Monthly Archives: June 2011

Save Money On Kauai Luxury Lodging

SAVING MONEY WHILE ON KAUAI: Waipouli Beach Resort H302

Whether you are a visitor, in the market for Kauai real estate, or a Realtor, this pricing information will save serious money on lodging.

There are 4 main high end resorts on Kauai: Grand Hyatt Poipu, Marriott Lihue, St. Regis Princeville and Waipouli Beach Resort in Kapaa. Two others, Westin Princeville, and Marriott Waiohai are time shares.

A price survey was conducted June 3, as the travel season begins. The specifications were: two master suites, full kitchen, luxurious grounds, oceanfront, and price.  Actual amenities varied slightly.   Here are the per day results:

Grand Hyatt Ocean Suite                            $893

Marriott Lihue                                            $668 (time share subject to availability)

St. Regis                                                     $1,800 for the master suite and $700 for

adjoining bedroom

Waipouli Beach Resort                              $299-$529 seasonal


None of the first three had a high end kitchen, 3 LCD/Blu-Ray systems, free Nespresso coffee, or other standard amenities of Waipouli Beach Resort H302.  The Kapaa location is ideal to shorten drives to scenic spots or properties.  See more at:


Then call Property Manager Josh Rudinoff of Kauai Exclusive Management at 808 651 0040 for booking.  H302, the best for less.

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It’s hard to visit Kaua’i and not want to come back again and again.  More and more baby boomers are retiring here, or buying winter homes.  Movie stars abound, like Julia Roberts, Sylvester Stallone, Pierce Brosnan, Harrison Ford, Ben Stiller, Michael Crichton (RIP), Bette Midler, and more. We get calls from Minneapolis in the heart of winter, 30 degrees below zero and the wind howling, and are asked, “How’s the weather there on Kaua’i?”  It’s a little awkward to tell these folks its 80 degrees and we are headed for the beach.  Kaua’i real estate is different than the mainland.  Not complicated, just different, and you need a top Realtor to help you navigate to a wonderful home in the American Paradise.  This graph, taken from data in the unimpeachable Multiple Listing Service (MLS) shows which one is best:


Kauai home sales, prices rise in May

Pacific Business News

Home sales and prices rose on Kauai during the month of May, according to data from the Hawaii Information Service.

There were 28 single-family homes sold in May, up 3.7 percent from the 27 homes sold during the same month last year. The median sales price for a single-family home last month was $445,000, up 8.5 percent compared to $410,000 a year ago.

There were 33 condominium sales last month, up significantly from the 18 units sold in May 2010. The median sales price for a condominium in May was $330,000, nearly double the $180,000 average during the same month last year.

Kauai real estate is moving, loan rates are low and loan conditions easing.  Good news for all.




The many books about Kaua’i include history (versions differ widely in some areas), tourism, scientific, flora and fauna, birds, and more.

Some good ones are:  Kaua’i: a Separate Kingdom, The Shoals of Time, Atlas of Hawaii (Univ. of Hawaii Press, latest edition), Geologic History of Kaua’i, and some more controversial about how Hawai’i became a Kingdom, then a Republic, then a U.S. Territory, then, at last, the 50th State of the U.S.A.  Books about the European discovery  by Captain Cook and his later demise, and the original settlements founded by the greatest open sea navigators in history thousands of years ago.  Some read like dramatic fiction but are based on established fact.  Just Google ‘books about Kaua’i’ and you’ll find a long list, or on



Now, everybody has heard Don Ho’s (RIP) Tiny Bubbles, but Hawaiian music has great breadth and depth.  Many Hawaiian musicians are experts at the unique slack key guitar which can be heard in most hotels and bars about Happy Hour and much later.  Popular and memorable artists are Hapa (Hawaiian for ‘half’, because one of the duo is a ha’ole and the other a Hawaiian), Makana, Keali’i Reichel, Amy Hanaiali’i, Willie K, The Brothers Cazimero, Iz, Jake Shimabukuro, and many others.  Buy some to take home to share with friends and bring back memories of your special Kaua’i vacation.  Hawaiian music is truly unique and has its own special soul and sound.  You won’t be disappointed.