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The Coconut Chronicles
Volume I, featuring Lifestyle Properties, All about Paia, A Night at the MACC and more.
Aloha! Welcome to the premiere issue of "The Coconut Chronicles" presented by Billy and Pete Jalbert of the Maui Real Estate Team. The intent of our monthly newsletter is to provide you with insight on the local real estate market as well as an overview of some of the fantastic towns, places and activities available on the little slice of paradise we call Maui. While we have a passion for helping our customers buy and sell Maui real estate, we also like to soak in all that Maui has to offer. We hope you enjoy "The Coconut Chronicles" and find it to be a value to you as you consider buying or selling Maui real estate.
Billy and Pete's Picks:
Each month The Coconut Chronicles will present some properties that may be intriguing to you. There are literally hundreds of active listings to choose from. Our goal is to provide you with a snapshot of some properties that may be right for you! this month we have chosen to focus on Lifestyle properties.
Lifestyle Listings -- Looking for a Change of Pace? Are you tired of your job and the associated daily grind? Have you ever considered changing your life? Do you want to live and work in paradise? The current Maui real estate market may offer a solution. Opportunity abounds for those with some working capital, creativity and a strong work ethic.
Check out these interesting Lifestyle Listings that may allow you to live and work in paradise and be your own boss:
Please note this was originally published in August of 2004, none of these listings are currently on the market. Call or email us for all of the current Maui Lifestyle Listings.
Coconut Community Spotlight: Paia
Each month our newsletter will look at one of the unique communities on Maui. Our first community spotlight will focus on Paia. Paia is also one of the most unique and cosmopolitan little towns in Maui, Hawaii and arguably the world.
Paia became the most important community along the North Shore of Maui during the 1880s when the Alexander and Baldwin Company built the first Sugar Mill on the island just outside of town. The town itself grew as the company built camps for its global workforce. The international contingent included Japanese, Chinese and Portuguese immigrants who helped develop the community of Paia in the decades to come. The sugar industry remained integral to that development as the town swelled to 10,000 residents during the 30s and 40s. During its heyday, Paia had multiple movie theaters, a train depot, a hospital and a plethora of shops and hotels. The 50's saw a downturn in the local sugar industry and the community shrank significantly. While sugar cane is no longer a staple for the town, the roots are still evident. The community is still surrounded by swaying green cane fields and the towns charming architecture dates back to sugar's heyday. Even the old mill is still standing. It was decommissioned in 2000, but it still looms over town just up the slope of Haleakala. Part of the old mill is now home to a start-up rum company.
A new wave of immigrants hit the town in the 60s when hippies found Paia. Drawn to its natural beauty and rural setting, hippies from the mainland descended upon Paia and many never left. They helped breathe new life into the town by opening businesses and restoring ramshackle homes abandoned with the departure of sugar cane jobs. Their presence is evident through a number of alternative shops that dot Paia, the occasional VW microbus and a younger generation of hippies that roam the streets today. The 80s put Paia on the international map as it became the world epicenter of windsurfing.
As this sport exploded, Ho'okipa beach park, located a few miles east on Hana highway, was discovered and recognized as the best wave sailing spot on the planet. This brought the best windsurfers from all over to challenge themselves in the wind and the waves near Paia. Many of the international windsurfers have since moved to Paia and surrounding communities. Between international expats and international visitors, it is not uncommon to hear half a dozen languages spoken around town. Personally, I have met people from France, England, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada, Argentina, Italy, Germany, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Brazil, Spain, Sweden, and Slovakia.
The unique melting pot atmosphere gives Paia a cosmopolitan flare that is hard to imagine in a town of approximately 2,500 full time residents. One of the places where this is most evident is in the varied restaurants located in town. Along Baldwin Avenue, there are a number of great places to eat. Café des Amis offers delicious crepes and curries at an affordable price. Moana Café offers a varied menu from baked goods to fresh seafood and varied ethnic dishes. Green Mint offers delicious Vietnamese vegetarian food. Vegetarians and the health conscious have another great option at Mana Foods. This healthy grocery store offers organic produce, a great deli and a fantastic salad bar. Café Mambo offers a mix of Mediterranean fare as well as fajitas. There are two great restaurants at the corner of Hana highway and Baldwin Avenue. On the east side of the intersection is Milagros Food Company. Milagros has tasty Nuevo Mexican, great margaritas and a fantastic patio area ideally suited for people watching. The west side of the intersection offers casual picnic bench seating at the Paia Fish Market. The fish market features only the freshest fish and it offers the best fish sandwich on the island.
Along Hana Highway, there is the SandBar. It offers classic pub food with an island twist. They also feature live music and numerous TVs for the sports fan. Jacques has a fantastic open air design that lets the North Shore's trade winds keep customers cool. Equal to its setting is the delicious seafood and sushi. Charley's is a North Shore institution. Established in 1969, Charlie's offers good burgers, salads, pizza and enormous breakfasts. At night, Charley's will frequently feature live music. On rare occasions, part time Maui Resident Willie Nelson will take the stage. His many gold and platinum albums adorn the walls of this classic establishment.
Located a couple of miles outside of Paia is Mama's Fish House. Mama's offers fantastic food in a beautiful setting. The restaurant is set off of its own palm fringed beach with great sunsets. The inside décor evokes an image of classic Hawaii. It is very open and airy with lots of bamboo and teak. Images from all over Polynesia adorn the wall. The food itself features nothing but the freshest fish caught locally prepared with fresh Maui produce. It is easy to see why some argue that this is Maui's best restaurant.
In addition to great food, Paia also offers a variety of shops and galleries. The proximity to great surfing and windsurfing means that all of your ocean needs are covered by one of the four surf shops. Maui Sailboard, Simmer, Hi Tech and Hana Highway Surf sell and rent surfboards, surf trunks and other various necessities for playing in the sand and water. Boutiques such as Biasa Rose, Nuage Blue, Necessories, Alice in Hulaland, Moonbow Tropics, Voyage, Rainbow Jo and the Hemp House are but a few of the shops that offer all kinds of different clothes for a variety tastes.
While there is much to see and do around downtown, the adjoining oceans provide plenty of opportunity for surfing, windsurfing, body boarding and swimming. The aforementioned Ho'okipa Beach Park offers a lot of challenge for surfers and windsurfers. Caution should be exercised at this spot as winter swells can mean very large surf. Paia Bay is just west of downtown Paia. It offers a nice beach area popular for surfing and boogie boarding during the winter. It is also home to the Paia Youth and Cultural Center and its newly opened Stone Wave skate park. If you are hungry while at the beach, the youth center is also home to the Paia Bay Café which is run by local kids. They offer great lunches including a sweet potato salad that is out of this world! Further west from town is the longest stretch of Beach along the North Shore. Baldwin Beach is a popular place for locals on the weekend. The very west end of Baldwin is an area called Baby Beach. With a reef located just offshore, there is a great area for swimming that is sheltered from the larger winter surf.
For those that prefer their challenges on the greens, Baldwin Beach is next to the Maui Country Club. This course offers 9 holes and affordable green fees. For those that are interested in enhancing both mind and body, there are two Yoga studios in Paia both along Hana Highway. Ocean Yoga offers classes in Hatha Yoga and a hybrid Hatha/Ashtanga Yoga. As an added bonus, the studio is located along the water. It is a great option to cool yourself in the ocean after a challenging class. The Maui Yoga Shala offers classes that teach a variety of yoga styles, tai chi and dance classes. Nadia and the rest of the staff at the Shala offer great classes whether you are trying to get your groove on in hip hop class or find your Zen in a meditation class.
Paia Homes for Sale
For a town of 2,500, Paia offers a lot to both residents and visitors. These amenities have contributed to the desirability of Paia homes for sale. When speaking of Paia homes for sale, there are really three areas of the community. Spreckelsville is the area that runs roughly from the airport east until you reach the entrance to Baldwin Beach Park. The homes in this area run from roughly $800,000 to $5,000,000 plus. The proximity to the beach and the nearby Maui Country Club contribute to the desirability of the area. Paia itself offers a mixed range of housing. There are more modest homes starting around $400,000.00 with nearby Beachfront villas ranging well into the millions. Kuau is the final area of Paia running from just east of downtown all the way to Mama's Fish House. Family homes in the area start from the high 400's. While oceanfront properties can run well into the millions. Kuau Plaza is one of two condo complexes on the North Shore and it offers the lowest priced option at the low $200's for one bedroom/one bath apartments. *
*Please note, pricing reflects August of 2004, for information on current price ranges and listingsfor Paia Homes for Sale, contact Billy or Pete today.
One of the many comments we consistently hear from visitors and residents alike is: "I never knew there was so much to do on Maui". Each month this column will take a look at some of the many activities that are available to both Kama'aina and visitors alike.
When considering a move from the mainland, many newcomers fret that they will be sacrificing cultural events for sunshine and palm trees. That could not be further from the truth. Maui provides a varied cultural calendar that draws nationally recognized performers to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. This is supplemented by local theater as well as the internationally recognized Maui Film Festival. The film festival is held in June with movie premiers of independent films and documentaries held at the MACC and an outdoor theater showcase at Wailea. The film festival will be the subject of a future newsletter; this month we want to highlight a recent trip to the MACC for a sold out performance by Jack Johnson.
You could tell it was not going to be a usual night at the MACC when we were greeted by a couple dozen Jack Johnson fans eagerly trying to scalp tickets for the sold out show. My jaw dropped when someone offered us $200.00 for a ticket. While the temptation was there, we opted to check out the show. The MACC is a great venue with a couple of different areas where performances are held. There is the Alexander and Baldwin amphitheater that accommodates roughly 5,000. It has spectacular views of the West Maui Mountains and Haleakala. Just the week prior to Jack Johnson, the venue welcomed legendary rockers The Who. The Jack Johnson concert was to be held in the more intimate Castle Theater which accommodates 1,200. The venue is split into three levels providing intimacy with the stage even from the back row.
Prior to entering the concert hall, there is open courtyard area that serves food and beverages and allows concert goers to mingle. Frequently, local bands will play in the courtyard prior to the main show. It is a great setting with the cool night air, and the friendly and familiar faces of Maui. While the rest of my party was content to mingle and enjoy a few cocktails, I was anxious to make it into the theater to see the premiere of the new surf movie Brokedown Melody that was playing prior to the concert. I made it into the theater escorted to my seat by the always friendly MACC ushers.
I was quickly entranced by the surf spectacle on the big screen. The film featured amazing footage of surfers in surf epicenters such as Tahiti, the North Shore of Oahu and Indonesia. It is always great to see a surf movie on the big screen in Hawaii. Amazing rides are often greeted with loud cheers from the audience. There was plenty to hoot about in this film. The rest of my crew joined me just prior to the end of the movie.
After a brief intermission, Donovan Frankenreiter took the stage as the opening act. Donovan is a professional surfer and aspiring singer/songwriter. Jack Johnson is a good friend and helped produce his self titled debut album. I was more familiar with Donovan for his surf skills then his music, but I was impressed with his soulful crooning and skilled guitar work.
After a fun short set, it was time for the main event. A buzz filled the air and female fans thronged the front of the stage to hand out leis to Jack. At this point, some of you might be saying "who the heck is Jack Johnson"? Jack grew up on the North Shore of Oahu with the world famous Pipeline wave as his backyard. A promising professional surf career was derailed after a particularly nasty wipeout at his backyard break. Jack went to the mainland to study film at UCSB. He quickly gained acclaim as a surf film maker who often featured his own guitar work prominently in the films' soundtracks. Prodded by friends, Jack released his debut album in 2000. Brushfire Fairytales quickly caught on with Jack's soothing voice and catchy guitar riffs drawing legions of fans. His popularity is particularly strong in his native Hawaii.
Jack came out on stage and the crowd erupted. Frequent cries of "I love you Jack" emanated from many of the women in the audience. Our seats in the balcony afforded us a good view of an entertaining game of cat and mouse between Jack's female fans and the kind old ladies who are ushers at the MACC. The Castle Theater is generally a seated venue for performance. When defiant Jack fans tried to break the house rules, the nice old ladies kindly told them to take their seats. This back and forth occurred for a couple of songs, before the levee finally broke. A crowd of Jack fans came charging down the aisles and the whole front half of the auditorium was transformed into a dance floor. I looked down to see one of the ushers shake her head and smile. While the crowd was on its feet, it remained well behaved.
Jack put on a great show, bringing out Donovan to perform with him at one time. The crowd remained enthusiastic throughout and Jack charmed the crowd with his smile and humble nature. He couldn't make it off the stage without performing two separate encores. Not a usual night at the MAC, but one of many great times I have had there this year. Whether it is an independent film, a musical performance by a nationally recognized performer or a live theater production, the MAC offers a lot to the Maui Community.
Coconut Cultural Calendar
The MACC is not the only great place for cultural activities on Maui. There are other venues such as the Hui No'Eau Visual Arts center located between Paia and Makawao. As a feature to our readers, we will provide a monthly calendar of events for the MACC, Hui No' Eau as well as other events around Maui.
Introduction to Acrylic Painting
Wednesday, August 18
FREE SLIDE LECTURE
Friday, August 20
Saturday, August 21
Introduction to Jewelry
Introduction to Printmaking
Wednesday, August 25
Saturday, August 28
Saturday, August 28
Wednesday, September 1
Intermediate Oil Pastels
Intermediate Intaglio Printmaking
Shrines in Relief
Saturday, September 11
Sunday, September 12
Size Matters: The Architecture of Throwing Large Pots
Wax Model Making for Casting
Taste of the Tropics
Each month, Billy's wife Carla will bring you a new recipe that evokes a taste of the tropics. Click here for Carla's delicious recipe for:
Maui Real Estate Market Update
As Realtors, we are frequently asked about the direction of the Real Estate Market.
While we wish we could provide definitive answers, any guesses we would make would be
a disservice to our customers. We can however, provide information on the recent performance
of the market. The link below provides access to recent statistics on home, condo and
land sales in Maui County. It is important to bear in mind that month to month statistics
can be easily skewed based on the relatively small sample of properties on Maui. Differences
in statistics are just as easily changed by variation in inventory as much as changes
in the market place. We plan to provide this data as a monthly feature. Each subsequent
month will help to clarify the big picture of recent Maui real estate market trends.
If you have any more specific questions or feedback about how we can make The Coconut Chronicles more useful, please let us know.
We hope you found the first issue entertaining and informative. If you know anyone else who might enjoy these articles, please feel free to forward a link to this page.
Pete and Billy Jalbert
Maui Real Estate Team, Inc.
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