Haiku, HI Real Estate News

By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
I mentioned the other day about Haiku Realtor Caravan.  Let me explain what that is exactly.  Fidelity National Title sponsors our Upcountry Caravans every Thursday so the Maui real estate agents and affiliates can get together and preview all the latest listings in the past month.   On the 2nd Thursday it's always the area of the north shore, Haiku and Paia-Spreckelsville-Kuau.  There are usually anywhere from 8-18 listings, some land but mostly homes... starter homes and fabulous country estates.  This month of October we had 14 properties to see, and it takes a few hours to get to all of them, because Haiku covers a lot of ground.  Of course some agents like to provide refreshments, which is always a good way to attract more eyeballs.  Some weeks there is so much food it's obscene, w...
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By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
Spikeless Palm Tree Trimming on Maui  Today on Realtor Caravan in Haiku, I met a nice young man who has a tree trimming service for palm trees.  What's unique about his service is they don't use foot spikes to climb the coconut trees, they use specialized tree platforms with rubber straps to wrap around the trunk.  The spike wounds on palm trees never heal up, unlike woody trees.  Apparently, the spike holes become bigger holes which can expose the core to harmful bacteria and disease. David Elberg is the owner and operator of Pure Life Palm Trimmers, and his mission is to support Maui's local economy and ecology through the consistent, careful, and deliberate maintenance of its many beautiful palms.  He specializes in coconut palms, but also trims other palms such as fan, date, royal, ...
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By Jeffery Griffin, Broker Owner
(Jeff Griffin LLC )
There are some great values in the market right now. I like this MLS#326927 at 2011 Kokomo road. Great buy at $715,000 four bedroom 1.5 bathrooms, 4.7 acres of Haiku Living. Right off of Kokomo road. Man what a great market. two years ago this would have been 1,100,000 easy. I love my job. I love finding deals for the right buyer.Jeffery B GriffinRealtor® (B) ABR, GRI,  e-Pro eCertified®808-280-3442 cell888-248-4015 toll free/information/message/faxhttp://www.LuckyComeHawaii.commailto:Jeff@LuckyComeHawaii.comCentury 21 All Islands7 E. Kaahumanu Ave.Kahului, HI 96732"Lucky We Live Hawaii"  
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By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
Aloha - The Hunter - www.mauihunter.com Pe'ahi Farms on Maui has just closed it's very first sale, marking a turning point in this spectacular new project in Haiku.  Lot 3, a prime oceanfront 3.25 acres, closed on October 5th for $2,100,000. The developers Holt and Everhart claim to specialize in the creation of socially responsible villages and mixed use developments.  Their vision for Pe'ahi Farms is to tackle the fine line between development and preservation of diverse agri-business, in a traditional agricultural setting.  They hope to achieve a preservation of open space, while increasing the opportunities for enterprising Maui agri-business. Pe'ahi Farms is a 240 acre site at Opana Point, on the windward coast of Maui.  About 180 acres of the parcel will be dedicated to farm use,...
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By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
As a proponent of WIND POWER, I want to help spread the word that's it's a wonderful way to go.I got this email from Southwest Windpower the other day, so I will cut and paste the links, as it's very useful info.  You can sign up for their newsletter to be really educated.  Skystream 3.7(TM) - Southwest Windpowerhttp://www.skystreamenergy.com/If you are considering installing a small wind system on your property, be sure to consider whether you have enough wind, and best location to place a small wind system. Siting Guide (PDF): http://windenergy.com/documents/guides/0372_Siting_guide.pdfWind Maps: http://skystreamenergy.com/skystream/will-skystream-work/local-resources.aspxLearn more about Maui's wind power - Kaheawa Wind Farm. HAIKU MAUI HI Here on the north shore of Maui we have plen...
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By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
 Twin Falls is a different kind of tourist attraction on Maui.  Located on the Hana Highway, at the 2 mile marker, this swimming spot is a popular stop on the famous drive to Hana. Locals and tourists alike come here to cool off on a hot day. There are no signs to let you know you're there, but when you come to the 2 mile marker on Highway 360 keep your eyes open for a parking lot on the right, with a little fruit stand. You can't miss it as there are usually 20 or 30 cars or more parked here on a nice sunny day. The trail starts here, and continues up through pastures and the rainforest to a number of different freshwater pools with waterfalls. The top pool is about a half hour hike. Check out the excellent fruit stand offering local refreshments, produce and crafts. The fresh squeezed...
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By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
  HAIKU MAUI HAWAII - 96708    The Pauwela Cannery in Haiku is located on West Kuiaha Road, about a mile up from the Hana Highway.  It used to be an old pineapple cannery back in the day, when the railroad came up from Kahului.  Nowadays the cannery is populated with many smaller shops of the light industrial type.  There are surfboard nanufacturers, and new wave artists.  Last time I looked, there was: Ace Hardware; Fabricated Marble of Hawaii; Creative Cabinets; DaKine Hawaii; Hawaiian Fish Prints; Timpone Hawaii; Vanover Cabinets; and the Pauwela Cafe, among many other busy shops.  There's plenty of parking if you're in the neighborhood, so stay for a while.  If Hawaiiana is your thing, I know a really special old noodle shop that would be perfect for the right buyer.       The Haik...
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By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
You know what bugs me?  So many subdivisions don't allow clotheslines according to their CC&R's.  When did clotheslines go out of fashion, and why?  What's up with that? I remember reading somewhere that if everyone in this country just hung up their laundry to dry, we wouldn't need nuclear power plants, as the amount of energy consumed by electric dryers equalled the output of our nuclear power plants.  I'm sure it's not that simple, but we obviously could cut back a LOT by hanging up the clothes.  Save power, save money, save the planet. Sure that's easy for me to say, living in Hawaii where it never freezes.  But come on, since there is a general trend for people to move to the sunnier parts of the country, why not take advantage of all that solar power.  Why do these developers keep...
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By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
I think it's appropriate that it's raining here in Haiku today, as I start this BLOG on ActiveRain.Although there is a water shortage on other parts of this island, we are not in any way concerned about our own water usage, as we have our own supply of water.  We live off the grid and employ a system called "water catchment", which simply means we catch the rain which falls, and store it in tanks.  On our Huelo farm we actually have 3 tanks for holding water: a 12,000 gallon Scafco metal tank; an 8,000 gallon cement tank; and a 500 gallon plastic tank buried underground.  Let it rain!The County of Maui is requesting that consumers try to cut back on their water consumption, or mandatory restrictions will be enforced.  The drier parts of Maui rely heavily on irrigation to make their land...
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By Karen Willliamson, Wailea Hawaii real estate
(Maui Earth Realty LLC)
Just this week it was discovered that a caterpillar, native to South East Asia has made it's way to Haiku on the Valley Isle.  This caterpillar is unusual looking with spines and a dark stripe running the length of it's back.  It is unfortunate that this pest has made it's way to our beautiful island for a couple reasons. A large infestation can cause serious damage to the plants it feeds on. Our Hawaiian ti and palm trees are 2 items it eats, it is also eating the guinea grass that is growing in all the pastures and gulches on Maui.  With such a large supply of food, these caterpillars can spread easily.There is concern that this will affect our agricultural crops here on Maui.The nettle caterpillar (Darna Pallivittta) has a painful sting.  When one of its bristle like spines touches t...
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