Traveling to Hawaii is certainly not as easy as it used to be, but in a recent survey conducted by  the Hawaii Tourism Authority it was found that out of the 495 visitors that were surveyed 85% said their trip was excellent, and 94% said their trip either met or exceeded expectations. This is great to see, as it means that the number of tourists making the journey to Hawaii in 2021 should continue to rise.

While tourism numbers are not nearly what they were in 2019, the Pre-travel Testing Program allows anyone traveling to Hawaii to bypass the 10-day mandatory quarantine, which would make any vacation immensely more enjoyable. Out of the visitors that were surveyed, 79% said that their pre-travel testing experience went smoothly, and the protocols were clear. The remaining 21% reported various issues with pre-travel testing including difficulty finding a trusted testing partner, and not receiving their results within the specified window.

We will continue to look forward to a rise in tourism numbers as the local economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. To look at the full report, follow this link.In an interview with The Maui News, the Chief Economist with the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism Eugene Tian stated that nearly 30% of the homes that were purchased in the better part of 2020 were purchased by out-of-state residents. Of those buyers 27.4% were from the mainland, and 1.4% were international. While this number seems high, out-of-state residents usually purchase nearly 50% of the available real estate on Maui.

The data is still being assembled for the demographic breakdown of these out-of-state buyers, as it is unclear whether most of those purchases were made by investors, or those seeking to move their principal residence to Hawaii now that most employees and business owners can work from home.

The three aspects of the current real estate market that appear to show no signs of slowing are low inventory levels, low interest rates on new mortgages and a climbing median sales price for both condos and single family homes. In December, the Realtors Association of Maui recorded the lowest inventory ever since they began keeping records in 2010. New construction is still very active on Maui, with several affordable housing projects as well as luxury condominium complexes set to be completed  between now and 2022.

To read the full interview The Maui News did with Eugene Tian click here.
Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases on Maui, Governor Ige gave Mayor Michael Victorino the authority to amend the current emergency rules. The new rules go into effect today. Here are the highlights.

- Retail occupancy is now limited to 30% to allow more room for social distancing.

- Bars and restaurants are now required to close at 10pm or earlier. Drive-throughs, non-liquor related takeout and room service are all exempt from this new rule.

In addition to pre-travel testing requirements for both inter-island and transpacific travelers, they are also now required to download either the AlohaSafe Alert app or another Google-Apple Exposure Notification System app. Travelers can also enable their exposure notification setting on their phone.

Face coverings must now be worn while walking to and from the beach or pool. They can only be removed once you are stationary and socially distanced from the people around you.

-Even if the venue is outdoors, a mask must be worn at gyms, yoga studios, and wellness centers.

While these rules mentioned  above are slightly different from rules that were already in place, it’s important to keep yourself informed on the latest developments coming out of the Mayor’s office.
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Issue 983 January 4th, 2022


In this newsletter:
Market Update
Market Watch
Homes Over $1 Million
Homes Under $1 Million
Vacation Condo Over $1M
Vacation Condos Under $1M
Residential Condos 
Vacant Land 

Bank Owned 
Homes (1)
New Properties 

Price Reductions 

Short Sales

New Properties

Price Reductions  

Oceanfront Estate

 477 Laulea pl 

477 Laulea Place

$11.999M (FS)



2022 Conservation Law Protects Hawaii's Sharks
Shark 2


The original inhabitants of Hawaii lived in harmony with the land and the sea and all creatures, big and small. Tiger sharks, or nuihi, as they are called in Hawaiian, were no exception, and often thought of as family gods, or ‘aumakua. World-wide, sharks are under attack by human predators, despite their crucial role in aquatic ecosystems. Last session, Hawaii state legislators put into law a ban prohibiting the killing of sharks in state marine waters. This new law, effective as of  Jan 1st, 2022, protects all sharks that reside or migrate in Hawaiian waters. Check out this article to learn more.


Mahalo Nui Loa,

Ken Smith R(S), Melissa Smith R(B), and Gregory P Smith R(B)

The Smith Team


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Homes Over $1M

 Hana Hyw 
33 Hana Highway

$9.995M (FS)
Sleep in while you gaze from your bedroom across your compound to the turquoise blue ocean. Enjoy an easy 3 mile stroll of beach walks right from your front door. The entire compound is well set up for indoor-outdoor living amenities. The covered lanai has sweeping Pacific Ocean views and is complemented by modern and cozy living areas, including a chef-style kitchen, clean white marble bathrooms and 3 car garage.
 33 Moana Ave 
33 Moana Avenue

$1.888M (FS)
Immaculately maintained home with inviting entry and relaxing oasis backyard. Rare 5b/3b home with thoughtful floor plan and easy-living flow. Welcoming courtyard offers privacy and access to star-gazing rooftop hot tub via spiral staircase. High ceilings and open, spacious layout add to the attractiveness of this home.

olinda rd
1145 Olinda Road

This charming property with plantation house and detached ohana sits on two gently sloping acres, completely enclosed with an electronic solar gated entrance. Bring your live stalk, because the lower portion of the property is cross fenced with paddocks that separate it from the top portion. Imagine the comfort of traditional Up-Country living together with current-day improvements like a solar water heater and more.
81 Kamalei cir
81 Kamalei Circle

$1.375 (FS)
Situated within the Islands and positioneded on the golf course, this executive home features Ocean, Haleakala, West Maui Mountain and golf course views. Quality finishes include stucco siding and Monier tile roofing. The open floor plan flows from the kitchen to the dining, to the living and then on out to the expansive covered lanai - ideally suited for comfortable living and entertaining.

Homes Under $1M

323 Naniloa Drive

$969K (FS)
Large lanai with Ocean and Mountain Views. Owned PV system with original net metering agreement. Open living area with a bonus attached ohana downstairs. Rear patio features an above ground private hot tub. Multiple fruit trees on property and Lilikoi vines with beautifully tart fruits. Open kitchen and living area with multiple sliders accessing massive lanai/patio.

Customer Listing Synopsis
 236 Kamahao 
236 Kamahao Circle

$875K (FS)
Located in the highly desirable neighborhood of Waikapu Gardens, this area offers cool breezes and a convenient location! This recently painted home is a 3b/2b single story floor plan. Fully fenced yard, upgraded flooring, central air and 33 owned PV panels. A pet and family friendly park is just down the street, perfect for your morning stroll or afternoon jog. Affordable monthly HOA fees include solid waste pick up.
2868 Iwalani Street

$875K (FS)
This single story 3b/2b home has a great floor plan with lots of windows in the living/dining area to capture a lot of natural light. Enjoy sweeping views from the deck. The kitchen has a pass-through to the dining area, lots of cabinets and work area. The master bedroom has good closet space and private bath with shower. The garage has more storage and a side door to get to the lower back yard. The home is mostly original condition and needs new carpet and some TLC.
968 Lahui Street

$659K (FS)

Quaint 2b/1b home conveinently located near shops, food trucks and businesses at Haiku Cannery. Oak laminate flooring throughout. Separate 1 car garage. Nice fenced in backyard. In 2011, this home had a single wall construction conversion to double wall construction with new windows. New roof 2 years ago. This is a great starter home.

Customer Listing Synopsis

Vacation Condos Over $1M

Honua Kai-Konea #NR-351

One of the premier 3b/3b oceanfront residences in all of Maui. Unit 351 was decorated by a renowned Maui Designer who gave each room its own vibrant South Pacific Style. High-end appointments include Travertine flooring, Granite counters, Viking and Bosch appliances, Wine refrigerator, Continental tubs in both Master-baths, and more. Honua Kai Resort is the Newest Condominium Resort on Kaanapali Beach.
Whaler I #1212

$2.250M (FS)
This luxurious 1b/2b penthouse location with lots of natural light at the top of Tower I, is just steps off Ka’anapali Beach. The floor to ceiling sliding glass doors walk out from the Living area and the large luxury bedroom suite, to a large lanai. Highly upgraded with solid wood cabinets, granite counter tops, wood style and carpeted flooring and high end appliances. Fine quality furnishings, lanai furniture, bedding, fixtures, accessories and central air.
Puamana #185-4

$2.15M (FS)
Spectacular Puamana home, with sunsets, whales and surf. The luxurious open floor plan enjoys ocean views from all rooms and both lanais. There is a chefs kitchen, with a convection stove top, built in hood, Subzero refrigeration, and lots of storage. Both bedrooms have ocean views, built in closets and beautiful bathrooms. The master bedroom has an exceptional deck with ocean and mountain views.
Wailea Ekolu #703

This unit has been completely remodeled from top to bottom, including all new windows and double pane sliding doors, which provide for extra insulation to keep the heat out and the cool air in. Bright and airy, the master bedroom has private lanai that steps out to an open lawn. Unit 703 is located in a prime location in the complex, close to the cabana/clubhouse, and is just a quick walk down to the swimming pool.
Polynesian Shores #202

$1.198M (FS)
Offering endless southwest facing sunset views, Polynesian Shores 202 is a 755 square foot 2b/2b condominium property. Highly Highly upgraded and meticulously maintained, the property offers custom ceilings fans, granite counter tops, stone flooring, stainless steel appliances, keyless entry door hardware, solar fan and much much more.Public washer and dryer facilities are located on community property. There is no washer and dryer in the property.

Customer Listing Synopsis

Vacation Condos Under $1M

Hale Kamaole #257

$825K (FS)
This Hale Kamaole unit with an approx. 110 sqft loft, makes this unit essentially, a 3 bedroom unit. Located on the top floor with vaulted ceilings, this unit faces North West, giving you shade on the lanai and a beautiful ocean view. Very desirable South Kihei location, across the street from Kamaole Beach III and walking distance to shopping, restaurants and activities. Amenities include pool, tennis courts and BBQ areas.
Luana Kai #B-111

$699K (FS)
Ground floor unit in a desirable location close to the pool in this beach-front, family-friendly complex in central Kihei. Enjoy 7 miles of uninterrupted beach. Close to shopping, tennis/pickle-ball courts and restaurants. The "B" building is the most requested in the winter months. Years and years of solid, consistent rental income.

Maui Kaanapali Villas #A-514

$410K (FS)
Located in the famous Maui Kaanapali Villas Resort fronting on a perfect white sandy beach just north of Black Rock, great for swimming or just sunbathing. The resort is situated on 11 acres of exotic tropical gardens in the Kaanapali Resort area on arguably the best beach on Maui. The Resort has two pools and a popular ocean side restaurant, the Castaway Cafe.The unit is sold furnished.

Residential Condos Over $1M

Hokulani Golf Villas #74

$2.595M (FS)
Premium location in Hokulani Golf Villas. Built in 2020, this “like-new” amazing fully furnished 4b/3b home is located adjacent to the 11th hole of the Maui Nui Golf course with beautiful sunset views! Hokulani offers a single-family residential condominium lifestyle. This two-story home offers the flexibility of a 4-bedroom 3 bath or 3 bedrooms with den with main level and upper lanais.Hokulani is one of South Maui’s premier gated communities.

Residential Condos Under $1M

Kihei Villages #5-202

$525K (FS)
Beautiful and charming 2 bedroom,1.5 bath unit with a spacious covered lanai. Great quiet northeast location in complex near the car wash. The unit is light and bright with wood laminate flooring, air conditioning, full kitchen, ceiling fans, carpet in bedrooms and a gorgeous tiled walk-in shower in main bathroom. 

Iao Parkside II #22-202
$350K (FS)
Well maintained 1b/1b second floor unit with 2 parking stalls. Convenient. to schools, government offices, hospital and shopping. New water heater and stack washer dryer. Original owner has kept unit in very nice condition. This unit has mirrored wardrobe doors and plenty of storage.
Vacant Land
1584 Naalae Road

$1.5M (FS)
A flag lot brings you to this 8.27 acre parcel with privacy and amazing views of Haleakala, the West Maui Mtns, Maalaea and more. Partially fensed with soft powdery rich soil, this lot is excellent for farming. A perfect location to build the house of your dreams plus room for a barn and lots of animals. A water meter is incluided. This land offers upcountry Maui views at it's best.

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