Kauai Real Estate Update- Last week we had 20 properties that were Just Listed but lost ground with a total of 29 properties that Sold and went Under Contract. In looking at the available houses Island wide we only have 131 Homes that are actively listed for sale and of those 18 are under $1 million. For a complete list of the real estate activity that happened last week on the island click here: Kauai Real Estate Update July 10 to 16, 2023
Poipu Beach Real Estate Update- We now have one fee simple condominium for sale that is (barely) under $1 million. Poipu Crater Unit 8 is a 2 bedroom 2 bath for $998,000 and if you don’t know about this complex it’s because they don’t come up for sale that often, there are only 32 units in this entire complex. For that listing click here: Poipu Crater #8 and for a complete list of all the fee simple activity in Poipu Beach since the beginning of the year click here: Poipu Beach Fee Simple Current Market Analysis
For the Kiahuna Plantation click here: Kiahuna Plantation Current Market Analysis
New Poipu Condominium Project Setback
For Kauanoe o Koloa, the proposed new 279 unit condominium project just north of Pili Mai, things did not go well at the Kauai Planning Commission meeting last Tuesday. Kauai activists and residents were at the meeting in their continued efforts to stop the project from being developed. The meeting got so contentious that a member of the Planning Department stated that opinions are welcome but to please refrain from personal attacks.
The group, Save Koloa along with other concerned residents, have been voicing their concerns about their perceived lack of scrutiny from the Planning Department as well as the environmental impacts. On Tuesday the Lawyer for the developer of the project offered to enter into Mediation with the group but they refused.
The Kauai Planning Department sided with the group and residents by not signing off on the project until the developer settles “various disputes” with the group. Those disputes are being determined by a hearings officer.
I’ve been asked how can this be happening while Kauanoe o Koloa is saying that Phase 1 is sold out? Both are true, kind of. The project can take non-binding reservations so in that sense Phase 1 is sold out, however they can’t actually go through the sales process and close escrow until they have built the project and gotten their Certificate of Occupancy.
All that is going to take the Kauai Planning Department approval and, for right now, that is not happening. Stay tuned.
Poipu Hit And Run Critically Injures Teens
A week ago Saturday two teenagers were the victims of a hit-and-run while walking in front of the Poipu Beach Athletic Club right across from the Kiahuna Plantation on Poipu Road. Around 9:40 at night the two teens, along with their family who were visiting from the mainland, were walking on the shoulder of the road when a car hit the two girls ages 13 and 15. They were taken to Wilcox Hospital and medevac’d to Queens Hospital in Oahu where they remain in critical condition.
The driver took off and abandoned his car at a nearby hotel parking lot. Later that night he turned himself into police who charged the 25 year old Kalaheo man with driving under the influence, two counts of negligent injury in the first degree and inattention to driving.
He has been released on bail and the case is still being investigated.
Free Napali Coast Boat Tours For Residents
As a way of saying “Mahalo” to the community that supported the defeat of House Bill 1090 several south shore boat tour operators are giving free Napali Boat Tours to Kauai residents on July 26th. When the invitation was publicly announced the 200 free tours were quickly reserved.
Governor Josh Green vetoed the House Bill 1090 bill on July 7th which would have reduced the number of commercial boating companies that operate out of small boat harbors, like Kukui’ula Harbor in Poipu where 15 out of the 25 companies that operate out of there would have lost their permits. It was written with the concerns of the impact the companies are having on the environment. However, the Bill seemed to have come out of nowhere and it sent shock waves throughout the tour boating industry.
The tour boat operators said they are starting a nonprofit called Kikiaola Boaters Alliance to address the concerns about the environmental impact and they plan to have more of these “Ohana Days” in the future. They would like to do local coastal trash clean up, fishing events and other community activities.