Kauai Real Estate, Southwest Expands To Kauai, Hawaiian Airlines Adds Vegas-Seattle-Los Angeles Routes

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Kauai Real Estate News
For a complete list of what has Sold, was Just Listed and what went Under Contract for last week on the island of Kauai click here: Kauai Real Estate Update August 12 to 18, 2019

Poipu Beach Real Estate Update- My Poipu Beach fee simple page has been updated and you can access the latest news here: Poipu Beach Current Market Analysis Year To Date

Kiahuna Plantation Real Estate- Air-Conditioning at the Kiahuna Plantation??  At the annual August Kiahuna Plantation homeowner meeting it was discussed that one owner, for health reasons, had a ductless split system installed in their bedroom.  After this one system had been installed it seemed like this could be something that would work for everyone.  They are currently working on a plan for all owners to do this and I’m super excited to see if they can make this happen.
For a complete update on this resorts real estate activity since January 1 of this year click here: Kiahuna Plantation Current Market Analysis

The Wine Shop In Koloa Is Expanding 

For those familiar with Poipu Beach you might have stopped by the Wine Shop in Koloa.  This store is a fabulous commodity for the south shore and they are expanding.  I don’t drink and so I rely on the owner Dano for advice on what to buy a client or what to bring to a party.  I’m clueless and he’s never failed to pick out something that is a big hit.

His shop is stocked with all kinds of goodies and, this might sound funny but, I’m impressed with places on Kauai that I go into and it doesn’t seem like I’m on the island!  When I walk in and think “Wow, I feel like I’m on the mainland!!!”  then I know it’s really special.
Check out the short video that I did and be sure to stop by sometime after September.

Organic Farm Sells For $15 Million
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerbergs north shore property neighbors a 45-acre Organic Farm that grows ginger, turmeric and galangal. It sold recently for $15 million, list price was $22.95 million.  Ouch! But the owners are not feeling too bad, they bought it in 2003 for $1.85 million.  The sale does not include the farm equipment which is being bought at an additional cost.
The buyers live in Los Alamitos, California and they plan to continue operations of Kauai Organic Farms.

The property has 26 farmable acres of land, a 3,600-square-foot processing and packing barn with a commercial kitchen, two 40-foot shipping containers, equipment houses, and a 4,824-square-foot three-bedroom, 3.5-bath custom home.
To see the details on this property click here: Organic Farm Sale

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The $29 one way ticket from Honolulu to Kauai promotion ends on August 22, 2019. Click on this picture for more information.

Southwest Airlines Adds Kauai Flights
$99 dollar one-way ticket from California to Hawaii.  This is how Southwest blew up social media with their news that they are adding routes to Kauai and Kona.  Those deals were gone in an instant but not before Hawaiian Airlines threw out some deals as well.

Here are details on the new Hawaii service:

  • New service between Sacramento and Honolulu starting Jan. 19, 2020.
  • New service between Oakland and San Jose to Lihue (Kauai) and Kona (The Big Island) starting either Jan. 19 or 21, 2020.
  • New interisland service starting between Honolulu and Lihue, Honolulu and Hilo, and Kona and Kahului starting Jan. 19, 2020. Those routes start at $29 one way.

Southwests Hawaii routes have been so popular, and profitable, that even the grounding of the 737 Max could not stop their expansion plans.  Instead they pulled back on their Newark Liberty International Airport routes.

Kauai has not been a beneficiary to Southwest being in our market because they didn’t have connecting flights.  That meant people could fly Southwest to Honolulu or Maui but needed to get their luggage and check in with Hawaiian to get here.  That’s time consuming and probably not economical, but that’s all changed.
With these additions, Southwest will now operate 34 interisland departures a day. The increase will be sure to have an effect on ticket prices, as with just a couple of routes the interisland market saw a 16% drop in prices year-over-year.

Hawaiian Offers New Routes To Las Vegas, Seattle and Los Angeles
On the heals of the Southwest news Hawaiian Airlines announced they will be adding 3 new routes:
Maui and Las Vegas (December 15)
Honolulu to Seattle (January 7)
Maui and Los Angeles (sometime between December 14 & January 5)

To kick off this news Hawaiian offered a $199 one way Maui to Vegas ticket for two days and it sold out immediately.

Kauai Council Approves Guest House Bill
This is big news that addresses the lack of affordable rentals that we have on island which is almost at a crises level. Any long term rental that is decent that could be rented out for $2,500 and under a month gets snapped up quickly.

The County has taken some measures to help ease this crisis.  Last week they approved Bill No. 2754 which allows kitchens in guest houses.  A guest house can be no more than 500 square feet can’t contain kitchen amenities, such as stoves, refrigerators or sinks.
The County recognizes that most of the current guest houses on the island already have illegal kitchens.  Having listed properties, and gone on hundreds of Realtor caravans over the years, I can attest that this is very true.  This bill will help the owners and the county from addressing this infraction.

Another amendment that could greatly help residents is a bill being discussed that would allow the definition of a guest house to be redefined as being connected to the main house. Right now it’s defined as being detached from the main house.

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