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7 Tips for Employers to Better Manage Teleworkers

Millions across the globe are suddenly working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current crisis caught many employers without a solid plan to manage teleworkers, and left employees new to working from home uncertain about how they should manage their time. Following are some tips for employers that are new to telework, to better manage work-from-home employees. An increase in teleworking is a good thing- usually Work-from-home strategies can help businesses bottom line, now and in non- [...]

Business Changes on Maui Due to Coronavirus

Aloha, We wanted to let our valued association and community members know of temporary changes to business operations on Maui due to the COVID-19 pandemic, commonly known as coronavirus. The County of Maui, through its Public Health Emergency Rules, has issued a stay at home / work at home order for all residents and visitors as 3/25/20.  All people on island must shelter in place at home or in lodgings, except for a narrow scope of essential services. Destination Maui, Inc closed to the public [...]

Single Family Home Costs vs. HOA Costs

The decision to buy a single-family home vs a condominium on Maui is an important one. Home buyers on Maui are turning towards condominiums- more people purchased condominiums on Maui last year than single-family homes, and the median price was significantly less. Yet the idea of home ownership is often centered around a house than a condominium. Some buyers are concerned about HOA (home owner association) fees, and what that would add to their monthly payment. However, to make a fair comparison [...]

Maui: A Look Back at 2019

While not a full list of the all of the happenings and news on the island in 2019, Here are some of the headlines that attracted the most attention. Blazin’ hot. Even though 2019 was the Chinese year of the pig, the year may be better remembered as the year of fire. Weather, including record breaking heat, combined with fallow fields contributed to blazes across 25,000 acres- more than five times as many as in 2018. Growing green business. Maui Brewing Company was recognized for investing over [...]

Reducing HOA Property Risks

Amenities add value to communities. Having a place to gather, play tennis or other recreation activities can be the centerpiece of the neighborhood on Maui. And since all members chip in through HOA fees, perks can be provided at a reasonable cost. However, amenities are not without risk A Homeowners Association is open to liabilities providing such amenities. It’s important to be fully aware of risks and take appropriate steps to minimize them. It may mean saving a lot of money down the road. [...]

Understanding Specs Before Buying a New Computer

Is your association in the market for a new computer? Black Friday is one of the best times of year to shop for a new system. But even my techno eyes glaze over when the sales person goes into too much detail. “Will you ever be over-clocking?” Well I don’t know (or want to tell you I only have a vague notion of what that means.) That said, it is important to understand the laundry list of technical specs attached to a machine. A computer’s features can affect things like performance, how much [...]

Confirming a Parking Stall before Buying or Selling

A parking stall is an important asset to a condominium unit. Buyers may evaluate if the space fits their car, how close to the unit the space is, or if there is enough room to get in and out of the vehicle. However, don’t assume the stall being used by occupants of the unit actually is the legally assigned stall. Owners sometimes enter into informal agreements among themselves to use a parking stall other than the one assigned to them. This could be for the convenience of one or both parties d [...]

Communities, Cultural Diversity and Holidays

Our condominium and housing communities can be a great melting pot of cultural backgrounds and interests. As we head into another holiday season (Hallow-thanks-mas according to what’s currently displayed in Walmart), there are new opportunities to celebrate our differences and find common ground. We are increasingly asked to recognize a much larger global picture of humankind. We make ourselves known to one another by infinite varieties of intelligence, language, race, values, politics, religi [...]

Is Your HOA Board at a Stalemate?

If your HOA board is plagued with constant bickering, morale problems, or just an overall lack of productivity and follow-through, they are not serving their community well. There are many professional approaches to solving these issues. Many boards hire experts in team building. Here’s why that approach often doesn’t work. An ill-tempered and dysfunctional board is likely just the outer layer of larger foundational problems such as leadership or policy issues. Having members, who probably don [...]

Fiduciary Duty of a Board of Directors

Board members of a condominium or homeowner’s association have fiduciary duty to act in a way that will benefit all members of the association. The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs has a document available to associations, “Condominium property Regimes: Owner Rights and Responsibilities.” Following is an excerpt of the document, which is a good starting point for association boards and their members to understand their responsibilities under the law. Board of Directors The as [...]