As I write this, I am trying to figure out my new IDX system. It has districts (that don’t match our MLS districts), cities and zip codes. Many years ago I figured out that nothing really aligns nicely. If you’ve ever written a contract that specifies Pukalani or Wailea, which are recognized sub-areas by the post office, you learn that they are not acceptable to the lenders. Pukalani doesn’t exist – it is Makawao. Wailea doesn’t exist – it is Kihei. I’m sure there are others!
Who determines these things and why? I’d like to think I understand real estate districts but why in the world do we have a district for areas where there is a property sold about every 50 years? Examples include Honokohau, Keanae and Nahiku. Part of this is that these areas are populated by old families who never move. Most properties have 28 owners as they are passed down through generations. There is nothing wrong with that but why do they need their own real estate district?
As many of you know, I run my own statistics reports. Early on, I realized my reports were a little off from the reports that the Realtors Association of Maui (RAM) puts out. When I called to inquire, I was told that they don’t use the field “district” (which is the only STANDARD and REQUIRED field we have) but use the tax-map keys. So some Kihei properties are actually Kula. We don’t even have a public road between Kihei and Kula!
In our MLS districts, Paia is included with Sprecklesville. Few people say they live in Sprecklesville; Sprecklesville while it has historic importance is more like a suburb of Paia. It does not show up in “Cities”.
Then there are the un-named areas that truly have their own culture. The city shows “Haiku-Pauwela”. People do talk about the dry and wet side of Haiku. “Pauwela” literally means – “end hot” in Hawaiian; you would think it means end dry or end wet! The zipcode is Haiku which goes all the way to Hana. What happened to the infamous “Huelo”? I remember going to a Huelo Open House and running into a massive steer meandering headon down the dirt road! I pulled as far over as possible and waited. Then there was the contract I wrote on a Huelo property where we requested that the owner get documented that there was legal access via a nicely paved road. County reports said the property had no access. We were told that asking this means buyers aren’t “Huelo people”.
Then you have condos that are not where their name indicates. Ma’alaea Surf has beautiful views of Ma’alaea but is in North Kihei. There are dozens of others.
I’m the type person who likes everything to fit nicely and make sense. In Maui, that doesn’t work. You can’t blame the native Hawaiians because their ahupua’a system was very logical. In fact many of our areas are still named based on the Ahupua’a including Kamaole, Honolua, Napili, Kahana and others.
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