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 972 October 19th, 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  (1)

New Properties

Price Reduction

Short Sales
Homes (1)  

Land (1)
New Properties (1)
Price Reductions  

 Ultimate Beachfront Estate


10 Kai Ala Drive
$9.9M (FS)

Is Maui a Zoom Town?


The term Zoom town came about as the result of the COVID-19 Pandemic when many companies allowed their employees to work from home. Some of those employees chose to move out of their urban residences for more suburban locations and work remotely using on line methods such as Zoom calls.


Maui with its abundance of clean air, year-round great climate, and many fabulous outdoor recreational activities was an obvious choice for many people especially those who work in the Tech Industry in Silicon Valley or other West Coast cities.

Of course, Maui was not the only benefactor of this migration from big cities. Due to the high cost of living on Maui, many chose other locations around the country. Read more about the most popular Zoom Towns in the U.S

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. Governor Ige announced plans to open Hawaii to Non-Essential Travel starting November 1, 2021. Read more.
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Homes Over $1M

3199 Hoomua Drive

$1.995M (FS)
Idyllically located in one of Maui’s most highly desired neighborhoods, Maui Meadows, this exceptional residence offers the stateliness of a secluded tropical retreat, dramatically enhanced by it’s close proximity to all the amenities of South Maui. 
 88 S Lauhoe Pl 
88 South Lauhoe Place
$3.9M (FS)
Conveniently located within one mile of Lahaina Town and fabulous beaches. Palm tree lined driveway leads up to this charming plantation style home with expansive lanai's both front and back. Plenty of room for additional building of ohana or barn. Open floorplan with spacious master suite.
461 Laulea Pl
461 Laulea Place
$5.98M (FS)
Dickey inspired beachfront plantation home will serenade your soul. The double pitch roof, original fir floors, cathedral ceiling living room, and stained-glass windows in the entry await your creative enhancements. Once you update this home for modern living, it will be hard to ever leave. 

Homes Under $1M

1981 Olu Dr
1981 Olu Drive
$775K (FS)
This classic plantation style home and property is available for sale for the first time. Grace and charm exude from this freshly painted 3 bedrooms, 2 bath home with bamboo wood floors, beautiful original glass windows, and spacious kitchen with glass cabinets, reminiscent of the time period.
105 Lanakila Pl
105 Lanakila Place

$835K (FS)
Come see this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on a corner lot in north Kihei. It features an open backyard with a potential to build an ohana. This year the exterior of the home was freshly painted and guest bathroom remodeled. This home features new tile, solar hot water heater, and multiple entrances. 
160 Auoli Dr
160 Auoli Drive
$895K (FS)
You will truly feel at home the moment you enter your dream home. It has a lovely floor plan, two spacious bedrooms each with either own private, full bathroom, one features a walk-in closet and extends onto the cozy porch overlooking the back yard. 

Vacation Condos Over $1M

Wailea Ekolu
Wailea Ekolu 504
This 2 bedroom 2 bath 2nd floor unit has been cared for and revered for over 22 years by the current owners. The year long sunset and panoramic views are phenomenal as they capture Puu Olai in Makena to Wailea, with outer island views of Molokini, Kahoolawe and Lanai. 
Honua Kai
Honua Kai - Hoku Lani SR247
This 2 bedroom is set up perfectly with both master suites on each side of living room. With floor to ceiling all glass Nano doors you can bring the outside in as you melt away with the Maui sunsets.
Polo Beach Club
Polo Beach Club 804
This unit offers stunning ocean and outer-island views from the slopes of Haleakala to Makena, encompassing Kahoolawe, Molokini, Lanai and the West Maui mountains. Stunning sunsets year round. 

Vacation Condos Under $1M

Maui Vista
Maui Vista 2108
$450K (FS)
A ground floor, pool and garden view, one bedroom and one bath, mostly furnished condo on the South shore of Maui, located across from beautiful Charley Young Beach. 
Kauhale Makai 521
$469K (FS)
Adorable studio that has a full bath and kitchen, king sized bed and is being offer fully furnished. Other features include central AC, tile floor, elevator, parking, on site laundry facility. Kauhale Makai is situated along the highly rated Sugar Beach, a 7 mile stretch of a white sand shoreline. 
Kihei Garden Estates
Kihei Garden Estates 101-G

$615K (FS)
Desirable Kihei Garden Estate, this two bedroom, two bathroom unit could be yours. The spacious ground floor layout includes a master suite and washer and dryer. The lanai offers privacy for outdoor entertaining or just relaxing as it is hidden behind the pool.
Kamaole Sands
Kamaole Sands 2107
$830K (FS)
This 1 bedroom, 2 bathroom has been nicely remodeled with a long list of features including ocean, mountain, and garden views, a large covered lanai with a ceiling fan, private and quiet end unit location with an additional window in the living room area, tile flooring throughout, cabinetry with granite counters.
Customer Listing Synopsis

Residential Condos Over $1M

Ke Aii Ocean Villas H-304
$1.395M (FS)
This unit is ideal for those who wish to indulge in all that Maui has to offer. As you step out of the elevator and enter your residence you are immediately captivated by panoramic views of the Ocean & West Maui Mountains. The expansive 280 SF covered lanai is the perfect space to soak in the views whether its with a morning cup of coffee or a glass of wine at sunset. 
Kapalua Ironwoods
Kapalua Ironwoods 64

$2.7M (FS)
A tremendous opportunity to own an oceanfront residential condominium in Kapalua Resort with 3 bedrooms and 4 baths. 
Na Hale O Makena
Na Hale O Makena E-301
$3.75M (FS)
Enjoy spectacular year-round sunsets from the lanai and the second floor as well as views of Kahoolawe, Molokini, Lanai, Maalaea and the West Maui Mountains. The entry foyer and rear bedroom provide impressive Haleakala views.

Residential Condos Under $1M

Opukea at Lahaina D-102
$699K (FS)
Unit D102 is one of the largest West Maui residential 2 bedroom 2 bath condos with over 1,250sf of interior living space along with a spacious 125sf covered private lanai that enjoys a beautiful quiet garden view. 
Townhomes at Kamalani 1503
$725K (FS)
Built in 2019 this rarely offered 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome with one car garage and yard is located in Kihei. Move right into this adorable residence all brand new flooring throughout, and fresh paint.
Kamani at Kehalani 124
$779K (FS)
This home is move in ready! 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, with a fully a fenced backyard and many upgrades. Flooring throughout main living area and kitchen are upgraded, as is, back splash in kitchen, all appliances, and the tile in the bathroom showers. 

            Customer Listing Synopsis
Vacant Land
O Makena Road 
$4.4M (FS)
Conservation with modest ag zoning. Properties short distance from the Makena-Keoneoio road. Commanding views of entire region with great privacy. In close proximity to La Persouse Bay marine preserve and upscale Makena and Kihei resorts. Properties are partially zoned conservation.
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