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27-Acre Oceanfront Bluff in Haiku Offers Privacy & Big Ocean Views

The ultimate north shore Maui oceanfront estate awaits you at one of our newest listings, 900 Honokala Rd. in Haiku. If you are looking for privacy, huge ocean views, and a place to set up an agricultural estate that can support many people, this is a blank slate of sustainability in one of the best […]

Why I Live and Love My North Shore Maui Life

Clients and friends have asked me for years why I live in Haiku “where it rains all the time.” Frankly, I reply with a smile and remind them that this is the first place the Hawaiian’s chose to live when they arrived on the islands. When you have adequate rainfall and you have to live off the land and the ocean, the answer is very simple; water is the source of life.

Me and my late mother preparing for a garden in 1980

After living the first 12 years of my life in the desert in Tucson, Arizona, hiking through dry gulches, dodging jumping cactus, and enduring 110 degree summer days, Maui was an easy transition. The desert does have a beauty all of its own and an amazing amount of life, but it is very difficult to survive in it for long without a source of water.

So, starting with water in two forms – the fresh water from the heavens and the salt water of the sea – Haiku has both. There is a misconception that our Maui soil is fertile. Mostly, it is not as it has largely been depleted by mono-cropping pineapple and sugarcane for years. Poor soil management makes restoring the soil a huge chore.

When I purchased my home in 1978, I bought five acres with a tiny cottage in the middle of an abandoned pineapple field. Nothing would grow. My neighbor, Guy Moen, was successfully growing commercial bananas right next door and we had a conversation that has carried me forward in my farming (and real estate) careers.

Working the land with my tractor back in 1981

Guy told me to get the soil tested at the local ag extension service at the cottage. He shared that until I supplemented the soil with available nutrients and adjusted the PH from highly acidic soil to a more neutral PH, I would have difficulty even growing a decent weed. I listened and learned.

Adding dolomite lime allowed the soil to become PH neutral and loosened up the existing nutrients in the soil. Adding rock phosphate in large quantities, replaced the phosphate depleted by farming pineapples for years. Adding organic matter, ash, and compost helped build up potassium, and supplementing with all forms of nitrogen, legumes that fix atmospheric nitrogen, and foraging animals all have gradually brought life back to my land.

The same is true of our ocean waters. We have overfished them for years and to earn a living as a fisherman is difficult. My neighbor, Adam, is a commercial fisherman, mostly fishing pelagic tuna, mahi mahi, ono, and swordfish. Adam agrees that reasonable management of the fisheries is the only way to keep feeding us all off the ocean. Recent closings of bottom fishing for onaga, opakapaka, and other bottom fish has started to slowly increase the population of these fishes and now fishermen are reporting better catches in open season.

Maui Sustainable Living and Sustainable Real Estate

I enjoy the lush vegetation that surrounds the same home that I have lived in since 1978, which is quite the contrast from when I first purchased it (see above photos)

Living in an area where there is adequate rain to farm and an ocean that can feed you, offers some opportunities that other parts of Maui don’t have. To farm in Central Maui

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Living and Loving the Haiku Life

450 North Holokai Place (MLS# 356689) in Haiku just listed for $1,850,000

A good example of a family that takes advantage of the rainfall is the owner of a new property that I have listed for sale at 450 N. Holoka’i Place in Haiku. Don and Patricia Fisher started with 2 acres of pineapple fields 12 years ago, built their dream home on it, and put in a tremendous fruit orchard and some small gardens.

They have faced the same obstacles that I have, but every day they get to walk out and pick citrus, avocados, lychee, mango, figs, and many other fruits. To farm two acres in Kihei, your water bill would be $600 or $700 per month. They pay $30 per month because they don’t have to irrigate.

Words that Patricia Fisher shared with me, “Why would somebody want to live anyplace but in Haiku? You have peace and quiet with no traffic noise, no burden of the resort commotion, good access to great restaurants, stores and Upcountry Fitness at nearby Haiku Town Center, 10 minutes to the beach at Hookipa, and it is all only 30 minutes from Kahului.”

Why Not Consider Haiku?

You have world class windsurfing, the best downwind paddle from Maliko Bay, site of the Olu Kai world competition every year, surfing and kiting at Hookipa, massive winter surf at Peahi Bay aka “Jaws,” great cycling and mountain biking, equestrian facilities at Tom Morrow Equestrian Center, rodeo and roping at Kaupakalua Riding Club.

Best of all, you have top notch both public and private schools as Haiku Elementary consistently scores highly in state ratings and both Montessori and Seabury Hall offer high level, college prep quality private education.

Having lived in Haiku since 1978 (I am still on my 5 acres) and raising my 3 children (all born on the property) with my wife, Laura, I truly have a feel for the land, the community and what it takes to prosper here. My children are now all successful adults and my son, Jeremy, is my business partner in real estate. We work as the “Stice Team” at Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers and we are the top selling agents in Haiku. We know and love the area, so it is logical that we can best share that love with our clients.

If you want to talk about farming, real estate, surfing, cycling, schools, canoe paddling, or living the Haiku life, please reach out to me.

Aloha from the North Shore,

Tracy Stice R(B)

Haiku Home with Detached Cottage Offers Sustainable Living on Maui

Take your time, take a deep breath, and enjoy the pure, clean air blowing in over the fields from 3,000 miles of unblocked Pacific Ocean. Walk over to the avocado tree, pick up the one that fell this morning. Go to the chicken pen and get your eggs. Walk over to the garden and pick your chives and tomatoes and head inside to the kitchen to start your breakfast omelet. Do you want to start your Hawaii life like this every day?

The Main Home

130 Kuloli Place (MLS# 356128) a single family home with a detached cottage in rural Haiku features an organic orchard full of a variety of bearing fruit trees, two fish ponds, and lots of room for gardening. Also included is a large area to raise hens or other livestock.


130 Kuloli Place a 3 bed/3 bath home of 2,174 sq.ft. with a 1 bed/1 bath 576 detached cottage on 2 acres of nicely landscaped land for $950,000. The Hawaii Life value score has 130 Kuloli Place as 94 out of a possible 100 points.

The main home has 80% of the living area on the ground floor including two master suites separated by the main living area and kitchen. Upstairs is a huge master suite with a very large and fully screened lanai with a great ocean view to the north. The home features wide use of ceramic tile and granite in all baths, the main living, and kitchen.

The Detached Cottage


The detached cottage at 130 Kuloli is ample distance away from the main home and the level of privacy is further enhanced by all the trees and plants between the two structures

Included is a detached, small cottage with a very large screened-in lanai that is tucked under several large trees. The warm trade winds waft through the cottage full of the scent of the flowers surrounding it. This is perfect for an extended family living situation or as a legal long term rental, which are currently in very high demand.

2 Acres of Lush Farmland and Privacy

The present owner has not used chemicals and has used organic fertilizers over the past ten years of their ownership, so the new owner will have a great start for sustainability and growing a lot of your own food. Included are several other outbuildings, two of which have electricity and water, so you can set up a workshop and areas to process your harvest on the property.


The property is located at the end of a quiet gravel road, 1/4 mile off Ulumalu Road in Haiku, Maui, so it is very quiet with no road noise. It is 8 minutes to Hookipa Beach Park and 14 minutes to Paia. All utilities are available including high speed internet, electricity, county water, and even trash pick up.

If you are tired of the rat race of the city, and you are looking for a place to slow down and grow your own food, 130 Kuloli may be your new home.

Aloha from the listing broker,

Tracy Stice R(B)

Sustainable Haiku Home with Photovoltaic Electrical System

Living in Hawaii, we are in the challenging position of having to import 90% of what is consumed in the state. How about looking at a property that offers some energy independence, has room to grow most of your food, yet is still tied to the electrical grid with county water, cable, and high speed internet? The Stice Team’s newest listing of 90 Kapii Place in Haiku, Maui offers all of this and more.


90 Kapii Place in Haiku with the main home in the foreground and the cottage in the background; also in the background is “Giggle Hill” also know as the 4th Marine Division Park within short walking distance of the property

90 Kapii Place HD Video Tour

What Kind of Electrical Bill Can You Expect?

90 Kapii Place (MLS# 355194) offers two houses, both 3 bedroom/2 bath structures each with an independent PV system. The present electrical bill for the cottage is $8 per month and for the larger house, it varies between $18 per month to over a $100 per month, depending on how times they charge their Nissan Leaf car and if they have house guests.

On my own home in Haiku, which is similar with a house and cottage, I often have $500 per month electrical bills because the residential rate on Maui is now approaching 40 cents per kilowatt hour.

  • Potential savings are easily $300 per month.
  • At present mortgage rates, this could save you $70,000 over the term of a 30 year loan.
  • If you take into consideration that the electric rates on Maui have historically risen over 6.6% per year over the past 20 years, the savings could easily be over $100,000.

Fully Fenced Haiku Agricultural Property

90 Kapii Place has a variety of citrus trees, bananas, avocados, palms, and an organic garden. Food independence by growing some of your own is a reality as well. With local annual rainfall in this area being around 70 inches per year, you can grow fruit trees, bananas, and many crops with no irrigation at all.


Your vegetable garden will require some work with watering, but the end product is something you grow, not subject to agricultural practices of others. If you truly want organic food, grow it yourself!

All you really need to do is to add a big water storage tank or cistern, set up a satellite dish for internet, and you could pull the plug if you had battery back up on the photo voltaic systems. Not a bad thought if you strive for total independence and don’t mind getting a little dirty growing your food.

Haiku Property with Equestrian Possibilities

90 Kapi’i Place is zoned agricultural and is located a few lots away from the Tom Morrow Equestrian center, which is public. If you want horses and animals, this is a great place to be. The entire property is fully fenced, which provides peace of mind for children and animals to roam and explore the 2 acre grounds of the property.

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Home with Open Floor Plan

Both homes are fairly new. The main home was built in 2000 and the smaller cottage home in 2003. The main home has hardwood bamboo floors, which are very durable, and a vaulted living and kitchen areas that are open and connected.


The master bedroom suite is on the opposite end of the house from the other two bedrooms. This nice, open floor plan is all on one level and all rooms are easy to access.

The Cottage


The cottage is a very simple home. The living-kitchen area is vaulted as well. Next to the cottage is a large workshop and storage room. Both homes are move-in ready so you don’t have to worry about major repairs or renovation.

mountain view

Enjoy the lush greenery, colorful flowers, sounds of the wind rustling through the Eucalyptus trees, and calming views of Haleakala in the distance

Ideal Maui Location

Best of all, right across the street is the 40 acre County of Maui 4th Marine Park. Most days there is a soccer or baseball game going on, kites flying, and lots of fun going on. Being only 3 minutes to Haiku Town Center, 7 minutes to Makawao, and 12 minutes to Hookipa Beach Park, you don’t have to drive far to shop, go to gym, or surf.


4th Marine Park

This property represents very strong value at its listed price of $872,250 and we are confident that it will be under contract quickly. Please plan accordingly and schedule your showing request as soon as possible.

Aloha from the listing agent,

Tracy Stice