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28th Annual Ki Hoalu Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival

Maui is home to a variety of talented musicians and lucky for us, there is a chance to see some at the 28th Annual Ki Ho’alu Guitar Festival.
April 19, 2019

Maui is home to a variety of talented musicians who come to the island to share their work and aloha with anyone who wants to listen. Lucky for us, there will be a chance to see some of these musicians in action this summer during the 28th annual Ki Ho’alu Guitar Festival.

On Sunday, June 23rd from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. there will be a slack key guitar festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Ki Ho’alu, which translates in Hawaiian to “loosen the key” celebrates this particular style of music that dates back to the 19th-century paniolo era. During that time, slack key was played around the campfire after a day of manual labor and began a tradition on the island that is still practiced today. Now known as the world’s greatest acoustic guitar methods and has even become recognized as its own category at the Grammy Awards!

This annual music festival has been bringing together some of the top Hawaiian slack key guitar performers in Hawaii year after year and continues to be a popular event for music lovers all over. Located at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Maui, you can enjoy the sweet sounds of the guitar from the beauty and comfort of an open lawn area. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, or lauhala mats to sit back and relax and enjoy the show. All ages are welcome, and guests should know that crafts and merchants will be on site with plenty of local goods for purchase as well as food trucks where you can find some tasty grinds. And the best part is the show is free! So unlike other festivals, you won’t have to spend a lot of money (or any for that matter) to attend. Check it out this summer, and we’ll see you on the lawn.

If you’re on the island during that time and are looking for real estate, then make sure to look through our real estate listings. We have many great homes for sale and are confident you’ll surely find what you’re looking for with us. You may search our new listings or even check out our handy real estate map to see what’s for sale on Maui. If you see any potential listings that intrigue you or are interested in meeting with us one on one, then please do not hesitate to reach out to us. You can contact us or give us a call at any time, and we’ll be happy to help you along your real estate journey. Have a great week, and we’ll talk to you soon. Cheers!

Take a Hawaiian Cultural Tour of Maui Iao Valley

One of the best parts about being a homeowner of Maui real estate is being able to be a part of the beautiful Hawaiian culture and Ke Kula O Piilani is providing a culturally rich environment for Maui youth to discover!
April 12, 2019

One of the best parts about being a homeowner of Maui real estate is being able to be a part of the beautiful Hawaiian culture. The aloha spirit is something we should all learn more about during our time in the islands, and it’s no wonder why so many people from all around the world are attracted to learning about Hawaiian lifestyle, healing, arts, music, dance, sustainability, and more. With so much to learn from our host culture, it would be wise to participate in a cultural tour at some point during your time here, and right now you can do just that with a new cultural trip at Maui’s famous Iao Valley.

Ke Kula ʻO Piʻilani, a local organization whose goal it is to provide a culturally rich environment where the island’s youth can discover who they are, how they connect to this place and its people, and how their strengths and interests can create solutions, is now offering cultural tours from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. every first Saturday of the month through June of 2019.

The Hawaiian cultural tours will include a native plant tour, student-driven educational workshops, and presentations, practitioner presentations, a “then & now” history of Iao Valley, community conservancy partner presentations, give back opportunities and made on Maui food for purchase.

This unique tour will have you seeing Maui and Iao Valley in a new light and is a great way to get in touch with the real Hawaii. We hope you consider attending one of these tours soon and learn all about what makes this place not just beautiful but special and historically significant, as well.

It’s places like Iao that make all of us thankful to live here on Maui. If you are intrigued by the opportunity to live in paradise with natural wonders such as Iao Valley, then contact us and let us help you find a South Maui home for sale that’s just right for you. We have a wide selection of real estate to choose from on the island and you’re sure to find what you need with us. You might be interested in looking at our new listings or our hot picks that we update periodically. We also have a helpful real estate map that gives you the option to search for real estate in certain parts of the island. We hope you find our website helpful and let us know what you think of the new Iao Valley Cultural Tour. Have a great week!

Keep Up With Maui Real Estate Market Trends With February 2019 Statistics

If you are planning on making a Hawaii real estate investment this year, we suggest checking out the latest real estate statistics to keep an eye on the trends!
April 05, 2019


For the past year real estate on Maui has been booming. Hawaii houses are selling fast, and for more, as inventory increases on the island. It’s always refreshing to know that our little island community continues to grow in a stable and positive direction. This past month was no different, and even though some areas experienced a decrease in sales, it appears as if the market continues to remain active in Maui and South Maui real estate, as well.

According to the February 2019 real estate statistics from the Realtors Association of Maui, South Maui single-family homes sales were great. There were 14 Kihei homes for sale that were closed for a total of $12,941,200 at a median sales price of $910,000. This compares to January 2019 real estate stats in Kihei where only eight homes sold for a total of $7,417,850 at a median sales price of $806,425. And while sales were up compared to the previous period, they were a little down compared to the same time the previous year (though not enough to worry about). During February of 2018, only 18 homes sold for a total of $34,791,998 at a median sales price of $680,000. As for Wailea and Makena real estate, there was one home that sold for $1,900,000. That’s down from last month where three single-family homes were for a total of $5,231,000 and a median sales price of $1,700,000 — only one home sold during the same time last year for $9,300,000.

Looking at Maui condos for sale in Kihei, there were 57 units sold for a total of $30,313,625 at a median sales price of $488,000. Last period 38 condos sold for $21,579,499 at a median sales price of $492,000. Sales are up for February here compared to February 2018 where only 46 condos sold for $22,512,950 at a lesser median sales price of $452,500. In Wailea and Makena, there were 11 sold for $14,255,500 at a median sales price of $1,200,000. Last month 12 condos sold for $18, 694,100 at a median sales price of $1,344,550. While last year there were more sales during February (18), the median sales price was lower at around $963,228.

Keep checking back with us to get the latest in real estate statistics and news. Contact us with questions about homes for sale on Maui and have a great week!

Blogs for April 2019

28th Annual Ki Hoalu Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival

Posted on April 19, 2019

Maui is home to a variety of talented musicians who come to the island to share their work and aloha with anyone who wants to listen. Lucky for us, there will be a chance to see some of these musicians in action this summer during the 28th annual… Continue Reading

Take a Hawaiian Cultural Tour of Maui Iao Valley

Posted on April 12, 2019

One of the best parts about being a homeowner of Maui real estate is being able to be a part of the beautiful Hawaiian culture. The aloha spirit is something we should all learn more about during our time in the islands, and it’s no wonder why so… Continue Reading

Keep Up With Maui Real Estate Market Trends With February 2019 Statistics

Posted on April 05, 2019


For the past year real estate on Maui has been booming. Hawaii houses are selling fast, and for more, as inventory increases on the island. It’s always refreshing to know that our little island community continues to grow in a stable and positive direction. This past month… Continue Reading

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