Kauai Real Estate Update, Steps Forward With Reopening Kauai, Kiawe Roots Dining Out

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No reserve auction for this $10.9 million dollar estate located in Kukui’ula, click on the photo for more information.

Kauai Real Estate Update
For a complete list of everything that just went into escrow, was just listed and what sold last week on the island of Kauai click here: Kauai Real Estate Report June 15 to June 22, 2020

Poipu Beach Real Estate- There will be a no reserve auction for a $10.9 million dollar estate located in Kukui’ula.  The 4 bedroom 4 bath home is 5,188 square feet on a huge 36,416 parcel of land.  I’m happy to explain the auction process which is happening at the end of August provided the property is still available.  The auction process is bit different and I’m happy to walk you through it, here is a link for the property: 5741 Ka Hookui Place
For a complete list of all the real estate activity in Poipu since January 1 of this year click here: Poipu Beach Fee Simple Real Estate Current Market Analysis

Kiahuna Plantation Real Estate Update-  

Over the weekend I worked with a couple of buyers on a listing of mine at the Kiahuna Plantation and we are now under contract. Kiahuna Plantation unit #80 is located in building 15 which is a small six unit building with a huge sweeping lawn in front of it.  Pride of ownership shines through, during the 13 years the Sellers have owned their unit they have consistently made improvements.  If I can help you find the unit of your dreams at the Kiahuna Plantation contact me for other options.
For a complete list of all the real estate activity since January 1 of this year click here: Kiahuna Plantation Current Market Analysis

More Of Kauai Reopening
Kauai is taking a couple of steps forward towards reopening.  Last Thursday Governor Ige spoke at a virtual Governors Luncheon and here are the bullet points of what he talked about:

The whole state could open up to trans-Pacific travel as early as late July/Mid August
Possible that they will limit who they will initially open travel up to
Pre-testing required for trans-pacific travel and is not fool proof
On Kauai outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people is soon to be approved
The State’s budget is going to have a $2.3 billion dollar shortfall
Budget shortfall will result in government hiring freezes and furloughs

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Lynda Gill pictured here with her fabulous hubby. I had the burger sautéed in garlic soy sauce and my hubby had the prime rib sandwich. Yummy!

Eating Out On Kauai
Last Friday my husband and I went out to dinner at Kiawe Roots which is located in the Kukui’ula shopping center.  It’s a bit of a different dining experience but they seemed to really have the system down.  Here is how it went:
Call for a reservation and they will text you a reservation number
They will also text a link to order and pay for your meal, super easy to use and more detailed then I thought.  You order 1 hour before arrival and include your reservation number on your order
Once seated at our table we could take off our masks and keep them off until we left
The wait person went over our order and we could change or add things at that time
The food was fabulous and the wait staff was so appreciative of the business

Some places were open; Lapperts, Tommy Bahama, Lululemon, Soha, The Dolphin, Déjà vu Surf Company.  I’ve heard rumors about places that are not going to open but nothing definitive.

Kauai Gets 8 New COVID Cluster Cases
A resident of Kauai tested positive for COVID and subsequent testing of his family members revealed 7 additional positive cases.  This was big news for our island that hadn’t had a new case in 8 weeks.  This was a community spread case and they are still trying to determine how it happened.  All of the individuals are in isolation.
Mayor Kawakami said it was to be expected that COVID would return to our island, we do have essential workers that are traveling back and forth.

And In Related News….Hawaii Transient Tax Drops By 91.6%
No surprise here, with no tourists coming that nightly 14.962% GE/TA room tax has pretty much dried up for almost 3 months.  The 4% GE tax on all goods and services has been greatly reduced as well.  The May GE and TA collections will reflect activity that happened in late March and April.  These number are sobering indicators of the cost of the shutdown.

The TA Tax (Transient Accommodations Tax) in May, 2020 was $4.3 million compared to $51.6 million in May of 2019 which is a 91.6% drop.  This was less than what the Council on Revenues forecasted (though I’m not sure why?) and prompted them to revise their forecast to a negative 7% for the year.
General Excise Tax (GE Tax) which is a larger source of revenue since it encompasses both goods and services, dropped 39% percent to $190.3 million in May compared to $312.4 million in May of 2019.
Another impact on these numbers is the delayed IRS filings from April 20 to July 20.

Crash Near Tree Tunnel In Poipu Kills One
On Friday traffic was practically at a standstill in both directions due to a fatal crash on Kaumuali’i Highway near Tree Tunnel.
Around 1 p.m. a Nissan truck driven by a 48 year old local woman from Kapa’s crossed the center line and hit a 2000 Porshe that was being driven by a 60 year old resident from Lihue.  The driver of the Porshe had fatal injuries and the woman driving the Nissan was transported to Wilcox Hospital where her injuries were treated and she was released.
The names have not been released and the accident is still under investigation.

Koloa Village Update
After the shutdown on construction was lifted on May 1 the Koloa Village project in Koloa Town has been continuing at full swing.  This project is located across from the Post Office and steps away from Big Save.
It will be a mix of Shops and Residences that will be one and two bedroom villas.
I stopped by and took some pictures, if you’d like to read more about this project visit their website at: Koloa Village

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