Recently the Kele Center, located on the island of Maui in the city of Kahalui, sold. The Shopping center is approximately 14,820-sq. ft. and sold at a price of $4,925,000. Anchored by Denny’s Restaurants, Super Cuts, Rent-A-Center, and Edward Jones, this well-located community center was a great investment for the new owners. The property is located just outside of the airport and down the road from Borders, Sports Authority, Lowe’s, and Costco. The property sits on a land area of approximately one acre. This Hawaii commercial investment will provide a nearly 10% return to the new owners of this property.
This is another example of a substantially higher rate of return (CAP Rate) than was achievable by investors just a short 24 months ago. While it did take a large equity investment in today’s financing environment, the owners will be rewarded for making a move at this time in the marketplace.
I believe 2009 and 2010 will be looked at as low points in the Commercial Real Estate cycle for Hawaii.