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38-Year-Old Kaʻū Man Dies Today in South Kona Car Crash

A Kaʻū man died Wednesday morning (December 5) in a one-vehicle crash in South Kona. He was identified as 38-year-old Marcus Aickin of Ocean View.

HPDBadgeOfficers determined that Aickin had been driving a 2008 Ford F-50 pickup truck north on Highway 11 shortly before 8:46 a.m. when it ran off the right side of the road .2 miles south of the 97-mile marker and struck a tree.

Aickin, who had been wearing a seat belt, was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:53 a.m.

Police have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have requested an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. Because the crash may have been caused by a medical condition, police are waiting until after the autopsy, scheduled for Thursday (December 6), before adding this death to the official traffic fatality count.

660 Acres in South Kona to Be Auctioned Off – Starting Bid $5 Million for the Keupuka Lands

The Keupuka Lands in South Kona are set to be auctioned off and the starting bid is nearly 80% off what the previously traded price was on them.  I saw the following online and I had to ask a realtor friend if there was some news to this that I wasn’t seeing and he said “Welcome to 2012, where reality is tough to swallow“.

These 660 acres in Kona, HI is going for 80% less than the previous trading price

If I had a lot of money… I’d try to sink my hands into a 660 acre lot for $5 million.

…While not as dramatic a decrease, a similar parcel in Hawaii is singing a similar tune—660 acres, previously at purchased for $26 million, now listed at $5 million.

That particular development parcel is in South Kona, HI—a site known as Keupuka Lands. The parcel will be auctioned by New York City-based Racebrook Marketing Concepts, and its auction affiliate Sheldon Good & Co. Racebrook tells GlobeSt.com that Pacific Star is the owner of the property. GlobeSt.com learns that in 1990, some of the principals behind Pacific Star purchased the land from a private party, however, reasons for selling at this time could not be disclosed by deadline.

Zoned for more than 100 five-acre lots, Keopuka is an opportunity for a developer, investor or private buyer seeking to acquire prime land at an incredible discount to market value, according to Racebrook Marketing. Previously traded for $26 million, Keopuka will be offered via sealed-bid auction with an opening bid set at $5 million…

Full article here: Another Huge Land Parcel to Go for Major Discount