Aloha From Beautiful Kauai! The Poipu Resorts have been packed with tourists and, with the exception of yesterday, we’ve continued to have perfect weather. It has been picture perfect winter Hawaii days: no wind, not too hot, not too cold.
*****Kauai Real Estate News*****
Activity has continued to remain strong on the real estate front. We are seeing some of those good deals getting snatched up. In addition to a great Kiahuna corner unit that I just listed which is clean as a whistle on the inside and a nice slice of an ocean view I have two Islanders On The Beach for sale. These are fee simple studio condos with ocean views in the mid 300′s. Contact me for more information. For a list of last weeks activity island wide CLICK HERE
*****Record Numbers Turn Out For Democratic Caucas*****
Lines were long and the ballots couldn’t be printed fast enough as a record number of voters turned out on Tuesday night for the Democratic Caucus. The last caucus had 4 thousand voter turn out and this year it was nearly ten times that. Democratic phone lines, offices and websites were overwhelmed. Tempers flared at times state wide as frustrated voters stood in long, long lines to vote but overall the people of Hawaii handled their frustrations well. Senator Danial Inoye said it was the largest voter turn out he had seen since Hawaii first became a state in 1959. Barack Obama spent most of his childhood in Honolulu until he left for college in the mainland and was hopeful of winning his home state which he did by getting 76.85% of the vote.
*****Princeville Resort To Close For 7 Months*****
On September 19th the Princeville Resort will close for 7 months while it metamorphoses into The St. Regis Resort. The Princeville Resort is a part of Starwood which also owns Sheraton. The 252 hotel will undergo a complete transformation of their guest rooms, front lobby, meeting rooms, pool etc. The Starwood Corporation is beginning meetings with union local #142 which represents the workers at the hotel.
*****Tiger Wanders Out Of Honolulu Zoo*****
Berani the tiger took a walk just before the Honolulu Zoo opened on Thursday. The 245 pound tiger is the tamest of the three tigers at the zoo and besides startling workers did no harm. It was discovered that a zoo worker did not latch the cage properly and the animal escaped. Getting Berani back in the cage was without incident.
*****720 Pound Marlin Caught Tuesday*****
Port Allen, Kauai’s small boat harbor in Eelele, was abuzz with excitement as deep sea fishermen Rod Lecher and Joe Bloomfield brought in their 720 pound marlin measuring 157.75 inches. The catch took 1 hour and ten minutes.
*****Injunction Filed Against Koloa Developer*****
The much publicized Koloa Monkeypod trees are again in our news. The trees have been trimmed and are surrounded by stakes which will hold dust screens as the site gets prepared for a shopping center. On March 13th an injunction will be heard by Kauai’s fifth circuit court in a motion that was filed by Kauai resident Ted Erum against the Knudson Trust and Stacey Wong, the trustee for the estate. The complainant states the monkeypod trees are worthy of being designated exceptional trees “by reason of their historical and cultural values, age, location, size and beauty.” Stacey Wong declined to comment.