Maui Real Estate Blog

Beautiful Home in the Island at Maui Lani

Our office has a fantastic home listed in the Island at Maui Lani. The owners recently completed a comprehensive remodel of its interior. The newly remodeled interior and the very private back yard pool area make this four bedroom, three bathroom home a compelling offering for someone looking for an upscale property in a convenient location.

11 Meleana at night in the Island at Maui Lani

A Remodel Done Right

The interior remodel was beyond an extreme makeover. They installed “wood-look” porcelain tile. The sellers reconfigured the stairwell. The home has new blue tooth controlled lighting and ceiling fans. New African Mahogany Doors provide distinguished entry into the home. Other doors received new hardware. The seller replaced all of the baseboards in the home.

The living room of 11 Meleana in the Island at Maui Lani.

New Caesarstone Counter Tops throughout the house combined with a new backsplash help to give the kitchen more pop.

The kitchen area of a home in the Island at Maui Lani
The dining area of 11 Meleana

Bathrooms were updates with new Kohler Shower enclosures, new tile, new mirrors and Baldwin Fixtures.

The Master Bathroom in the Island at Maui Lani.
A bathroom and one of the custom  doors at 11 Meleana.

Other interior amenities include Dual Zone A/C’s with Nest Thermostats to keep you cool on the warmest Maui Days. A new Ring Doorbell system offers additional security. There is also an EV charger in the three car garage if you have or are considering an electric car. The seller is including high end furnishings such as leather couches and chairs and solid Acacia wood tables with the sale.

A private backyard pool area is a great place for entertaining friends and family.

The Backyard

The backyard was one of the big draws when the owners purchased the property. The pool area also includes a spa tub and waterfall. A number of very large Areca Palms frame the back yard providing plenty of privacy. There is a barbecue area and a covered seating area with a lazy susan table that converts to a firepit. The collective result of all of these elements is a back yard space well suited to entertaining friends and family.

A fire pit by the pool area of a home in the Island at Maui Lani

The Island is a gated subdivision within the master planned community of Maui Lani. The subdivision abuts against the Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course. It is close to shopping, restaurants, movie theaters and more. The neighborhood is centrally located with easy access to beaches on both the North Shore, South Maui and West Maui.

The list price of this beautiful home in the Island at Maui Lani is $1,195,000. Check out the 11 Meleana Listing page for more photos and details of the home. Not on island? Take a 3D tour to get a better sense of the layout and the finish of the home.

Published on September 7, 2019

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Just Listed in the New Traditions at Maui Lani

Our office just listed a great home in the New Traditions at Maui Lani. This four bedroom, three bathroom home is well maintained and has a whole lot of curb appeal. The comfortable floor plan features three bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs including the master suite. The fourth bedroom and bathroom is on the first floor. It could make an excellent guest space, office or a room for tutu.

The Exterior of 134 Meheu Circle in the New Traditions at Maui Lani
134 Meheu Circle in The New Traditions at Maui Lani
Tasteful landscaping and a cute front porch enhance the cure appeal of 134 Meheu Circle
Tasteful landscaping and a cute front porch add to the curb appeal of this home.

The kitchen features stainless steel appliances and upgraded cherry cabinets. The living room has new vinyl flooring. The master bedroom and a number of other rooms in the home have big views of the verdant peaks of the West Maui Mountains. Three split system a/c systems help to keep the home cool on the warmest days. A solar hot water heater reduces energy bills.

The living room and kitchen of 134 Meheu Circle in the Traditions at Maui Lani
The living room and the kitchen of 134 Meheu Circle.
A closer look at the 134 Meheu Circle kitchen area
The kitchen

The outdoor spaces of the home include a tastefully landscaped front yard, a fenced back yard and a separate fenced side area on the side of the house usable for outdoor storage.

The back yard and garage area at 134 Meheu Circle
The back yard and garage

The New Traditions neighborhood has its own small park with a water feature. It is within walking distance of Pomaika’i Elementary School. Residents of Maui Lani appreciate the easy access to so much of Central Maui. The Central Maui Sports Complex, the Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course, restaurants, shopping, movie theaters and medical care are all located within five minutes drive of the neighborhood.

This great new listing in the Traditions at Maui Lani is offered for $639,000. Check out the 134 Meheu Circle listing page for additional photos and details. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team to arrange a showing, or if you have questions about the property.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

So You Want Buy a Home to Vacation Rent on Maui

Everywhere you turn these days, you are bound to see an ad for Airbnb or VRBO. These businesses are changing where people stay on vacation. They are also leading to an increase in the number of buyers looking for single family homes that they can buy to rent on Airbnb. That said, Hawaii is similar to a lot of other locales in that they are increasing regulations on single family home vacation rentals.

The goal of this post is to delve into the rules and regulations that one might face if they have ambitions to vacation rent. It should be a prerequisite so that you can make an informed decision as to whether or not pursuing a home to vacation rent ultimately makes sense for your needs.

To be clear, this post is applicable to homes and not condos. There are a large number of condos on Maui zoned to allow short term rentals.

Are There Any Legal Vacation Rental Homes on Maui?

Hotel/Resort is the only type of zoning on Maui that allows for vacation/rentals. The bulk of the properties located within this zoning are hotels or vacation rental condominiums. There are literally a handful of homes around the island that have hotel/resort zoning. It is extremely rare that you will see the a hotel/resort zoned home on the market.

If a property does not have hotel/resort zoning, a homeowner could seek one of two different types of permits. 1. Short term rental 2. Bed and Breakfast.

Short Term Rental Permits

The short term rental permit is applicable to those who want to own a second home that they vacation rent. Maui County has legislation in place to regulate vacation rentals of single-family homes and agriculturally zoned properties. The application/licensing process is lengthy. The County does not approve all applications. If there are multiple short term rental homes in a neighborhood, new applications are subject to a formal review and public hearing by the Maui Planning Commission. For those that want to take a deep dive into the short term rental legislation, it is available online via the county website.

Some important things to know about the short term rental rules include the following:

  1. There is a five year ownership requirement to be eligible to apply for a short term rental permit. In other words, you cannot apply until you have owned the home for five years.
  2. The short term rental permits do not transfer with the sale of the property. New owners must wait five years and then apply for a new permit.
  3. Any short term rental on agriculturally zoned land requires Maui Planning Commission Approval.
  4. Accessory dwellings, also known as ohanas or cottages, may not be rented on short term basis.
  5. There are geographic caps for permits. In non-planning speak, that means there are limits to the number of vacation rentals in a community. As of this date (April 2019), no areas on Maui have met their caps.

Bed and Breakfast Permit

The Bed and Breakfast permit process is similar to the Short Term Rental Permit process in that there are no guarantees that a permit will be approved. The ordinance is available for review in its entirety online. Here are some key components of the Bed and Breakfast legislation:

  1. To obtain a bed and breakfast license, the owner needs to be an owner occupant. They need to live on the property.
  2. You do not need to own the property for five years to apply for a permit. A new owner may submit an application for a permit right after the purchase of the property.
  3. As with short term rentals, there a caps on the number of bed and breakfasts in a community.
  4. Like short term rentals, Bed and Breakfasts on agriculturally zoned properties require Maui Planning Commission Approval.
  5. Like short term rental permits, the county ordinance prohibits the transfer of bed and breakfast permits with a sale.
  6. Bed and Breakfast owners may serve simple breakfasts, but any more formal cooking would require a separate commercial kitchen license.

Subdivision Restrictions

The County isn’t the only entity that regulates vacation rentals in a community. Prior to applying for a short term rental or bed and breakfast permit, applicants should check the rules of their homeowner’s association. That is particularly true for the resort communities. All of the subdivisions in Wailea and Kapalua prohibit vacation rentals. All but one of the subdivisions in Ka’anapali prohibit vacation rentals.

Additional Rules and Regulations

The State of Hawaii recently passed a law requiring that any owner renting their property on short-term basis (a duration less than 6 months) must:

  • A. Register and obtain a state tax id. 

  • B. Have an on-island representative. 

  • C. Include your license and permit information in all advertising (media, web etc).

Taxes on Rentals

State law requires the payment of two state taxes on any rental income from bed and breakfasts or vacation rentals. Most landlords / owners accomplish this by making it a pass through tax (For Example: You advertise your rental as $500 / night plus applicable fees and taxes). These taxes are currently 14.42%, the same amount as guests would pay a hotel or a vacation rental condominium.

Additional Taxes

Although Maui County has some of the lowest property tax rates in the Country, vacation rental properties are subject to higher property tax rates.  Here are the tax rates for 2019:

Residential Rate – $5.52 / $1,000 of assessed value. 

Homeowner Rate – $2.85 / $1,000 of assessed value with a homeowner’s exemption of $200,000. 

Bed and Breakfast Rate – Commercial residential (plus no exemption) – $4.55 / $1,000 of assessed value. 

Short Term Rental Homes – Commercial – $7.28 / $1,000 of assessed value.

Vacation Rentable Condominiums – Hotel Resort –  $9.28 / $1,000 of assessed value.  

Maui County Property Tax Rates

These rates are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to change. The changes usually are not very drastic.

Penalties and Fines

There are quite a few properties on island that are being vacation rented illegally without permits. We can neither condone or recommend this practice. The county of Maui recently raised the stakes for vacation renting illegally. Voters recently voted to raise the penalty for illegal rentals to $20,000. The fines combined with advanced enforcement efforts make illegal rentals a particularly risky proposition.

Is it Worth it?

When we present clients with the information provided above, most have refocused their efforts on vacation rental condos. We have a fair number of buyers who want to buy now and move to Maui in the long term. If that is the case, they may decide to buy a home and rent it long term until they are ready to relocate. Those that want to open a Bed and Breakfast have a less strenuous path than those who want a short term rental permit. That said, the permit process isn’t easy. We do not assist with this process, but we may be able to line you up with some resources who could help. Contact the Maui Real Estate Team with questions or for additional assistance.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Close to it All in Kuau

This charming, Hawaii Plantation Style home is located in the heart of the North Shore. The three bedroom, two bath home also has a detached garage. Some of the highlights of the home include newer appliances and a spacious deck that is ideal for entertaining or just enjoying the trade winds.

The backyard of the home at 21 Meha in Kuau

The living room of 21 Meha in Kuau

The kitchen of 21 Meha in Kuau

The location of this home is truly ideal for those that enjoy the North Shore lifestyle. It is within walking distance of surf spots. There are a variety of spots within a mile for SUP, surf, windsurfing, kitesurfing, foiling and more. Ho’okipa Beach Park is less than a half mile from the house. The world renowned Maliko Run for downwind paddling runs just off shore from this stretch of coastline. Paia town is less than a mile from the house. Paia offers restaurants, shopping, the best little health food store around and a number of yoga studios.

Kai Lenny ready to head out for a surf from 21 Meha in Kuau

Aerial View of 21 Meha in Kuau with the coastline and West Maui Mountains in the background

This is one unit of a CPR property. This unit includes 8,441 square feet of land.

This home is offered for $879,000. The listing agent of the property is the father of the owner. Check out the 21 Meha listing page for additional photos and details of the property. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team to arrange a showing or to ask questions about the property.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Paradise Found on The North Shore of Maui

Lush Valleys

Hanawana Lush Valley

Towering Waterfalls

A waterfall trickles into a quiet pool in Hanawana Valley

Rugged Shorelines

The rugged shoreline at the base of Hanawana Valley

Our office has an exceptional new listing in the Hanawana Valley, deep in windward Maui. This is a property for those that truly feel the pull of the natural beauty of this corner of the island. A short walk from the property takes you to a tranquil waterfall located on state land. Accessed via a pathway of swaying bamboo, the fifty foot waterfall and swimming hole are the stuff of dreams. The property has deeded access to the ocean. A trail along a stream takes you to the majestic shoreline. A lava rock point stands in stunning contrast to the vivid blues of the ocean. Calm days open opportunities for swimming or diving. The tide pools on the lava rock point are teeming with life.

Views of the Valley

Lava Rock Shore Line at the base of Hanawana Valley

The property itself is filled with botanical treasures. There are massive and majestic common mango trees that stretch towards the sky. There are edibles like coconut, avocado, banana and papaya. Ginger adds splashes of color around the property. An old green house would be a great spot to raise orchids or as a place to raise starts for other plants.

Towering Palm and Mango Trees

There are two existing dwellings on the property. One is a simple two-story home. While modest, it makes for a great spot to enjoy the valley’s beauty. The second home is in need of considerable repair. It could be a project for those that want to fix things up or you could start a new with the spot making a wonderful building site. The true value of the property lies in the land itself.

A Modest home with a generous covered porch surrounded by ginger

Views from the porch of a Hanawana Home

This tropical getaway on the North Shore of Maui is offered for $1,425,000. Check out the 7939 Hana Highway listing page for additional photos and details. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team with questions or to arrange a showing.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Classic Hawaii Plantation Style Home in Kula

We have a brand new listing in Upcountry Maui. The property includes 3.136 acres of fully fenced, gently sloped land; a classic three bedroom, two bathroom Hawaiian Plantation Style Home and a detached ohana.

Hawaiian Plantation Style in Kula

The front entry of this 1936 construction Hawaii Plantation Style Home in Kula

The main home for this property was originally constructed in 1936. There was a significant addition that added a new master suite in 2006. The builder took considerable effort to ensure that the addition blended seamlessly with the style and charm of the original home. Some of the features of the home include a cedar shake roof, fir floors throughout the home, a wood burning stove in the living room for cooler Upcountry nights and a clawfoot tub in the master suite bathroom. The kitchen was updated in 2013 with butcher block counter tops and subway tile back splash.

The Kitchen Area of a Classic Hawaii Plantation Style Home in Kula

The living room of a classic Hawaii Plantation Style Home includes a wood burning stove for cooler Upcountry nights

Master bedroom of a classic Hawaii Plantation Style Home in Kula

A clawfoot tub in a classic Hawaii Plantation Style Home in Kula

There are three generous lanai spaces off the back of the home. The two covered lanai are located in front of the master suite and the living room respectively. There is a large uncovered lanai space in front of the kitchen. The lanai spaces make for great locations to take in the stunning views of both the North Shore and South Maui Coastlines, the big blue ocean, island of Lanai and West Maui Mountains. It is tough to beat watching the sun dip in to the Pacific on a cool evening Upcountry.

An aerial shot showing the back of the Hawaii Plantation Style Home in Kula including the covered and uncovered lanai spaces

The edges of the covered lanai frame the massive ocean view from the classic Hawaii Planataion Style Home in Kula

Other Structures on the Property

The home has a detached two car garage. There is a good space in the garage for a small work shop. There is also an office with a half bath off the back of the garage.

The detached garage of this classic Hawaii Plantation Style Home includes a small office with a half bath

The detached ohana is located downslope from the main home. The distance and topography results in good separation and privacy between the structures. The ohana also has its own discrete entrance to the property.The structure itself is configured as a studios. It has a good sized kitchen with tile floors. The rest of the ohana has laminate flooring. There is a covered lanai space for taking in the ocean and mountain views.

Inside the ohana of a classic plantation style home in Kula

The Land

The 3.14 acres is fully usable. It mixes beautiful landscaping around the home with the rest of the land set up well for agricultural pursuits. The lanscaping includes a number of beautiful native trees including ohia and koa trees. There is a common mango tree in front of the home that has one of the more impressive collections of staghorn ferns, Pele’s Hair (Spanish Moss) and a smattering of colorful orchids. Fruit trees on the property include lemons, avocado, bananas and figs. One of the large avocado trees has a great tree house. There are a number of separate pasture areas that have been set up for goats or even a couple of horses.

Find out More About this Kula Classic

This Upcountry Classic is offered for $1,700,000. You can see more photos and details of the property on the 785 Kekaulike Avenue, Kula listing page. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team if you have questions or you would like to set up a showing. Not on island? You can take a 3D tour of both the main house and the ohana.

Pete Jalbert