Images of Maui in 2014

I always knew but never really appreciated the beautiful images that my home island, Maui, has to offer. It took me a photography class and a Canon Rebel t3 to capture a few. I hope you enjoy these. When I retire from selling real estate, I may take photography a little more seriously. IMG_7273

A quiet day at Big Beach, Makena State Park


Makena Landing area


Lahaina Boat Harbor


Banyan Tree in Lahaina


Kepanewai State Park, Iao Valley (reflection study)


Japanese Garden, Iao Valley


Wailea Beach (reflection study with available light)


Wailuku, Maui Tropical Plantation


Wailea Mariott


Wailuku, King Kamehameha Golf Club

Here's to many more images in 2015.

Ken Molina  ken@hawaiilife.com  808.344.6421

Andaz Maui is a LEED Silver Designation Destination

To energy efficiency nerds, like me, this is great news! The 297 room resort and spa is located on 15 acres of beachfront property in the Wailea area of South Maui. It sits adjacent to white sand Mokapu Beach.

I was fortunate to be able to tour the project under construction. In addition to the hotel, there are several home suites that are available for purchase. Check out my blog, Wailea, Maui Anticipates the Opening of Andaz.


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What is LEED?

However, I digress, if you do not know what the LEED designation is, let me educate you. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. A certification from LEED recognizes design, construction, maintenance, and operations of "green" or energy efficient buildings. There are only a few LEED certified hotels in Hawaii, with this being the only one on Maui.

Elements that have secured the LEED Silver status are:

1. 93% of the existing structural walls, floors, and roofs.

2. Ample open space for recreation.

3. Access to views.

4. Low emitting materials such as adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring systems, and composite wood products.

5. Efficient energy system designs that cut energy costs by nearly 20% annually (variable speed chillers, notion sensor lighting control, LED lighting, low flow plumbing fixtures, automatic in room temperature control).

6. An on-site renewable solar thermal system.

7. A solar hot water system.

On your next visit to Maui, you may want to consider the Andaz. In addition to the energy efficiency perks, you could dine at several world-class restaurants including Iron Chef Morimoto's only Maui venture. It truly is a spectacular hotel.

Additional Information

For more information on the Andaz, or if you are considering making Maui your home, don't hesitate to contact me, Ken Molina, at 808.344.6421.