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Having a prescription does not mean escaping no smoking rules

With medical marijuana dispensaries rolling out across the state, property managers and condo association are fielding growing complaints about smoking "weed." However, if an association has a no smoking policy, there are protections, even from prescribed medical marijuana. According to the Hawaii Department of Health, the smell of cannabis smoke from a neighbor’s home (including condos) fall under “smoke free” laws, if the property has them in place. Registry staff typically refer complainant [...]

State approves capital improvement funds for schools, roads, airport, prison and other projects

One sign of an improved economy: increased public capital improvement projects. Central Maui is scheduled receive $83.26 million in state funds for capital improvement projects. Among projects approved by the House Budget Committee is $10 million towards the construction of a new middle school in Central Maui; $1 million for the construction of the Maui High School STEM education building; $2.5 million for plans, acquisition, design and construction of a civic center and bus hub in Kahului; an [...]

2018-03-22T11:30:42+00:00 Community|

DCCA Requires All Condo Properties Over 5 Units to be Registered

We wanted to pass along this often overlooked regulation (especially among smaller complexes) from the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Real Estate Division: Condominium owners and board members should be aware that each project or association having more than five units is required to register with the Real Estate Commission by completing the Commission’s registration application and paying mandatory fees, pursuant to §514B-103(a)(b), HRS. The Commission may also require add [...]

Bring life, fragrance and function to your lanai with a garden

Landscaping brings life to any home. You can still achieve the design and emotional benefits plants bring, even if your outdoor space is limited to a small hard-surface area. If you are new to condo life or just miss having a garden, here are two great ways to bring color and life to your lanai. Add Edibles Most spaces outside a condo are not condusive to a corn patch, but you can still grow plants to enhance your dining experience. Consider an herb garden. For a small investment of space, you [...]

2018-03-22T11:05:28+00:00 Lifestyle|

Considering an HOA Board Position? Here Are Some Quick Tips

There is a greater sense of involvement when you serve on your homeowners association (HOA) or condo board of directors. Just make sure you are ready for the responsibility.   Here are a few tips in becoming a good HOA board member.   1. Be prepared for meetings Not only should you read and digest information sent out prior to each meeting, you should also be well versed on the governing documents of the organization.Trying to read materials on the fly during a meeting slows down progress. You [...]

Condo and Homeowner Associations Must File GET Returns or Pay the Price

There are different types of nonprofits, including homeowner and condominium associations. However, not all nonprofits are the same when it comes to tax deductions and tax liability. You may have heard the term “501(c)(3) organization” associated with your favorite nonprofit charity. The reference, 501(c)(3), comes from the section of the federal Internal Revenue Code describing such entities. Contributions to 501(c)(3)s are usually deductible on a donor’s income tax return. There are a host o [...]

Condominium complexes sued over shoreline access

Maui News, Jan. 20: Three West Maui condominium complexes are being sued individually over shoreline access issues in 2nd Circuit Environmental Court by two environmental groups and two watermen. The plaintiffs are Na Papa’i Wawae ‘Ula’ula, a West Maui shoreline and Native Hawaiian practices protection group; the West Maui Preservation Association; and longtime West Maui watermen Kanamu Balinbin and Archie Kalepa. The defendants are the Napili Point II, Hale Mahina and Hoyochi Nikko, all condo [...]

2018-03-01T13:58:01+00:00 Community|

What You Need to Know About Emergency Alerts

If you are still reeling from last week's false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii, now is good time to learn more about our emergency alert system. Alerting the community to an emergency and how to deal with it has evolved well past ringing a bell in the village square to state-of-the-art digital technology to distribute messages. Alert delivery is built into cell phones and other devices, and there are a variety of apps to supplement the official government system. However, mistakes can happe [...]

2018-02-05T15:26:10+00:00 Community|

HB832: Fiduciary Changes for HOA Directors

HB832 became law on July 1, 2017, and condominium associations should be well versed in the ramifications. In summary, the law specifies condominium boards may be in violation of fiduciary duty, and could be held personally liable, for violating the mediation and arbitration requirements of the condominium law (there are some exceptions). It also allows association member participation in board meetings pursuant to rules established, requires board meeting notices to list items on the meeting [...]

It’s a New Year- Get Your Computer Organized!

January is designated as Clean up your Computer Month Your computer is a tool to support your busy life. However, if you don’t take care of it once in a while, it could slow down or even fail- likely when you need it most. Getting organized and backing up files will help you get 2018 off to an efficient start on a productive new year. First, backup Best practices suggest that before you start clearing the clutter on your computer, you back up all of your data. You can do this either to an exte [...]

2017-12-31T10:08:32+00:00 Lifestyle|
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