Kauai Real Estate, Poipu Beach Real Estate, Lappert’s Ice Cream Home

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Kauai Real Estate Update
For a complete update on everything that sold, went into escrow and the new listings island wide for last week click here;   Kauai Real Estate Update August 21 to 28, 2017

Last Thursday we had our Poipu Beach Brokers Caravan and lunch was served at an oceanfront home that once belonged to Walter Lappert of Lapperts Ice Cream. Full story is at the end of the blog on this. My Poipu Beach Real Estate page has been updated, to access all of the fee simple real estate activity since January 1 of this year click here; Poipu Beach Real Estate Current Market Analysis.

The Kiahuna Plantation unit that had been foreclosed on got an offer but came back on the market. To get a complete update on the Kiahuna Plantation click here; Kiahuna Plantation Real Estate Current Market Analysis.

Flights From Mainland To Kauai To Increase 42% In 2018
With the recent new flights announcements by various airlines it’s projected that Lihue Airport will be getting an increase in flights by a little over 42% for the first seven months of 2018 compared to 2017.    Statewide, Year To Date, average visitor spending per day equated to $46.2 million in 2017, with $5.3 million per day spending on Kauai.The Kauai chapter of the Hawaii Visitors Bureau said the increase in visitors and visitor spending so far in 2017 was the highest since 2007, before the economy crashed in 2008.

Here is a list of the new flights;
Delta Airlines is adding one daily flight from Seattle to Lihue starting in December.
American Airlines one daily to Lihue from December from March.
United Airlines is also increasing service from Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco to Lihue.
Hawaiian Airlines daily route between Oakland-Kauai in April, direct flights between Los Angeles and Lihue will resume year-round.  Hawaiian Airlines stated that there is a push for more flights from the Mainland to Kauai.

Kauai’s Trash Becomes Belgium Art Exhibit
It will be a Cinderella story for a bunch of plastic that was washed up on our Kauai Beach’s, once collected it will turn into a magnificent whale sculpture for a special art exhibit in Belgium.

This “eco-friendly” art exhibit is being done with the co-operation of several groups that all want to remind everyone the impact that human trash has on the environment.

Kauai’s chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is filling up a 20 foot container, supplied by Young Brothers, with plastic found on the North and South Shore beaches. Once filled it will ship off to the East Coast where artists Jason Klimoski and his partner Lesley Chang will be using it to make a 30 foot high whale. The artists hope to have their materials by September and the sculpture will ship to Belgium in 7 months. The Belgium celebration is centered on the theme of a “liquid city” and the best way to represent that is to use the plastic that’s created in our cities and ends up in our ocean and create something new. The anticipated completion is forecasted to be in April or May 2018.

Hawaii’s Unemployment Rate Drops
Hawaii’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 2.7% in July, from 3% during the same month a year ago. Hawaii’s economy continues to maintain a low 2.8% average unemployment rate for the first seven months of this year compared to 3.0 percent in 2016.
National the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in July was 4.3%, compared to 4.4% in June.

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This is the view from the corner of the lanai right off the living room. Fabulous Poipu Beach Coastline.

The Lappert House For Sale At $3,499,000   
If you come to the south shore of Kauai often you’ll undoubtedly be familiar with Lappert’s Ice Cream. Walter Lappert, the man behind the name, is a very interesting character and his last home was as well. I got to see this home last Thursday on our Brokers Caravan. When I first started in real estate the company I worked for had the home as a listing and my being brand new to the business I did one open house after another there. The home was in desperate need of a remodel, I remember the wallpaper in the bathroom which was of different hunting dogs. I’m not kidding here. Access to the lower floor was by way of a spiral staircase that had been there since the home was built in 1963. This 2 bedroom 3 bath 2,538 square foot home has Poipu coastal views that go on for days as well as it’s own pool. The “home” is technically a condominium. It’s a part of the Makahuena Resort but it’s a free standing home. The Makahuena Resort was built around the home and you can access the details on this listing by clicking on any of the photographs or by clicking here; Lappert’s Home For Sale In Poipu Beach

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Unassuming and low key! This home is at the end of building 2 at the Makahuena Resort and many people do not even know that this house is there. From the outside it doesn’t look like anything at all, once you are inside??? It’s amazing.

A lot has changed since my marathon open house days of 2004, the home has been completely remodeled and is now a showstopper of a property. No more hunting dog wallpaper, spiral staircases and outdated everything. It was surreal to sit in the remodeled kitchen that I knew so well and reflect on what the property was like in 2004.

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This home has it’s own fenced off pool as well with stunning Poipu Coastline views. This photo was taken off of the wrap around lanai and the pool is accessed by walking through the game room and “tiki bar” area.

Walter Lappert first lived at the Kiahuna Plantation while he was building his ice cream empire. He had a one bedroom unit by the Moir Cactus Garden in either building 38 or 39. Then he bought the Makahuena home in April of 2000 but only lived for another 3 years. He passed away in September 2003 and was only 61 years old.

Walter Lappert was originally from Austria and was in the French army during WWII. I’ve talked with several locals here that knew Walter and they all say that he was a very different kind of character. He had several successful businesses before starting his ice cream business in Hanapepe, Kauai in 1983. The recipes he used were from his own European family collection.

Lappert’s now has 3 ice cream shops in Kauai; Hapapepe (the original location!), Poipu and Princeville. In Waikiki they have a spot by the Hilton Hawaiian Village and in Maui there is one at the Shops at Wailea.




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