INDEX - DEVELOPMENTwww.islandbreath.org ID# 0704-11
SUBJECT: POIPU DESTROYED LIKE MAUI
SOURCE: JUAN WILSON firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTED: 28 JUNE 2007 - 4:30pm HST
Yet another big ugly thing is coming here!
image above: Brochure cover promoting Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach condo project
by Juan Wilson on 28 June 2007
This falls into the "Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse" department. I was shuffling through my junk mail today, to separate out the bills, and found an envelope that looked like woven grass. I popped it open to find a fancy fourfold brochure in full color. A lovely local gal walking the shorebreak towards a dream-like sunset. The title "Savor Every Moment". Inside were several shots of under 30's having fun in the sun. Over a local teenage girl surfing was emblazoned:
"The more you return, the deeper your experience will be."
Someone had spent a few bucks on this "Dog & Pony Show" to characterize the southshore as such a magical place. Well it won't be magical after they build this monster. Here is the first salvo of ugliness I saw.
Oh my god! A wall of hurricane-proof concrete four-story high condos as densely packed as the fire safety regulations would allow. In the fine print I found that S & P Destination Properties is offering this nightmare up.
S & P confides that "whole ownership real estate opportunities in Hawaii are extremely limited. Koloa Landing will only be available through an Exclusive Priority Reservation Program."
Since the brochure was, in fact, an invitation to pre-construction pricing and selection for "VIPs" like me, I think that means that S & P wants their money up front before they build. No risk for S & P. Find the suckers - take their money. In and out. The offering is for two to four bedroom furnished residences from $900,000 to $3+ million. Are there people still out there with that much to waste?
And, could it get any uglier in Poipu than this? Yes, with more of the same units strung across the landscape.
Even though they title the project "Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach, it's good that this project is going to have a pool, because there is barely oceanfront and no beach at Koloa Landing. To get to Poipu Beach would require driving east along Poipu Road for about 7/10ths of a mile, and turning down the beach road to look for a parking space. Good luck! Now, you could walk, if you don't mind trespassing through the Sheraton and Waiohai Resorts. With the pace of development as it is, you won't be able to spread out a napkin, much less a towel once you do find Poipu Beach.
Anyway, if you want a priority invitation to the Koloa Landing VIP event, or you just want to vent your spleen, contact:
PO Box 640
Koloa HI 96756-9976
Koloa Landing Preview Center
2251 Kapili Road, Kauai, Hawaii, 96756
S & P Destination Properties
#1750 – 1500 West Georgia St.
Vancouver, BC, Canada