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Hawaii is the Healthiest State Again
Hawaii reached No. 1 in health among the states.
December 19, 2014

Hawaii is the Healthiest State Again

If you needed one more reason to buy Maui real estate and move here permanently, Hawaii topped the United Health Foundation's list of healthiest states this year. That's the second year in a row that we've earned that distinction. If people question your decision to move here, you can just tell them it's a health decision! 

The 2014 America's Health Rankings had Hawaii in the top six states throughout the past 25 years since the list's inception. It's nice to be at the very top again this year. So what makes Hawaii such a healthy place to live?

The report indicated low obesity in Hawaii, which is no surprise, considering how easy it is to get outside and have an active lifestyle. When it came to preventable hospitalizations, we had the lowest rate in the nation, and we also had a low rate of cancer deaths. If cancer is caused by chemicals in the environment, our rank is no surprise. It can't hurt that we're sitting in the middle of the breezy Pacific where air pollution can't settle. Hawaii's air pollution sources aren't very substantial either, aside from whatever comes out of the Big Island volcanic activity. But the benefits of Hawaii's health aren't just about the environment. We also have a low rate of uninsured and strong collaboration between the private sector and the Department of Health.

Every state has areas it can work on, when it comes to health, however. The areas where Hawaii could improve are binge drinking, high incidence of infectious disease, and low immunization coverage among children. As it affects you, this only boils down to making your own smart decisions, and driving carefully at night when there could be people on the roads who are under the influence. Again, as No. 1 in the nation, even these issues aren't as extreme as other places.

The report outlined some areas where Hawaii has been improving as well. Smoking is on the decline, and so is the number of children in poverty. Binge drinking may be an issue, as mentioned above, but that's on the decline too.

If living a healthy life is an important factor in your decision to buy a home somewhere, we hope you'll choose Hawaii. Of course you will have other factors to consider, but what's more important than health? If you don't have that, you don't have anything, as they say. On that note, if you need assistance finding the right Maui property for your unique preferences and needs, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo for reading this week!

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Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra's Annual Winter Concert
Bring the whole family for this festive demonstration of student musical skill and talent.
December 12, 2014

Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra's Annual Winter Concert

Maui Real EstateThe Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra's Annual Winter Concert is coming up on December 14th. Over twenty Maui students from eight local schools will be providing us with a wonderful performance. It's free to attend, for both adults and children. If you're thinking about buying Maui real estate and moving your family out here, education is probably on your mind. This concert is a great opportunity to learn more about what Maui has to offer to its students.

The Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 2005. This valuable non-profit works hard to develop the talents of Maui's youth through music. They are always finding ways to expand and enhance musical education opportunities throughout the island, for students of all skill levels.

Home-made crafts and goodies will be available for sale to help raise funds for the organization, so they can continue to do their good work in the community. Tax deductible donations can also be made at the event for additional support. It really is a good cause, but contributing is up to you. After all, there are a lot of wonderful organizations to support on the island. They are a big part of the reason why Maui living is so special.

As for the concert, it will feature student musicians playing strings, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. The guest artists include Richard Tadaki, Sue Nakama, Stephen Rodrigues, Tami Saito, Julius Galanto and WenLu Duffy. Below is a list of the songs that will be included in the performance.

  • Radetzky March, Op 228, by Johann Strauss, Sr.
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • New World Symphony, First Movement, by Antonin Dvorak
  • Sleeping Beauty, by Peter I. Tschaikowsky
  • Dance of the Tumblers, by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  • NYC: Here’s to the Big Apple, arranged by Jack Bullock
  • White Christmas, by Irving Berlin
  • A Christmas Festival, by Leroy Anderson

The concert will be held on December 14th at 3pm at Baldwin High School in Wailuku. You can visit baldwinhs.k12.hi.us for more information. We hope you can make it, and that you enjoy the musical skills and talents of Maui's wonderful youth. Mahalo for reading this week, and happy holidays!

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Hawaii Visitor Spending on Target for Record Year
Visitor spending has increased by 2.2 percent in the first ten months of this year.
December 05, 2014

Hawaii Visitor Spending on Target for Record Year

Hawaii Real EstateBased on October statistics, Hawaii is on target for a record year in visitor expenditures, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA).  Arrivals were up 3 percent to 659,821 visitors and expenditures were up 2.2 percent to $1.14 million, compared to October of last year.

That data brings us up to a year-to-date increase of 0.7 percent in arrivals for a total of 6,879,749 and 2.2 percent increase in expenditures for a total of $12.2 billion. Growth is continuing, but slowing down after the initial recovery from the recession.

It's no surprise that Hawaii real estate is appreciating so quickly. The visitor industry has had a profoundly positive effect on the economy. In fact, according to the report, $1.3 billion in tax revenue has been generated in the first ten months of the year, which is $27 million more than the same period last year.

The HTA expects changes in the booking pace during the second quarter of 2015 because of the strengthening of the dollar against international currencies. This very factor explains why arrivals from the domestic market grew by 5.2 percent in October. Both the East and West coasts saw some growth, while international markets like Japan and Canada saw a slight drop.

Maui itself had a 6.9 percent gain in arrivals in October, and so far, we're at a 0.8 percent gain for the year. The next two months will tell how well the visitor industry performs here overall. Expenditures is where Maui leads. We saw an October increase of 10.1 percent and a year-to-date increase of 11.4 percent. The latter figure is the most dramatic gain of all the islands.

Like a Maui vacation, Maui real estate tends to be expensive, but the principle behind this is that you get what you pay for. After all, it's an iconic island, and for a good reason. But you'll have to visit to understand why, and to decide for yourself if there's anywhere else you'd rather live. If you need assistance, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page, as always. Mahalo!

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