*****Kauai Real Estate: New Housing Project in Lihue*****
A new 220 condominium housing project has been approved to be built in Lihue and will be located across from the Burger King on Kaumuali’I Highway (near the mall). 66 of those units will be offered for sale under the affordable housing program. Public testimony largely ran against the project as did former Mayor JoAnn Yukimura, despite this the project received permits. Also six Habitat homes are coming to Hanapepe and already there are 140 applicants and more are expected by the January 31 deadline. For an excel spreadsheet on all the new listings and closed transactions for the island of Kauai CLICK HERE
*****Jacked Up Truck Runs Over Sunbather in Wailua*****
A 38 year old Puhi woman was run over by a “modified” Nissan truck a week ago Sunday while sunbathing on a beach in Wailua known as “Kitchens”. She was airlifted to Queens Hospital in Honolulu and released on Wednesday after getting treatment for her serious injuries. Early reports state that a 20 year old Wailua man was driving along the shoreline when he turned up the beach and ran over the woman. The height of his tires was estimated at 50 inches off the ground and the frame was jacked up on top of that. The driver was arrested at the scene for an incident unrelated to the accident; two bench warrants of which he had failed to appear in court for. This incident has juiced up our papers with public outcries to crackdown on these types of vehicles.
*****Lanternfish Deaths Investigated*****
Hundreds of dead lanternfish were found washed up Kalapaki Bay on Tuesday. What’s unusual is this is a deep water fish so their appearance on the shoreline is a mystery. Lanternfish are heavily preyed upon by whales, dolphins and large fish such as tuna and shark.
*****Thieves Break into Island School*****
On the heels of last week’s Kauai College Bookstore break-in thieves struck again! This time at Island School located near the college. A rock was used to gain access into the Dean of Students office where a computer processor was taken. Fortunately no school records were on the processor. In a related news item; police have recovered the stolen safe from last week’s college break in. Police said the 300 to 400 pound safe was found in an “unusual location” and coins were left behind but the $10,000 in cash was long gone. Fingerprint testing determined that the thieves used gloves to pry the safe open but items left behind are still being tested in hopes that fingerprints will be found.
*****Princeville Associates Withdraw Zoning Amendment Application*****
To the surprise of the Princeville Associates around 250 people attended last Wednesday’s informational hearing about a zoning amendment application that was submitted by the company. The Princeville Associates’ intended to connect the current Visitor Destination Area to their new project “Greens and Meadows”. Greens and Meadows will technically be called timeshares which allows them legally to be sold as the fractional ownership they are. Coupling the negative connotation the word “timeshare” had on the community and their lack of understanding about the project they showed up in such large numbers that the developer voluntarily withdrew its application for rezoning. The plan now is more community outreach and education.