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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.

 

 

Posted in Area, Maui Information
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.

Posted in Area, Maui Information
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 Makao 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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Posted in Area, Maui Information
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.

Posted in Area, Maui Information
Sept. 7, 2021

Living In Kihei Maui: What Is It Really Like?

Living in Kihei Maui

Nestled along the Maalaea Bay in the Hawaiian Islands, sits the tropical paradise of Kihei, Maui.  With six miles of sandy beaches offering crystal clear views of the surrounding Islands, once you arrive, you will never want to leave.  

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Posted in Maui Information
Aug. 23, 2021

Everything You Need to Know About Living in Lahaina, HI

Lahaina, HI

 

Hawaii is such a laid-back state which offers a rich yet simple life. Most locations have beautiful sandy beaches, scenic views, and tight-knit communities that make it a pleasure to live. However, some areas have an undeniable charm and calmness that makes them a prime choice. Lahaina is one of them.

 

Located on the island of Maui, Lahaina is the "Heart of West Maui." Formerly the seat of power during the reign of King Kamehameha, Lahaina offers a deep and rich history to those who live and visit the area. But before you quit your job, pack your bags, and book the first flight out to Lahaina, here are a few things you should know before settling in Lahaina!

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Posted in Maui Information
June 14, 2021

Maui Real Estate Market Is Heating Up

With an increase in buyer demand, historically low mortgage rates, and low inventory the real estate market on Maui is heating up.  In these two videos, Maui Property's Robert and Brett talk about the market and the 3 most important things you need to know when trying to buy a home in this market.  

 

Whether you're buying a home on the mainland or on Maui, these tips are useful to everyone buying real estate in today's market.

Posted in Market Updates
May 7, 2021

Listing Your Property as A Vacation Rental? Here’s What You Need To Know

Owning a rental property on one of the most beautiful islands on the planet is something most people aspire. You’ve probably seen a lot of advertisements on good family home property deals tempting potential occupants with the promise of island life. Though offering rent in Maui may be a good business approach, it’s important to know the strings attached.

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Before taking the plunge as a real estate entrepreneur, you have to arm yourself with the proper knowledge and processes to make an informed decision based on what best fits what you need. The goal of this write-up is to discuss, in detail, the rules and regulations interested individuals may encounter while pursuing these ambitions. Take note that the details below are applicable to family home vacation rentals given that a large number of condos in Maui are already allowed short-term rentals.

There are only a handful of homes around the island that qualify for a “hotel/resort” zoning. This means if a property does not have a hotel/resort zoning, a homeowner would go for either a short-term rental or bed & breakfast permit.

Check out FAQs About Short Term Vacation Rentals (STRs) and Bed and Breakfasts (B&B) in Maui County.

What are Short-Term Rental Permits?

These permits are applicable to those who want to own a second home that they vacation rent. Maui County has policies in place to regulate vacation rentals of single-family homes and agriculturally zoned estates. The process to attain this permit is strenuous and requires a lot of documentation that will be formally reviewed and will go through a public hearing with the Maui Planning Commission. Note that the County has the option to, or not to, approve the application.

Some important things to consider when acquiring short-term rental permits:

 

  • You would need to meet the requirement of owning the home for five years before applying.
  • Short-term rental permits do not transfer upon sale of the property. They would need to wait five years before being eligible to apply.
  • Cottages or ohanas, known also as accessory dwellings, may not be rented on a short-term basis.
  • There is a limit to the number of vacation rentals in a community so make sure to check the county website for details. As of today, no area in Maui has reached the maximum capacity.

What are Bed and Breakfast Permits?

Similar to short-term rental permit applications, this process does not guarantee auto-approval. In order to attain this, the homeowner must be living in the property as an occupant. All details can be found in the County’s official Ordinance No. 3611. Though you do not need to be a property owner for five years, you will still need to observe the following pointers:

  • There are caps on the number of beds and breakfasts a community can have.
  • Country ordinance prohibits the transfer of bed and breakfast permits upon a sale.
  • Bed and breakfasts on agriculturally zoned areas must require Maui Planning Commission approval.
  • B&B owners can only serve simple breakfasts since doing more would deem a separate commercial kitchen license necessary.

After everything, does it mean I can start listing my home as a vacation rental?

Though the County is the primary authority in regulating vacation rentals within a community, homeowners must also check with their homeowner’s association. Some resort communities located in subdivisions such as Wailea and Kapalua prohibit vacation rentals. Make sure that they know your plans so you can see how viable it is to push through with it.

 

Other rules you’ll also have to keep in mind is that any owner renting their property on a short-term basis ( <6 months) must register & obtain a state tax ID, have an on-island representative, and include both license and permit information in all forms of advertising.

How about taxes?

There are two state taxes on any rental income generated from either bed & breakfasts or vacation rentals. Get to know your property’s tax based on its assessed value:

  • Bed and Breakfast RateCommercial residential (plus no exemption) – $4.55 / $1,000 of assessed value
  • Short Term Rental HomesCommercial – $7.28 / $1,000 of assessed value. 
  • Vacation Rental CondominiumsHotel Resort –  $9.28 / $1,000 of assessed value

Rates are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to change. Regularly check the Maui County website for any adjustments.

Should I go for it?

All things considered, it all depends on how you want to go about it. Ask yourself what are your plans in 5, 10, 20 years? Do you see yourself permanently staying in Maui or do you want to utilize your property and make it income-generating? Both short-term rental and bed & breakfast permit acquisition is a lengthy process. For further assistance or information, get in touch with us at 808-269-3500 or via our contact form to see how we can help!

 

Posted in Maui Information
April 26, 2021

An Update on Maui County’s Long-Term Rental Exemption Program

Queries about real property tax changes classified as short-term rentals have been a topic of discussion in Maui. With that, the County is implementing that condominiums are to be classified as short-term rentals and pay taxes implied with this classification; whether or not they are being rented at all and for as long as it is permitted under Maui’s zoning laws to be rented short-term. However, if an owner rents to the same tenant for a term of at least twelve (12) consecutive months, the property will not be classed as a short-term rental.

According to the Maui County Department of Finance’s statement, starting January 1, 2022, lodging or dwelling units occupied by tenants on a long-term basis (12 consecutive months or more) without a home exemption, will be eligible for a $200,000 exemption. On another hand, real properties with a home exemption can also qualify for an additional $100,000 exemption and will be classified as owner-occupied. 

These tax exemption programs are part of the County’s elaborate plans to lessen weighty tax burdens and address the housing shortage. Creating real property tax incentives can urge property owners to grant long-term rentals to residents.

To apply, have a completed long-term rental exemption application form, and prepare a copy of your valid signed lease agreement. Send this to the County of Maui’s Department of Finance. The deadline for application is December 31, 2021. Upon qualification, exemptions and classifications will take effect at the start of 2022.

For further assistance or information, get in touch with us via 808-269-3500 or via our contact form to see how we can help!

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