Bette Midler is one of many stars associated with Kauai as is Mark Zuckerberg whose property is featured above. The Divine Miss M is in the news today as she just sold one of her properties for a handy 1,200% profit. The legendary, award-winning actress and singer sold her Haena Beach acreage for $1.85 million, according to public records.
Midler who hails from Honolulu, sold the 58,000 square foot conservation-zoned parcel to Discovery Land Company, a luxury developer. It is one of multiple properties Bette owns here on Kauai.
Located makai (ocean-side) of the Kuhio Highway nearby the Limahuli Garden in Haena, the land was assessed at $886,000, according to tax records. She purchased the property in 1986 for $150,000.
This property has been in the news before. Back in 2007, Midler paid a $6,500 fine when she “improperly” cut down more than 200 trees and graded the property for a road. The trees were removed without required permits, and the removed plantings were subsequently restored.
Back in 2000, Bette also bought a well-known 1,390 acre parcel adjacent to the Kapaa bypass road $4.5 million. It was previously owned by Amfac Sugar. The land has never been developed, and was apparently purchased in the interest of preserving it.
In 1988, she purchased a $1.5 million property which had been confiscated in a federal drug case. She paid cash for the 38 acres in Kilauea, which included a partially built home and spectacular ocean views.
Star Sighting on Kauai
Other stars and well known people frequently associated with Kauai include the likes of Pierce Brosnan, Ben Stiller, Britney Spears, Charo, Steven Tyler, Julia Roberts, John Travolta, the late Michael Crichton and Mark Zuckerberg.
We’ve run into stars while shopping on island ourselves. Charo was at Longs. Pierce Brosnan was at Macy’s. Bruce Willis got coffee at Starbucks, and John Travolta was at the Hyatt.
Who have you run into in Hawaii?