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March 3, 2021

Love's Bakery closing after almost 170 years of business.

Love’s Bakery to Cease Operations in Hawai‘i

March 2, 2021, 10:21 AM HST 


Locally owned and operated, Love’s Bakery, a fixture in Hawaiʻi for over 169 years will cease operations at the end of March due to losses attributable to COVID-19.

“Love’s Bakery has been a beloved brand for nearly 170 years,” the Love’s Bakery Management Team said in a press release announcement. “We have worked diligently to cut expenses, to maintain our market share and to remedy our operational difficulties, however under the current business environment we are no longer able to continue operations.”

The management team continued saying, “Love’s local management is committed to closing its doors in a responsible manner. We wish to thank all of our employees, suppliers, customers, friends, neighbors, and business partners for their loyalty and support.”

Love’s Bakery was founded in 1851 by a Scottish baker Robert Love, Love’s Biscuit & Bread Co. originally specialized in ‘re-baking’ bread from sailing ships that had become inedible, as well as selling hard biscuits called hardtack. 

The business expanded in 1924, and by 1932 its operations were concentrated on wholesale only. Owned by the Love family until 1968, it was sold first to ITT Continental Baking Company, then in 1981 to First Baking Company of Japan. In 2008, management brought ownership back to Hawaiʻi.

Posted in Maui Lifestyle
March 3, 2021

Coldwell Banker Island Properties 2020, A record year.

Posted in Market Updates
Dec. 16, 2020

5 Tips for a Stress Free Home Purchase

5 Tips for a Stress Free Home Purchase



   Get a Headstart

Make sure your finances are in good standing. Gather and review financial documents, such as bank statements, paystubs, tax returns, etc. Be sure to pay your bills on time and avoid making large purchases. A poor financial history could jeopardize your chances of getting a mortgage loan. Also, be mindful of the funds required to purchase your home: a down payment, closing costs, and moving expenses. The sooner you begin saving, the better

Retain A Professional

Real estate agents have a wealth of knowledge and industry connections that you’d never be able to pull off alone. An agent will be with you at every turn, from recommending a mortgage lender to negotiating the best purchase price. Generally, the seller is responsible for paying the real estate commission, which means you get a personal guide and all their resources at no extra expense.

Maintain Open Dialogue

Effective communication is key. Do you prefer text messages or emails over phone calls? Let your agent know what communication method works best for you. Be clear about your must haves and deal breakers from the beginning. If you have questions or concerns at any time during the process, be sure to promptly address them.

Be Nimble

The homes you view may not check all the boxes on your wish list. In fact, there may be some things you just don’t like. This doesn’t mean it can’t become your perfect home. Don’t compromise on major requirements but understand finding a home that meets all your criteria is unlikely. Keep in mind that if it’s something repairable, the seller may be willing to offer a credit for repairs.

Stay Calm, Alert and Confident

Buying a home is one of the most important investments you’ll ever make. Don’t get too attached to online photos, visit the property before making impulsive decisions. It’s possible the first offer you make may not get accepted. Don’t grow weary! Remain confident and steadfast, knowing the right property is out there for you.

Posted in Maui Lifestyle
Dec. 8, 2020

New on South Maui and Coming Soon

South Maui Hawaii

Many different words could be used to describe the year 2020 – and they’re not exactly positive.  In early spring, many Hawaii businesses began to shut their doors and Governor Ige imposed the now-infamous 14-day quarantine for travelers. It was an interesting time to be on the islands. Thousands of unoccupied rental cars sat in the fields surrounding Kahului Airport, the road to Hana was closed to non-residents, and once-bustling tourist attractions were eerily quiet. While the pandemic caused quite a blow to the local economy, the ocean became more clear than most had ever seen, there was a noticeable uptick in monk seal, shark, and green sea turtle activity, and Hawaii residents got to experience the islands like never before.

It was the definition of a silver lining.

Back to Hawaii

Now Hawaii has worked out the kinks in the pre-travel testing system, and we are starting to see the slow but steady awakening of the tourism-reliant South Maui. While many were eager to get back to work, there were rightfully legitimate concerns about what opening the floodgates to travel might mean for the islands and Maui’s hospital. At the time of writing, we’re a little over a month into tourism’s return and the pre-travel test seems to be working efficiently. While Maui residents are still acting with care, the successful launch of the travel program is allowing those who work in the tourism industry to breathe a collective sigh of relief. Along with kickstarting tourism, the pre-travel test meant residents could once again see out of state family and friends without being subject to the quarantine. Hawaii’s current mask and social distancing rules are working to keep the virus at bay and helping to keep local businesses and events operating as well.

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Nov. 13, 2020

Hyatt Regency Maui, Andaz, Hana-Maui Resort, Wailea Beach Villas Resume Operations


Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. File courtesy image.


Several Hyatt properties on Maui and across the state announced today they are resuming operations as  Hawaiʻi begins its next steps toward the return of tourism.

Two Maui properties, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in Kāʻanapali and Wailea Beach Villas, A Destination Hotel, opened on Oct. 15, the same day that the state launched its pre-travel COVID-19 testing program which gives travelers arriving in Hawaiʻi an alternative to the state’s 14-day mandatory quarantine.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa debuts a multimillion-dollar renovation that is nearing completion. With a total reimagining of all guest rooms and suites led by Wimberly Interiors, the resort’s upgrades include a modern new design with open closets, glass lānai railings, energy saving sustainability aspects and a new contactless mobile key card process.

On Nov. 1, the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort began welcoming guests back.  The reopening came right on the heels of the announcement as the top resort in Hawaiʻi by Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards. Located in Wailea, the beachfront resort features 301 guestrooms and suites, including 11 ocean-front residential villas; with 19 additional villas set to debut in early 2021. 

Hyatt also has a collection of vacation rental properties on Maui, Hawaiʻi Island and Kauaʻi that are operated under it’s Destination Residences Hawaiʻi brand.  Current offers are available in: WaileaLahainaPuʻunoaKāʻanapaliMauna Lani, and South Shore Kauaʻi. (Reopening dates vary per property)

  • “With a strong focus on safety first and wellbeing always, Hyatt hotels throughout the state of Hawaiʻi are reimagining the hotel journey with new amenities and offerings,” according to a company announcement.

“With safety and wellbeing in mind, we are listening to our guests and colleagues and working to implement new experiences that will help reimagine the Hyatt journey,” said Michael Jokovich, area vice president for Hyatt Hotels. “From a major renovation at the Hyatt Regency in Lahaina to the addition of luxury villas at the Andaz in Wailea and a new resort in picturesque East Maui, we are proud to reopen our doors to our guests, colleagues and World of Hyatt members.”

Hana-Maui Resort photo

Hāna-Maui Resort file photo. Photo Credit: Travaasa Hāna.

Posted in Maui Lifestyle
Oct. 23, 2020

Wailea Luxury New Construction


Laʻi Loa



Introducing Laʻi Loa, the first residential opportunity within the Wailea Hills Collection. Offering a premium selection of two and three bedroom villas and penthouse homes in boutique-sized buildings, this 13-acre community is thoughtfully designed along six lushly landscaped stepped terraces, descending towards the ocean, allowing for an unprecedented connection to the spectacular Wailea landscape. This is Maui Luxury Living at its best. Contact us today at 808-868-6711 or 808-990-4425 for more information, pricing, and availability for this property. Our Luxury Buying Specialists are here for you in every way. If you go into the sales office please tell them up front you are working with Dave Zitiello and Janice Vannatta with The Buy and Sell Maui Team. Mahalo Nui Loa. 



Enchantment that Endures

Choose from a premium selection of spacious two bedroom and three bedroom homes, featuring open and airy floor plans of approximately 1,374 and 1,746 square feet, respectively. A timeless color palette is warmed by subtle textures and clean, contemporary lines for a visual kinship with the surrounding landscape, while premium design elements such as quartz countertops elevate each home to a sophisticated place. Defined by a signature sliding window wall in the great room and a generous ocean-facing lanai, each residence embodies casual island elegance and a truly seamless sense of indoor/outdoor living.







Island Allure from a Captivating New Vantage

Gently commanding the top floors of each villa building, the sublime penthouse residences offer approximately 2,587 square feet of modern living space and truly unsurpassed ocean vistas. Uncover true luxury in Wailea with this four bedroom home in the sky, dazzling with an open floor plan, junior suite, and full master suite with private lanai. A grand sliding window wall connects the great room to an expansive lanai of approximately 778 square feet complete with an exterior wet bar and built-in BBQ, ideal for unforgettable sunset dinners with friends and family.



Underground Parking & Storage

A rare find in Wailea, a generously sized, secure underground parking garage for each building leaves the surrounding landscape and its views blissfully uninterrupted, allowing residents immediate access to each floor by elevator. Large private storage rooms for each building provide a cool, dry place to accommodate golf clubs, bicycles, surfboards, luggage and more, combining the spaciousness of a single-family home with the effortless convenience of a lock-and-leave condominium.


Enchantment that Endures

Choose from a premium selection of spacious two bedroom and three bedroom homes, featuring open and airy floor plans of approximately 1,374 and 1,746 square feet, respectively. A timeless color palette is warmed by subtle textures and clean, contemporary lines for a visual kinship with the surrounding landscape, while premium design elements such as quartz countertops elevate each home to a sophisticated place. Defined by a signature sliding window wall in the great room and a generous ocean-facing lanai, each residence embodies casual island elegance and a truly seamless sense of indoor/outdoor living.


Amenities at Laʻi Loa

Though beautifully connected to the very best of Wailea, Laʻi Loa also provides a stunning collection of amenities just steps from home. Take in a sunset from the serene hot tub, or gather for drinks at dusk at the thoughtfully curated outdoor dining area, surrounded by a verdant Hawaiian garden; start a game of bocce ball on the recreation lawn or soak in the exquisite infinity-edge pool. Each amenity at Laʻi Loa makes leading an active lifestyle not only possible, but absolutely spectacular.

Aug. 5, 2020

Buy and Sell Maui Luxury Real Estate Magazine


The Buy and Sell Maui Team has launched it's first issue of their magazine. This first publication details who we are and what we do. Whether we are serving you as a seller's agent or buyer's agent you can expect professionalism, knowledge, and creativity when you work with us. We aren't your standard run of the mill agents who simply post on MLS and sit back. We are aggressive with aloha in everything we do. Our future issues will showcase Maui properties for sale, local businesses, activities, and the people that make our Island special. Check out the below link to flip through our digital publication. Be sure to expand and view it in full screen to experience it best. Mahalo Nui Loa.


Posted in Maui Lifestyle
July 23, 2020

Market Activity Report

Below are detailed market reports for some of Maui's most desired areas. These are updated weekly giving you the most up to date information on what's currently happening in our market from statistical figures to foreclosures. Contact us with any questions as we are always here to help in every way. Mahalo!






Posted in Market Updates
July 31, 2017

Curious About Local Real Estate?

Curious about local real estate? So are we! Every month we review trends in our real estate market and consider the number of homes on the market in each price tier, the amount of time particular homes have been listed for sale, specific neighborhood trends, the median price and square footage of each home sold and so much more. We’d love to invite you to do the same!

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