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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 Preparing for Your Next Maui Visit

Below are some things you need to consider if you are planning to visit Maui from the Mainland, which, of course, is subject to change.
Regardless of whether or not you have been vaccinated, you will need to have a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival so as to avoid a 10 Day Quarantine.  This applies to both visitors and returning residents.  Please be sure to go to the Safe Travels Hawai'i Website for the latest updates.
Be sure to book your hotel or condo as far in advance as possible.  There has been a surge in visitors to our Island in recent months due to the pent up demand for travel.
You may have heard the horror stories about finding a rental car.  Unfortunately, they are true.  The rental car companies have not replenished their inventories so the shortage has caused rates to escalate as high as $600/day assuming you can even find a car.  Some people have resorted to renting U-Haul vans.  A better option in our opinion would be to download the Truro app where you can find private parties interested in renting their vehicles.  If you don't mind driving an older vehicle that might not look so pretty, consider companies such as Kihei Rent A Car.  Lastly, if you don't plan on doing a lot of sightseeing or travel around the Island, it might be best to take a taxi or shuttle to your condo or hotel, and then availing yourself of Uber or Lyft drivers to take you where you want to go.  Of course, if you are serious about buying real estate, it would be our pleasure to pick you up and show you around.
While you are here, you may want to take a helicopter ride, go on a snorkel trip to Molokini, go ZipLining, or any number of the other activities we have on Maui.  From what we have heard, the most popular tourist attractions are booked up well in advance, so make your reservations before you get here.
In next week's Newsletter, we will go over the most popular activities you can partake of, and which ones we recommend.  
Have a great week, and we look forward to seeing you on Maui soon.

Mahalo Nui Loa,

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

The Smith Team

P.S. There is a new set of amended emergency rules for Maui County.  Under the new rules, the outdoor social gatherings limit is increased to 25 individuals, restaurants may now operate till midnight, and up to 200 people may now attend outdoor sporting events. The amended rules that were announced on 6/18, are backdated to June 15, 2021.
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221 (165)
251 (114)
1286 (519)
192 (56)
415 (144)
1929 (452)
177 (80)
 71 (23)
364 (75)
590 (301)
737 (281)
3579 (1046)
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 the number of active listings from the previous week


Homes Over $1M

96 Maikailoa St
96 Maikailoa Street
$1.05M (FS)
Plantation style home with an abundance of windows throughout the house inviting natural light and a cross breeze plus privacy. Security screen doors in the living room and the master bedroom. Vaulted ceilings in the living room and 9 foot ceilings in each bedroom.
26 Manu St
26 Manu Street

$1.125M (FS)
This property has owner pride and maintenance apparent all over it in this highly desired Kula Kai neighborhood. A few of the special plants on the grounds include Kuau orange, dwarf avocado, meyer lemon & lime, yuzu lemon & grapefruit, lemongrass, cooking bananas, kaffir lime, tropical flowers, gardenias, and so many more.
 139 Waaula Pl 
139 Waaula Place
$2.249M (FS)
This well-built home boasts a spacious and well-designed floor plan with a master suite on the main level and a bright/airy great room open to the family room, kitchen and dining room overlooking a private pool oasis; two additional guest rooms, full bath and sunset deck are on the second level. 
88 Kamalii
88 Kamalii Place
$2.85M (FS)
The main home is elevated to capture the ocean views with lots of large picture windows throughout. Under the main house sits an open space with an elevated concrete pad to be used for a variety of purposes that can suit your needs. 
381 Wekiu Pl
381 Wekiu Place
$3.2M (FS)
This Summit home overlooks the world famous Kaanapali Resort  island and channel views are unobstructed. The floor plan is comfortably designed with panoramic views from the living room, master bedroom, study and kitchen.

Homes Under $1M

967 Hiilani St
967 Hiilani Street
$399.9K (FS)
Bank Owned. The value is in the land with this older home built in 1939. The main house and ohana are basically a tear down. This older established neighborhood near the famous Hali'ilamile General store and parks.
20 Lokelau Pl
20 Lokelau Place

$899.9K (FS)
Bank Owned.This lovely 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home located in an upscale, rural agricultural community. This area is much sought after as it is near Haiku Town and not far from Makawao Town. Most homes in this area have at least 2 acre+ sized lots, used for large vegie gardens, fruit trees and raising tropical flowers.
Vacation Condos Over $1M
Kaanapali Shores 213
$1.125M (FS)
This wonderfully located Court Yard Garden View 2 bedroom, 2 bath Condo was specifically selected by the sellers and has served as the seller’s principal residence for several years. It’s been lovingly crafted into a home with beautiful upgrades which include offset hardwood floors, a bright and airy kitchen with granite counter tops, renovated master bath.
Maalaea Surf
Maalaea Surf F-6
$1.3M (FS)
This 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit is situated right on the world famous Sugar Beach. Explore miles of South Maui beaches, outrigger canoeing, paddle boarding, tropical fruit stands and more. Massive ocean views take over the lanai and the living area, offering some of the best sunsets on the island.
Kaanapali AliiKaanapali Alii 2902
$2.395M (FS)
From the moment you enter you will embrace the safari interior decor of this spacious 1 bedroom 2 bath with den that is used as a second sleeping area. This unit offers a timeless beauty with extensive use of travertine diamond cut tiling throughout, granite counter tops, floor to ceiling mirrored wall and stainless appliance.

  Vacation Condos Under $1M

Hale Kamaole 256

$825K (FS)
This 2 bedroom, 2 full bathroom condo has been nicely updated with the bonuses of an approximately 110 square foot loft, mirrored closet doors in both bedrooms and four ceiling fans. Door window openings on both ends allows for good cross ventilation.
Palms at Wailea
Palms At Wailea 604
$929.9K (FS)
This 2 bedroom condo has a great location close to all that Wailea has to offer. Palms 604 has been a solid rental unit and has just recently had several updates. The complex features exceptional concrete construction, large lanais that allow you to have your own private BBQ grill.
Wailea Ekahi
Wailea Ekahi B-36
$985K (FS)
This spacious 1B/2B condo features beautiful island-style furnishings and decor, and is fully stocked and turn-key ready. Enjoy easy ground level access from the living room and Master bedroom lanais to Wailea Ekahi’s lush landscaped grounds. 

Residential Condos Over $1M

 Ke Alii Ocean VillasKe Alii Ocean Villas B-105
$1.25M (FS)
This spacious 3 bedroom corner end unit is what you have been waiting for! The 2 story 1,700+ sq.ft., 3bed 3bath Aqua model has an open concept with vaulted ceilings that opens up the living space.
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. Both bathrooms are remodeled.

Residential Condos Under $1M

Harbor Lights
Harbor Lights A-423
$180K (FS)
Great opportunity to own a well cared for top floor 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath unit at Harbor Lights. This location has privacy and is shaded by the afternoon sun with the beautiful trees.
Puuone Terrace
Puuone Towers 319
$199K (FS)
This one bedroom, one bath unit on the third floor with mountain and ocean views is ready for your creativity and design ideas. A blank canvas ready to make your own and possibly earn a little sweat equity along the way. 
  Milo Court at KehalaniMilo Court At Kehalani 25
$667K (FS)
This lovely 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome is located on a quiet cul-de-sac and backing up to the Yokouchi Family Estate. Walking distance to baseball fields and Puu Kukui Elementary, it's a perfect family home. 
 Vacant Land
484 Lower Kimo Drive
$850K (FS)
This is the ideal spot for a family estate. Located on the slopes of Haleakala at the 2400-3000 foot elevation you can enjoy the crisp, clean upcountry air, pleasant temperatures, amazing ocean and mountain views, no association rules, no fees and a 5/8" county water meter installed.
The Smith Team
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