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Sharon Robinson Mason-McDuffie Mortgage Branch Manager
Sharon Robinson has been a manager for Mason-McDuffie Mortgage Corporation since 2014. Previously, she worked for Guild Mortgage, Caliber Funding and Central Pacific Bank.

As a manager serving realtors & homeowners in the Maui, Hawaii area, Sharon enjoys assisting customers to obtain the correct financing.

Her success as a manager is supported by her hard work and availability, combined with a passion for explaining the loan process.

Sharon's greatest strengths are her knowledge and availability. Just as important, she enjoys her job, particularly building customer relationships. Also, providing the right loan brings tremendous satisfaction.

She brings 34 years’ experience in the mortgage field to her work as a manager. She has completed numerous courses in CE for MLO license.

NMLS# 310189
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Courtney Brown Island Sotheby's International Realty R(S)
Real Estate Professional in West Maui | Serving Lahaina to Kapalua

"Realtor (S) of the Year, 2014"
- Realtor's Association of Maui.

Born and raised on Maui, Courtney Brown is a graduate of Smith College in Massachusetts. She returned to her island home and began her real estate career in 1997, specializing in the West Maui resort areas of Kapalua, Napili, Kaanapali, Lahaina and Launiupoko. Since then, she has represented buyers and sellers of some of the finest resort, golf course, oceanfront and ocean-view properties across the island of Maui. In the past decade, Courtney has personally sold well over $250 million of real estate, often working with international and mainland US buyers who are dreaming of a second home on Maui. "The relationships I have formed with my clients over the years are some of the most rewarding and important in my life. I enjoy this profession immensely - it allows me to use my knowledge of the island and the nuances of living in various areas and communities to fulfill my clients' wishes."
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Lee and Barbara Potts Aloha Group Maui KW Island Living
Agents of Aloha Fulfilling Your Maui Dreams

Whether you are buying or selling, you deserve an experienced savvy negotiator on your side. We have successfully negotiated and closed hundreds of transactions, representing both buyers and sellers. Our clients say we are patient, good listeners who know how to get the deal done and achieve their goals. We understand what's at stake for you and the importance of your transaction.

Aloha Group Maui with KW Island Living (formerly Aloha Realty Group) has won the prestigious "Best Real Estate Company in Lahaina" award for 8 years running. The familiar faces you know are now aligned with 139,000 Keller Williams agents worldwide, providing access to more services and global marketing clout. Our diverse group of licensed and highly trained agents serve West Maui, South Maui, Central Maui and Upcountry clients. Aloha Group Maui agents have one thing in common - ALOHA!

Our commitment to excellence, integrity and the community has been rewarding to our clients, and the company has grown. Having survived and thrived through the great recession, Aloha Group Maui grew an average of 33% per year since 2009 in large part because we always put the interest of clients like you first. We are proud to have served clients from Hana to Kapalua and Wailea to Wailuku. We have been honored to help first time homeowners, luxury buyers and sellers, and domestic and international investors of all types make their Maui real estate dreams come true.

You want to know that your real estate is being handled in the most professional way possible. Aloha Group Maui takes excellence and knowledge seriously. That’s why 6 of us have Broker’s Licenses. We have 3 MBA's (Masters Degree in Business Administration), an appraiser, an attorney, and a former CPA. Several of our Realtors hold advanced certifications in representing buyers, ABR – Accredited Buyer's Represented; seller's - Seller Resource Specialist; RSPS - Resort and Second Home Specialist, and many other advanced certifications.

Aloha Group Maui holds strong values and a cooperative culture with a commitment to the community.

Our values are:
- Pono, integrity, do what's right
- Communication, cooperation, collaboration
- Competence and confidence through education
- Community aloha
- Health and fun.

The Maui Community has been very good to us, and one of our core values is giving back to the community. Our agents are founders, board members, volunteers and/or donors for the following organizations:

- Grow Some Good
- Lahaina Complex After School Tutoring Project
- People for Educational Equality
- Wishing Well for Maui Schools
- Habitat for Humanity
- Maui Food Bank
- Women Helping Women.

Aloha Group Maui began as Aloha Realty Group , which was founded by its co-owners and brokers, Barbara & Lee Potts in 2006. Both Barb & Lee have their MBA's and have been business owners and managers in both small companies and large corporations in CA before they moved to Maui in 2005. As a couple they hold multiple certifications and designations, including ABR, SRS, E-Pro, GRI, RSPS, CDPE, CNE, CIAS; Barb is a former CPA with Arthur Young & Co (now Ernst & Young) in the San Jose, CA office.

You can see more about our track record, values, culture and commitment to the community at our website - www.alohagroupmaui.com. You can also search the MLS on our website and find tips about buying and selling real estate in Maui and the latest Maui market analysis.

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Locations Maui Locations Maui R(B)
Locations has been helping people buy and sell real estate for over 45 years. On Maui for 25 years, we have a fabulous team of agents who live all over the island. So no matter where you are thinking about buying or selling, we have a local expert.

Our agents are responsible and knowledgeable, providing our clients with the tools to keep them informed of what is happening in the market. Locations is a great resource when considering investment property, and able to counsel foreign buyers on U.S. purchases. Locations Maui also has a Property management division to assist you with your long term rentals.
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Moving to Maui: South Maui

Posted October 27, 2016, 12:18 PM HST Updated October 27, 2016, 03:23 PM HST

Congratulations! You’ve decided to move to Maui.

Maui has been ranked one of the best islands in the world for years. With plentiful sunshine, waterfalls, stunning beaches and valleys, Maui is a wonderful place to call home.

Sunset at Mokapu Beach. Photo Image: Chris Archer

Sunset at Mokapu Beach. Photo Image: Chris Archer

Maui has many different neighborhoods that fit each individual’s needs. With so many diverse areas, there is plenty to consider before buying a home on Maui.

From quiet and chilly Kula to hot and busy Kīhei, there is a neighborhood for everyone.

About Maui

  • Maui is the second largest island in Hawaiʻi. It is 48 miles long and 26 miles wide, with an area of 728 square miles.
  • The population was estimated at 164,726 in 2015-16.
  • Maui is home to white, black and red sand beaches. There are about 80 beaches on Maui providing 120 miles of accessible beaches—more than any other Hawaiian Island.
  • There are two major industries on Maui: agriculture and tourism.
  • Maui’s capital is Wailuku.
  • Maui is home to some of the best whale watching, wind surfing, surfing, snorkeling and waterfalls.
  • Haleakalā is a volcano that sits 10,023 feet above sea level. It is the largest dormant volcano in the world.
  • Maui is nicknamed the “Valley Isle” for its stunning valleys that have been created by Haleakalā and Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui mountains).
  • The major airport is located in Kahului and there are two smaller commuter airports in Kapalua and Hāna.
  • Kahului is the largest census-designated place on the island, with a population of 26,337 as of 2010. Kīhei is the second most populated CDP.
  • Maui can get very windy. Tradewinds blow about 80% of the year. “Kona” winds, which blow out of the south or southwest, are lighter but also carry the sulfur dioxide “vog.” The air can be hazy for a few days until the tradewinds come back; however, “voggy” days make for some of the best red sunsets you’ll ever see.


Wailea-Mākena, Kīhei, Mā‘alaea, Maui Meadows

If sunshine and ocean activities are selling points for you when moving to Maui, then South Maui could be an ideal location.

South Maui can be much warmer than other areas on the island. The average temperature throughout winter is in the low to mid-80s. In the summertime, temperatures can average between the high 80s to low 90s.

Keep in mind that the tradewinds pick up almost every afternoon and last until about sunset, which can limit some ocean activities.

Although the majority of South Maui is located next to the beach, there are plenty of restaurants, shopping and other non-ocean activities available in South Maui.

Let’s start with one of the areas that has become one of the fastest growing towns in the U.S.


Located on the southwest coast of Maui, Kīhei has 10 miles of beaches and plenty of activities to enjoy.

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Maui has been ranked “Best Island” in the US for 23 consecutive years. Photo Courtesy: Chris Archer

The local residents are mixed, with Caucasians making up the majority of Kīhei’s 22,000 residents.

Kīhei is also the busiest town in South Maui and it provides plenty of shopping, dining, nightlife, beaches and activities.

With tourism being one of the major industries on Maui, Wailea, located right next to Kīhei, is home to some of Maui’s most luxurious hotels.

Many Kīhei residents work at these resorts, so living nearby provides a fast and convenient work commute.

Every fourth Friday, Kīhei town hosts a big party. Residents and guests can enjoy local food, art, shopping, live music and much more at Kīhei Fourth Friday Town Parties.

There is plenty of shopping in Kīhei, from the Kīhei Town Shopping Center to Azeka Shopping Center. There are thrift stores, souvenir shops, local boutique stores, surf shops; almost every type of store can be found in Kīhei.

Kīhei is also home to many restaurants and bars. If you’re looking for a night out on the town, then the “Triangle” is the place to be. Bars are open late and they’re all within walking distance of one another.

There are also many restaurants to choose from in Kīhei, with all types of food to choose from.

Activities in the area include an excursion to The Humpback Whale Sanctuary, surf and SUP lessons, batting cages, touring the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge, surfing, snorkeling and a roller skating.

If you don’t have a car, the bus system runs throughout the day up and down South and North Kīhei Road.

Wherever you live in Kīhei, there will be a grocery store nearby— Foodland, Times, Safeway or Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods.

If you’re relocating to Maui with keiki, there are a several schools in Kīhei—Kīhei Elementary School, Kamali‘i Elementary School, Kīhei Public Charter School and Lokelani Intermediate School.

Kīhei is similar to a small city on the mainland. There is nightlife, restaurants, activities, gas stations, ocean activities, shopping centers, grocery stores and great people watching.

Last year, the average rainfall in Kīhei was 14.22 inches with an average of 276 sunny days a year.

In Kīhei, the lowest price for a condo or home as of publishing is $190K on Hawaiilife.com and the maximum home price is $15.5 million.

According to the 2015 Maui Data Book, the single family home and condo average sale price in Kīhei was $865,772 with a median price of $600,000.


Wailea boasts some of the most expensive properties on the island.

Wailea is a luxurious resort community and the houses and condos show it.

Sunset at a beach in Wailea. Photo Image: Chris Archer

Sunset at a beach in Wailea. Photo Image: Chris Archer

However, if luxury, privacy, sunshine and beaches are what you are looking for when moving to Maui, then Wailea is an area worth looking at.

Wailea provides low-rise condo villages and luxurious private homes in gated communities.

Wailea also has shopping, dining, beaches and golf.

In fact, Wailea has some of the best golf courses on Maui. The Wailea Blue, Wailea Gold and Wailea Emerald courses make up the 54 holes of championship golf.

The Shops at Wailea provides a mix of affordable and luxury stores from Louis Vuitton to local boutique store Mahina, there is shopping for just about everyone at The Shops.

The Shops also provides excellent dining options—from Longhi’s and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse to the new Pint and Cork restaurant, where you can grab excellent craft cocktails.

If you’re dining in Wailea, expect to pay significantly more for dinner and drinks as most of the worldclass restaurants are in the high-end resorts.

Wailea also provides some of the best spas on the island, although they will be located in the high-end resorts, check the resorts websites for kama‘āina rates.

Keep your eyes on the ocean during the winter months. Humpback whales may be seen from your lānai while sipping your morning coffee.


The lowest home and condo price in Wailea as of publishing is $565K on Hawaiilife.com and the maximum home price at $22.8 million.


Mākena means abundance in Hawaiian and is a bit like “old Hawai‘i.” It has plenty of space on wild and rugged land.

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Mākena landing at night.
Photo Courtesy: Chris Archer

Mākena is about a 15 to20-minutee drive from Kīhei and about 10 minutes from the start of Wailea.

As you’re passing the last resort in Wailea, you’ll start to notice the rugged terrain that makes up Mākena.

Mākena is home to two of the best beaches on Maui—Big Beach and Little Beach.

Snorkeling, beach combing, whale watching and dolphin sightings are best off Mākena’s coast.

Although Mākena won’t have many dining options, there are a few food trucks along the road that have made a great name for themselves.

Homes will cost substantially more than Kīhei and Wailea, but will provides plenty of privacy. House lots in Mākena average at least an acre.

Prices for single family homes average around $8 million and about $2 million for condos.

At nighttime, Mākena can be dark and quiet with beautiful stargazing opportunities.

The average rainfall in Mākena is about 15 inches per year.

The closest shopping and dining options would be located at The Shops at Wailea. The nearest grocery store is Island Grocery Depot, located at The Shops at Wailea, or any of the grocery stores in Kīhei.

In Mākena , the lowest price as of publishing on hawaiilife.com is $1.73 million and the maximum home price is $21.5 million.

According to the 2015 Maui Data Book, the average single family home and condo price in Wailea-Mākena was $3,930,833 with a median price of $1.9 million.

Maui Meadows

Maui Meadows is ideal if you’re looking for a little bit cooler weather in South Maui.

Located above Wailea, Maui Meadows boasts some beautiful homes with gorgeous ocean views.

Each Maui Meadows lot is allowed one single-family home and one detached (or attached) ‘ohana 700 square feet in size.

Some Maui Meadow homes have pools and tennis courts. It is great if you’re working at any of the high-end resorts in Wailea, as it’s less than a five-minute drive to work.

It is also conveniently located less than 10 minutes from Kīhei, and about 10 minutes from Mākena.

In Maui Meadows, the lowest price for a condo or home as of publishing is $895K on Hawaiilife.com and the maximum home price is $1.89 million.

According to the 2015 Maui Data Book, the average single home and condo price for Maui Meadows was $1,187,471 with a median price of $1,025,000.


If you’re planning on moving to Maui part-time and convenience is what you’re looking for, then living in Mā‘alaea is as convenient as you can get.

Sugar Beach at Sunset. Photo Image: Chris Archer

Sugar Beach at Sunset.
Photo Image: Chris Archer

Mā‘alaea is located on the northwest side of South Maui. It is a fairly central location between Lahaina and the rest of South Maui. It is actually faster to travel to Lahaina than Mākena. It is about 15 miles to Lahaina and about a 25-minute drive to Mākena.

Mā‘alaea is also close to Kahului, where most of the big box stores are located.

It is a very small area with only about 350 residents. Many of the residents live in condos that stretch down the beach toward Kīhei.

The boat harbor at Mā‘alaea is where many ocean tour activities launch from so expect plenty of tourists in the early morning hours.

Mā‘alaea Bay is home to nine condominium buildings all located along Hau‘oli Road.

There is also dining, shopping and beaches near the Mā‘alaea Harbor including the Maui Ocean Center, which is always perfect for a rainy day.

In Mā‘alaea, the lowest price for a condo or home as of publishing on hawaiilife.com is $195K and the maximum home price is $7 million.

South Maui Pros:

  • Plenty of beaches and ocean activities
  • World-class Golf
  • Shopping
  • Fast commute if working anywhere on South Maui
  • Almost every ocean activity is in your backyard
  • Plentiful sunshine

South Maui Cons:

  • Traffic on North/South Kīhei Road
  • Flooding can occur being at the bottom of the mountain
  • Can be very hot during the summer months
  • Tradewinds pick up in the afternoon, limiting ocean activities

In a Nutshell

Living on the South Shore of Maui offers spectacular views of Kaho‘olawe, Molokini, Lāna‘i and West Maui. The sunsets are beautiful and there are plenty of beaches to enjoy. If being in and around the ocean is what draws you to Maui, this could be a good location for you. If you’re moving to the island and renting, Kīhei has plenty of affordable options. It is also an area with younger residents.

If planning to buy in South Maui, Kīhei, Maui Meadows and Mā‘alaea will be some of the most affordable options.

Wailea and Mākena will have some of the most expensive properties on Maui, where you will be paying for plenty of privacy.

Whichever location you decide on, you are sure to enjoy Maui’s beautiful beaches, wonderful weather and aloha spirit. Maui nō ka ʻoi!

*This is part one of a series of articles that will be published about moving to Maui. Other areas on Maui will be highlighted in future articles.


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