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September 1, 2022

40th Annual Okinawan Festival Returns to Hawaii

Got plans for the weekend? Honolulu’s beloved Okinawan Festival returns to the Hawaii Convention Center for its 40th year. Come to enjoy your deep-fried andagi, savory oki-dog, and beloved champuru plates, and stay for the entertainment, local vendors, and Saturday evening’s Bon Dance.

Celebrate on Saturday, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th, with early admissions starting at 9AM. General admissions open at 10AM. Early admissions for adults is $15, with general admissions at $10. Seniors get a discount at $10 for early admissions, and $5 for general. Children 12 and under enter for free.

There’s no admissions fee for the 3rd-floor vendors where you can find specialty foods, original arts and crafts, explore Okinawan culture, and more.

September 1, 2022

Honolulu Rail Begins Extended Testing

Honolulu’s much-debated elevated light metro rail system has begun its “Trial Running” phase, per Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit‘s (HART) press release. Considered the final set of tests prior to launching the service, this phase will test all systems including train cars, rail stations, and personnel, over a period of weeks.

Per the press release, multiple cars will be running between Kapolei and Aloha Stadium, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Testing is expected to continue until operations are deemed ready for public service. It may be a welcome sight for drivers to see train cars moving on the billion-dollar rail project, but officials urge commuters to keep their eyes on the road, and not at the train cars.

The final station east-bound has been a hot topic among residents, where many feel the ridership will suffer greatly if the system isn’t fully-built to Ala Moana Center or even University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus. Federal rail funding will likely play into the final result of the system, though officials have said it may be extendable in the future with additional funds.

August 10, 2022

Sachi Hawaii Newsletter: August, 2022

Aloha and welcome to Sachi Hawaii’s August 2022 newsletter.

The main question we’re receiving in regards to Hawaii Real Estate is, “how is the market responding to the increased interest rates?” The answer might not fully present itself for months down the road, but we’re starting to see a decrease in number of sales for both single-family homes and condominiums.

Hawaii Real Estate Market Update

In July 2022, single-family home sales saw a -22.8% decrease in total sales when compared to the same period last year, dropping from 404 to 312. Condominiums saw an identical -22.8% drop as well. Prices, however, are remaining quite stable at near-record highs. Single-family home median sales prices fell just short of the record-high mark, at $1,107,944, an 11.6% increase over July, 2021. Condominium prices are also remaining steady with a median sales price of $500,000, or a 5.3% increase over the same period last year.

Buyers are looking to move on purchases now as interest rates are expected to increase further. This is keeping the market active, and sellers can still take advantage of the hot market. Properties are still moving quickly with single-family home properties going under contract in just 11 days on average, and condominiums doing so in 12 days.

Single-Family Home Resales

  Number of Sales Median Sales Price
July 2022 312 -22.8% $1,107,944 +11.6%
July 2021 404 $992,500

Condominium Resales

  Number of Sales Median Sales Price
July 2022 518 -22.8% $500,000 +5.3%
July 2021 671 $475,000

Source: HiCentral.com

Sachi Hawaii Listing Update

Benefiting from the still-hot real estate market, Sachi Hawaii currently has 7 properties under contract and in escrow.

Sachi Hawaii successfully sold and closed on two transactions in July, including 976 Hunakai Street in Kahala, listed by Yoshiko Kasuga and co-listed by Atsuko Ajed. This Kahala home sold for full asking price of $3,000,000 in just 7 days on the market. Congratulations to Yoshiko, Atsuko, the sellers, and the new owners! Also closed in July was ONE Ala Moana #1708, which also sold at full price, $1,850,000 in just 6 days on the market. This was listed by Atsuko Ajed of Sachi Hawaii. Congratulations to Atsuko, the sellers, and the new owners!

Sachi Hawaii Sold Properties July 2022

New on the market for August, Sachi Hawaii would like to introduce One Archer Lane #3804. This property, listed by Itoko Leciejewski, has already went into escrow after just 8 days.

The Central Ala Moana #2312

Also new, we’d like to present The Central Ala Moana #2312. a newly completed 3 bedroom, 2 bath luxury high-rise residence. This high floor corner unit enjoys a modern open-concept main living, kitchen, and dining area. Just off the main living area, you’ll find a covered lanai overlooking stunning Pacific Ocean vistas stretching from east to west. The primary bedroom suite also is situated facing south with beautiful Ocean views, while the second and third bedrooms sit facing east with City, Park, and Mountain views.

Central Ala Moana #2312 Living Room

Central Ala Moana #2312 Living to Kitchen

Central Ala Moana #2312 Primary Bedroom
View Property Details: The Central Ala Moana #2312

New Agent Announcement

Ayumi Jampel
Sachi Hawaii would like to welcome Ayumi Jampel to the Sachi Hawaii Luxury Sales Team! Ayumi brings her bi-lingual skills, years of marketing expertise working as Marketing and Public Relations Specialist at Pinpoint Marketing, and extensive client network to Sachi Hawaii. Welcome, Ayumi! We look forward to working with you.

Ayumi Jampel
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Sachi Hawaii Luxury Sales Team (RS-85652)
(808) 260-8209

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