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Na Hale O Makena

Na Hale O Makena is an ocean view property on over six acres in Makena, Maui, south of Wailea. There are six buildings with a total of 40, air conditioned two or three bedroom luxury condominiums, ranging in size from 2049sf to 2773sf. The property includes a swimming pool and hot tub, BBQ area, clubhouse, recreation area, exercise room and on-site security. [...]

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Top Trends for HOAs in 2023

Whew! The last few years have been bumpy for homeowners, including those in HOAs. We’ve all felt the impact of record inflation. Sky-high real estate prices benefited some and stung others, while lack of inventory kept many homeowners in place. HOAs have faced rising insurance and well as other costs, while sea level rise and climate change trends are not far from our thoughts. There are a few things that will impact HOAs significantly in 2023, but not all of them are bad. Here is a rundown of t [...]

Start Your HOA Budget Year Off Right

January marks the beginning of a brand-new fiscal year for many HOA boards. Now is the chance to take stock of how your board is operating and implement your budget – two things that are easier said than done. But these tips should help you get off on the right foot. Set expectations The budgeting process, which you should already have completed, is a chance for the board to set expectations for the community. Have a conversation with your management team about how the board wants the year to go [...]

The Reality of Serving on an HOA Board

Serving on an HOA board is an eye-opening experience. Whether you’ve never been a member of an HOA board or previously served on one for a few years, you will gain a new perspective when joining an HOA board. You may be surprised at the work it takes to maintain an association. Previously, you may have been content to pay your dues and let others take care of everything else, or may have had a negative view of board decisions and HOAs in general. However, living in an association and becoming in [...]

Upcoming Legislation Supporting Owners and HOAs in 2023

The Community Association Institute's  Federal Legislative Action Committee is carrying momentum from 2022 into the 118th Congress, which convenes in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 3. This past year saw important legislation introduced in Congress to help condominium homeowners finance major building repairs, a CAI-led coalition working to support mortgage credit for condominium and cooperative homeowners, and renewed interest in disaster assistance for community associations. Safe Buildings & Sa [...]

Six Great Holiday Party Ideas for Condo Owners

The difference between a so-so party and an outstanding one could hinge on planning a theme and a few simple activities in advance. These activities are easy to plan and execute at your condo. 1. Gingerbread House Decoration Contest: The tradition of decorating a gingerbread house for Christmas may seem like a kiddy treat, but it adults get incredibly creative (and competitive) with this fun activity! Many grocery stores have small gingerbread kits right now, which eliminates baking or hunting f [...]

More Legislation in 2022 Affecting HOAs

Last month we reviewed Legislative bills that amended Chapter 514B specific to condominium regimes. There are a few other legislative actions that did not directly affect Chapter 514B, but they will nonetheless influence the governance decisions and life in a condominium association. The following information was summarized by the Hawaii Chapter of the Condominium Association Institute. The legislature considered climate and energy conservation measures that will impact condo associations. As th [...]

Our Concern for Your Data Privacy

A question comes up from an owner about once a quarter: Why didn’t I get your newsletter? That’s an excellent question, because we want all members of the HOAs we serve to get this information. The answer has to do with not sending unsolicited email under data privacy laws, and aligning current policies with more stringent regulations that are coming soon (and many states have already been adopted). Your association collects owner names, addresses, emails and phone numbers for efficient communic [...]

Are Your Association Pool Rules FHA Compliant?

Maui County experienced a record-breaking heat wave this past summer, making community pools more popular than ever. An increase in activity may prompt associations to consider new pool rules. But tread carefully- associations often violate the Fair Housing Act by adopting well-intentioned, or what might be considered “common sense” rules for pools and other property amenities. A better understanding of the Fair Housing Act will help associations understand where they have gone astray, and hopef [...]

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