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Maui Brewing company made headlines recently for their $9M solar project. In addition to sun-powering their own entities, the company has also financed other solar projects on Maui to take advantage of additional tax credits, according to Pacific Business News. Here is a summary of some of Maui Brewing Company's sustainability initiatives. The recently added 85,000 square foot Kihei facility has 1.2MW array of photo voltaic (PV) panels covering 100% of the roof, awning and carports. Solar PV a [...]

Association Updates from the DCCA

Condorama IV The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) hosts a regular event, Condorama, that is a wealth of information for condo boards and association members. The most recent Condorama IV was presented on Nov. 17, 2018 at the State Capitol. If you missed it, a recording of the seminar is posted to the Commission’s YouTube Channel along with recordings of the prior three Condorama events. Upcoming Community Associations Institute Hawaii Event CAI Hawaii is an organization that [...]

Generational Views on Homeowner Associations

Whether homeowner associations (HOAs) are looked upon favorably can be tempered by several factors, including owner age, gender, and previous experience with HOAs. Sometimes not knowing what an HOA is all about is a surprise for new owners. “If you are considering purchasing a property that is governed by an HOA, you should thoroughly understand how these associations work before you buy,” said Investopedia. The reason for this is because HOA’s have rules that can affect your lifestyle- some s [...]

6 Tips for New Condo Owners

Congratulations on becoming a condo owner! You will find there are some differences between renting or owning a house. You may have even rented in a condo or apartment before, but as an owner, there are some rights, restrictions and courtesies to be aware of. 1. Neighbors Chances are you have had neighbors before, but now you are in a place where you may have the same neighbors for a very long time. A good rule of thumb is to be the kind of neighbor you would like to have, including being reas [...]

Maui County Election Results 2018

Maui has a new Mayor In what turned out to be a close race, Mike Victorino will be Maui’s next mayor, garnering 27,057 votes, or 53.6%. Ohana candidate Elle Cochran received 22,078 votes, or 43.8%. About the new Mayor. Victorino lists many years of community service on his website, including coaching baseball and being on the Maui Economic Development Board, the County Fair board, his church and numerous other community organizations. He served on the Maui County Council 2007-2016. Background. [...]

Hawaii’s Recent Cesspool Law

Cesspools in Hawaii are a growing issue because of the effects on ground water and coral reefs. A law enacted last year says residents must convert their cesspools by 2050. Many property owners turning out for public meetings say they just can't afford to make a change. Around the state, cesspools release about 55 million gallons of untreated sewage into the ground each day. This translates into as much as 23,700 pounds of nitrogen and nearly 6,000 pounds of phosphorus going into the ground da [...]

2018 Legislative Session Update

The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Real Estate Division provided a summary of the 2018 legislative session condominium bills that were enacted into law. Please consult with legal professionals regarding these new laws. The following descriptions are meant to provide only general information. House Bills: Act 195, SLH 2018 modified the foreclosure process for associations where there is an agreed upon payment plan. Act 195 also prohibits associations from deducting late fees [...]

Pros and cons of proposed constitutional amendment

UPDATE: The Hawai‘i Supreme Court on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, ended the future of a proposed Hawai‘i constitutional amendment aimed at raising investment property taxes for education, making the question invalid and preventing it from being voted upon during next month’s general election. The Governor, Legislative and education group representatives expressed their disappointment and vowed to still pursue school funding.  Hawaii residents will be asked to vote to make a change to Hawaii’s consti [...]

Condorama IV

The DCCA's Hawaii Real Estate Commission will host Condorama IV, a free educational seminar, presented by CAI Hawaii on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9 AM to 11 AM at the Hawaii State Capitol auditorium on Oahu. This seminar’s topics include the sprinkler ordinance, service and assistance animals, mediation, and the new laws that impact them. Speakers include attorneys from Ekimoto and Morris, LLC, Anderson Lahne Fujisaki, LLP, and a representative from the Honolulu Fire Department. See the [...]

Education and career path to work in cybersecurity

Everything we do is impacted by the internet, so it is critical that we have humans as well as technology safeguarding how our data is being accessed and shared. October marks the 15th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. It is a good time to remember our shared responsibility in protecting the internet. The National Security Alliance will be covering topics such as online safety at home and at work, and safeguarding the nation’s technology infrastructure. This article takes a deep d [...]