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 951 May 24th, 2021


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 (5)
Land (1)
New Properties (0)
Price Reduction (0)

Short Sales
Homes (0)
Condos (0)
Land (1)

New Properties (1)
Price Reductions (0)

Pineapple Hill Estate


1216 Summer Road
$8.995M (FS)

Customer Listing Synopsis


Preparing Your Home for Sale

The real estate market is incredibly hot at this time! Sellers have to get their home buyer ready and need some quick ideas to get it listed and sold at the highest price. Simple but effective solutions that don’t cost a lot of money are best.

1.    Declutter. Yes, putting things in boxes and storing them in your garage. Have all counter tops free from items that don’t serve a purpose. When staging a home, I even store the coffee pot and blender in the panty to make the kitchen more open.  In the bathroom I store the plunger and toilet scrubber under the sink. Toilet seat down. Bedrooms, put all shoes and clothes in the closet. Declutter your office desk.

2.    Color.  Neutralize wall color when possible. Your bright red living room walls, or lime green office may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Paint walls in neutrals and add pops of color with the accessories.

3.    Curb appeal. Take nothing for granted, the hedge that needs to be trimmed, the dead flowers you have been meaning to pull out, a new welcome mat, clean the windows, power wash the exterior. None of us live in a model home, but preparing it to sell, we need to remember these things.

4.    Depersonalize.  The wall full of your grandchildren’s or dog pictures is great for you to live in day to day. When selling, we must think of the buyer and how they can picture themselves living in your home.

5.    Clean. Yes, clean. Get your carpets cleaned, windows cleaned and scrub the showers and be sure they are free of mold.  Pet odor can have a buyer turn around and walk out the door. Sellers must be aware they are desensitized to Fido’s stinky dog bed. Put yourself in the buyer's shoes, and freshen up!

6.    Fresh flowers or silk plants make the home feel friendly. Less is better. Simplify. If you need help, enlist the professional stager to guide you through the process.

If you are considering selling your home, please give us a call.  We will walk you through the steps needed to get your home ready for market so that you can get Top Dollar. If you would like help with staging, repairs, remodeling, etc., we will be happy to assist you with getting estimates from professionals we know and trust.

Have a wonderful week!

Mahalo Nui Loa,

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

The Smith Team

P.S. This article was written by Lisa Mascaro, owner of Staging by Lisa. She is not only a professional stager for sellers, but also helps buyers with home decor and shopping for their new home. You can reach her at: (808) 870-3166 or [email protected].  #StagingByLisa  #MauiStager #MauiStaging
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251 (129)
1236 (472)
237 (64)
391 (77)
1756 (411)
164 (78)
 81 (27)
336 (64)
594 (285)
723 (233)
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1. The numbers in parentheses reflect the number of listings over $1M
2. Sold listings are for the previous 12 months.
3. Change is the increase or decrease in number of active listings from the previous week.


Homes Over $1M

3531 Baldwin Ave
3531 Baldwin Ave
$1.295M (FS)
This large home and the separate cottage are situated on a lush green belt, in the heart of Makawao Town, along the path of the stores, restaurants, and shopping on Baldwin Avenue. Protected by a masterful stone wall and elongated driveway which leads you into a very private area at the end of a cul-de-sac. Experience the joy of the jungle and the convenience of town.
12 Poinciana Pl
12 Poinciana Place

$1.385M (FS)
Picture yourself relaxing on the generous sized lanais with ocean and island views in this home in the desirable neighborhood of Kahana Ridge. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac, the home features granite counter tops, travertine flooring, 9 foot plus ceilings upstairs as well as down, extra large spa tub and large walk in shower in the Master Bath, as well as central AC and a spacious 2 car garage.
 3913 Wailea Ekolu Pl 2 
3913 Wailea Ekolu Place
$3.6M (FS)
Beautiful 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath in Wailea Golf Estates located in South Maui. Fantastic ocean views from the west side of the home, perfect for whale watching and sunsets. On the east side of the home you have views of Haleakala, the pool, outdoor bar, and covered outdoor dining, the ideal setting for entertaining and get togethers.
158 Hoomaikai Pl
158 Hoomaikai Place
$4.65M (FS)
Architect designed with privacy in mind, while taking advantage of stunning 360° views, this handsome, gated Kula home was custom-built with attention to comfort & convenience. Perched at 1600 ft. elevation on a 5 acre lot, this remarkable 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home features light & bright rooms, 9’ ceilings & a massive great room with 45’ of 9’ tall glass pocket sliders facing the magnificent view
75 Opalipali Pl
75 Opalipali
$5.5M (FS)
This 5.4 acre upcountry estate provides bicoastal views in an ideal Wailea-like climate, minus the cloud cover and rain typical of upper Kula. Meticulous attention to detail is evident throughout this custom, master craftsman built, 4-bedroom estate. This home is flush with high quality and sought after features that are nearly impossible to recreate.

Homes Under $1M

524 Kaao Cir
 524 Kaao Circle
$645K (FS)
This recently Mid-Century updated home is as cute as a button and offers a desirable lot size of over 9,000 square feet while being located in the high demand area of Central Maui. The extra large backyard is ideal for entertaining guests where gatherings will be enjoyed while sunsets will be appreciated as the home overlooks impressive views of the West Maui Mountains.
701 Pio Dr 3
701 Pio Drive
$775K (FS)
Single family home with big ocean views just a few minutes drive to everything Kahului & Wailuku have to offer. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1400 sqft, and the total of 0.24 acres. 
23 Kealaloa Ave
23 Kealaloa Ave

$800K (FS)
Excellent location very near to the heart of Makawao town while away from the noisy main roads. Two separate driveways and a covered double parking stall perfect for providing tenants or house members plenty of parking space. "nohana"not permitted but it can be, tenants currently living on premises. 
42 Moolu St
42 Moolu Street
$839.9K (FS)
Custom home with 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, top of the line appliances, ceramic tile floors, granite counters, built in dining area and custom kitchen cabinets, den/office area, large covered lanai, Central AC, owned 14-panel photovoltaic system, solar water heater, soft water system, fully landscaped yard with irrigation and fenced for privacy. 
2704 Iolani St
2704 Iolani Street
$930K (FS)
This spacious property has an incredible view of the ocean and Pukalani golf course. It is close to Pukalani Elementary school, 10 miles to Kahului, very close to the community center and pool, and many churches of various denominations. Large 2 car garage with street parking and 490 sq ft lanai to enjoy the view. PV is installed with split air condition system. There is a large basement for storage or other purposes and a large backyard. Washer and dryer in garage.
Vacation Condos Over $1M
Wailea Ekahi
Wailea Ekahi B-30
$1.825M (FS)
This a two bedroom townhouse only 6 of this model in the whole village. It's like having your own little house in the heart of Wailea Ekahi. It has two bedrooms and two baths upstairs with a marvelous view from the Master Bedroom lanai and the living room , dining room, kitchen and a half bath downstairs with a nice ocean views from the downstairs lanai. 
Makena Surf
Makena Surf G-101
$3.825M (FS)
This ground floor, 2 bed 2 bath with an extra den/office, that could be converted to a 3rd bedroom. Is situated on the south-east end of the complex, facing turtle town. Central AC, tiled flooring through-out, washer/dryer, and a wet bar (in the living area) are some of the desirable features in this unit.

Montage Residences
Montage Residences 2404 

$4.145M (FS)
This spacious 3 Bedroom Residence offers nearly 2,800 SF of interior living space and an expansive private outdoor lanai offering views of the neighboring island of Moloka’i and the Kapalua Coastline.Montage Residences Kapalua Bay offers a rare opportunity to fully embrace the Montage lifestyle. The combination of unparalleled location, expansive floor plans and Montage services make for true hassle free resort living.

  Vacation Condos Under $1M

Maui Kai 607 
$495K (FS)
The first thing is the fantastic view of the outer islands of Molokai and Lanai. The serenity with only the sound of the Pacific Ocean. The morning coffee on the lanai looking for the colorful fish, turtles and in whale season, the magnificent giants putting on a show.
Mahana 212
$725K (FS)
This beautiful 2nd floor, ocean front, Studio unit offers a spectacular view of the white, sandy beaches of Kaanapali. The Mahana is an unusual property featuring all direct oceanfront units. Privately tucked away at the end of Kaanapali Shores Place, the Mahana attracts owners and visitors who enjoy quiet oceanfront living close to the activity in Kaanapali and historic Lahaina. 
Kihei Beach 206
$899K (FS)
This turnkey vacation rentable unit in Kihei Beach Resort is situated perfectly on the second floor below the tops of the palm trees, thus offering unobstructed ocean and West Maui mountain views. It is a 1 bedroom unit with 2 bathrooms, perfect for additional guests. 
Kapalua Ridge
Kapulua Ridge 2612
$996K (FS)
This ground floor unit provides easy access from your covered parking stall right to your front door. Enter into the living room where you are greeted with amazing views with enjoyable lanai dining. This villa offers high ceilings and an open remodeled kitchen with granite counter tops and back splash. The bedroom has its own private lanai and bathroom.

Residential Condos Over $1M

Paradise Ridge Estates
Paradise Ridge Estates 403
$1.099M (FS)
Golden sandy beaches and crystal blue waters just moments away as you gaze upon majestic whales from your luxurious residence. Nestled atop a bluff in South Maui, delight in breathtaking ocean and mountain views.
Ke Alii Ocean Villas
Ke Alii Ocean Villas H102 
$1.06M (FS)
This beautiful 1233 sq. ft. Beachcomber floor plan, ground floor (no stairs) is in the high perched building H–taking advantage of peek-a-boo Ocean and West Maui Mountain views as well as abundant breezes.  
Wailea Palms
Wailea Palms 2703
$1.25M (FS)
The incredible tile floors take you to a large 476 sf lanai that has access from the living room and primary bedroom where you can view the ocean, even from the bedroom you have Fleetwood Sliding doors and an ocean view.   
Coconut Grove 136
$5.01M (FS)
This spectacular property is located oceanfront on Kapalua bay. One of the best beaches in the world. 36 is a second floor unit with private ground floor entry. There are 3 large suits and 3.5 baths. There are large lanais to view sunsets and whales.

Residential Condos Under $1M

Puuone Towers and Plaza 401 

$270K (FS)
Opportunity to purchase a large upper-level corner unit in a very desirable established neighborhood, conveniently located close to everything Wailuku has to offer, shopping, schools, etc. Very rare to have a corner end unit for sale. Lovely ocean & mountain views, within walking distance to park. Swimming pool and barbecue area is available.
Kamoa Views 110

$379K (FS)
This one-bedroom condo at Kamoa Views is tucked on the shady side of the building. The kitchen features newer black appliances, wood cabinets and is open to the living area. The living area is separated by shoji screens to the one bedroom with an ensuite bath. New fixtures have been added to kitchen and bath. Split AC to keep you cool and washer/dryer in unit.
Hoolea Terrace
Hoolea Terrace 2806
$435K (FS)
This two bedroom, one and half bath fee simple condominium for sale in central Maui has a 754 square foot interior built in 2014. Looking for a great place to live? Just Right is at a cool elevation that is not too hot (sea level) or too cold (upcountry) so you don't need an air conditioner or heater.
Kihei Villages
Kihei Villages 16-201

$445K (FS)
Model Perfect 2 bedroom 2 bath stunner has been jam-packed with custom touches throughout. Boasting a new kitchen featuring antique white shaker cabinets, quartz counter tops and tile backsplash, Under cabinet lighting, stainless steel appliance with a counter depth refrigerator.
Villas at Kahana Ridge
Villas at Kahana Ridge 213

$529K (FS)
This unit has upgraded tile and wood floors, large and spacious floor plan that allows extra room in the Master bedroom to create a home office setting, or additional sleeping space. Villas at Kahana Ridge is close to the beach, Kahana Gateway shopping center, and is nestled between the resort areas of Kaanapali and Kapalua. 
Opukea at Lahaina
Opukea at Lahaina D-303
$650K (FS)
The open floor plan flows nicely from the large kitchen with stainless steel appliances and Corian bar top to the dining area and living room. Scattered ocean views as well as garden and pool views are showcased from the covered lanai. 
Vacant Land
2455 S Kihei Rd Lot
2455 South Kihei Road
$13.4M (FS)
Short Sale. Kamaole Grand is approved for 217 residential condominiums on 8.396 acres of land, situated between S. Kihei Rd & Liloa Hema Dr; directly behind Kamaole Shopping Center. This parcel is within a few hundred yards (across the street) from the popular Kamaole (I, II) Beach Parks and surrounded by a variety of restaurants, grocery stores, specialty shops and medical services
The Smith Team
(808) 572-0866
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