Kauai Real Estate, Sold 2 Lots Poipu Aina Estate, Kauai Opens Up For Tourism

Kauai Real Estate SOLD and NEW listings Island Wide! Add comments

Kauai Real Estate Update- For the latest update on all the real estate activity island wide for Kauai click here:  Kauai Real Estate Activity October 12 to 18, 2020

Poipu Beach Real Estate Update- Last week we closed escrow on Poipu Aina Lots 5A and 6B, these lots are side by side and between the two of them there’s over 5 acres of land.  Lot 6B has guest house rights and it sold for $750,000 lot 5A has no guest house rights and it sold for $650,000.  This was a cash sale with a two-week close.  Currently there are 3 lots under contract and one that’s left.  Lot 7A which is over 2.5 acres priced at $800,000.
For a complete list of all the real estate activity in Poipu since January 1, click here:  Poipu Beach Current Market Analysis

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Kiahuna Plantation Open For Business. Photo is of the main entrance which is now open.

Kiahuna Plantation Real Estate Update- The main entrance is open at the Kiahuna and it’s exciting to see guests returning!!  For the latest news on Kiahuna Plantation real estate click here:  Kiahuna Plantation Current Market Analysis

Day 1 Of No Quarantine Over 10,000 Arrivals On Hawaii
The figure we heard was 7,000 expected to arrive on October 15, the day a quarantine exemption is given with a negative test 72 hours before arriving to Hawaii.  That number quickly ballooned into 10,102 and it broke down to 6,918 visitors and 3,184 residents. That’s a 68% visitors to 32% residents split.

8,496 (84%) of the 10,102 arriving passengers cleared the quarantine. About 16% or some 1,606 of Oct. 15’s arriving passengers went into quarantine.  Of those over 10,000 arrivals 1,300 were Kauai bound and 1,000 bypassed quarantine and 300 did not.

Kauai and Maui are allowing interisland traveler to bypass the quarantine if you pretest 72 hours before flying here from a neighbor island.  What makes no sense is right now Hawaii island still requires interisland travelers to quarantine.  If you fly to Hawaii island from the mainland with a negative test they are doing a second test at the airport, if you pass that test then you bypass quarantine.  But if you fly from Kauai/Maui/Oahu to Hawaii Island you have to quarantine for 14 days.  I don’t get it but that’s the way that is, for now.

Grand Hyatt In Poipu Opening
November 1 is the day the Grand Hyatt is opening here in Poipu and they are advertising a pretty good Kama’aina special: $259 a night, no resort fee and a $50 food and beverage credit with every two night stay.  A normal rate for them is about $459.00 a night plus the resort fee, I’m a little tempted here!

Japan Pre-Travel Testing In The Works
The Japanese tourism market is not a factor for us here on Kauai, however we’re indirectly impacted as it’s a huge market for Oahu and Maui.  Good news is this market looks to be possibly opening up soon.
Last week Hawaii’s Department of Health announced that it has approved the Covid-19 nucleic acid amplification test authorized by Japan’s Ministry of Health as an accepted testing procedure for the pre-travel testing program.  No launch date has been announced and our DOH is working with establishing trusted testing partners in Japan.
The Japanese tourism market has been just about decimated during the pandemic.  According to August data by Hawaii Tourism Authority, just 220 visitors from Japan arrived in the Islands, down from more than 160,700 in August of 2019.

Kauai Opens Up For Tourism With 4 Tier System <img src=”image.gif” alt="kauaicovid“/>
Kauai’s Mayor Derek Kawakami proposed “Mayor’s Emergency Rule 20” was approved by Gov. David Ige, which will include interisland travelers in the state’s Safe Travels program, additionally the Governor approved “Mayors Emergency Rule 19” which is a 4 Tier system of our islands protocol for remaining open.

Here is how this breaks down:  This tier system solidifies the process that Kauai will remain open for tourism and interisland travel and if a shutdown happens again the steps that are taken before that happens.  This system is much like the one that was being used on Oahu for the last couple of months.

  • Tier 1 is the most restrictive tier. It goes into effect if there is a one-week average of eight or more daily COVID-19 cases. No pre-testing quarantine exemptions will be allowed.
  • Tier 2 assumes that the seven-day average of daily COVID-19 cases is between five to eight cases. Moving into this tier would trigger the process to opt out of the state’s pre-travel testing program and continue a 14-day mandatory quarantine for incoming travelers.
  • Tier 3 assumes a weekly average of two to four daily COVID-19 cases. At this level, transpacific travelers will be able to pre-test out of quarantine, per the state’s travel plan. Restrictions such as further limiting the size of gatherings and receptions would be put in place.
  • Tier 4 is the least restrictive, and is the current level on Kaua‘i: an average of less than two daily active cases. It allows nearly all businesses and activities to operate with minimal restrictions. It utilizes the state’s 72-hour pre-arrival test program to allow transpacific travelers a quarantine exemption.

For more information on Kaua‘i’s Emergency Rules click on this link: www.kauai.gov/COVID-19.

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