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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 [...]

Why Maui condos generally don’t test for radon

Radon is a colorless, odorless, cancer-causing radioactive gas. It forms naturally from the decay (breaking down) of radioactive elements, such as uranium, which are found in different amounts in soil and rock throughout the world. Radon gas in the soil and rock can move into the air and into underground water and surface water. In many parts of the country, radon emanates from concrete so can be especially prevalent in condos. Radon can also move from the ground to upper floors of condos via [...]

New Workforce Condos Under Construction in Kihei

The critical shortage of affordable housing makes the purchase or rental of a home by the majority of Maui’s working residents extremely difficult. As a result, the resident workforce is leaving Maui in search of affordable housing and any incoming replacements are dissuaded by Hawaii’s high cost of living. Residential Workforce Housing (“RWH”) was established by the Maui County Council under Chapter 2.96, Maui County Code (“MCC”). The purpose for creating RWH is to maintain a sufficient resid [...]

Condo prices rise while homes remain flat

The median price of a condominium on Maui jumped 27.5 percent last month, compared to August 2017, while the median price of a single-family home on the Valley Isle was unchanged, according to statistics from the Realtors Association of Maui. The median price of a Maui condo last month was $509,998, compared $400,000 in August 2017. That was based on sales of 146 units, which was 32.7 percent more than the 110 units that sold in August 2017. Sales of single-family homes on Maui rose 2.8 percen [...]

Saving structures in balance with protecting the environment

Sea levels are rising, with a 3.2-foot increase on Maui shores projected by 2100. The 304-page “Sea Level Rise Vulnerability & Adaptation Report,” released in December 2017 by the state Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands, identified West Maui, Waihee, Hana and Kihei as communities most susceptible to rising ocean waters, resulting in flooding, submerged lands, coastal erosion and new wetlands. Residents in vulnerable areas are already dealing with ocean waves lapping at their doorste [...]