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Two spectacular deals in Hanalei on the beautiful island of Kauai February 3, 2011

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This parcel has been reduced to $499,000 and is a fantastic deal.

 If you are looking for the ultimate Hanalei Hideaway in Waioli Valley “Singing Waters” (off the beaten path with a private location surrounded by beautiful trees and ferns) this is it.

 Just a short drive away from world renowned Hanalei Bay and Hanalei town, is the easy access off Kumu Road, vehicular access is perpetual the rest is up to you, here’s your opportunity to go green.

 Zoning is conservation allows for one single family residence.  

 

If you are looking for a property with the residence already built, I have a beautiful home right on Weke Road in Hanalei. 

This Hanalei Plantation Charmer with distant ocean and Bali Hai views is a very popular island-style vacation home and has a well deserved reputation for its relaxing atmosphere. You will feel “right at home” in the spacious comfort amid tropical breezes off Hanalei Bay.

Perfect days in paradise include spectacular sunsets enjoyed near day’s end on the private lanai. Sip a cool beverage, sit back and enjoy. Its perfect location is just a short stroll to Hanalei Pier in one direction and Hanalei Beach Pavilion the other direction.

Activities nearby include seasonal swimming, surfing, stand up paddle board, boating and fishing. Dine at home or saunter down Weke Road through charming Hanalei town to explore small shops and tempting eateries. Come live the Hanalei lifestyle.  

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions about these two Hanalei listings.

Happy New Year January 11, 2011

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I wish you and yours a very prosperous and joyous New Year. There are so many reasons to be positive in 2011 as friends welcome new members to their families, especially Lyndie Irons with the birth of her son, Andy Axel Irons; this alone brings a lot of hope for a fantastic New Year.

 Also, the real estate market seems to be thriving on Kauai at this time of year.  One of the best properties to be listed is my new Hanalei Plantation Charmer.

 This Hanalei Plantation Charmer with distant ocean and Bali Hai views is a very popular island-style vacation home with a well deserved reputation for its relaxing atmosphere. You will feel “right at home” in the spacious comfort amid tropical breezes off Hanalei Bay. Perfect days in paradise include spectacular sunsets enjoyed near day’s end on the private lanai. Sip a cool beverage, sit back and enjoy.  

The perfect location is just a short stroll to Hanalei Pier in one direction and Hanalei Beach Pavilion the other direction. Activities nearby include seasonal swimming, surfing, stand up paddle board, boating and fishing. Dine at home or saunter down Weke Road through charming Hanalei town to explore small shops and tempting eateries. Give me a call and come live the Hanalei lifestyle.

Tis better to give December 14, 2010

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The Kauai Food Bank is a wonderful organization.  It began in 1992 in the aftermath of Hurricane Iniki.  Today, it has earned the reputation of being the most innovative, national award winning food bank in the state.  Its work is made possible with the support of a cadre of specially trained and screened volunteers, in addition to over a thousand general community volunteers. 

 By giving to the Kauai Food Bank, you are assisting our island’s most needy people to receive a day-to-day necessity….FOOD!  Ninety-seven cents of every dollar donated goes directly to feeding hungry people throughout Kauai.

You can volunteer at the Food Bank or a Food Pantry, hold a food drive, make a donation of stock or money, or you can do what I did and donate a vehicle.

 Whatever you choose, by giving to the Kauai Food Bank, you nourish others less fortunate while nourishing your soul.

A beautiful tribute to Andy Irons November 16, 2010

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Friends and family gathered yesterday to celebrate the life of Andy Irons. Here is an excerpt from the article in The Garden Island newspaper.

HANALEI — Signs lined the highway entering Hanalei town, welcoming the waves of people who came to Kauai’s North Shore from all points on the globe to pay tribute and celebrate the life of Andy Irons.  The Kaua‘i-born surfing legend was found dead at age 32 on Nov. 2 in a Dallas-area hotel. He had recently withdrawn from the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Search due to illness and was returning home from Puerto Rico.

While November North Shore days can often bring heavy cloud cover and sporadic rainfall, Sunday was clear and sunny, providing a warmth that was fitting to commemorate a friend to so many.

An estimated 6,500 people lined the beach at Hanalei Bay — some fans, some acquaintances, many friends and family.  As far as the eye could see were arms cradling surfboards.  Pine Trees was the focal point, as the Irons ‘ohana and close-knit circle had their own tent together.  The memorial service began with an opening prayer by Kelvin Ho.  The family gathered together by the stage as onlookers came together to share their aloha.

A massive paddle-out had already taken shape with hundreds of surfers out past the break. They were gathered together, holding hands, crying out cheers of “AI” and splashing wildly to let out a full complexity of emotion — a complexity that Andy himself embodied. As Bruce Irons led the paddle-out of Andy’s closest friends and family, a helicopter made multiple flower drops over the growing swarm while a conch shell continued to be heard throughout the festivities.

The Irons family all proceeded to make their way out into the water, using Jet Ski and surfboard. Each time family members would embrace one another, a loud cheer could be heard from the rest of the floating masses.  After their time together, Bruce came back towards the shore on a Jet Ski, holding his board above his head, prompting noise from those on the beach.

The day was a combination of remembrance and celebration. A glimpse of someone mourning was often balanced by keiki running and playing in the sand. Smiles were plentiful, as were friendly embraces.  Many of the sport’s elite were in attendance as a lay day was called at the Reef Hawaiian Pro, the first leg of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, which began Friday on Oahu, though no action has yet taken place.

• David Simon, sports writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or  dsimon@kauaipubco.com.

Big surf and sadness hits the island of Kauai November 2, 2010

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Yesterday was the beginning of the largest swell of the winter season so far.  Today, the North Shore of Kauai was rocked with 25 plus foot waves today.  This winter swell prompted our island’s tow-in surfers to flock to their favorite surf spots today and put on a fabulous show for friends and tourists alike.  The swell is expected to stay for a few more days.

Also, today, Kauai lost a true treasure!  Andy Irons has surfed the North Shore of Kauai all of his life and had such great talent that it carried him to three World Championship titles.  Andy died today reportedly from Dengue Fever.  He was in Puerto Rico and due to his illness, had to pull out of the Rip Curl event there to come home and get better.  Andy is a beloved son of Kauai and you can feel the heavy heart of every single islander.  Our condolences go out to his Ohana, his beautiful wife Lyndie who is pregnant with their son, and everyone that he touched.  He will truly be missed!

Prices are coming down on the North Shore of Kauai September 20, 2010

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I have had three price reductions that I want to share.

 The first listing located on Kuhio Highway with a fantastic view of Hanalei Bay.  Why pay beachfront prices for a beachfront view? You can build your own two story dream home on this lot directly across from the beach at fabulous Hanalei Bay. It includes permitted plans for a 4,675 s.f., 5 bedrooms, and 5+ bath residence along with installed water meter. Walk out your front door across the street to a world of swimming, incredible surfing, the playground of paddle boarding and fun times on the beach.  

 

 The second listing is a private large parcel on Albert Road in Princeville adjacent to a green belt. The sale includes plans for a two story beautifully designed Plantation Home. A slight slope to parcel adds to the design and privacy of the property.  The approved architectural plans that come with this listing provide for a 1,800 s.f. home on the main living level, a 288 s.f. front lanai, a 120 s.f. back lanai, a 96 s.f. master bedroom lanai, and a 567 s.f. for a garage. There are two en-suite guest bedrooms as well as the en-suite master bedroom with private lanai. Call me for more details.

 

The third listing is a custom Mission Style Plantation residence with 3 bedrooms and 4 baths. It has been recently furnished and is now a turn-key vacation rental. With Craftsman workmanship this home presents to you, hardwood floors, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and finely brushed chrome and copper accents throughout.  It was designed to capture the best views of the mountains, the ocean, and the extraordinary Makai Ocean Two fairway of the world class Princeville Resort on the North Shore of Kauai. Located just a short distance to Hanalei Bay Resort where you can enjoy amazing sunsets and many culinary delights while dining out. This Plantation Residence is luxurious, beautiful, desirable and just waiting to welcome you home.    

Kalihiwai Ridge on the Rim available again July 30, 2010

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My associate, Barbara L. Sloan (R, e-PRO) and I have listed a beautiful property located on the rim in Kalihiwai Ridge on the North Shore of Kauai. 

 It is located amid ever changing tropical vistas.  This contemporary home on three acres decorates and enhances Kalihiwai Ridge with Asian flair. Ipe wood decks and stone pillars greet with sophistication and style the emerald green mountains that surround the ridge.

This 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath home on the rim displays top of the line fixtures and appliances, a generously sculptured stone fireplace and plans for possible expansion. With sounds of Kalihiwai River below, the pleasure of privacy, uninterrupted views with plenty of room to grow this home surely defines paradise.

Give me a call to set up an appointment to view this wonderful listing.

Rest in Peace Kainoa Chandler Forrest July 22, 2010

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My co-blogger, Debi Rickert, and I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the recent passing of a very dear friend, Kainoa Chandler Forrest.

Kainoa was a strong, passionate, generous, and, overall, wonderful woman.  She and her family are the essence of Hanalei and the true spirit of “Aloha”.

She and her husband Skip coached, hosted fundraisers, regattas, and started the Youth Program at the Hanalei Canoe Club.

Her passion for the sport, along with her true love of the islands, made it easy for everyone to get excited about paddling canoes.  She always made sure that everyone understood the origins of paddling as well as the traditions of the Hawaiian people when they signed up as part of the club.

On a personal note, both Debi and I have wonderful memories of Kainoa as not only our coach, but also as a true friend. 

She will be missed but her memories will live in our hearts forever.

Outdoor living at its finest July 9, 2010

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Summer is here on the island of Kauai and the weather is picture perfect.  The morning light arrives earlier and shines over Hanalei Bay.  I did a mile swim in the calm clear waters of the bay and my partner in crime / blog assistant Debi Rickert walked the bay this morning.

 There are various yachts moored in the bay with their owners enjoying the gentle rhythm of a small swell with their morning coffee.  There were Stand Up Paddlers, Surfers, Fishermen, and people looking for shells all before beginning their work day. 

 The Trans-Pac race ended earlier this week, and there are several events taking place throughout the island of Kauai.  There are mountain bike races, triathlons, marathons, concerts, as well as mellow beach days.

 If this lifestyle appeals to you, give me a call and let’s begin to make your dream a reality!

 Check out these listings:

 MLS: 198515

This large Hanalei home has mountain and distant ocean views. The corner lot has direct access to Hanalei Bay just steps away. Plantation style wrap around covered deck. It has an extra large master suite on top floor with panoramic views of waterfalls. It has two bedrooms and baths on main floor with open beam ceilings in great room. It has a remodeled kitchen and baths throughout. Pride of ownership shows throughout as this is the original owner. Hanalei Palms is the perfect neighborhood with underground utilities and walking distance to beach, dining, shopping and entertainment. There are also two bonus rooms on ground floor. Owner financing is available. Pursuant to Ordinance 864, TVR application has been approved #TVNC-1193.  

 

 

  MLS: 220831

“Hanalei Kahakai Hale” ~ Hanalei House-by-the-Sea is a rare offering on world renowned Hanalei Bay. The substantial residence, located in one of the premier spots on the Bay, is being presented to the market for the first time. From the west-facing wraparound lanai you have a spectacular vantage point to soak in the sweeping vistas. Panoramic big sky views abound, but you’ll find it difficult to take your eyes of the mesmerizing waves, and the sandy bottom, turquoise blue waters. The 1+ acre parcel is dotted with swaying palms and has a long rolling expanse of lawn that leads to the endless golden sand beach. Surfing, swimming, beachcombing, boating, fishing, you name it and it’s all at your doorstep. The 4 bedroom, 4 bath home has a real semblance of gracious island style and rich flavor. An extremely comfortable setting where you can enjoy casual island living and take advantage of Kauai’s ideal year-round climate and indoor-out lifestyle. Just a short stroll from the front gates is Hanalei Town, an idyllic locale for a shaved ice or a Mai Tai. The classic Hawaiian beachfront estate is a great blend of natural beauty and modern sensibility. A world class setting where you can embrace the gentle trade winds, savor the setting sun, shimmering waterfalls and dancing rainbows all while floating in the arms of Hanalei Bay. A DVD video of the property is available. 

Transient Vacation Rental Permits are up for Renewal June 29, 2010

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If you currently own a TVR approved property, your permit is up for renewal by July 31, 2010.  Click on this link http://www.kauai.gov/Portals/0/Planning/SFVR/TVR_Renewal.pdf

The form must be completed and submitted prior to the July 31st deadline.  For more information, please go to www.kauai.gov.

 Also, if you are looking for the ultimate Hanalei Hideaway in Waioli Valley “Singing Waters” (off the beaten path with a private location surrounded by beautiful trees and ferns) have I got the listing for you. Just a short drive away is the world renowned Hanalei Bay and the town center. There is easy access off Kumu Road, vehicular access is perpetual the rest is up to you, here’s your opportunity to go green. Zoning is conservation allows for one single family residence.

 Please feel free to give me a call to get more information on this wonderful listing. (MLS: 235836) 

Beautiful Hanalei Bay

Beautiful Hanalei Bay