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UPDATE: Business Changes on Maui Due to Coronavirus

Note: This page is being updated as official information becomes available.  Aloha, Hawaii is now welcoming back visitors with its pre-travel testing program, allowing travelers from out-of-state to proceed without the 14-day quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19 before they arrive in the islands. Some further restrictions vary by island, and travelers are strongly advised to stay up to date on current rules. What you need to know before you go Please keep in mind that Hawaii has managed [...]

Understanding HOA Board Meetings and Decisions

Your homeowner’s association has a board, and owners are generally allowed to attend meetings. But you may hear several acronyms tossed around making a discussion hard to follow. This guide will help you understand some basic terminology. Since HOAs follow certain procedures in conducting a meeting, questions of clarification from the audience may be out of order. Also, each association operates a bit different, but there is general information at the end about the board’s decision-making proces [...]

Avoiding 5 Common HOA Board Mistakes

The work that HOA board members fulfill is essential. However, learning the ins and outs of association business can be tricky.  There are documents to study and rules to learn. Directors are representing a community, and there are a lot of interests to balance. Not everyone is going to be happy with every decision, and the board of directors is often in the line of fire when things go wrong. There are 5 common mistakes that some homeowner association boards make. Here is how to avoid them. Stay [...]

Should HOAs Use Reserve Funds to Fill a Budget Gap?

COVID-19 has brought economic hardships to individuals and businesses across the world. Community associations are no exception. For example, there are increased cleaning and maintenance protocols, and higher expenses along with it. At the same time, dues collection can be challenging. Owners cringe at special assessments. Communities may be looking at reserve funds to cover some of these expenses. Reserve funds are typically set up to prepare for future expenses. However, with hardships occurri [...]

HOA Satisfaction Survey

Most people are finding living with a Home Owners Association a positive. The Community Association Institute (CAI) recently conducted extensive research and analysis for condominiums, homeowners associations, and housing cooperatives. According to the latest 2020 Homeowner Satisfaction Survey, Community Associations remain a "Preferred Place to Call Home"! Communities and their management teams always try to please the homeowners they serve, but did you know 89% of homeowners rate their HOA exp [...]

Maui Health Foundation Provides an Update

  How is Maui's hospital system handling COVID-19, safety practices, visiting patients, elective surgery and the economic downturn? CEO Mike Rembis provides an update. Important Updates from Maui Health's CEO Mike Rembis       July 16, 2020 Thank you for the opportunity to share the important work of our dedicated team at Maui Health. Although the state of Hawaii has seen a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases, Maui continues to see only a slight increase, for now. We realize [...]

Helping Associations Get to the “New Normal”

After months of mask wearing and social distancing, it's probably safe to say all association residents and their guests would like to get back to the daily island life we enjoyed just a few months ago. We expected to take the next step forward in August, when Governor Ige announced lifting the quarantine for transpacific arrivals, with a negative COVID-19 test. Based on dramatically rising COVID-19 numbers on the mainland, that plan has been deferred until at least September. Maui County has h [...]

Sunny Skies and Green Energy in Hawaii

Solar photovoltaic permits are up 40% statewide for the first six months of this year compared to 2019, according to data compiled by Marco Mangelsdorf, president of ProVision Solar in Hilo. Across the state, there were 3,028 PV permits issued over the first half of 2020 compared to 2,161 last year. This includes huge growth for Maui County. One reason? Federal tax credits are scheduled to decrease from 26% this year to 22% in 2021. Industry professionals predict the second half of 2020 should c [...]

HI Airports Get a COVID-19 Health Upgrade

The Chamber of Commerce and other business groups are pushing the Hawaii Governor's office for more details on how the state will implement lifting the 14-day quarantine for transpacific passengers. Meanwhile, a $90M appropriation from the State Legislature sheds some light on how Hawaii airports will be beefed up to handle reopening tourism during the pandemic. The following is from Christina O'Connor, Pacific Business News "The state legislature has appropriated $90 million for implementing ne [...]

7 Ways To Help HOA Kapuna Residents

Many of our communities and their home owners associations have been around on Maui for generations. While owners come and go, some are long-time residents, aging in place on our beautiful island. When an HOA board is made up of younger residents, it can be easy to forget about the senior members of the community. However, every community member matters, including HOA aging residents. HOAs may want to consider adjustments to accommodate more elderly homeowners. 1. Stay current on laws and other [...]

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