Kauai Real Estate Update, FHB In Lihue Robbed, Kauai Back Country Adventure

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

Kauai Real Estate
For a complete list of what sold, what went into escrow and the new listings island wide for last week click here; Kauai Real Estate Market Activity May 1 to May 7, 2017

Listed at $1,644,000 this 3 bedroom 2 and 3/4 bath home has gorgeous views and an exceptional floor plan. Click on the picture for a video tour and call me to schedule a showing; Lynda Gill (RS) 808-346-0056

Poipu Beach Real Estate; My Sellers did a price reduction on their home located in the Kiahuna Golf Village, this home is perfectly situated on the 17th fairway and you have an open invitation to come check out the sunset views. Easy to show, for now enjoy the video tour. For a Current Market Analysis of the Poipu Beach real estate market click here; Poipu Beach Year To Date market activity.

SOLD! A listing of mine, unit #311 at the Kiahuna Plantation, sold for $50,000. This lovely unit is located in building 38 and had been very nicely updated, lots of extras including direct owner bookings that were passed along to the new owner. This brings the number of sales at this resort up to 19 year to date. I also brought in the buyer for unit #425 and it’s in escrow. For a complete update click here; Kiahuna Plantation Year To Date real estate activity

First Hawaiian Bank In Lihue Robbed
Last Thursday the First Hawaiian Bank on Rice Street in Lihue was robbed. The robbery occurred at approximately 10 a.m. According to police, the man walked into the bank, passed a note to the teller stating that he had a gun and demanded money. He then fled on foot in an unknown direction.
I know of a lady that was in the bank at the time of the robbery and she had no idea anything was happening until after the robber left.  The man suspected of the robbery was apprehended on Friday evening at a residence in Niulamlu.

GET Increase For Rail Deferred
The Hawaii Legislature adjourned Thursday after passing 233 bills. However lawmakers deferred action on Senate Bill 1183, which would have raised the hotel room tax to fund Honolulu’s rail project, until the next session. Bills sent to Gov. David Ige include funding for affordable housing, measures to reduce taxes for low-income families, funding for college tuition for qualifying students, $2.9 billion for critical capital improvement projects in every county across the state and House Bill 1179 which will provide incentives to rental housing developers by expanding the types of projects that can be exempt from general excise taxes.

Oahu, Maui and Big Island Real Estate YTD Statistics

On Oahu sales of condos rose 5.7% last month to 486 units sold, from 460 units sold in April 2016, and the median price rose 6.7% from $389,500 in April 2016.
The median price of a single-family home on Oahu last month was $712,500, a 1% decline from $720,000. Sales of single-family homes declined by 7% to 280 homes sold, from 301 homes sold in April 2016.

In April, the median price of Maui single-family homes were $671,000, a 0.9% increase from last year’s $665,000. This is based on 97 sales, three fewer than last April.  For condominiums, the median price was $490,563, a 10.4% jump from last year’s $444,500. Sales decreased 7.9% to 116, from 126 last year.
Year-to-date sales for single-family homes are down 4% to 329, while the median price increased 11% to $685,000 from last year. Meanwhile, condominium sales increased 10% to 458 so far in 2017, with the median price increasing 9% to $480,625.

On the Big Island there were 209 single-family homes sold in April, an increase of 6.6% from 196 homes sold during the same month last year. The median price of a Big Island single-family home last month was $349,900, a 4.1% from $365,000 in April 2016.

The number of condos sold in April dropped 16.9% to 69 units sold, compared to 83 units sold in the same month in 2016. The median condo price on the Big Island in April was $315,000, which was 8.4% less than the median price in April 2016, which was $345,500.

Kauai Backcountry Tubing Adventure On Kauai Review

Last week my husband and I joined some clients of mine for a tubing adventure. We had the best time and I felt like a kid the entire time. I had heard from others how fun this was for years and was really looking forward to this, I was not disappointed!

We met at Kauai Backcountry Adventures facility in Lihue and from there it was a half hour ride to a former Lihue Sugar Plantation that is over 17,000 acres. The water tunnels were hand dug in 1870 and you could still see the ax marks in the tunnels. The plantation stopped production of sugar in 2000 and in 2003 they started using the water ways for the tubing adventure.

Once at the start of the water trail we were provided inner tubes, gloves, footgear and helmets with lights on them. Good thing too because some of the tunnels were dark. The flumes run through some of the most gorgeous land and we ended at a park that had a swimming hole and the company provided lunch. The tubing lasted around 30 plus minutes and at some points we went a little fast but it was never scary, or in my opinion, dangerous. Our guides were professional, personable and made sure that we all were taken care of and had FUN!

This eco-touring adventure recommends that participants are at least 5 years and older and are in generally good physical condition. I’d say if you have back problems this would not be a good tour. We had a blast and I will absolutely go again. We booked this 1 month in advance and other people on the tour pretty much did the same thing so be sure to plan ahead. I wore board shorts and a long sleeved swim shirt and let me say that was absolutely the way to go.  To get more information go to;  Kauai Back Country Adventure

Here are some photos of our adventure;

 

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