Isle housing bottom seen - Business

Isle housing bottom seen - Business

There are 62104 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Apr 3, 2009, titled Isle housing bottom seen - Business. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

The worst could be over for Oahu's slumping housing market even though slower conditions are expected to persist until there is better economic news in the state.

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Guru

Canyon Country, CA

#62667 Dec 21, 2013
obama in Kailua now...

Hawaiian community is ready for the Obamas
Residents have seen soaring property prices and certain inconveniences since the first family began vacationing in Kailua, Hawaii, but they're happy to welcome the president back as one of their own.

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Obama in Hawaii

President Obama leaves his vacation house to play golf in Kailua, Hawaii, where he and his family are spending their winter break.(Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images / December 22, 2013)

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By Maeve Reston

December 21, 2013, 8:35 p.m.

KAILUA, Hawaii — Five years after Barack Obama first made Kailua his winter White House as president-elect, his arrival Friday night was a decidedly low-key event.

His sojourns have, without question, put this laid-back beach town on the map. Property values have soared here and in neighboring Lanikai, where the president likes to play golf. Chinese buyers now pop into local real estate offices inquiring about houses in "the president's neighborhood." And to the annoyance of residents, tourists wheel through the streets on fat-tired bikes snapping pictures of the Obamas' vacation rentals.

But in the hours before the first family arrived around midnight Friday, it was quiet on Kailuana Place, an unassuming street where the president's backyard opens to the turquoise waves of Kailua Bay and views of the peninsula that houses the nearby Marine base. At his last news conference of the year at the White House, Obama said he was looking forward to skipping town for "a couple of days of sleep and sun," and his Hawaiian neighbors seemed content to give him the privacy to do just that.

"I pity the guy that he's had such an adversarial Congress with the Republicans," said Doug Miller, a retired Honolulu police officer who lives up the street from the house that the Obamas are renting this year. "If he came up with a cure for cancer, they would somehow be against it."

Miller, who was in his front yard Friday steering his family's pet tortoise, Petrie, away from chewing the Christmas light cords, had already put out his Obama Chia Head, which was sprouting green tendrils of hair, and said he planned to put up a sign inviting the president to come by for a beer.

After the shaky rollout of his new healthcare law...

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Guru

Canyon Country, CA

#62668 Dec 21, 2013
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"..., Miller said Obama needed a real break: "It's unfortunate that there's been so many glitches — that's not his fault — it's a monster for him to unfold that kind of a thing. So I'm OK with him staying here despite the significant inconvenience that it does cause the neighborhood."

Those headaches were set to begin this weekend, first with the 24-hour parking ban on the streets around his house and later with the movements of the president's motorcade, which residents say can bring traffic on the two-lane roads of Kailua to a halt for as long as 45 minutes.

That is in part because of the intimacy of this small town, which curves along the southeast shore of the island about a 40-minute drive from the crowded beaches and shopping malls of Waikiki.

Separated from the bustling commerce of the south by a towering mountain range, Kailua and Lanikai were once unspoiled acres of farmland. Photos from the 1920s of the Kalapawai Market — a general store that sits in between Kailua Beach and Obama's favorite shave ice shop — show coconut plantations lining the ocean, and later watermelon and papaya farms that were established by Japanese immigrants.

Much of the home-building in these once-sleepy beach towns came after the construction of the Pali tunnels through the mountains, and residents have tried ever since to keep the development in check. Dash Holland, a real estate agent at Century 21 in Kailua, said the market here recovered faster than any other part of the island after the recession and "competition is fierce" for properties, particularly like the ones the Obamas have rented that look out on the ocean and the Mokulua Islands.

One property on Kailuana Place is listed for $4.9 million; another for $4.2 million. "We can't keep them in the magazines" because they sell so fast, she said.

Recently the Kailua Neighborhood Board went to battle with the state tourism agency, which was encouraging visitors on its website to seek rentals in Kailua if they could not find places to stay in Waikiki. Neighborhood board President Chuck Prentiss said only about 65 properties in Kailua can be rented legally, but hundreds are being advertised on websites like rental giants Airbnb and VRBO, which he said have no place in a residential neighborhood.

Prentiss, however, does not blame the president. "We like having him here," he said. "He's a local boy."

On each visit, the Obamas have done their best to blend in, spending much of their time at home and at low-key gatherings with friends. On Friday, Secret Service officers in striped short-sleeved shirts readied a small, white tent they will use while keeping watch over the Obamas' stretch of beach. On the street side of the house, black patrol boats were in place along the canal that runs beside Kailuana Place.

The Obamas' Christmas trimmings were spare: evergreen wreaths at either end of the driveway with small red bows. But before the family arrived, gardeners were busy in the front yard clearing palm fronds and trimming back the bushes blooming with tropical flowers.

If world events permit — moments after he landed Friday night, the president's vacation was interrupted for a briefing on the four servicemen injured in an attack in South Sudan — Obama is expected to frequent his favorite golf courses, work out at the Marine base, where he golfed on Saturday, and step out for hikes and shave ice with his daughters. Island Snow, which has doubled in size since they first visited, began serving the president's shave ice order — flavored with lemon-lime, cherry and guava syrup — as the "Snowbama" long ago.

Though Obama's visits are no longer a novelty,...

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leeward lolo

Pearl City, HI

#62671 Dec 21, 2013
Hawaii taxpayers pay $500,000 for HPD salaries and overtime while the circus is in town.

NOT REIMBURSED OF COURSE.
Guru

Canyon Country, CA

#62672 Dec 21, 2013
bobharris57 at 10:52 PM December 21, 2013

Johnson owned the Ranch in Texas where he spent his vacations, Nixon owned San Clemente where he had the "Western White House" on the beach. Carter had his spread in Ga. Reagan owned the ranch in Ca that he spent his vacations at. George HW Bush owned the Kennebunkport complex he vactioned at and GWB owned the ranch in Crawford.

Clinton went wherever his pals would donate a vacation pad, be it Martha's Vineyard or wherever. Obama seems cut of the same cloth. Let someone else foot the bil.

Who's paying for his rental? I do not begrudge anyone a vacation, but I would like to know if he is paying for this or if the taxpayers are. And no silly stuff about the cost of AF1 and the SS guards etc. All the Presidents get and deserve that. But who pays for the house.
Awapuhi at 10:24 PM December 21, 2013

Good lord. We hate this jackass coming here. Maybe he can vacation in the Michael Jordan place in Chicago instead. he destroys everyone's lChristmas life here and revels in it. The Bush's vacationed in Hawaii without a ripple. This arrogant buffoon is like a high school kid with power.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-1222-obam...
Guru

Canyon Country, CA

#62673 Dec 21, 2013
lolo...look at what this guy has posted after that article...just like you said.

I was posting it as you were posting yours.

amazing....this dude is a gigilo times ten!

Republicans used to be able to run businesses. So they made good leaders as they have had the experience in a capitalistic country. Some still can. But not this dude. He is a socialist parasite. Just like Clinton.

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#62674 Dec 22, 2013
Guru wrote:
Creepy, but not as hateful and creepy, as he is on Fox.....BTW, How about this recovered economy, eh?
leeward lolo

Pearl City, HI

#62675 Dec 22, 2013
POTUS P stands for puppet.

His one supporter was busily guiding a turtle around his yard. That explains it. lololol
Guru

Canyon Country, CA

#62676 Dec 22, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
<quoted text> Creepy, but not as hateful and creepy, as he is on Fox.....BTW, How about this recovered economy, eh?
If yu are being funny about the economy I agree with you. Otherwise the economy stinks.
Guru

Canyon Country, CA

#62677 Dec 22, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
<quoted text> Creepy, but not as hateful and creepy, as he is on Fox.....BTW, How about this recovered economy, eh?
You know that he is a quadriplegic right? He got his PhD in a hospital bed where they tied the books to the wall and he read them that way....and he was in the top of his class. 4 years studying this way. That is pretty amazing if you ask me.

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#62678 Dec 22, 2013
Guru wrote:
<quoted text>
If yu are being funny about the economy I agree with you. Otherwise the economy stinks.
Facts are fun....JOB OPENINGS REACH A FIVE-YEAR HIGH.....AP(12-11-13) So are resignations which also point to a healthier job market....U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in more than five-years in October, and the number of people quitting also reached a five year high.....The Labor Department said Tuesday that full-time job openings rose 1 percent to a seasonally adjusted 3.93 million. That is the highest figure since May 2008, three months after the recession began.....More hiring, job openings and resignations point to a more dynamic job market. That trend creates more oppurtunities for people out of work and those looking a new job.....Another positive sign in the report : Layoffs plunged 16 percent to 1.47 million, the lowest level on records dating back to 2001.....

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#62679 Dec 22, 2013
Guru wrote:
<quoted text>
You know that he is a quadriplegic right? He got his PhD in a hospital bed where they tied the books to the wall and he read them that way....and he was in the top of his class. 4 years studying this way. That is pretty amazing if you ask me.
He is a bitter, rightwing, Fox talking head....on wheels.....

Since: Sep 13

Ewa Beach, HI

#62680 Dec 22, 2013
Guru wrote:
Republicans used to be able to run businesses. So they made good leaders as they have had the experience in a capitalistic country. Some still can. But not this dude. He is a socialist parasite. Just like Clinton.
CEO's of public companies are not hired to build revenue or build long term growth...they are hired to build "shareholder value" by any means necessary...which means that the workers always get the dirty end of the stick. And yet, there's a large portion if the country that continues to blame the poor and the unions for our troubles. You and the deniers of society blame the victims....
Guru

Canyon Country, CA

#62682 Dec 22, 2013
what could it be....??? Is obama a russian? or related to Malcolm X? or that Marshall guy?? or is he Kenyan??? or is he related to Jesse Jackson????...the list is enormous. I am taking bets here he is related to Malcolm X, AND is a Kenyan! 2 months to go....will the eal obama please stand up!-lol

WND EXCLUSIVE
'Universe-shattering' twist in Obama birth probe
Arpaio investigator:'This is beyond the pale of anything you can imagine'
Published: 12/13/2013 at 2:20 PM
author-image Bob Unruh About | Email | Archive
Bob Unruh joined WND in 2006 after nearly three decades with the Associated Press, as well as several Upper Midwest newspapers, where he covered everything from legislative battles and sports to tornadoes and homicidal survivalists.

The lead investigator in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse investigation of President Obama’s birth certificate says the case has taken a startling turn, and sheriff’s investigators now are assisting the Cold Case volunteers.

“When this information is finally exposed to the public, it will be universe-shattering,” Mike Zullo told WND.“This is beyond the pale of anything you can imagine.”

Zullo explained that because it’s an active investigation that could produce criminal charges, he’s unable to reveal details at the moment.

But the allegations, he said, which go far beyond a fraudulent birth certificate, could be public as early as March.

The issue arose once again because of the death Wednesday in Hawaii of state Health Department chief Loretta Fuddy in a plane crash. She was the official who waived state prohibitions and provided to the White House a copy of a document that Obama presented to the public as his birth certificate.

It’s the document that Arpaio’s investigators have concluded is fraudulent.

Amid conspiracy theories circulating the Internet, Zullo told WND Friday that Fuddy’s death – she was the only fatality among nine people aboard a small airplane that crashed off the coast of Molokai – appears to be a tragic accident, not foul play.

He said his investigation does not depend on any information from Fuddy.

In an interview today with author and talk-radio host Carl Gallups of PPSimmons News and Ministry Network and the author of “The Magic Man in the Sky,” and the new “The Rabbi who Found Messiah,” Zullo said his investigation of the Obama fraud case “does not hinge on Ms. Fuddy.”

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/12/universe-shatterin...
Guru

Canyon Country, CA

#62683 Dec 22, 2013
...or could it be that he is related to Sadam Husein? his middle name is Hussein.......or is he related to Osama bin Laden???....

UNIVERSE SHACKING certainly suggest something pretty spectacular. Or maybe he is related to the Saudi Prince....or the KING himself.

taking bets now....
Joe balls 450 lb wifey

Honolulu, HI

#62684 Dec 22, 2013
Guru wrote:
...or could it be that he is related to Sadam Husein? his middle name is Hussein.......or is he related to Osama bin Laden???....
UNIVERSE SHACKING certainly suggest something pretty spectacular. Or maybe he is related to the Saudi Prince....or the KING himself.
taking bets now....
Go sleep it off you loser.
leeward lolo

Pearl City, HI

#62685 Dec 23, 2013
Evidently the circus was in town yesterday - traffic was backed up to Aiea. STOPPED. We took Nimitz, just a little heavy there.

Getting on H1 westbound at Kahala later road was empty, could really speed along but soon another roadblock, luckily could get on offramp and cross over bridge guarded by HPD and take surface streets.

What a big deal over junk, respect the office but not the clown-in-chief. lololol
The Waianae Brotherhood

Honolulu, HI

#62687 Dec 23, 2013
leeward lolo wrote:
Evidently the circus was in town yesterday - traffic was backed up to Aiea. STOPPED. We took Nimitz, just a little heavy there.
Getting on H1 westbound at Kahala later road was empty, could really speed along but soon another roadblock, luckily could get on offramp and cross over bridge guarded by HPD and take surface streets.
What a big deal over junk, respect the office but not the clown-in-chief. lololol
lolo must you b!tch about everything president related? For those of you who don't live here anytime of day on any road there can be traffic and this time of year roadblocks to weed out the drunks. The last one i got caught up in was in Nanakuli.
This older woman "crazy woman" = lolo disrespects our president partly because of the color of his skin.
She always wanted to announce traffic on tv but she wasn't "camera friendly".
leeward lolo

Pearl City, HI

#62689 Dec 23, 2013
The Waianae Brotherhood wrote:
<quoted text>
lolo must you b!tch about everything president related? For those of you who don't live here anytime of day on any road there can be traffic and this time of year roadblocks to weed out the drunks. The last one i got caught up in was in Nanakuli.
This older woman "crazy woman" = lolo disrespects our president partly because of the color of his skin.
She always wanted to announce traffic on tv but she wasn't "camera friendly".
I would happily wait in traffic if it was for OJ being released.

Respect is earned and the only good thing your president has done was require payoff notices in credit card bills.

Go back to herding your turtle.
Doggy love

Mililani, HI

#62690 Dec 23, 2013
leeward lolo wrote:
<quoted text>
I would happily wait in traffic if it was for OJ being released.
Respect is earned and the only good thing your president has done was require payoff notices in credit card bills.
Go back to herding your turtle.
Geez a little bytchy today huh darling. Whats wrong are the mutts not doing their job when ordered? Maybe they don't like the working conditions.
leeward lolo

Pearl City, HI

#62691 Dec 23, 2013
Doggy love wrote:
<quoted text>Geez a little bytchy today huh darling. Whats wrong are the mutts not doing their job when ordered? Maybe they don't like the working conditions.
The mutts who blocked H-1 yesterday have never done their job or ever had jobs.
Amazing you realize truth about your roachboy.

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