The Grass is Greener..

Aloha and Welcome to Maui Market Stats and Stuff.

Recently I've had the pleasure to show some beautiful Upcountry properties on larger parcels. The bi-coastal views are breathtaking, the air is fresh and the grass is definitely greener. Upcountry is lush in a non jungle way. Pasture lands, rich soil and open vistas make this slice of paradise a very special and inviting place to live. I enjoy the convenience of being close to funky Makawao town and Pukalani shopping center while only 10 minutes away from the North Shore beaches. Our county pools, the Upcountry Pool in Pukalani and the Anytime Fitness gym are  also conveniently located close by. A nice variety of easy or challenging hiking trails cross Upcountry Maui, with the Haleakala National Park offering amazing sites and trails. My guests at Hale Ho'okipa are always so happy to get "home" at the end of the day to relax after a busy day exploring beautiful Maui.



Lush Upcountry homesite looking towards North Shore

Lush Upcountry homesite looking towards North Shore

Please see our year end Stats Chart. This is an interesting snapshot of 2016-2017. If you'd like more information on Maui living, please let me know. I'm happy to help.

With Much Aloha,


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Maui Moments


2018 is rolling out the red carpet and my New Year wishes are for all to enjoy health and happiness in the coming year.

In the Aloha State we have a word that is dear to us. The word is "Ohana." To quote from the Lilo and Stitch movie, "Ohana means Family. Family means no one is left behind or forgotten."

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Family is an important aspect of life in Hawaii. I remember being called Aunty in a grocery store for the first time from a child I didn't know . That sealed the deal for me, Hawaii would be my forever home. I always considered this to mean that every adult near a child had an unspoken responsibility to that child, and the children always showed respect for their elders.

Being blessed with ohana who is there for each other means everything. Near or far, ohana is always with us.

Winter season is high season in Hawaii. I consider it Family and Friends Season on the islands. Visitors chat in groups on the sidewalks, families make memories sharing Humpback whale adventures and island exploring delights all ages.

Working in my office in busy Paia, I have a front row seat to all the vacationers and kama'aina mingling  multi-generational groups wander by and stop in for the kids to visit our Good Luck Kitty, ask directions or talk story about Maui Real Estate. 

In both my businesses, Real Estate and my Bed and Breakfast, I interact daily with visitors. I always remember and consider just how wonderful it is to meet friendly and helpful people when I travel.

"Share the Aloha you wish to receive" is my personal motto.

I'm sharing my latest Monoprint/ Woodblock printed on fine Japanese paper. It was selected for the 2018 Annual Juried Show at my favorite art center, Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center.

"Holy Cow" Monoprin t/ Woodblock, Hui No'eau Annual Jurried Show 2018 Cherie Attix  

"Holy Cow" Monoprin t/ Woodblock,

Hui No'eau Annual Jurried Show 2018

Cherie Attix


Happy New Year!

A hui hou, Cherie



Makawao History Museum Latest and Greatest Exhibit



We have a new exhibit at the Makawao History Museum, and it is indeed something to write about. In our tiny space we created a three part exhibit on the remarkable life of a Renaissance Woman active in our Upcountry community from the late 1800s to her passing in the mid 1960s.

Ethel Smith Baldwin was born into privilege as a granddaughter of Congregational missionaries who arrived in Hawaii in 1842. The Baldwins and Smiths carried a strong tradition in community service and leadership.

We titled the Exhibit "Never Idle" as a reflection of Ethel's remarkable life. 

Ethel was a champion of Equality for All and she led the woman's suffrage movement on Maui, remaining in the movement until women gained the right to vote. She also took a leadership role in establishing old age pensions and child welfare laws.

Ethel was very active in many community groups on Maui including the Outdoor Circle. She was responsible for the planting of the gorgeous shower trees on Baldwin Ave, and established the Rainbow Park on Baldwin Ave.

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A multi talented woman, Ethel was a musician and a prolific artist working in water colors, pastels and oils as well as ceramics and metalwork. Ethel took the lead in establishing our community art center known as the Hui No'eau Visual Art Center.

She also created a space for the service Personnel during the Second World War, organizing picnics and parties for the lonely servicemen. Under Ethel's watchful eye, the USO became an important and comforting center for servicemen and women stationed Upcountry.

Ethel Smith Baldwin's contributions were great and varied, the creation of the Kula Hospital was one, as well as her participation in the Girl Scouts and the Maui Humane Society.

Darrell Orwig and myself created our best exhibit yet. We had lots of help from Gail Ainsworth who wrote, "Maui Remembers" as well as Patt Narrow with the text layout. The great granddaughters of Ethel, Claire and Effie were also so very helpful in the gathering and loaning of artifacts. When creating this exhibit all of us involved would jokingly ask ourselves and each other, "Would Ethel Do it?" The answer was always, "Yes, she would go the extra mile!"

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Aloha, a hui hou,



Lilikoi, AKA Passion Fruit


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Everyday there is something to pick from the garden. Right now it's mostly Lilikoi and Starfruit. Next month the Tangelos will start to ripen. The lilikoi vine growing right outside my door gets alot of attention with regular pruning and sufficient water.  Inside the fruit on this vine, the color is more orange than the common yellow and naturally a bit sweeter. Though they are very attractive when first picked, if one can be patient enough to let them wrinkle up  their tartness will sweeten a bit.  When it wrinkles the inside loosens from the hard rind and the flavor ripens.

The islands are full of recipes that offer creative and delicious preparations with this unique fruit. Spooning the inside onto a screen and pressing the seeds against the screen allows the tart jelly to separate . Cheesecake toppings, jellies, sorbets ,refreshing ice teas or cold lilikoi juice are just a few treats made from fresh passion fruit.

Lilikoi, AKA Passion Flower

Lilikoi, AKA Passion Flower

Winter fruit is surprisingly varied. I find an abundant bounty in my yard as we move towards the winter months.  I go out with a basket in the morning looking for ripe guavas, lilikoi, star fruit , avocado and the delicious and creamy cherimoya. My guests are always happy to try something new during the shared breakfast experience. One my personal favorites is still creamy avocado and chili pepper jelly on toast. 

Let's Do Breakfast!




Maui Real Estate and Stats and Stuff


If you are considering Downsizing or Growing, our recent Maui stats and a few Real Estate tips may be helpful.

Real Estate Tips:

PRO ACTIVE SELLERS : It's wise to get your property appraised, inspected and surveyed in advance to listing. This can prevent  escrow fallout or Buyers re- negotiating  during the transaction .

FOR BUYERS: . Buyers should get Pre-Approved so they can shop in confidence  . Veterans: Check out your VA Loan options.  It's great to be prepared, and for your peace of mind, always BE REALISTIC

Stats June

What's Cooking on Maui?

Aloha Folks,

 Hawaii is known for an interesting combination of ethnic foods.  The diverse and rich history of Local Food originated from a variety of cultures that migrated to Hawaii. Immigrants workers came to Hawaii seeking jobs in the plantations and the sharing of cultural foods was born. Several ethnicities are represented in a local plate lunch dish.  People born and raised in the islands see local cuisine as staple and comfort food.

The Slow Food movement started quietly several years ago with a few renowned chefs . Fresh Homegrown Food has inspired and motivated organic farmers and boutique restaurants to use locally grown  food. Our Upcountry Farmer's market is bustling with happy and healthy folks shopping for delicious ingredients  early Saturday mornings .

 My son is a wonderful chef and I asked him why cooking is important to him. He said,  "Cooking is an art form and it requires focus and a dedication to complete the task and enjoy the process". I understand being passionate about your art form, my passion is not food centric. It only needs to be fresh and healthy, and I'm good to go.  I am a bit of  a Fish Snob because I am  passionate about  "melt in your mouth" fresh fish. Preparing perfect fish requires some finesse, and it's very easy to cross into the overcooked territory.

For some fun Hawaiian cooking adventures, I'm sharing a special Maui Cookbook . "Look What's Cooking in Makawao"  is our cookbook fundraiser for the Makawao History Museum.  It's uniquely sprinkled with stories and photos of  Makawao's colorful history and ono (delicious) recipes . I shared a Mahi-Mahi chowder that I learned from an old fisherman on the Kona Coast . Makawao restaurants have generously shared a few of their specialities as well. From Portuguese Sweet Bread to Sauted Ulu ( Breadfruit), Venison Kabobs and sweet jams and jellies, there is something tasty and fun for everyone. A unique gift, our Cookbook can be purchased online from





maneki-neko, the good fortune cat


The Japanese Maneki-Neko is a popular cat figurine in Hawaii and Asia with many names and appearances. The Lucky, Welcoming , Money or Fortune Cat is believed to bring blessings to the owner of  a business where it is prominently  displayed.

The Lucky Cat is adorned with a variety of ornaments, similar to cats of old from wealthy families. They are often  holding a gold coin known as a koban. The coin symbolizes  good fortune and wealth. Many of these statues double as coin banks beckoning customers and money.

Maneki-Neko will have either the right or left paw raised, sometimes both. Interpretations of which paw is raised differ and has changed over time. One raised paw is said to  attract customers, while the other paw brings in wealth and good luck.

Paia Maneki-neko

Paia Maneki-neko

 I was in my Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate office today enjoying a Paia afternoon while contemplating my next blog post. A friendly tattooed young man walked in asking if he could take a Selfie with our  giant Beckoning Cat. Often the kids strolling by with their parents spot our Maneki-neko and make a bee line for a happy hug .This is the first time an adult sat on the floor and cozied up with Good Fortune Cat. James from Hula Girl Tattoo  let me in on his Selfie, and a blog post was born. I've always wanted to learn more about these harbingers of good fortune and  have seen so many versions of this lucky talisman in Hawaii.

The earliest record of the Maneki-neko is from the mid 1800's believed to have originated in Tokyo.There is much folklore surrounding the origin of the Maneki-neko.Their colors vary  attributing white to attracting happiness , red is success in all relationships and pink is a bringer of love.The most common colors are white, black and gold. I am going to look for a multi colored one with both paws raised.

Aloha and Blessings to All,







Plantation Style Homes and Real Estate


Inspiration comes from many directions. Beautiful lighting, drama, subtle images, inviting places.. An artist is always looking for a spark and insight that can lead to self expression. I've always been inspired by Architecture  with clean lines , lots of light and high ceilings . Space, inside and outside allows room for a little day dreaming.

The natural wonders of our environment in Hawaii are rich and complex with  jungles, deserts and alpine climates. One of my favorite things about being a Real Estate agent on Maui is the opportunity  to visit a wide variety of homes. A home that is in harmony with it's surroundings  always enhances it's appeal. I like  interesting proportions that are in balance.

 A common theme in home styles in Hawaii is the  "Plantation Style". "This description is often overused when loosely describing an architectural style . Wood siding with battens creates a relaxed country look; however, that does not  necessarily create a plantation style home.

 An authentic Plantation Era home was often single wall, and  built from redwood.  A corrugated tin roof  made it rather loud inside during a tropical downpour. With the single walls, the small and simple homes were not insulated. Wiring ran down the walls covered in channel moulding. Floors were usually fir, stained  brown. Houses were built in a post and pier style elevating them a few feet above the ground creating air flow and a deterrent for crawling critters. A small lanai  invited visits.

This old painting of a typical plantation home shows simplicity and function.

Some of the  modestPlantation Era  homes had Furo style bathtubs or an outside washroom in the  carport. This was my old 1939 home that had an outdoor washroom in the shed. Common sense for cleaning up after working outside in the red dirt.

 Upscale older Kama'aina homes were built more substantially and exude a grace unique to their era. My charming 1949 listing had a California Craftsman style that is unusual to the area with double walls and fireplace.

Maui has something for everybody, old plantation homes, plantation style homes, modern, or something in between.  

With Aloha,







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The Beauty of Volunteering


Caleb at Lelani Farms Animal Sanctuary

Caleb at Lelani Farms Animal Sanctuary

Many organizations, and preserved habitats continue today because of the volunteers who put their hearts and time into these projects.

Several years ago, I understood that giving back to my community had so many benefits for the Giver and Receiver. Helping with the preservation of our fragile eco system was appreciated and seemed like a win-win.

My website, www..volunteer-on-vacation-hawaii was born from the desire to give back. I had some great adventures exploring these varied opportunities. Clearing trails, working with animals, pulling invasive species, and planting native trees and plants were some of  works that I had the good fortune to participate in.

Some of my guests at Hale Ho'okipa Inn have taken advantage of these opportunities and were blessed to visit  places inaccessible to the public. Many have enjoyed interaction with the animal sanctuaries. I offer  guests a discount on their stay for their community contributions.

Another fun opportunity is the Maui Nui Botanical Garden in Central Maui. Check them out for their "Weed and Pot" days where you can repot native species and pull invasive weeds.

Recently I was surprised by my company Better Homes and Gardens Advantage Realty Valley Isle, with an :Excellence in Community Service Award ."This award is given to the person who gets involved and contributes in their community and shows a genuine compassion towards others less fortunate or who need extra assistance. "  

Well,'s to the Spirit of continued Giving...May we all lend a hand where needed.




The Crossroads USO Makawao


It's been 75 years since the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Hawaii became a very strategic place during the war for the Service people who  had missions in the Pacific. Close to 200,000 service men and women trained and rested on Maui. Makawao School is the site of the old Army Hospital. Since so many military were in Makawao town and at near- by Camp Maui in Haiku , the need for a gathering place grew.

Ethel Baldwin rose to the occasion and opened the USO in January of 1943. She leased a vacant store front and decorated it in a ranch theme,  creating a very homey atmosphere for the lonely servicemen. They offered pool and ping pong, reading and writing stations, a cozy fireplace, books, musical instruments, conversation, refreshments and radio.

The Hostesses played an important role in the entertainment of their guests.  They ran a tight ship while providing a home away from home for those stationed on Maui. Some entertained with music, and caring conversation for those recovering from, or facing battle.

By August of 1944, 100,000 service men had visited this important establishment and enjoyed the hospitality of our Upcountry residents. Once the war ended in 1945, the USO closed after serving so many.

Our current exhibit at the Makawao History Museum displays some of the original decor of the USO, most especially featuring a very large painting of a ranch scene by Arm Sgt. Nicholas Zuraw. Darrell Orwig expertly restored the painting, we reframed it and it is the centerpiece for our current exhibit. We will have the exhibit on display until the end of the year.

A bit of important history of our wonderful Upcountry community.

Aloha, until the next time, Cherie


Komoda's , 100 years and Still Making Donuts and Selling Groceries


This November marks the 100th Year Anniversary of Makawao's beloved Komoda Store and Bakery.

Takezo and Shigeri Komoda opened the first Komoda store as a coffee saloon on Olinda Rd in 1916. They purchased land in Makawao town proper and opened the current store in 1932. Their large family worked as a team delivering groceries and serving food. During WW II business boomed with so many military in town. They continued to sell groceries and expanded to hardware and fabric as Makawao's general store. 

In 1947, Ikup , Takeo;s brother, went to baking school in Minnesota. The Komoda ohana began to focus on their bakery operation as larger supermarkets became the norm. .  Ikuo Komoda baked the stick donuts and malasadas and the iconic cream puffs which was added to the menu in the 1960's.

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Komoda Exhibit Makawao History Museum


In 2016, the bakery produces 30 items. People line up early in the morning to get their fresh baked goods. My neighbor island guests always buy boxes of goodies to take home which is customary. 

Darrell Orwig and I recently completed the new exhibit to honor  Komodas. We had such a blast doing this exhibit. We made donuts our of styrofoam and everyone is getting a laugh out of this. I love what we get to do, all aspects of it....and it really tickles our visitors, local and world wide.

If you are on Maui, take a drive Upcountry and stop in and say hi. We are the little museum with a big heart.




Malama Wao Akua 2016

Maui's Premier Art Exhibit


My favorite art show of the season will be coming to a close soon. The East Maui Watershed folks sponsor an educational event and exhibit every year to bring awareness to our fragile and precious watershed area. 

Opening ceremonies in one of the most beautiful settings on Earth remind us again why we live and love Maui.

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The subject that I chose for my print was the Pukiawe ,   a woody mountain side shrub that is adorned with beautiful white and pink berries with dusty green and silver colored leaves. I felt honored to have my piece selected as there were many entries to the show. It's a very strong exhibit with wood carvings, stunning photography, tapa cloth, ceramics and much more. The primary and high school students also participate and their work is very touching. Love that the kids are learning early about our island and all the native plants. The focus is entirely on protecting and highlighting the native species of Maui.

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It's a great focus to learn more about the watershed and the protection of our precious resources.






Summer on Maui

Aloha from sweet summer in the islands. 

Today was the first day the air felt warm early in the morning. Shorts at 7 a.m is a great way to start a comfortable day. Not too hot, nor muggy, clear, little puffs of trade winds, summer 2016 is shaping up nicely. Our seasonal tropical storms often start out warm, and then we are cooled off by showers. Looks like we have more showers headed our way.

The July 4th Rodeo and Parade attracted a great and happy crowd.  Being an election year, there were 62 parade Entries. Politicians waved to the crowd on horseback, on tractors, hay rides, convertibles and on foot. Luckily there were way more horses than candidates. Being the hundred year anniversary for the Kaonoulu Ranch and  they were well represented with almost 30 Riders. Our lovely Makawao Museum had a float the featured local musical talent of the Haiku Hillbillies. Float decorators and parade participants gathered in near by neighbor hoods in the very early morning hours. 


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Summer also ushers in the  the start of Obon Season.  In early July the festivities take place at the beautiful Mantokuji Mission, the Japanese Buddhist Temple on Maui's North Shore outside of Paia.  Grave sites are decorated and the Bon Odori, Group Dance , is performed to honor the spirits of the ancestors.

The ocean has been inviting and the perfect place to cool off and get some exercise..

The tradewinds are blowing today and summer is shaping up beautifully as we roll on towards kids going back to school already !

Aloha, Hope to see you soon.


Retiring on Maui


It's nice to be writing again and sharing Maui No Ka Oi,

Since I have been so very focused on Real Estate in the last few years, RE seems like a good subject to ponder and share today.

I've been working with people downsizing, investing ,buying their first home, wanting to build a home and retiring on Maui. Some of my long time friends are moving closer into town as they age, and the younger ones are moving further out into the country to build and grow their dreams. The cycle of life continues, and it's so evident to me now as my Baby Boomer friends are pondering their next move.

I came across something interesting today regarding retiring in Hawaii, and most especially on Maui. I want to share the information from the Maui Now news site.

"Six Maui Towns in State’s Top 10 for Retirement Ease"

By Maui Now

According to a recent study from SmartAsset, Kahului, Wailuku, Kīhei, Makawao, Lahaina and Kula take the top six spots in the ranking of the state’s 10 tax-friendliest places for retirees in Hawai‘i.

The study from the New York-based financial technology company ranks cities on a Retirement Tax Friendliness Index, which takes into account property, income, fuel, sales and Social Security tax data.

The following cities and town in Hawai‘i lead the state in retirement tax friendliness.


         City, Income Tax, Property Tax, Sales Tax, Fuel Tax, Social Security Taxed?

Retirement Tax Friendliness Index

1.Kahului, Maui$7,082. 2% $601 $165 No43.93

2.Wailuku, Maui$7,082. 2% $601 $186 No43.06

.3Kīhei, Maui$7,082. 2% $601 $199 No42.76

4.Makawao, Maui$7,082. 2% $601 $200 No42.70

5.Lahaina, Maui$7,082. 2% $601 $206 No42.58

6.Kula, Maui$7,082. 2% $601 $204 No42.52

7.Laie, O‘ahu$7,082. 3% $676 $95 No42.37

8.Hilo, Hawai‘i Island$7,082. 3% $601$ 181 No42.31

9.Līhuʻe, Kaua‘i$7,0820. 2% $601 $198 No42.25

10.Wai‘anae, O‘ahu$7,0820. 2% $676 $142 No41.95

Find more details on the study results and methodology, and an interactive maponline. "

Retirement is on the mind for many.. I have a few friends who have opted for the condo life for half the year and mainland touring or living for the rest of the year. Condos in Wailea seem to be the most attractive to this lifestyle with shopping, dining, beautiful weather and easy ocean access.

Transitions seems to be the order of the day.

With Aloha,








Home Searching on Maui


It's a sunny Sunday afternoon and I am greeting folks  at Open House today on my awesome listing on 620 Laie Dr, Makawao.  One of the sweetest slices of Makawao with a gracious 1949 home perched on the hill is my recent beautiful listing. This home is as close as I have ever come to considering a move from my Heritage Home to a different one. It's so well constructed with high ceilings and incredible light.

Everyone who stops in really loves the house and  the grounds. The perfect match is coming soon. Several families , and multi generational families are really smitten with all the space inside. There's room for everyone  to spread out,  and enjoy the big yard as well.

The newly revised website for my RE business is also available to visit. Check out www.homesalesmaui. It's updated and features really wonderful photography from a few friends, with most of the gorgeous photos taken by my Daughter, Phaedra Kammerer.

 Phae is an amazing photography with a sensitive eye and a deep love for Hawaii. Most of her photos make me catch my breath as I can feel her alignment with her subject as she captures the perfect light. Photography that evokes emotional responses is a true art. 

It's nice to write again, it's been awhile...

Aloha and a hui hou to All,