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Maui to Host Startup Weekend in Kihei
Where tech jobs thrive, so does real estate.
March 27, 2015

Maui to Host Startup Weekend in Kihei

South Maui Real EstateThe push to establish Kihei as a tech hub continues with Startup Weekend Maui officially scheduled for May 15-17. These developments are worth keeping an eye on, especially when it comes to buying real estate. Tech jobs generate strong revenue, overall, and stimulate the economy, which drives up both rental and real estate prices. These areas quickly become some of the most expensive places to live, but if you make your real estate investment beforehand, your property value is much more likely to increase.

Startup Weekend Maui is part of a broader effort that could end up drawing a lot of talent to South Maui. After all, few tech workers get to live in sight of white sandy beaches on Maui. Owning South Maui real estate is the logical choice for these high-earning professionals, if this is where they end up working.

The event itself will bring developers and entrepreneurs to the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) location in Kihei, and will kick off Friday night as they pitch their business or app ideas. After that, participants will form a team and build a product by Sunday evening.

This is the second year that Maui has hosted the event, thanks in large part to the sponsoring efforts of MEDB. The last event drew 60 participants, including designers and developers who work at a location on Maui or remotely for a tech company located elsewhere.

If you happen to be interested in participating, early bird prices start at $75 until April 15th, so you still have some time to develop your ideas, if needed. You can reserve your space and get more information at the Startup Weekend website.

We hope you've found this entry informative. If you need any assistance with your South Maui real estate search, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

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Federal Funds Allocated for Maui County Schools
Schools in Maui County will receive nearly $5 million in Federal funds.
March 20, 2015

Federal Funds Allocated for Maui County Schools

Education is an important factor in any family's decision to move to a new place, especially when that place is as isolated as our island. Buying Maui real estate is generally a long-term decision. Knowing that your kids' new schools are performing well and getting the proper funding from state and federal governments is like a ray of sunlight.

If you're one of those prospective Maui home buyers, you may be interested to know that nearly $5 million has recently been allocated to local educational agencies in Maui County. It's still in the preliminary allocation phase, which means the exact amounts are still to be determined, but in any case, the funds will be put to good use.

The US Department of Education has appropriated $47 million for Hawaii schools. About $10.6 million went to Hawaii County, $29 million to Honolulu County, and $2 million to Kauai County. The funds are intended to go to the schools that need them the most, with a focus on improving their teaching and learning processes. That means schools that are struggling to meet academic achievement requirements will get the boost they need for good performance standards.

The amount of funds allocated to each county was based on several factors, including per-pupil expenditures, poverty and population estimates. The final allocations should be released in June, later this year. They may differ a bit from the preliminary numbers. Perhaps we'll check back on this development at that time! Meanwhile, if you need assistance finding the right real estate for your family's home, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

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Book Trust Fundraiser in Wailea
This year's theme is Casino Royale, featuring a myriad of games.
March 13, 2015

Book Trust Fundraiser in Wailea

One of the perks to buying South Maui real estate is that interesting events are at your fingertips all year round. For example, the 3rd Annual Book Trust Extravaganza is coming up on March 14th. This year's theme is Casino Royale. All the proceeds from this lively fundraiser will support the Book Trust's wonderful efforts to help our island's keiki (children) develop strong literacy skills, empowering them for a life of learning. 

Their efforts are focused on keiki from low-income families that would otherwise have a more challenging time acquiring learning materials. Last year, the organization helped 5,100 keiki in Hawaii. These keiki's literacy levels increased by 30 percent.

True to this year's Casino Royale fundraiser theme, guests will get to enjoy the excitement of a Las Vegas casino, but in the elegant atmosphere that Wailea provides. The event will be hosted at Mala Wailea at the Wailea Mariott Resort and Spa, which is poised on a stunning piece of oceanfront South Maui property that will add enchanting beauty to the experience. The venue will have numerous popular casino games for you to play, and there will also be a silent auction with top notch items. Delicious cuisine will be provided by acclaimed chef Sheldon Simeon, complemented by an open bar. It's going to be a fun party, and it'll be full of people who enjoy supporting the education of their community's keiki.

What better way to enjoy your Saturday evening than participating in this exciting fundraiser? How often do you get to play casino games on Maui? Between the casino theme and the open bar, you can bet this won't be a stodgy affair!

Held at Mala Wailea at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, this event will take place from 5:30-9pm. Tickets are on sale for $150. Visit for more information on this event, and to purchase your tickets. You can also learn more about the good work that this organization performs.

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