Maui Real Estate Blog

Haiku Off The Grid Lot

People have been living off the grid in Maui for decades. In rural parts of our island, electrical and water infrastructure can be limited. That means people may need to use catchment systems to capture their water supply and photovoltaic panels to generate power. While off the grid living may be the norm for some island residents, it is something that is getting more and more discussion and interest from the general public. PV systems have become more advanced and less expensive to install. We are also appear to be on the cusp of seeing some exciting advances in home energy storage. On a recent investor call, Elon Musk announced that Tesla will be entering the home energy storage market. Tesla batteries are supposed to start production in as soon as six months.

With off the grid becoming more accessible, it is a particularly exciting time to bring an off the grid land listing to market. This lot in Haiku is .7 acres of flat and usable land. The ocean views from the building site are truly stunning.

The lot is located near the end of a quiet country road. It overlooks Opana Gulch. Opana stream runs through the gulch and can sometimes be heard from the lot. Looking across the gulch, there is nothing but forest views extending up towards the Koolau gap of Haleakala. This is truly a place of quiet that brings you back to nature.


Opana Gulch includes areas of Bamboo Forest.


Opana Stream running through the gulch near the property.

There is nothing but forest land when you get to the end of the road. This is a view from off the property looking up Opana Gulch towards the Koolau Gap on Haleakala.

This Haiku off the grid lot is listed for $357,500. You can check out the Burns Road Lot 100 listing page for additional photos and details. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team to arrange a showing of this beautiful off the grid land. This is your opportunity to unplug and get back to nature.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Earth Day Tribute to Maui

To celebrate Earth Day, I wanted to post a tribute to the natural beauty of Maui. This is a compilation of 10 photos and videos from around Maui and its surrounding ocean waters. I have also included links to five organizations that are working to protect and preserve the environment of Hawaii through conservation and education.


The East Maui coastline where Jungle Meets the Ocean


Haleakala Crater


The rough and rugged coastline just south of Hana


The view from a North Shore tide pool looking towards the West Maui Mountains


A rainbow and a passing rain squall along the North Shore of Maui


The Waihee Valley in the West Maui Mountains


The tail of a humpback whale offshore from Lahaina Maui


The Waters around Black Rock in Ka’anapali


Honolua Bay Marine Preserve near Kapalua


The waters off of Palauea Beach in Makena

Here are the five environmental not for profits that work in Maui County that would welcome your support on Earth Day!

Donate to the Hawaiian Island Land Trust to support their efforts to preserve land around Maui and the rest of the Hawaiian Islands.

Support The Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project and their efforts to preserve Maui’s Native Bird Species and their native forest habitats.

Join or donate to The Maui Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation for the preservation of local surf breaks, clean ocean water and beaches.

Help the Maui Huliau Foundation with their environmental education Efforts for Maui Youth.

Support The Nature Conservancy Hawaii and their projects that preserve, protect and restore the Natural Environment of Hawaii.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Eco Friendly Cottage with Room to Grow in Haiku

We have a great new listing out in Haiku on Maui’s North Shore. This two bedroom, one bath cottage is situated on a 1/2 acre of well landscaped property. The charming cottage was recently reroofed and has a leased photovoltaic system. The yard is filled with a variety of ornamental plants and assorted edibles. The list of edibles includes bananas, papayas, lemon grass, Kaffir Lime, mint, rosemary, bay leaf, mango, avocado, a curry leaf tree and more!

The western Haiku location is close to Hookipa Beach Park, Makawao Town and Paia. You are just a few blocks uphill from the Haiku Cannery and restaurants like Hana Hou, Colleens, Lilikoi Grill and Veg Out. The Haiku Fitness Center and Haiku Grocery Store are also attractions. Zoning allows for the construction of a main home on the property.

This Haiku Cottage is offered for $590,000. Check out the Haiku Eco Cottage listing page for additional photos and details. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team today to discuss the property or to arrange a showing.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Restoring Native Forests on Maui

Yesterday, I posted about our weekend overnight at the Polipoli Cabin in Upcountry Maui. The redwoods of Polipoli are beautiful, but distinctly non-native. It is somewhat ironic that on the same day I posted about Polipoli, I stumbled upon this great video about recent efforts on the island to restore the native forests of Maui. I had the opportunity to watch this talk live at TEDxMaui. Dr. Art Medeiros has been spearheading an amazing project that is restoring the unique ecosystems of the dryland native Hawaiian forests. If you have a moment, it is worth the time to learn about Dr. Medeiros’ efforts.

This post is something of a non sequitur from the usual content on The Maui Real Estate Blog. To tie it back into the real estate world, we have a listing in Olinda where the owner has been embarking on his own efforts to restore the native forest. There have been over 1200 native trees planted on the property including varieties such as Koa, Ohia and Sandalwood. The trees are flourishing like this beautiful Koa showing in the photo below.

The native forest restoration is subsidized by a NRCS grant. Over 30 acres of the estate are protected by a gated deer fence allowing a future owner the opportunity to continue the restoration efforts and expand the plantings. Check out the 1050 Piiholo Road listing page for additional photos and details about this one of a kind Upcountry property.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Maui Bulb Blitz at The Paia Youth and Cultural Center

The Blue Planet Foundation is providing people with the opportunity to save some money, help the planet and support local not for profits. On Saturday’s during April, the Blue Planet Foundation is allowing you to redeem your conventional light bulbs for CFL light bulbs at The Paia Youth and Cultural Center (PYCC) for Free. For each bulb redeemed, Blue Planet will donate .50$ to PYCC. Replacing eight 60 watt incandescent bulbs with 13 watt CFLs can save you as much as $152 per year. The PYCC will be open and ready to redeem bulbs every Saturday in April from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Thanks for supporting the environment and local youth!

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Maui Altenative Energy News

Maui made it into the pages of the New York Times today as Hitachi, Hewlett-Packard and Sharp announced plans for a new smart grid project on Maui. The smart grid project is scheduled to have a pilot study completed by September with implementation coming by 2015. Maui currently relies on renewable energies for 15% of its energy demands. While Maui’s abundant sunshine and wind make it an ideal locale for alternative energy, smart grid technologies and improved energy storage technology are necessary for adaptation of alternative energy to the 70% renewable level targeted by 2030. Alternative energy has some challenges when power output fluctuates due to lack of wind or sun. Smart grids and storage advancements are viewed as a key component to overcoming the fluctuation associated with soft power. The implementation of smart grid technologies will also aid in the growth of electric car use on Maui. Maui and the rest of the Hawaiian Islands have been cited as good locales for electric vehicles due to shorter travel distances. Check out the press release from Hitachi for more information on the forthcoming smart grid project.

This announcement comes on the heels of last month’s good news on a new Maui Wind Farm. Plans appear to be going forward for a new wind farm on the back side of Haleakala on Ulupalakua Ranch Land. This project will bring 15 turbines to an area between Makena and Kaupo. Community meetings in both South Maui and Upcountry generated mostly positive feedback on the projects. While some concerns were expressed about traffic during the construction of the wind farm, there appeared to have been a larger consensus that inconveniences during construction would be outweighed by the long term benefits of the project. We will continue to monitor alternative energy and other green building new on The Maui Real Estate Blog.

Pete Jalbert