Kauai Real Estate Update, Koloa Plantation Days, North Shore Vacation Rentals

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

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I just SOLD Regency Huleia #131. A 2 bedroom 2.5 bath air-conditioned townhome in Puhi with a one car garage. $485,000 (FS). Click on the photo for a video tour.

Kauai Real Estate Update 
Last week I sold Regency Huleia #131 which is a 2 bedroom 2.5 bath townhome with air-conditioning and a one car garage located in Puhi (Lihue).  Regency Huleia is a wonderful complex and if you’re interested in learning more give me a call. For the New Listings, Sold Properties and those that went into Escrow island wide for last week on Kauai click here: Kauai Real Estate Update July 9 to July 15.

Poipu Beach Real Estate- Last week I attended a exclusive event for a soon to be released property located high on the hills of Kukui’ula.  You literally can see all of Poipu Beach from Mount Haupu to Spouting Horn just beyond the infinity edged pool.  Located on 36,416 sq ft of land with 4,547 sq ft of living area, 3 bedrooms 4.5 bath two story home.  $11.5 million.  For all of the Poipu Beach activity since January 1 of this year click here: Poipu Beach Real Estate Current Market Analysis

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Located at the very tip top of Kukui’ula this 3 Bedroom 4.5 Bath estate is set on 36,416 sq ft of beautifully landscaped grounds. The home has 4,547 sq ft of living area. Listing price: $11.5 Million.

Kiahuna Plantation Real Estate- To access all of the real estate activity since January 1 of this year at the Kiahuna Plantation click here: Kiahuna Plantation Real Estate Current Market Analysis

Kauai’s Mayor Considering Lifting Vacation Rental Ban
Kauai’s mayor is considering lifting a ban on legal transient vacation rentals on the flood-ravaged north shore if owners agree to house some of the families displaced by severe flooding and landslides.
Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. said Friday the county would use $100,000 in emergency relief funds to pay for the temporary housing and would ask for discounted rates.  “I think it would be a win-win,” he said. “We can get some of our north shore residents out of their tents and cars and we can help the legal transient vacation unit owners get back to business.”
Carvalho issued an executive order in May prohibiting vacation rentals from operating in Lumahai, Wainiha and Haena so the county could concentrate on helping residents affected by the disaster. The order was expected to stand until at least October.  The proposed arrangement might also help owners who don’t qualify for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency because their property is a second home, Carvalho said
The county doesn’t have an official count of how many transient vacation rentals are in the Lumahai, Wainiha and Haena region or how many are second homes or investment properties.

Kauai Coffee Company Experimenting With Drones
Did you know….Kauai Coffee Estate is the largest coffee plantation in the United States?  Right here on our little island we have that distinction!
They are experimenting with new technology that will allow them to use drones to monitor their crops. They are calling this the “Internet of the Farm”
The idea is monitoring the farm as one organism, using drone technology, optical sorting, and their award-winning Harvest Vision technology, which tells farmers the efficiency of harvesters.
Using an “Al chip” that can learn to recognize the colors of beans it will help the company to make the picking of the beans more efficient.  At this point they are taking hundreds of thousands of photographs of trays of beans and the machine will learn by studying photographs.  The goal is the machine will learn through trial and error, using feedback from operators to fine-tune itself.

Other technology that are in the works are:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration and University of Hawaii sponsored intern is flying drones this summer to come up with machine learning code.  That eye in the sky helps determine coffee canopy health.

Moisture sensor technology; which fields need water and which ditch contains it.

Optical sorters for grading standards; this has been so successful that they are getting a second one. By running two machines in sequence, they can send all the good beans one way and then run the other ones through again with finer settings.

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Koloa Plantation Days start July 20 to July 29. Click on this photo for complete details.

Koloa Plantation Days Starts 
Every year in July on the South Shore “Koloa Plantation Days” celebrates its heritage with a multiple events and ends with a parade that runs through Old Koloa Town.
Nowadays the South Shore area to those that live here is divided into two areas: Koloa Town and Poipu Beach. However both are one in the same and are rich with history from the sugar era.  The first sugar plantation was founded here on the south shore in 1835 and brought immigrants from the Philippines, Europe, the Azores, Japan, Korea and China.
This year the events start on July 20 and end July 29.  Most of the events are free and all are fun and educational.  My favorite event was the “Old Koloa Mill” tour where we took a bus through the Wilcox Tunnel that goes right through a mountain and ends in Lihue!  A part of the filming of Jurassic Park took place here.  This tour fills up FAST so if you are interested sign up early.

Here is a link for all the events: Koloa Plantation Days Events

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