Community

Hawaii’s Employment Dilemma

Hawaii’s economy may be in a good place, according to Carl Bonham, director of the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO). However, any employer looking to fill open positions will tell you it is tough to find workers. Maui is not alone in suffering from lack of workforce. Low unemployment is affecting all counties in Hawaii. Maui’s low point came at the end of 2017 when the unemployment was 2.2 percent. It has now risen to 3.1 percent according to UHERO data. That figure [...]

6 Community Reminders For a Fun & Safe Summer

June officially starts the summer season on Maui. School’s out and there are more families on the island. That means it’s a good time to send out reminders to residents on community rules and procedures. We know it can be hard to think of everything, so use the list below to start sharing reminders on your digital bulletin and monthly newsletters to help avoid violations and keep residents happy and safe. Traffic and Walking Paths With school out and more kids around, an extra reminder to resi [...]

$340M Rental Car Facility Opens on Maui

Rental car access is getting set to roll into the future at Kahului airport, thanks in part to the new $340 million "Conrac" facility, scheduled to open May 15. The Hawai`i Department of Transportation announced the completion of the environmentally friendly Consolidated Rent-A-Car (Conrac) facility at Kahului Airport.  Conrac will house the major rent-a-car companies in one convenient location on airport property. “The people of Hawaii can be proud of this project as it is good for Mother Ear [...]

A Contentious Wailuku Development Plan

Debate over increasing parking in Wailuku has gone on since 1962, according to County records. Towards the end of Maui’s post-war decades, the island economy was shifting from sugar and pineapple to a new and promising crop; visitors. The “Dream City” developments in Central Maui, stretching into emerging neighborhoods in Wailuku, would create the largest property tax base for the next generation. Central Maui was thriving. As tourism grew, West and South Maui took the lead in supporting the t [...]

Do You Have Adequate D & O Insurance?

Condominium boards and homeowner associations are responsible to act in the best interest of owners in the community. Often this requires making difficult decisions. These decisions can affect other owners or people doing business with the association. If a dispute arises over a decision, board members can be sued, along with the association. Just about everyone has something to lose in a lawsuit. Having the proper insurance coverage is key to protecting one's assets while serving on a board. [...]

Solid ideas to get members to the annual HOA meeting

When there is a contentious issue, such as raising dues or a major policy change, attendance at a homeowners association meeting may be high. But what about a “regular” annual meeting with little earth shattering business? Associations often have trouble getting necessary participation when homeowners are relatively happy and content.Here are 3 quick tips to help increase attendance at your next annual meeting. Incorporate Member Feedback Homeowners may have questions, or want to express ideas [...]

Supported Self-management for HOA’s

Self-Management with support is an option for your Maui community. Over one third of condo communities and homeowner associations (HOAs) across the country are self-managed, hiring professional services for specific needs, according to the Community Associations Institute (CAI).  If you have 100 units/homes or less or have a high level of board participation you are a prime candidate to self-manage with support.  Support primarily entails financial management services, including and our suppor [...]

Protect Your Property and Yourself in a Storm

Some hurricanes, or tropical cyclones, pass by the Hawaiian islands with little or no damage. But then there are storms, not even labeled as a tropical storm or hurricane, that take a turn for the worse, leaving roads a mess, utility lines down and causing damage to homes and businesses. The island-wide storm that hit Maui February 9-11th, 2019 is a good example. Emergency weather alerts were for a winter storm or wind events. With winds up to 160 mph on Maui's highest peaks, many residents an [...]

A Green Business Leader

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 [...]