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List is called tool for rich to obtain tax exemptions

  • PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA
    20120714-2420 CTY HISTORIC HOME This is the closed entrance to the 55 Kailuana Place home, which is on the Hawaii Register of Historic Places and enables the owner to get a major break on property taxes. The home cannot be seen from the street, but on the second Saturday of each month, the homeowner has to allow the public onto the property to a designated spot, where the exterior of the home can be viewed. Visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. But when I was at this spot until 10:20, the gate was still closed. The only view of the property was seen through the opening of the closed doors. The historic Residence plaque states "Harold K.L. Castle Residence built 1948." I was told by someone on the street that the owner or manager, Glenn Wienberg only comes here about 3-4 times a year and that the gate is not open since there is a guest staying there so it would not be open. She also said that this is the place that Pres. Obama stays at during his Christmas vacation (although not this past time as the president stayed next door (I don't know if all of this is true). PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA. JULY 14, 2012.

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