Dec. 14, 2017

Waimea Christmas Light Parade


Waimea hosts its 57th Annual Christmas parade featuring a huge brigade of brightly lit big-rig trucks. This annual tradition is a time to celebrate the approaching holidays and remember the things for which we have to be thankful. This year's theme is "Truckers Light the Town," honoring Waimea's beloved truckers who are always a featured part of the parade.

Waimea Bridge will close at 5:30 pm and reopen by 8:00 pm.


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Dec. 12, 2017

New Plans for Princeville Preserve

The North Shore Preserve was introduced on Wednesday afternoon by developers The Resort Group LLC and East West Partners — a 1,000 acre preserve that would include 75 oceanside, multi-acre home sites on about 650 of those acres.

Representatives from the partnership said the North Shore Preserve is an “evolution of the vision” developer Jeff Stone began more than 15 years ago to “reimagine the crown jewel of Kauai’s North Shore.”

It’s a tweak of the partners’ July proposal that would result in a residential ranch and agricultural community located at Princeville and some say it’s a step toward cooperation with the community.

“It is exciting to hear of Stone’s willingness to work with community members to create a new plan,” said community member Jennifer Luck. “The current proposal does not require the outdated resort designation on the General Plan so it will be great to see the landowner support its compete removal before council.“

But, she said key elements are missing for Stone’s plan to completely address community needs.

Those elements include public access, protection of open undeveloped lands at Anini, helping area families to keep their lands, moving the county transfer station to a new site away from the stream and providing a park and ride to relieve congestion at Haena state park and throughout the north shore.

Kau‘i Fu, north shore resident and granddaughter of Ah Meng Fu, ranch foreman of the old Princeville Ranch said she’d like to see the land on the Princeville plateau dedicated to resident families instead of making a preserve on the North Shore.

“This questions my definition of what a preserve truly is. Besides being low-density, how will this preserve and perpetuate our local Hawaiian community’s history and practices of ranching and farming,” she said. “And how will this preserve our community’s connection to place?”

The idea that the development won’t cater to Kauai’s residents and local families is a concern mirrored throughout the minds of several community members.

Andy Sutton, Hawaii Partner of East West Partners, said the focus is mainly the high-end residential, agricultural community — specifically on second homeowners.

“I would certainly hope there are people in the community looking to purchase or being part of the community,” he said.

He continued: “We wanted to bring back the lower density, low key, light touch feel. It’s complimentary to what the north shore is, the agricultural and rural lifestyle on the north shore.”

Ranching is the main focus for the project, and Sutton said developers are contemplating orchards at the entry as well as other agricultural components.

“We feel that’s an asset to buyers and something buyers would enjoy,” Sutton said.

Development proposals have been ongoing regarding the plateau since the 1980s, though zoning on the central plateau hasn’t been changed in order to jive with the plans.

In 2015, Mehana Blaich Vaughan, North Shore resident and professor with College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and University of Hawaii Manoa’s Sea Grant College program, worked with ten UH graduate students and community members to conduct research regarding land use history and entitlements in the area.

She said the current plan for 75 luxury homes appears to represent a workable build out for the developer.

“Most of the property in question has no resort zoning so the current proposal is in keeping with what is allowable and actually entitled,” Vaughn said.


Dec. 7, 2017

Ohana Niihau O Waimea Fri. 12/8

Ohana Niihau O Waimea, a Free Concert on Friday, Dec. 8th,
starting at 5:30pm. Enjoy an incredible blend of powerful voices.
Meet the people, hear their music, and learn the language.
Taste Hawaiian & Tongan food, as well as shop for shell lei’s.

At the Kauai Memorial Convention Hall. Info 639-1261


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Dec. 5, 2017

Christmas Concerts on Sun. 12/10 & Fri. 12/15

Kauai Chorale presents two evenings of Glorious Music. 

Soaring melodies, exciting rhythms, harmonious and celebratory song will fill the air.

A program of delights to the ears will add joy to your Christmas season.

Enjoy and evening of classic and modern sacred music, Christmas songs,

and all intended to help you enjoy the “Glory of Christmas.”

Tickets are available NOW from the wonderful ticket outlet supporters or any

Kauai Chorale Member at reduced prices until December 9.

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Nov. 30, 2017

Lights on Rice Parade Friday Dec. 1st

This Friday December 1st at 6:30pm

One of the largest gatherings of Kauai where families, companies and well,

just about everyone gets into the holiday spirit with a light parade that travels

up Rice St. from the Vidinha Stadium to the County building where the Festival

of Lights is held. Come early for seating and watch as the lights turn on at the

County Building! Lots of fun for the family! More info:


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Nov. 28, 2017

Kauai Village Shopping Center Sold to New Investors

Real estate investment firm Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP has placed acquisition financing of $32.3 million with a Mainland investor for Epic Real Estate Partners’ $43.55 million purchase of the Safeway-anchored center from Value Rock Realty Partners.
Texas-based Epic Real Estate Partners recently closed the the acquisition of the 109,466-square-foot shopping center, which is also anchored by Ross Dress for Less, from Value Rock Realty Partners, which was represented by HFF, according to the firm’s Boston office.
HFF worked on behalf of Epic Real Estate Partners to place a three-year, floating-rate loan with a life company, a new investor in Hawaii, the firm said.It was the second such placement in 18 months for HFF, which worked on Terramar Retail Centers' $64.75 million sales in June 2016 of the Lahaina Cannery Mall on Maui to US Realty Partners Inc. 
Meanwhile, Epic Real Estate Partners has tapped Commercial Consultants Inc. to handle leasing at Kauai Village, which is also set to undergo renovations.

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Nov. 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from Reside Kauai

Reside Kauai wants to wish you

a healthy & abundant Thanksgiving 


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Nov. 16, 2017

37th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival

HIFF37 film festivals will be held at the Waimea Theater in Kauai from November 16 through the 19! Award winners like OUT OF STATE (MADE IN HAWAII Best Feature and Audience Award for Best Documentary), WILDER PALMS (MADE IN HAWAII Best Short Film and Audience Award for Short Film) as part of the MADE IN HAWAII Shorts Program, and JIMAMI TOFU (Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature) will be shown and this is your exclusive chance to catch these films that had entertained and moved audiences at the recently concluded Oahu portion of HIFF.

Waimea Theater on Kauai kicks off with the 100% Hawaii made GO FOR BROKE: AN ORIGIN STORY, winner of the HIFF37 MADE IN HAWAII Moviemaker Award for director Alexander Bocchierri and writer-producer Stacey Hayashi, and is the definitive film on the origins of the famed 442nd regiment.

For more info and to purchase tickets, go to the Waimea Theater website for the Kauai film program. Below is the full film schedule:

Waimea Theater (Kauai)
November 16
7:00pm GO FOR BROKE: AN ORIGIN STORY (Opening Night)

November 17

November 18
1:30pm BLUE

November 19
7:15pm KULEANA (Closing Night)


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Nov. 14, 2017

Jake Shimabukuro Ukulele Concert

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro joins us Saturday November 18th at the Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach. He will be joined by Kuhio Travis, an up and coming performer from O'ahu. Chef Lucas Sautter will be preparing incredible tapas and light bites to accompany an evening of unforgettable music.

We will also be serving up ice cold locally brewed beers from Kaua'i Island Brewing. Known as the westernmost brewery in the world, Kaua'i Island Brewing is located in Port Allen and features 10 microbrewed beers on draft.

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Nov. 9, 2017

3rd Annual Wahine Comedy Festival

At Trees Lounge this weekend, and it’ll all come from the lips of the ladies.

That’s because the restaurant and bar has set the stage for the third annual Wahine Comedy Festival, hosted by Female Comics of Hawaii. 

The seven-person line-up is all female and Swartzkopf has pulled together comedians from Oahu and Maui —Kauai’s Kaiulani Mahuka is also in the lineup.

Location: Trees Lounge (behind Coconut Marketplace in Kapaa)

Date & Time: 8 p.m. Friday 11/10 and 10 p.m. Saturday 11/11.

Don't miss a good comedy show on Kauai. 

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