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Kawamoto selling Kahala homes

Richard Turbin Richard Turbin
Genshiro Kawamoto Genshiro Kawamoto
Hunter Ward Hunter Ward

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The realtor's sign hanging in front of the home at 4766 Kahala Avenue makes Richard Turbin smile.

He's one of many Kahala residents eager to say goodbye to Genshiro Kawamoto.

"Mister Kawamoto has not been a good neighbor for the people of East Oahu," he said.

The Japanese billionaire put seven properties on Kahala Avenue on the market this week.

They are homes he bought but never rented and neighbors say never took care of.

"Before our very eyes the property has fallen apart," Turbin said. "Frankly, it's dangerous. You have retaining walls that are falling into the beach."

The price of the properties vary from just over $2 million up to nearly $18 million. Two are vacant lots. Five have homes on them. The one at 4766 Kahala Avenue has seven bedrooms and ten bathrooms and is in escrow.

"These houses, I hear, are truly beautiful. So I believe if someone lived in it, it would be a great blessing to them," said Hunter Ward, who lives two doors down from a Kawamoto home.

Kahala landscaper Jack Morgan has worked on Kahala properties for 40 years. He said some of Kawamoto's lots look like dump sites.

"People buy these properties.  And if they're in old condition they tear them down and build something new. But I've never ever seen them allowed to go to total neglect," he said.

Turbin hopes the properties sell quickly.

"The sooner that we can get proud homeowners into those houses, who will take of the property, the better," he said.

Kawamoto could not be reached for comment.

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