Kauai News Highlights, New Listings and Sales

Lynda Gill Greetings from Poipu Kauai! I’m excited about this blog posting because I’ve got Four different Hawaii news items for you;

Poipu Royal Palms New Project Update
Halloween facts about Maui You Should Know
Hawaii Sustainability Plan 2050
Hawaii Superferry Bill Passess

*****Before we begin….How about Kauai’s New Listings and Closed Sales?*****
I have that info too! One new update here in Poipu; the Royal Palms developers are going back to the planning department to get approval on converting the unsold 3 bedrooms into 1 bedrooms. Royal Palms is located on the cross section of Poipu Road and Kiahuna Plantation Drive (right across from Keokis) Call me if you would like more information on this. Here is an excel spreadsheet of the Kauai Real Estate Activity last week; Kauai New Listings And Sales Oct. 22 to 28 2007

*****Are You Grabbing Your Halloween Costume And Heading For Maui? Think Again!*****

Halloween is a big celebration here in Hawaii and nobody takes it more seriously than Maui. For many years the streets of Lahina have been blocked off for one big Halloween celebration where upwards of 30,000 people gather. This annual party has begun to resemble Mardi Gra and the Valley Island wants no more of it. This year 80 to 90 Police Officers will be in the Lahina area patrolling for violators to the new code of conduct which includes;
No skimpy costumes, No alcohol, No Simulated Knives, Guns, Light Sabers etc.
Something to keep in mind when planning your costume!

*****DRAFT HAWAI‘I 2050 SUSTAINABILITY PLAN*****

TAKEN FROM THE WEBSITE:
“The Draft Hawai‘i 2050 Sustainability Plan is now open for public review and comment. We want to hear from you about the plan – what you like, what you don’t like, what makes sense, what’s missing, and what could be improved.

Hawai‘i 2050 is committed to a citizen-based planning process that builds on the wisdom and desires of our communities. It is the “People’s Plan.”

To learn more and comment on the draft Hawai‘i 2050 Sustainability visit; http://www.hawaii2050.org “
Poipu Hawaii Sustainability

*****Kauai Superferry Bill Passes!*****

Here on Kauai Kaumualli Elementary school was host to an overflow crowd on Monday of over 300, this was the first meeting State wide that State Senators held to get information on the bill that was being drafted concerning the Superferry fate at operating while an environmental study was being done or not. On Tuesday in Maui over 400 people gathered to give their opinions. On Wednesday Governor Linda Lingle held an emergency Legislative session to hammer out a bill to present to the House and Senate next week. This bill passed on Friday and I have included some information from the Garden Island Newspaper on the highlights of the bill. Next week this bill will go to the House and Senate for voting. The fate of the Superferry remain tenuous until the votes are tallied. I have included an excerpt from the Garden Island Newspaper which list some of the conditions;

Kauai Poipu Superferry

Poipu Fire, New Kauai Shopping Center and Kauai Real Estate

Lynda Gill

Aloha! The weather has been absolutely gorgeous and I’ve included a picture to prove it! This is taken at the Kiahuna Plantation here in
Poipu where my office is located. THIS IS WHERE I WORK! When I need
a break I take a walk and this is what I get to look at. I love this!

Kiahuna Plantation photo

*****Two Fires In Poipu!*****
Last Tuesday a brush fire broke out near the CJM stable in the Mahalapu Beach area which is that beach beyond the Grand Hyatt. 50 to 80 acres were burned before they got the fire contained. Some of the construction water trucks that are nearby responded to the fire also helping to put it out. The next day a hot spot fired up at the same area the next day. By 5 pm the fire was under control and since then there have been no flare ups. Cause of fire is unknown, no injuries or damage to property have been reported.

*****Special Superferry Legislative Meeting To Be Held***** *****Koloa Marketplace A Go*****
After a year long lawsuit the county of Kauai is giving the green light to the Koloa Marketplace LLC. to build their office and shopping
complex. The restrictions are listed HERE This complex will be
located across from the existing shops in Koloa. The Post Office will be torn down and a new one built built within the new shopping center.
Where the Post Office is now a grocery store will be built.

*****Real Estate News*****
And here is the real estate news for the past week. If you have any
questions on buying or selling give me an email or call. Aloooooha!
Lynda Gill (RA) 808-346-0056

Kauai Real Estate Sales Oct. 8 to 14>

Kauai Real Estate Listings, Sales and Island Update October 8 to October 15, 2007

Lynda Gill

*****New Subdivision Overlooking Kealia Beach! Lot size 2.73 Acres to 22.69 Acres*****

29 lots were made available this week in a new subdivision on Kauai’s North Shore; Kealia-Kamalomalo custom home site lots price range is $425,000 to over 2 Million dollars depending on size and view. 7 of the 29 are under contract. If you would like more information on this new subdivision contact me for an information sheet.
Here is a spreadsheet which has these new lots listed along with the rest of the islands new listings and closed transactions for the past week. KAUAI NEW LISTINGS AND SALES OCT. 8 TO 15, 2007

*****Superferry Update*****

After hearing Monday’s closing arguments from the Superferry attorneys and the attorney representing the citizens of Maui who appose the new mode of transportation Circuit Court Judge Joseph Cardoza ruled on Tuesday against the Superferry to continue operation while an Environmental Study is done. This decision is a major blow to the Superferry who responded on Thursday by cutting 249 jobs, 35 of those on Kauai, to alleviate their operating costs while they sit idle in Honolulu. Governor Linda Lingle is considering holding a special Legislative Session in which a vote will be put to Senators to override Judge Cardoza’s ruling and allow the Superferry to operate while they perform the Environmental Impact Study. The first draft for this session had been rejected and another draft is being worked on.

*****Southshore Developers Cited Twice*****

Two South Shore developments have been cited for dust control and both have corrected the problem. The last time Poipu had several projects going on at the same time was in the late seventies. Development companies have been responsive and quick to correct any concerns while these new projects are in the works.

Kauai Real Estate and New Flights Added To The Garden Island

Lynda Gill Greetings from the Garden Island of Kauai! We are heading into our “winter” months; you can feel a change in the air at night. The days are still full of sunshine with a few scattered clouds. Winter in Kauai means a sweater at night and a little more rain. Not bad huh?

***Exciting News For Air Travellers!***

Aloha Airlines announced TWO brand new direct flights, one from Kauai to Orange County and the other is Kauai to San Diego starting in January!! A flight that had taken a 20 year hiatus between Kona and Southern California will be resumed also.
Thom Nully, Aloha’s senior vice president of marketing, said that the demand is high for these routes party due to the many Californians that have time shares here in Kauai. Please reference my last blog posting which gave you a graph showing cruise ship travel, timeshare, and condo rentals are on the rise here on Kauai. Hotel stays are down in occupancy.

***Did You Know Koloa Had A Courthouse?***

It’s true! Located by the entrance to the Neighborhood Center (down the side street from where Island Soap And Candle Factory is) the Koloa Courthouse is getting a facelift and is becoming a Youth Center. The Grand Hyatt donated a pool table and some other furniture items for our new facility. The Youth Center will also serve as a meeting place and have several offices for different community groups.

***Stay Tuned For Superferry News Next Week***

All eyes are on Maui as Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza indicated he will make a ruling following Monday morning’s closing arguments. The Superferry issue had been debated in his courtroom for 29 days.

***And Now For Real Estate***

Thank you all for the feedback I’ve gotten on this site and I welcome any and all comments. Please contact me for info on Kauai Real Estate all with a “no pressure” delivery! For the past weeks new listings and closings please click here….

KAUAI NEW LISTINGS AND CLOSED TRANSACTIONS OCT. 1 TO OCT. 7