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4th of July Lahaina

An ocean of people gather on Front Street to witness Maui's own Independence Day celebration with all eyes on the sky as the town is lit up by a spectacular 4th of July fireworks show.
June 16, 2017

4th of July Lahaina


What would a 4th of July celebration look like in Lahaina? An ocean of people gathered on Front Street to witness Maui's own Independence Day celebration with all eyes on the sky as the town is lit up by a spectacular 4th of July fireworks show. But first a little planning.The road closes at 4:00 p.m. so be sure to leave early when making your way to this celebration. This way, you can arrive in Lahaina early to enjoy an afternoon of shopping, entertainment, and all kinds of foods. The fun-filled day will lead up to a breathtaking sunset over the calm Lahaina waters.           

While the day may come to an end, you won't have to say goodbye to the night any time soon. Make sure to find an ideal viewing area to see what Maui has to offer to you on this special occasion. With the perfect spot, you will surely be satisfied with the rainbows of colors right before your eyes, hearing the "oohs" and "aahs" of the audience.

This show is put on by the Lahaina Town Action Committee, beginning at 8:00 p.m. and lasting for about fifteen minutes. It's an amazing production, as nearly $40,000 needs to be raised to cover the expenses for this event. In order to make this possible, businesses make donations which will be publically acknowledged.        

The Lahaina show is the only public firework display on Maui, so Front street will fill up pretty quickly. It will be packed with both tourists and locals from all over the island, but the smiles and aloha spirit being exchanged throughout the night makes it all worth it. The heartwarming experience of everyone gathering for this one summer night will definitely leave families wanting to come back for years to follow. Nothing beats a traditional island celebration - the perfect way to end a beautiful summer day.

Kapalua Bay Beach Moves Up National Ranking

One of the unique aspects of Kapalua Bay Beach, in comparison to many Hawaiian beaches, is the limited number of waves.
May 31, 2017

Kapalua Bay Beach Moves Up National Ranking

Luxury condos, exclusive residences, great restaurants, and professional level golf courses are just a part of the ambience of Kapalua.  Adding to the charm of the area is a spectacular gift from nature. Kapalua Bay, with it’s silky sands and black lava outcroppings, is home to a premier beach. Kapalua Bay Beach recently moved up to the number 2 spot in the 2017 Top 10 Beach List done by Dr. Beach himself, coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman, a professor at Florida International University.

One of the unique aspects of Kapalua Bay Beach, in comparison to many Hawaiian beaches, is the limited number of waves.  According to Leatherman this makes it great for safe swimming. Only one other Hawaii beach was listed; Hapuna Beach State Park on the Big Island of Hawaii,  coming in at the number 7 spot.

This is not Kapalua Bay Beach’s first time gracing the list. First established in 1991, the top 10 list featured Kapalua as it’s first national winner.  Once a beach is declared the winner, it is retired from the list.  In 2016 however, Dr. Beach started over, and Kapalua once again became eligible, and naturally made the top 10 list right away. Not too far down the road, D. T. Fleming Beach was named top beach in the country in 2006.

Located on the northwest side of Maui, Kapalua Bay Beach is sheltered and usually calm. If you’re a beginning snorkeler or feel your adventure level doesn’t go much past the first few feet of water, this is a wonderful beach for you. Slightly more adventurous? There are protective reefs on either side of the bay where a variety of local fish and other sea dwellers can be found.

Strolling along Kapalua Bay Beach makes for a wonderful start to any morning, and the Coconut Grove would make a great home base.  There are many other near-by options as well: from the Kapalua Bay Villas and Kapalua Golf Villas, to the Ridge at Kapalua.

Why live on just any beach when you could live on one of the top ranked beaches in the nation?

Your Kapalua Lifestyle Awaits You

Featured condominium listings at the beautiful Kapalua Golf Villas.
May 15, 2017

Your Kapalua Lifestyle Awaits You

kapalua golf villas

If you crave breathtaking unobstructed views, enjoy recreational activities and the convenience of nearby resort amenities, Kapalua Golf Villas is the perfect location for you. Sixteen separate buildings sit on 15.8 beautifully manicured acres and hold a total of 186 units. Three of which I have listed here, with prices starting at $750,000 FS.



Unit 19V1

Unit 19V1 is a one bedroom, one and a half bath that has been upgraded. Features include brand new cabinetry, furniture and tiling. Enjoy Maui sunsets, stunning blue skies, and lush green fairways from your lanai. The unit is located on a cul-de-sac offering additional privacy in the center of the Golf Villas. Listing Price is $750,000 Fee Simple. View additional listing details and photos at: www.jodorner.com/367557.



Unit 22V1

Relax while being surrounded by island inspired upgrades in Unit 22V1. This unique one bedroom, two bath has been renewed with a quiet and calming color palette. This unit has been used as a home-away-from-home for the owners and has not been rented - keeping it in fabulous condition. 22V1 also features beautiful ocean views directly from the unit. Sold furnished at $949,000 Fee Simple. View additional listing details and photos at: www.jodorner.com/372085.



Unit 27V2

On the top floor, gorgeous 27V2 has two bedrooms and two baths, and is within close proximity to the pool. This unit is also located in a quiet cul-de-sac at the top of the hill. 27V2 has been renovated with new granite and flooring, and features a refurbished kitchen and bathrooms. Unit is being sold fully furnished at $1,095,000 Fee Simple. View additional listing details and photos at: www.jodorner.com/366560.


Kapalua Golf Villas is perfect for any sports enthusiast that loves golf, tennis, outdoors and more! A shuttle is also available to access outdoor excursions, including the beach or even nearby restaurants. Interested in learning more about living in Kapalua? Give me a call at (808) 276-9015 .

Blogs for June 2017

4th of July Lahaina

Posted on June 16, 2017
4th of July Lahaina


What would a 4th of July celebration look like in Lahaina? An ocean of people gathered on Front Street to witness Maui's own Independence Day celebration with all eyes on the sky as the town is lit up by a spectacular 4th of July… Continue Reading

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