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The Coconut Chronicles
Volume V, featuring Wailuku and new developments on Maui
Aloha! Welcome to the fifth edition of The Coconut Chronicles presented by Billy and Pete Jalbert of the Maui Real Estate Team. We hope everyone had a safe and very happy holiday season and that the New Year is getting off to a great start.
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Billy & Pete's Picks: New developments on Maui
Each month The Coconut Chronicles will present 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 focused on new developments on Maui.
Maui is a growing community with new developments that have recently been approved and a number of developments in the planning process. The list below provides an overview of some developments in varying stages of the approval process. Some are in their infancy, while others have recently gained approval. Some of these recently approved developments have lots for sale on the MLS. Since subdivision approval is a dynamic process, we plan to keep our customers up to date on new subdivision news through our new blog.
Kai Malu at Wailea
One Palau'ea Bay
Koa at Kehalani
Ke Alii Kai
Developments in Spreckelsville
If you see any complexes that look interesting please contact us today. Note: this article was published in early 2005. There are new developments that are in process since this publication. For up to date development news, check out the latest in the new developments section of the Maui Real Estate Blog
Every winter, Maui gets some very important and special visitors. No, I am not talking about the celebrities staying at the Wailea and Kapalua Resorts. Our special visitors never make it to Wailea's beautiful beaches. They prefer to frolic in the waters offshore. The visitors are of course Maui's Humpback whales. Humpbacks first start arriving in Maui around November and will linger in the area's waters until sometime in May. The Humpbacks use the area around Maui for mating and birthing. During the winter months it is hard not to spot a whale spouting, surfacing or best yet breaching clear of the water. The first whale of the season was spotted in late October. I did not start seeing the whales on the North shore until the last few weeks. Since then, seeing some sign of whales has been almost a daily occurrence.
While any whale sighting is exciting, there are a number of companies that offer whale watching trips. Having seen these gentle giants frolicking in the distance, I decided that I wanted a more up close and personal viewing. I had not been on a whale watching trip since I was a tourist visiting the island. I could think of no better companion on the trip than my three year old niece Malia. Billy's daughter is a pretty smart kid with a remarkable knowledge of the ocean and its creatures. I can say this type of stuff as a proud uncle. Her ocean savvy is due in part to living in proximity to the water and a good bit to 100+ viewings of Finding Nemo. Her knowledge of the movie has expanded from knowing the character's names to knowing each of the character's species. When I asked her if she wanted to go on a boat ride to go see some whales, I received a very enthusiastic response. Our field trip was on!
Malia tells her Uncle Pete it is time to go watch some whales!
We departed from Ma'alaea boarding the Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Spirit. The Pacific Whale Foundation is a non profit with the mission to inspire and promote appreciation, understanding and protection of whales, dolphins, coral reefs and our planet's oceans. The foundation provides both an educational and entertaining experience. Malia and I took our seats on the comfortable and spacious catamaran. It wasn't long before we were zooming South out of the Harbor toward Molokini. The skies were clear and the seas calm and gentle. The ship's naturalists gave a steady and entertaining stream of facts on the whales while all eyes were focused on the horizons looking for the tell tale signs of whales. We were not long out of the harbor when someone yelled "Six O'clock!" About a thousand yards in back of the boat, we could see the spout of a couple of whales. The captain swung the boat around and we slowly cruised towards the whales. When we were within a few hundred yards, the boat shifted back and forth between a slow crawl and neutral. When we neared a hundred yards distance, the engines are turned off. Whales are protected species and there are strict laws limiting human contact with the animals. The boats are prohibited by law from motoring right up next to the whale. That being said, the whales will often swim right by the boats when the engines have been turned off. In the case of these first whales, we saw them take a few gulps of air before their tales lifted above the surface and they headed under for an extended stay.
Malia was awed both by the whales and the boat itself. Whenever a new sighting was announced, we scurried over to that side of the boat and I would put Malia on my shoulders to get a better vantage point. A number of times, the crew would put a hydrophone out in the water to listen to the whale's singing. The male humpbacks are famous for their vocalizations as they play the courting game. As the whales would disappear into the depths, we would scan the horizon for the next pod. All told we probably saw 3 or 4 small pods with over a dozen surface sightings of these beautiful mammals. In between whales, Malia spent a good bit of time exploring the boat. It was hard to tell whether she found the boat or the whales more fascinating. Just around Malia's nap time, we started making our way back to the Harbor. We would get one last treat as we pulled into the harbor. A couple of good sized sea turtles were basking on the surface near harbor's entrance. It was the perfect end to a perfect day. Malia had a big smile on her face as we returned to the car and she was quick to ask when we would go whale watching again. It took two minutes into the car ride before she was fast asleep dreaming of splashing whales or zooming catamarans.
The Pacific Whale Foundation offers 15 Whale Watching Trips daily out of Maalaea and Lahaina Harbors. Trips are seasonal running between December 1 and May 15th. Trips run about two hours long and cost $19 and $29 dollars for adults. Kids between 7 and 12 are $15 and kids under 6 are free per each paying adult. Kama'aina receive a discount with adults costing $12 through the Whale Foundation. If you want to bring a bit of the magic of whales to your own home computer, you can listen to Whales singing live off the coast of Maui on whalesong.net.
Continued in » Coconut Community Spotlight: Wailuku
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