Kauai Real Estate Update- For a complete list of all the real estate on Kauai for last week including what was Just Listed, what Sold and what went under contract click here: Kauai Real Estate Activity July 12 to 18, 2021
Poipu Beach Real Estate Update- I represented the Buyers on their successful purchase of Kuhio Shores unit #205 for $765,000 (FS). This unit never hit the market and sold for full price. What I love about unit #205 at Kuhio Shores is the gorgeous ocean views, the kitchen renovation and this unit has AC in both the Bedroom and Living Room. Kuhio Shores has the lowest association dues for any oceanfront condo complex in Poipu and the location is great, right next to the Beach House and Lawai Beach which is a great for snorkeling, you can even walk to Kukui’ula Shopping Village.
For a complete update on all the Fee Simple activity in Poipu Beach since January 1 click here: Poipu Beach Current Market Analysis
Kiahuna Plantation Real Estate Update- Yesterday I Sold unit #96 which is located on the top floor of building 16, nice horizon ocean views. I represented both the Buyer and the Seller, closing price was $96,000 (LH).
I also just listed unit #52 which has an interesting history. This unit was previously owned by a renowned high end Tahoe homebuilder, this was his vacation condo before he moved to Kauai and he did a gorgeous job on the remodel. I love the clean look of the Blue and White color palate, the crown molding and the Wainstcoating throughout the unit. Lots of thoughtful upgrades. This unit is located in building 10 and checks a lot of boxes.
For a complete update on all the Kiahuna Plantation activity click here: Kiahuna Plantation Current Market Analysis.
Transair Cargo Planes Grounded
The FAA has grounded all Transair Cargo flights. On July 2nd one of their planes crashed shortly after take-off from Oahu heading to Maui with two pilots on board. They were both recovered by the Coast Guard and are in stable condition. The plane was 46 years old and the pilots reported engine failure, the official cause of the crash is still under investigation.
It’s been reported that the FAA had been investing the company and two weeks before the crash they had told the company they were planning on revoking their authority to do maintenance inspections.
On Transair website it’s noted that “The all-cargo B-737 aircraft are operated by Rhoades Aviation,Inc. d/b/a Transair, and the all-cargo SD3-60-300 are operated by Trans Executive Airlines of Hawaii, Inc. d/b/a Transair Express.”
Kauai Visitors Caught Harassing Monk Seal
Two visitors were recently caught on social media harassing a Monk Seal on Kauai. The backlash the couple received was overwhelming and they have since taken their social media accounts offline after getting death threats. The video shows the woman touching a Monk Seal, the seal snapping at her and she runs away. The video was viewed almost 47,000 times before the account was shut down. The couple said later they had never seen a Monk Seal before and had no idea about the law but that they acknowledge that was no excuse. They were fined by the NOAA for an undisclosed amount and the investigation on this is still continuing.
This is not the first time that social media postings have provided authorities with exactly what they need to prosecute violators. It is a Class C felony to touch or harass a Hawaiian Monk Seal, punishment can be up to 5 years in jail and up to a $50,000 fine.
With tourists coming back the need to educate them on the protection laws for endangered animals is on the immediate radar screen. There is a new app “DLNRTip” which allows people to upload photos to the DLNR or you can call the hotline 888-256-9040. So far they have received 31 tips in the last 2 weeks. Public service videos are also in the works to educate the public better on how to treat the wildlife as well as social media postings.
Shuttle To Haena State Park Reduces Visitor Impact
Haena State Park was shut down after the flooding in 2019. When it reopened visitors needed to register to go and a shuttle service was provided however problems began to develop.
With tourists now able to come back two nonprofit organizations have taken over from the County the shuttle service and have worked out a solution for both visitors and locals.
Hui Makaainanan o Makana and The Hanalei Initiative were granted a one-year revocable permit to manage the park services which includes the shuttle service.
The shuttle is operated by Polynesia Adventure and costs $35 per passenger. The executive director for The Hanalei Initiative stated: “So every half an hour, 25 people get into the park. It’s really a nice way to kind of layer the impacts rather than 900 people showing up right at 9 in the morning. Residents just stopped going there … and then visitors were going there and having a horrible time. It just wasn’t conducive for a thriving visitor industry. Now it’s all under one website, so the user experience is much better — it’s going to be a lot clearer.”
To find out more go to: https://www.hanaleiinitiative.org/the-shuttle