15 Ways to Bring More Gratitude Into Your Life

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  This morning I woke up and the first thing that I thought about was how we walk around saying “Happy Thanksgiving” without really thinking about what we are really grateful for.  Recently so many people have been shackled by the election results rather than focusing on what they can do and all the gifts we should have deep gratitude for. 

Here are a few tips that will improve your gratitude and improve your life. Do these this week or every day!

  1. If you need a little support for living with more gratitude and gradually improving your life, sign up for MorningCoach.com.  For about $30/month, you get 15 minutes of gratitude, motivation and tips for improving your life.  It is a podcast released 7 days a week that starts your day off right.  The reason this is number one is because JB Glossinger inspired me to write this blog post.  Everyday he inspires me in more ways than I can imagine.
  2. Appreciate life itself.   Think of people we have lost.  Somehow it hits so much deeper when someone gifted and talented takes their own life.  
  3. Recognize distractions – drinking, drugs, clutter, and remove them.  One piece at a time but you will make progress each day. 
  4. Journal – write down 5-10 things to be grateful for.  Also write down things you want removed or minimized from your life.  That can be people too! 
  5. Review your photo galleries – So much to be thankful for over the years. What photo can you take today?
  6. Recognize people in your life that you truly love.  Write them a note and tell them.  No reason – just do it.
  7. Take 2 minutes to stop, breathe, think and act.  Feel the gratitude coming in.  Some people call it prayer, some call it meditation but just stop and relax.
  8. Accept compliments and gratitude.  Accept a smile from a stranger. Give a smile to a stranger. 
  9. Ask for people in your life to give you feedback.  Make it easy and non-confrontational for them.
  10. Remember where you are from.  Your family, your friends and your place.  We don’t always love everything but there are some things we just can’t change.  Accept and love them. 
  11. Change the language you use.  Whether you talk to friends, clients or  yourself one word can change the feeling. I was listening to a real estate coach the other day and he advised that when addressing people’s objections, change one word.  He was talking about when we talk to clients.  I was thinking “I do this in my self-talk”.   His advise was to acknowledge the issue and avoid the “BUT”.  Instead of saying “I was too busy to get to XYX but I really want to help them” say “I was too busy to get to XYZ  AND I really want to help them”.  There are probably lots of ways to do this and this is the one I’m focusing on now and am amazed at how it really can change you.
  12. Hang around grateful people.  That doesn’t mean people who are always positive or cheerful.
  13. Celebrate good things.  In little ways.   This is another MorningCoach tip — when you find more money in your life, do the Money Dance.  Even if it is a penny you found – celebrate. Little wins are still wins!
  14. Celebrate with your friends.  If you have a friend who has good success come to them, don’t be jealous.  Don’t discount what they did to make it happen. 
  15. Take a mini-break to do something no one else expects you to do.  Plan, create, envision. It can be 15 minutes, a few hours or a project that takes a year.  Recognize that this feeds your soul.  

September 2016 Maui Market Trends

September 2016

The usual fall market shows slowing down in condo sales. However, residential Upcountry and Central Maui market is going strong.  Everywhere else is pretty flat except for some decrease in West Maui residential (both sales and prices).

 

 

It is fair to say that September was a pretty steady month. Inventories have been fairly stable throughout 2016.

Questions or comments? Need help with Buying or Selling or just understanding the market?
I am offering FREE real estate reviews. You don’t need to be thinking of buying or selling now to benefit. Often your home is a primary asset, so meet with a real estate professional to find out what your property is worth and what your options and strategies may be! Please ask below or call or text Kathy at 808-344-0469.

View the Detailed Maui Real Estate Market Reports

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Maui Full Trends Report. 12-page PDF report showing trends for each Area of Maui.

 

 

Maui Market Snapshot. 1-page PDF report showing trends for each Area of Maui.
Maui Market Snapshot. 1-page PDF report showing trends for each Area of Maui.

 

June 2016 Maui Market Trends – Brexit Impact on Maui

June 2016 – Brexit Impact on Maui?

Aloha!  June has brought tumultuous global news with Brexit – the British voting to leaving the European Union. Most global predictions for the economic future are not very positive.  Certainly we are affected by almost anything that impacts the U.S. economy. With elections coming up, news of interest rates going lower we may see many Americans cautious about investing. A reasonable part of our market is our Canadian friends who have slowed buying due to low CAD / U.S. Dollar  ratios (0.77 at this time).  Predictions show that many think Brexit will keep that from changing for a long time.   We’ve been predicting an influx of Asian buyers, but we have not seen that in large numbers.

I must admit that I haven’t come to clear conclusion on how Brexit will impact Maui real estate.  But as in most tumultuous economic news, people want to put their money where it will be safe –  and real estate appears to be a good long-term option.  World populations are growing faster than supply.  The world’s wealthy seem to keep getting wealthier.  Interest rates will be low for some time.  And Hawaii is still a beautiful place to live or visit.

Here are some of the better articles I found on the topic:

This offers a mix of predictions and surprisingly none mention Maui or even Hawaii.  I see opportunity!

The Maui Market Trends – June 2016

Once again we see that June was a pretty steady month.  There were increases in sales of both homes and condos. We had an increase in prices of homes and 3 month trend of decreasing prices for condos. That is pretty typical adjustment at this time of the year; if our market were big enough to show “seasonal adjustments”, I suspect it would be considered normal.  Inventories have been fairly stable throughout 2016.

Questions or comments? Need help with Buying or Selling or just understanding the market?
I am offering FREE real estate reviews. You don’t need to be thinking of buying or selling now to benefit. Often your home is a primary asset, so meet with a real estate professional to find out what your property is worth and what your options and strategies may be! Please ask below or call or text Kathy at 808-344-0469.

View the Detailed Maui Real Estate Market Reports

Click on the report and it will be brought up in a new window.

Maui Full Trends Report. 12-page PDF report showing trends for each Area of Maui.

 

 

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Maui Market Snapshot. 1-page PDF report showing trends for each Area of Maui.
Maui Market Snapshot. 1-page PDF report showing trends for each Area of Maui.

 

June 2016 Maui Market Trends – Brexit Impact on Maui

June 2016 – Brexit Impact on Maui?

Aloha!  June has brought tumultuous global news with Brexit – the British voting to leaving the European Union. Most global predictions for the economic future are not very positive.  Certainly we are affected by almost anything that impacts the U.S. economy. With elections coming up, news of interest rates going lower we may see many Americans cautious about investing. A reasonable part of our market is our Canadian friends who have slowed buying due to low CAD / U.S. Dollar ratios (0.77 at this time). Predictions show that many think Brexit will keep that from changing for a long time. We’ve been predicting an influx of Asian buyers, but we have not seen that in large numbers.

I must admit that I haven’t come to clear conclusion on how Brexit will impact Maui real estate. But as in most tumultuous economic news, people want to put their money where it will be safe – and real estate appears to be a good long-term option. World populations are growing faster than supply. The world’s wealthy seem to keep getting wealthier. Interest rates will be low for some time. And Hawaii is still a beautiful place to live or visit.

Here are some of the better articles I found on the topic:

This offers a mix of predictions and surprisingly none mention Maui or even Hawaii.  I see opportunity!

The Maui Market Trends – June 2016

Once again we see that June was a pretty steady month. There were increases in sales of both homes and condos. We had an increase in prices of homes and 3 month trend of decreasing prices for condos. That is pretty typical adjustment at this time of the year; if our market were big enough to show “seasonal adjustments”, I suspect it would be considered normal. Inventories have been fairly stable throughout 2016.

Questions or comments? Need help with Buying or Selling or just understanding the market?
I am offering FREE real estate reviews. You don’t need to be thinking of buying or selling now to benefit. Often your home is a primary asset, so meet with a real estate professional to find out what your property is worth and what your options and strategies may be! Please ask below or call or text Kathy at 808-344-0469.

View the Detailed Maui Real Estate Market Reports

Click on the report and it will be brought up in a new window.

Maui Full Trends Report. 12-page PDF report showing trends for each Area of Maui.

 

 

2016_06MauiForeclosureTrends

Maui Market Snapshot. 1-page PDF report showing trends for each Area of Maui.
Maui Market Snapshot. 1-page PDF report showing trends for each Area of Maui.

 

Fire, Accidents and the Maui Pali

Fire and the Pali

Pali in Hawaiian means “cliff”.  Maui’s Pali is the road to Lahaina where you leave Ma’alaea and creep around reinforced cliffs and through the tunnel. Any visitor to West Maui knows the Maui Pali. Beautiful and breathtaking in good conditions, it can be very hazardous.

My Recent Experience

On July 2, 2016, I’d jus spent 2 hours doing volunteer outreach at the Maui Ocean Center.  On the way over, I noticed that the winds were super strong and our windmills on the hills were all creating lots of energy! My shift ended shortly after 1:00pm and we secured our outreach material in the usual place. I was planning on meeting a friend and her son to enjoy an afternoon looking at fish.  When I texted her, she said they were stuck in traffic due to a fire.  I decided to grab something to eat at the Cafe and commented to the young woman working that the winds were horrible today. She said “What is horrible is that smoke coming right at us”.  I turned to see and immediately started coughing.  I quickly ate my lunch as my friend said they’d arrived.  We decided to delay the tour to another day and get out of danger.

I went outside and took this video on the way back to my car. I was nearly taken off my feet by the wind and the noise was haunting. While I was curious, the survival instinct kicks in and said “Get out of there!”

Click here to view the embedded video.

The traffic was still flowing toward Lahaina and I was surprised they hadn’t close the highway.  The flames in some places were very close to the highway.  Just out of Ma’alaea, you hit the Pali where the road winds around the barren cliffs and the wind flashes down the gulches. There was little control of the situation because the winds were 25-50 mph!  Fire moving fast. As, I drove home, traffic was stopped near North Kihei Rd.  I snapped this photo; it appeared that the fire started near the intersection of North Kihei Rd but up the hill a little.  I thought, that is the area where Spencer Homes just said they won’t build affordable housing and listed 258 acres for sale for $9,975,000.  In our little town, that made front page news. I kept driving with flow of traffic until I got on North Kihei Road and could safely pull over.

And another video — This time I narrated. I was in awe and fear.

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Monitoring The Status

I spent much of the rest of the day tracking MauiWatch to see updates.  We were lucky to have power and not lose internet access like much of the West Side and parts of North Kihei did.  They did close the road to Lahaina and later stopped all traffic on North Kihei Rd.  The evacuated the Ma’alaea Harbor Shops and homes. They finally reopened the road at 7:40 only to close it again at 8:20 p.m. They had to close the backside road too because there was too much traffic.

On social media I saw desperate tourists trying to get to the airport or not knowing what to do because they could not get to their hotels or even call them. They were mad and angry. It was further complicated that the fire took out internet, phone and power to many areas. Deserted tourists asked how can a place like Maui not have alternate roads; I don’t think they have a clue how remote and treacherous the West Maui Mountains are.  Only a few people have successfully hiked across them.  People who have lived here for awhile, generally take it in stride. Building a highway? That is not the Maui way. While this was one of the worst, fires in that region happen almost every year, closing the Pali for hours.  And if it is not a fire, it is a fatality or a bad accident.  Essentially the only route to the West Side of Maui becomes impassable. Locals that drive the Pali often know to keep water, snacks and sunscreen in their car. My estimate is that 4+ hours of shutdown happens 2-3 times per year.

Closing Thoughts

If you prefer the West Side of Maui or the resorts of Lahaina, Ka’anapali, Napili and Kapalui, recognize that there may be times when access is limited due to the closure of the Pali. Practice Aloha or choose Kihei, Wailea or other areas of Maui.  The same message applies for Hana. Don’t complain; we are remote and that is part of what makes Maui No Ka Oi.

 

May 2016 Maui Market Trends – Predictions Up or Down?

May 2016 Maui Market Trends

This month, we’re talking predictions. Many agents across the country are saying they are seeing their markets softening. This often happens before a presidential election due to uncertainty. Economists have shared some concern about the economy. While sales are strong across most of Maui, our prices have shown some declines, especially in vacation home markets.

The U.S. Market – June 2016

I turn to NAR – The National Association of Realtors and Keeping Current Matters for national data and their projections.

Recently, Freddie Mac analysts said, “We expect housing to be an engine of growth. Construction activity will pick up as we enter the spring and summer month, and rising home values will bolster consumers and help support renewed confidence in the remaining months of this year.” And Warren Buffet said, “I don’t see a nationwide bubble in real estate right now at all.”

Source: Gallup poll 2016 via Keeping Current Matters.

Recent Gallup polls explored confidence in real estate investments by gender and age and it seems most Americans think real estate is the best investment.

Vacation home sales in 2015 were down from 2014 but are still the second highest since 2006. It is no surprise that 40% of vacation homes are in beach areas.

 

Mortgage and Financing Trends

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Mortgage rates continue to be at very low rates and again analysts predict that will change in the next few years. They’ve predicted that for 3 years now but it is bound to happen soon! There is money to lend and lenders are still conservative. But many people are surprised by what they can qualify for. If you are considering upgrading, now is a very good time!

The Maui Market Trends – June 2016

I’m not seeing any significant changes in looking at major areas. This does not mean that there isn’t a change in a specific market. For example, I have a client with a lovely oceanview, 2 bedroom, 2 bath vacation-rentable condo in South Kihei. By all Maui standards it is a spacious 1214 sq. ft. So I looked at South Kihei vacation rental condos over 1000 square feet and found that average and median prices have declined 20% in the last year. That is pretty significant. So markets can be very local.

That said, I think overall the Maui market is going to gradually grow. The vacation rental areas popular with Canadians will be slow until their dollar comes up a little. We still have a huge shortage of affordable housing in Maui. They are calling an investor/landlord summit to try to address this shortage before they lose HUD funding. Yes, we have a lot of new developments, many with an affordable component but these are not HUD homes or HUD rentals.

If you are interested in finding out more about the new developments or you’d like to participate in the investor/landlord summit, contact me at 808-344-0469.

Questions or comments? Need help with Buying or Selling or just understanding the market?
I am offering FREE real estate reviews. You don’t need to be thinking of buying or selling now to benefit. Often your home is a primary asset, so meet with a real estate professional to find out what your property is worth and what your options and strategies may be! Please ask below or call or text Kathy at 808-344-0469.

View the Detailed Maui Real Estate Market Reports

Click on the report and it will be brought up in a new window.

Maui Full Trends Report. 12-page PDF report showing trends for each Area of Maui.

 

Maui Market Snapshot. 1-page PDF report showing trends for each Area of Maui.
Maui Market Snapshot. 1-page PDF report showing trends for each Area of Maui.

Take 45 Seconds to Enjoy a Beautiful Maui Sunset

The sound of the waves, sand on your toes, and the beautiful Maui sunset.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.” I couldn’t agree more. Just by simply watching this beautiful Maui sunset instantly lifts my spirit and makes me appreciate nature. It’s very easy to be too wrapped up in our daily lives that we often forget there’s a whole world out there we have yet to explore, even for just short amounts of time. So here goes a short but nice video of the waves and random people having fun all while the sun sets. Enjoy!

 Video taken from my iPhone 6+ at Charley Young Beach, Kihei on the beautiful island of Maui.

Kihei Beaches – The Real Scoop about Water Quality

Beautiful Kihei BeachesAs an agent, I often hear other agents advise their clients —  “South Kihei beaches are much cleaner” or “You don’t want to enter the water in North Kihei” and “That’s why North Kihei values are lower than in South Kihei”.  As a volunteer knowledgeable in water quality, there is some truth and mostly not truth in these statements. I’m far from a scientific expert though I have talked to some of the best scientists looking at the issues. Kihei has some of the nicest beaches in Maui – about 6 miles worth! There is something for everyone.

North Kihei Beaches have Poop?

A recent article about Kihei water quality in Maui Time was titled “Poop“.  The title is totally sensationalized however it does cite some good resources. They are comparing apples and oranges. The article claims that the Kihei beaches are far worse than the Lahaina waters where the EPA is suing Maui County to clean up it’s act.  With what I know, I absolutely don’t believe that and am happy that the EPA took action in Lahaina. While I am concerned about water quality in Kihei and would love to see improvements to the system, I’m more concerned in other areas of Maui.

The problem source is the Kihei Water Reclamation facility that is located mauka of the Pi’ilani Highway near the new Police Station. Most of Maui water is treated using injection wells. At various treatment plants around the island, they treat sewage and put the treated water into injection wells.  The plants pumps water to depth but the treated water does eventually migrate to the ocean. This is happening at a much faster than they believed when systems were designed (2 years vs. 8). Lahaina Wastewater is treated at lower level than in Kihei which is the major problem in Lahaina. Lahaina water has been shown to have contaminants that contribute to MRSA outbreaks.  The water the Kihei facility puts into injection wells looks clear enough to drink.  It is distributed and used as recycled water at golf courses and school campuses.  Here is a article that describes details of Kihei’s water reclamation facility.   The article doesn’t tell us what the impact on our oceans is. The treated water does have more nutrients that create an great environment for seaweed to grow. While seaweed is normal on all our reefs, it grows much faster and covers much more reef in impacted areas.  Some Kihei beaches are filled with dead seaweed many times of the year; if it sits on the beach for awhile it stinks and gathers flies. My experience is that the worst area is just north of Kalama Park where there is a pumping station near the Kihei Fire Station. The ocean currents along the Kihei coast, flow North so there tends to be more nutrient rich material along North Kihei beaches. That said, by the time you reach Sugar Beach, lots of seaweed is a rare occurrence.  Having personally tested and observed water from many points, there is no “poop” in the water.  In my experience, when people say they saw poop floating, it is usually right after a coral spawn and what they see is the dying coral spawn glopped together.  Others will say it is turtle poop, but I personally haven’t observed or tested that! The water I’ve tested is just as clean if not better than points in Wailea and South Maui.
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In my opinion (and I do live in North Kihei just up from Menehune Shores), the bigger issue that impacts the property values in North Kihei are the afternoon winds which are much stronger than further south.  Just today while previewing North Kihei condos, I had by dress blow up over my head; luckily few were around to see.  It can be fun to watch the afternoon kite-surfers and colorful kites but you’ll get sand blasted if you try to lay out on the beach!  The second  reason is that North Kihei has Sugar Beach which is the longest stretch of white sand beach on Maui.  While people do like sand beaches, long beach stretches do not lend themselves to having the coral reefs and colorful fish that many visitors love to see.

If you love big ocean views and long walks on the beach, North Kihei may be perfect for you.  North Kihei has many more oceanfront condos than South Kihei.  Most South Kihei condos are across the street from public beach parks and the few on the oceanside are very expensive.

Looking at sales in the last year (May 2015-2016) and selecting fee simple, vacation rental condos with an ocean view, here is a quick price comparison:

Property Location (# Sales) Low  Median High
North Kihei Oceanfront (41 units) $257,000 $444,000 $850,000
South Kihei Oceanfront (10 units) $675,000 $1,435,000 $1,830,000
North Kihei Oceanview (8 units) $210,000 $263,500 $399,000
South Kihei Oceanview (50 units) $263,000 $418,000 $840,000

I do have a favorite North Kihei Best Buy that is the one of the most expensive listings in North Kihei at $995,000.  Usually when a unit is listed as ocean or beachfront, that means the complex is oceanfront.   This unit is front and center on Sugar Beach just 10 steps to hours of peaceful beach walks.  The first floor Nani Kai Hale unit has been elegantly remodeled and has a huge private lanai for amazing beach parties.  Check this beautiful unit out here.  Call me at 808-344-0469 if you are interested in this property or comparing any Kihei properties.   Kihei offers a perfect mix of options for every buyer!

April 2016 Maui Market Trends

April 2016 Maui Market Trends

In April, we saw some major upturns in units sold and average prices of homes (up 36%).  While that sounds like upward movement in Maui Market Trends, I just see some peaks and a gradual upward trends. We saw the number of sales over $1 million peak to 22% from it’s average of  15% which logically would reflect in the average prices increasing. Looking at all classes (condos, homes and land) the median price was at it’s highest point since February 2009!

Looking at the trends over time and future pending sales, I’m not seeing those peaks as major spikes, just steady upward movement in the Maui market.  Inventories are down slightly to 8 months with residential down to 5.4 months.  Interest rates are still low so don’t wait to make your move.

There is talk at the national level of some market softening but I don’t really see that even on this quick video that tells you about the national market. I think most of that is just based on following market cycles and people thinking we are at time for a downturn.   Certainly with elections coming up, there is uncertainty in the markets.  No matter what side you are on though and how crazy you think the other side is,  looking over the years, this is a good time to sell and/or buy.  The Maui market is stable so it’s a good time to think about a move.  Rents are skyrocketing, there is plenty of financing (even with 0% down) so renters with decent credit should consider buying.

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Quick update – last month the Canadian $ hit 80 cents for a few hours.   Now it is at 78 cents.  I still think that when it gets up to about 90 cents, the Canadians will start buying a piece of Maui again, causing an increase in prices.  I don’t follow the politics in Canada but would be happy if some friends to the North might estimate when this might happen.

Questions or comments? Need help with Buying or Selling or just understanding the market?
This month I am offering FREE real estate reviews. You don’t need to be thinking of buying or selling now to benefit. Often your home is a primary asset, so meet with a real estate professional to find out what your property is worth and what your options and strategies may be! Please ask below or call or text Kathy at 808-344-0469.

View the Detailed Maui Real Estate Market Reports

Click on the report and it will be brought up in new window.

Maui Full Trends R1eport. 12-page PDF report showing trends for each Area of Maui.
Maui Full Trends Report. 9-page PDF report showing trends for each Area of Maui.

 

Maui Market Foreclosure Trends – month by month summary of REO and short sales in the Maui Market.
Maui Market Snapshot. 1-page PDF report showing trends for each Area of Maui.
Maui Market Snapshot. 1-page PDF report showing trends for each Area of Maui.

Maui Seasons – Where Have All the Tourist Gone?

🎶  Where Have All the Tourists Gone? 🎶

Quiet Charley Young Beach in MayToday you can take a left turn on South Kihei Road – almost without looking.   In the course of a couple weeks we’ve gone from waiting for 5 minutes to take a right with a left being impossible –  to no traffic at all. The beaches have a few people scattered. That is our Maui seasons.

The weather is still great here but vacationers are enjoying spring at their homes and waiting for school to be done. Our whales are gone but there are still plenty of great ocean activities.

Many people ask – What are the Maui Seasons? 

Our peak tourist season is our Winter.  We are still above the equator so Maui experiences the same summer and winter patterns as most the continental U.S. and Canada.  We have a typical school year so we have kids in/out of school similar to many other areas.   Our weather really does change.   We don’t change enough to have Daylight Savings Time. Our sunrise/sunset times during the year are not drastic but vary between 5 and 7.

Maui Seasons – The Weather

Maui Winter Sunsets are the bestWinter is the rainiest Maui season.  The Windward side  of the island experiences rain almost every day. Weather patterns come across the Pacific and usually smack into the island on the windward side.  On the “Leeward side” (in the lee of the mountains), like my home in Kihei, you get occasional rain. Even more rarely we get rain that lasts for days. Cold weather in Kihei means it drops below 70°F.  Most days are in low 80’s.  If you are upcountry (above 1000 feet up one of our majestic mountains), you can experience much colder weather dropping into the 40’s.  We have snow on the top of Haleakala (10,000 feet) a few times a year.   Occasionally there is a “Kona Storm” from the southwest that hits the leeward areas and can dump warm tropical water across Maui.

Spring – Rain is common in windward areas but rare in leeward areas.  Weather is very pleasant.  This is when the ocean temperature is at it’s coolest.

Summer – It occasionally rains in windward areas but rarely elsewhere.  Summer temps regularly are between 90-95°F in low lying areas.  Tradewinds coming from the Northeast are predominate.  It can be hot and humid but still is pleasant at the beach.  End of summer is when Hurricane season begins but they have seen hurricanes as early as June.

Low Season at Ka'anapaliFall —  See spring except that ocean temperatures are the warmest.  Weather tends to stay hot through September.  Hurricane season is in full throttle.  Some years that means we get a tropical summer storm or two.  Others we have emergency preparations and prepare for the worst that rarely happens.  Hot off the press for 2016 – After record-breaking hurricane season, 2016 expected to be tamer.

Maui Seasons – For Tourists

The best way to see specific dates for a season is to visit almost any condo site on VRBO.com.  Since a peak number of visitors mean higher prices (supply/demand) there is direct correlation.   The dates given below are just estimates and varies year to year.   Here is typically what you will see in order of highest prices:

  1. Holiday – Dec 16 – January 10.   Christmas in Maui – Live the dream!
  2. High Season – January 11 to April 20.   This is whale season (peak time is February) and where it is cold elsewhere.  The end date is often tied to spring break and Easter breaks.
  3. Thanksgiving – Nov 20 – Dec 1.   This doesn’t always show up in price schedules but it is a busy time.
  4. Summer Season – July 1-Sept 14
  5. Low Spring – April 21 – June 30.  Don’t think that just because it is low season, there is nothing to do.  In addition to most normal tourist activities, we also have an Maui Seasons - array of community events and celebrations. Don’t forget the Maui Film Festival in June.  And the jacaranda tree’s blooming Upcountry in May is a stunning site.
  6. Low Fall – Sept 15- Nov 20 – Similar to low spring with lots of community events.  Visit our county fair the end of September.  Also watch for good specials on fine dining as chef’s give back to their communities.
  7. Dead December – If you don’t like other tourists, the first 2 weeks of December is a great time to visit.  It is super quiet here.  All the resorts have their holiday decorations up.  With a few whales, some of the snowbirds start to arrive.

Any time of year, Maui offers warmth, beauty and Aloha! Call me when you come!

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