Watching the long lines for covid tests, the island residents seem to be gripped with omicron anxiety.The visitors, on the other hand, are coming back in droves. The mayor has calmed down with his restrictions, everything is open again, new businesses replacing old ones. You are supposed to wear a mask indoors, but that’s about it.

 
Building four is halfway done. Work on building one will start in March on the makai side of the building. Then building nine, finishing with building eight.
 
Looks like our April 29 owner’s meeting is a go without restrictions. You never know.
 
Please remember to replace your old water heaters.
 
Another reminder, Kahala unit owners, not the association, own the windows, front door, sliding glass doors and outside lights. 
 
More and more owners are wanting to bring cars here and there are no more reserved spots. The visitor spots are for the construction team. The Board will have to figure out the parking situation when all this construction is done. 
 
Hope to see ya’ll in April!

Kahala made it through the storms with no problems. We had hoped to get the tree trimming done before the winter, but there is a huge labor shortage on the island and everything is going slower than the normal slow. The Board decided that we need to find another way of cleaning our gutters other than walking on our forty year old roof. Our investigation of gutter guards turned up negative. We are still trying to figure it out. 

Building Four construction is about one third done. Building One will probably start sometime in March.

We are building some railings for the stairs on Building Nine. The rains have made it clear that the slippery steps are not safe. 

We have had a couple more floods. We have started a regular process of sewer line maintenance. Here is what we are learning: upstairs units need to have full water flush toilets, all bathtubs and showers need little filter traps to catch hair in the drains, signs not to put tampons in the toilets would be helpful  and, of course, replace your water heater every seven years. PLEASE NOTIFY YOUR ON-ISLAND REPRESENTATIVE!

If you have a car in the reserved spots (or if you leave your car your assigned spot while you are gone) be sure your on-island representative has a key in case it needs to be moved.

It is beautiful here! Happy Holidays!

The balcony project is progressing well.  Building four is presently under construction. They are finding more rotten wood and overcoming balcony support beam issues. It will take time. Building one is next. February?     

There are many rules in our bylaws regarding what is allowed on our lanais that haven’t been enforced.  (Only outdoor furniture, potted plants and certain umbrellas are allowed.) Prior to this massive refurbishment on all the balconies, the owners were responsible for their care and upkeep.  This is now the responsibility of the Kahala homeowner’s association. The Board is asking that all potted plants be removed from upstairs balconies once the new floors are installed. Potted plants retain water during rains. Dirt and moisture build up underneath them. The weight, moisture and dirt combination over time can damage our balcony/lanais. Please make sure that all furniture on the balcony and lower lanais have either plastic or felt feet on anything that touches the tile surface so as not to damage the new tile. 

Most of these units are on the short term rental market. Kahala competes with hotels. Appearance is everything. Please be aware of your balcony/lanai’s appearance to others (especially if your lanai is in view of visitors)  Please take surfboards, bicycles, exercise bikes etc. off your balconies and keep it tidy. 

There is currently a waiting list for reserved parking spots. Please don’t buy or send a car to Kauai unless you have a place to put it. Remember, each unit has ONE parking spot. Visitor parking is used for the occasional visitor to your unit (not a second car from someone who is staying with you for months.) Visitor parking is used by maintenance workers and housekeeping workers, also gutter contractors, railing contractors and our structural maintenance team.  Unfortunately, there are also several Po’ipu Kai Association (PKA) owners who use our lot to access the PKA pool and tennis courts. Kahala Association is currently creating a parking program to identify all cars that are going to be parked in the parking lot, both short term and long term.  Once the majority of the lanai repairs are done, the parking spaces will be re-organized for better Kahala usage (note- your spot to your unit will not change) .

Hope all is well during the holiday season and Aloha from Kauai

Hi everyone! 

The floors, tiles and beams on building two are done. The railings are mostly done, but all should be done this week if the stars are aligned. Scaffolding is going down on building two and going up on building four. Building four may take longer for various reasons, primarily because rotten upper beams will need to be replaced and there will be Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks.

Building one will probably start in February.  It too has rotten upper beams and will take longer.

The island still has a bunch of COVID rules that affect our gutter contractors with fourteen day quarantines, so the gutter construction is way behind.

The island is back to normal in the slow season. Living Foods has reopened with new owners, but Tortilla Republic and Ruth Chris are gone forever. Pizzetta in Koloa is also gone. They are starting to build new condos and hotels again. Traffic has returned to the Eastside.

PLEASE have your property managers remove plants from your balcony. They are a source of broken tile and potential leaks. They seem to always be dirty and muddy and attract bugs. After spending two million dollars, we need to protect our investment. Also, lanai furniture with heavy/solid wood/block type legs should have waterproof foot glides, so the furniture legs don’t absorb or hold water and debris and stain the new floor.

Building two construction is going well, some railings are done, all the floors will be done in a few weeks. Gutters eventually. 

Scaffolding will go up on Building Four by the middle of October, maybe sooner. They will work on the west side first (units 411, 421.)

Building four will take much longer because of rotten beams that need replacing and because the guys will take Thanksgiving off and some time off Christmas.

Building one will be after building four. Building eight and nine will be early next year. Each building takes about three months.

Most of our main sewer lines have been cleaned. We will restart cleaning individual unit lines this January. Please have your property managers put hair traps in your bathtub drains. We simply can’t afford any more floods. If your water heater is due to be replaced, please do it now. Tourism is way down again.

The Close Down of the island brought us multiple disastrous floods that cost us all a lot of money. Delays in entering the building were a big problem because there are so many inexpensive property managers nowadays (Air B&B, Craigslist, etc.) that have their own keys/entry codes and are often very slow in answering calls from our security team. Our security team has at least fifty keys on their key chain. All the locks will be changed soon to allow for easy access in emergencies.

We are not sure if there will be an in person October meeting yet. 

A whole new wave of Covid flu anxiety has gripped the island. The governor just clamped things down again. It is hard to keep up with all the rules. Check before you come. Plane fares are astoundingly cheap. There is a great deal of anti-tourist sentiment on the island right now and the angry buzz word on the island is “over-tourism.” 

Building three is rentable with new decks and railings. Building two is one-third done, the two middle units are being demoed now. In a couple months, work will start on building four. Building one after that.

REMINDER: When a building is being worked on, the whole building is uninhabitable for two to three months. 

Please have your property managers place screens on your bathtub drains.

Our Board budgeted $50,000 for possible floods last year. We spent $192,000 reimbursing homeowners for water damage in 2020 and 2021 from sewer backups. As a result, our insurance premium is going from about $37,000 a year to $68,000 next year! Obviously, what we are doing isn’t working. We are working on new protocols. 

Please don’t forget to check all your flood warning alarms. 

Gordon LaBedz 

808 634 8535

Be sure to visit our owner website KahalaOwners.org

(4-27-2021) Ceilings are going in as crews finish lanais. The images below in the gallery are of Kahala 623. The vent in the center allows the ceiling to remain dry.

(4-24-2021) Building 6 will be complete and all units rentable by end of May.  624 is completed with railing.  633 and 632 tile is complete, grouted and sealed.  622 and 623 have the first coat of the HydroBan membrane, tile starting next week after the new vent and ceiling prototype installed.  If viable, Sal will start reinstalling ceiling as he goes to avoid having to return to the units in the future.  Scaffold and tent erected on 621, demo to start next week.

We have updated the lanai schedule based on observations and discussing with Sal.  We agreed to revisit the schedule when he gets to building 4.
We simplified the graphic so it is clear that owners will not be able to rent while construction is taking place, and may not want to stay either.

 

(4-18-2021) The lanai replacement project continues to go well. As Sal and his crew work through each building, they are learning techniques to be more efficient. Look for an updated schedule soon but you can expect a twelve week period where you unit is not rentable. 

So far Buildings 5 and 7 are complete. Sal and the crew are working on Building 6.

I’ve attached images that show finished lanais and also what a shrouded unit looks like so you get the idea of why you can’t rent it out!

Also see new pictures of the mailboxes. You can pick up your keys from Marlene in the Poipu Kai office. Be sure to go down to the Koloa post office and fill out an activation form.

 

Exterior of Kahala unit

Lanais under construction

Tourism opened up again on April 5th. That means more visitors will be staying at Kahala. The parking freedom we’ve experienced is over – and we should go back to parking only in our marked spaces. The visitors slots are for the construction crews and housekeeping. If you need a reserved parking slot, call the Poipu Kai office.

Speaking of construction – this is a picture of a lanai on Building 6. The crew is hard at work replacing the leaking lanais, however the recent rains really set the project back. 

Earlier in the year we shared with you a proposed timeline for each building. We should now add three weeks to those estimates

Kahala exterior

building 6 shrouded in tarps

We know the look isn’t great (unless modern tarp is your thing!). 

The crews are finding more problems with rotting but are diligent in handling any new issues. When this is all over you will have a great new lanai that won’t leak!

Also remember our new email list. If you received an email from simplelists.com make sure to confirm your address so you can receive direct updates. 

We have had very heavy rain here in Po’ipu all week. 

 

I would suggest that you get your on-island representative to check your empty unit for leaks. Rain is blowing thru south facing louvred windows, uncaulked sliding glass doors and the balconies that are not done yet (special attention to corner units with two balconies.)

Gordon LaBedz 

Po’ipu is still pretty much a ghost town. Great for us who live here. A few restaurants are open part time. The big hotels are all closed.

 
Buildings 5, 7A and 7B are done! Rotten beams and posts replaced, new floors and waterproofing and new railings are in. Gutters are going up now. Building 6 floors are  being demolished now. Rains and winds have put us a bit behind, building three will be worked on in April.
 
Our forty year old gutters and irrigation system are being worked on and there are a few remodels being done, so workers are parking anywhere convenient. Mayor Derek is backing off on his clampdown rules April 5, but for now, parking is wherever you want. Reminder, that when visitors come back, parking will be in your one designated spot, more than one car will need a reserved spot.
Gordon