Maui travel plans-useful tips:

May 17, 2010 by  
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D. T. Fleming Beach Park, Kapalua, Maui, Hawai...

Hawaii with its tropical climate and crowded beaches is an ideal place for a vacation. However, as casual as the place may sound, you need to make and follow a good travel plan in order to save yourself from any last moment turmoil and mismanagement. The first step involved while planning your trip to Maui is to make arrangements for travel. Book your air reservations in advance, most especially if you are visiting in the high-season. You may also opt for travel packages that combine both the travel and accommodation expenses.

However, they may charge you a tad extra if you are visiting in the high season. You will find a number of websites on the World Wide Web that are dedicated to tourism Maui and offer discounted rates and innovative package deals to cater to diverse budgets. There are also packages which accommodate your expenses for tours and other vacation activities. This way you have a firm idea of how much you are going to spend and can thus plan accordingly.

While making air reservations, it is worth mentioning that different airlines have different charges for different days and sometimes even different times. Search for plenty of deals and choose the one that best meets your needs.

These deals can easily be viewed and analyzed online at dedicated online travel websites. Search for ones that deal with Hawaii travel and offer discounted packages.

The next step involved is to make overnight reservations in Maui. The last thing you want is to end up in a maximum packed hotel or resort late night and have to pay extra for an accommodation. Timing and pre-planning, therefore is extremely important. Being a major tourist’s attraction site, Maui offers an unlimited variety of overnight reservations

The most opted choice is of course the traditional hotel reservations. However, Maui real estate, villas with a spectacular view of the ocean and condo rentals are also extremely popular. Most of these rentals are enlisted online on a number of websites and make sure you check for availability before making your airline reservations

Maui travel plans include a lot more than mere airline reservations and accommodations. Since the place is alive with abundant activity all over, chances are that you will be spending huge portion of your vacation on places other than your hotel area. This means that you need proper travel arrangements ion order to participate in the recreational activities. Furthermore, as Hawaii is a blend of rich cultures and historical sites, traveling to these sites requires that you plan your methods of travel in advance. You may either opt for packages that cover your car rentals along with accommodation expenses in advance. This is one of the easiest and most convenient ways of ensuring that you have a confirm transportation medium present. Car rentals also provide visitors with the additional option of picking them right from the airport.

Maui with its breathtaking views and fine executive homes and beautiful condos is also the best place to invest in. Whether you are looking for residential homes or wish to buy a future retirement property the place is dreams come true.

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Oahu Real Estate Market

April 6, 2010 by  
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Oahu from the air.

The Oahu real estate market continues to face strong economic repercussions from the recession that started well over a year ago. One particularly visible example of the continued weakness in the area was reported by a March 9, 2010 article in the Maui News, which reported that “A foreclosure auction has been scheduled for 72 units of a 99-unit industrial condominium complex on Oahu. The units at the Waipio Business Center are to be sold in bulk March 24. The complex developed at a cost of an estimated $60 million was completed two years ago.” The piece noted that “The developer, WIC Partners LLC, sold 27 units in 2008 for close to $22 million. But then the market dried up with the financial crisis, and no units sold last year. Lender GE Business Financial Services Inc. filed a foreclosure lawsuit in June.”

There is some sense of hope for Oahu homes for sale, in the form of a nationwide effort to alleviate foreclosures. According to a March 26, 2010 article from KITV 4 News, “Hawaii banks and other lenders said Friday President Obama’s new initiatives to prevent foreclosures could be a great help in keeping local residents in their homes. Hawaii foreclosures are at record highs with 11,164 homes in foreclosure in the state, 5851 on Oahu, 2215 on Hawaii Island. 2141 on Maui and 957 homes on Kauai.” The article, composed by Denby Fawcett, continued to say that “Bank of Hawaii said the new features in the Obama plan should help prevent more foreclosures. ‘It will give our customers another tool they can use to help keep them in their homes.’ said Tim Padgett, Bank of Hawaii Senior Vice President for Loan Management Services.”

The resort market, which is crucial to Oahu real estate for sale, has started to improve, according to a March 25, 2010 article in the Pacific Business News. The piece continued to state that “Home sales in Hawaii’s resort market began to show a rebound in 2009, with just a 2 percent decline in sales from the previous year, according to a new report. The 2 percent decline followed a 37 percent drop in 2008 and was the smallest decline since the market began to drop in 2006, according to the residential resort market report from Data @ Work.”

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Lahaina Real Estate

April 1, 2010 by  
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L?hain? is a popular tourist destination on Maui
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Lahaina, Hawaii, a beautiful seaside city on the island of Maui in the South Pacific state, has a generally high-priced real estate market with its highly desirable location and the beautiful oceanside view from many homes and condos. The market, like so many, has suffered in recent years after the effects of the economic downturn on the U.S. mainland made their way out to the island.

The Lahaina real estate market has shown several signs of stabilization in recent months, with just slight increases and decreases in both price and volume. According to the local Coldwell Banker statistics, at the end of 2009, in December, the median price of properties sold in Lahaina was $1.21 million, which was up slightly from November’s figure of $1.12 million but down from December of 2008’s figure of $1.34 million. Lahaina’s median price for single-family homes was the second-highest of all of Maui.

Total sales volume in December in Lahaina was $6.05 million, with four Lahaina homes for sale closed upon. These figures were up from November, when the total volume was $4.82 million with three homes sold and from a year ago, when total volume was $4.47 million, also with three homes sold.

The condo marked showed great signs for improvement, more so than the single-family home market.  The median price of a condo sold in Lahaina in December was $398,000, up from November’s $396,500. The total sales volume for condos in December was $4.89 million, with eight condos sold. Sales activity picked up significantly, with eight condos sold in December, up from just two in November and zero one year ago. Condo prices in Lahaina were the fourth-lowest of all Maui markets.

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Healthy Vacations In Hawaii on Maui

October 5, 2009 by  
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View of Lanai from Maui, Hawaii

When tourists arrive on Maui, they often throw out their healthy lifestyles from home and trade them for the lazy life of beach living, large portions of divine food, and several drinks a night.  While this may be a much-needed vacation, it is possible to experience all Maui vacation rentals has to offer without throwing healthy lifestyles out the window.  By the very nature of pacific-rim and fusion cuisine, the use of seafood is an automatic help.  As long as visitors try local food instead of dining at national chains like California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, and other food giants, they should be safe.  Some of Hawaii’s freshest fish is quite lean and actually very healthy.

Natural and organic diets can be continued while on Maui.  There are several health food stores in downtown Kahului, the island’s major city.  Milagros, Down to Earth Natural Foods, Alive & Well Natural Health, and a number of other similar stores can provide inexpensive but very healthy foods and drinks.  Most local grocery stores also have begun to carry a number of different organic, reduced fat, and healthy snacks and food items.  For tourists looking to eat the extra fries or drink the extra beer, most hotels have twenty-four hour gyms and fitness centers to shed those extra pounds.

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