We all know Maui is paradise. But what you may not know is that Maui is also one of the most naturally and culturally diverse islands in the world. From the misty rainforests of Haikü and the rugged peaks of Haleakalä to the palm-fringed beaches of Wailea, Maui is indisputable proof that variety is indeed the spice of life.

Just like snowflakes, no two places are exactly alike on Maui, which means there truly is something for everyone here. I call it “variations of perfection.”

South Maui (Wailea, Makena and Kïhei):

Arguably, there is an intrinsic appeal to any coastal community, but I believe South Maui gives the rest a run for their money. There’s a reason why visitors flock here year-round—and why I chose to build a home here. Considered by many to be the crown glory of Maui, Wailea, Makena and Kïhei boast pristine white sand beaches, impossibly blue waters and breathtaking sunsets that inspire the inner romantic in each of us.

Like me, if you’re inclined to indulge in sun, sand or surf, the perpetually sunny and dry (South Maui averages less than 15 inches of rainfall annually) climate is guaranteed to deliver optimum beach time, day or night. Just a 26 minute drive from Kahului Airport, it is an easily accessible area, with two, main intersecting roadways (the Pi‘ilani Highway and South Kïhei Road), convenient bus routes and ample parking.

But what sets this seaside community apart from the rest of the island is that it has just about everything under the sun (and I mean that quite literally). You’ll find an assortment of retail shops and award-winning restaurants to suit every taste and budget, as well as a dizzying array of amphibious activities, such as SCUBA diving, surfing, stand-up paddling, kayaking, nature hikes, marine education courses, sunset dinner cruises, tennis and some of the best golfing in the world.

But wait, there’s more. South Maui is brimming with cultural events, farmers markets, craft fairs, a vibrant nightlife scene featuring live music and entertainment and “Hawai‘I’s Answer to Sundance,” the world-renowned Maui Film Festival.

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73 N Kihei Rd Unit 101 Kihei, HI 96753

$995,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,076 SqFt
Status Pending - Cont. To Show
MLS # 358235
Property Type Condo
Nothing is nicer than a direct beachfront location! Located on Sugar Beach, the best sandy beach on Maui-enjoy whale watching during winter months, experience beautiful sunsets and leisurely walks on the beach! This ground floor condo is the only 1,076 sf unit in the entire building. Elegantly furnished, turnkey 2 bedroom, 2 stunning baths and amazing ocean views plus, a very large private side patio. 3 Mitsubishi zoned air conditioning units - one in living room & one in each bedroom. Owner gutted unit to reconfigure interior. It is very functional with custom built-in drawers in bedroom closets, large pantry & full size Maytag washer & dryer. Kitchen has large pull out drawers, counter top range and wall oven. Enjoy the ocean front while preparing meals in your gourmet kitchen! Beautiful granite counter tops & stainless appliances. Very attractive white quartzite tile flooring throughout. Enjoy the heated pool, common area BBQ & showers by the ocean! Not occupied. Easy to show! Call for appointment. This is the Owner's private unit, has never been rented. Excellent pricing for oceanfront location. *NANI KAI HALE UNIT #101*

2481 Kaanapali Pkwy Unit 1023 S Lahaina, HI 96761

$65,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,444 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 358557
Property Type Time Interval
Two bedroom, two bath time interval unit on the 10th floor overlooking the popular courtyard side of Tower 1. Spacious floor plan sleeps 6 people comfortably. This unit has recently had a full renovation to the kitchen including new counter tops and new appliances. Also newly renovated is both of the bathrooms. The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach offers amenities that include an ocean view pool, spa, sauna, workout gym, salon, underground parking, and a business hub center.

3543 Lower Honoapiilani Rd Unit A207 Lahaina, HI 96761

$580,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
642 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 360345
Property Type Condo
DIRECT ONE BEDROOM OCEANFRONT UNIT. THIS IS ONE OF THE LARGER ONE BEDROOMS. EXCELLENT RENTAL PROPERTY. POOLS, JACUZZI, TENNIS, AMENITIES GALORE.

89 Keahilele Pl Lahaina, HI 96761

$4,700,000
4 Beds
5 Baths
4,664 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 361641
Property Type Single Family
This estate embodies the true spirit of island living! Carefully designed for comfort and views with Maui’s finest Architecture and Trend Builders, winner of several 2011 BIA Overall Grand awards, the estate is perfectly placed on a cu del sac in the exclusive gated community of Lanikeha, Ph 2 (within Kaanapali Golf Estates). The grand entry to this open single level living Hale accommodates large family gatherings w/large pocket sliding doors that disappear bringing the outdoors in and extending the living space so the entire space feels as one. Every bedroom, including the two master suites on each end of the home, enjoys pastel pacific blue vistas & year round sunset views. Both master bathrooms include an indoor/outdoor showers. This captivating 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom estate is nestled well above the lots below and has been strategically built to maximize & protect views; what you see is what you get; ocean, island & resort views as the backdrop for flaming sunsets! Property is sold furnished. Lanikeha is West Maui’s newest gated community; 110 acres w/132 parcels, Lanikeha Club House offers community spa, pool, & exercise room. The estate is a golf cart ride away from Kaanapali Resort and Whaler’s Village. Maui, It’s a Lifestyle…Your Time is Now.

3200 Wailea Alanui Dr Unit 701 Kihei, HI 96753

$738,000
1 Bed
2 Baths
1,022 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 362068
Property Type Condo
At the entrance to the world renowned Wailea Resort is this fully furnished 1 bedroom, 2 bath ground floor unit with a split A/C system in the master bedroom for you to enjoy the best of Maui's Island living. This corner end unit is located just a short stroll from the gorgeous sandy beach at Keawekapu. The swimming pool area and front desk/club house is also very close to the unit. Phase I of the Palms of Wailea allows short term rentals and this unit is currently booked by Outrigger. There's a lovely garden view, mini ocean view, and ample parking for owners and guests. Showings are subject to availability with the vacation rental manager.

1 Bay Dr Unit 3304 Lahaina, HI 96761

$300,000
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,774 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 362191
Property Type Time Interval
The Residences known as Montage Kapalua Bay is a stunning oceanfront condominium property, with a mix of interval ownership and full ownership Residences. Residence 3304 is a beautiful unit, with 2 spacious bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths, generously proportioned with 1,774 square feet of interior space. The time interval is comprised of 2 fixed weeks during Spring Break, and 1 floating week in late summer to early fall, depending on the year. This unit is beautifully furnished in a tasteful Island Design, and the views to the ocean and the Island of Molokai are gorgeous. Montage Kapalua Bay offers 5 Star amenities to owners and guests. Ownership at this Resort includes eligibility to have a Kapalua Club 'Gold' membership which gives you reduced golf rates and reduced prices at many of the Resort's amenities, access to the main Residences pool and spa as well as the private Beach Club which is just steps from famed Kapalua Bay, use of the 30,000 square foot Montage Kapalua Spa which offers fitness classes, fitness center, sumptuous spa treatments and numerous relaxation areas. Kapalua Resort is home to two championship golf courses, Tennis Center, the Kapalua Golf Academy, several single family home and condominium communities, miles of hiking trails, exceptional dining venues, 3 white sand beaches, and The Ritz Carlton Hotel. Prepaid Homeowner Association Dues until January 2018! The Kapalua Resort is an oasis of beauty and embodies the true spirit of Hawaiian Aloha!

471 Kanai Pl Wailuku, HI 96793

$750,000
15 Beds
6 Baths
3,724 SqFt
Status Pending - Cont. To Show
MLS # 362845
Property Type Sf W/det Ohana Or Cottage
A most unusual property that has development possibilities. Located directly across the street from the renowned surf spot, Big Left, the large yard has an imu for your family luau. Two buildings have rental potential on half an acre. Views of Kahului harbor and majestic Haleakala where you can view beautiful sunrises, can be seen from the property. Open parking area has plenty of room for residents and guests. Centrally located in Wailuku and just a short distance from grocery shopping, banking and restaurants. Kahului Airport is only 15 minutes away. Make this special property into that of which you have been dreaming. Add a second story and a view of the ocean could open up before you. Building permits were obtained for structures.

33 Hana Hwy Paia, HI 96779

$4,250,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
2,260 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 362905
Property Type Sf W/det Ohana Or Cottage
PAIA BAY SANDY BEACH. Check out the North Shore surf spot and be the first in the water. Stroll down Paia Bay's beautiful sandy beach. Lounge on the upper deck and enjoy the unobstructed ocean views. Walk to the many shops and restaurants Paia town has to offer. The largest sandy beach residential lot (approx 145' of beach frontage) on Paia Bay plus 2 dwellings. The main dwelling offers a flexible floor plan with expansion opportunities. The 2nd dwelling is a classic plantation house. Both dwellings need some TLC to discover the full potential for this hidden gem. B&B or STR possibilities?

280 Akaula Way Kihei, HI 96753

$8,200,000
4 Beds
4.5 Baths
7,716 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 362929
Property Type Single Family
An exceptional blend of architectural excellence and inspiring function, 280 Aka’Ula in the Wailea Highlands seamlessly infuses indoor and outdoor living with extensive ocean-views and sweeping vistas. Located in the heart of Wailea, the property is just a stroll away from Wailea's pristine world famous beaches and a quick golf cart ride from the Blue and Emerald courses. The late architect Brian Bolter designed 7,700 sq ft. home featuring 4 spacious master suites, 4 baths all complete with granite soaking tubs and Swedish style wet room style showers. Boasting an open floor plan with thoughtful elegant detail, astonishing space and ample luxury. The Chefs kitchen and oversized Great Rooms, with grand walls of sliding Fleetwood doors, open on to a spectacular infinity edged pool. In true Maui fashion, epic lanais and pagodas offer an oasis for sunning and secluded comfort. One listor is part owner.

And that’s just to name a few.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the piece de resistance of South Maui: From November to April, pods of humpback whales make their annual voyage just a few miles offshore, offering spectators a rare opportunity to witness one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts.

This is, as the saying goes, just the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much to see, do and experience here, which is why Wailea, Makena and Kïhei are three of the most coveted locations on Maui.

Of course, I may be a bit biased. After all, I do live here.

West Maui (Lahaina, Ka‘anapali, Kapalua and Napili):

West Maui was once the playground of the Hawaiian royals, and today, it’s an equally coveted destination for those seeking the royal treatment. The popular “resort towns” of Lahaina, Ka‘anapali practically burst at the seams with things to do, places to go and people to see.

You’ll find a lot of people in the water here—surfing, paddling, parasailing, swimming and snorkeling—and for good reason. West Maui is arid and hot.

Along Front Street, Lahaina’s iconic promenade, there is a treasure trove of historical landmarks, museums, retail shops, art galleries, restaurants, cafes, live music and entertainment and the world-famous Banyan Tree Park, where you can enjoy the cool reprieve of the shade from a 60-foot-tall Banyan tree.

Throughout the year, both Lahaina and Ka‘anapali host a variety of special events, including the Halloween Celebration (dubbed the “Mardi Gras of the Pacific”), King Kamehameha Day Parade, the International Festival of Canoes and the Taste of Lahaina.

Further down the Honoapi‘ilani Highway, you’ll find a slower pace of life in Kapalua and Napili, not to mention some of the world’s most legendary golf courses (Kapalua hosts the PGA Tour’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the LPGA Classic Tournament and the Mercedes Championship each year).

If you want some R&R or to escape from the “real world,” West Maui can certainly deliver. Depending on weather and traffic conditions, it’s a 45-minute drive from Kahului Airport, and it is only accessible by Honoapi‘ilani Highway—unless you have a private jet or helicopter, of course.

North Shore (Pä‘ia, Ha‘ikü and Spreckelsville):

When it comes to small town charm and character, Maui’s North Shore has the market cornered.

We call it the “wet” side of the island, which is why it’s not uncommon to see a rainbow or two while cruising along Häna Highway, and if you plan on spending a day at the beach there, I’d recommend bringing an umbrella. The North Shore is also considerably quiet and mellow (at least, compared to rest of Maui), which is why many residents travel to other areas of the island for business and pleasure.

But the North Shore is best known for its unique wind and surf conditions, which has made it one of the world’s premiere destinations for surfers, kitesurfers and windsurfers (H‘ookipa Beach Park is known “Windsurfing Capital of the World” and “Jaws” is appropriately named for its jaw-dropping big wave surfing).

If you’re not into extreme sports, though, don’t worry. The North Shore offers plenty of other outdoor activities and adventures, as well as opportunities to enjoy some “quiet time” with your family. In fact, you might just find me there one Sunday afternoon with my daughters, collecting seashells along the beach.