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

With travel becoming more secure for people, and Hawaii maintaining relatively low COVID-19 numbers, we are starting to see an increase in visitors. Effective July 8, 2021, rules have eased for those that have been vaccinated. Some mask rules have also eased and businesses can allow more people in the door. There no longer is a mandatory second COVID-19 test upon arrival, and you can travel interisland without retesting. Some further restrictions vary by island, and travelers are strongly advise [...]

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 [...]

Understanding HOA Board Meetings and Decisions

Your homeowner’s association has a board, and owners are generally allowed to attend meetings. But you may hear several acronyms tossed around making a discussion hard to follow. This guide will help you understand some basic terminology. Since HOAs follow certain procedures in conducting a meeting, questions of clarification from the audience may be out of order. Also, each association operates a bit different, but there is general information at the end about the board’s decision-making proces [...]

Avoiding 5 Common HOA Board Mistakes

The work that HOA board members fulfill is essential. However, learning the ins and outs of association business can be tricky.  There are documents to study and rules to learn. Directors are representing a community, and there are a lot of interests to balance. Not everyone is going to be happy with every decision, and the board of directors is often in the line of fire when things go wrong. There are 5 common mistakes that some homeowner association boards make. Here is how to avoid them. Stay [...]

Should HOAs Use Reserve Funds to Fill a Budget Gap?

COVID-19 has brought economic hardships to individuals and businesses across the world. Community associations are no exception. For example, there are increased cleaning and maintenance protocols, and higher expenses along with it. At the same time, dues collection can be challenging. Owners cringe at special assessments. Communities may be looking at reserve funds to cover some of these expenses. Reserve funds are typically set up to prepare for future expenses. However, with hardships occurri [...]

Helping Associations Get to the “New Normal”

After months of mask wearing and social distancing, it's probably safe to say all association residents and their guests would like to get back to the daily island life we enjoyed just a few months ago. We expected to take the next step forward in August, when Governor Ige announced lifting the quarantine for transpacific arrivals, with a negative COVID-19 test. Based on dramatically rising COVID-19 numbers on the mainland, that plan has been deferred until at least September. Maui County has h [...]

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