Kauai Real Estate, Southwest Airlines Coming To Hawaii, Fire In Waimea

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

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In Escrow! My listing at Nihi Kai #603 is a 2 bedroom 2 bath condominium located within walking distance to the beach. Listing Price $548,000 (FS) Click on the picture for a video tour.

Kauai Real Estate
The most expensive property currently listed in the state is located on Kauai’s North Shore. “Hale Ae Kai” is a 10,000 sf compound on 15 acres of land in Kilauea. Needless to say it’s loaded from soup to nuts and can be further expanded upon. The property includes a working farm and a caretakers home. This home is currently a vacation rental with a price of $10,000 per night.  The price of this home; $70,000 Million.
For a complete list of what sold, went into escrow and the new listings island wide click here; Kauai Real Estate Update May 15 to 21, 2017

Poipu Beach Real Estate Update; a listing of mine at the Nihi Kai, a 2 bedroom 2 bath corner unit, went into escrow this last week! This unit’s location is unique in the respect that being a corner unit it has an extra 200 square feet and this particular floor plan offered the possibility of adding a half bath to the top floor. For all the latest news click here; Poipu Beach Current Market Analysis

Kiahuna Plantation activity remains strong; I just brought in a buyer for unit #425 and our office also listed, and brought in the buyer, for unit #26 which is just steps away from the beach. #26 was listed, and sold for $475,000 (LH). I did a price reduction on unit #95, one of the few 2 bedrooms that are listed in this resort. For more information go to my Kiahuna Plantation page; Kiahuna Plantation Current Market Analysis.

Fire in Waimea
State and county fire fighting crews battled a brush fire that was burning at the western edge of Waimea Canyon last Tuesday. The fire is one of three that scorched over 60 acres of brush, no homes or structures were threatened.
The fire started around 3 p.m. Monday near the first water tank along Waimea Canyon Drive, gusty and erratic winds were a challenge for firefighters. Fortunately the wind has been blowing away from Kekaha and Waimea towns. The cause of these fires is not yet known but initial county reports suggests the fire may have been ignited by sparks from a pickup truck operated by a Gay & Robinson employee.

Man Tries To Enter Cockpit On Flight From Los Angeles to Honolulu
Two military fighter jets from Peal Harbor escorted an American Airlines flight 31 from LA to Honolulu last week after a man tried to gain access to the cockpit. He was subdued by flight attendants and an off duty LA Police Officer, they got him back in his seat and duck taped him in his chair for the rest of the flight.
According to the complaint over the course of the flight, a male passendge got up to use the restroom, but did not lock the door to the lavatory. He became agitated, yelled and pounded on the walls when a fellow passenger entered the lavatory, federal prosecutors said. After this incident, the pilot locked down the flight deck.
After going back to his seat he again got up, wrapped a blanket around his head and took his laptop to the front area of the plane. The flight attendants blocked him with the beverage cart and, with some help from fellow passengers, got him back to his seat. The man, later identified as Anil Uskanil, 25 of Turkey, was duct-taped to his seat until the plane landed and federal agents came aboard to arrest him.

Southwest Airlines Update For Hawaii
Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said last week that flights to Hawaii are a high priority for the airline. The watch for Southwest to make their move on adding routes to Hawaii have been watched closely both on the mainland and here on Hawaii.  “We’re deciding what our plans are for 2018 and Hawaii is important to us,” Kelly said. When asked if Hawaii flights could begin as early as 2018, Kelly said “I doubt it, we have not decided exactly what we want to do for 2018 yet. We still have a lot of work to do and we don’t have a committed work plan yet on Hawaii … but it’s pretty high on the priority list.”

Southwest needs to get Federal Aviation Administration certification for flights over the Pacific, flight crew training and technology support and they need the planes.  They plan to use the new Boeing 737 MAX and their first MAX will begin flying for the airline this October, they expect to have 14 planes by the end of the year. Hawaii flights would first be from the West Coast with Phoenix and Las Vegas as possible seconds to get a route to Hawaii.

Group Occupying Coco Palms Will Continue To Stay On Property
I had blogged about a group of squatters claiming ownership of the Coco Palms being removed from the property a while back.  A motion that would have ordered two of the leaders that claim 17 acres of the Wailua land as theirs via royal patent — to stay away from property was denied by a Fifth Circuit judge Wednesday.  Judge Michael Soong denied the motion, citing the “ex parte motion” to remove the defendants from Coco Palms property circumvents a civil process that would prove clear ownership of the property.

The key words here are “Ex Parte”. An ex parte motion accompanied by a proposed order transmitted to an assigned judge. Upon the judge’s action on the motion, it’s transmitted to the Legal Documents Branch/Section for filing, as well as for the designation of a hearing/return date and time pursuant to subsection.

“I’m not making a determination that anybody is the owner of the property,” Judge Soong said. “What I’m telling the parties is there’s not enough information at this point to make that determination.”  The state ex parte motion against Noa Mau-Espirito and Charles Hepa which claim the defendants have been trespassing since March 17 would be a violation.

“In order for that to happen, title over the property would have to be confirmed. This court is a limited court to decide title issue in Hawaii,” he said. “In order for that to be legal, we need to clear the title issue. The title of issue would have to be confirmed first before they can ex parte me from the property.”

Judge Soong said the proper course of action would be for the complainants to file a civil ejectment action, where the parties are served and noticed and the case is decided on merits, an ex parte motion would circumvent a civil process.  About 70 pages of paperwork were filed and the court wants to give the state an opportunity to file a response.

 

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