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 980 December 14th, 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 Reductions 

Short Sales

New Properties

Price Reductions  

Luxury Estate Spreckelsville

 Sugar Cove 

Sugar Cove #6A, 6B, 6C
$17M (FS)



Covid-19 Restrictions Eased by Maui Mayor

    According to Gov. Ign, Hawaii mayors may now determine the public health emergency rules that best support their individual county communities.  For Maui Mayor Victorino this means a loosening of restrictions to allow restaurants and bars to return to full capacity seating. This is great news for residents and visitors alike, who may either show proof of vaccination, a negative Covid antibody test (within 48hr), or a note from a medical provider stating full recovery from Covid illness to access all of Maui's fabulous dining options. Check out this article here for more information.  

Mahalo Nui Loa,

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

The Smith Team

P.S. As of January 1, 2022, a new ban on the use, sale and manufacturing of all disposable plastic "to-go" food containers shall go into effect. A big Mahalo to Plastic Free Maui for their hard work and diligence to help keep plastic out of our Oceans. Check out this article here for more information.

P.S.S. Hot off the press, check out these 3 new vacation condos listings in Kihei. 

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Homes Over $1M

6681 Makena Rd
$11.997M (FS)
This legacy estate is situated in a small, extremely private gated community across and steps away from Makena "Big" Beach, one of the largest undeveloped white sand beaches within a state park, protected from development. This property feels like a secluded oasis. Every inch of this nearly 1 acre estate has been meticulously designed and perfected to maximize the marvelous Maui lifestyle. 
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1015 Kaniu Street

$4.9M (FS)
Incredible new construction of a contemporary island home with expansive outdoor area and unrivaled ocean views. Situated on pristine acreage with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean framed by the islands of Lanai, Kahoolawe and Molokai. Ample space for indoor/outdoor living and relaxation is complimented by a custom pool and spa.
 Ewa Pl 
1091 Ewa Place

$1.799M (FS)
Lovely plantation home on half an acre in Kihei. This 3-bed, 2-bath home has been updated while maintaining its old Hawaii charm. Large lanais on front and rear of this home and lush trees, including Mango & Noni to complete your dreams of old school Maui living. The R-3 zoned property has a 4-bed, 2-bath home on the rear of the property as well as a detached garage.
Waiko Rd
57 E Waiko Road

$1.275M (FS)
Looking for a home that offers flexible living in Central Maui without HOA fees. Check out this 6-bed, 4-bath home in Waikapu with separate entrances. The interior staircase with a locking door connects both living areas. With virtually no neighbor behind your property, you'll enjoy views of the ocean and dual-mountain views from the 2nd floor and cool breezes that flow through the property!

Homes Under $1M

2840 Iwalani Street

$870K (FS)
Great views from this wonderful 3-bed, 2-bath Pukalani home with a fabulous lanai for entertaining, and near schools and shopping. Sold fully furnished and turnkey ready with vintage-style kitchen and baths. Some dishes and linens will remain. Extra storage under the house has the possibility of it being converted into an attached ohana. The large open bi-costal views are impressive.
23 Kaweo Place

$795K (FS)
A very sweet and private Kula cottage on a large 9,000 plus sq ft. CPRed lot. The 2-bed, 1-bath home is in excellent condition, including a new roof and exterior paint. It shows very well and the yard is a virtual tropical delight. Perhaps the best weather location on all of Maui, enjoy morning coffee with views of Maalaea Harbor and the West Maui Mountains.
North St
1962 North Street

$550K (FS)

Here you can pick tangerines off your tree to pair with your morning coffee, as you watch the sun light up Iao Valley. This charming 3-bed, 1-bath home has a fully enclosed yard with a rolling gate. The ample lot size is over 3,000 sq ft, creating plenty of parking and room for storing surf boards, canoes, kayaks, bicycles and all your outdoor toys and tools.


Vacation Condos Over $1M

kaanapali shores
Kaanapali Shores #702

Kaanapali Shore 702 is one of the best corner units in the whole complex. This very spacious direct oceanfront Aloha suite is a 2-beds, 2-bath unit with 1507sqf of interior living space connected to 500sqf wrap-around lanai space. Total over 200sqf usable space. Every room has an unobstructed gorgeous ocean view. 

Royal Kahana
Royal Kahana #1011

Truly breathtaking, this unit provides a nearly 200-degree wrap-around oceanfront view with  ceiling to floor windows and glass sliding doors. It is very rare for condo suites to have this exceptional view and it is perfectly set on the 10th floor. Sitting in the living room, nothing blocks your view and you enjoy the wide screen, kind of spectacular ocean views and dramatic changing sunsets each day.

Vacation Condos Under $1M

Wailea Ekahi
Wailea Ekolu #705

$999K (FS)
You have a wide view of the sparkling Pacific from the living room, kitchen, and master bedroom! This unit is in a fantastic location within the complex, just steps from one of the two pools, yet the pool is well hidden behind beautiful Areca palms, and past that is the huge view. Sold turnkey, fully furnished, this unit has been a very successful self-managed rental.
Kahana Reef
Kahana Reef #322

$600K (FS)
Kahana Reef 322 is a third-floor, corner-unit, 1-bed, 1-bath condo. The corner location offers additional natural light as well as a cross breeze. The 22-stack is closest to the ocean and furthest from the pool area. The ocean is right there! Kahana Reef is an 88-story, low density, 4-story building located on 1.96 acres of pristine Kahana coastline.
Kamaole Beach Royale #202
$865K (FS)
Aina Nalu is the only vacation condo located in downtown Lahaina, just a short stroll from the best restaurants, shopping, cultural events, parades, and great beaches. It is an 8.6 acre oasis in the heart of Lahaina. Garden settings and private meditation areas surround every wing of the property. G205 is a 1-bed, 1-bath unit and overlooks one of the desirable greenbelts.

Kalama Ter
Kalama Terrace #L202

$495K (FS)
Kalama Terrace L-202 is a turn-key, vacation rentable condo that is ready and outfitted with everything you need to immediately start accepting bookings and rental revenue, or come for the winter and enjoy it with nothing more than beach attire and a thirst for a tropical libation.

Residential Condos Over $1M

Palms at Wailea #3706

The expansive panoramic ocean & outer island view corridors from the pool pavilion are almost unmatched! Unit 3706 is finely detailed & has been conscientiously maintained with almost no personal use by the present owner! The light-filled great room features ‘easy on the feet’ cork floors & numerous built-in cabinets along with end-grain hardwood bamboo details.
palms Wailea Palms #2903

$1.495M (FS)
 2903 at the Wailea Palms is nestled in the most private location in this meticulously maintained 14-acre complex surrounded by manicured grounds. One of only 4 of the largest units in this gated complex, with almost 1700 sqft of living space and over 600 ft of lanai, this unit is uniquely designed for comfort. This large home features a sunken living room, 2 full master ensuite bedrooms, plus a third full bathroom.

Residential Condos Under $1M

Napili Villas #7-8

$625K (FS)
Imagine starting 2022 in your very own condominium home in Napili, Maui, Hawaii. This spacious 2- bed, 2-bath upstairs unit is located in the desirable Napili Villas. Featuring a high living room ceiling, split ac, newer appliances, carpet, vinyl flooring and countertops. Located close to some of Maui’s finest beaches, golf courses, businesses, shopping and more.
Keonekai Villages #24-205

$599K (FS)
Situated on the quiet side of Keonekai Villages, this ocean view, 2-bed, 2-bath condo has been updated with all new Milgard dual-pane, vinyl clad, windows and with a split system a/c you will be cool all Summer. Keonekai Villages is a pet-friendly complex and is situated next to Keoneaki Park, where dog-lovers meet on a daily basis. Kamaole Beach Park III is just one block away.
Southpointe at Waiakoa

$475K (FS)
Renovated 2-bed, 1.5 bath condo with new carpet, granite countertops and located within easy access to Pi'ilani Highway. The renovations also include solid wood dove tailed cabinets throughout, retiled shower and upgraded lighting. This second floor condo has two tandem parking stalls conveniently located near the unit. Community amenities include a picnic and BBQ area and children's play area with swing set as well.
Vacant Land
5147 Makena Road
$3.95M (FS)
Just under ½ an acre with spectacular South facing Ocean, Molokini Crater, coastline, and outer island views. Located just steps from the serene waters of Makena Bay. A contemporary Hawaiian style 5135 living sq.ft / 4-bed-4.5-bath home, with a total of 7386 sq.ft under the roof, including a pool - is ready to be built. Make your Makena dream a reality!
The Smith Team
(808) 572-0866
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