Home Life and Real Estate Experiences

Aloha All,
 It's close to 40 years since I decided life in Hawaii with it's laid back attitudes, interesting challenges, mixed cultures and varied landscapes was home. It took a long while to understand that Hawaii is much more than a beautiful place to live. The  history of Hawaii's native sons and daughters, offers life's lessons for all. I have a deep respect for how close the Hawaiian people lived to the aina ( land). Now, 40 years later, I have a much deeper understanding of being "Hawaiian at Heart".
Much has changed in Hawaii in these forty years, but the natural beauty that originally drew me here, still takes my breath away.
I look to Haleakala, "House of the Sun", crystal clear, shrouded in clouds or adorned with a white fluffy lei, under all conditions, it's majestic presence fills my heart every day.

My Real Estate business, 
www.homesalesmaui.com  allows me to further explore our beautiful Maui while looking for the perfect match for my clients. Last year I had the amazing good fortune of finding and successfully closing the sale of one of the largest pieces of land sold in Upcountry Maui in recent years. I spent many days tromping around high altitude boundaries of the wooded 350 acres.  Despite the thick underbrush, I really enjoyed the challenge, and am happy to know that much of this land will be replanted with native trees in the future.

Since then, I have closed 2 First Time Home Buyers, both  in Pukalani .  Steven and Kachina, my sweetest clients ever, had this to say about the experience," Working with Cherie was an absolute blessing. She was very much on top of things, honest and hard working. Always available  to answer questions, any day of the week, anytime of the day. She is number 1 in my book." Oh, what a wonderful time we had!

These  were followed by investment property in Wailuku. Then, there were  two gorgeous view properties on the slopes of Haleakala in upper Kula with very unique homes. One was a custom home by local designer, and the other an older Japanese cottage.
             One of my favorite experiences, however, was the most recent closing of a breathtaking 10 acre parcel with a rambling ranch house above Makawao. The south shore and sunset view across the rolling green pastures always made it hard to leave this unique property. I look forward to seeing the fresh energy that my new friends bring to this beautiful property.
The prior elderly owner put many years of love and work into this home, and it's enjoyable to participate in two parties moving on to new life phases.
We all make changes in our lives, and buying and selling our homes is a big transition. It's a sensitive time and my heart and expertise are involved in helping my neighbors.
Finding the perfect match for clients is exciting and very rewarding. 
Maui is beautiful, and living here  is truly a blessing.

Aloha , and I am happy to help with your vacation plans on Maui, or your Real Estate needs.

A hui hou, until later,

Cherie Attix R(S)
Windermere Valley Isle Properties
www.maui-bed-and-breakfast.com
www.homesalesmaui.com
www.volunteer-on-vacation-hawaii.com

Windermere Community Work Day at Hawaiian Islands Land Trust





 
Windermere Valley Isle Community Work Day Ohana

Aloha

Every year, Windermere Valley Isle Properties closes it's offices to make a positive difference in our community. I hang my hat with Windermere for their commitment and action to give back to Maui.
On June 20th, with our working clothes and  lots of sunscreen, we  headed out to one of my favorite places on Maui , the Waihe'e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands RefugeOwned and protected by the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, this 277 acre refuge is one of the most beautiful places on Maui.

This coastal wetlands, dunes, marine shoreline,  reef systems and bird habitat is a cultural , archaeological and recreation preserve.
The volunteer programs and staff continue active restoration programs enhancing  the native  habitat.
 Yesterday, we worked to eradicate two invasive species in the sensitive area adjoining the wetlands. We were told that all the sharp invasive poppy we pulled would be back in a month!  However, in the last three years, the continued assault on these weeds is working.
As the ecosystem improves,  endangered species are again flourishing at the Refuge.

The wetlands are now mostly cleared. The native plants are thriving, attracting many native Hawaiian bird species, including ae‘o (stilt), alae ke‘oke‘o (coot), koloa (duck).  Even the beloved nene (goose) are returning.
The beautiful Waihe‘e shoreline is a safe haven for the endangered Hawaiian monk seal. Green sea turtles make their nests along this pristine shore. 

A few years ago I brought my Grandchildren out to the dunes so they could experience the art of volunteering and learn about our precious dunes. We harvested Naupaka seeds and planted native shrubs. Yesterday, I enjoyed seeing those same plants thriving in their native habitat. 

When my guests, at Hale Ho'okipa, are interested in volunteering on their vacation, I often send them to this refuge as they have daily volunteer efforts and also educational walks. Check out www.volunteer-on-vacation-hawaii.com for other opportunities if this is not your cup of tea. One needs closed toe shoes to spend the day here.

Restoring and protecting our environment helps me to restore my committment in doing the good work for our planet. As I've said before, 
" Doing Good Feels Good."

Aloha,
Cherie





Windermere Community Work Day at Maui Farm

Aloha,

Every year , all across the country, Windermere closes its offices for one day to make a positive difference in their local communities. Two years ago we deeply cleaned the Makawao Boys and Girls club, and last year we worked on the Kihei Youth Center. This year was the most rewarding experience for me. On June 21st Windermere Valley Isle Properties closed all three of our offices on Maui and spent a beautiful morning in upcountry Makawao working with the families at the Maui Farm gardening, pulling weeds, organizing and cleaning the nursery.  Our Windermere ohana (family) working toward a common goal of helping our community is one the yearly highlights.
I wanted to share the Mission statement of the chosen community service project this year:
"The Maui Farm provides farm-based, family-centered programs that teach essential life skills for self-sufficient living. We offer services in a safe neighborhood setting where individuals and families are nurtured to their full potential."

 Pulling weeds and talking story with resident moms and their kids was a special experience. This safe environment they call home, allowed them to open and share their stories as we worked.  Moms  receive guidance on parenting, develop a strong supportive community, and work towards personal and achievable goals. Their quality of life is greatly improved  thereby encouraging these families to grow in  independence, while at the same time forming bonds with other women of similar circumstances.  
The Maui Farm is available for volunteer opportunities, and I hope to post their contact on my www.volunteer-on-vacation-hawaii.com site soon. Please visit their site and look for ways to share your mana ( energy) and good fortune with these deserving folks.

Mahalo for all you do for your community.

With Aloha,
Cherie

Maui Community Work Day

Aloha,

We all know how great it feels to help put a smile on someone's face, especially a child...
I am happy to work with a company who makes it a point to give back to our community .

The Windermere Foundation was created  to support assistance programs for low-income and homeless families in  communities on the West Coast. In 1989 as a grassroots foundation serving families in need in Washington state, began, and,  has  now grown to ten states, including Hawaii, raising over $23 million for programs and organizations that provide shelter, clothing, children’s programs, emergency assistance and other services .

Here on Maui, our Windermere Valley Isle Properties just finished  Community Work Day. Last year we cleaned and spruced up the Makawao Boys and Girls Club. It was a great day and everyone pitched in to help the good folks in the Boys and Girls Club. This year we worked at the Kihei  Youth Center. It was so satisfying helping them deep clean and organize along with  keiki (kids) from the community .

We are all so busy with our lives, and to take time out to help others is a win/win.   Most of my volunteer efforts have been environmental ,working in tandem with  volunteer-on-vacation-hawaii.com  Somehow, planting trees was always  attractive to me.



I know from my personal experience, that being involved with the children of my community, working to make their lives even just a little bit better is equally rewarding, and I am grateful to Windermere for making it a point to give back.

If you have a chance to volunteer in your community, go for it!  You'll be happy you did.

 With Aloha
Cherie
www.maui-bed-and-breakfast.com
www.homesalesmaui.com


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