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7 Tips for Employers to Better Manage Teleworkers

Millions across the globe are suddenly working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current crisis caught many employers without a solid plan to manage teleworkers, and left employees new to working from home uncertain about how they should manage their time. Following are some tips for employers that are new to telework, to better manage work-from-home employees. An increase in teleworking is a good thing- usually Work-from-home strategies can help businesses bottom line, now and in non- [...]

Business Changes on Maui Due to Coronavirus

Aloha, We wanted to let our valued association and community members know of temporary changes to business operations on Maui due to the COVID-19 pandemic, commonly known as coronavirus. The County of Maui, through its Public Health Emergency Rules, has issued a stay at home / work at home order for all residents and visitors as 3/25/20.  All people on island must shelter in place at home or in lodgings, except for a narrow scope of essential services. Destination Maui, Inc closed to the public [...]

Single Family Home Costs vs. HOA Costs

The decision to buy a single-family home vs a condominium on Maui is an important one. Home buyers on Maui are turning towards condominiums- more people purchased condominiums on Maui last year than single-family homes, and the median price was significantly less. Yet the idea of home ownership is often centered around a house than a condominium. Some buyers are concerned about HOA (home owner association) fees, and what that would add to their monthly payment. However, to make a fair comparison [...]

4 Tips to Peacefully Resolving HOA Conflicts

Homeowner associations are made up of people, and let’s face it, nobody is perfect. Even though we would love to live in a peaceful utopia, there can be discontent over a variety of issues. As we go about our day to day lives out in the world, people in conflict may choose to avoid each other rather than sort out problems. However, living in an HOA community it is much more difficult when the conflict is among neighbors. Constant battle can cause great stress, or even compel people to move away. [...]

Maui: A Look Back at 2019

While not a full list of the all of the happenings and news on the island in 2019, Here are some of the headlines that attracted the most attention. Blazin’ hot. Even though 2019 was the Chinese year of the pig, the year may be better remembered as the year of fire. Weather, including record breaking heat, combined with fallow fields contributed to blazes across 25,000 acres- more than five times as many as in 2018. Growing green business. Maui Brewing Company was recognized for investing over [...]

Reducing HOA Property Risks

Amenities add value to communities. Having a place to gather, play tennis or other recreation activities can be the centerpiece of the neighborhood on Maui. And since all members chip in through HOA fees, perks can be provided at a reasonable cost. However, amenities are not without risk A Homeowners Association is open to liabilities providing such amenities. It’s important to be fully aware of risks and take appropriate steps to minimize them. It may mean saving a lot of money down the road. [...]

Employers: Are you ready for payroll and related changes in 2020?

There are numerous payroll changes for 2020, mostly on the Federal level. You can toss out the old Form W-4- there’s a new one. 2020 is a leap year, which may throw off payroll calendars. Finally, there are a few interesting state laws taking effect in the upcoming year. While the new Hawaii laws are not directly tied to payroll, they may have an impact on personnel. Federal Changes FICA Taxes Social Security tax For 2020, employers and employees must each pay Social Security tax at 6.2%, up to [...]

Creating a Better Work-Life Balance

If you are seeking a better work-life balance in the coming year, you have probably already heard some standard advice, such as getting more sleep and taking more time off. But what if you are doing these things and still feel things are out of balance? What it boils down to is productivity- using time efficiently so you are your best self at work and during leisure time. The problem for a lot of us is efficiency does not come naturally- you have to work at it. It can be especially hard here on [...]

Understanding Specs Before Buying a New Computer

Is your association in the market for a new computer? Black Friday is one of the best times of year to shop for a new system. But even my techno eyes glaze over when the sales person goes into too much detail. “Will you ever be over-clocking?” Well I don’t know (or want to tell you I only have a vague notion of what that means.) That said, it is important to understand the laundry list of technical specs attached to a machine. A computer’s features can affect things like performance, how much [...]

Confirming a Parking Stall before Buying or Selling

A parking stall is an important asset to a condominium unit. Buyers may evaluate if the space fits their car, how close to the unit the space is, or if there is enough room to get in and out of the vehicle. However, don’t assume the stall being used by occupants of the unit actually is the legally assigned stall. Owners sometimes enter into informal agreements among themselves to use a parking stall other than the one assigned to them. This could be for the convenience of one or both parties d [...]