Makena Resort Sustainable Community Details Revealed!

Here is the general area of the 1,800 acre Makena Resort.

Nearly eight months after the Maui County Council approved the construction of the hotly contested Mākena Resort, residents gathered to hear an update of the project from developer Everett Dowling on Thursday, June 18, at the Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) in Mā‘alaea.

As this month’s featured speaker for the PWF Making Waves Lecture Series, Dowling took the stage to give a presentation entitled “Sustainable Development in Mākena.” Offering an overview of his company’s plans for the 1,800-acre master-planned Mākena Resort, Dowling shared his short- and long-term initiatives for the oceanfront property.

In order to make the most efficient use of the surrounding natural resources, Dowling Company has utilized sustainable methods to ensure the property remains “clean and green,” such as a stormwater filtration system, solar-powered wastewater treatment plant and the use of drought-tolerant, sustainable turf on the resort’s golf courses.

“The goal is for Mākena Resort to be a net-zero energy community,” he said. “We have ambitious goals.” In order to accomplish this, he said, all residential units will include photovoltaic (PV) panels to offset approximately 30 percent of expected annual energy consumption. Similarly, the resort’s commercial buildings will achieve net-zero status through the installation of rooftop, net-metered PV systems. In addition, Dowling teamed up with green energy pioneer Solar City to create the Mākena Solar Farm, a 30-acre, 3 megawatt (MW) facility that will incorporate fixed and dual-axis tracking to offset energy not generated by the rooftop systems.

Read full Article from June 25th Maui Weekly

Developer Everett Dowling presenting the sustainable development initiatives for Makena

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Coldwell Banker Island Properties
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Living the Maui Dream…

Conde Naste magazine voted Maui the Best Island in the World over 11 years in a row…Ever wonder what you are missing???

Contact Maui’s EcoBroker Meghan Clair to find your Dream Home…and your Dream Lifestyle here on Maui.

Meghan Clair
Realtor (S), EcoBroker
Coldwell Banker Island Properties
(808) 874-8668 office
(808) 463-8485 cell

5 Reasons to Buy a property in Maui…THIS YEAR!

Many people are afraid to buy a home in times like these, with the economy tanking and home prices continuing to fall…But if you are brave enough to stray from the herd, you might be in for the home-buying opportunity of a lifetime

    1. Affordability is better than ever.

    2. You have a large Inventory to choose from.

    3. Builders are offering BIG Discounts.

    4. Mortgage rates are historically low.

    5. You can get a federal tax credit of up to $7,500.

“Ask for price reductions, improvements, closing cost-whatever-and the seller, desperate to get a contract, is likely to work with you” says Jay Papasan, one of the authors of the book, Your First Home “However, when the market starts improving, your negotiating power will start to diminish,” he adds.

“People can get a lot of what they need and almost all of what they want today,” Papasan said. “Once a few people get off the fence, there’s safety in numbers and you lose your leverage.”

If you are qualified to buy a home now, and the purchase makes sense for your situation, and you’re prepared to live in that home for at least five years, there are 5 reasons you may be headed for a great deal!

Please contact MEGHAN CLAIR for more info on purchasing Maui property.

The BEST PLACE to view the new listings on Maui, DAILY.

Meghan Clair
Realtor (S), EcoBroker
Coldwell Banker Island Properties
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*Excerpts from this article are taken from MarketWatch by Amy Hoak.

Meghan Clair’s Favorite Picks for Great Real Estate Deals on Maui

1. Ho’olei

3bed / 3.5 bath ocean view, vacation rental, Luxury townhomes. Turnkey, many are furnished. Washer Dryer, elevator, Garages, concierge services. Linked with benefits at the Grand Wailea Hotel. Original units sold for $2.7million.
Prices starting today at $1,695,000! POSSIBLY THE BEST DEAL IN WAILEA!

2. Wailea Ekahi

OCEANFRONT townhomes, vacation rental properties. New Pool Area, Heart of Wailea
Prices start in the high $600K-$1.5M

3. Wailea Grand Champions

Most affordable vacation rental development in Wailea. 1 and 2 bedroom, spacious condos. Golf and Tennis membership benefits, heart of Wailea, Golf course views, pool and spa. Prices start in the mid $500k.

4. Wailea Golf Vistas, Wailea Golf Estates, Wailea Highlands

Single Family Custom Homes on the Blue Golf Course. Gated, Private, Views, golf membership, new construction, most have private pool and spa, great location just up the street from Wailea’s best beaches, Shopping and Restaurants. Buildable lots are also for sale.
Prices range $1,990,000-$6million

5. Makena Surf

Direct Oceanfront. 2 and 3 bedroom vacation rental condos. Gated, tennis, two beaches, pool, peaceful and serene all year long, VIEWS, great family location, most are sold turnkey and furnished with a rental history.
Prices range $2million-$5.5Million

6. Luana Kai

Oceanfront central Kihei condos, Vacation rental allowed. Most units sold furnished with great rental history. New pool/spa/BBQ area, tennis, croquet, shuffle board, beach and huge grassy park area. Feel relaxed and at home in this great development.
Prices start in the mid $300k range, $499 for ocean front units.

7. Wailea Beach Villas

Turnkey, Luxury Oceanfront 2 and 3 bedroom penthouse condos, or 3 bedroom oceanfront villas. Heart of Wailea, beachfront and directly next to the Shops at Wailea and restaurants. Luxury design, vacation rental allowed, most sold furnished with great rental history. Parking and garages, gated, concierge services, amazing views GREAT family location.
Prices range $2,150,000-$6million
Most recent sale Oceanfront A Villa Listed at $10,900,000 SOLD $7,800,000

Please contact me for more information on purchasing Maui property.
The BEST PLACE to view the new listings on Maui, DAILY.

Meghan Clair
Realtor (S), EcoBroker
Coldwell Banker Island Properties
(808) 874-8668 office
(808) 463-8485 cell

Kai Ani Village: EcoFriendly Live/Work Kihei Project

Green Building…The Key to Preserving Our Future
Kai Ani Village gives recognition to those that care for the environment by using ecologically friendly products and environmentally friendly construction practices to help combat global warming. The design of Kai Ani Village has been focused around the preservation of native wetlands and the integral use of green building, earth-friendly strategies. If you care about the natural world, the choices that give hope to the future of our planet are in your hands…support the environment by owning a Hawaii Built Green home at Kai Ani Village.

Base Price List


Link to Kai Ani Village Site Plan

Contact Maui’s EcoBroker Meghan Clair for more information about this great EcoFriendly, live/work complex directlly across the street from the Beach in Kihei, South Maui.

Coldwell Banker Island Properties: EcoBroker Meghan Clair



I am pleased to announce that I have joined the prestigious Coldwell Banker International Previews office located in The Shops at Wailea. I look forward to continuing to assist you in your Maui home search or property sale from my new location!

There has been a tremendous amount of activity increase since January 1, 2009. Property is moving!!! Coldwell Banker alone has opened 90 escrows in the past two months! If your are wondering when the Maui market is going to turn…well it’s RIGHT NOW! 60 Homes and 98 condos have SOLD since January.

View All 2009 Maui Statistics

Recent Sold Prices in South Maui range from the high $200,000s all the way to a recent oceanfront home sale in Makena selling at $7,750,000. There are currently very unique, rarely available luxury properties, and great vacation-rental turnkey condo investments on the market.

Please contact me at my new email address: for more information about the Maui market or a specific development.
Is the BEST PLACE to view the new listings on Maui, DAILY.

Mahalo nui loa,

Meghan Clair
Realtor (S), EcoBroker

Coldwell Banker Island Properties
(808) 874-8668 office
(808) 463-8485 cell

Green Building is a Strong Investment despite our recession…

“Green building seems to be insulated from the recession and is growing.”

The value of Green construction increased five-fold from $10 billion in 2005 to as much as $49 billion this year and could triple by 2013 to nearly $150 billion according to McGraw Hill’s 2009 Green Outlook study. This includes existing homeowners who continue to make their homes greener by using green products for 40 percent of their remodeling work to substantially improve resale values.


This has proven to be very important for EcoBroker Certified® real estate professionals who are trained to market new green property developments and recognize “true” green features in homes. EcoBrokers® have become increasingly sought after by builders and homeowners of green properties to properly market their investments.

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Contact Meghan Clair, Maui’s First Female EcoBroker, for more information about the Green Building movement in the state of Hawaii!

Meghan Clair
Realtor (S), EcoBroker

Coldwell Banker Island Properties
(808) 874-8668 office
(808) 463-8485 cell

Washington Business Journal-LEED Changes for 2009

“Changes in certification process get ‘green’ light”
Pacific Business News (Honolulu)

The U.S. Green Building Council is changing its certification process for green buildings through its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program (LEED).

A 30-day online public comment period ended June 22, and the new version, dubbed LEED 2009, is slated to debut in January.

More than 1,500 buildings have received LEED certification since the program was introduced in 2000, and over 11,000 are seeking it, including more than a dozen in Hawaii.

In those eight years, the USGBC has changed the way architects, contractors and developers design and construct buildings. Even structures that don’t pursue LEED certification are increasingly incorporating sustainable practices.

LEED certifications are available in eight categories: new construction, existing buildings, commercial interiors, core and shell, retail, schools, health care and homes. Another category, for neighborhood developments, is in the pilot stage.

LEED 5 key areas:
1.Sustainable site development
2.Water savings
3.Energy efficiency
4.Materials selection
5. Indoor environmental quality.

Points are awarded for specific practices in each area and are verified by an independent third party. Depending on the number of points earned, a building is awarded a Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum ranking.

LEED 2009 will reorganize the commercial rating systems by consolidating, aligning and updating them into one system that’s “simpler and more elegant and committed to continuous improvement,” said USGBC spokeswoman Ashley Katz. Points will be allocated differently and reweighed, and the entire process will be flexible to adapt to changing technology, account for regional differences and encourage innovation.

Link to Full Article

Meghan Clair
Realtor (S), EcoBroker

Coldwell Banker Island Properties
(808) 874-8668 office
(808) 463-8485 cell

The Energy Pyramid

Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency are presently the most powerful tools in our transition to a clean energy future. As depicted in the Energy Pyramid, renewable energy is an important piece of our energy future, but the largest opportunities are currently in energy conservation and efficiency. There are many excellent resources for those researching these options, and a very small list is presented here. Please make conservation and efficiency your top priority, as you work to move your community into our clean energy future.

Benefits of Community Energy
Renewable energy and energy efficiency investments carry remarkable benefits including lower environmental impact, greater price stability, and greater energy security, when compared to investments in fossil fuel generation. In addition to those substantial benefits common to all clean energy solutions, Community Energy has several distinct advantages including:

*Greater economic benefit to local communities

*Increased local awareness and involvement in clean energy

*Communities are strengthened through their collaborative efforts

Maui’s Kaheawa Wind Farm provides 9% of Maui’s Energy

Solar Panal Fields
To learn more about Community Energy visit

Meghan Clair
Realtor (S), EcoBroker

Coldwell Banker Island Properties
(808) 874-8668 office
(808) 463-8485 cell

Johnston-Cassel Design: Maui LEED AP and Master Architects

Sugar Cove Renovation in Spreckelsville

Dean Johnston
M.Arch., LEED AP
Principal: Johnston•Cassel Design Studio

Dean designed and built his first passive solar homes in Colombia County, New York, in 1980. Since then he has designed and built custom homes, cabinetry, furniture and sculpture using a wide variety of materials and styles in locations ranging from Vermont to Hawaii. His lifelong commitment to ecologically ethical design influences all aspects of his current work. Dean received the prestigious A.I.A.S. National Research Award in 2002 for his work testing structural bamboo, work that ultimately led to the first acceptance of a bamboo species, Bambusa stenostachya, into the United States building codes.

Johnston-Cassel Desing Studio offers a range of professional design services to meet the individual needs of each client’s project. In addition to complete start to finish design services they also offer their clients a range of specialized services that can be comissioned independently.

-Architectual design
-Master Planning
-Interior Design
-Project Budgeting
-Value Engineering
-Construction Scheduling
-Construction Administration
-LEED AP Sustainable Project Design
-Landscape Design and Farm Planning
-Project Observation/Owner’s Represenative

Johnston ● Cassel Design Studio