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The Coconut Chronicles

The Newsletter

Volume X, featuring Maui Luxury Condos for Sale

Aloha! Welcome to the tenth edition of "The Coconut Chronicles" presented by Billy and Pete Jalbert, Realtors for the Maui Real Estate Team in Paia, Maui. This month we are highlighting Maui Luxury Condos for Sale and Maui's commercial hub Kahului. This Central Maui town is home to much of the island's commercial and some of the most important educational and cultural institutions.


Billy & Pete's Picks: Maui Luxury Condos for Sale

Each month The Coconut Chronicles presents 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 Maui Luxury Condos. There are a number of high end condo complexes in Maui that appeal to discriminating buyers due to their combination of amenities and location.

Maui Luxury Condos

Na Hale O Makena
No Hale O Makena is one of the newest luxury condo communities in Maui. Completed in 2002, this community targets the high end buyer who is looking to avoid the hassles of single family home ownership. Located in the prestigious Wailea Makena Resort area, this complex is geared to owner occupants, part time residents or long term rentals. NA Hale O Makena's forty condos are spread between six three and four story buildings spread over six acres. Amenities include barbecue areas, club house, exercise rooms, pool, Jacuzzi, security and more all within walking distance to the beach. The complex offers 3 bed/ 2.5 bath and 2 bed/ 2.5 bath floor plans with living area square footage ranging between 2,143 and 2,213 square feet. Recent sales in NA Hale O Makena have ranged from $1.29 million for a 2 bedroom/2.5 bath model up to $1.75 million for a 2 bed /2.5 bath. There is one 2 bed/2.5 bath condo on the market currently listed at $2,200,000.

Makena Surf
Makena Surf is another beautiful condo complex in Wailea/ Makena. This beachfront complex has one hundred eight condos spread through ten three story buildings. There are over 15 acres of beautifully manicured grounds. Amenities in the community include barbecue areas, clubhouse, gated spa, pool, putting green and tennis courts. There are a variety of 2 and 3 bedroom floor plans with living spaces ranging from 1,000 to 1,600 square feet. The most recent sale was $2,985,000 for a 2 bed/ 2 bath. There are currently two 2 bed/ 2 bath listings available within the complex at $2,695,000 and $2,879,000.

Polo Beach Club
Located on beautiful crescent shaped Polo Beach, the Polo Beach Club is an eight story building with seventy-one units. Amenities include pool, hot tub and security. There are a variety of two bedroom floor plans ranging between 1,186 and 1,321 square feet of living space. The most recent sale was $3,000,000 for a fully furnished penthouse unit. There are currently 7 units active in the complex ranging in price from $2,450,000 to $4,400,000.

Polo Beach Club

Wailea Point
Wailea Point is a beautiful gated oceanfront complex with 128 condos spread over thirty-four two and three story buildings. It offers a number of amenities including barbecue areas, a club house, exercise room, Jacuzzi, pool, recreation area, tennis and complex security. There are a number of 2 and 3 bedroom floor plans ranging from 1,300 to 2,500 square feet. Recent sales prices have ranged from $3,700,000 to $4,950,000. There are currently three listings in the community ranging in price between $3,275,000 and $5,500,000.

New Wailea Luxury Condo Developments
This year has seen three new condo developments offered to the general public, Ho'olei, Papali and Wailea Beach Villas.

Ho'olei is a new town home complex to be constructed across from the Grand Wailea and the Four Seasons Wailea. The property is surrounded on three sides by the Wailea Blue Course.

There will twenty buildings with six two story town home units per building. There are three separate floor plans with living space ranging in size between 2,554 square feet and 3,293 square feet. Each unit will also have a garage and spacious lanai area. All three floor plans are 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Materials and appliances are all top of the line including a gourmet kitchen with Subzero refrigerators and Wolf stoves. All bedrooms have their own ensuite bathrooms and the master suite includes its own minibar area.

The grounds are terraced ensuring views for the different residences. A lush and tropical pool area with waterfall adds to the Hawaiian ambiance. Other amenities include whirlpool spas, barbecue areas and fitness centers.

Services associated with Ho'olei include concierge, house keeping, gated security and one year of pre paid dues for the Grand Wailea Kuleana Club. This includes access to pools, water features, beach facilities, spa grande and the fitness center. As a Kuleana member you also get preferred pricing for other amenities including spa treatment, food and beverage. For golfers, Ho'olei residents get golf privileges at the three Wailea courses.

There are currently 31 units for sale in the complex with prices ranging in price from $2,105,000 to $3,525,000.

Papali at Wailea is not your conventional condo complex. With only 24 units on 10 acres this is a low density development in the heart of Wailea. The 24 luxury units offer a measure of privacy and beautiful views for all residents. The views are particularly noteworthy. Fifteen foot differences in elevation between the four rows of building sites means great views of the Pacific for each residence.

Papali's one level 3 bedroom/ 3.5 bath condos have a beautiful and open floor plan with 9-12 foot ceilings and rolling windows and walls. Large lanais invite you to experience great Hawaiian outdoor living. Materials and appliances are all first class with interior designs by Marsha Johnson. Common space includes a beautiful pool area and fitness room. Thirteen of the 24 units in the complex are still available for sale. List prices in Papali range between $2,945,000 and $2,995,000.

Wailea Beach Villas is a complex under construction in the heart of Wailea. It will have seven three story buildings with 98 condominium residences. Situated right on Wailea Beach and adjacent to the Grand Wailea, this figures to be one of the most sought after addresses on the island. There are two residences available at the complex for $7,080,000 and $7,110,000 respectively.

Coconut Grove at Kapalua
Coconut Grove is a beautiful gated beachfront complex and one of the premier locations in West Maui. It has 36 units spread over 9 buildings on 11 acres. Geared towards owner occupants, this complex prohibits vacation rentals. Amenities for the complex include barbecue areas, club house, exercise rooms, Jacuzzi, pool and recreation areas. There are a few different 3 bedroom/ 3 bath and 3 bedroom/3.5 bath floor plans. The condos at Coconut Grove are spacious with living areas ranging in size between 2,280 and 2,638 square feet. The most recent sale is $4,255,000 back in September of 2004. There are two listings on the market currently at $3,495,000 and $4,300,000.

Coconut Grove at Kapalua

Kapalua Ironwoods
Kapalua Ironwoods is another high end beachfront complex geared towards owner occupants. There are forty units in ten buildings spread over nine acres. Amenities include barbecue areas, clubhouse, pool, recreation areas and tennis. There are a number of 2 and 3 bedroom floor plans. Living area square footage at the Ironwoods is ample with units ranging in size between 1,750 square feet and 2,699 square feet. The most recent sale in the complex was in January for $1,700,000. The unit needed updating. There are currently two units listed at $3,750,000 and $4,395,000 respectively.

Please note that this article was published in the Summer of 2005. Listings and prices in the Maui Luxury Condo Complexes have changed. If you are interested in any of the complexes listed above and would like information on current listings and a market overview, contact The Maui Real Estate Team today.

Maui Moments: The Maui Film Festival At Wailea

For a small island, Maui boasts a lot of cultural events. Barry Rivers and the Maui Film Festival team bring us high quality domestic and international films every Wednesday night at the MACC with the Candle Light Café and Cinema. During the holiday season, Maui residents have a chance to view the leading Oscar contenders and some of the best movies of the year during the First Light Film Festival. The crown jewel of the Maui Film Festival schedule is the Maui Film Festival at Wailea. This year's event was held June 15-19th. I took the opportunity to head down to the beautiful Wailea area and take in some of the events.

In six short years of existence, the Wailea Film Festival has grown in prominence and popularity at an exponential pace. This year's event promised to be the biggest ever with some of Hollywood's brightest stars. Attendees and honorees this year included Owen, Luke Wilson and Andrew Wilson, Mike Meyers, Helen Hunt, Jake Gylenhaal, William H. Macy and Maui Surf Stars Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama. While the films are the main reason for the event, there are a lot of parties and pageantry bringing a taste of Tinsel Town to Maui. With all of the events and movies planned, I had a hard time choosing what events I would attend. I settled on the celebrity tribute for the Wilson Brothers, Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama and the Sunday night Celestial Cinema.

I didn't quite know what to expect with the celebrity tribute. My friend and I made our way to the Wailea Marriott ballroom for the event. There was a reception area cordoned off in the back of the ballroom with bars set up serving martinis compliments of Bombay Sapphire. I am not a big martini drinker, but I figured when in Hollywood or at least Wailea... We sipped our Martinis and peered around to see if there were any celebrities in the crowd. No such luck. We headed into the ballroom where rows of seats were set up auditorium style. We made our way as close to the front as possible looking for prime seating. We were about three rows back with a somewhat obstructed view due to all the photographers or dare I say paparazzi in the front row.

There was a stage area with a plush couch, a separate chair for the interviewer and a large screen behind the stage. We scanned the audience looking for more celebs all to no avail. Just when we were getting disappointed, we noticed Woody Harrelson sneaking into the front row from behind the curtain. Almost immediately thereafter, the lights dimmed and Barry Rivers, the head of the film festival, took center stage. He introduced the film critic from the Honolulu Advertiser before introducing the Wilson Brothers. The charismatic crew of three took center stage ready to talk about their new film the Wendell Baker Story. Before the boys got too comfortable on stage, they displayed a video montage of their career highlights. Quite a few laughs were elicited and a few cringes at some of the work from earlier in their careers. Once the clip was done, there was a lot of light hearted banter and self deprecation out of some Hollywood's rising stars. A question and answer session allowing fans to pose questions to some of their favorite stars.

Maui Film Festival at WaileaWhile the Wilson brothers were whisked off stage to the screening of the Wendell Baker Story, Maui's surf celebrities took center stage for their own award ceremony and question and answer session. Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama are well known on Maui and have started to become household names on the mainland with Laird's American Express commercial. The video highlights were jaw dropping and the boys were at ease in front of the spotlight. Although the interviewer was a film critic, he was also a lifelong surfer. He seemed more in his element talking story with the surfers than Hollywood's finest.

The Celestial Cinema is said to be one of the most beautiful places in the world to take in a movie. It is hard to argue this claim. Nestled on the Gold and Emerald Courses at Wailea, you look up at the massive volcano Haleakala above you and a glance over your shoulder reveals a beautiful blue Pacific and neighboring islands. The day that we were planning to attend, an unusual heavy rain fell on the normally sun kissed Wailea. We feared a soggy night at the cinema. Alas, the clouds parted at the eleventh hour and an almost full moon and beautiful stars greeted us. The event was packed as throngs came out to see the premier of Laird and Dave's new movie "All Aboard the Crazy Train". Also on tap were the Movies the "Thing about my Folks" and "Grizzly Man".

The inclement weather delayed the arrival of many of the festival goers, Barry and the good folks at the film festival held off the start of the film to accommodate the crowds. A hush came over the audience as an astronomer reviewed the Polynesian night sky pointing out the Hawaiian Navigation star Hokule'a. The astronomer explained how the star was used in compliment with vibrations felt through the navigator's testicles to guide sailing vessels from the Society Islands to Hawaii. There were more than a few chuckles from the audience as reference to this navigation technique was sprinkled throughout the rest of the star discussion. After a brief introduction by the film makers themselves, towering images of Jaws were projected on the big screen. With better Jaws footage than ever, the audience hooted and applauded as the local boys lit up the big screen.

"The Thing about My Folks" was a whole lot different than the vibe of "All Aboard the Crazy Train." It is a warm and endearing tale of family relationships. While the surf film kept the audience on the edge of their seats, "Folks" allowed the audience to settle into their beach chairs and blankets and relax in the cool night time air. This film is also an example of the type of quality films that make it to the festival. Not scheduled for theater release until September, Peter Falk's performance is worthy of Oscar consideration.

With the delayed start and an early day of work scheduled for the next day, we did not stick around for the final film. Nonetheless, I was able to get a great taste of this year's festival. Next year, I hope to tackle even more of the events and check out some of the great documentaries and independent films at some of the smaller venues. By all accounts the film festival was a rousing success by all who attended and participated. If the growth and improvement over the first six years is any indication, the future of the Maui Film Festival is very bright.


Continued in » Coconut Community Spotlight: Kahului