Hawai‘i REALTORS® Charitable Foundation Food Drive Begins Today

Aloha Hawai‘i REALTORS®,

Earlier this year, the Hawai‘i REALTORS® Charitable Foundation donated $50,000 to food banks across the state. However, the need for food assistance has continued to grow. We are extending our effort to eliminate food insecurity throughout the state with a monthlong food drive during September. Please join us in donating #OneCanIfCan. More information can be found at HawaiiRealtors.com/FoodDrive

How to Give

Canned Food Drive
We have dozens of food drive collection sites on O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i and the Island of Hawai‘i. Canned food donations on each island will benefit their respective island food banks. View Collection Sites

Virtual Donations (Coming Soon on HawaiiRealtors.com/FoodDrive)
Due to factors such as City & County stay-at-home orders, we are setting up a virtual donation drive as well. If you are unable to participate in the can drive, please consider making a donation via our virtual drive once it is available. Just $10 provides 25 meals for Hawai‘i families.

Help Spread the Word

Help us spread the word on social media using the #OneCanIfCan hashtag! You can also share our promotional video to raise awareness of our food drive. Watch Video

Hawaii Is a Safe Place to Invest

Mainland Home Buyers see Hawaii as Safe Haven

Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles from any other land mass, many feel Hawaii is a safe place to invest and to stay healthy. Hawaii saw only 637 cases of the COVID-19 across its islands with only 17 related deaths, 11 on Oahu and 6 on Maui. In comparison the US mainland confirmed 1.47 million cases and 88,237 deaths and it is still spreading globally. Most cases identified in Hawaii were introduced into the state by travelers, including returning residents. Hawaii early on set up a two-week quarantine for any incoming travelers and required all residents to a “stay-at- home” period. Social distancing and facemasks were mandatory if you had to be outside your place of residence. With Aloha, Hawaii residences took these mandates seriously resulting today with no new active cases in the state.
Kauai island had a total of 21 cases with all but one case being travel related consisting of 16 residents returning to the island and 5 visitors. All recovered with no deaths and there have been no new cases for 5 weeks.
Since March 15th and the shutdown of Kauai with visitor quarantines and stay-at home mandates, Kauai has seen 82 properties go into escrow. Many of these were done sight unseen with virtual tours or those seen prior to COVID-19. Some properties were able to be viewed by visitors and residents on island using strict safe practices of social distancing, facemasks, gloves and sanitary wipes.

Kauai’s inventory remains low keeping prices stable in most areas, however some predict prices could rise slightly during the year with the increased buyer interest looking to find a safe haven. Loan rates remain low often under 3% depending on a buyer’s credit and purchase amount that provides extra incentive to buyers to invest. Donna Rice, a senior real estate advisor with Elite Pacific Properties. LLC stated “Kauai’s luxury market priced over $1.1M on Kauai remains strong with 8 of the 82 properties that went under contract since March 15th were luxury properties, including 3 beachfront properties on Weke Road in Hanalei that sold for $36 million.” Whether you are looking for a primary residence, second home or investment property Hawaii’s lifestyle, climate, organic foods, and location make it a safe and healthy environment.
Click the photos below for a few properties worth a look:

Questions? Contact Donna today (808) 651-2840

Protected: The road from Hanalei to Haena on Kauai’s north shore is finally open!

After 14 months of closure due to the massive flooding on Kauai’s north shore in April 2018, Kuhio high on Kauai’s north shore from Hanalei to Haena has reopened. This 2 mile stretch of scenic coastline is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and state park in the entire Hawaiian Islands.

Although not completed, the roadwork will continue, fixing the bridges and roads that were damaged during the flood. Due to the incredible rise of tourism within the islands in the last few years, The newly implemented Haena State Park Master Plan limits the number of visitors to 900 a day. Advance reservations are now required for all vehicles, walkers, bikers and shuttle riders entering Haena State Park and day hikers accessing the Kalalau Trail. Reservations can be made here, up to 14 days in advance. There is no parking allowed on the highway and a strict $200 parking violation ticket for those not adhering to these new rules. This is in effort to minimize the visitor impact on this fragile ecosystem. Within the last year of no outside visitors the reefs have come back to life, marine life has rebounded and the way of life in Haena has slowed down to its former years with wildlife running loose and kids playing in the streets. The new system being implemented is an effort to find a balance between Hawaii’s #1 source of income (tourism) and protecting such a sacred place within the Hawaiian islands.

A new shuttle, created by the Hanalei initiative, called the “North shore shuttle” is now in place. Offering scheduled shuttle service to Haena daily, this is a fantastic alternative for visitors to enjoy Haena state park and minimize their impact. The new Kauai North Shore Shuttle runs from Princeville Makai Golf parking lot curb or Waioli parking area,  just past Hanalei to Haena State Park. Online reservations are required.

We encourage visitors to utilize this new system in respect to this fragile community and ecosystem that was affected and damaged by the floods. This is a rural community that has suffered tremendously and it will take traveling lightly, slowly and respectfully to help them transition back to the large number of visitors that are now accessing the area,” says Sue Kanoho, executive director of the Kauai Visitors Bureau.
She recommends visitors read and sign an “aloha pledge,” which you can find here. It offers advice and reminders on how best to explore the area.

Median condo price on Kauai doubles in May

By Janis L. Magin  – Real Estate Editor, Pacific Business News Jun 5, 2019, 6:40pm EDT

Single-family home sales on Kauai saw an uptick last month as the number of condominiums remained unchanged from a year ago, but the median price of a condo more than doubled when compared to last year, according to statistics provided by Hawaii Information Service on behalf of the Kauai Board of Realtors.

The median price of a condominium on the Garden Island in May was $580,000, which was 104.23% more than the median price in May 2018, which was $284,000. That was based on sales of 47 condo units, which was unchanged from a year ago.

The number of single-family homes sold rose 12% to 56 homes, from 50 homes sold in May last year. The median price of those homes was $636,755, which was a decline of 13.66% from $737,500.