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The Future is Renewable Energy

Legislation has recently passed requiring Hawaii to generate 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2045. Hawaii had a goal of being 15% reliable on renewable energy by 2015 and has surpassed that goal by 6%. What does this mean for residents? Affordability! Reducing the use of fossil fuels and increasing use of photovaltaic systems drastically improves the cost of energy for a home.

PVRooftop PV is now on one of every 9 homes on Hawaii. Those numbers are especially significant for the Department of Energy who is researching each step we take towards being 100% reliant on renewable energy. A report was released showcasing the drastic jump Oahu has made installing PV on residential and commercial properties. Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii are running close to each other on the energy race.

With the rampant growth of wind farms and PV systems, Hawaii is sure to meet the 2030 goal of being 40% reliable on renewable energy. This will be wonderful change in cost of living for Hawaii residents. Are you looking to buy or sell your Maui home? Contact me today to discuss the benefits of renewable energy changes and your Maui lifestyle.


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Maui Film Festival 2015

The Maui Film Festival returns June 3rd-7th in Wailea and at the MACC. The festival includes film screenings, award tributes, film-maker panels, The Taste of Wailea where food and wine highlight the creations of Wailea’s top chefs; Taste of Chocolate (a chocoholic’s fantasy) and other gala parties and festivities. Honorees attending include Laura Dern, Colin Farrell, Scott Eastwood, Teresa Palmer and Louie Psihoyos. Films will be shown during the 4-day event along with entertainment proceedings to each film and intimate sit-downs with film makers.

WaileaOne of the 4 venues for the Film Festival is the unmatched Celestial Cinema. Located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course, the Celestial Cinema houses a 50 foot screen and is powered by solar energy. This unique outdoor venue highlights the romance and beauty of Maui. Double-features will be screened each evening of the Maui Film Festival at the Celestial Cinema. Click for tickets

CastleCastle Theater is a 1200-seat, multi-tiered venue at the MACC and will be screening 2-3 films for 3 days of the festival. Each seat at Castle Theater is no further than 90 feet from the stage and features advance sound systems. You can view the screening schedule for the 2015 Maui Film Festival here.

The McCoy Theater is the more intimate location, housing 250 seats and screening only 6 films over 2 days of the festival. View the screening schedule or purchase your tickets to the McCoy Theater.

ToesLastly is the Toes-In-The-Sand venue at Wailea Beach between the Four Seasons and Grand Wailea. Each year the Maui Film Festival showcases a free film for the community. The 1927 silent film Peter Pan will be screened Saturday June 6th and no tickets are necessary.


The Maui Film Festival is an exciting event that I look forward to each year. With all the amazing events and films, this year’s festival is sure to please! Don’t forget to purchase your tickets and plan your festival weekend with the film schedule.

Melanie Vitale


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