One Saturday a month a few local residents head to Hanalei Bay. We gather here to set up for “KORE” KAUAI OCEAN RECREATION EXPERIENCE.

An amazing group of local residents helps the physically challenged and special needs kids and adults get into our beautiful Kauai Ocean.

I have written about KORE in the past and how awesome it is.  Today I wanted you all to hear from someone who has benefited from KORE so I called my friend Eric and asked him if we could share his “Kauai Ocean Recreation Experience” and he wrote me back and said yes.  Thank you, Eric. Here is his story:

Aloha, I’m Eric Lazar and I want to thank Suzi for allowing me to share my story and how KORE has changed my life.

Papa Sau and Eric Lazar. Photo courtesy of Eric Lazar

I have been paralyzed for 11 years.  I have been fortunate to have KORE here on Kauai as they have assisted me in getting back into the water on a surf board.  KORE creates a safe environment and it makes me feel so blessed and lucky to take part in this event every month.   Without the help and support I would have never known how to get back into the water let alone get back onto a surf board.

I had been trying for over ten years to get back into the ocean surfing.  It’s a feeling no one can really describe to you, and after I was paralyzed I couldn’t imagine how I was going to ever get back surfing.

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Kauai Tax Relief

Kauai Property Tax update.

On 10/8/2014 the County Council approved a measure to provide relief to thousands of tax payers with home exemptions who experienced noticeable increases on their real property tax bill. The new measure will cap the allowable tax increase on properties with home exemptions at $250.  The change will go into effect immediately as long as the dwelling on the property has not been substantially altered over the past year, the property hasn’t been subdivided, and has not been sold since October 1, 2013.  Qualified properties, as a result of the new changes, will be issued tax credits. For further information please contact the Real Property Assessment office at 808.241.4224.

With the removal of the 2% cap on property tax increases per year, some home owners’ real property taxes have increased 3-4 times this year despite the increased home exemptions amounts. Many home owners on fixed incomes, such as retirees, were concerned with having to sell their home due to taxation. More discussions and changes will be coming up at the County Council. Its chair, Jay Furfaro, was quoted in our local newspaper as follows ” We need a new tax bill, because right now, we have a mummy walking around, he has got Band-Aids and gauze wrapped all over him. This guy is like the living dead”.

Article by Ruth S. Marvin, R(B), BIC

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The September 30th deadline to file for a Kauai real property tax homeowner’s exemption for the upcoming taxable year is quickly approaching.  A home exemption may result in significant savings by reducing the County assessed value of your primary residence.  Various home exemptions on the County of Kauai include:

  • Basic home exemption: Homeowners (or Lessees of Record) up to 60 years old are eligible for a single home exemption of $160,000.
  • Additional age exemption: Homeowners between 60 and 69 years old are eligible for an additional exemption, increasing the basic exemption to $180,000, and $200,000 for those over age 70.
  • Additional home exemption based on income: Homeowners that qualify for a basic home exemption may also be eligible for an additional $120,000 exemption if their annual gross income does not exceed the 2013 qualified gross income ceiling of $56,000. If the total amount of exemptions meets or exceeds the net taxable assessment for 2014, then the minimum tax assessed shall be $50 in year 2014 or $75 in subsequent qualified years.
  • Home preservation limit: A homeowner who meets certain strict criteria and is subsequently approved could potentially pay real property taxes equal to 3% of his or her total gross income or $500, whichever is higher.
  • Disability exemption: An exemption of up to $50,000 is available to homeowners who are completely blind or deaf or who have Hansen’s disease.  This exemption is in addition to the basic and multiple home exemptions.
  • Totally disabled veteran exemption: If you are a totally disabled veteran due to injuries sustained while on active duty with the U.S. Armed Forces, your home is exempted from all real property taxes, except for the minimum of $100.

Applications for the homeowner’s exemptions are available for download from the County website at www.kauaipropertytax.com; or they can be picked up at the Real Property Assessment office (808.241.4224) located in the Lihue Civic Center.

Current real property tax rates for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 to June 20, 2015 are as follows:

Kauai real property tax changes for 2014 include a “Tax on Use” regulation.  For example, a 65 year old homeowner with a Princeville property assessed at $1,000,000 would be taxed at $2,501 per year if it was used as an owner-occupant / primary residence, $6,050 per year if used as a 2nd home or long-term rental, and $8,850 per year if used as a vacation rental.  Further Kauai real property tax changes for 2014 saw the removal of the “Permanent Home Use Cap”, a 2% cap on the increase of real property taxes per year for owner-occupant properties, replaced by the increased home exemptions listed above.

These changes have created quite an unexpected tax burden for some homeowners on Kauai, becoming a hot topic of discussion throughout the community and in the Garden Island Newspaper.   Additional Kauai County Council meetings have been scheduled to further evaluate and possibly implement new tax rates.

Overall, Kauai’s real property taxes are considered reasonable compared to many other counties and states. As the beneficiary of nearly half of every real property tax revenue dollar received, the County of Kaua’i could not operate without this vital source of income.

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Congratulations to Ruth S. Marvin, RB, for celebrating her 20th anniversary at Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty, Inc.!

Getting her start as a new sales agent in 1994, Ruth quickly learned the trade of being a “trusted, pro-active real estate advisor”. By 2004, Ruth was promoted to Broker-in-Charge, where she has overseen – in collaboration with the company’s Principal Broker – sales transactions in excess of $1 Billion since.

Her high-standards of professionalism paired with attention to detail, organizational skills, and diligent client services are traits that have made Ruth one of the most respected Realtors on Kauai.

Praised by her Bali Hai colleagues as being a leading real estate expert, an encouraging mentor, and a fair team player, she is affectionately called the “Swiss clock”, as a testament to her exacting standards. Her Swiss background and work ethics faithfully reflect in the way Ruth practices real estate: with integrity, confidentiality, efficiency, courtesy and making clients’ interests her #1 priority.

Ruth’s contributions to the company’s success over the years are multifaceted, ranging from personal sales transactions to new agent training, contract reviewing, and implementing improved business practices to serve our clients in the best way possible. We are fortunate to have Ruth as part of our Bali Hai ‘Ohana. She is a priceless asset, leading and refining not just our office, but the entire real estate industry, through her poise and grace. Please join us in congratulating Ruth Marvin for her 20 years of dedicated service!

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My friends and I love ocean swimming. Living on Kauai allows us to do it year round. During the summer months, the waters are calmer on the north shore and that’s where we focus all of our swims. This past summer was especially fun since we made it a point to cover most of the entire north shore coastline.

Heading out to sea…Naomi paddles out from Waioli Stream to meet us in the Bay. Photo by Naomi Hild.

Last Saturday was our last “adventure swim” for the north shore for the summer.  We decided to go from Queen’s Bath to Waikoko, a nice little Iron distance. We ran down to Queen’s Bath, jumped in from the rocks and were immediately greeted by turtles. As we rounded the corner of Queen’s Bath to head out, there was a stunning double rainbow. Pinch me! Come on…turtles and rainbows – every swim should start out so dreamy. And it was a great swim. The water was calm and crystal clear. It really is amazing to “float” above the landscape of the ocean floor and look at a world through a blue green hue as turtles and fish “fly” around their habitat. The rest was a smooth swim to Waikoko. We all felt so blessed to live on Kauai where we can live these adventures year round.

Our friend Naomi Hild kayaked out to us and escorted us to Waikoko. She even captured some great photos that she was happy to share. Enjoy!

Way out in Hanalei Bay…headed to Waikoko. Photo by Naomi Hild.

This swim is not for everyone.  Consult with a lifeguard prior to swimming in our waters – and we always recommend swimming or snorkeling where lifeguards are present.

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If you are considering buying a home on Kauai you can see some of the island’s best real estate deals by browsing through the Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty Kauai Real Estate Galleries, or use the Map-Based Kauai Home Search.

Also please feel free to give us a call. The Bali Hai Realty staff will be happy to help you find the perfect Kauai vacation rental or assist you in the process of buying or selling a Kauai home. We also offer the highest level of personalized Concierge Services to help you plan your Kauai vacation activities.

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Moon Tides

There she was again – that iridescent full moon.  Whispering to my instincts, waking me up well before dawn, and luring me outside to bask under the glow of her illuminating brilliance.  I’m hypnotized, body buzzing under a love spell – or perhaps a cup of Hawaii’s finest Kona coffee.  Whatever the source, it set me off on a chase to watch her melt into the sea.  I was not alone, for her gravitational force magnetically signals to all who are tuned in, “get thee to the sea”.

First swell of the season. Photo by Erin Erickson

Bright eyed and wave starved, today nearly every surfer on the North Shore of Kauai congregated to Hanalei Bay at dawn, reveling in the first bump of swell paired with the full moon overhead.  Even from shore, one could feel relief washing over the bodies and souls of each grateful wave warrior, as they paddle over, under and into this welcomed gift from Mother Nature. They implore to know the wave completely, connecting Read the rest of this entry »

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Have you ever dreamed of owning a home right on the beach? But not just any beach…Hanalei Bay! One of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the world! Stand on the sand by the pier and turn towards the Bay, the mountains and the waterfalls.  If that view doesn’t amaze you, nothing will. If you’ve been here, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, then you need to get here.

Beachfront lanai at the Carriage House.

True beachfront Hanalei Bay listings are a rarity, so this is an opportunity you do not want to miss. Not only is this home right on the sand, it has a very successful and permitted vacation rental, too! It’s a cute and cozy vacation rental, but it’s the location that keeps it fully occupied.  Definitely location. Imagine waking up and walking right out to the beach as you drink your morning coffee or smoothie. No driving or parking necessary – you’re right there. Grab your board and head out to a great surf session. Go for a swim. Go for a paddle. Or just enjoy YOUR view. Want to head into Hanalei town? Grab your bicycle or stroll in. It’s that easy.

The Carriage House vacation rental and garage.

The immaculately and lovingly maintained main home is traditional in design with warm toned American Cherry cabinets and Brazilian Cherry floors. Outdoor water features and thoughtful landscaping make a beautiful garden setting.  The permitted vacation rental known as the “Carriage House” is located above a three car garage – perfect for a workshop or storing your toys – or even your vehicles!

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The perfect location at Hanalei Bay!

Kauai Real Estate Services and Vacation Accommodations

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For the finest quality Kauai vacation rentals including luxury estates, condos, cottages and beach villas, see our Kauai Vacation Rental Galleries or use our new Map-Based Vacation Rental Search feature.

Also please feel free to give us a call. The Bali Hai Realty staff will be happy to help you find the perfect Kauai vacation rental or assist you in the process of buying or selling a Kauai home. We also offer the highest level of personalized Concierge Services to help you plan your Kauai vacation activities.

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Fall in Love with Kauai!  Fall Discount and deals.

Hale Lola

Book your vacation rental with Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty and ask for our FALLspecial and receive a discount on select properties managed by our company. We offer a wide selection of vacation rental homes, condos, cottages and luxury estate homes located in the north and east shore of Kauai!  Many comforts of vacation rental homes may include a fully equipped kitchen, more space than a hotel room, TV, DVD, WIFI, BBQ Grill, living room, lanai area, beach gear, most of the comforts of a home and much more.   The Bali Hai Realty Vacation Rental Team is your island host.  We also offer complimentary lei greeting at your vacation rental and can also assist with any of your island activities or any island information that will help you have a vacation of a lifetime!

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Kauai Vacation Rentals, Realty Services and Concierge

For the finest quality Kauai vacation rentals including luxury estates, condos, cottages and beach villas, see our Kauai Vacation Rental Galleries or use our new Map-Based Vacation Rental Search feature.

If you are considering buying a home on Kauai you can see some of the island’s best real estate deals by browsing through the Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty Kauai Real Estate Galleries, or use the Map-Based Kauai Home Search.

Also please feel free to give us a call. The Bali Hai Realty staff will be happy to help you find the perfect Kauai vacation rental or assist you in the process of buying or selling a Kauai home. We also offer the highest level of personalized Concierge Services to help you plan your Kauai vacation activities.

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