Kauai Real Estate, 14 Day Quarantine Lifts August 1, Two Pili Mai Condominium SOLD

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Kauai Real Estate 
For a complete update on everything that Sold, was Just Listed or went into escrow this last week on Kauai click here: Kauai Real Estate Update June 22 to 28, 2020

Sold! Pili Mai 4J a 3/3 top floor light filled corner unit with a peek of the ocean on the lanai. What I love about this particular floor plan is the door from the master bedroom to the spacious lanai. Click on the photo for details on this unit. Hoku floor plan sold price $799,500 (FS) with AC and a 1 car garage.

Poipu Beach Real Estate- Yesterday I closed escrow on two units in Pili Mai in building 4 which is the last building!!  This project has had a big impact on real estate in Poipu and it’s now officially sold out.  The first unit I sold is 4A which is a ground floor single level 3/3 with lots of windows on the side wall which face out to a massive open area.
The second is 4J which is located on the top floor and it also has a multitude of side windows.  This unit has a single staircase going up to it and a single level floor plan, also lots of storage.
There are resale opportunities at Pili Mai that could be ideal for you as well and I’d be happy to share with you.  Call me at 808-346-0056
For a complete list of all the real estate activity in Poipu Beach Year to Date click here: Poipu Beach Current Market Analysis

Sold! Pili Mai 4A is a ground floor 3/3 condominium. What I like about this unit is its unique twist on the floor plan. The Moana floor plan is normally an interior unit but building 4’s configuration has this unit being a corner unit giving this single level extra windows that overlook a very spacious greenbelt space. This unit is yummy. Click on the photo for details. Sold for $789,500 (FS).

Kiahuna Plantation Real Estate- My Kiahuna Plantation real estate page has been updated to include the lastest real estate news.  Click here to access this information: Kiahuna Plantation Current Market Analysis.

Mayor Of Kauai Partners With VRBO/Homeaway On Rentals
Last Thursday both Kauai’s Mayor Derek Kawakami and the Expedia group signed a memorandum that will ensure only legal vacation rentals will be allowed to advertise on their site.  Expedia Group is the parent company of VRBO and Homeaway which are two companies often used for property owners to advertise on for their direct renting.

On Kauai there are about 4,000 vacation rentals that are listed and about 400 of those are not legal.
This is the first co-operative agreement between a travel company and a government entity.
Kauai has been tackling the illegal vacation rentals in various ways over the years and has made significant headway.  In 2016 the county found upwards of 1,500 illegal vacation rentals, now it’s 400.
Here is how this will work:
1)  For any Expedia owned site you will now have to fill in your Tax Map Key Number on your listing.

2)  For existing listings you’ll have 60 days to do this or your listing will be deactivated.

3)  Expedia will send monthly reports to the County of Kauai who will verify the TMK numbers are properties that are legally able to vacation rent.

For those that are caught illegally renting out a property they are subject to a $10,000 a day fine.

Judge Supports Kauai Groups COVID Lawsuit
Last week I blogged about a group that consisted of 12 people from Kauai and one from the Big Island that are being represented by The Attorneys for Freedom against Governor Ige.  The lawsuit questions the constitutional legality of Ige’s state shut down and some other related matters.
This week the Department of Justice filed a “Statement of Interest” supporting the lawsuit.  To quote the DOJ:
“Hawaii likely has transgressed the Constitution’s limits by effectively discriminating between Hawaii residents and out-of-state residents.  The Constitution does not permit the effective discrimination challenged in this case. Although Hawaii may adopt reasonable measures to protect its residents from the Covid-19 pandemic, it cannot impose measures that ‘in practical operation’ discriminate against out-of-state visitors, unless the measures are substantially related to ensuring public safety.”

On the heels of this comes the news that Ige will lift the quarantine provided everyone, including residents returning to Hawaii, pretest for COVID.

14 Day Quarantine Lifted August 1, 2020 With Pretesting
The 14 day quarantine will not apply to the Hawaii residents and travelers who have negative test results for the Cornona Virus within 72 hours of flying to Hawaii, this starts August 1.  Upon arrival at Hawaii airports there is thermal screening and temperature checks.  Those who do not want to test will be subject to the 14 day quarantine.
Kirk Caldwell, the Mayor of Honolulu stated  that the state needs “to return to welcoming visitors to our shores, we are not going to see a return to the level of employment that we had before, unless we open up to visitors.”
More details will be announced in the next couple of weeks.

Everybody, and they do mean everybody, wears a mask at the Lihue Airport.

My Interisland Travel Experience
When the interisland travel opened my husband and I booked a trip to Oahu for a couple of days and I was wondering how this was going to be.  Things have changed I knew but didn’t know what to expect.

There is a form that you need to fill out no earlier than 24 hours before you fly.  You can download the form and bring it with you or they will have the forms there.  At the airport masks are required for the entire time you are traveling.  Before we got to TSA the Army was at a table directing people to another table where they took our temperatures.  Then they looked at our forms and asked us to give them the phone numbers that we had listed, then they called the number right there.  After that we went through the normal scanning of our boarding passes and going through TSA.
Most of the little shops were shut down, Starbucks was open and no line, Lihue Airport was like a ghost town.  We flew Southwest and they were perfectly lovely to fly with, it was the first time we’ve used them here in Hawaii.  The kept the middle seat open and boarded in groups of 10.  The flight was about 3/4 of the way full.
At Honolulu that airport was a ghost town as well.  I’ve never seen it so empty with so many stores shut down.  Southwest is at the very, very, very end of the terminal so we got a good work out walking to baggage claim.  In fact when we were getting off the plane we were out on the tarmac and walked escorted through a roped off area.  It was worth it to us because the price was great and bags are free, we saved about $150.00 by flying them.
Having a blast in Honolulu!!!  Really weird being in a building that is higher than 4 floors.
There’s no place like Kauai where I always look forward to going home.

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