Taking matters into their own hands

When Darnell Hookano was a little girl, she would sit and watch her mother sew—and memorize her every move. Later, while her mother was at work, Hookano would covertly use her sewing machine. Today, those secretive sewing sessions are coming…

RAM members step up to help

It’s a new normal that is anything but. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives and for how long remains unclear. But in this time of uncertainty, one thing is certain: The Maui community is filled with many generous hearts. Look around…

RAM member helps residents ‘live united’

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of Maui United Way. But do you know what it does? Short answer: A lot. Three years ago, Wendy Macaheleg of Coldwell Banker Island Properties was asked to serve on Maui United Way’s fund allocation…

Going the distance to help others in need

On any given Wednesday afternoon, you’ll find Al Chiarella of Coldwell Banker Island Properties parked outside of St. Theresa Church, a cooler full of freshly prepared meals in the backseat of his car. After a final check to make sure every…

Realtor sees hope in action at annual camp

According to the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated, on any given day, an estimated 2.7 million children in the U.S. have at least one parent in prison or jail. That works out to be one in 28 children. Additionally,…

RAM members put service above self

There are more than 1.2 million people worldwide who collectively abide by the same motto: “Service Above Self.” Realtors Association of Maui (RAM) members Karin Carlson, Judy Gray, Mark Harbison and Mike O’Dwyer are among them. All…

Helping hands, wagging tails equal a feel-good day

It was a quiet day at the office for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Advantage Realty Valley Isle on Friday, Jan. 31. That’s because 17 of its agents spent the day at Assistance Dogs of Hawaii’s main campus in Makawao. There, they…

REALTOR® helps brighten days and lives of seniors

Mara Lockwood knows that the smallest acts can make the biggest difference. She’s seen it firsthand through Nā Hoaloha, a Wailuku-headquartered nonprofit that pairs community volunteers with seniors or persons with disabilities who need…

‘RAM’s Got Talent’ raises funds for theater, education

There was plenty of talent to go around at the Historic Iao Theater on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 8. That’s when 10 contestants took the stage to sing, dance, act and joke their way into the winner’s circle during the seventh RAM’s…

REALTORS® rally to show how much they care

If ever there were an example of strength in numbers, the “100 Real Estate Agents Who Care” fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity Maui is it. Last fall, Kihei Charter School senior Pōhaku Kepler designed an independent school project that…