Over the past few weeks, it’s become clear that the world is facing an unprecedented challenge. While we all are entering uncharted territory together, Kauai and the Hawaiian Islands are pulling through.
To give a sense of what's happening over here, I have put together a few local announcements, real estate market updates, and a list of binge-worthy podcasts and books to read to help with the eventual indoor insanity.
In most recent news, Kauai now has five (5) confirmed cases of COVID-19, while statewide there are 95 confirmed cases. Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami has implemented 5 Emergency Rules as of March 26, 2020.
- Mayor's Emergency Rule #1 – All Kauai campgrounds, community centers, and large pavilions are closed. In addition, all county Stadiums and their associated parking lots are closed.
- Mayor's Emergency Rule #2 (AMENDED RULE) – A curfew from 9:00pm to 5:00am is established. Every individual within the County of Kauai must remain in their residence during the specified hours.
- Mayor's Emergency Rule #3 – The following list of businesses are now closed: bars and clubs; restaurants and cafes that serve food; and theaters, entertainment centers, and visitor attractions; and suspend services and activities in places of worship.
- Mayor's Emergency Rule #4 – No more than 100-day use permits will be issued for all island-wide County beach parks. A park permit fee of $50 per vehicle and $5 per person shall be assessed. State of Hawaii residents are exempt from these permitting requirements.
- Mayor's Emergency Rule #5 (AMENDED RULE) – Local guidelines to the Governor's statewide State-at-Home Order. the Stay-at-Home rule essentially keeps people at home, with very limited exceptions.The GOOD NEWS – Two confirmed cases here on Kauai have made a full recovery and have returned home to the mainland. The additional three confirmed cases are being held in isolation.
I have created a COVID-19 Resources page on my website with a list of National, State, and Local sites to help you better understand coronavirus and how it's affecting Hawaii. If you have travel plans here, please follow the state and local sites for more information. Real-time updates are made, so please check it out and share this with anyone you feel should know it too!
I have also created a Kauai Life with COVID-19 Facebook Group to update each resident or visitor with recent store closures/updated hours, share staying indoor ideas, update the general population with real estate updates, and lastly spread positivity and encouragement for all to use!
National Real Estate Market Update
I've had a lot of clients ask me how this pandemic is affecting real estate – especially seeing how it's affecting the stock market. Expert economists and Real Estate gurus have spoken. Combined with the help of Keeping Current Matters, I've pieced together this video of graphs and explanations from my Instagram Stories. Follow me on Instagram to see more!
Click the Video below to watch.
Kauai Real Estate Market Update
I have put together the below graphics tracking the listing updates island-wide. Comparing the weeks of February 10 – March 16 in 2019 to February 9 – March 21 in 2020, we are monitoring the number of new listings, sales, price changes, homes under contract or holding contingencies, and back on the market homes.
While the number of sales have decreased in 2020 the past three weeks, the number of properties going under contract has actually increased. We will continue to monitor and these graphs will be updated weekly.
*We don't have statistics on the number of homes under contract or holding contingencies and back on the market homes from 2019.
Kauai Market Reports
Below are real-time market reports complete with a Buyer or Seller Advantage, Median List Price, Market Profile, Market Segment, and so much more for each respective city.
What Should I Listen To?
Thank you New York Times for your many suggestions.
It’s understandable if you don’t want to look at a screen right now — maybe you’re working from home and your eyes are burned out from staring at your laptop; perhaps you’ve been watching cable news for too many hours and just can’t with your TV anymore.
Luckily, there’s a world of audio-only content we can recommend. For example, if you want to hear something that might make you feel better, you can listen to someone read our profile from last fall: “This Tom Hanks Story Will Make You Feel Less Bad.”
If you want deeper dives, here are some podcasts, broken down by category.
- I want to hear some food podcasts.
- I’m looking for something about health or emotional well-being.
- I love movies and want to listen to other people who also love movies.I miss sports so much.
- I need to get in touch with my spiritual side.
- Broadway is closed and I’ve worn out my cast album recordings. Are there theater podcasts? (You better believe it.)
What Should I Read?
What books offer you comfort? We asked more than 20 authors about what they read to soothe their own anxieties.
Fantasies probably sound appealing right about now. Celeste Ng, the author of “Little Fires Everywhere,” recommends “The Princess Bride.” You might already know and love the movie, but Ng says the novel it’s based on is just as worth your time, calling it “a fairy tale that acknowledges that life isn’t fair” that “still manages to make you feel that the good guys might win.”
What about poetry? For that, Luis Alberto Urrea goes to “Winter Morning Walks,” a collection of poems Ted Kooser wrote while recovering from cancer that “will bring you grace abundant,” Urrea writes.
And for those who find themselves drawn to non-fiction even in these times, J. Courtney Sullivan suggests trying Mira Ptacin’s “The In-Betweens” — it’s the true story of Camp Etna, a 150-year-old community of spiritualists and mediums, hidden deep in the woods of Maine.
I'm here to remind you your Kauaian dreams can still come true. Follow me on all the social platforms to view the island from afar or sign up to receive weekly emails covering the pandemic here in Hawaii.
Be safe, stay healthy, and we’ll see you soon!
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