Kauai Real Estate Update, Hit & Run South Shore, Koloa Rum Expands, Orly Patisserie Review

Kauai Real Estate Update, Hit & Run South Shore, Koloa Rum Expands, Orly Patisserie Review

  • Lynda Gill
  • 03/20/23

Kauai Real Estate Update-  Last week we had 15 properties come on the market and within 7 days Five were listed as Contingent or Sold giving us a net of 10 new properties on the market.  There were a total of 20 properties that are Under Contract giving us a negative Net for properties coming on the market.  For a complete list of last weeks Real Estate activity click here:  Island of Kauai Real Estate Activity March 13 to 19, 2022 


Poipu Beach Real Estate Update-  Two notable sales activites last week on the South Shore were an oceanfront home by Kukui’ula Harbor for $8.5 million that went under contract and a 10.08 parcel of land near Old Koloa Town sold for $8.850 million.  For a complete list of the fee simple real estate activity in Poipu Beach since January 2023 click here:  Poipu Beach Current Market Analysis
For the Kiahuna Plantation click here:  Kiahuna Plantation Current Market Analysis


Hit And Run On South Shore, Driver Arrested
Last Saturday a 45 year old man from Kapaa was taken into custody after allegedly hitting a 65 year old bicyclist on Saturday.  According to witnesses he was headed westbound and driving in the shoulder of Kaumuali’i Hwy and he rear ended a bicyclist at 1:30 in the afternoon.  The man fled the scene after hitting the woman but witnesses helped to identify his truck which lead Kauai Police to the man and he’s been arrested.  The woman had severe leg and head injuries and was medivacked to Oahu where she remains in critical condition. 
The accident happened right after Tree Tunnel (coming from Lihue) and the highway was closed in both directions for several hours. 


Orly Patisserie Visit
Once inside Orly Patisserie it’s hard to believe that you are still on Kauai, this is a Bakery that could compete with anything that Honolulu has to offer!  Specialty wedding cakes, desserts, pastries and coffee are just some of the items offered. 
The fact that this place stands out is no surprise, the owner has a 30 year pastry back ground.  He is a three time Food Network winner in shows like Sugar Dome, Halloween Wars and Cookie Wars.
I went with a friend and everything looked so good it was hard for us to decide what to get.  We wound up splitting a Blueberry Cheesecake and got some of their coffee too, it was so onolicious!!!!
If you are looking for an specialty cake or an elevated pastry selection this is the place to go.  Located in the Safeway shopping center in Lihue.  Enjoy! 

Koloa Rum To Expand Distillery
Koloa Rum plans to expand their warehouse to 45,000 sq feet and then add another 9,000 sq ft building which will have a tasting room and café.  The next time your are driving into Koloa Town the location on the right hand side and opposite the Ballpark.  This new building will allow them to quadruple their production.
They have their contractor in place; the Maryl Corporation based out of Honolulu, permits have been applied for and they have already preordered construction materials. 
In 2022 Koloa Rum expanded to New Jersey and the United Kingdom.  Before their recent expansion they were in 32 states and their international locations included Canada, Italy, Germany, Austria, France and Japan.


Hawaii Tourism Authority Possibly No More
The Hawaii Tourism Authority was started in 1998 to promote Hawaii Tourism as the name suggests.  In a move that signifies the State’s tourism direction that they want to go in there is a Bill in place to dissolve this entity.  Not only do they want to dissolve it but in the Bill’s language they site that the agency has “failed to effectively execute its duties to manage the tourism marketing plan for the State.”
The state is no longer interested in marketing themselves but instead wants to be more focused on “Destination Management” and Hawaiian culture.  The feeling from both residents and officials is there is no need to spend tens of millions of dollars every year marketing the islands to attract more tourism, the problem is we have more than we can deal with now. 
The proposal is the dissolve the HTA into the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.  To read the entire Bill click HERE
SB1522 is making its way up the ladder towards being accepted, to track this bill click HERE

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