Maui County consists of four islands: Maui (the largest), Lana’i, Kaho’olawe (uninhabited), and Moloka’i. There are several districts and unique environments to choose from! Since this is site is about real estate, I’ve provided sales percentages to show where sales and growth are happening. All percentages cited are based on MLS data since 2005 and represent residential sales.
Lana’i was once known as the “Pineapple Island” being once owned completely by Dole. It is 140 square miles and is now a community of 3000+ residents. Residential sales are about 1% of Maui County sales. Lana’i has just one real estate district.
Moloka’i is known as the “Friendly Island” and is the fifth largest island of the Hawaiian Islands. Moloka’i is one of the least developed of the main Hawaiian islands. The island’s population is diverse, with a high percentage of people of Hawaiian ancestry. It is 38 by 10 miles with a land area of 260 square miles. It has a population exceeding 7,000. The whole
The island of Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands at 727 square miles. As of 2005, Maui has a resident population of ~141,000. It also has over 2 million visitors every year. It has 6 major areas and 20+ real estate districts.
- South Maui: South Maui is known for is year-round temperate climates, stretches of family beaches and lots of water sports. South Maui is where 40% of sales occur!
- Maui Meadows
- Central Maui: When it is all about convienence, the central area is where you want to live. Wailuku is the County Seat and Kahului sports most of the businesses and shopping on Maui. With the airport, Costco, Home Depot, Walmart, K-Mart and Lowes it is where many jobs, businesses are. It is also the fastest growing area of the island with many new home developments. Central Maui had 20% of residential sales in 2005 and is up to 26% in 2007!
- Upcountry: There are many who believe that the climate of Maui’s Upcountry is the best in the world. In upcountry you find horses, cowboys, magical gardens, deep forests and Maui’s only winery! And of course it includes the stunning Haleakala National Park with volcanic craters and views from the top of the world! Upcountry is certainly diverse and ever changing! You can find everything from golf course “California homes” in Pukalani to ranch estates in Upcountry. It is growing and supports of 8% of Maui Counties residential sales.
- West Maui: As locals and tourists travel the highway to West Maui, they are astounded by the white sandy beaches and the many shades of turquoise and aquamarine in the area’s spectacular bays. Lahaina is one of Maui’s most historical and vibrant towns and is the second most visited spot on Maui, justafter its beaches. West Maui has actually dropped in percentage of sales from 25% to 20% impacted severely by the downturn in the market. The building of resorts and timeshares is thriving in West Maui!
- North Shore: The North Shore of Maui is one of the premiere wave sport destinations in the world. It also is known for it’s “hippy” towns, gorgeous rolling hills and views. People often think that North Shore is on the north side of the island, but take a look at the map to find that it is a “northern shore” but of the southern/Haleakala lobe of the island. North Shore is a great place to look for multi-acre lots and agricultural lots with fabulous views. It has 4% of the residential properties sold on Maui.
- East Maui: Known primarily for the “Road to Hana”, East Maui is isolated from the rest of the island by a multi-hour winding road. It is truly one of the last undeveloped area of tropical paradise on Maui. Beautiful waterfalls, floral gardens and thousands of birds make it a magical place. Only 0.5% of the properties sold on Maui are in East Maui!