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Halloween Express Cruise to Lahaina
Skip the traffic and take a cruise between the Ma'alaea and Lahaina Harbors on Halloween.
October 24, 2014

Halloween Express Cruise to Lahaina

Living in South MauiOne of the great things about living in South Maui is that you get the beach town experience, but you're not too far out of the way from other places of interest. On that note, the lively town of Lahaina in West Maui is a fun place to visit, and being 35 minutes away isn't too bad. Besides, the drive is scenic. But there's one time of year in particular when Lahaina is especially exciting, while the drive becomes especially scary. If you've guessed Halloween, you're right. Lahaina is the place to go if you want to see thousands of incredible costumes on October 31st, but driving and parking are even more ghoulish than the revelers! Fortunately, there's a way around the problem.

The Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) is providing a Halloween Express cruise this year, and it will depart from Ma'alaea at 5:30pm, delivering you and your friends to Lahaina where you can enjoy the festivities for two hours before your return trip, which departs from Lahaina Harbor 11pm. If you're not familiar with the area, the harbor is located right off Front Street, which is where the festivities will be, so all you'll need to worry about is getting to Ma'alaea Harbor. You won't have to brave the notoriously challenging traffic and parking issues that everyone else has to worry about.

The PWF makes a good solid effort to creating an enjoyable experience for its passengers, so expect plenty of merriment on the way to Lahaina and back. You can think of it as a little costume party out on the big beautiful ocean as you journey there and back. They'll provide affordable soft drinks and snacks.

If you buy tickets online at the PWF website, tickets are $32.35 each way, and you will need two tickets, for a total of $64.70 per person. On the plus side, PWF members save 20%, while kama'aina (Maui residents) save 40%, and kama'aina members save 45%. So if you're lucky enough to call Maui home and have a state I.D. to prove it, your round trip ticket total will come out to a bit less than $40, which is well worth it if you enjoy the ocean and you don't want to stay in Lahaina for more than two hours. If you need more information, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.

Mahalo for reading this week! Be safe, and have a happy Halloween!

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Featured Listing - Kihei Surfside
This location provides the best of what South Maui has to offer.
October 20, 2014

If you are looking for a luxurious place to call home in South Maui, we have just the property for you.  Unit 512 at Kihei Surfside ​is located in energetic city of Kihei, Maui.  In this vibrant beach town you will find numerous beaches to enjoy during the day and then easily transition into a night out at one or many of the local karaoke spots, dance clubs, and/or sports bars.  The Kihei area encompasses six miles of white-sand beaches, a prime destination for ocean enthusiasts.  The Kihei Surfside condos are positioned just steps away from Keawakapu beach, rated one of Maui's best beaches.

Some of the other popular beaches within one mile of the property are: Kamaole I, II, and III, Keonekai and Kilohana Park, and Mokapu Beach.  When searching for a place to spend the evening, after a fun day in the sun, you can choose from an intimate dinner or an epic night out on the town.  Being positioned at the end of South Kihei and the tip of Wailea, Kihei Surfside guests and residents have the best of both worlds.  While Kihei embraces a bombastic nightlife, Wailea is known for opulence.  For those desiring the bar scene, the triangle of local establishments is located less than three miles from the resort.  Less than two miles in the opposite direction, further south, is the Shops at Wailea.  The Shops at Wailea house more than 70 distinct boutiques, shops, restaurants, and galleries to choose from.  This rare opportunity at the Kihei Surfside won't last long.

Kihei Surfside condominiums offer oceanfront views from all units, showcasing the island of Kaho'olawe, Molokini, and Lanai.  The resort spans over 1.5 acres, housing 83 units, throughout six floors.  Unit 512 has a large one bedroom, one bath floor plan, with an extra half-bath for guests.  This larger unit offers a more expansive interior and lanai living space.  This 680 square foot unit is listed at $750,000.  On-site amenities include a pool, recreation and barbecue areas, and a putting green for golf fanatics.  This resort has approximately 15% owner occupancy, which means this could be your full time residence or easily positioned as a vacation rental while you're not on Maui. 

If you require further assistance with this property or have questions about any of our listings, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the pages.  Mahalo!

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New SolarCity Loan Program
South Maui is one of the sunniest places of the island, which makes it ideal for rooftop solar.
October 17, 2014

New SolarCity Loan Program

Looking for a way to cut energy costs? Although Hawaiian Electric has been making progress with the cost of energy thanks to increasing renewable sources, there are still options for Hawaii home owners to lower their bills. SolarCity has recently unveiled their loan program to customers in Hawaii and various other states.

The "My Power" solar loan involves no upfront costs for a rooftop system, and the customer is the system owner. The solar power system energy will cost up to 40 percent less than traditional utility power. The loan can be paid with these savings, and customers also have the option to prepay the loan if they so desire, lowering or removing their monthly payments with no fees or penalties.

One of the conveniences of their offer is the fact that SolarCity is the lender, unlike other solar loans that come from a third party, such as a bank. This means you will deal directly and only with SolarCity, which will simplify your experience.

Hawaii still struggles with the highest electricity costs in the nation, but with the benefit of mostly sunny weather throughout the year, we're in an ideal position to benefit from rooftop systems, which, along with the existing tax credit, explains the massive growth we're seeing in the number of those systems.

Hawaiian Electric Co. has recently submitted new energy plans to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission for review, and it addresses rooftop solar connectivity with the grid. There's only one direction the utilities companies can go, and that involves accommodating more rooftop systems.

SolarCity is conveniently accessible throughout the nation, and it has also become one of the top solar energy companies in our state. If you own South Maui property, or you're planning on buying a new home in the area, the weather will work to your favor. South Maui is one of the sunniest places on the island. Now you'll have the option of capitalizing on that without paying for a rooftop system upfront.

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