Kauai Real Estate Update, Safe Access Oahu Program, Governor Says No Shut Down For State, Hanalei Road To Start Reopening

  • Lynda Gill
  • 08/31/21

Kauai Real Estate Update-  For a complete list of all the real estate activity for last week on the island of Kauai click here:  Kauai Real Estate Update August 23 to 29, 2021

Poipu Beach Real Estate Update- It has seemed quieter for real estate and for the number of tourists on our island for the last couple of weeks.  This is usually the case for the later part of August and this is the first time I’ve seen anything resembling a normal trend since March of 2020.  A part of the slow down I know is due to the lack of inventory; there are only 4 fee simple condos currently listed in Poipu under $1 million.  For homes there is a total of 19 active listings in Poipu with prices starting at $1,659,000.  For a complete market update click here:  Poipu Beach Current Market Analysis

Kiahuna Plantation Real Estate Update-  For the latest news on the Kiahuna Plantation Real Estate click here:  Kiahuna Plantation Current Market Analysis

Safe Access Oahu Program
This is one to watch.  I had heard earlier that all four Mayors of each island were considering this but Oahu is the only one that has come forward to announce that they are putting this plan into motion.  I have not heard if Kauai is going to do this or not, stay tuned.  Here is what was announced yesterday at 1 p.m. HST by the Mayor of Oahu:

Starting September 13, 2021 all employees, contractors, and volunteers of businesses, such as restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters, museums, arcades and other similar establishments, to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test result each week in order to operate.  In addition, customers must show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within the previous 48 hours in order to enter the establishment. Children under 12 years old are exempt.
This program will in effect for 60 days starting September 13 and then will be reevaluated.  The Mayor of Oahu stressed he does not want another shut down.  Additionally they will stop serving alcohol at 10 p.m. and this idea came from the hospitals on Oahu to help with the alcohol related admissions which seem to spike after 10 p.m., this should help take the stress off their already stretched resources.
To read more go to this website:  Safe Access O’ahu Program

In Related News:  Governor Ige Says “No Shutdown”  Last week our Governor asked people to avoid traveling to Hawaii if they can due to our rising Covid cases.  This resulted in rumors that we are heading for another shut down which the Governor denied via his Twitter account.  Our state currently is at 63.1% vaccinated, Kauai is at 62% completed vaccinations.

Two Of Kauai’s Golf Courses Make Top 100 “Most Affordable” In Nation
Golf Magazine recently published their “Top 100 Value Courses in the U.S.” and Kauai was the only island in Hawaii that made the list, with two golf courses! 
Wailua Golf Course in Wailua was #78 and Puakea, which is in Lihue, was #81.  The criteria is:  quality course, playable and under $150.
The municipal Wailua course, designed by Toyo Shirai on the Coconut Coast, is $15 on weekdays and $20 on weekends for residents, and for non-residents is $48-60.  I have played this course many time and the locals say that it’s the longest course on the island.  It is very, very challenging and beautiful.
Puakea, designed by Robin Nelson and set on a former sugar cane plantation in Lihue, is known for its rugged mountain scenery. It ranges from $64 to $119 for visitors.  It is still closed but public play but is suppose to open back up around the middle of November.  Years ago they had a special and four of us walked the course, I had never been so exhausted in my life.  Some of the holes are very far apart so I’d never do that again.  Great course and challenging.

Living Foods To Open Back Up
On September 16th Living Foods, which is located in the Kukuiula Shopping Village in Poipu Beach, will open back up.  Living Foods is carries organic and local fresh produce plus a variety of other health conscience grocery choices.  They also have a restaurant that was open for lunch and dinner and that will be opening back up as well. 
Great news for the South Shore to have another dining and shopping option available!

Kauai Fastest Growing Island In the State, However Numbers Lower Than Expected
The U.S. Census Bureau data showed that Kauai is the fastest growing county in the State of Hawaii.  Our island has grown 9.2% in population however this is 1,500 less than projected.  Also of note is that the number of people per household has increased, this is believed to be due to the shortage of housing.  Here are the bullet points:

  • In 2020 Kauai had 73,298 residents
    The 2018 population projection was 74,693
    In 2010 Kauai had 67,091 residents
    In 2000 Kauai had 58,463 residents
    It’s estimated that in 2035 Kauai will have 88,000 residents
    Population projection is 1% growth per year from 2015 to 2035

Road To Hanalei Modified Opening Schedule 
Since last March the Road to Hanalei has been a bit challenging as County workers have worked to clear away the debris from the hillside that collapsed.  At the same time they have put in over 500 sail nails into the hillside to improve the stability.  There will also be drainage improvements and more slope stabilization starting in January, 2022.
Starting September 4th travel will become easier with this new schedule:

Two lanes open:  Monday through Saturday until 6:59 a.m.
Single lane alternating traffic between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Sunday and State Holidays two lanes open all day
Completion of the project end of Sept. early October.

Here is the website to get updated information: Hanalei Hill Landslide Project: hidot.hawaii.gov/2021-hanalei-hill-landslide/

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