How Condominium Associations Can Finance Capital Projects

Aging condominium buildings are common across Hawaii, which is a growing concern in the aftermath of the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Florida. This preventable tragedy is being traced back to repair and maintenance issues. Like Florida, Hawaii structures are equally susceptible to high humidity and damaging salt air.  Since Hawaii is a very expensive place to live, there is often a mindset keeping HOA fees to a minimum. Budgeting for major capital improvements of significant [...]

New to an HOA? What You Need to Know About Rules and Regulations

If you are moving into a home or condo with a Home Owners Association (HOA), you are not alone. In the U.S. 58% of homeowners live in HOA communities, according to the Community Associations Institute. Many people don’t give their HOA much thought until there is a problem. Since HOAs make and enforce the community rules, it’s smart to understand what you can do if you can’t or don’t want to follow them. HOA Facts An HOA consists of a volunteer group of neighbors who manage common areas and commu [...]

HOA Considerations for Video Security Cameras on Property

High resolution security cameras have become affordable for HOA residents and property managers. Whether it is a doorbell cam to deter porch pirates or an outdoor camera to monitor the perimeter, these devices have become more accessible and easy to manage for the typical homeowner or association. According to Tinnelly Law, a practice focused on HOAs, surveillance cameras are effective at reducing the number of low-level crimes such as automobile break-ins and burglaries in areas where cameras h [...]

Condominium Renovation FAQs

Many homeowners took advantage of slow times during the pandemic to repair or remodel their dwellings, including condominiums. Now that lumber prices have calmed down and we are approaching a less busy fall season, improvement plans may pick up again. However, condominiums, with shared walls and features, are different than a stand alone home. The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs has put together this helpful summary for those planning work, or for the associations who are fielding re [...]

How D&O Coverage Protects an Association

Volunteers are the lifeblood of every home owners association and other organizations; without these leaders the vital work of the group couldn’t move forward. But as with anything, a misdirection or certain actions could lead to claims of wrongdoing. To protect association directors and officers against such claims and allow them to make the best decisions for the association they represent, a specific type of liability insurance is recommended- Directors and Officers (D&O) insurance. D&amp [...]

New Hawaii Condo Living Guide Video Series Now Online

The Hawaii Real Estate Commission released its new “Hawaii Condo Living Guide” video series to help deliver valuable information to current and prospective condominium owners and boards. The first six educational videos are available online and broken up into a series of short segments for ease of viewing. The commission intends to continue releasing more engaging episodes periodically. “This locally produced video series is a creative way to reach out to residents with important information,” s [...]

UPDATE: Business Changes on Maui Due to Coronavirus

We are fortunate to have many outdoor activities to enjoy, away from crowds. However, with rising COVID-19 numbers in Hawaii, the state and county has put new rules in place to help protect the community and visitors. Effective September 15, 2021, many indoor activities are curtailed or require proof of full vaccination, including indoor dining. Travelers are strongly advised to stay up to date on current rules. Note: This page is being updated as official information becomes available.  What yo [...]

Create a Post-Pandemic HOA Strategy Plan

There are two paths forward for home owners’ associations in 2021. One is to plan for a return to “business as usual” post pandemic. Another is to re-energize and adapt your HOA to be better equipped for the future through strategic planning. Why Create or Revisit a Strategy Plan? In short, strategic planning involves goal setting, including long-term plans for your community and the path to get there. It allows directors to detach from the issues of day-to-day association management, revisit yo [...]

7 HOA Resolutions for the New Year

Following the hand that 2020 dealt us, now is the time to focus on rebuilding our community connections! Let's work on something that brings us together. New Year’s resolutions tend to be short lived. However, this year’s resolution aim is to strengthen the governance that fosters positive relationships between HOA board members and residents, avoids expensive problems and creates peace with simple efforts that make long lasting results. HOA, the best year yet is here! Here are seven resolutions [...]

12 Jolly Holiday Activities While Staying Safe at Home

The December holiday season may look different on Maui this year, but can still include meaningful celebrations and activities for our communities. Large group gatherings are out of the question due to COVID-19, and some folks might even be celebrating alone. I combed through several resources to compile a list of a fun ideas for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza (or however you are rejoicing this time of year). Remember that good holiday experiences are what we make of them, from our heart, and share [...]

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