Friday, May 29, 2009

St. Regis Princeville

The Princeville Resort is being renovated, with plans to open this fall. A nice article in a Hawaii Magazine blog discusses how it will become the first St. Regis property to open in Hawaii. Four new restaurants, a new spa, and new stores are included in the renovation. Sounds pretty nice. Grand opening is planned for October 1.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Poipu Beach Having Problems

An article in the Honolulu Star Bulletin reports that erosion is reducing the size of Poipu Beach on Kauai by about a foot a year, and also causing dangerous swimming and snorkeling conditions. Proposals to rebuild the beach are being considered. (Even though these sorts of projects rarely work long-term - its hard to fight Mother Nature...)

[Note: it appears the Star Bulletin article was an AP version of a story that appeared the day before in theGardenIsland.com. This article has some additional information, including interesting comments about how the price of sand!]

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Kukui'ula

A large new development is being built on the south shore of Kaua'i, near Koloa and Poipu. Called Kukui'ula, the development features a number of homesites, a new golf course being designed by Tom Weiskopf, and a shopping center. Also included is "The Lodge at Kukui'ula", with villas and cottages for homeowners and their guests (presumably for visitors to stay at?).

The shopping center will be opening this summer, and a recent article discussed some of its plans. Early tenant commitments include a new restaurant from Peter Merriman, a Quiksilver shop, and a Lappert's Ice Cream store.

Its not clear what's happening with the rest of the development. The web site naturally doesn't say anything negative, but another article from March said "Major developers have run the gamut from ‘delaying’ to ‘indefinitely suspending’ construction projects… the Marriot, Ritz-Carlton, and Kukui’ula just to name a few on Kauai."

Its also not clear if the golf course is planned to be private or open to the public; this probably also depends on the timing of the construction of the course and the speed with which people buy homesites and build homes on the property. If the course is finished before there's enough owners to use and pay for it, it may allow some public play for a while.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Wild Roosters on Kauai

The Wall Street Journal has an article about the large number of wild roosters running around the island of Kauai. On beaches, in food courts, and so on. Crowing day and night. There've been some attempts to kill or trap the roosters, but with little success.

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Golf Course Updates

The San Francisco Chronicle website has a special blog called Hawaii Insider. A post from February 17, 2009 talks about changes underway at some Hawaii golf courses. Specifically:
  • Kaluakoi Golf Course on Molokai has been closed.
  • The two courses at Kauai Lagoons are undergoing changes; the back nine of the (better) Kiele course is being rebuilt, so currently you play the front nine of Kiele and 9 holes of what used to be the Mokinana course.
  • The Lakes and Ocean nines at Princeville Makai are closed while being upgraded.

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