Amidst all the reports of population growth, new real estate developments and general expansion, hearing about a planned native dryland forest expansion is an unusual break. State officials are planning to restore the forest that once blanketed leeward Haleakala. The dryland forest in this area currently covers only five percent of what it once did, which is the result of logging and cattle ranching. Once upon a time, it covered a swath of Maui land all the way from Makawao to Kaupo.
This effort comes from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife, which very recently released a draft management plan for the Nakula Natural Area Reserve. The report details the restoration efforts they plan to perform, including the planting of native trees, which has already been underway as of 2014, along with steps to control invasive species that undermine the native ecosystem.
The preserve is comprised of 1,500 acres that start at a 3,600-foot elevation on the leeward slope of Haleakala. The area is already home to two of Hawaii's endangered endemic native forest birds, the nene (Hawaiian goose) and the pueo (Hawaiian owl), as well as the Hawaiian hoary bat, which is one of Hawaii's only two native mammals. The DLNR hopes to enhance the success of these species through these habitat restoration efforts, hopefully with the help of local community groups like the Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership.
As for the price tag of these efforts, they will cost around $209,700 in the fiscal year of 2016 and another $154,700 in the fiscal year of 2017. In the end, the hope is that removing invasive plants and animals while planting native species will protect Maui's watersheds and native animals, helping to restore them to their former glory.
With any luck, these efforts will prove successful, and we'll get a better window into the original type of landscape that once defined Maui. We may even see a beneficial chain reaction throughout the ecosystem in ways we never expected. It will be interesting to see how this all turns out. For now, we'll hope for the best results.
Maui's reputation as a tropical paradise icon has certainly been making big ripples in its population. In fact, a U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that Maui County's population growth was the fastest in the state from 2012 to 2014. On top of that, Hawaii as a state had one of the fastest growing populations in the nation last year. It's no wonder that Maui real estate inventory is so low.
The report revealed that the state's population increased by 1.1 percent in 2014, increasing from 1,404,054 to 1,419,561 residents. That put Hawaii in spot No. 13 in the nation. As for our Maui County, population growth hit 1.78 percent in 2014, putting it at No. 118 among all 814 U.S. counties. The population grew from 158,226 in 2012 to 163,046 in 2014. Next in line was Hawaii County with a 1.77 percent population increase. That made it No. 124 among U.S. counties. Kauai County was No. 202 with an increase of 1.39.
By comparison, the City and County of Honolulu had the smallest growth rate, but obviously the largest population, with an increase of 0.85 percent from 976,372 in 2012 to 991,788 residents in 2014. One of the reasons why its population growth wasn't as high as its neighbors is because the island is already fairly saturated. On the other hand, the neighboring counties still have room for quite a bit of growth.
While Maui real estate listings are much fewer in number than during the recession, numerous new housing developments are in the works due to increasing demand for more housing. With this new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, that demand is much clearer, and many entities, both public and private, can use the information to plan the county's development.
As for your interest in Maui real estate, if you are in the market, we would be happy to assist you. You'll find our contact info at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!
Of all the states in the U.S., Hawaii uses the least energy per capita, according to a recent report from Save On Energy with data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Add in the fact that we have one of the highest percentages of renewable energy and that makes ours a model state when it comes to low energy cost and any associated environmental impact.
The report included statistics between 1960 and 2013, during which, Hawaii used 22.2 million British thermal units of energy. That was the least energy used by any state by a long shot. The most popular explanations are: 1. The regulations the state has in place regarding energy use. 2. The high cost of energy. 3. The fact that our climate is the most comfortable. Not only is winter heating an issue that we don't have to worry about, but the same tends to be true of air conditioning. Sitting in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, even as close to the equator as we are, temperature extremes are rarely a problem for the Aloha State.
It's no surprise why retirees flock to us in search of South Maui real estate where they can watch the sparkling blue Pacific ocean from home while enjoying blissful weather. When you get up there in the years, the last thing you want to tax your body with are burning hot and freezing cold temperatures.
According to the report, Hawaii ranked first not just in the 1960-2013 period, but also in the 2009-2013 period. This verifies that our position is maintaining as the years go on, and our high percentage of renewable energy sources are certainly a factor there.
As for the other states that used the least energy, those were California, Washington D.C., New Mexico and Arizona. The states that used the most energy were Indiana, Nebraska, Alaska, Ohio and Tennessee.
If you're interested in taking advantage of the amazing climate and stunning natural environment that only Hawaii can offer, perhaps you'd like to browse through Maui real estate listings to see what kind of homes and condos are on the market. If you need more information or assistance with your search, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!
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