you an excellent opportunity to learn the significance of hula to Hawaiian culture.

Sun Yat-Sen Festival

Join Lahaina as they celebrate Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, the father of modern China. The annual event features exhibits, film tributes, cultural activities, calligraphy, and Chinese Martial Arts demonstrations. Learn more about modern China as you take part in the festivities on November 18 and 19. Get your tickets at $35 for adults and $10 for students.

Turkey Trot

Celebrate your Thanksgiving on a tropical island this year with your family and join the Turkey Trot. The Turkey Trot is a unique 8-mile race hosted by VIRR every Thanksgiving, November 24, in Kula at Rice Park. In this race, it is not the first to finish that wins; the winner is the one who gave the closest guess to their finishing time. Participate in the event and help by donating non-perishable food items to Maui's Food Bank.

Aside from these festivals, you may also enjoy the numerous summer water activities, as most are available in November. You may go snorkeling, diving, or parasailing. You may also go surfing or watch the world's best surfers as they ride the waves on Oahu's North Shore. In the latter part of the month, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of majestic humpback whales as they migrate to Hawaii each winter.

Going on a vacation in Maui in November gets you the best deals and access to almost the same summer activities, minus the stress and traffic from large crowds. Savor the best this tropical paradise has to offer by coming in November.

Posted in Maui Information
Oct. 14, 2022

Enjoy Kula Country Farms Pumpkin Patch This Fall!

Maui, the second largest island in the state of Hawaii, is known for its sandy beaches, various water activities, and breathtaking scenery. While the island draws in most of its tourists in the summer, Maui is equally charming in the fall, especially in the district of Kula in upcountry Maui. 

Kula Country Farms

Photo by Josef Erlemann

Kula is a quaint area on the slopes of the East Maui Volcano, Haleakala. Its fertile volcanic soil makes it conducive to growing various crops and raising animals. One of the renowned farms in the vicinity is Kula Country Farms.

Kula Country Farms has been owned and operated by the Monden ‘ohana for four generations. The farm grows a wide variety of produce in the food safety certified farm. They are famous for their strawberries, onions, blueberries, and other crops.

In the fall, the farm comes alive with the bounty of the harvest season. For the entire month of October, guests can enjoy Kula Country Farms Pumpkin Patch! As soon as you enter the farm, you will be greeted by huge mounds of pumpkins, squash, and gourds of different types, colors, and sizes. They have all varieties of pumpkins and squashes for different kinds of cooking. You are sure to find the pumpkin or squash you desire. Kula Country Farms Pumpkin Patch lets you celebrate the fall season in a tropical paradise. The farm also offers a selection of carving kits and fun accessories so you can craft your Halloween pumpkin!

Once you have had your fill of the Pumpkin Patch, you may visit the children’s gardens, farm animals, and sunflower farm. If you go hungry during your weekday visit, you may purchase snacks and Kula Country Farm’s famous Strawberry Iced Tea. When you decide to come on a weekend, expect more guests and food options.

Kula Country Farms Pumpkin Patch operates from 9 am to 4 pm. The entrance fee is $5 per person, but children ages three and below are welcome for free. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the entire farm and bring home an assortment of fresh produce. Hurry and enjoy the spirit of fall at Kula Country Farms today until October 31st! 

Posted in Area, Maui Information
July 6, 2022

More about Wailea

Hawaiian legend has it that the Hawaiian goddess of canoe builders, Lea, transformed into a forest bird and would fly over the shores of this amazingly beautiful coast. Eventually, locals named the area Wailea, which means “water of lea.” 

Wailea’s 1,500 acres of land are bordered by majestic mountains and the Pacific Ocean. In ancient times, Hawaiians lived and planted sweet potatoes on the slopes of the mountains, Haleakala mauka. Then they would venture to the Pacific Ocean shores to fish for food. The Great Mahele land redistribution, proposed by King Kamehameha III in the 1830s and enacted in 1848, initiated the development of these slopes as a cattle-raising area which led to the eventual formation of the Ulupalakua Ranch

During World War II, the shores of Wailea served as a training area for the Marines in the Pacific Theater. After the war, Matson Navigation Company purchased the 1,500-acre of land with a plan to expand their hotel operations in Maui. Before any development happened, Matson was acquired by Alexander & Baldwin. In 1971, Alexander & Baldwin partnered with Northwest Mutual Life Insurance Company of Milwaukee to create the Wailea Development Company and began developing the land.

Today, Wailea is a well-known luxurious resort community in Hawaii. It is located in South Maui, around 30 minutes away from Kahului Airport. The area is landscaped by stunning beaches, championship-caliber golf courses, high-class restaurants, and up-class resorts and residences. Wailea’s amenities allow visitors and residents a sense of privacy, serenity, and freedom. 

There are six major resort hotels in Wailea, such as the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea and Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. Aside from premium hotel resorts, the community also offers exquisite homes and condominiums. All of these have an amazing view of the beaches and mountains.

With 1.5 miles of shoreline, Wailea is the home of many stellar beaches, such as Keawakapu Beach and Makena Beach State Park. The area’s signature beaches are Wailea Beach, voted in 1999 as “America’s Best Beach”, and Polo Beach, an excellent swimming and snorkeling spot.

For those in the mood for shopping, The Shops at Wailea is another perfect place to visit. It is the only place in Maui that houses luxury boutiques such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, St. John, Coach, and Baron & Leeds. The Shops at Wailea is also the perfect place to check out island-style fashion, art galleries, jewelry stores, restaurants, and entertainment. 

Wailea’s beautiful topography, coupled with the vast number of fun-filled activities it offers, has made it one of the most popular destinations in Hawaii. It is also the prime residential choice for people who want to savor island life in luxury. The premium neighborhoods in Wailea are Wailea Golf Vistas, Wailea Golf Estates, Wailea Highlands, Wailea Pualani, Wailea Beach Villas, and Maluhia at Wailea.

Wailea Golf Vistas

Wailea Golf Vistas is a small gated subdivision surrounded by the Wailea Blue Golf Course. It consists of 34 home sites on a 17-acre development. The lot sizes in the area range from 11,000 to 18,000 square feet. Wailea Golf Vistas homes sell for premium prices due to their excellent location, amazing ocean views, and access to other amenities of the Wailea Resort. This area makes for an excellent home or property investment.

Wailea Golf Estates

Wailea Golf Estates offers residents privacy in a gated neighborhood located on the Wailea Blue Golf Course. It consists of 60 homesites on a 30-acre development. Lots in this area range in size from 12,000 to 20,000 square feet. Located in the heart of Wailea Resort, Wailea Golf Estate homes have easy access to all amenities and an excellent ocean view. Properties in the neighborhood tend to fetch premium prices.

Wailea Highlands

Wailea Highlands is located just below the Hotel Wailea and is bordered by the Wailea Blue Golf course. The 14.5-acre development has 24 lots. It is the smallest gated neighborhood in Wailea but has the biggest land cuts. Lots range in size between 20,000 to 30,000 square feet. The West Maui Mountains and the islands of Molokini and Lanai are all visible from many of the lots. It is also near three of Wailea’s most renowned golf courses and several high-class hotels. It has seen the highest-priced non-oceanfront home sales in the resort. 

Wailea Pualani

Wailea Pualani offers some of the most luxurious homesites in Maui. The area has a private 2.5-acre park with an excellent view of the Pacific Ocean. This 32-acre development has more than 90 lots, all within a few minutes' drive to Shops at Wailea, world-class restaurants, and famed resorts and beaches. It is also within a 10-minute drive from Kihei, where schools, businesses, and restaurants are located.

Wailea Beach Villas

Wailea Beach Villas has become the premier property in Maui. It is located in front of the world-famous Wailea beach, next to the Grand Wailea and The Shop at Wailea. The 10-acre development has 99 villas with options between 2 bedroom/2 bathroom and three-bedroom/3.5 bathroom units. Concierge services, valet, a fitness center, conference room, entertainment lounges, gated entry, and on-site security are among the many top amenities of the development.

Maluhia at Wailea

Maluhia at Wailea is the only gated, beach-front, single-family community in the area. There are a total of 14 lots, 5 of which are oceanfront close to an acre each, and nine non-oceanfront parcels close to half an acre each. Each home has a pool. Its stellar location allows easy access to the beach and gives a panoramic ocean view.  

Wailea is an amazing place to live with the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean on one side and the refreshing green color of the mountains on the other. If you are looking to buy or sell a property in this community, Maui Property can help you. Our team has a wealth of knowledge in dealing with real estate in Wailea. You can visit our website to see the available listings. Our website allows you to save your searches and subscribe to email alerts as new listings become available. For further assistance or information, call us at 808-269-3500 or message us through our contact form.

 

Posted in Area
June 15, 2022

Top Neighborhoods in Lahaina, HI You NEED To Know About

Hawaii is the only state in the US that is located in the tropics. It is famous for its beautiful sandy beaches, lush forests, and majestic volcanoes. This alluring paradise attracts thousands of tourists, especially in the summer. The vibrant colors, warm weather, and laid-back lifestyle have captured the hearts of many who have decided to make Hawaii their home. One of the premium communities in the state is Lahaina.

Lahaina is more fondly known as the “Heart of West Maui.”  It was considered the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii during the reign of King Kamehameha. This town was also a major whaling center in the mid-1800s. It has several historic landmarks, such as the Lahaina Smokestack, a heritage site from the former booming sugar industry, and Front Street, known for amazing art galleries and delicious food. Lahaina was once also a popular port of call for many sailors, influencing the development of diverse cultures and contributing to the area's thriving history. Its deep and rich history has earned Lahaina a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lahaina is one of the top places in Hawaii for ocean activities, shopping, dining, events, and nightlife. It is a perfect place to live as it offers the perfect blend of urban and rural life, and everything you need is within reach. There are many residential communities in Lahaina. The top neighborhoods now are Kaanapali Golf Estates, Kahana, Kapalua, Montage Kapalua Bay, Napili, North Kaanapali Beach, Olowalu, Pineapple Hill, and Puunoa.

Kaanapali Golf Estates

Kaanapali Golf Estates is one of Kaanapali’s prestigious residential communities. It has two world-class championship courses, making it perfect for golf enthusiasts. Being adjacent to the famous Kaanapali beach allows most homes to have a wonderful view of the Pacific Ocean and beautiful sunsets.

Kaanapali Golf Estates has gated entries, common landscaped roadways, underground utilities, and strict architectural and urban design guidelines to protect the integrity of this premier residential community. It is the ideal home for people who enjoy the Hawaiian landscape and other luxury conveniences.

Kahana

Kahana is a beautiful beachfront community along the stretch of picturesque coastlines in Northwest Maui. It boasts a premier location on one of Maui's most famous bays, Hale Napili. This neighborhood offers some of the best spots for families to frolic, snorkel, and relax. From the coasts of Kahana, people can view the distant islands of Lanai and Molokai. In winter, this area is a perfect place to spot humpback whales.

People wanting to live in Kahana have options from different waterfront homes, local neighborhoods, and many oceanfront condos. It is conveniently located near golf courses, sandy beaches, parks, and recreational areas. This neighborhood also has many restaurants, schools, and shopping outlets, making it an excellent choice for those who want to savor the best island life.

Kapalua

Kapalua, which means ‘arms embracing the sea’, is home to one of the best resort residences in Maui. It is located at the foot of the majestic West Maui Mountains, Kahalawai. Kapalua’s breathtaking coast is graced with five bays and three white beaches, all of which are as equally as picturesque as the other.

Kapalua boasts of trails of pre-historic lava rivers leading to volcanic peaks. It also has marine sanctuaries and caves that are bejeweled with stalactite and stalagmite formations. It is the ideal place to enjoy fun-filled ocean activities for all fitness levels and ages. The Kapalua Wine and Food Festival, held every June, makes it an annual destination for food lovers too.  This neighborhood takes pride in having two championship golf courses, The Bay Course and The Plantation Course, where members and guests could tee off and take in the ocean-mountain wonder that is Kapalua.

Montage Kapalua Bay

Montage Kapalua Bay is one of Hawaii's finest resort communities. Nestled along Maui's breathtaking northwest shore, this neighborhood overlooks the white sandy crescent Kapalua Bay with a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean and the islands of Molokai and Lanai.

Montage Kapalua Bay, located within Kapalua Resort, has access to two championship-grade golf courses, amazing hiking trails, and numerous ocean activities.  Combining an unrivaled location, expansive floor plans, and Montage services results in truly stress-free resort living.

Napili

Napili, named after the pili grasses that were once abundant in the area, is a small beach town famous for its quiet Hawaiian charm. This quaint resort-style community is one of Maui's most unassuming hidden gems, best known for its spectacular beaches and oceanfront properties. It is home to many amenities and conveniences such as shopping outlets, cultural landmarks, restaurants, world-renowned golf resorts, museums, and more. This neighborhood has all you need to enjoy island life.

North Kaanapali Beach

Kaanapali Beach is famous for its turquoise water and white sand. It is marked by Black Rock, a long dark lava flow that reaches several hundred feet into the water. Kaanapali Beach is separated into two areas - north and south, as demarcated by the Black Rock.

North Kaanapali Beach has a more peaceful vibe. The surprisingly uncrowded beach is one of the most sought-after places on the island. It is also known to be an excellent place to go snorkeling and cliff-diving. There have also been reports of sea turtle sightings in the area.

Olowalu

Olowalu, also known as Turtle Reef, is a community on the west side of the island of Maui. As the name suggests, the place is home to one of Hawaii’s most unique ocean reef systems and marine life.

Olowalu is a great place to enjoy ocean activities due to its calm and clear water. Children can safely enjoy half a mile of shallow, protected shoreline. Olowalu also has a rare manta ray cleaning station and a black tip reef shark nursery. This is the best neighborhood for people and families who simply love coming up close and personal to all forms of marine life.

Pineapple Hill

Pineapple Hill, located on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains near the famed Kapalua Bay golf course, offers spacious lots with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Located in Kapalua Resort, residents have access to the different amenities they provide, such as the pool, tennis courts, and entertainment areas. Fine dining, championship-grade golf, and some of Maui's most beautiful beaches are just minutes away. Pineapple Hill is an excellent neighborhood choice for those dreaming of a life on the island with a bit of luxury.

Puunoa

The Puunoa Beach Estates is a beachfront gated community located just steps from the sand on Lahaina's famous "Baby Beach."With only ten condos on the property, this secluded enclave provides an unrivaled level of privacy and exclusivity among West Maui beachfront accommodations. Perfect for the people who prefer to enjoy luxurious yet serene island life.

Lahaina offers a wealth of choices for residence. Maui Property has a wealth of knowledge about dealing with properties in the area. We are committed to providing top-notch services so you can easily purchase or sell a property. Our experienced team of realtors is more than capable of ensuring that real estate dealings in the area go smoothly.

 

For more information about the available properties in the neighborhoods of Lahaina, visit our website or give us a call at (808) 269 3500. Let Maui Property walk you through the steps as you fulfill your ideal life in paradise.

Posted in Area
Feb. 8, 2022

The Ultimate Neighborhood Guide to Kula, HI with Maps! [2022 Edition]

Kula is the largest of the three districts in Upcountry Maui. It is located on the western slope of the dormant volcano-Mount Haleakala. Kula's rolling terrain of mineral-rich volcanic soil and its temperate climate makes the region ideal for farming and ranching.

Kula is home to three large ranches -Haleakala Ranch, Kaonoulu Ranch, Ulupalakua Ranch. The vast land is also known for its gardens, flower farms, goat dairy farm, coffee plantation, and sweet Maui onions. Kula Town is sprinkled with a few artsy stores selling local products and several cute cafes and restaurants.

Kula is the ideal town for those looking to enjoy the scenic view of the islands of Maui without the hot, humid climate. Its rural vibe and mild temperature make Kula the go-to place for many full-time residents and visitors looking to escape the busy beach crowd. Here are a few things you need to know if you are considering moving to Kula Town.

Climate

The higher elevation coupled with the movement of the trade winds makes the temperature in Kula Town cool. In fact, it was named as the coolest place in Hawaii by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration because it has the lowest average annual temperature in the state (average temperature of 55.7 °F).

Summer High: the July high is around 75 °F

Winter Low: the January low is 53 °F

Rain: averages 30 inches of rain a year

Snow: averages 0 inches of snow a year

*Source: https://www.bestplaces.net/climate/city/hawaii/kula

Cost of Living

Kula is a prime location with a total population of 6,942. According to this report, the cost of living in this district is at 194.2 index compared to the US average of 100. The median household income is $93,058, and the median home value is $927,409.

The heavenly beauty of Kula town comes with a price. If you have the financial capacity, this could mean that properties here are also a worthy investment.

Points of Interest in Kula

Kula’s geographical location makes every part of this town a wonderful place to visit. Almost all destinations in Kula offer a panoramic view of the sea, mountains, and sky. Listed below are just a few of the places worth touring in Kula.

Historical Landmarks

Holy Ghost Catholic Church

Address:            4300 Lower Kula Rd, Kula, HI 96790

Contact Number: (808) 878-1091

Website:            https://www.kulacatholiccommunity.org/

Also known as Holy Ghost Mission, Holy Ghost Catholic Church is the historic octagon-shaped Roman Catholic church building in the Kula district which can be seen from the shores of South Maui. It was built in 1894 as a gift of the king and queen of Portugal to the Portuguese plantation workers. Aside from mass service, weddings, baptism, and religious education, the church also has a gift shop. If you come during the Feast of the Holy Ghost, you will be able to witness a three-day festival.

St. John’s Episcopal Church

Address: 8992 Kula Hwy, Kula, HI 96790

Operating Hours:  Opens 10 AM

Contact Number:  (808) 878-1485

 Website:            https://www.stjohnsmaui.org/

 

Kula Botanical Garden

Address:            638 Kekaulike Ave, Kula, HI 96790

Operating Hours:  Daily 9 AM-4 PM

Contact Number:  (808) 878-1715

Entrance Fee:        $10.00 for adult / $3.00 for children ages 6-12 years old / 

Free for children under six years old

Kula Botanical Garden is an eight-hectare family-owned botanical garden located on the slopes of Haleakala. It has a collection of hundreds of colorful and unique plants labeled with their botanical name, common name, and country of origin. The garden also has impressive rock formations, waterfalls, a koi pond, an aviary, and a tiki exhibit.

Kula Botanical Garden offers snacks, restrooms, and a comfortable deck with a scenic view. There is also a gift shop that sells assorted local items.

Harold Rice Park

Address:            5700 Kula Hwy, Kula, HI 96790       

Contact Number:  (808) 572-1836 / +1 808 572-8122

Email:                Alvin.Kametani@co.maui.hs.us

This 3.8-acre park in upcountry Maui was named after Maui's former chairman Harold W. Rice. The park has a sweeping view of the West Maui mountains and coastline. The cool breeze paired with the amazing view makes Harold Rice Park a nice stop-over or picnic place.

Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm

Address:            1100 Waipoli Rd, Kula, HI 96790

Operating Hours:  Friday – Monday   10 AM – 4 PM

Contact Number:  (808) 878-3004

Website:                https://www.aliikulalavender.com/ 

Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm was created by Ali'I Chang on 13.5 acres and is roughly 4,000 feet above sea level. Though not native to Maui, Ali'i was able to cultivate approximately 55,000 lavender plants with 20 different varieties. The beautiful lavender farm is still open even after Ali'I's passing in 2011. The farm has a gift shop on location from which you can purchase different lavender products, including lavender-infused tea and biscuits.

Kēōkea Beach Park

Address:            218 Lower Kula Rd, Kula, HI 96790

Operating Hours:  Daily 7 AM – 7 PM

Contact Number:  (808) 572-8122 

Keokea Beach Park is a hidden gem visited mainly by the locals. The beach is well maintained but too rough and not suitable for swimming. It is, however, a wonderful spot to pass the time while having a picnic and watching the waves and surfers.

Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Park

Address:            13434 Kula Hwy, Kula, HI 96790

Operating Hours:  24 Hours

Contact Number:  (808) 572-8122 

Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Park is a small roadside park in Keokea built in Memory of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, known as the father of modern China. Today the park features a bronze statue of Yat-Sen and a few other memorial statues. The view of the sunset is spectacular from this park.

Stores / Marketplaces

Morihara Store

Address:            4581 Lower Kula Rd, Kula, HI 96790

Operating Hours:  Daily 7 AM – 7 PM

Contact Number:  (808) 878-2578 

Morihara Store is a long-standing grocery that offers a variety of hot food, local fruits, produce, and meats, among other grocery items.

Kula Marketplace

Address:         15200 Haleakala Hwy, Kula, HI 96790

Operating Hours:  Friday – Tuesday  9 AM – 5 PM

Contact Number:  (808) 878-2135

Email:                   manager@kulamarketplace.com

Kula Marketplace is a local shop that sells a wide variety of local products from local people and artists. Their products include food, jewelry, ornaments, and more from over 200 local vendors.

Kula Country Farms

Address:              6240 Kula Hwy, Kula, HI 96790

Operating Hours:  Monday – Saturday  9 AM – 4 PM

Contact Number:  (808) 878-8381

Website:            https://kulacountryfarmsmaui.com/

Kula Country Farms is a farm that supplies local stores. They also have their own farm stand across Rice Park, where they sell 100% fresh local produce, food, gifts, and more.

Henry S. Fong’s General  Store

Address:              9226 Kula Hwy, Kula, HI 96790

Operating Hours:  Daily  9 AM – 6 PM

Contact Number: (808) 878-1525 

Henry S. Fong’s General Store was established in the 1940s by Henry S. Fong. It used to run a theater in 1936. The small store looks the same as it did in the 1940s.

Accommodations & Dining

Kula Lodge & Restaurant

Address:               15200 Haleakala Hwy, Kula, HI 96790

Operating Hours:  Tuesday – Friday 9 AM – 2:30 PM  /  Saturday – Monday 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Contact Number:  (808) 878-1535

Website:                https://kulalodge.com/ 

Built on the slope of Mount Haleakala, Kula Lodge & Restaurant provides a breathtaking view of the mountains and the shores. It has a lodge restaurant and bar, garden terrace restaurant, and five vacation lodges.

The food at Kula Lodge Restaurant is known to be excellent. The brick oven pizza is one of their best sellers. At this restaurant, you can enjoy dining with a majestic view of the sky, shores, and mountain greens.

Kula Sandalwoods Café & Cottages

Address:            15427 Haleakala Hwy, Kula, HI 96790

Operating Hours:  Café:  Friday to Sunday 7:30 AM – 12 PM  

                            Monday to Thursday 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

                            Cottages Check-in Time: 6 PM / Check-out Time: 10 AM

Contact Number:  (808) 878-3523

Website:                https://kulasandalwoods.com/

Email:                   info@kulasandalwoods.com 

Kula Sandalwoods Café & Cottages is a low-key budget inn with a café. They have three cottages, each with a private toilet and bath. There is also a café on site which serves complimentary coffee and homemade breakfast to checked-in guests. Visitors can access the gazebo & terrace to view the ocean.

Restaurants & Cafés

La Provence

Address:               3158 Lower Kula Rd, Kula, HI 96790

Operating Hours:  Wednesday – Sunday 8 AM – 2 PM 

Contact Number:  (808) 878-1313

La Provence is a pastry shop and restaurant that serves authentic French cuisine and pastries. This restaurant allows a full outdoor dining set-up where one can eat while enjoying the majestic view from the mountains.

 

Kula Bistro

Address:            4566 Lower Kula Rd, Kula, HI 96790

Operating Hours: Daily  7:30 AM – 10:15 AM / 11 AM – 8 PM 

Contact Number:  (808) 871-2960

Website:               http://kulabistro.com/

Kula Bistro is a casual family-style restaurant that serves home-style food with an Italian flair. It is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They serve local favorites, pizza, and pasta and allow you to BYOB.

Grandma’s Coffee Shop

Address:            9232 Kula Hwy, Kula, HI 96790

Operating Hours:  Friday to Thursday  7 AM –2 PM

Contact Number:  (808) 878-2140

Website:                https://www.grandmascoffeehousemaui.com/

Grandma's Coffee Shop was opened in 1918. It is housed in a rustic plantation-style cottage. They serve gourmet Arabica coffee, which is organically grown and manually processed at their own farm. Their coffee is one of Hawaii's premier gourmet coffees and is available on a limited basis. Aside from their wonderful coffee concoctions, they also serve breakfast and lunch.

Maui Wine

Address:               14815 Piilani Hwy, Kula, HI 96790

Operating Hours:  Tuesday to Sunday  11 AM – 5 PM

Contact Number:  (808) 878-6058

Website:                https://mauiwine.com/

Maui Wine is set on 23 acres of south-facing Maui countryside. Their wine-making facilities, rooms, and cellar are all from the buildings of the former Rose Ranch. They make wine out of 6 grape varieties: Syrah, Malbec, Grenache, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, and Gewurztraminer which are farmed at Ulupalakua Ranch. They also make wine out of Maui Gold variety pineapples to promote them. Their farm is open to visitors and wine enthusiasts looking to purchase wines.

Ulupalakua Ranch Store & Grill

Address:            4800 Piilani Hwy, Kula, HI 96790

Operating Hours:  Tuesday to Sunday  11 AM – 5 PM

Contact Number:  (808) 878-2561

Website:                http://ulupalakuaranch.com/

Ulupalakua Ranch Store and Grill offers burgers made from beef, lamb, elk, and venison from their own farm. They are known to serve one of the best burgers on the island. They use local fresh fruit and produce. Aside from their freshly prepared food, they also have other locally made gift items for sale.

Farms

O’o Farm

Address:               651 Waipoli Rd, Kula, HI 96790

Operating Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5 PM 

Contact Number:  (808) 856-0965

O'o Farm is an 8.5 hectare diversified sustainable farm in Upcountry Maui. Their tours should be booked in advance. While on tour, you may pick vegetables that can be used in the gourmet meals they will serve to you. O'o Farm supplies its produce to many stores and restaurants all over Maui. Coming here is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Shim Farm

Address:            625 Middle Rd, Kula, HI 96790

Operating Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 3 PM 

Contact Number:  (808) 876-0055

Website:               http://www.shimfarmtour.com/

Shim Farm is located in Kula’s rustic Chinatown area. One may book a tour to experience the farm’s coffee, protea, and botanical farm.

Surfing Goat Dairy

Address:            3651 Omaopio Rd, Kula, HI 96790

Operating Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM 

Contact Number:  (808) 878-2870

Website:                https://www.surfinggoatdairy.com/

Surfing Goat Dairy was established in 1998 by Thomas and Eva Kafsack. They produce more than two dozen kinds of goat's cheeses and have won 18 national awards for cheese. They offer farm tours for small groups where children and adults can pet and interact with the dairy goats.

Haleakala Creamery

Address:            170 Hoomaikai Pl, Kula, HI 96790

Operating Hours:  Reservation only tour Friday 9:30 AM

Contact Number:  (808) 756-3958           

Website:                https://www.haleakalacreamery.com/

Heleakala Creamery is a privately owned dairy goat farm built on a five acre property on the slopes of Haleakala. They are known for their "Goatlato" ice cream, chevre, and goat milk caramel sauces sold through local stores and online. They offer a 75-minute "Farm-to-Spoon" reservation-only tour every Friday where one can interact and milk the goats as well as see how their caramel sauces are made. The tour is finished off with food tasting of the fresh cheese, "Goatlatto" ice cream, and rich caramel sauces.

Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery

Address:               4051 Omaopio Rd, Kula, HI 96790

Operating Hours:  Daily  11:30 AM – 7 PM

Contact Number:  (808) 877-0009           

Website:                https://oceanvodka.com/

Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery was started by Shay Smith and his family in 2004. They use sugarcane farmed organically and deep ocean water in their distilled spirits. When their family business started growing, they collaborated with industry experts in farming, distilling, and business operations.

Currently, their business includes the production of award-winning distilled spirits, giving guided tours in their farm & distillery, café, and local wine store. 

Kula's elevated location allows an unobstructed breathtaking view of both the shorelines and the West Maui Mountain. It has the ideal cool weather, access to fresh meat and produce at the farmer's markets, and is still relatively near the beaches but far enough to escape the busy tourist crowd. The town also offers many unique places to visit and enjoy. Kula draws in people who enjoy their privacy and the community's laid-back rural vibe.

If you are interested in acquiring or selling property in Kula, let our team assist you. With Kula as one of our team’s specialties, you can rest assured that you get the best guidance in all your real estate property dealings in the area. Our team is committed to making the buying and selling of real estate in Kula, Upcountry Maui, a pleasurable and rewarding experience. Don't miss this chance and get in touch with us today. Our Maui Property website makes it easy to navigate through all active homes, condos, and land parcels available in the area.

 

 

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Dec. 7, 2021

8 Reasons To Consider Condo Living in Kihei, Maui in 2022

 

If you want a change in scenery in the coming new year, you might want to consider in moving to Kihei, Maui. 

If you have been to Kihei, one of your first impressions might have been something along the lines of “I want to move here one day!” and we can’t blame you because Kihei is the home of world-class beaches. 

If you think island life is for you and you want to be a local and not just a mere tourist, here are a few things you might want to know when it comes to condo living in Kihei, Maui.

Interest rates are currently low. We all know that property rates are continuing to appreciate over time. That’s why the best time to invest in a condo is now. If you want to have more assets, a condo on the island would be a great investment. You have to keep in mind that investing always involves risks, but calculated risks can really pay off, and the market indicates that now is a good time to purchase property in Maui. 

There are many options - from studio units to spacious units. Budget is always a huge factor when choosing a place to live in, and you don’t have to worry about finding the right condo for you because Kihei offers a wide range of options. Kihei has both affordable studio units as well as luxurious and spacious units. 

Location. Almost all residential places love to put “5 minutes away from the beach!”, but Kihei locals know that everywhere truly is only 5 minutes away from the beach. Location-wise, Kihei has grocery stores, restaurants, etc., nearby. Basically, everything you need to live is within reach.

Convenience - in terms of the island’s beauty. Convenience may actually be both a pro and a con on this island. Wherever you choose to stay is already beautiful enough, but that should not stop you from exploring the whole island. You might be too content to go for a drive to other places on the island because you already have it where you are, but trust us when we say that every site is a different experience. 

The island vibe. The smell of the ocean breeze, the sound of the waves crashing, and the feeling of sand on your feet are all things that we covet and are part of the Kihei experience. Kihei has an overall laidback and relaxed feel in many ways. The locals, in particular, contribute to this feeling with the way they dress and interact with each other, and almost everyone knows someone on this island!

The weather. If you hate unpredictable weather, you will love it here. Summer and winter are not on extreme ends here. The sun shines most days in Kihei, and there is very little rain.

The suburbs are a go-to place. Since many homeowners are still working from home, you might want to consider changing your environment while you work from home. The suburban real estate market will likely remain a hot commodity until next year (and who knows until when). If you are considering a greater quality of life, then Kihei is ready to give it to you. 

There is still so much more that the island can offer, but of course, we all have our personal preferences when it comes to choosing our residential place. 

Let Maui Property guide you through the steps towards moving into condo life on the island. You can browse through the selection of available listings by heading to our website

For further assistance or information, contact us via (808) 217-8832 or through our website.

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Nov. 17, 2021

Top 10 Things to Consider in Moving to Paia, HI

 

Paia is situated on Maui's North Shore, at the doorstep of the famed scenic route Road to Hana, the crown-jewel of Hawaii driving tours. Included on Fodor's exclusive list of “America’s Best Small Towns”, this low-key, ocean-side community is generally regarded as the world’s best destination for both windsurfing and surfing.

But this quaint and unassuming gem of a community has more to offer other than top-tier water adventures. Here’s a list of the top ten things to do in Paia to fully experience all the charms this little corner of the world has to offer.

Fall in love with its beaches.

A short stroll from town will lead you to the vanishing Baldwin Cove, the long and white sand beach of Baldwin Beach Park, the picnic-friendly Paia Bay, and Baby Beach, so-called because its lagoon is protected from the big waves, making it child-friendly.

A short drive away are the local favorite Tavares Beach for snorkeling and swimming and Ho’okipa Beach Park, widely known as the windsurfing capital of the world.

Experience some of the world's best windsurfing and surfing at Jaws.

The surfing and windsurfing at Jaws are not just for the brave souls who take on the biggest waves and ride the strongest winds. These forces of nature are a sight to behold for spectators too. The Ho’okipa Lookout graces you with a great vantage point from which you could witness surfers trying to conquer the Jaws Surf Break and windsurfers catching the heavy Pacific winds on their sails.

Visit Twin Falls.

Traversing a short trail will reward you with a freshwater pool where you may refresh yourself, or if you are adventurous enough, you may even cliff dive. Twin Falls is the perfect spot for that quintessential Hawaiian jungle photo.

Board a Helicopter Tour.

Enjoy an aerial view of Maui’s North Coast, including the rainforest, the big waves of Haiku, and the scenic Road to Hana.

Indulge in Paia’s gastronomic delights.

Paia has managed to avoid that pitfall common to most resort towns of being littered with overpriced tourist traps. It has many note-worthy and reasonably priced food establishments that cater to all preferences. There are restaurants along the beaches that have daily menus featuring the fresh catch of the local fisherman. Paia Fish Market has casual dine-in restaurants, and some of them have the best shrimp and fish tacos on the island. In addition, Paia has remarkable Mexican and Mediterranean restaurants. Don't miss the shaved ice with locally sourced tropical fruit syrup, especially during the warmer months. You may also have the pleasure of sipping that perfect cup of local Hawaiian brew available in most town cafes.

Take on Paia’s beach town bohemian vibe.

Paia is reminiscent of a 60s California beach town. This is because in the 60s and 70s, hippies drawn by the climate, the waves, and the back to nature lifestyle set down roots and called Paia home. Present-day Paia still exudes that free-spirit vibe as it is still largely populated by a diverse mix of like-minded people.

Wander and shop at Paia’s boutiques.

The town has an eclectic selection of interesting and affordable shops. From beachwear, island-inspired clothing, Hawaiian-themed gifts, souvenirs, and curios to uniquely crafted pieces of trinkets and jewelry.

Take an interest in local history and culture.

Paia is a story of a town that had to rebuild itself with the resilient spirit of the community. By the start of the 20th century, Paia was a bustling plantation town attracting migrants to help with the harvest. A devastating fire in the 30s and a tsunami in the 40s almost wiped out the town.

The Paian spirit shines in the traditional arts and crafts and native rituals. Not to miss are the art galleries or the Obon Ceremony, amongst many other cultural experiences.

Pamper yourself with the Makawao spa experience.

Treat yourself with a facial, foot bath, massage, or a heavenly spa treatment. Traditional Hawaiian methods and concoctions like coconut milk and honey are used to make it a uniquely tropical paradise experience.

Get into the healthy lifestyle.

Paia is the place to harmonize and reconnect your body and spirit. There are three yoga studios for practitioners and beginners alike.  Paia is home to the best natural foods store on the island too. Access to healthy options will encourage you to make the right lifestyle choices! 

Paia, HI has so much to offer to tourists and people who are considering moving here. From colorful storefronts and great restaurants to the friendliest people. Paia also has an artistic community with galleries proudly featuring local artists.

If you’re looking to buy a property in Paia, HI, our team here at Maui Property can assist you. We will make the process hassle-free for. We will guide you through the steps or you can browse through the selection of available listings on our website.

Call Maui Property at (808) 217-8832 or drop us an email at updates@mauiproperty.com.

Posted in Area
Oct. 18, 2021

The Complete Guide to Moving To and Living in Wailea, HI

With its stunning beaches, world-class golf courses, and beautiful sceneries, it's no surprise that Wailea has enthralled residents and visitors with its promise of luxe and pristine island living. 

wailea beach

This upscale resort community in South Maui covers 1,500 acres of land with staggering ocean views. The standard for quality is superb with its strong leadership and active community association. The area exudes a sense of privacy, serenity, and freedom spread across an area three times the size of Waikiki. 

If you're at a crossroads and deciding whether Wailea is the best place for you to move into, there are a few things you should know!

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Sept. 15, 2021

Everything You Need to Know About Life in Kihei

 

Located on the southwest shore of Maui, Kihei is a sprawling beachfront town that offers visitors, residents, and locals a balance of everything expected living in an island town. Only a short drive from Wailea, Makena, and central Maui, this place gives access to wonderful city life while providing the simplicity and charm of rural life. 

 

Known for its easy-going vibe, numerous beaches, and budget-friendly options, it has made it a sought-after choice for those looking to settle in Hawaii. For potential property owners, there are many real estate options to choose from—including starter homes, up-and-coming condominiums, and even some of the most luxurious getaways on the island.

 

However, before settling in Kihei, there are a few things you should consider. Moving to an entirely new place may be daunting, but this article is intended to guide you on if living in Kihei, Maui is right for you!

 

Climate

 

Kihei has a tropical climate, meaning you can expect sunshine almost all year round. Temperatures range between the lower 70s to upper 80s degrees Fahrenheit on average but can dip to the low 60s come winter. As for rain, Kihei produces around 10 inches of rain annually, with January being the wettest month.

 

When the trades are blowing, you can expect to see steady winds around 20-30 mph. Though this acts as a natural air conditioner for some, afternoons on the beach can result in skin irritation, painful sunburns, and other collateral damage.

Cost of Living

 

According to this report, Kihei's cost of living is 64.4% higher than the U.S. average. The median income in Kihei is around $76,000, and the median home value can go up to a staggering $700,000. So before making a move, you're highly advised to check on your financial situation and see if living in Kihei is sustainable.

 

Things To Do in Kihei

 

Why choose Kihei? The whole vibe and multitude of things you can do on this charming island!

 

It's hard to be bored here with its 6-mile easy-to-access beaches and an eclectic mish-mash of shopping, dining, and other amenities. It offers most of the things you'll need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Whatever you're looking for on Maui, you'll likely find it in Kihei.

 

  • In Kihei, you will not run out of beaches considering it has six miles of coastline with multiple beaches and oceanfront resorts lined up the South Kihei Road—from Sugar Beach (towards Maalaea) to Keawakapu Beach.
  • Kihei provides accessibility to other towns. Depending on the traffic, it can take you roughly 25 minutes to drive to the Kahului Airport. It places you within reasonable driving range to explore the North Shore, Upcountry, Iao Valley, and Maalaea attractions.  You're also a short drive away to all the big box stores where can find home building materials, toys, groceries, and other goods.
  • From fine dining to food trucks, shaved ice, and roadside Huli Huli chicken stands, Kihei offers a variety of dining options, more than any other town on the island. You won't run out of dining options here.
  • Accommodations, shopping, and dining tend to be more moderately priced here than most other visitor areas on the island. So, Kihei is that rare gem—a budget-friendly destination on Maui.
  • Did you know they hold Kihei town parties every 4th Friday of the month? This is an excellent opportunity for you to be acquainted not only with the place but its community. Enjoy a night of live music, dancing, eating, and other activities with Kihei families, friends, and loved ones..
  • Being in Kihei means getting a chance to be part of one of the most popular activities in Hawaii—a luau! Expect hula dances, Hawaiian chanting, storytelling, cultural activities, and more.
  • If you're a sunset chaser or enjoy the sky displaying beautiful works of art, then you'll be happy to choose Kihei. Perfectly positioned with a western orientation, the sunsets are breathtaking.
  • Ocean lovers can enjoy swimming, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing, and other beach & water sports. You can even schedule a snorkel whale watch if you want the chance to feast your eyes on a giant humpback whale breaching the sea's surface.  Keep in mind that water temperatures are highest in September and coolest between January and February, so plan your activities accordingly.

Other Points To Consider

 

  • If you're moving with pets, gear up for a lengthy and costly screening process since Hawaii carefully guards its ecosystem against outside threats.
  • Be prepared for the occasional run-in with roaches, snakes, spiders, and mosquitoes. It's unavoidable. Keep this in mind, especially when you're deciding on moving to Kihei.
  • Kihei can be a little crowded given its small geographical area. Traffic is manageable, but you may want to be wary of the tourists. The entire town is filled with sun-loving, avid beachgoers, and this includes both locals and tourists… so it can be a little congested, especially during peak seasons.

 

Kihei provides you with every opportunity to kickstart the island life you've always imagined. The natural beauty, proximity to an endless stretch of beaches, good weather, vast dining options, lively activities, and more make this a place you'd want to live in Maui.

With Kihei being a competitive ground for real estate properties, Maui Property has a significant foothold on amazing deals for purchasing and selling customers. Maui Property is knowledgeable when it comes to buying real estate in Kihei. Our experienced team of realtors is more than capable of ensuring that real estate closings are managed with ease.

 

We will make sure you have a pleasurable and rewarding experience in buying or selling property in the area. For more information about the available properties in the neighborhoods of Kihei, contact us here or give us a call at (808) 269-3500. There's a lot to choose from, from large complexes to individual properties to low- & mid-rise vacation condominiums. 

 

Let Maui Property walk you through the steps as you fulfill your ideal life in paradise.

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