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No STR Moratorium for Maui Disaster Victim Housing

Governor Green announced on March 27, 2024, he is not going to pursue a moratorium on short-term rentals on Maui. He emphasized his administration is committed to working with partners across all counties to crack down on illegal listings and those engaging in deceptive acts and practices. Some complaints include landlords evicting long-term tenants illegally to rent at higher disaster supported rates. If these incidents are validated, the property would not be eligible for rent under the disast [...]

Insurance Questions Condo Owners Should Ask Their Agent

An HO6 policy, also known as condo insurance in Hawaii, is a type of homeowners insurance policy that covers condo unit owners. It can cover damage to your condo unit and belongings, liability claims, and additional living expenses if you can't stay in your residence due to a covered incident. Know the questions to ask about your condo homeowners insurance policy coverage so you don’t get left holding the bag for uncovered damages. Don’t assume something is fully covered It is important to ask y [...]

For HOAs: Financing an Emergency Response

Disaster response can be a costly endeavor.  An association will likely need to hire contractors (who are probably in high demand during a crisis) to repair damaged association property, clear private roads or remove debris.  If flooding is involved, the HOA may need to bring in specialists to quickly dry saturated HOA buildings for the purpose of mitigating damage and preventing mold contamination.  Repairs aren’t cheap, but, if they’re necessary, the HOA board will need to find the money somew [...]

FAQ About HOA Boards and HI Condo Law

Questions about Condominium HOAs and condo law are common. We've gathered some of the most frequently asked questions regarding HOA board and the laws governing them. The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA), Real Estate Commission (REC) administers certain parts of the Condominium Property Acts, including Chapters 514A and 514B. The REC also has limited authority over condominium association of units of owners (AOUOs) governed by HRS, chapter 514B. A Home Owners Association [...]

Government and Nonprofit $500M Maui Interim Housing Plan

The community of Maui County responded immediately to Maui’s devastating fires on August 8, 2023. From beach landings of food and support for the people of Lahaina, to the many ensuing fundraisers, we showed up for each other before any official programs. This included DMI staff, though dealing with their own grief over the fires, who activated volunteer efforts, supported housing needs for fire victims and collected donations. As we turn toward the next phase of recovery and rebuilding, we see [...]

Strengthening Our Communities

  People in Maui County show up for each other in an unprecedented way. During the recent fires, neighbors from cowboys to construction crews helped with upcountry blazes, while Molokai residents immediately loaded essential supplies from their small island to motor over by boat to their neighbors in West Maui. Island canoe clubs and people on jet ski's transferred goods to shore. Many more examples exist, but they can be pared down to this: If there is a sincere need, we're here for each o [...]

How Will Maui Fires Affect Insurance Rates? 

The Maui wildfires are estimated to cost insurers up to US$3-billion in damages, creating one of the largest insured losses in Hawaii’s history, according to an analyst report. This leads many property owners wondering if the tragedy will result in higher homeowners insurance rates across Hawai‘i. And as natural disasters are escalated by climate change, will policies be adequate or even obtainable? We’ve gathered some experts opinions. The Aug. 8 blazes did the most destruction in Lahaina, but [...]

An HOA Focus on Community Wellbeing After a Disaster

There is an eerie quietness that is still felt after the recent fire disasters that decimated Lahaina, impacted Upcountry Maui. and caused evacuations in Kihei. These moments of calm are due in part to lack of visitors, but also our own processing of the events. Returning to business as usual, even if your HOA was not directly affected, can be difficult. An important element of what happens after a disaster, beyond volunteering and reconstruction, is addressing mental health. Associations can pl [...]

Maui Fire and Evacuation Updates

Our entire community is affected by the widespread fires that swept through upcountry Maui, Kihei, and the devastating blaze in Lahaina. We are now experiencing the community coming together with aloha and resilience. In that spirit, we are passing along these resources. For those wanting to help, we suggest donating to the Maui Food Bank. Their website also lists all of the food distribution sites. For more updates, see the County of Maui alert page here. Please see other emergency information [...]

New SMA and Shoreline Rules for Maui County

After over a decade of collaboration between the community and the county, Maui County’s Planning Commission approved updates to the Special Management Area (SMA) and Shoreline Rules. The updates were approved by the Commission in an 8-0 vote on March 28. When adopted, the rules will bring more balance and flexibility for homeowners, while also improving coastal resilience for the environment. Maui County originally established SMA and Shoreline Rules in the early 1970s to create shoreline build [...]

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