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From tropical rainforests to soaring cliffs to sanding shorelines, Kauai is truly a paradise for those who love the great outdoors. The Garden Isle offers some of Hawaii’s most diverse terrain without the crowds, showcasing some of the state’s best hikes and stunning scenery.

When traveling to Kauai, there are so many ways to explore the island that it can almost seem overwhelming. To make it easier on you, we made a list of some of our favorite hikes, some that you can accomplish within a hour or two and others that demand a backpack full of camping gear and an appetite for discovering Kauai's Aloha. Wherever you go, be sure to bring a camera to capture some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes.

Kalalau Trail

Even though it’s one of the longest hikes…

Everyone on the mainland might be dreaming of a white Christmas, but the holiday season on Oahu takes on its own unique twist. From Santa arriving by outrigger canoe to parades of boats, there are all sorts of ways people in the islands celebrate the holidays that you won’t find anywhere else.  We’ve got you covered with a list of five things you need to check out this holiday season on Oahu. And best of all, you can enjoy all of the holiday’s most cheerful activities within the comforts of slippers and Aloha wear — without ever having to put on a winter coat.

Mele Kalikimaka Oahu
Photo credit: Daniel Ramirez

Everyone on the mainland might be dreaming of a white Christmas, but the holiday season on Oahu takes on its own unique twist. From Santa arriving by outrigger canoe to…

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of your toes in the sand, the sun on your skin and the sounds of waves gently crashing onto a beach. Yet often, relaxing days at the beach can get cut short by crowds of people, who flock to the islands in search of creating new memories and exploring Hawaii’s famous shorelines. For those craving secluded pockets of paradise, Waikiki and Ala Moana Beach Park, as beautiful as they are, just don’t cut it.

But if you’re searching for serenity, solitude and a quiet place to lay down a blanket and read a book, we’ve got your covered. There are handfuls of beaches across Oahu, Hawaii’s most populated island, where you can enjoy the island’s natural wonders without crowds of tourists. These are a few of our favorites:

Every few years something comes on the market that is so extraordinary that it stands out into a category of its own. Such is the case with 4508 Makena Road, one of Hawaii's most uniquely located beachfront homes. With one of the highest quality of build anywhere on Maui and a location steeped with culture, it presents one of the strongest value propositions for a sophisticated Buyer looking for absolute perfection in the Pacific.

Makena Luxury Home

The 4 bedroom / 5.5. bathroom beachfront estate is thoughtfully designed with an open floor plan anchored by the living area which seamlessly transitions to the spacious lanais and resort-style pool with spa. With 20' ceilings, the Living Area and main lanai feel open and spacious, while panoramic ocean views frame some of the…

With a laid back attitude, world class amenities, and a picture perfect tropical setting, it's no wonder that so many celebrities flock to Maui for rest and relaxation. The Valley Isle can be such an addictive place that many of these well-heeled visitors decide to make it home - even if it's home away from home. 

One of Maui's most famous visitors is Oprah Winfrey, who is known to have significant properties Upcountry, including the Thompson Ranch. She has proven to be a great steward of the land, keeping with the Paniolo character of the area while practicing a sense of Kuleana (responsibility) of maintaining the land with care and sensibility.

On the south side, Steven Tyler can be found riding around town and is known for frequenting Little Beach, near…

Few neighborhoods in Hawaii can inspire the level of enthusiasm the way that Moana Estates does in Kihei. The subdivision consists of 90 executive-style homes, strategically located within the area to maximize privacy and views, while instilling a sense of community and neighborly Aloha. Located adjacent to the award-winning Kamalii Elementary School, children enjoy access to one of the highest-rated schools in all Hawaii, while the hilltop location ensures continuing view corridors. Conveniently located within walking distance to Kamaole Beach I, II, and III, restaurants and shops, yet separated enough to feel private and secluded. Nearby access to Piilani Highway ensures quick ingress to the Wailea resort community, with all the top restaurants, spas,…

Today's question comes from a buyer interested in Launiupoko real estate.

Question: We're interested in buying a house in Launiupoko, but we're concerned that it may be too far removed from the rest of the island and may be a more complacent lifestyle. What can you tell us about the area?

Answer:  Great question. To start, we're a bit biased about Launiupoko as it is one of our favorite areas in all of Hawaii, but we'll answer objectively. The Launiupoko area has a strong reputation as having some of the finest, plantation-style luxury homes on Maui, with expansive ocean view corridors and a degree of privacy rarely found. So although it may appeal to those who want to quietly enjoy their property perched on the hillside overlooking the Pacific, it also has…

To those fortunate who have visited Montage Residences Kapalua Bay, it is no surprise this Kapalua luxury property was honored as the top resort hotel in Hawaii by Travel & Leisure. The world renowned publication conducts an annual survey of its readers, with hotels being rated based on quality of accommodations, level of service, dining, and overall value proposition to guests. 

Montage Kapalua Bay Breathtaking view of Montage Kapalua Bay

A large reason for the Montage's success is its low density - sitting atop 24 of the most valued acres of Kapalua real estate, the Montage consists of merely 50 luxury units, which are rented in various configurations including up to large 4 bedroom condos, bringing the privacy and space of a home, with the convenience of 5 star resort…

Makena Real Estate

Through decades, Makena real estate has proven to be one of the strongest ultra-luxury Hawaii real estate markets in the entire State. With an idyllic location in a comparably undeveloped area (specially when compared to Wailea or Kapalua), yet boasting some of the most pristine coast anywhere in the world and luxury amenities rivaling those of any ultra affluent resort town, it is easy to understand how and why Makena appeals to some of the world's wealthiest and most famous - from Hollywood movie stars, to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, to Wall Street tycoons and everything in between making Makena their Hawaii getaway.

As we are half way through the year, it is a great time to measure how the Makena market is faring. First, let's look at how 2017 turned…

On our previous post, we detailed a list of complexes that allow for Maui Condo Vacation Rentals. As a follow up, it's pertinent to also understand that single-family homes are not permitted to be used as vacation rentals UNLESS they are permitted specifically by the County. Now Maui County has a process by which applicable Single-Family Residences can apply for a permit, these permits are non-transferrable (cannot be passed through a sale to the new owner) and are limited to a specified amount per Region.

As a service to our clients, we are posting the most up-to-date list as of the publishing of this post, 07/15/2018. For confirmation that a specific property is still permitted or discuss available options for purchase, contact us.

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