Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Registered Properties on the State and National Registers of Historic Places

Registered Properties on the State and National Registers of Historic Places

Wailuku Civic Center Historic District --- State in 1985, National in 1986.
The site includes Circuit Courthouse, County Office Building,
Police Station, Wailuku Library, and District Courthouse

Wailuku Civic Center Historic District is singled out for special recoginition as an historic corridor/district.
A source of civic pride for the community, the entire district represents tangible links to the events that have shaped the island community. The district dates back into pre-contact times, to an era when Wailuku was the center of power for Maui.

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Maui residents told they can play $3 golf

Maui residents told they can play $3 golf

Advertiser Staff

WAILUKU, Maui — Maui County residents can play a round of golf for as little as $3 at the municipal Waiehu Golf Course, under new "twilight golf fees" announced yesterday by the Maui County Parks and Recreation Department.

"The twilight fees are designed to give those who work during the day a chance to hit the links in the evening for nine holes of golf at an unbeatable value," Zachary Helm, Parks and Recreation deputy director, said in a news release.

The Waiehu course is owned and operated by the county.

The twilight special runs from 3 to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Twilight fees for senior residents (60 years and older) are $3 on weekdays and $5 on weekends.

For Maui County non-senior residents, the twilight rate is $5 daily. Other Hawai'i residents pay $15. The twilight rate for visitors is $25 on weekdays and $35 on weekends.

Opened in 1930, the Waiehu Golf Course is one of the oldest municipal courses in the state. It was approved in 1926 by Gov. Wallace R. Farrington and designed and built by county engineers under the leadership of the old County Board of Supervisors, including longtime local politicians Eddie Tam and then-Chairman Sam Kalama. The Board of Supervisors is the predecessor of the current County Council.

Facilities at the 18-hole course include a pro shop and a restaurant. Equipment and cart rentals are available. Instruction is available with teaching pro Art Rego.

A Junior Golf Program is offered through the Maui Junior Golf Association. The 174-acre course offers several oceanfront holes and was the site of the 1996 USGA Amateur Links Championship.

For more information, contact the starter's office at 270-7400 or Ron Kubo, golf course superintendent, at 357-8473.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Iao Parkside Condominium

Iao Parkside Condominiums are coming down in price, there are some great buys here and some real cute units. I work here a lot. This unit is so very cool. Just reduced to $230,000 Bamboo Flooring,Ceramic Tile, Cabinets, Countertops, Refrigerator, Oven, Microwave, Porcelain Sink, Shower & Tub. Such a sweet little unit. 543 square feet of living space, one bedroom one bathroom.


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Kukui Mall

Another small neighborhood shopping center on Maui was sold this month to a mainland real estate investment and development firm, which is aiming to significantly increase its portfolio in the islands.

An affiliate of Chicago-based M & J Wilkow Ltd. bought the fee-simple interest in the 40,974-square-foot Kukui Mall in Kihei on Oct. 1 for $18.7 million. The seller is Niu Pia Land Co. Ltd., a local real estate company. The fund that acquired the mall, Wilcal Maui LLC, is operated by Wilkow and the California State Teachers' Retirement System.

The recent sale is one of several large transactions involving Maui retail properties over the past month, part of a growing trend of mainland investors aggressively competing to acquire properties in Hawaii.

"Hawaii has great fundamental economic characteristics," said David Harvey, a partner of M & J Wilkow. "We like the dynamics in Hawaii -- it has incredibly good growth and low unemployment -- it's a very good place to invest."

Kukui Mall's location at 1819 South Kihei Road, close to the resort areas of Wailea and Makena, makes it an attractive investment with great potential, Harvey said. The center is 94 percent leased with 21 tenants including Consolidated Theatres, Starbucks, Tony Roma's and Local Motion.

The retail center, built in 1988, is comprised of four single-story buildings, which last had major renovations in late 1999.

M & J Wilkow is looking to possibly redevelop the theater site and expand the center, though plans are uncertain because of the pending sale of Consolidated Theatres, Harvey said.

Consolidated's owner, Pacific Theatres Exhibition Corp., which is selling the Hawaii chain to Reading International Inc., has expressed interest in terminating its lease with the center early because the four-screen theater is no longer profitable, he said. However, the new buyer hasn't discussed plans for the Kukui Mall theater.

"It's an underperforming theater for them, so they would like to do something else for it and we'd like to do something else for it too," he said.

Harvey said the mall would have to develop a larger theater for it to be successful, an option M & J Wilkow is considering.

The company, whose overall portfolio totals about $800 million, is looking to eventually grow its Hawaii portfolio to $200 million, Harvey said.

Its other Hawaii holdings include the Parker Ranch Center on the Big Island, acquired in December 2005 for $31.5 million, and the Coconut Marketplace in Kapaa on Kauai, purchased in March for $42.5 million.

Hammerhead shark sighting closes three Maui beaches

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) _ Three South Maui beaches are closed because of a confirmed shark sighting.

County officials say a hammerhead shark, estimated to be about 6-feet long, was spotted near Kamaole II Beach Park at 7 a.m.

All three Kamaole beaches are closed as ocean safety officials track the movement of the shark, which was last seen heading south.

Russell Sparks, of the state's Division of Aquatic Resources, says hammerheads don't present the same threat as other shark species because they primarily eat fish. But people should still stay away.

Kamaole Beach Park I was closed Sunday evening after a shark was sighted about 10 to 15 feet offshore. The species of the shark could not be confirmed.

Earlier Sunday, Keawakapu Beach was closed after a caller reported seeing a shark.

(Copyright 2007 Associated Press. All rights reserved)


Thursday, October 18, 2007

418 Kaao Circle

418 Kaao Circle
Originally uploaded by luckycomehawaii
Here's your chance to get a fixer upper in Kahului.
This one is about to hit the market, you can see it here first, on my blog.
Lucky Come Hawaii
418 Kaao Circle
3 bedroom, 1 bath 881 square foot living space.
7800 square feet yard built in 1961
this is a low low price and a great fixer upper.
The price is right. The Neighbors are all fixing their homes, come join the party. The house to the right is owned and lived in by a Maui Police Officer. Wonderful local working class neighborhood.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Free seminar on condo laws offered Oct. 24

WAILUKU – The state Real Estate Commission will present a free seminar on new condominium laws from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Cameron Center. Condominium specialists also will be present for consultations.

The seminar will review owners’ rights and responsibilities; duties and responsibilities of boards, managing agents and resident managers; prospective purchasers; real estate licensees; developers and their attorneys; other professionals; and the general public.

For more information, call (808) 586-2643 in Honolulu or visit www.hawaii.gov/hirec

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Lorraine R. Inouye Senator IE: Superferry

Thank you for writing in about Hawaii Superferry with your comments and concerns. While I remain a supporter of Superferry and am committed to alternatives for inter-island travel, it is of course prudent to consider the impacts and keep the public well-informed on the pending situation. It is my hope that all parties involved will work together to reach an agreement in a timely manner.

Mahalo for your input.

Lorraine R. Inouye
Senator, 1st District


Senator Fred Hemmings IE: Superferry

Thank you for taking the time to communicate regarding the Superferry. I support the overwhelming majority of Hawaii's people who want and support the Superferry. It is my opinion that the courts have made flawed decisions based on a flawed law. This has happened in the past and the legislature has stepped in to amended laws to protect the peoples' interests. The legislature should make laws—not the courts. Hawaii needs and deserves balanced environmental laws that reasonably protect our natural resources and our economy. In the past, far too many opportunities have been lost to the loudest and often ill-informed protest groups. Hopefully, common sense will prevail this time.

We need an immediate special session of the legislature to amend the law in such a way as to balance the genuine interest of protecting our natural resources and our imperiled economic environment. We must start thinking ahead. Your support in calling for a special session would be most beneficial. We all share the same goal—to protect the beautiful state we live in and to have fair and balanced laws. Thank you for expressing your opinion.


Senator Fred Hemmings
Senate Republican Leader
State of Hawaii


Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Maui News Sing Sing Laugh Laugh

We made the front page of the Maui News for our First Friday performance.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Rainbow Dance

Here are a few good reasons to live on Maui.