KAUAI CURRENT EVENTS & REAL ESTATE UPDATES

More Hawaii Residents are Buying Electric Vehicles
More Hawaii Residents are Buying Electric Vehicles

People are realizing the benefits of owning an electric vehicle

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Hawaii Tourism Numbers Creeping Toward Record 2019 Levels
Hawaii Tourism Numbers Creeping Toward Record 2019 Levels

The latest visitor report indicates that Hawai‘i continues its trajectory toward a full tourism rebound.

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Hideaways Access Project Moves Forward
Hideaways Access Project Moves Forward

$1.5 million has been requested to make the trail to the beach safer and more accessible

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Hanalei River Bridge Slated to be Repaired and Improved
Hanalei River Bridge Slated to be Repaired and Improved

The project to repair and improve the Hanalei bridge is set to be put out to bid in fall 2022

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Newly Refurbished Pickleball and Basketball Court in Princeville
Newly Refurbished Pickleball and Basketball Court in Princeville

The refurbished Princeville pickleball and basketball court at Emmalani Park is now open to the public. 

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Top 5 Hawaii Residential Construction Projects in 2021
Top 5 Hawaii Residential Construction Projects in 2021

Here are the top five Hawaii residential construction projects of 2021

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Coming Soon - Soleil Kauai by the Timbers Company
Coming Soon - Soleil Kauai by the Timbers Company

Timbers Company has launched Soleil Hotels & Resorts brand with Soleil Kauai on Kauai's South Shore

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Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge Viewpoint Under Construction
Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge Viewpoint Under Construction

Construction is underway for the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge viewpoint that will accommodate more people than the existing lookout.

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DLNR Stops Wailua River Kayak Tour Operations on Saturdays
DLNR Stops Wailua River Kayak Tour Operations on Saturdays

Wailua River kayak-tour operators and rental companies are no longer allowed to operate tours on Saturdays.

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Kauai's Illegal Vacation Rentals Have Drastically Decreased
Kauai's Illegal Vacation Rentals Have Drastically Decreased

This is due to the county's collaborations with online booking agencies

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Compass Hawaii Opens Two New Offices on Oahu and Kauai
Compass Hawaii Opens Two New Offices on Oahu and Kauai

One year after entering the Hawaii real estate market, Compass Hawaii has opened two new offices in the state

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Kukui‘ula residential project sold by Alexander & Baldwin Inc
Kukui‘ula residential project sold by Alexander & Baldwin Inc

A&B sold its residential development at Kukui‘ula to a Denver-based Development Company

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Starwood Withdrawing their Princeville Glamping Permit Application
Starwood Withdrawing their Princeville Glamping Permit Application

The developer of a widely contested plan to install a luxury glamping resort on the first three holes of a Kauai golf course no longer intends to p...

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Kaua'i is doing away with plastic takeout boxes
Kaua'i is doing away with plastic takeout boxes

As of January 1, 2022 Kaua'i won't allow plastic foam takeout boxes anymore

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Kaua‘i cesspool bill to move forward
Kaua‘i cesspool bill to move forward

A county program to utilize over $1 million in forgivable loans to covert or close existing cesspools is one step closer to becoming law.

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First Tesla Solar Roof has been installed on Kaua‘i
First Tesla Solar Roof has been installed on Kaua‘i

A new option for homeowners who want clean energy without sacrificing style

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$4M Donation made to save the Alakoko "Menehune" Fishpond
$4M Donation made to save the Alakoko "Menehune" Fishpond

The 102-acre Fishpond has been purchased by nonprofits for cultural and environmental stewardship

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County of Kauai to use eminent domain to acquire property
County of Kauai to use eminent domain to acquire property

Eminent domain proceedings have started on a 23.5 acre Kilauea Property

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Kauai's Target Store is now Open
Kauai's Target Store is now Open

Target has opened the doors to its first and only store on the island of Kauai

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County of Kauai considering acquiring land
County of Kauai considering acquiring land

Hideaways Beach trail area is currently being reviewed for possible county acquisition and maintenance.

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Queens Bath Access Closed
Queens Bath Access Closed

Princeville's Queens Bath access will be closed during the winter season

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FEMA to update the National Flood Insurance Program's risk rating
FEMA to update the National Flood Insurance Program's risk rating

FEMA is updating the NFIP risk rating with the implementation of a new pricing methodology called Risk Rating 2.0.

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Additional 3% Tax to be Applied to Kauai Vacation Rental & Hotel Bookings
Additional 3% Tax to be Applied to Kauai Vacation Rental & Hotel Bookings

A 3% Transient Accommodation Tax by the County will apply to the Tourism Industry which goes into effect on Oct. 1, 2021

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$4M in Aid Committed to Local Housing Needs on Kauai and Oahu
$4M in Aid Committed to Local Housing Needs on Kauai and Oahu

Kauai and Oahu will receive a total of $4 million in federal aid to bolster local housing support.

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An Uptick in Movie Productions on Kauai in 2021
An Uptick in Movie Productions on Kauai in 2021

Kaua‘i has seen a return in movie and TV productions after the island’s film industry was cut in half this past year.

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Princeville’s Kupuna Park - Coming Soon
Princeville’s Kupuna Park - Coming Soon

Prince Albert Park in Princeville received an $180K grant to build a FitLot outdoor exercise system.

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$3.18M Allocated to Improve Kilauea Gymnasium & More
$3.18M Allocated to Improve Kilauea Gymnasium & More

Beneficiaries include Kilauea Gymnasium, Hanapepe Stadium and a new sports complex in Anahola

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280-Unit Luxury Condo Project Planned for Poipu
280-Unit Luxury Condo Project Planned for Poipu

Kauanoe O Koloa is $200M project proposed near the Kiahuna Golf Club course on Kauai’s South Shore

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Kauai Community College Ranked #7 in the US; Hawaii Community College System #1 in Nation
Kauai Community College Ranked #7 in the US; Hawaii Community College System #1 in...

WalletHub ranked the best and worst community colleges for 2021.

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2 Kauai Golf Courses Among '100 Most Affordable' in the Country
2 Kauai Golf Courses Among '100 Most Affordable' in the Country

Golf Magazine recently recognized 2 popular Kauai courses among the best values in the country.

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Hanalei Hill Repairs and North Shore Convoy Update
Hanalei Hill Repairs and North Shore Convoy Update

The 1st phase of emergency repairs are expected to conclude at the end of September. Both lanes of the highway will reopen shortly after. .

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Hawaii's Current Travel Restrictions and Requirements
Hawaii's Current Travel Restrictions and Requirements

The State of Hawaii, as of July 8th, 2021, will now allow travelers who are vaccinated in the U.S. to skip quarantine without getting a COVID test ...

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Wailua Golf Course Named One of Best in the Nation
Wailua Golf Course Named One of Best in the Nation

Wailua Golf Course ranked in the top 1% of all municipal courses in the nation.

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“Coming Soon” Compass Office in Kilauea Town
“Coming Soon” Compass Office in Kilauea Town

Compass will be opening an office in Ahuimanu Village in Kilauea later this summer.

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Introducing Compass Concierge
Introducing Compass Concierge

Are you curious yet? Read more to get a brief understanding of what it is & how it works.

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Kauai Rental Cars Booked Up Till Early August
Kauai Rental Cars Booked Up Till Early August

If you are looking to rent a car on Kauai right now, you will most likely be on a waiting list, since cars are all sold out until the end of the su...

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Hawaii predicted to have an average 2021 hurricane season
Hawaii predicted to have an average 2021 hurricane season

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center expects Hawaii to see two to five tropical cyclones during the 2021 hurricane season. Considered a below-avera...

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Kauai Selected to Participate in the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project
Kauai Selected to Participate in the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Pro...

Kauai and Oahu have been selected to be part of the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project, or ETIPP, by the U.S. Department of Energy. ...

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Kauai Has Reopened to Tourism and Is Offering Free Post-travel Covid-19 Tests to Visitors
Kauai Has Reopened to Tourism and Is Offering Free Post-travel Covid-19 Tests to V...

Kauai has been requiring everyone arriving to quarantine for 10-days unless, they received a negative result from a second test taken three days af...

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Southwest Airlines Just Added a Pre-clearance Program for Hawaii-bound Travelers
General Kauai Interest
Southwest Airlines Just Added a Pre-clearance Program for Hawaii-bound Travelers

The latest airline to offer a pre-clearance program for Hawaii-bound travelers is Southwest Airlines, if they have tested negative for Covid-19 and...

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Kauai's Sheraton and the Cliffs Gear Up for April 5 Reopening
General Kauai Interest
Kauai's Sheraton and the Cliffs Gear Up for April 5 Reopening

Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort and The Cliffs at Princeville are gear up for April 5 reopening.

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Kauai's Direct Alaska Airlines Fights to Resume in April
General Kauai Interest
Kauai's Direct Alaska Airlines Fights to Resume in April

Kauai will be rejoining the state’s Safe Travels program April 5th and Alaska Airlines will be resuming service to the Island.

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Famous Hawaii Bakery Shutting Down After 170 Years in Business
General Kauai Interest
Famous Hawaii Bakery Shutting Down After 170 Years in Business

Love’s Bakery is sadly closing down operations at the end of March due to losses caused by the Covid pandemic.

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4 Lanes Coming Soon to Kuhio Highway in Wailua
General Kauai Interest
4 Lanes Coming Soon to Kuhio Highway in Wailua

The Department of Transportation will soon be commencing construction to add a 4th driving lane between Kuamo'o Road and the Kapa'a Bypass Road.

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Kauai County Council Passes School Reopening Resolution
General Kauai Interest
Kauai County Council Passes School Reopening Resolution

A resolution was passed by the Kauai County Council last week, urging the state to reopen in-person education.

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Compass, One of Seven New Businesses Opening at Ahuimanu Shopping Center in Kilauea in 2021
General Kauai Interest
Compass, One of Seven New Businesses Opening at Ahuimanu Shopping Center in Kilaue...

In the coming year, Compass will be one of seven new businesses opening in the Ahuimanu Shopping Center, bringing the occupancy level up to 81%.

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Kauai Visitor Arrivals Down 96.5%, Visitor Spending Down 95% in January
General Kauai Interest
Kauai Visitor Arrivals Down 96.5%, Visitor Spending Down 95% in January

Recent data from Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) showed that both visitor arrivals and visitor spending were down remarkably more for Kauai than any...

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Spotlight on Koloa Landing – Come for Vacation and Never Leave
General Kauai Interest
Spotlight on Koloa Landing – Come for Vacation and Never Leave

We've all been to tropical resorts where we didn't want to leave and wished you lived there. Well, now you can. If not full-time, then part-time an...

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How’s the Market?  A Macro Perspective Amidst a Global Pandemic
General Kauai Interest
How’s the Market? A Macro Perspective Amidst a Global Pandemic

Despite the existence of a global pandemic, economists say the housing market across the state is relatively stable, especially on Kaua‘i.

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Direct Flights to Kauai Postponed
General Kauai Interest
Direct Flights to Kauai Postponed

With many airlines eliminating direct flights to Kauai and other neighbor islands from the mainland, getting to and from Kauai will be a little tri...

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