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Coupons and that kama’aina rate!

Have you ever wondered how you can get a kama’aina rate? Wondering what a kama’aina rate is? It’s a discount some shops and restaurants will give to local customers, hoping they will be repeat customers.

Generally you need to have a State of Hawaii driver’s license or other State of Hawaii ID to qualify for that local discount. By the way, did you know Hawaii driver’s licenses have a rainbow on them? I would show you a picture of mine, but…. well…. as with most IDs the picture turned out ‘just great’.

If you are staying at one of our four condos, we have the next best thing to a kama’aina rate: the Pueo Premier Card – a discount card for our guests to use! This is a fundraiser put on by one of the local elementary schools. No worries, you do not need to buy one – we always buy them and leave them in the condos for our guests to use. The discounts are similar to what some of these businesses offer as a kama’aina rate, and some of these businesses don’t actually offer a kama’aina rate, so this is as good as it gets!

In case you can’t zoom in on the picture here are some of the businesses participating in this year’s Pueo Premier Card:

5 Palms Restaurant (at our Kihei Surfside condo) – 20% off

808 Wellness 10% off

Aloha School of Massage Therapy – $5 off

Amigo’s 15% off

Cow Pig Bun 15% off

Cupie’s Drive-in 10% off

Dina’s Sandwitch (at our Sugar Beach condo) 15% off

Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse 15% off

Fork & Salad $1 off

Duo Steak & Seafood 10% off

Four Sisters Bakery – buy 1 doz, get 1 free

Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods 10% discount

IHOP 10% off

Java Cafe 15% off

L&L Hawaiian BBQ – free soda

Maui Brick Oven – free soda

Maui Sandwich Shack 15% off

Panda Express 3 for 2

Peggy Sue’s 15% off

Round Table 20% off

Ruth Chris Steak House 15% off

Sanrio 10% off

Taqueria Cruz 50% off 2nd entree

Tutti Frutti 50% off 2nd cup

Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade 10% off

Where can you find this card? If you are staying at one of our condos, look for it in the condo (near the business cards, at our Palms at Wailea condo it’s next to the kitchen phone). You are welcome to use the card, please just remember to leave it in the condo when you leave so our next guests can take advantage too.

If you are not staying at one of our condos, swing by Kamalii Elementary School on the corner of the Piilani Hwy and Alanui Ke Alii (just up the road from Kamaole I beach) in Kihei. They have them for sale in the school office (by the flag pole). Thanks for supporting the kids!

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Have you read our reviews?

We are thankful for the reviews many of our guests have taken the time to write. You can see some of the more recent reviews received through VRBO or Tripadvisor in the respective property tabs on this website.

Here is a review we recently received from a happy guest at our Palms at Wailea #503 condo. Mahalo!

Great Family Condo! ~ April 2016

Our family of four – 2 adults and 2 teens had a great stay in Maui. The condo was incredibly well maintained and organized. Both our daughters now think their bathroom at our home needs to have a rain shower installed just like the condo’s clean, modern bathrooms! We appreciate the owner’s blog and also they had a copy of a Maui guidebook available to look up last minute ideas.

Palms at Wailea #503 bathroom
The newly remodeled main bathroom – check out that rain shower head 🙂

We appreciated all the extras from beach towels to boogie boards, cooler and beach chairs. We only ate breakfast in the condo and felt a bit guilty not taking advantage of the bbq and the well stocked kitchen. Each room has A/C – but the ceiling fans and big patio doors offered up a wonderful breeze and we didn’t find the need to use the air conditioning at all. The pool area is an easy 2 minute walk and offers a bit of shade and plenty of sunshine too.

This is our favorite area to stay in Maui (we hadn’t been for 7 years) and Wailea/Kihei still rate number one with us. Excellent restaurants from fancy to casual, not so crazy as the Lahaina area and perfect beaches from large to small little beach coves. It is about a 15 minute walk to the shops of Wailea and cocktail hour at all the area’s hotels. Driving plus free parking was never an issue.

Favorite meals include: Monkeypod Kitchen, Pita Paradise (both for lunch and dinner) and fish tacos at Paia Fish Market in Kihei. We also enjoyed the all day catamaran Trilogy tour to Lanai and the half day snorkeling tour with Maui Magic (kids especially enjoyed the boat, staff and slide off the boat into the water), we didn’t get up for sunrise, but took the small group bike tour down the volcano with Maui Easy Riders beginning at 9:00 am and coasted down the volcano road to the smell of fresh flowers, cow fields, ocean breezes and ended in the cute town of Paia to explore and lunch at Hana Provisions. A great vacation in Maui – book it 🙂

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Upcoming Maui Events

On Maui and looking for something to do? It may be low season on Maui, but there is lots to do! Here are a few upcoming Maui events you may want to check out:

The annual Maui Onion Festival had been announced to be on for this May, but I am not seeing any information on it at this time. Whalers Village in Kaanapali has been undergoing a renovation, so it could be the venue isn’t ready on time.

Also, remember the Maui Swap Meet takes places every Saturday 7am-2pm at the University of Hawaii Maui Campus (across from the MACC).

And yes – we do have spring availability at our condos!

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VRBO announces new booking fee for travelers

VRBO is one of several vacation rental sites such as Flipkey (Tripadvisor), AirBnB, Mauiownercondos etc. A few years ago Homeaway bought out VRBO. This past fall Expedia (yes, that big travel search engine) bought out Homeaway. As expected they are looking to increase profit margins for their shareholders.

They have announced big changes starting February 16th 2016 which include a proposed traveler service fee of 4-10% (scroll down to ‘More Travelers’). By comparison, AirBnB already charges guests 6-12% commission, and Flipkey also has a guest booking fee of 5-15%. To date, VRBO has been different, in that owners pay an annual rate to list their vacation rental but didn’t charge travelers additionally. So far they have not announced specifics on how this new fee will be implemented. However, there is sure to be confusion among owners and travelers.

What can you as a traveler do?

If you are planning a trip and already know your dates, consider shopping for a vacation rental now before this new fee goes into effect (overall rents are sure to increase). Most owners only require a deposit up front to hold the booking (though many have a cancellation fee, so do make sure you are sure of your dates before committing).

Another option, book directly with the owner. While we advertise on VRBO and AirBnB as well, you can also book directly with us through our website or by calling us.

Sig-CaraWhat is the booking process at Maui Oceanview Condos? It’s very simple. Check our availability calendar, select a condo and then send us an email or call. We will confirm the availability, send you more information, or if you are ready to book, send you a rental agreement. You may pay by credit card (through VRBO/Homeaway or PayPal – we will send you an invoice) or US check (ask for a check discount). We strongly encourage you to call us, this helps us answer any questions about the condo or rental agreement/payment you may have.

We strongly recommend you purchase trip cancellation insurance – please do your own research.

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Coming later this month…. a new website!

Have you been wondering why our website is just a tad out of date? There is a new website in the works! I can’t wait! While I love the look and design of our current website, the new site will incorporate this blog (there will be an automatic re-direct in case you have us bookmarked, so you will definitely be able to find us) and give me the ability to update and change things, even announce specials directly on the website (currently you have to go to the VRBO listing to see them)!

I’ve spent the better part of this morning uploading information into the new website for my web-designer to massage into place. It is looking great and thankfully I am starting to get the hang of the data-entry!

For now, on our current website click through to the individual VRBO listings for the most up-to-date information, pictures and rates. I’ll announce our new website once it goes live, hopefully by end of December!

Sunset at our Kihei Surfside condo!
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Westjet sale for our Canadian guests

I just got an email from Westjet announcing their 7 days of Black Friday flight deals….

Black Friday Sale

As per their announcement, over 500,000 seats on sale from $99-$399

Book by:        Nov 30, 2015
Travel from:  Now to April 30, 2016

For example, fly Vancouver – Kahului (Maui) December 9-19, 2015 for $384 (Canadian dollars) all taxes in! You know we have that sale at our Palms at Wailea condo, right?

Planning a Maui trip? Check it out!

 

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Last minute Special at our Palms at Wailea condo!!

This has now been BOOKED 🙂
I can’t believe Dec 9-19, 2015 has not booked yet at our newly renovated 2 bedroom 2 bathroom Palms at Wailea condo.

Stay 7 nights at $199/night plus cleaning and tax ($1750), or if you prefer a shorter stay (5 or 6 nights are $239/night plus cleaning and tax). Considering Christmas season ($400/night) begins Dec 16th, you could be saving up to $900 on your stay!

Book now for an early family Christmas present 🙂

 

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Phillip Sabado art rug

For the past few months I have been searching for the perfect area rug for our Palms at Wailea condo living room area. There are many area rugs out there, but I wanted one that was tropical, colorful and at the same time would hide stains.

In my search I wandered into the Pictures Plus/Plus Interiors store on Dairy Road in Kahului. There in the front of the store was a stunning display of area rugs. Absolutely stunning! One of the sales people started telling me about the carpets. Turns out, they are one of a kind – made from a local artist’s paintings. The artist is Phillip Sabado, a Wailuku artist.

Here is the new carpet in our condo. I love it! I am told you can also find his carpets at Lifestyle Maui.

Phillip Sabado art rug
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Palms at Wailea #503 pictures

A special thank you to our photographer friend Steve Strand of Steve Strand Photography. If you are looking for family portraits (and now also real estate photography), we highly recommend him!

These pictures have not made it onto our website or VRBO yet, so enjoy this sneak peak!

Our first post-reno guests have arrived. Phew, it’s been a busy 7 weeks, I am glad it’s done 🙂

Welcome to our condo #503, the spacious living and dining room

 

Fully stocked kitchen, just add groceries!

 

The master bedroom – we have had many compliments on this comfortable bed!

 

Master bedroom with ensuite which includes laundry

 

Newly remodelled ensuite with huge walk-in shower
The second bedroom has two twin beds which fold into the cabinetry (Murphy beds) when not in use

 

The second bedroom with one of the beds folded into the cabinetry (Murphy bed)

 

The newly remodeled main bathroom

 

Shower detail
This condo has a huge wrap-around lanai that spills out onto a large lawn with an oceanview at a distance
Your personal brand-new bbq

 

a great place to unwind after a day at the beach!

 

looking at our building from the lawn (ours is the downstairs condo)

 

Looking to our condo from the parking lot (our entrance is behind the stairs)

 

The private entrance to our condo
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Our Palms at Wailea remodel

After 7 weeks, our remodel at Palms at Wailea is almost complete!! The contractor and his guys are putting the finishing touches on everything, tomorrow Cindy and Beth go in and tackle the big clean. Yep, everything is covered in a lot of dust. Fortunately Sig and I brought two truckloads of stuff home to keep dust-free (in happy news – that all goes back to the condo this week!!).

A big thank you to our contractor Armando (ADX Construction) and our friend and interior designer Joelle Keller for her design help and oversight. 🙂

the main bathroom shower
the ensuite has been redone – looking over from the bedroom area – love the new cabinets and the privacy screen
giant ensuite walk-in shower with a wall bench
less glamorous – we also replaced the water heater

Over the next few days the condo will be hopping with activity. Lifestyle Maui is delivering a few items for the bedroom, Jordan Services will be shampooing the sofa, dining chairs and a few random upholstered items we’re bringing over from our Kihei Surfside condo remodel. Island Window Coverings is installing the new window coverings, someone will be washing the windows (our usual window washer is swamped this week, so it may actually be Sig and I). I have a few last-minute items to pick up, such as bedside throw-rugs (we now have gorgeous tile throughout the condo). We better have it all ready by Thursday because then Steve Strand Photography takes the professional pictures for the website. Friday our guests arrive!

What has me the most excited about this renovation? You may laugh. It’s the big white baseboards. We have beautiful wide baseboards throughout. When we bought the condo it came without baseboards. We’ve been told by several handimen and even floor people that they are often not done in Hawaii. But it’s bothered me. I know they’ll get banged up and scuffed (be careful!) – but they sure make the condo look polished!

Can’t wait to get this condo cleaned and ready to go again!

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