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Don & Sylvia Leutz Realtor Brokers

CRS/ABR/GRI/RSPS/SFR e-Pro Certified

808-652-9402

HAWAII REALTOR BROKERS
Lic. #RB-19327/RB-19328
Century 21 All Islands
5-4280 Kuhio Hwy, G-4
Princeville, HI  96722

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Century 21 All Islands
P.O. Box 223700
5-4280 Kuhio Highway
Princeville, HI  96722
 
Office: 
(808) 240-2413
 
Cell:
(808) 652-9402
 
Email:
Leutz@Inreach.com
 
 
 
 

 

Retire in Kauai! - "... And they lived happily ever after!"

Everyone has a different view of the perfect retirement - but you might find that Kauai has everything that you are looking for - and more! 

bulletDid you know that Hawaii was ranked the #1 most TAX FRIENDLY STATE for retirees by Bloomberg Wealth Manager magazine in 2005?
bulletDid you know that Hawaii has ranked in the top 10 states for GOOD HEALTH for 13 of the last 15 years?
bulletDid you know that Hawaii has an AIR QUALITY index of 98.4% - one of the best rankings in the nation?
bulletIf you are a resident, you can often get a Kama'aina Discount on golf, luau's and other fun activities!

And don't forget the incredible scenery, weather and friendly small town atmosphere!  Whether you are looking for an active outdoor lifestyle, a gentleman's plantation or a challenging game of bridge... Kauai has something for every retiree.  Check out the more detailed information on this page.  If you think Kauai could be the perfect retirement location for you, just give us a call and we will be happy to help you find your perfect Hawaiian retirement home on Kauai, Oahu, Maui or the Big Island of Hawaii.

KAUAI POPULATION - (Source US Census Bureau)

2004 Estimate:  61,929
High School graduates, age 25+:  83.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+:  19.4%
Households, 2000;  20,183
Median household income, 1999:  $45,020
 
KAUAI WEATHER & CLIMATE - (Source:  Kauai Data Book 2006)
 
Kauai owes its near-perfect climate to its location near the equator (about 22N Latitude at 159W Longitude), the lack of influence by a continental landmass, the absorption of the sun's energy by the ocean, the consistent length of days, and prevailing trade winds.  The average high temperature during January is 78 degrees and the average high temperature during August is 85 degrees.  Humidity percentages are normally in the 60's and low 70's.  Kauai's weather is almost always pleasant.  The West Side is a little dryer and warmer, the North Shore is a little wetter and cooler.  Hurricanes do occur in Hawaii.  The last one on Kauai was Hurricane Iniki in 1992.  The State of Hawaii has an elaborate warning system against disasters including sirens atop poles to warn of storms and tsunami. 

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES (in Fahrenheit)

    Jan Mar May June Sept Nov
South Shore High 79 80 81 84 82 80
  Low 60 60 61 65 62 61
Lihue High 79 79 79 82 82 80
  Low 60 60 65 70 68 65
North Shore High 79 79 80 82 82 80
  Low 62 64 66 68 69 65

HEALTH SERVICES

Wilcox Memorial Hospital & 24 Hour Emergency Room
3420 Kuhio Highway, Lihue
Website:  www.wilcoxhealth.org
 
Kauai Medical Clinic - Lihue, located adjacent to Wilcox Hospital
Kauai Medical Clinic - Kapaa, located at 1105 Kuhio Highway next to Burger King
Kauai Medical Clinic - Koloa, 5371 Koloa Road
Kauai Medical Clinic - Eleele, 4392 Waialo Road
Eye Care Center - Lihue, Kukui Grove Commercial Village
Dermatology/Podiatry Center - Lihue, Kukui Grove Commercial Center
North Shore Medical Clinic - Kilauea, corner of Kilauea Road & Oka Road.
 
Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital
4800 Kawaihau Road, Kapaa
Website:  www.smmh.hhsc.org
 
Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital
4643 Waimea Canyon Road, Waimea
Website:  www.kvmh.hhsc.org
 
Hawaii State Department of Health
Kauai District Office
3040 Umi Street, Lihue
Website:  www.state.hi.us/doh/index.html
 
TAXES
 
PROPERTY TAX RATES
 
 
 (Per $1,000 Net Assessed Valuation) Building Land
Homestead $3.44 $4.00
Single Family Residential $4.25 $3.95
Apartment $7.90 $6.90
Commercial $7.90 $6.90
Industrial $7.90 $6.90
Agricultural $4.25 $6.90
Conservation $4.25 $6.90
Hotel And Resort $7.90 $6.90
MULTIPLE HOME EXEMPTIONS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS:  The Multiple Home Exemption was established to lighten the tax burden for senior citizens who have limited incomes.  Senior citizens who are 60 years or older by December 31st are eligible to apply for the following tax year..
Age 60-69:  2x the basic home exemption.  (2 x $48,000 = $96,000)
Age 70+:  2.5x the basic home exemption.  (2.5 x $48,000 = $120,000)
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND DETAILS ON OTHER EXEMPTIONS:  www.Kauai.gov
 
PERSONAL INCOME TAX - (Source:  Tax Foundation of Hawaii:  www.tfhawaii.org )
Income tax rate schedules vary from 1.4% to 8.25% based on taxable income and filing status.
 
ESTATE AND TRANSFER TAX - (Source:  Tax Foundation of Hawaii:  www.tfhawaii.org )
On shares of net estates having situs in Hawaii and federal estate tax liability.  tax is equal to the credit for state death taxes allowed on the federal estate tax return.  Where an estate has no federal estate tax liability, then there is no state tax liability.
 
PETS - (Source:  Kauai Data Book 2006)
 
All dogs, cats and other meat-eating animals must spend time in animal quarantine when they enter Hawaii.  This quarantine is required to confirm that the animals do not have rabies.  Animals may spend their quarantine period on Kauai at the Kauai Hume Society facility.  You must make arrangements before arriving!  Your current veterinarian must prepare a pre-shipment health certificate and youmust make appropriate arrangements for shipment, particularly if you will not be accompanying the pet.  Your pet will be required to stay two days on Oahu before being sent to Kauai by plane at your expense.  Depending on the degree to which you prepare your pet with immunizations, the pet will remain in quarantine for either 5 days or 120 days.  If you plan four months in advance and prearrange all the necessary paperwork, you may qualify for a 5 day quarantine or you may qualify for a "walk through," which allows your pet to leave the quarantine facility with you.  Quarantine charges vary. 
For details contact Kauai Humane Society, 3-825 Kaumaulii Highway, Lihue, HI  96766.  808-632-0610.  www.kauaihumane.org
 
ORGANIZATIONS - JUST A SAMPLING OF WAYS TO GET INVOLVED ON KAUAI
 
BRIDGE - The Sunset Bridge Club of Princeville is a sanctioned ACBL Club to conduct Duplicate Bridge games on Kauai.  Sanctioned games are played each Saturday at the Church of the Pacific in Princeville at 1pm.  Visitors are welcome.  For partners or other information call 826-5115.
 
KAUAI MUSEUM - 4428 Rice Street, Lihue.  808-245-6931 - This unique museum's collections are rich in Hawaiian heritage and culture, with emphasis on the indigenous and immigrant people of Kauai and Ni'ihau.  There is also a contemporary gallery featuring the work of local artists, sculptors and craftsmen.  www.kauaimuseum.org
 
KOKE'E NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - Koke'e Road, Milemarker 15, Kekaha.  *08_ 335-9975.  Koke'e Natural History Museum is dedicated to educating visitors about Kauai's econogy, geolgy and climatology through interpretive programs and exhibits.  www.kokee.org
 
NATIONAL TROPICAL BOTANICAL GARDENS
Allerton Garden - 100-acre garden includes statues, marble white buildings and lush tropical vegetation. 808-742-2623 www.ntbg.org/gardens/allerton.html
McBryde Garden - 252 acres of Hawaii Native Plants in the Lawai Valley on Kauai's South Shore.  808-742-2623
www.tntbg.org/gardens/mcbryde.html
Limahuli Garden & Preserve - Located near the end of the road on Kauai's North Shore.  Rare plant conservation and demonstration of native Hawaiian cultivation techniques.  808-826-1053. www.ntbg.org/gardens/limahuli.html
 
FRIENDS OF THE NORTH SHORE LIBRARY:  www.hawaiian.net/northshorelibrary
 
GARDEN ISLAND ARTS COUNCIL - 245-2733 - www.gardenislandarts.org
 
AMERICAN RED CROSS - 4364 Hardy Street, Suite A, Lihue - 245-4919
 
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION, 4491 Kou Street, Kapaa - 821-1776
 
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, 4364 Hardy Street,2nd Floor, Lihue - 245-2942
 
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION - 4303 Rice Street, Suite C3, Lihue - 245-7311
 
AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION - 2002 Umi Street, Lihue - 245-4142
 
KAUAI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE -2970 Kele Street, Suite 112, Lihue - 245-7363
 
KAUAI COMMUNITY PLAYERS - P.O. Box 343, Lihue - 245-7700
 
KAUAI CONCERT ASSOCIATION - 245-7464
 
KAUAI COUNTY FARM BUREAU - 828-2120
 
KAUAI FOOD BANK - 3285 Waapa Road, Lihue - 246-3809
 
KAUAI HISTORICAL SOCIETY - 4396 Rice Street, Suite 101, Lihue - 245-3373
 
KAUAI HOSPICE - P.O. Box 3286, Lihue - 245-7277
 
KAUAI HUMANE SOCIETY - 3-825 Kaumaulii Highway, Lihue, HI  96766.  808-632-0610.
 
KAUAI ORCHID SOCIETY - 828-0904
 
KAUAI VETERANS CENTER - 3215 Kapule Highway, Lihue 246-1135
 
KAUAI VISITORS BUREAU - 4334 Rice Street, Lihue 245-3971
 
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL - KAUAI MEETINGS
Tuesday - 7:30am - Kalepa Sunrise Club - Gaylord's at Kilohana in Lihue
Tuesday - 12noon - West Kauai Club - Waimea Plantation Cottages, Waimea
Wednesday - 7:30am - Poipu Beach Club - Hyatt Regency, Poipu
Wednesday - 12noon - Kapaa Club - Marriott Courtyard, Kapaa
Thursday - 12noon - Hanalei North Shore - Princeville Hotel, Princeville
Friday - 12noon - Kauai Club - Regency at Puakea, Lihue
 
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