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Volume 10 » page 2 ...

Coconut Community Spotlight: Kahului

KahuluiNestled in the heart of the Central Valley, Kahului serves as the retail and industrial hub of Maui. It is also home to the island's primary port and airport. The conveniences and quick access to so many of Maui's beautiful locations makes this a desirable place for Kama'aina to live.

Maui Arts and Cultural Center
As mentioned in the Maui Moments article above, Maui has a lot of cultural events for a small island. If the Maui Film Festival is one of the pillars of Maui Culture, one might argue that the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) is the foundation for the island's cultural events. Built in Kahului in 1994, this state of the art venue hosts over 235,000 people per year. The MACC attracts internationally renowned artists in the fields of music, theater and dance. It also hosts community events, local performers, educational programs and more. There are three primary performance venues. The 1,200 seat Castle Theater is the primary venue. It boasts the best acoustics of any venue in the Hawaiian Islands. The 250 seat McCoy Theater is an intimate Black Box venue for smaller theater performances. The A and B Amphitheater is an outdoor venue that can accommodate crowds of up to 5,000. It has hosted festivals and some of the top rated musical acts in the world. In addition to the music venues, there is the Schaeffer Gallery for local and traveling art exhibits. These venues and all of the additional educational buildings are a tremendous community resource. The 2,900 plus volunteers and the staff of the MACC have given the Maui community a true gift.

Maui Community College
Maui Community College's 78 acre campus is centrally located in Kahului. Classrooms are split between a series of "Hawaiian Huts" and 5 new buildings. This extension of the Hawaii State University system has seen significant growth and expansion over the last few years and this growth is slated to continue. One of the more recent additions is the Maui Culinary Academy. Housed in a 14 million dollar building, this acclaimed program provides training in food service, restaurant management and of course the culinary arts. With some of the best hospitality industry in the world located on Maui, there is little surprise that this is such a quality program. Other future expansion will include new student housing. Four hundred student dorms are planned as part of the campus expansion. While the priority is to create housing accommodations for local students, they will also accommodate an expected influx of international students as MCC builds its international exchange programs. Other housing for the campus is to be addressed through the proposed Kahului Town Center. This is a planned mixed use community with both commercial and residential units planned. Some of the housing there will be affordable housing planned for faculty and married students. Collectively, these improvements will help to position the school to become a four year college.

Kahului Shopping
Kahului is the shopping hub of Maui. It is home to Maui's largest retailers including Home Depot, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Costco, Sears, Lowes, Office Max, Sports Authority, and Borders Books. Maui's largest mall, the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center is also located in Kahului. If there is something you want or need to buy in Maui, chances are you will find a store that sells it in Kahului.

Kahului Outdoors
Kahului boasts one of the best windsurfing and kite boarding beaches in the world. Kanaha Beach Park offers consistent wind through much of the year. During winter months, Kanaha's outer reefs offer large waves for surfers and wind surfers. Kahului's central location means you are 10-25 minutes from good beaches on the North, South and West sides of Maui. Golfers have one of Hawaii's most unique and acclaimed courses in the Dunes at Maui Lani. Kahili, Waiehu, and the Maui Country Club are all ten minutes away from Kahului while courses in Kihei and Wailea are 20-25 minutes away. If you like to hike and explore nature, the Iao Valley is just up the road. Cool mountain streams offer a respite from the heat while trails meander to overlooks of the Iao Needle.

Kahului Homes for Sale
All of the conveniences and amenities mentioned above contribute to the appeal of homes in Kahului. Homes in the area vary widely in age, construction style and price. The lowest priced homes are currently in the $400's with highest priced homes just over a million dollars. One area that has had a number of transactions over the last is the development Maui Lani.

First Built in the mid 90s, Maui Lani is a growing subdivision within Kahului. It has 5 distinct neighborhoods. The first neighborhood constructed in the community is the Greens. The Greens consists of 233 single family homes constructed with its own neighborhood park. Originally designed with a target audience of first time home buyers, the neighborhood has seen prices rise over the last few years. Homes for sale in the neighborhood range in price from the $500,000s to low $700,000s. The next neighborhood built was Maui Lani Grand Fairways. This neighborhood was constructed around Maui Lani's signature Golf Course the Dunes. The first upscale neighborhood in Maui Lani sold out in short order as did the follow up, the Grand Fairways North. The two developments collectively have 100 homes. Recent sales in the Grand Fairways range from the $600's to the $700's. The success of Grand Fairways was incentive for the developer's next endeavor, the Island. The Island is an upscale 225 lot gated golf course community. Situated above the Dunes Golf Course, the community is a mix of luxury, views and privacy. A follow on to the Island is the smaller neighborhood of the Bluffs. This 37 lot hilltop gated community has commanding views of the Dunes, West Mauis and Haleakala. The most recent Neighborhood in Maui Lani is the Legends. This community is an entry level development situated across from the Dunes club house. These homes went on sale via lottery. Recent closes for lottery winners have ranged from the mid $400s to low $500s.

In addition to the new neighborhoods and golf course, Maui Lani has brought additional infrastructure to the community. There is a new Maui Lani Kaiser clinic within a few minutes of the subdivision. The state legislature has also approved a new elementary school in Maui Lani to be opened in 2006.

Kahului Condos for Sale
There are two condo complexes in Kahului. They provide some of the least expensive opportunities to own fee simple property on the island.

Harbor Lights
Harbor Lights consists of 352 apartments spread out over four concrete four story buildings. Amenities include a pool, barbecue area and children's play area. The biggest draw for Harbor Lights may be the location. It is across the street from Kahului Harbor and next door to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center and Maui Community College. One bedroom, one bath units are priced in the $130,000-$150,000 range. Two bedroom, one and a half bath units are listed from the $160,000s up to the low $200,000s. This complex offers the lowest priced fee simple condos in Maui.

Kahului Ikena
This complex has 102 apartments in five three story buildings. The complex also has a nice park area. As with Harbor Lights, proximity to shopping and other community attractions add to the appeal of Kahului Ikena. Two bedroom/ two bath units run from the $250,000 range up to $280,000. Three bedroom/ two bath units run from the high $200,000s to over $300,000

Please note that this article was posted during the summer of 2005. Prices have changed since this time. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team today for a Kahului Market overview or check out all of the active Kahului Homes for Sale and Kahului Condos for Sale on our website.

Taste of the Tropics

(Soy Sauce Chicken)

1 cup soy sauce <Yes, you can use low sodium>
1 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup brown sugar <from Hawaii of course>
2 teas. wine
1 piece ginger (crushed)
2 large cloves of garlic (mashed)
3 pounds - skinless chicken thighs - cut in half or thirds (boneless)

Mix above ingredients well, add chicken.  Bring to a boil and lower to simmer.
Cook slowly until chicken is TENDER.


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. The World conference on Hula at the MACC is one of this month's highlights.

thru July 17
Martin Betz & Eszter Delgado
Video installation, photography, film, and sculptural elements are the creating tools these artists use in many of their projects. Delgado's work focuses on social and political issues relating to minority communities and uses her own culture as a springboard for deeper investigations. Betz's work deals with internal dynamics related to memory, observation and personal narrative. Contemporary cutting edge efforts from this husband and wife team's collaborative audio and video installations are sure to prompt intrigue and dialog from viewers.
Exhibit open Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; also open before Castle Theater shows and during intermissions. FREE Admission.

Main Gallery, 1st floor exhibits
Solo Exhibitions: David Hamma & San Shoppell
Exhibit Dates: June 4 – July 10
Hui No'eau

Wednesday, July 6
Maui Film Festival presents MILLIONS
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, July 9
CELTIC ALOHA: Oceans Apart, Islands Together
George Kahumoku Jr. & Daniel Ho,
Jamie O'Brien & Jennifer Johnson
McCoy Studio Theater, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $20.

Wednesday, July 13
Maui Film Festival presents OFF THE MAP
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, July 20
Maui Film Festival presents OFF THE MAP
5:00 & 7:30 pm, Castle Theater
Tickets: $10 single, $8 w/MFF passport
Candlelight Café 4:30 - 7:30 pm, Yokouchi Founders Court

Sunday, July 17
4:00 pm, Castle Theater
This year's concert features Round & Round and the Opihi Pickers. FREE! Admission

Friday, July 22
6:00 pm, A & B Amphitheater
Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of show. (on sale July 1)
Food & beverages available; gates open at 5:30 pm.

July 21-30
The World Conference on Hula 2005
The second-ever World Conference on Hula takes place on Maui this year, including workshops, classes, excursions to Maui's special places, and evening hula and chant performances for hula practitioners. More than 2000 participants from around the world are expected to attend. Some of the most renowned names in Hawaiian culture – including Maui's own Hokulani Holt-Padilla and Keali‘i Reichel, as well as Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele, Kekuhi Kanahele Frias, and Leina‘ala Heine Kalama – will share their knowledge throughout the week. Na Ponohula "hands-on" workshops, July 21– 23 will provide in-depth learning of Hawaiian cultural skills.
More than 100 Kumu Hula, cultural practitioners, artisans, and hula enthusiasts will share their knowledge, experience and artistry.

Participants will learn about the history of the sacred art form of hula, the different styles of dance, protocols, chants, plants and dyes, stories, costuming and clothing, and encounter the teachings of Hula Masters. Maui is especially proud to share its Wahi Pana (storied places), Alo Ali‘i (chiefly lineage), and ‘Aumakua (ancestral deities).
Registration costs: Ka ‘Aha Hula ‘O Hälauaola conference: $375; Na Ponohula workshops: $225.
To register or for more information: visit or call Moani Whittle-Wagner, 808-984-3363
Conference activities for registered participants only
Evening performances open to the general public:

Mon, July 25, 6:30 pm
NA MEA KANI HULA: An Evening of Hula Kahiko
Tue, July 26, 6:30 pm NA KUKULU: Family Traditions
Tickets: $10 general public. Free to conference participants

Wed, July 27, 6:30 pm
UA ‘IKE AU: Halau from Maui, Lana‘i and Moloka‘i
Tickets: $10 general public. Free to conference participants

Thu, July 28, 6:30 pm
ILIHIA IHO NEI LOKO: An Evening of Hula ‘Auana.
Tickets: $10 general public. Free to conference participants
Fri-Sat, July 29-30

7:30 pm, Castle Theater
July 29 performance available only to conference participants: $25
July 30 performance available to general public:
$10, $25, $38, ½ price kids 12 & under

Classes at Hui No' Eau

Individual Portfolio Review and Critique
Sheila Kreimelman
July 2
2 hours
By appointment

Aluminum Plate Lithography:
Beginning to Intermediate
Nancy Skrimstad
Saturdays, 3 weeks
July 2 – 16
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Joy of Watercolor II
Sheila Kreimelman
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
July 5, 6 & 7
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Know Your Clay, Know Your Glaze
Jennifer Owen
Tuesdays, 7 weeks
July 5 – August 16
9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Sheila Kreimelman
Tuesday, July 5, 7:00 pm

Colored Clay and Slab Building
Jennifer Owen
Thursdays, 7 weeks
July 7- August 18
9:00 – 12:00 noon

Introduction to Ceramics
Jennifer Owen
Thursdays, 9 weeks
Summer: July 7 – September 1
6:00 – 9:00 pm

July 11 - 15, Half Day
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Ages 6 – 8
The Five Senses of Art
Instructor: Tanya Delury-Wilson
Ages 9 - 12
Instructor: Leanne Emberson
9 – 12
Build a Skateboard
Instructor: Ted Hunter
Additional Supply Fee: $15
July 11 – 22, Half Day
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Two weeks, 9:00 – 12:00 noon
Ceramics: Make & Bake
Ages 6 – 8 Instructor: Sarah Metz
Ceramics: Wheel Throwing and Hand Building
Ages: 9 – 12 Flower Power
Pam Hayes
Wednesdays, 4 weeks
July 13 – August 3
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Diverse Looks at a Model
David Meyer
Saturday, July 16
10:00 am – 4:00 pmSUMMER ART CAMP
July 18 – 22, Full Day
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ages 6 – 8
Creative Movement
Instructor: Tanya Delury-Wilson
Acting skills through theater games, story enactment and creative movement activities.
Sculpture: Exploring in 3-D
Instructor: Leanne Emberson
Exploring 3-D through a variety of media. Students will create imaginative buildings, driftwood mobiles and giant hanging fish.
Ages 9 - 12
Instructor: Ruth Jatib
This class will introduce young artists to the basics of drawing. Students will experiment with a variety of drawing media including graphite, pastels and colored pencils.
Instructor: Tim Garcia
Introduce students to creating original sculptures using found objects, balsa wood, foam and metal. Students will explore shapes from nature imagination.

Intensive Multi-color Woodcut Workshop
Rebeca Salter
July 23 - 28, Saturday - Thursday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

July 25 - 29, Half Day
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Ages 6 – 8
Instructor: Leanne Emberson
Using twisted wire & their own handmade beads, students create bracelets, broaches and pins.
Ages 9 – 12
Five Senses of Art
Instructor: Tanya Delury-Wilson
Students will explore the arts through the five senses creating individual pieces of work using oil pastels, tempera paints and collage materials.
Ages 9 - 17
Make a Skateboard
Instructor: Ted Hunter
Create a colorful down hill cruiser using hand tools and woodworking machines. For students with basic or no woodworking experience. Wheels and trucks are not included.
Additional Supply Fee: $15

July 25 – August 5, Half Day
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Two weeks, 9:00 – 12:00 noon
Ceramics: Make & Bake
Ages 6 – 8 Instructor: Sarah Metz
Young artists will be introduced to the fundamentals of hand building and glazing techniques.
Ceramics: Wheel Throwing and Hand Building
Ages: 9 – 12
Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of throwing on the potter's wheel and hand building techniques such as pinching and coiling. Pieces will be completed with glazing and firing.

Conference & Exhibit
Wood Skin Ink: The Japanese Aesthetic in Modern Tattooing

Conference July 29, 30, 31
This conference will feature lectures, symposia and workshops with the above artists as well as guests -- world renowned authorities on Japanese woodblock printing.


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