Kauai Real Estate Update, Hanapepe Art Nights Are Back, Poipu Sands Video Walk Through

  • Lynda Gill
  • 06/21/22

Kauai Real Estate Update- For a complete list of what Sold, was Just Listed and what went into Escrow last week on the island of Kauai click here:  Kauai Real Estate Update June 13 to 19, 2022

Poipu Beach Real Estate Update-  I did a little walk through my newest listing at the Poipu Sands #411 and went over some of the highlights in this video.  If you would like to see the listing details click here:  Poipu Sands 411  This is a successful vacation rental and I’m happy to provide that information upon request.
For a complete list of the fee simple real estate activity in Poipu since the beginning of the year click here:  Poipu Beach Current Market Analysis
For the leasehold Kiahuna Plantation activity here is a link:  Kiahuna Plantation Current Market Analysis

Kauai Police Find Explosives In Lihue Home
The Kauai Police Department had been conducting investigations which resulted in a search of a home in Hanamalu last week.  Their investigations resulted with KPD, along with the Honolulu Federal Bureau Investigation Team, Bureau of Alcohol/Firearms & Explosives and the Hawaii Interisland Bomb Squad to do a search of a home of a 39 year old man in Hanamalu, .  They found 5 homemade M80 style fireworks, a pipe bomb, materials used to manufacture explosives and crystal meth.
A 39 year old man was arrested and charged with possession of explosives and drugs.  Why the man did this is not clear at the time of the arrest.  Details on how the police knew what he was doing were not made public either.  

Decision To Allow Koloa Mill To Be A Truss Factory Approved
The Koloa Sugar Mill was the first sugar plantation in the state of Hawaii and was in operation for 161 years until it closed in 1996.  Since then, the Sugar Mill has been used for events, tours and has been in several films/tv shows.  Located on the bypass road in Poipu Beach it’s pretty much been a picturesque representation of a long lost era.
However that will be changing.  The Hawai’I Planning Mill is going to use the site to construct wooden trusses and wall panels for housing.  They will be using a large tent near the Sugar Mill.  After a public hearing last week, despite the overwhelming opposition from surrounding communities and unions, the Planning Commission approved Hawai’I Planning Mill’s permits.  The permits do come with some requirements such as:  limiting the number of trucks, keeping the trucks confined to a certain area, noise level must be under 70 decibels, the tent must be earth tone in color, locals are prioritized for hiring.  They also much supply a status report within 18 months after they start their operation.  

Poipu Beach Condominium Project Gets Another Potential Lawsuit
Kauanoe O Koloa, the proposed condominium project that is just north of Pili Mai in Poipu, is back in the news with another potential lawsuit. 
Previously, Friends of Mahaulepu and Save Koloa had joined forces and filed a lawsuit against the County of Kauai and the Developer to cease and desist the grading that is happening at the site.  The Developer does not have their building permits but they were granted site preparation permits which includes blasting.  This case has not been heard yet.
Last week the two groups had a representative from a Sacramento environmental law firm sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service an “intent to sue” letter if they fail to take immediate steps to stop the site preparation.  The two groups claim that the proposed building site has many lava tubes which is the habitat of the Kauai Cave Wolf Spider, a protected endangered species.   
The recent explosions have exposed a hole that the two groups claim is an underground cave which the developer is disputing.  To read the 60 notice of the intent to sue that was sent on June 13, 2022 click here: https://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/22059465/save-koloa-friends-of-mahaulepu-announce-intent-to-sue-over-koloa-development.pdf

It’s Back!  Hanapepe Art Night
Plus Restoration of the Aloha Theatre
Hanapepe on a Friday night was the place to be before the pandemic.  Live entertainment, art shows and food trucks were just some of the fun things that were happening.  The fun is back starting July 8 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Renovation of the Aloha Theatre.  Built in 1936 it was the islands largest theatre with seating for 675.  In addition to movies there were stage productions and vaudeville acts.  It closed in 1981 and time has not been kind to the building however, there is one woman who is turning that all around.  Her name is Lynn Danaher, she purchased the building in 2019 and it’s been undergoing a massive renovation.  She’s dedicated to saving as much as she can and keeping the integrity of the building as a focus during her renovations.  In my research on her I found she’s successfully done several of these type of projects.  Kauai is lucky to have her.  When finished this will be a mixed use building with hotel rooms, shops, galleries and a café.  For more information click here:  https://www.aloha-theatre.com

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