Kauai Real Estate Update, Southwest Airlines Starts Kauai Service, Kauai 2020 vs 2019 Year To Date Real Estate Sales

Kauai Real Estate Update, Southwest Airlines Starts Kauai Service, Kauai 2020 vs 2019 Year To Date Real Estate Sales

  • Lynda Gill
  • 04/5/21

Kauai Real Estate Update- Last week the “Faye Estate”, which is a beachfront home in Hanalei that was once owned by Julia Roberts sold for a little under $30 Million.  Roberts had sold the property to Michael Fleiss, the creator of The Bachelor, in 2016 for $16,200.  This is the second highest sale Year To Date in our state.
For a complete update on the real estate activity on Kauai for last week click here:  Kauai Real Estate Update March 29 to April 4, 2021

Poipu Beach Real Estate Update- To find out what has sold, is currently listed and what is in escrow for Fee Simple properties in Poipu Beach click here:  Poipu Beach Current Market Analysis

Kiahuna Plantation Real Estate Update- In Escrow!  After only 6 days on the market unit my listing #245 got an accepted offer.  What I love about this top floor corner unit is the privacy and the extra louvers on the side walls.  There’s even an extra outside door leading to the unit, great unit.
To access all the real estate information at the Kiahuna since January 1 of this year click here: Kiahuna Plantation Current Market Analysis
I took a video walk through the Kiahuna last week from the Twin Bridges to the Beach.  The resort is filling up now and (thankfully) videos like this will not be happening.  Can you spot your favorite spot at the Kiahuna?

Southwest Starts Kauai Service Again & Offers Pre-Clearance
Starting June 6 Southwest Airlines will resume their service between Kauai and Oakland & San Jose.
Southwest joins Hawaiian, United and Alaska in offering a pre-clearance program for those traveling to Hawaii.  This service is available in Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, San Diego and Long Beach.   

Some Kauai Businesses Offering Discount Cards With 2nd Covid Test
Starting yesterday the “Kokua Card” is available for travelers to Kauai who are willing to take a second free COVID test 72 hours after arriving to Kauai, they must have taken the test prior to traveling to Kauai to be eligible. 
The card will have a QR code on it giving discounts provided by local businesses, so far about 60 businesses have signed up.  

What The New CDC Travel Policy Means For Hawaii
Hawaii’s Lt. Governor Josh Green has been a longtime proponent for allowing visitors to return safely to Hawaii.  So the news that was released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this last week was especially welcome.  The CDC has stated that those who are fully vaccinated, which means 2 weeks after your final vaccine shot, can travel without restrictions in the United States.  Using a mask, avoiding crowds, social distancing and washing your hands is still a requirement.

Calling this a “game changer” for Hawaii tourism Lt. Green stated “It means that the CDC has blessed the use of ‘vaccine passports’ for travel in the United States, and we are prepping the process now to make that happen.”
Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program remains the same at this time.  Visitors and Residents traveling to Hawaii still need to provide a negative Covid test within 72 hours of traveling to Hawaii to bypass the 10-day quarantine.
No announcement on when this will change however Lt. Green said work is being done on the development of a “vaccine passport”. 

Kauai Real Estate Year To Date Statistics, 2020 vs 2021
We have the first three months of this year’s real estate data available.  The residential market continues to climb and an interesting development is the vacation rental condo market.  While the prices are still down on both the South and North Shore look at the number of sales, up almost 70% on the South Shore and 44% on the North Shore.  I believe this to be a direct result of the news that buyers were waiting for: Kauai joining the safe travels program and the success of the vaccine distribution.
This information is general in nature, call me to discuss how this relates to your particular area of interest.   
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