YES! After much internet research and emails back and forth with realtor and the escrow company, I got the number of the person in charge of HARPTA in Maui. As long as I've lived there for two years during the past five, I do not have to pay the tax. I am considered a Maui resident.
Big sigh of relief and prepping for the sale continues. The decking had to be cleaned, primed and painted due to the sun bleach stains. The outdoor shower had to be renewed as well. The a/c finally got tuned up. The water purifier got it's quarterly check up six months late but no harm. I don't understand WHY tenant did not cooperate and schedule an appointment with preventative maintenance. I pay for it all! She just had to make arrangements to let them in or leave a key. She is not employed so I just don't get it.
Realtor FINALLY got in to get photos to put on the multiple listing. (You can take a peek if you want .... Maui MLS# 380919) The outdoor furniture isn't arranged as I would like but once tenant is out, that will be fixed. After much snarling and digging in her heels, tenant said Jan 3 would be her last day. HOORAY!! I'm getting a massage as soon as I know she is out and the locks changed.
The "realtors" open house is Jan 8 and then open house whenever my realtor wants.