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Coconut Community Spotlight: Ma'alaea

The community of Ma'alaea is located on the south end of Maui's Central Valley on the beautiful shores of Ma'alaea Bay. This sun kissed community is on the dry side of the West Maui Mountains. Its central location makes it a short drive to almost everything on island whether you want the beaches and resorts in Kihei/ Wailea, West Side beaches and shopping in Lahaina and Kaanapali, or Central Valley shopping and professional services. This is one of the reasons why many retirees have started to congregate in the community.

Ma'alaea a focal point for Ocean Activities

Ma'alaea Harbor and its surrounding waters make the community of Ma'alaea a focal point for ocean activities. The harbor itself is a major port for Maui boating activities. Whether you are headed out on a whale watch during the winter months or taking on a snorkeling or diving trip to Molokini, Ma'alaea is home to vessels that will take you out into the beautiful waters of Ma'alaea Bay. The famous surf break Freight Trains is located right off the breakwall for the harbor. This wave has gained acclaim as one of the fastest breaking waves in the world. When the swells line up correctly during summer months, "Freight Trains" comes alive and its mechanical like wave is a sight to behold. Equally exciting is watching skilled surfers and body boarders try to keep up with the wave. Even the most accomplished watermen battle to outrun the wave's cascading lip. There are smaller waves on the nearby beaches that are more forgiving to less experienced surfers. The beach at Ma'alaea is a draw in and of itself. Stretching for over 3 miles from the east end of Hauoli Street in Ma'alaea all the way to Sugar Beach in North Kihei, this is the longest walking beach on all of Maui.

Ma'alaea and Maui's Natural Wonders

This month's Maui Moments provides a good overview of the Maui Ocean Center and its wonderful facilities for observing Maui Marine Life. The Ocean Center is not alone as an entity within Ma'aleaa that is dedicated to Marine Life. The Pacific Whale Foundation was featured in volume V of the Coconut Chronicles. It is the best whale watching operation on island. In addition to marine life, Ma'alaea is also a mecca for bird life. Kealia Pond along North Kihei road is an important wetlands area for native birds drawing birders from around the world.

Ma'alaea Golf

For those of us that prefer your golf played on courses with Astroturf and windmills, Ma'alaea may be one of your best options on Maui with the Maui Golf and Sport Park. With two 18 hole "putt putt" courses with Hawaiian Plants, lava features and waterfalls, this is a true haven for the mini golf aficionado. In addition to the golf course, other fun activities at the Golf and Sport Park include rock climbing, an extreme trampoline and bumper boats. The Golf and Sport Park is open daily between 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM. For those who prefer to use a driver, woods and irons when they play golf, the Dunes and Kahili are a five minute drive or less. The courses in Kihei, Wailea and Makena are less than twenty minutes away.

Ma'alaea Dining

There are several good dining options in the Ma'alaea area. The Ma'alaea Waterfront Restaurant at the Milowai condo complex is highly regarded for both its food and service. Buzz's Wharf has good food and is a great place to take in views whether it is boats coming in and out of the harbor, winter whales or summer surf at freight trains. The Ma'aleae Grill has an excellent seafood menu and features live entertainment some evenings. Fiesta Time is a Mexican Restaurant that started in the Wailuku area. It has grown a following for its good, well priced Mexican cuisine.

Ma'alaea Condos for Sale

Ma'alaea is a good spot for owner occupants and vacation renters looking for opportunities to own oceanfront condos at lower rates than many other areas in Maui. The setting is beautiful with views of Ma'alaea Bay, Kahoolawe, South Maui and Haleakala out your Lanai. Ma'aleaea has frequent trade winds which keep its temperatures comfortable year round.

Hono Kai
Hono Kai is a small 4 building beachfront complex with 46 apartments. The majority of the units are 1 bedroom with 13 2 bedroom units. Amenities include a pool and barbecue areas. The complex is a mix of fee simple and leasehold units. Conversion is available. Sales prices in the last 8 months have ranged from the mid $200,000 range for leasehold units to the mid $500,000 range for a fee simple 2 beds / 2bath unit.

Island Sands
Island Sands consists of 84 apartments in one oceanfront building. Floor plans include a variety of studio, one bedroom, 2 bedroom and 2 bedroom with loft layouts. Amenities at the complex include pool, Jacuzzi and barbecue areas. Turnover in Island Sands has been limited in the last year with only 3 sales recorded all within the last 4 months. A studio in the complex went for $290,000 and 2 one bedroom units went in the high $300,000 range.

Kanai a Nalu
Kanai a Nalu consists of eighty apartments in 5 oceanfront four story buildings. All of the units are 2 bedroom/ 2 bath and over 1,000 square feet in size. Amenities include pool, barbecue areas, meeting room, indoor storage and cable paid by the association. Kanai a Nalu is a leasehold property. There have been discussions about converting the property to fee simple, but nothing definitive has been achieved. Sales over the last 6 months have ranged from the low $400,000s to low $500,000s.

Lauloa Ma'alaea
Lauloa Ma'alea consists of 47 apartments in one 4 story building. 39 of the apartments are 2 bedroom with an additional 8 that are three bedroom. Amenities in the oceanfront complex include a pool. The apartment is leasehold with a lease expiration of 2039. Recent sales at Lauloa Ma'alaea have ranged from the $400,000s to the mid $500,000s.

Ma'alaea Banyans
Ma'alaea Banyans is a single four story building with 78 apartments. Floor plans are varied with a variety of 1 bed/ 1 bath and 2 bed/ 2 bath units. Amenities at the complex include a pool, Jacuzzi and barbecue areas. There has been limited turnover in Ma'alaea Banyans with one one bedroom and one 2 bedroom sold in the last 8 months. The one bedroom sold in the mid $400,000 range and the 2 bedroom selling in the mid $500,000 range.

Ma'alaea Kai
Ma'alaea Kai consists of 79 apartments in one 4 story oceanfront building. This complex has 5 2 or 1 bedroom floor plans. Amenities include pool, Jacuzzi and barbecue areas. Recent sales have ranged from the mid $400,000s for a one bedroom all the way up to the mid $700,000s for a completely remodeled 2 bedroom unit featuring numerous custom finishes. Other 2 bedrooms at Ma'alaea Kai sold at $570,000 and $600,000 respectively.

Ma'alaea Mermaid
Ma'alaea Mermaid is a single 3 story building with 39 total apartments. There are nine different 1 and 2 bedroom floor plans. Amenities at the complex include covered parking, convenience store and cable paid by association dues. Ma'alaea Mermaid is a leasehold property with a lease expiration of 2035. It has had limited turnover with only one one bedroom unit selling in the complex at $215,000 in the last 6 months.

Ma'alaea Yacht Marina
Ma'alaea Yacht Marina is a single 4 story building with 45 apartments. There are 5 different floor plans including 2 bedroom and one bedroom units. Amenities at the complex include pool, barbecues, rec room, additional storage and cable covered in association dues. This is a leasehold property with a lease expiration of 2043. Recent sales in Ma'alaea Yacht Marina have ranged from $209,000 for a mountain view one bedroom all the way up to $440,000 for a 2 bedroom/ 2 bath ocean view unit.

Makani a Kai Resort
Makani a Kai Resort consists of 24 apartments in three 2 story beachfront buildings. There are 7 floor plans with the majority of the apartments being 2 bedrooms. Amenities include pool and barbecue areas. Recent sales at Makani a Kai include a direct beachfront one bedroom that sold for $485,000 and a 2 bedroom with more limited ocean views at $460,000.

Milowai Ma'alaea
Milowai Ma'alaea is one 4 oceanfront story building with 41 total apartments. There are 8 one and 2 bedroom floorplans. Amenities include pool, barbecues, on-site restaurant, covered parking, bicycle parking, indoor storage and cable paid by the homeowners association. This is a leasehold property with a lease expiration of 2038. Recent sales at Milowai Ma'alaea have been limited. A one bedroom unit sold in the last couple of months at $290,000.

Please Note this article was published in the summer of 2005. Prices have since changed. Contact us today for a Ma'alaea Condo Market Update or use our site to look at all of the current Ma'alaea Condos for Sale.

Ma'alaea Homes for Sale

There are a select few oceanfront homes in the Ma'alaea area. Two of these homes are listed with our office. These homes on large lots offer potential for world class estates to match their current world class views. Their A-2 (apartment) zoning also has potential for additional development opportunities. For pictures click here and here.

Ma'alaea Commercial Property for Sale

Ma'alaea is also an area has potential for additional commercial development. There are a few listings currently on the market in Ma'alaea including a 4+ acre parcel with a 206 stall parking lot in place. The building pad is over 3 acres and it is zoned for commercial/retail. The property is listed for $5,000,000 and The Maui Real Estate Team may represent you as buyer's agents. In addition, the old Ma'alaea Store is for sale. This old building is directly across the street from the harbor and the coast guard station. It is zoned B-2 and features spectacular views, some pre-existing structures and two water meters. The asking price is $2,000,0000. As Maui continues to grow the Ma'alaea area appears to be poised for further development. If you would like more information about Ma'alaea please contact us today.

Taste of the Tropics

Broiled Lemon and Garlic Tiger Prawns
This is a family favorite for home movie night; it's quick and easy and kids like the 'finger food' style. Prep Time: approx. 10 Minutes. Cook Time: approx. 5 Minutes. Ready in: approx. 15 Minutes. Makes 6 servings.

1 1/2 pounds tiger prawns,
   peeled and de-veined
1 cup butter 1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1 Preheat oven on broiler setting. With a sharp knife, remove tails from prawns, and butterfly them from the underside. Arrange prawns on broiler pan.
2 In a small saucepan, melt butter with garlic and lemon juice. Pour 1/4 cup butter mixture in a small bowl, and brush onto prawns. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over shrimp.
3 Place broiler pan on top rack, and broil prawns for 4 to 5 minutes, or until done. Serve with remaining butter mixture for dipping.

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Coconut Cultural Calendar

The following calendar highlights some of the cultural events on Maui at places like the Maui Arts and Cultural center and the Hui No'Eau Arts Center. This is a big month for Festivals with the Maui Film Festival, the Slack Key Guitar Festival and Taiko Festivals.

May 14– June 5
Exhibit open Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; also open before Castle Theater shows and during intermissions. FREE Admission!
Schaeffer International Gallery MACC

June 18– July 17, 2005
Martin Betz &Eszter Delgado
Exhibit open Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; also open before Castle Theater shows and during intermissions. FREE Admission!
Schaefer International Gallery MACC

Main Gallery, 1st floor exhibits
Solo Exhibitions: David Hamma & San Shoppell
Opening Reception: Friday, June 3, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Exhibit Dates: June 4 – July 10
Hui No' Eau First Floor

MACC Shows
Wednesday, June 1
Maui Film Festival - GUNNER PALACE
5:00 & 7:30 pm, Castle Theater
Tickets: $10 single, $8 w/MFF passport
Candlelight Café 4:30 - 7:30 pm, Yokouchi Founders Court

Wednesday, June 8
Maui Film Festival - DEAR FRANKIE
5:00 & 7:30 pm, Castle Theater
Tickets: $10 single, $8 w/MFF passport
Candlelight Café 4:30 - 7:30 pm, Yokouchi Founders Court

Saturday, June 11

A & B Amphitheater, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
FREE! Admission.

Castle Theater, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $10, $15, $20
For more information on Sister Cities, visit:

Sunday, June 12
2:00 pm, McCoy Studio Theater
Presented by Skipper's School of Dance and Dawn Theodore of A Step in Time: Featuring dancers of all ages … direct from their recent engagements on fabulous cruise ships! Tickets: $10 adults, $7 seniors & kids

Wed-Sun, June 15-19
Castle Theater & McCoy Studio Theater (Various Times)s)
Daily screenings of acclaimed films at both MACC and the "Celestial Cinema" at Wailea! Festival Passes and Special Events Tickets (Taste of Wailea, Opening Night Reception, Starry Night MoonDance & More) on sale Monday, May 16.... . Visit for details on Festival Pass Benefits, Festival Tributes and Special Events Menus, or call 579.9244 to purchase Film Fest Passes and special event tickets. Special Event Tickets & Festival Passes go on sale May 16
As always for Maui Film Festival : visit or call 572-3456 for more information!

Monday, June 20
7:00 pm, Castle Theater
Tickets $35, $45, $55, $75, $100.

Taiko Festival

Festival CrowdSaturday, June 25
7:00 pm, Castle Theater
Tickets $15, half-price kids 12 & under.
Tickets available starting May 21.

Sunday, June 26
2:00 – 7:00 pm, A&B Amphitheater

Thursday, June 30
7:30 pm, Castle Theater
Tickets : $14, $18, ½ price kids 12 & under.
tickets available starting May 14

Classes at Hui No' Eau

Ages 6 – 8 (must have completed Kindergarten), and ages 9 – 12
June 15 - August 1, 2005
1 week programs
Half day
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Fees: $110
($132 non-member)
Supply fees: $25
Full day
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fees: $205
($246 non-member)
Supply fees: $40
Ages 6 – 8 (must have completed Kindergarten), and ages 9 - 12
June 13 - 24, July 11 - 22 & July 25 - August 5

Camps run for TWO weeks
Mondays, Wed. & Fridays, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon.
Fees: $130 ($156 non-member)
Supply Fees: $11
Lab fee: $15

Introduction to Photoshop
Rick Allred
Session: June 9 - 12
Thursday, 6 – 9 pm
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Glass Fusing/Slumping
Joshua Cox
Saturday & Sunday
June 11 & 12
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Kara Maria
Thursday, June 16, 7:00 pm

Introduction to Painting from the Heart
Francesca LaRue
Thursday, June 18
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Monotype Workshop
Enrique Chagoya & Kara Maria
Saturday & Sunday
June 18 & 19
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Enrique Chagoya
Thursday, June 23, 7:00 pm

Drawing & Painting in the Garden
Connie Adams
Thursdays, 4 weeks
June 23 – July 14
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Painting from the Heart
Francesca LaRue
Thursdays, 8 weeks
June 23 – August 11
6:00 am – 9:00 pm

Drawing & Painting in the Garden
Connie Adams
Thursdays, 4 weeks
June 23 – July 14
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Intermediate Throwing on the Potter's Wheel
Adam Field
Summer Session: Mondays, 9 weeks
June 27 – September 5
(No class 7/4 & 8/29)
6:00 – 9:00 pm

The Joy of Watercolor I
Sheila Kreimelman
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
June 29, 30 & July 1
9:00 am – 4:00 pm


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