Alana grew up in Oregon and at the age of 18 moved to Maui with a mountain bike and $400 in her backpack. Since then she has established herself as a driven community leader and an innovative entrepreneur. Alana managed several retail boutiques in West Maui before deciding to move to South Maui in 1992. In 2003 Alana became a dual-business owner opening her first of two busy retail stores in Kihei while simultaneously starting her real estate business. In 2008 Alana decided to focus full-time on real estate and has been an industry leader ever since. Her energy and enthusiasm allowed for significant success even in the most challenging times of the Maui real estate market.
Alana is active with the South Maui community. The quintessential “soccer mom,” Alana supported her two sons’ numerous activities by serving as Regional Commissioner of South Maui AYSO and on the board of directors of South Maui Sharks Swim Team. Alana also dedicates her time to several ministries at Hope Chapel including the Run for Hope, Basketball Maui and spreading Aloha and praise through her Hula ministry, practicing and performing the ancient Hawaiian art of hula, reflecting the local culture, while giving praise to God. Alana spends 2-3 weeks each year on short-term missions in foreign countries like Mexico and Brazil helping build homes for communities in need.
Alana enjoys challenging herself athletically, as well. She is an avid CrossFit athlete and hiker. She enjoys paddling, SUP boarding, surfing and backpacking. She has competed in the 40-mile Molokai to Oahu Outrigger Canoe Championships several times and loves to lead hikes through the Haleakala Crater. Alana and her husband Tim live in Kihei. Her boys are all grown, but continue to live nearby. Her oldest son Tristan still lives in Kihei, works in Wailea pursuing his music career and is a Na Hoku nominated musician. Alana’s son, Tanek, lives and attends college on Oahu and is an avid body boarder recently receiving sponsorship from 3 national body board companies.
"Although we're familiar with Maui as visitors, we were not familiar with its real estate market. Alana did a great job educating us, showing us the areas and explaining the pros-and-cons. Because we're not local, we couldn't go see every property physically so Alana would take time to send us videos (including walking from the unit to the nearby beach, etc.) to give us a better feel for the unit. This is just one example where we felt she went above-and-beyond."
— TU & HSIN
"Everything Alana did for us was great and above our expectations I would definitely use her again. The staging and photography was fantastic. She always answered her phone immediately when I had questions."
— Kim & Dave Kaiser
"Finding Alana was a dream come true. She was amazing throughout our entire home buying process - even through the rough times that came up! She was always prompt on returning calls, answering questions and piles of paperwork. Very knowledgeable on the buying process she made us at ease knowing she was representing us as our agent. We have made a friend in the real estate world and would never think of using anyone else should we need an agent again. Highly recommended... she is a kind-hearted, genuine individual with your best interests in mind. You will not be disappointed. Pure Aloha!"
— KALEI AIWOHI
"We worked with Alana on a foreclosure condo, something that we had never done before. And we were working from the mainland. Alana was so helpful and really took a personal interest in our purchase. When work was being done on the condo, she would check in and make sure it was being done to our satisfaction. I felt like she really worked hard for us, almost like a family member would. She was excellent and we consider her a friend for life!"
— DAWN & JIM ROOD
"Alana takes the time to get to know her clients so she is able to tailor her services to her clients needs. Alana found us a terrific property in Haiku that was thankfully overlook by other agents, we were able to get a great deal. We have bought and sold 2 different properties with Alana and would highly recommend her services."
— LISJA DOUCETTE
"We pretty much can't say enough great things about Alana. We met her by pure chance at an open house while vacationing in Maui. We were not interested in that particular unit- but she instantly found the perfect condo for us. She is helpful, resourceful, knowledgeable, prompt, and thorough. I've had dealings with multiple agents over the years, and I can honestly say she was the best. Even though we live on the mainland, we always felt in the loop and that Alana had our best interests at heart. Mahalo plenty to one great agent!"
— FLO SCHANDL
"Alana was the second realtor we dealt with in our search for a Maui condo. We never looked back! She is extremely knowledgeable in local real estate. We totally trusted her and felt completely sure that she'd find us that perfect property. She did and we couldn't be happier! We wouldn't hesitate to recommend her!!"
— ED & KAREN BILLIG
"I met Alana when she was showing a condo priced at over $600 a square foot--candidly out of my price range. I told her what and where I was looking. Within hours, she had a unit for me to view--one that wasn't even on the MLS yet. While I haven't completed a purchase yet, I know I will with Alana. Every time a unit comes up where I am looking, Alana sends me an immediate email. So, it's just a matter of time."
— ROBERT KINSEY
"Alana was our listing agent and was great to work with. Recently we are working with her an another purchase and she has performed well and understands our needs. Great agent for Maui."
— ROBERT MISKAE
"Alana was our real estate agent on the Isle of Maui. We enjoyed her enthusiasm and incredible work ethic. We have never had a realtor work so hard and completely for us, as she researched and provide guidance through the buying process. It was as reassuring as we do not live on the Island and had to really rely on her to assist us. I would recommend her highly to anyone looking to buy or sell a property."
— JOE & ALLANA REIDER
"Alana is the most patient and thorough person I know. She sat down with us before we began house hunting to get a sense of what we wanted in our future home and from that point on, she worked tirelessly to find something with our criteria. She was always excited to look at homes with us. No matter how difficult it was to coordinate my fiance's schedule with my own, Alana made herself available with ease. Always quick to return our calls or emails, Alana would get back to us with answers after she did her research. There were never any doubts in our minds going into a home, because we Alana would address any concerns we might have. Once we found the home we wanted, Alana was in constant communication with our mortgage lender, the seller's agent and ourselves. If anything needed to be address during the process, Alana would explain it to us, make sure we understood what was happening and why and then would make sure we were comfortable proceeding. I do not know of any people, let alone realtors that would devote their time and attention to making the buyers feel like they were in control of the avalanche of paperwork from start to finish. We had such a positive experience with Alana we cannot stop telling all of our friends and colleagues how easy it was to buy our home."
— VINNY LORUSSO
"My dealings with Alana were top notch. Very responsive and a fair deal was struck. She helped us find a condo to buy in 2003 and also help me sell the condo in 2015. Her many suggestions to present the condo for sale paid off for me in obtaining a good return on our investment. Her negotiations with the new buyer went smoothly and without problems from either the other agent or the buyer. I would utilize Alana's services in the future if I decide to reinvest in Maui property."
— BARRY COOPER
"Alana made our dream come true as first time home buyers. She was the second realtor that we turned to after unsuccessful searching for about 8 months. Once we found Alana is was smooth sailing and within a couple of months we purchased our first home. Alana is attentive, easy to work with and a good person. We were blessed to have found Alana as our realtor and highly recommend her quality service to anyone looking to purchase real estate on Maui."
— HEIDI KAUHANA
"Alana goes above and beyond to make sure that my selling and buying experiences are always smooth and efficient. She goes the extra mile to make sure that you are completely comfortable with the process. Mahalo!"
— M. NACUA
"We could not have asked for a better Realtor. She was always in contact with us and would go out of her way to accommodate our schedule. She was even available to us on the weekends and evenings. Being first time home buyers, we didn't know what to expect but Alana helped us throughout the whole process. I would highly recommend her!"
— ANDREA GUSMAN
"Alana is an incredibly responsive real estate professional! An example: we met Alana when we first arrived on Maui looking for a home to lease. We had very little response from most island realtors. Alana, however responded immediately and offered several helpful suggestions. So when we were ready to search for a home to purchase in Wailea, we knew we wanted to work with her because of her great service. She helped us find the perfect home, patiently and persistently worked with the listing agent through the negotiations and recommended just the right team of inspectors, escrow services and mortgage brokers to match our needs. And, in addition to her professionalism, she is a delightful person to know."
— DENNIS & KAREN MCFARLAND
"Alana is not only very experienced, she brings an energy to the process that you will find exceptional...She gives you a professional, personal, and tireless representation with your real estate quest."
— CRAIG JOHNSON
"So as far as we're concerned Alana is absolutely THE REALTOR you should connect with if you want someone who LISTENS to what you are looking for and works pretty much tirelessly to bring the process to a successful conclusion. Selling a home is STRESSFUL! Buying a home is STRESSFUL! Having been both a buyer & a seller over the last couple of months I can tell you that this stress rubs off, mostly on to your realtor. They have to cope with your insecurities your endless anxiety over how much money is involved and try to keep you calm & on track. Alana & her team including (of course ) Lydia do a great job of being present and involved without being pushy or controlling. They know EVERYONE on Maui and in our case not only helped us into a lovely new home but also hooked us up for work! How about that for amazing service? Bottom line... If they have time to work with you, then you will be doing yourself a FABULOUS service by working with them. Aloha!"
— PETER COOMBS
"We first contacted Alana about 4 years ago when when we came over on vacation and the idea of buying a condo first surfaced. We initially just picked her name from a directory list but are very glad that we did. At that time she was with a different company but we stuck with her through the move as she seemed to know exactly what we wanted and regularly sent through great listings. I'm sure that she gets a lot of people enquiring about properties that never come to anything but she never gave up on us and we ended up in a great place at a great price. Can highly recommend to anyone looking to purchase on Maui, their local knowledge of both the market and the area has been invaluable."
— ARTHUR KEMISH
"After living and renting on Maui for 5+ years, we knew we were ready to buy a home. We just weren't sure exactly how we were going to make it happen. We didn't have a ton of savings, and we were unsure how we were going to buy without putting a lot of money down. On a Friday evening we received our third, in as many years, notice from our landlord that they needed the home we were living in for their own use. Alana and I are friends and had a lunch date planned for the upcoming Tuesday. On Tuesday morning I was looking at the craigslist classifieds for rentals, and found a beautiful home listed for rent as it was being sold. The selling realtor was Alana's partner Lydia. When I met Alana that day for lunch, I talked with her about the house, and our desire to purchase. She even took me to see the house immediately. I fell in love. It was in our desired neighborhood, school district, and so much more. It basically met every one of our needs in a home. My husband took one look at the photos and fell in love too. We started the process to purchase before he even stepped foot on the property. Alana walked us through every step of the process. She introduced us to our mortgage agent, who is stellar and worked very hard for us as well. Alana was very communicative during the process, checking on us, and responding to our questions very quickly. She submitted an offer that reflected our financial ability, but still gave the owners a great deal. It was very creative to say the least. Alana and Lydia maintained professional boundaries, doing what was best for each of their clients throughout escrow and closing. We closed on the house in 29 days. I don't know actual statistics but there are a ton of real estate agents on Maui to choose from. And even though Alana is my friend, I chose her to be my real estate agent because I knew she would work hard to help us get what we wanted. I am so grateful that we worked with Alana, and if we ever purchase again on Maui, we will work with her again."
— TANA HAVLAN
"I have used realtors to buy and sell many houses in my life time and Alana is by far the most qualified and hardest working realtor I have ever used. She will make sure you find the house that you are looking for. After our first meeting, she knew exactly what I wanted and never wasted my time looking at homes that were out of my search criteria. Alana will stick with you throughout the entire process from beginning to end, no matter how long it takes to find the house of your dreams. But she doesn’t stop there, she will negotiate, research, and make sure the buying/selling process is a smooth transaction for a stress free experience. If you are looking for a quality realtor on Maui, look no further than Alana Rucynski."
— ERICH DIEKMANN
"Alana was awesome! She showed me numerous postings in the places I wanted and was always willing to help me with whatever I needed. It was great having her help me select a home that fit what I was looking for!"
— JOSHUA K. HANSEN
“Alana is a trust-worthy realtor who I would recommend to anyone wanting to live on Maui. She is thorough and always in touch. You can count on her to either find the right home to suit your needs or sell the one you have listed with her.”
"Alana was a pleasure to work with. She was on top of every detail. She quickly chased down and resolved every issue that came up during the sale/escrow process. I cant say enough of how pleased we are with her services. I highly recommend her to anyone buying or selling property in Maui, she definitely knows her business."
"We have been looking for a home on Maui for many years. Alana was very friendly and knowledgeable about the properties on Maui. Alana was very patient and worked with us until we found the perfect condo. We always felt comfortable and never pressured."