7 Reasons Maui and the Beach are Good for You! #mauiliving

One of the reasons I love living on Maui is a daily stop to unwind at the Pacific Ocean.  Did you realize that there is substantial scientific evidence stating that the beach has significant health benefits?  The natural inclination to inhale deeply as you step on the beach is actually an automatic response to the quality of the air.  Aside from the anticipated “rest and relaxation”, here’s a quick read on 7 benefits of a day at the beach!

  1. Good for your Body

Vitamin D is good for your bones, healthier teeth, and a stronger immune system.  The meditative state it brings us is known to lower stress and blood pressure, as it supports your immune system and overall well-being.

  1.  Good for your Skin

The ocean water is full of minerals and natural exfoliants. Exfoliate on the sand and dip in the saltwater to detoxify with the natural antiseptic, using its qualities to cleanse your pores and skin.

  1. Good for your Peace of Mind

The vast ocean, expansive horizon, and beauty of the surroundings can actually make you appreciate nature. The off-shore breezes and sense of grounding from the sand put you in better touch with spirit and consciousness.

  1. Good for your Mood

The color blue has been discovered by an overwhelming amount of people to associate with calm and peace.  The physical sensation of our toes in warm sand causes people to relax.  The noises — coupled with the visuals — activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for slowing us down and allowing us to disconnect and feel more engaged. (Not to mention the limited cell service and hopes that it encourages us to PUT DOWN OUR PHONES.)

courtesy of MedicalNewsToday.com

  1. Good for a Better Nights’ Sleep

A perfect remedy for insomnia, while engaging in a day of play, our skin is absorbing magnesium via the saltwater, and the essential mineral calms both the nervous and muscular systems and has been linked to helping us sleep better.

Magnesium is the eighth-most abundant mineral on earth and the third most abundant in seawater. More importantly, it is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and it is necessary for over 300 reactions within the body.

Magnesium isn’t just abundant in the body, but vitally important too. As this article explains:

“Every single cell in the human body demands adequate magnesium to function, or it will perish. Strong bones and teeth, balanced hormones, a healthy nervous and cardiovascular system, well-functioning detoxification pathways and much more depend upon cellular magnesium sufficiency. Soft tissue containing the highest concentrations of magnesium in the body include the brain and the heart—two organs that produce a large amount of electrical activity, and which can be especially vulnerable to magnesium insufficiency.”

  1. Good for your Physical Being

Then there’s the obvious… take a swim, walk on the sand or play with the kids while reaping the physical benefits of playing at the beach. The gentle resistance of water (and the vast ocean world below) make it perfect terrain for adventure and easier on those with arthritis or injury.

    7.  Good for your Financial Portfolio

Owning a home at the beach, particularly Hawaii can be a lucrative investment. History has proven that in a real estate “shift”, the 2nd home a vacation rental market can be shielded by the ability to rent it out for passive income. Not to mention, we’ve seen a 4% increase year-over-year in our property values.

Since the beginning of time, doctors have been “prescribing” vacation trips and time off to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, arthritis and more.  So the next time you’re feeling like a recharge, hit the BEACH! It’s just what the Doctor ordered.

Curious about a lifestyle change? A Maui investment?  Reach out, let’s get your toes in the sand.

Posted on November 6, 2019 at 11:59 pm
Erica Haleakala | Category: Maui, Maui Beaches, Maui Investment, Moving to Maui | Tagged , , , , ,

Understanding Wailea Golf Membership

Understanding Wailea Golf Club Membership can be tricky. As projects were developed and plans were originally being set into place, different programs were approached and devised with the Wailea Community Association. Those qualifying for Wailea Golf Membership have no particular rhyme or reason why, it just “is what it is”.  Read below for a clarification on which properties qualify for Wailea Golf Membership or Owner Rates.

WAILEA PROPERTIES THAT QUALIFY FOR GOLF MEMBERSHIP:

Ekahi     |     Ekolu     |      Elua     |     Grand Champions Villas     |     Wailea Kai     |      Wailea Kialoa     |     The Palms at Wailea     |     Wailea Point     |     Wailea Fairway Estates     |     Wailea Golf Estates     |     Wailea Golf Vistas     |     Wailea Highlands

NOT ELIGIBLE FOR MEMBERSHIP, BUT QUALIFY FOR PROPERTY OWNER RATE:

Fairway Villas     |      Hoolei at The Grand Wailea     |     Papali Wailea      |      Wailea Pualani Estates

NOT ELIGIBLE FOR MEMBERSHIP OR PROPERTY OWNER RATE

Maluhia     |     Wailea Beach Villas     |     Kai Malu     |       Kanani Wailea

Check out these links for more information and applications on Wailea Golf Membership and benefits. For more details and to schedule a tee time, contact Wailea Golf at 808-875-7450.

Wailea Golf Membership Application 2018

Wailea Golf Property Owner App 2018


The Gold Course – Referred to as ‘ the thinking mans course”, this one is tougher requiring a more strategic approach. and less scenic than its neighboring comrades. At 7,078-yards and created by Robert Trent Jones Jr. this course received accolades from Golf  Digest, Golf Magazine, Conde Naste Traveler – just to name a few. Strategy and finesse are important to playing the Gold well, and the course’s intriguing risk-reward choices makes it possible to use every club in your bag.This par-3 beauty has golfers teeing off toward an unbeatable view of the ocean and little Molokini, a crescent shaped islet and one of Maui’s most popular snorkeling spots. Check out more details on the Wailea Gold Golf Course

 

The Emerald Course – At 6.825 yards, the Emerald Golf Course is the Wailea Blue courses immediate neighbor to the South. Enjoy picturesque over-the-top views for as far as the eye can see.  Carpet like fairways, tropical foliage and the fresh breezes ofHawaiian air. This course is known to be ideal for the recreational golfer, rather than the one vying for exact precision and difficulty. Golf for WomenMagazine has coined the Wailea Golf Club a Top Fairways Award for the country’s most women-friendly golf clubs, an honor that has been acknowledged seven times. With 4 to 6 per boxes on every hole, this course is no cakewalk and still geared to cater to any skill level.  Comments say that this course is “Challenging enough, certainly not punishing”.  More details on the Wailea Emerald Golf Course

The Blue Course is newly serving guests form the pro shop and its brand new location on Wailea Ike – adjacent Manoli’s Pizza Company – which is, by the way…  the perfect place for the 19th hole.  Meander through the relaxing fairways with outer-island views at the base of the 10,000 ft. dormant volcano, Mt. Haleakala.  Lovely tropical florals, a coral lake and classic coral sand bunkers slice up a game of strategy and competition for an avid golfer.  Lower winds than other courses on a good day, with scenic views from every holeThis Championship Course is Wailea and South Maui’s perennial favorite and probably the most popular. Check out the map of the Wailea Blue Golf Course


Clinics, tournaments, executive and corporate and fun and family play are always available.

This master planned 1500 acre Resort was thoughtfully designed for both full-time living and vacationers wanting a luxury lifestyle.  Whether you are a first-time buyer seeking a popular vacation rental investment, or wanting to purchase your quiet Maui retreat home, Wailea is a terrific place to park your money and watch it grow. With so much growth on Maui, it’s time for you to be a part of it.  Maui county was recently named one of the best places to own a home in Hawaii as posted by MauiNow.com 

If you’re considering an investment in the Hawaiian Islands, reach out. Let’s get your toes in the sand.

With aloha, Erica

Posted on May 21, 2019 at 4:02 am
Erica Haleakala | Category: Maui, Maui Development, Maui golf, Maui Real Estate Reports | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

The Kahului Airport Master Plan

The main runway at Kahului Airport would be extended by about 1,500 feet to 8,530 feet to accommodate fully loaded aircraft with direct reach to the Midwest, according to an update of the Kahului Airport Master Plan.

Kahului Airport

PC: Hawaii-Guide.com

The update of the state Department of Transportation master plan, forecasts needed improvements to the main airport on Maui through 2035, and was completed in December, following consultations with federal and state aviation and transportation officials, users of the airport and the public.

Prepared by R.M. Towill Corp., the plan lays the foundation for the preparation of a joint federal and state environmental impact statement for most of the first of three phases, which will take three years to prepare, according to state officials.

Other improvements cited in the plan, which would cost $3 billion to complete, include:

  • A much needed reconstruction of the current main runway 2-20, which is 6,995 feet
  • Planning for a new 7,000-foot-long runway, on the Haleakala side of helicopter, tour and other general aviation facilities
  • Expansion and improvements to the terminal.

The plan also calls for moving Shige Yamada’s “Maui Releasing the Sun” statue, situated in 1992 in the area next to the TSA security area, to the baggage claim area where a skylight is located.

Releasing the Sun – A Bronze Sculpture By: Shige Yamada

Lengthening the runway would mean the closure of the “back road” of Haleakala Highway between Hana Highway and Keolani Place. Past efforts by the Transportation Department to close the road, which is seen by many of us as an alternative route in case of an accident blocking Hana Highway, have faced opposition. The closure is projected in Phase 2, to be completed between 2022 and 2030.

Marvin Moniz, Maui District Airport Manager, said that he is working with transportation officials to keep the road open by building a tunnel. He’d like to save the road an keep it open. The winding road around the airport sits in the area of the main runway expansion and protection zone on the south side toward Hana Highway. The plan said that the 8,530 feet is the maximum runway length without having to redesign Hana Highway and to purchase more land, the plan said. Expanding to the north was not feasible because of “extensive land acquisition” required and the relocation of existing homes and the Kaunoa Senior Center.

The runway extension, projected to cost $96 million and built by 2021, would allow planes such as the Boeing 737-800 and 777-200 to take off at maximum weight for cities such as Chicago, Dallas and Denver, the plan said. Currently, those flights have to take off with reduced fuel that requires a stop in Honolulu to refuel before heading to the Mainland.

The main runway is in need of reconstruction, having been resurfaced five times since it was built in 1942. The last work involved an overlay project in 2006 at a cost of $3.4 million, the plan said.

The runway currently is safe but the constant resurfacing instead of rebuilding has led to cracks and joint deterioration over the years that are generating debris that could damage aircraft, the plan said. This potential danger has made reconstruction of the runway — with a 20-year lifespan — a priority of the state Transportation Department and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The projected cost for the runway reconstruction is $104.3 million.

While the reconstruction work is ongoing — which could last up to 16 weeks — an existing apron taxiway east of the main runway could serve as a temporary runway, the plan said. Closing the main runway without an alternative was not a viable option given the loss of $8.4 million a day to Maui’s economy.

There are no plans to extend the 4,990-long runway, which is mainly used by commuter airlines, the plan said.

Although beyond its scope, the plan recommends building a new 7,000-foot-long, 150-foot-wide parallel runway. The runway would be located 2,500 feet east of the main runway on the Hana Highway side of the helicopter and general aviation facilities. It would have the same operational capabilities as runway 2-20 and serve as an alternative should the main runway be taken out of service, the plan said.

The cost is projected at $768 million with acquisition of old Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. cane land “an essential first step” for the runway, the plan said. The runway would be built beyond the 2035 scope of the plan.

The terminal will need to be expanded to accommodate the increased number of passengers near the 2035 end of the planning period. The number of passengers from the Mainland is expected to grow from 2.9 million to 3.6 million by 2035.

There currently are 13 aircraft parking positions — three for interisland and 10 for Mainland flights — in the terminal. The plan calls for leaving space on the south terminal area for expansion.

The larger north terminal has nine aircraft parking spaces and 22 departure gates. With the relocation of cargo and car rental facilities to the new consolidated rental car facility currently under construction, there could be space for an additional exit to the baggage claim area, additional passenger holding rooms and parking areas for planes.

North terminal expansion is constrained by the runway, relegating the area to aircraft parking and movement and airline operations, the plan said. New gates would be added to the south terminal.

The south terminal has four aircraft parking positions, six holding areas and 16 gates. The holding areas are nearly half the size of those in the north terminal and would be tripled in size by plans to build over an interior roadway and connect with the terminal building on the other side.

Some expansion work for the south terminal has been included in Gov. David Ige’s proposed biennium budget from July 1 to June 30, 2019. The governor has included $39 million in revenue bonds for hold room and gate improvements, said Transportation Department spokesman Tim Sakahara.

Moniz explained that the money would be used to enclose the open walkways in the south terminal to enlarge passenger-holding areas and restrooms, widen gate areas and create a retail concession area. Airport officials also are studying the addition of one more jet bridge.

As part of the larger expansion of the south terminal in the plan, air cargo and alien species inspection facilities will be relocated to lots on the south ramp.

The next step is to prepare a joint federal and state environmental impact statement prior to applying for construction permits. The EIS, which will include most of the plan’s Phase 1, will focus on the main runway expansion and reconstruction, improving taxiways for the temporary runway, installation of navigational aids and lights, taxiway realignment, expansion of south terminal hold rooms, relocating the Maui statue, closing a portion of Haleakala Highway, and adding 500 spaces to cellphone/employee parking lots.

The parking structure is near complete and we anxiously await the next phase. If this kind of growth doesn’t speak volumes for Maui’s development as a whole, I don’t know what will. It’s coming folks, and it’s an excellent time to be living and investing on Maui.

If you’re curious, reach out, let’s talk.

Aloha, Erica

 

Article Credit:  Maui News

Posted on September 5, 2018 at 11:32 pm
Erica Haleakala | Category: Maui, Maui Airport, Maui Development | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

What can $650,000 Buy You in Real Estate on Maui

“A quick synopsis of the market in one of the hottest US investment and tropical destination locations. You’d be surprised at how affordable Buying on Maui can be. “

Year round sunsets and perfect weather, and a quality of life that is unsurpassable. I encourage you to ask questions, poke around and discover what a smart investment in the Hawaiian Islands can do for your financial portfolio and your peace of mind. Vacation rentals are what makes Maui appealing to the investors palette. Year round sun, means year round vacations. Purchase a family legacy to return to and build memories while generating a passive income stream at the same time.

The Short Term Rental market starts at 400k and the sky is the limit for Maui’s most luxurious oceanfront developments. There are all kind of options for both South and West side locations at this price point. This week, my favorite opportunity is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom short term rental in Koa Resort, across the street from sandy beaches in Kihei, South Maui. This spacious unit has a functional floorpan in a low density and lush garden ambiance. Development amenities include tennis, pool, jacuzzi, and sauna. Smart investment recently listed at 629k.

Absolute oceanfront from this 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom short term vacation rental at Sugar Beach Resort. A clean and bright unit with granite in kitchen and bath. Year round sunsets and whale watching in the winters from this make this short term rental an absolute no-brainer – it will rent like clock work year-round. If this one sparks interest, act fast. Oceanfront at this price point doesn’t last long. Just listed at 699k.

A charming fixer with good bones and a great floor plan in Maui’s Makawao Ranch Acres. This home has a large lanai with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths and 1900 sq. ft. of living space. Tucked on the hillsides of majestic Haleakala Crater for cooler climates and fresh trade wind breezes. Enjoy brisk weekend mornings at the Kula farmers market, and be conveniently located near Maui’s most coveted private schools. This spacious 12,000 sq. foot lot is a smart investment and provides enough room to settle in and settle down in a charming upcountry location. Newly listed at 665k.

A 14,500 square foot vacant lot ready to build. Wonderfully located cross the street from multi-million dollar homes and the most epic sandy beaches. Halama Street is known for it’s oceanfront estates and extreme accessibility. Stand-up paddle, fish and enjoy year round sunsets in a highly desired South Maui location. At approx 1/3 acre and zoned R-3, this flat, rectangular 142’ X 101’ lot is in a new subdivision. Water meters, road improvements, curbs and walks are all in and ready. Bring your imagination and lets put paradise in your portfolio.

“World-class beaches, dining and golf are right at your fingertips.”

If you’ve thought of making an investment in a place of rapid growth and endless appeal, I’d love to talk to you about the best opportunities available on Maui. I’m happy to share all about my relocation from Los Angeles in my early 30’s – and how amazing it feels to never look back. The priorities shift when buying on Maui – you start to feel and share the aloha.

Posted on August 4, 2018 at 12:54 am
Erica Haleakala | Category: Oceanfront, Short Term Rentals | Tagged , , , , , , ,