Puamana Prices Up, Inventory As Well

While Puamana prices have steadily been on the rise, real estate sales volume has gone a bit quiet at Lahaina’s “gold coast of gem neighborhood” on the south end of Front Street. What looked as an overly promising start of the year has stalled a bit by average standards as for the 4th consecutive month, Puamana closes with no sales and only 1 unit in escrow.

Puamana Entrance Sunset

Sunrise Spectacular

What Has Happened?

Over the past 20 years, Puamana has seen an average of 11 transactions per year – volume for 2016 currently sits at 8. Currently, there are 10 active properties on the market (2 oceanfront)…So with all of the inventory, why no current sales, you ask? Plainly put, it’s been m-a-j-o-r property appreciation. I’m serious, Puamana has been HOT…very HOT in fact. In just the past year, from 2015-2016, there has been another 11% gain. Take a closer look.

Puamana Fountain Flower

Puamana: possibly the prettiest grounds in all of West Maui

1-Bedroom Non-Oceanfront Units

Year 2011 – Avg sales price was $460K (5 sold)
Year 2016 – Avg sales price $751K (4 sold)
63% – Increase in average sales price between 2011 & 2016
$860K – Avg list price of the (2) currently listed
15% – Increase in 2016 sold price and list price of units currently listed (for those of you that are counting, that’s an 87% increase in a 5-year period. Yes, that’s an “8” followed by a “7”)

Puamana Graph 2

Prices values for Non Oceanfront units are back to a near all time high

2-Bedroom Non-Oceanfront Units

Year 2011 – Avg sales price was $640K (4 sold)
Year 2016 – Avg sales price $882K (2 sold)
37% – Increase in average sales price between 2011 & 2016
$910K – Avg list price of the (5) currently listed

Puamana Aerial Backrow

Most of Puamana’s 60 buildings & 231 units are not oceanfront

Why I Use Non-Oceanfront Units

In my opinion, using non-oceanfront gives you a better overall indicator of the quality of the whole versus one particular unit or one particular location. I mean, let’s face it: oceanfront at Puamana will always be oceanfront. The dirt is worth what it is regardless of the unit’s condition. As below illustrates…the cost is higher, it’s stable, and doesn’t fluctuate sharply as a backline or midline property as much of the value is weighted on the water’s edge (do I need say: location, location, location).

Puamana Oceanfront Price Per Square Foot

Total Price/Sq ft Timeframe
$1,269 avg pr/ liv sq ft since 2000
$1,437 avg pr/ liv sq ft since 2004
$1,483 avg pr/ liv sq ft since 2011
$1,532 avg pr/ liv sq ft since 2014

Non-oceanfront units play more of a “real property comparison” game…they more evenly blend all of the general and common factors that all of the neighborhood benefits from, and also, all of the external factors the neighborhood could be exposed to (pools, tennis, maintenance, highway road noise). They do this without the inflated premium of oceanfront location to skew the statistics.

Puamana Aerial Coastline

While all buildings are oceanfront, each unit is within very close proximity to the water’s edge

If you are in the market for buying or selling Puamana real estate, or have any questions about the neighborhood or West Maui in general, please feel free to contact me. I welcome the opportunity to give you information about my previous sales performance and marketing strategies. At Hawaii Life, we are connecting Buyers and Sellers from around the world!

Puamana Sales History

Puamana Aerial Highway

Some buildings/units in Puamana are affected from the road noise of Hwy 30

10 active properties currently listed on the market which is a high number for Puamana

10 active properties currently listed on the market, which is a higher number for Puamana

About the Author

Jeff Onderko R(B)

Jeff Onderko R(B) is a Realtor-Broker, 2017-19 Christie's International Luxury Real Estate Specialist with Hawai'i Life. West Maui Real Estate Broker, and ultra enthusiastic advocate of Maui's Lahaina, Kaanapali and Kapalua areas. I truly believe it's an honor & privilege to call Hawaii home. For 17 years now, West Maui is where I live, work and play. My team and I specialize in resort market home and condominium sales striving to deliver the highest level of professional service possible. With $50M+ sold, a panache for extensive statistical research and 100+ published real estate articles since 2015. I'm relevant, information driven and responsive. I bring a passionate energy, an entrepreneurial understanding and a client-first approach to my real estate business. Prior to becoming a Realtor, I was an independent publisher, starting and operating Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Real Estate Weeklies, Maui Time Weekly (partner), and in 2005, I was a Mayors Small Business Award finalist. In 2009, after seeing the demand and living in an under serviced pet market, alongside my Mom, Susan we opened West Maui Pet Supply. I started my career after college as an account executive with Orlando Weekly ultimately becoming their Advertising Director. Then I moved on to Advertising Sales Manager at Orange County Weekly, in Southern California. I am native of Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in Florida splitting time between Miami, Orlando and Cocoa Beach, Fl. I was a scholarship soccer player at the University of Central Florida and graduated with a BA from their School of Communication. Always attracted to healthy lifestyle, adventure, great weather, water sports and the outdoors, I moved to Maui in the summer of 2002. When the Realtor hat comes off, I'm active in the community coaching U-14 Boys Soccer (AYSO - West Side Pride) and I still play in the West Maui open division. I'm involved along with other fellow Hawaii Life comrades volunteering regularly at the Ka Hale A Ke Ola Shelter in West Maui and I'm on the Board of the Hawaii Life Charitable Fund. Through the outlet of the WM Pet Supply, I was heavily involved with the Maui Humane Society & ASCPA getting animals adopted & spayed/neutered. When I have free time you'll find me surfing, golfing, at the gym, a regular at yoga class, hanging at home with my animals or working in the backyard on my organic micro-farm (aka: food garden). You can email me at or via phone at (808) 280-4881.

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