To a Skylark

The sentiment and beauty of this poem by Shelly can be felt on Maui. In this world of rush and hurry and super size stimulation, that which is precious and lasting requires the opposite to be felt. Sharing this beautiful poem with all my friends and travels in this New Year!

To a Skylark
By Percy Bysshe Shelley

Hail to thee, blithe Spirit!
Bird thou never wert,
That from Heaven, or near it,
Pourest thy full heart
In profuse strains of unpremeditated art.

Higher still and higher
From the earth thou springest
Like a cloud of fire;
The blue deep thou wingest,
And singing still dost soar, and soaring ever singest.

In the golden lightning
Of the sunken sun,
O’er which clouds are bright’ning,
Thou dost float and run;
Like an unbodied joy whose race is just begun.

The pale purple even
Melts around thy flight;
Like a star of Heaven,
In the broad day-light
Thou art unseen, but yet I hear thy shrill delight,

Keen as are the arrows
Of that silver sphere,
Whose intense lamp narrows
In the white dawn clear
Until we hardly see, we feel that it is there.

All the earth and air
With thy voice is loud,
As, when night is bare,
From one lonely cloud
The moon rains out her beams, and Heaven is overflow’d.

What thou art we know not;
What is most like thee?
From rainbow clouds there flow not
Drops so bright to see
As from thy presence showers a rain of melody.

Like a Poet hidden
In the light of thought,
Singing hymns unbidden,
Till the world is wrought
To sympathy with hopes and fears it heeded not:

Like a high-born maiden
In a palace-tower,
Soothing her love-laden
Soul in secret hour
With music sweet as love, which overflows her bower:

Like a glow-worm golden
In a dell of dew,
Scattering unbeholden
Its a{:e}real hue
Among the flowers and grass, which screen it from the view:

Like a rose embower’d
In its own green leaves,
By warm winds deflower’d,
Till the scent it gives
Makes faint with too much sweet those heavy-winged thieves:

Sound of vernal showers
On the twinkling grass,
Rain-awaken’d flowers,
All that ever was
Joyous, and clear, and fresh, thy music doth surpass.

Teach us, Sprite or Bird,
What sweet thoughts are thine:
I have never heard
Praise of love or wine
That panted forth a flood of rapture so divine.

Chorus Hymeneal,
Or triumphal chant,
Match’d with thine would be all
But an empty vaunt,
A thing wherein we feel there is some hidden want.

What objects are the fountains
Of thy happy strain?
What fields, or waves, or mountains?
What shapes of sky or plain?
What love of thine own kind? what ignorance of pain?

With thy clear keen joyance
Languor cannot be:
Shadow of annoyance
Never came near thee:
Thou lovest: but ne’er knew love’s sad satiety.

Waking or asleep,
Thou of death must deem
Things more true and deep
Than we mortals dream,
Or how could thy notes flow in such a crystal stream?

We look before and after,
And pine for what is not:
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.

Yet if we could scorn
Hate, and pride, and fear;
If we were things born
Not to shed a tear,
I know not how thy joy we ever should come near.

Better than all measures
Of delightful sound,
Better than all treasures
That in books are found,
Thy skill to poet were, thou scorner of the ground!

Teach me half the gladness
That thy brain must know,
Such harmonious madness
From my lips would flow
The world should listen then, as I am listening now.

God bless your heart.

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The thing about real estate is that it doesn’t evaporate or get lost in a day. Maui Real Estate is here to stay! With a global market of investors in Maui Real Estate your property always have value, plus you can’t visit your stocks and bonds but you, your family and friends can not only visit your investment, you get to make great memories and enjoy the beautiful mana of Maui!

January 27th Saturday – Come out to Hana for the weekend – Open House 10am-2pm, you are cordially invited!

Just listed this gorgeous property in Hana, oceanside of Hana Hwy, about a near Seven Pools, Views forever, Big Island straight ahead and whales too! Overlooking Mu’olea Point. A summer home of choice all year round. OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY, January 27, 2018. 10am-2pm. Come out to Hana, bring your friends, family, clients. Expecting goreous weather over the coming Weekend in Hana. Love to see your there. Please Share to your Pages!!! Thank you.

Expansive Views to Big Island, in the distance.

To set up a private showing of the Residence and Property please email Maria N. Isotov, Broker at misotov@maui.net

Maui Coastal Erosion In the News

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Oceanfront property owners are well advise to get to know their own shoreline and how coastal erosion is impacting their property.  This is not something to leave  for later when you actually notice there is a problem.  Permitting coastal erosion solutions can be a lengthy process and loss of precious oceanfront property limits your options erosion control options in the long run increasing the costliness of a erosion control solution.  Contact Maria N. Isotov, Land Use Planning Consultant and ask for a preliminary evaluation of your property, misotov@maui.net

Kind regards,

Maria N. Isotov, Hawaii Licensed Real Estate Broker and Land Use Planning Consultant on Maui since 2003.

New Tax Law – Highlights by Harold Berman, JD – Makawao, Maui, Hawaii

Dear Maria,
We finally have a passed bill. A bill that has a lot of complexity to it. My purpose is to give you the basics of the bill. Tax planning and reaction to the bill’s complexity will come in future emails. Here are the highlights of the bill in its final terms, effective January 1, 2018:
(1)   The holding period to qualify for the exclusion on the sale of a personal residence remains at two out of five years. Both the House version and Senate version had the holding period changed to five out of eight years. Somehow, someway, someone was able to convince the committee that great harm would be done to real estate and the net worth of United States taxpayers if the holding period to sell your personal residence was changed to five out of eight years. It is possible that either the significant harm or the real estate lobbyists may have intervened. This is fantastic news for you, your clients, and all home owners.
(2)   State taxes, local taxes, and property taxes will be limited to a maximum of $10,000.
(3)   All new purchases of principal and secondary residences will be limited to a maximum total debt of $750,000 for the mortgage interest deduction. The $100,000 equity debt law is dead. There is a grandfathering in of current debt on loans up to $1,000,000. If there is a refinancing, and if that refinancing doesn’t add up to more than the original basis of the loan, then the grandfathering of $1,000,000 debt will remain. If the refinancing takes out more money than the historic basis of the debt to the property, the debt limit will be $750,000.
(4)   The deduction for business meals remains in place, but entertainment will no longer be deductible. That means you can deduct the business dinner but not the movie or the concert after dinner. No deduction will be allowed for country club dues under this change.
(5)   The deduction for new vehicles purchased after September 27, 2017 will be dramatically increased. You can now take a maximum depreciation of $10,000 in the first year and $16,000 in the second year. So new vehicle purchases are being rewarded in the new bill.
(6)   Depreciation rules will change. 100% bonus depreciation is back in the law. Section 179 (immediate write-off of equipment purchases) is increased from a maximum of $500,000 per year to $1,000,000 per year under the new law.
(7)   Medical deductions are kept in place under the new law with a 7.5% reduction based on AGI.
(8)   Employee deductions (taken on Form 2106 in the past) are terminated.
(9)   The most complex part of the law for individuals is the flow-through entity law. This law gives qualifying flow-through entities a potential 20% deduction of net profit of that entity. But the law is complex in that there is a limitation and phase-out of the 20% for active entities, with professional service entities having a lower phase-out. There is even more complexity in a “lesser than” provision that brings in the issue of percentage of W-2 wages paid and depreciation. This provision is so complex that only future communication and analysis will bring light to the subject.
(10) Teachers will be given a $500 deduction rather than the previous $250.
(11) Moving expenses are disallowed.
(12) Solar credit is kept in the law but the federal credit for electric vehicles is terminated.
(13) Personal exemptions are terminated.
(14) Standard deductions are doubled.
(15) The child tax credit increases to $2,000 with $1,400 refundable.
(16) Multiple personal tax rates with the lowest rate at 10% and highest at 37%.
(17) Alternative Minimum Tax is diluted.
(18) The estate tax exclusion is doubled.
(19) Interest on student loans is still deductible.
(20) Education credits are kept in place.
(21) Individual mandate terminated with penalties for Obama Care.
(22) Rules for the depreciation of rental property have been changed. For residential rentals, the depreciation has moved from 27.5 years to 30 years. On commercial real estate, depreciation has moved from 39 years to 40 years.
(23) Business deduction for interest is very complex. The new tax rules only allow a portion of the interest to be deducted for businesses with gross receipts over $5,000,000, and then a set of complex rules determine what happens to the disallowed interest deduction.
YEAR-END TAX PLANNING:
(1)   Pay your state estimated tax payment on or before December 31, 2017.
(2)   Defer income into 2018.
(3)   Pay business expenses on or before December 31, 2017.
(4)   Offset capital gains of 2017 with selling losses to offset the gains in the stock market.
(5)   Purchased equipment or vehicles have to be placed in service on or before December 31, 2017.
In my future emails I will be highlighting other tax planning and how to make this law work for you. Right now I want to take a deep breath and say that this law could have been more damaging to your profession. Yes, there is a limitation of state tax deduction. Yes, there will be a limitation on the mortgage interest deduction. But the big news is that, somehow, the two out of five years to qualify for the home sale exclusion was kept in the law. This is a true miracle and I think we should celebrate it as such.
Yours,
Harold Berman J.D.

Home for the Holidays! Mokuhau Affordable Housing! Reinventing in Happy Valley!

 

Susie Thieman, executive director of Lokahi Pacific, addresses the crowd of family, friends and county officials.

The two-story homes offer three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 1,400 square feet of living space. The homes sell for $380,000 each. Families had to be first-time homebuyers with a household income at 81 to 120 percent of the area median income. The homes have 25-year affordability agreements, meaning they can’t be rented out; families either have to live in them or sell them.

In November, the median price of a single-family home was $689,000 countywide and $600,000 in Wailuku, according to the Realtors Association of Maui.

Lokahi Pacific is a nonprofit housing and community development corporation that’s done affordable housing projects on Molokai, Lahaina and Kihei. The organization was looking for another project when it discovered the 1.9-acre property in Happy Valley was for sale.

“It had these old rundown shacks on it. It was just a mess,” Thieman said.

2014 Photos – Maria N. Isotov, List Agent to sell to Lokahi Pacific for what will become 18 single family homes – Lokahi Pacific Mokuhau Affordable Housing Project

December 2017 – Affordable Housing Project Blessing Photos – 18 New Single Family Homes

Read the whole story here in the Maui News – http://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2017/12/affordable-housing-in-lokahi-project-blessed/

 

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