Kula – A Favorite Place to Live on Maui

Having lived on Maui since transplanting here from San Diego in 1978, I am often questioned by clients and visitors about where my favorite spot is on Maui.

Where is My Favorite Place on Maui?

On a dreamy introspective day, I would would say Waimoku Falls at Oheo Gulch sitting under the 400 foot waterfall, spacing out while laying on a warm rock watching the rainbows form at the edge of the fall.

On a windy day with a nice swell, pushing downwind from Maliko Bay with some friends in a canoe is hard to beat.

On a good south swell day, hitting the waves at my favorite break at Launiopoko with my buddies and the floating beer cooler just can’t be beat. We have a 2 wave rule: if you get two waves in a row, you are sent to the penalty box and have to drink a beer. That is a great equalizer when you are out with better surfers who like to steal all the waves.

As far as places to live, that

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is a really tough question, as Maui is about as varied in climate as you can get for such a small geographical area. However, after many people have lived on Maui for a number of years, they realize the beach will always be there with the warm water and they start looking for more privacy, a cooler place to retreat, and to be able to raise a garden and have a few animals. The answer is Kula!

Just Listed – Upper Kula 2 Acre Estate Featuring a Large Home with Detached Cottage/Garage Area

It is not uncommon for those who retire to Maui to make a first home in the warmer areas of Wailea, Kaanapali, Lahaina or Kihei. If you are coming from a cold climate, this is a logical step if you want refuge from winter. However, 90 degrees every day, all summer long gets oppressive after a while.

From your rocking chair at our newest listing in Kula you can enjoy amazing bi-coastal ocean, central Maui basin, and West Maui views while you contemplate your own favorite places on Maui

Our newest listing is a 3 bed/3 bath home of approximately 3,488 interior living area square feet with roughly another 2,000 sq.ft. of covered and uncovered deck areas.

7636 Kula Hwy HD Video Tour

At 7636 Kula Highway (MLS# 357745), we offer you a cure for year around living on Maui

In addition to the main home, there is a huge detached garage that has a substantial studio/one bath living area above the garage that is perfect as a rental or extended living situation. The Stice Team is proudly offering this property for $1.65M and all listing details for this property can be found here: property detail page.

This home was built by a well-known Maui couple in 1991 who loved to paddle canoes. The living room, kitchen, and master bedroom all have large windows to invite natural light and the spectacular scenery down at sea level.

The main house was totally remodeled over the past two years with an updated kitchen, new flooring, new master bath and guest suite, all located on the top floor.

The bottom floor, which is accessible at ground level via another driveway, is essentially a whole living area of its own. Both floors have excellent views.

The huge 4 car garage is large enough to handle a 42 foot outrigger canoe. Both the main house and garage are pole type structures with high, open beam ceilings giving a very spacious feeling.

Property Highlights

This is the perfect climate at 2,800 feet elevation. Rainfall averages around 25-30 inches a year, so there is just enough rainfall to keep the pasture green most of the year, but you get sunshine 90 percent of the time.

The best part is that you have bi-coastal views of West Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, and the tip of Molokai that are completely unobstructed. There is a very good reason Oprah Winfrey decided to buy a huge part of the surrounding properties, it is climate and view!

Finally, if you like to have a garden, the deep volcanic soil awaits your nurturing hands. Already there are many producing fruit trees and a vegetable garden. One acre is fully fenced with 2 miniature goats right now, but you could have horses or other livestock as you choose as there are no covenants to restrict your farming ambitions.

Strong Value in Upcountry Maui

Please let me know if you have any questions, or would like to schedule a personal viewing of this property. Everything has been taken care of on this house and property, and it represents a very strong value in the very popular Upcountry Maui marketplace.

Aloha from the listing Broker,

Tracy Stice R(B)

Just Listed: Upscale Haiku Home with Ocean View on Immaculate Acreage

The Stice Team is proud to share our newest listing on Maui’s pristine North Shore located at 450 North Holokai Place in my hometown of Haiku. 450 North Holokai is a 4 bed/3.5 bath flawless home of 3,765 sq.ft. on an immaculate two acres with an outstanding ocean view. This property represents strong value at $1,850,000 and has a Hawaii Life Value Score of 95 out of a possible 100 points (MLS# 356689).

450 North Holokai Place and North Shore Video Tour

Maui’s North Shore Rocks

Many are aware that Maui has consistently been rated as the world’s top island, but the North Shore presents an exceptionally beautiful contrast to the more developed resort areas present on the south and west shores.

Usually when people think about Maui’s north shore they think of the road to Hana, lots of flowers and tropical plants, and the exotic and pleasant odors of plants and flowers. They think of big waves at Jaws and Hookipa Beach Park, Kanaha Beach Park for windsurfing, and the exciting day and nightlife of Paia and Haiku Town Center.

Most visitors don’t immediately think about Haiku as a place to reside, they think about it as a place to visit. I have lived in Haiku since 1978 and have a very different perspective. As I know Maui quite well, it brings a smile to my face thinking of the many great spots we have to visit and enjoy.

What makes Haiku especially nice to live in is the cool tradewinds laced with daily rain showers and clean air blowing in over 3,000 miles of clear Pacific. Because of the regular rain, just about everything grows, even cactus if you let it.

The Value of 450 North Holokai Place

Why would you consider 450 Holokai Rd as an option? If you wanted a true quality home of this size and construction standards on 2 acres, the price would be more than $4,000,000 in West Maui or Wailea. Consider a brief look at the feature list and you will begin to agree. See a complete list of the house features by room.

Living room or dining room-whatever you best see fit

This is one of my favorite rooms in the house and, as you can see, is a versatile space that accentuates the beautiful natural light and brings the lush surroundings of the yard into the home through the large and high quality Milgard windows (which have a 10 year transferable warranty). Each room is very spacious with high open beam ceilings giving the entire house an open, yet very intimate floor plan.

There are outstanding ocean and Haleakala views from the master bedroom of 450 North Holokai Place

Present in the master suite are Tamarind (Brazilian rosewood) floors, built-in dresser and matching nightstands and solid Maple window sills and bed frame. There are split “his and hers” master bath including a Toto toilet, Kohler spa with view, green marble counter tops, walk-in shower tiled to ceiling, and built-in shelves and bench.

The downstairs suite presents a nice contrast to the upstairs master with warm natural light and soothing views of the fruit orchards

In 2004, the owners had well known Hawaiian architect Fred Loesberg design an addition for them consisting of a beautiful second master suite complete with a bathroom. This is a great location for guests or extended family members to enjoy this home and property yet have their own sense of space and privacy. Although this room is unique in its own respect, one of the things I most enjoy about this home is the level of consistency and quality throughout its entirety.

Quality Design and Craftsmanship and Built to Last

Since this was a custom home designed for retirement, the owners took very special care to make sure the entire property is very easy to maintain. All of the bedrooms are well separated so you don’t get noise transference between them.

Extremely well built home with a monier tile roof, double pan Milgard windows, solar hot water heating and an exceptionally thick stucco exterior siding

The home is oriented at the high point on the lot and allows a great area for a pool if you choose to add one. There is room as well for a tennis court, greenhouse, or other farm related structures as zoning allows.

Especially peaceful is the upstairs library-reading room; it opens to grand views of the Pacific and gardens outside with a bright and well ventilated feel that makes you just want to relax and enjoy a good book

What’s Growing on the Property?

In addition to large grassy lawns, there is a wonderful variety of fruit trees that thrive in their natural setting and don’t require any watering. Enjoy these seasonal fruits throughout the course of the year. These include:

  • Lilikoi (Hawaiian passion fruit)
  • Meyer lemons
  • Lychee
  • Tangerines
  • Keffir lime
  • Avocados
  • Pink grapefruit
  • Starfruit
  • Fig
  • Dwarf apple bananas
  • Loquat
  • Samoan coconut (much shorter than other varieties making them easy to harvest and care for)
  • Mango
  • Oranges (navel and temple)
  • Coffee

There are also three different gardens that contain herbs and a variety of flowers including roses and oleander bushes. 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.

Perfect Way to End the Day on Maui

For the end of the day or after your workout at Upcountry Fitness, you have the choice of the outside courtyard spa and zen garden or the upstairs Kohler Spa tub. In any case, you will get a good soak and either be ready to doze off or have a drink.

From the kitchen out through the sliding glass doors lies the spa and zen garden designed by Hunton Contrad

This property shows absolute pride of ownership and can be shown on relatively short notice. Please reach out to me for your private showing today.

Aloha from the listing broker,

Tracy Stice R(B)

Launiupoko Estate Property Just Sold for $2,975,000 in West Maui

I am very pleased to congratulate my clients, Hans and Margit Kopecky of San Fransisco, CA., on their recent purchase of 51 Awaiku St. in Launiupoko (pictured below). Hans and Margit are wonderful and kind people; I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them better throughout this process. Please read the details about their experience towards the end of this post.

51 Awaiku St. is a 4 bed/4.5 bath home of 3,600 sq.ft. on a little over an acre of land that was just recently completed by Greg Brown Development Company

They purchased a fantastic residence with a great floor plan, top-of-the-line materials and finishes, was built with the highest standard of craftsmanship, and has outstanding views, as you can see.

This property was the main house portion of a two unit residential condominium property regime; this is not a condominium in the sense that you commonly think of it and I think my dad and business partner, Tracy Stice, best sums it up here in a previous post: What is a Residential Condo in Hawaii?

Living and Loving the Launiupoko Life

Launiupoko is an agricultural zoned residential community, so throughout the subdivision you will find all sorts of palm tree farms, flower farms and gardens, people raising horses and goats, chickens for organic eggs, etc.

Here is a video of the beach park that I shot back in 2011 – please excuse my dialogue and shaky camera work, I have gotten a lot better at both of these things since this time – Hans and Margit found this video on YouTube when doing some research on the area.

This is a very nice contrast to many of the other higher end communities in West Maui which simply do not permit these elements of the Maui life. My soon-to-be-wife, Megan, and I are thinking about purchasing a home in Launiupoko as it reminds me of where I grew up in Haiku with all the agriculture, but it is close to all the attractions that we love about West Maui.

A picture of me SUP surfing on at Launiupoko Beach Park about a month ago during a recent southwest swell. This is about as big as the surf gets at this break and is normally much smaller, which is great for kids and those who are just learning to surf.

There is also a really nice walking trail right below Hans and Margit’s house called the Honokohau Ditch Trail that extends from Launiupoko stream on the southern end all the way to Kauaula Streem, which is just past the Puunoa phase (the only gated section) of Launiupoko on the northern end. The trail is about two miles long in total length and is a great place to enjoy the sunshine and beautiful views.

Also noteworthy about Launiupoko is that ocean, outer island, and mountain views are simply breathtaking and I would argue that they are the most dramatic in all of Maui. I can’t think of a better spot to watch the sunset from than at home like Hans and Margit purchased.

What is Actively For Sale in Launiupoko?

Currently, there are 19 properties in Launiupoko with livable structures already constructed on them: Launiupoko Homes for Sale. About half of the properties listed are cottages, which are a maximum of 1,000 square feet of living area due to the County of Maui Agricultural Zoning laws which mandate this.

Many of these cottages also contain outdoor living area by means of covered lanais or decks, which adds substantial functional living area, but is not calculated in the overall square footage requirement.

1. Iliahi Way 54 A is the main house portion of this CPR property and is a 4 bed/4 bath 3,300 sq.ft. home on a little over 2 acres offered $2,995,000.

Iliahi Way 54 A MLS#354828

This home was also built by Greg Brown and should be finished later this winter, likely around November. This home is also extremely well built, but will have more of a rustic cabin-like design and finish to it.

2. 51 Awaiku St. Unit B is currently an active construction site directly below the home that I just represent the Kopeckys on. Once built out, this structure will be a 2 bed/2 bath of 1,000 sq.ft. on 1 acre of land listed for $1,595,000.

51 Awaiku St. Unit B MLS#352912

This farm dwelling features include a spacious, open single level floor plan taking advantage of the panoramic and unobstructable ocean views and the silhouettes of Lanai and Molokai. There will be a large living room, imperial plaster, granite countertops, mahogany wood through-out, and a large custom pool with spa. The property will be surrounded by lush landscaping and tropical palms to enhance the very best of Maui living.

If you don’t see a residence here maybe you want to consider building a custom home. Should this be the case, there are 11 vacant land listings currently for sale: Launiupoko Vacant Land for Sale.

Global Exposure of – Testimonial

“Living in the San Francisco Bay Area is not bad at all, but after running a successful distribution company for more than 35 years, retirement planning started to come to mind, and after spending multiple vacations over the years on the Hawaiian islands, especially on Maui, it became clear that paradise was only a decision away.

Watching with interest House Hunters International occasionally on the HGTV channel, we did not miss one segment of “Hawaii Life” once they started this new segment about real estate on the Hawaiian Islands. Signing on their website allowed me to have access to hundreds of properties for sale. After “browsing” for a few months, the time seemed right to do the next step.

We made contact with one of Hawaii Life’s customer representatives expressing interest in properties on Maui’s West side and within 1 hour we got contacted by Jeremy Stice, who is a full time real estate broker with Hawaii Life, living in Ka’anapali specializing in West Maui real estate. We went over criteria what we were looking for and agreed that it was time for a vacation combined with properties showings.

Meeting Jeremy for the first time, with 5 property showings scheduled, he won the biggest battle with his easy, no pressure, yet professional and at the same time very personal style. Right away, my wife and I felt very comfortable and had trust in him.

The showings went well with us especially impressed with a property and a brand new house just waiting for the finishing touches built by Greg Brown Development. We went back for a second tour meeting up with Greg Brown himself to have a more in-depth look and discussion. The layout was well thought out, craftsmanship, materials, and appliances used are satisfying the highest expectations. Jeremy and us prepared that night an offer for the property and after some additional negotiations the following day, the deal was done with satisfied seller and buyer parties.

With funding guaranteed, the sides agreed for a super speedy 21 days closing…

We returned to the Mainland with Jeremy working his magic to get all the different professionals on the same page and to overcome eventual stumbling blocks. He referred us to a local lawyer for some additional peace of mind, which worked out well. We went back to Maui to take possession of the property on the day we targeted. Jeremy helped us to connect with professionals like Interior designer, landscaper, pool maintenance, security company, etc.

An exceptional dinner on Jeremy’s tab was a nice conclusion to a successful undertaking. Thanks, Jeremy – you have been wonderful to work with and we can only highly recommend you to anyone looking to buy and/or sell property on Maui.

We are looking forward to spend quality time in paradise.”
Hans + Margit Kopecky

Contact a West Maui Real Estate Specialist

I live in Ka’anapali and regularly visit many of the different attractions and locations that make Ka’anapali one of the best places in the world to live. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to be of assistance when it comes to buying or selling real estate in West Maui.

Aloha from Maui,

Jeremy Stice REALTOR (Broker)

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)

Haiku Cottage on Beautiful 1/2 Acre Lot with Solar Photovoltaic System

Right now, there is very little for sale in Haiku on the starter end of the scale. Perhaps our newest listing located at 33 Maka’io Place in Haiku might be the right fit for you. This 700 square foot 2 bedroom/1 bath cottage listed at $590,000 might offer you the needed foothold to get started in Haiku.

33 Maka’io Place (MLS# 355261)

The best features of the property? Its location. Located 1/4 mile above Haiku Town center, the post office, Upcountry Fitness, Fukashima Store (world famous “Fuki-Dog” hot dogs), and 2 miles to Haiku School and the 4th Marine Park, you only have 10 minutes to drive to Hookipa

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Park for surfing and sailing.

Haiku Home Features & Details

The interior of 33 Makai’o Place has high open beam ceilings, large windows, and gets excellent ventilation from the generous trade winds keeping everything cool and invigorating. The leased solar photovoltaic electric system is sure to keep your utility bills nice and low for many years to come.

The incredible yard is landscaped with many fruit trees, tropical flowers, ferns, orchids, and bromelliads.

Come Enjoy Maui Living

Having lived on Maui since 1978 and always having my hands in the dirt, I have learned many hard lessons about what grows, what doesn’t, and why. I purchased 5 acres with pineapple growing on it in 1978 with a small cottage; there were no trees, except a few guavas trees growing in the gulch.

My property at 470 Ulumalu Rd. in Haiku on Maui’s north shore circa 1978. Read more about Maui Sustainable Living and Sustainable Real Estate

When my son, Jeremy, arrived in 1983, we added on about 1,000 sq. ft. because there was just no room for the 3 of us. The house grew with the family. Now that Jeremy, Brianna, and Chloe are all adults, Laura and I are about ready for that little cottage again.

33 Maka’io Place would be perfect for us. Instead of 5 acres and a big house to take care of, we could scale on yard work and house maintenance. It is one of life’s cycles, you build, grow up, and then scale back and slow down.

As it currently stands 33 Makai’o has plenty of room to play in the lawn, grow want you want, or there is potential to expand with the rural zoning in place. If you want more, zoning allows construction of a main house, any size that will fit on the lot within the setbacks. You will catch some ocean views from the back of the lot if you choose to build there.

What are you waiting for? This house will sell fast, so come take a look.

Aloha from the listing agent,

Tracy Stice R (B)