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The Coconut Chronicles
Volume II, featuring Oceanfront Properties, All about Makawao, and more.
Aloha! Welcome to "The Coconut Chronicles" presented by Billy and Pete Jalbert, Realtors for the Maui Real Estate Team in Paia, Maui. 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: Oceanfront
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 are focusing on Oceanfront Listings.
Maui Oceanfront Homes. Have you ever dreamed of falling asleep to the sound of the ocean? What about walking out your back door to the beach? The properties below represent some of the spectacular oceanfront listings available on Maui today.
Check out the Maui MLS listings for all active Maui Oceanfront and Beachfront homes.
There are a number of options to buy along the water with oceanfront condos. Condos provide some of the more affordable options for Oceanfront buyers. That being said, there are a number of Oceanfront condo complexes that offer some of the most refined residences in Maui. Oceanfront vacant land properties provide the discriminating buyer an opportunity to build their own oceanfront estate.
This article was originally published in September of 2004. Most of these homes are no longer on the market. For all of the current oceanfront listings, contact Billy and Pete today. on any of these properties.
Coconut Community Spotlight: Makawao
Each month our newsletter will look at one of the unique communities on Maui. This Community Spotlight will focus on Makawao. Makawao is Maui's Paniolo or cowboy town. Surrounded by the plentiful pastureland of the Upcountry, Makawao used to serve the general store needs of Maui's cowboy community. Today's shopping experience is more likely to involve a latte or artwork from a local boutique rather than tack and feed. Despite these changes, Makawao still manifests its cowboy charms. The downtown area has a distinctly western architecture and Paniolos from all over the country converge on Makawao on Fourth of July Weekend for the annual rodeo.
Makawao has agrarian roots. Pineapple farming and cattle ranching were an integral part of the development of the community. Pineapple production began to flourish in the Haiku area downslope of Makawao in 1904 with the construction of a local cannery. Growth of the crop spread up the slopes to Makawao and the nearby community of Hali'imaile. Hali'imaile became the headquarters of Maui Pineapple Company in 1932. Cattle also became an increasingly important part of Maui Industry and the Upcountry of Maui in particular. The 32,000 acre Haleakala Ranch and 80,000 acre Ulupalakua Ranch became focal points for Beef and Dairy cattle. Spanish and Portuguese cowboys migrated to the island to help run the cattle on these ranches. The term Paniolo is a Hawaiian word stemming from Espaniol used to describe the Vaquero cowboys who came from Spanish California to teach cattle handling skills . Downtown Makawao included a number of business dedicated to meeting the needs of the Paniolos and the pineapple workers. The town grew further when 34,000 servicemen from the 4th Marine Division trained just down the road during World War II. When the marines went home, many of the shops that were built to support the servicemen went belly up. It became a community of closed storefronts. Makawao finally began to recover as artists congregated to the community in the '80s.
Makawao Shopping and Food
Today, downtown Makawao offers a great collection of shops, galleries, restaurants and cafes. Boutiques and shops such as Hurricane, Tropo, Designing Wahine, Holiday & Company, Collections, Altitude, Supernatural, Little Tibet and Maui Riders offer assorted apparel and gifts. The Rodeo General Store offers a flashback to old time Makawao and a place to stock up on essentials. For a small community, Makawao has some great restaurants. Located at the corner of Makawao Avenue and Baldwin are two good eateries in Polli's Mexican and Casanova. Polli's offers quality Mexican at a good price. Casanova offers a deli, a nice Italian Restaurant and one of the more lively nightspots in the Upcountry/ North Shore region. Whether it's Wednesday Night Ladies Night or a nationally renowned music act, Casanova always draws a crowd.
Café Del Sol and the Makawao Garden Café are both good options for salads and sandwiches. The Makawao Steak House is another good place to eat. For a java fix or a Caterpillar Roll, there is always Duncan's Coffee and Sushi Bar. Kitada's offers local style Saimin. The Stopwatch Bar and Grill provides pub food and a haven for sports fans. Komodo Bakery offers outstanding Donuts. They won hands down in a head to head taste test vs. Maui newcomer Krispy Kreme. For those that are a bit more health conscious Down to Earth is a nice health food store featuring Organic produce.
There are many small communities around the country that have become renowned as artists' havens. Makawao is recognized as one of those communities. American Style Magazine recently recognized Makawao as one of the top 25 arts destinations in the America.
One of the main reasons Makawao has become established as an artists community can be attributed to the Hui No' Eau artists center located just down Baldwin Avenue from downtown Makawao. The center is housed at Kaluanui an estate built by the Baldwin family. In 1934 the Hui No' Eau art club was formed by one of the Baldwin's. Roughly forty years later, the grandchildren of the founders donated Kaluanui for the creation of the current artist's center. The Hui No' Eau offers classes and workshops in painting, printmaking, photography, pottery, sculpture and jewelry making. It also features exhibits of various local and visiting artists. A schedule of classes and exhibitions is included in our Coconut Cultural Calendar.
Makawao's arts scene is also evident in its numerous galleries. There are at least ten galleries including Viewpoints, Hot Island Glass, R. Groden, Randy Jay Braun and Julie Galeeva. The artists are often found in the galleries on Saturdays also known as "Art Saturday."
Makawao is located at an elevation of 1,600 feet resulting in a climate that many would call ideal. The Hawaiian word Makawao translates to edge of the forest. It is situated just outside the rainforest areas of Haleakala. While it will get occasional trade showers to keep its pasture land fresh and green, it is drier than areas in adjoining Haiku. The elevation also provides for cooler temperatures during the heat of the summer. While this elevation is suitable for tropical foliage, Makawao is better known for its tall and stately eucalyptus trees. The cooler air, the surrounding pastureland and Eucalyptus Groves make for a great setting. While located at 1,600 feet, the beaches of Maui are still very accessible. The beach town of Paia is only 15 to 20 minutes down Baldwin Avenue.
When discussing Makawao, it is also worth mentioning the nearby communities of Olinda and Hal' imaile. Olinda is located above Makawao further up the Volcano. Reaching elevations of over 3,000 feet, Olinda is cooler and a bit more moist than Makawao. Clouds hovering along the flanks of Haleakala often blanket the area in mist and low lying clouds. With its towering Eucalyptus and Pine trees, many are reminded of Northern California. Olinda is also home to Seabury Hall, one of the best prep schools in the Western United States. Hali'imaile is located downslope from Makawao. The one time headquarters of the Maui Pineapple company used to be a booming community. It is much quieter now, but still features a small community of homes, a park and one of the best Restaurants on Maui. The Hali'imaile General Store features locally grown produce, locally raised beef and fresh seafood caught right off of Maui. All meals are of the highest quality. The general store has won multiple awards and received recognition on programs such as the Today show.
Makawao Homes for Sale
The climate and the charm of downtown Makawao make this Upcountry community very desirable. Makawao Homes for sale also have the added advantage of offering some of the more affordable homes on Maui. Homes on smaller lots in and around the downtown Makawao area are still available from the mid 300s on up. Larger ½ acre lots are available in Maui Uplands starting in the lower 600s. A number of estate properties with expansive views of the North Shore are located along Baldwin Avenue downslope from Makawao. Olinda offers properties with extensive acreage. Houses on 2 acres are available from the upper 600s while estate properties range up to well over a million dollars. Hali'imaile offers modest homes some of which reflect the old plantation style starting in the upper 300s.*
*Please note, this article was originally published in the fall of 2004. Prices have since changed. Contact Billy and Pete for the latest price ranges. Check out all of the current Makawao, Olinda and Hali'imaile listings active on the Maui MLS.
Sometimes time runs out on you. This month was one of those months. For much of September, the usual two man MauiRealEstate.com team was down to one person. Billy took a much deserved vacation to Montana with Carla and the kids. That left me with the challenge of juggling both of our clients, Billy's listings and Billy's escrows. My usual work hard play hard Maui life style morphed into work harder play a little less. This is hardly meant to be a "woe is me" tale. I live in Maui for crying out loud. It just made it harder to find an activity of the month for this month's newsletter. There are numerous fun options on Maui such as a hike on Haleakala, snorkeling the reefs of South Maui, camping in Hana, a dinner cruise or a quick jaunt over to Molokai or Lanai just to name a few. Time was a little short for any of these activities. That left me scrambling around this week looking for something for this month's newsletter.
If there is one thing that I am able to make time for on the island, it is surfing. In the short time that I have participated in this sport, it has become a passion. I thought to myself, what better topic than an article on the first north swells of the year and the start of the winter surf season. While we had a few fun very early north swells grace our shores in the late summer, the swells that were predicted to hit this week appear to be the start of our winter surf pattern. These first swells are always the source of considerable excitement for the Maui surfing community.
Newly inspired with a topic in hand, I took a quick break from the office to check the ocean to see if our swell had arrived. My enthusiasm for the topic was blunted somewhat as I looked at the tiny surf breaking on the shores of Paia Bay. Oh well, there were still a few more hours for the swell to arrive.
I finished work and dashed off to the local surf spot hoping for good surf and a compelling article to boot. My hopes were raised as I saw some signs the swell had increased slightly over the last few hours. I threw on my trunks, grabbed my board and headed to the ocean. As soon as I made it to the lineup, my hopes for a great article had faded. The waves were few and far between. While it is always nice to be in the water, I knew this experience would not translate well into The Coconut Chronicles.
Before I had a chance to despair too much, inspiration came from above. No, God did not talk to me. Instead I began to notice a heavenly light unfolding before my eyes. A combination of high clouds from a small cold front combined with our usual fluffy Maui Trade Wind clouds, the beautiful expanse of the Pacific and a setting sun to form another spectacular Maui sunset. I looked up to see bright pinks reflecting on the tops of the tradewind clouds. Haleakala was taking on its own amazing pink and orange glow. Intermittent clouds draped along the flanks of the dormant volcano soon joined the display with their own array of colors. I looked from horizon to horizon, north to south and east to west and everywhere there were vivid splashes of color. As the pinks and oranges faded from the lower tradewind clouds, the high clouds took their place on center stage. A formerly monotonous layer of high gray clouds revealed itself as a richly textured golden canopy. That gold alternately shifted to orange, pink and then a deep purple. The beautiful waters of the Pacific enhanced the whole display as a mirror reflecting the light show above.
Each time I thought this great display had ended, a new part of the sky would erupt in a show of colors. By the time the last shades of pink and gold had faded from the sky, there was hardly enough light to catch a wave to the shore. While I only caught a few waves, the sunset alone made for an epic surf and hopefully a more compelling story for the newsletter.
In the time that I have lived on Maui, I have seen more spectacular sunsets than any other place I have lived in my life. These visual feasts start with the golden hour, that period of time about an hour or so before sunset when everything is cast in a soft golden light. The golden hour fades to long drawn out sunsets that reflect vividly on our clouds, ocean and mountains. As the sun sinks further below the horizon, we are left with beautiful star filled twilights. It always helps that Maui has a lifestyle conducive to drawing you outside for nature's spectacular displays. Whether I am out for a surf, sitting on my porch or playing in the yard with my niece and nephews, I have been lucky to be outside to witness many great sunsets. The best part of all is that Maui Sunsets prove the old axiom that the best things in life are free.
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.
Through October 24
Introduction to Aluminum Plate Lithography
Drawing the Figure
Saturday, October 2
Painting from the Heart
Beginning Oil Painting
Drawing: Put it in Perspective
Tuesday, October 5 Note day change from
Wednesday Oct 6
Beginning Throwing on the Potter's Wheel
Friday, October 8
Saturday, October 9
Sunday, October 10
The Digital Camera
Wednesday, October 13
Friday, October 15
Introduction to B&W Photography and
Saturday, October 16
Introduction to Jewelry
Friday, October 22
Line, Tone and Color
Wax Modeling Techniques
Tuesday, October 26
Thursday-Saturday, October 28-30
Saturday, October 30
Taste of the Tropics
This spicy chicken dish is fast and easy to cook in the microwave and
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. Of course, any inquiries on Maui Real Estate are more than welcome.
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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