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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

Hawaii is welcoming back visitors with its pre-travel testing program, allowing travelers from out-of-state to proceed without the 10-day quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19 before they arrive in the islands. 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 advised to stay up to date on current rules. Note: This page is being updated as official inform [...]

Hawaii’s 2021 Hurricane Season Is Here- Be Prepared

There is a near- or below-normal hurricane season predicted for the Central Pacific this year, according to NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center and NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, divisions of the National Weather Service. The outlook predicts a 45% chance of near-normal tropical cyclone, and also a 35% chance for below-normal activity, and 20% chance of an above-normal season. However, as NOAA’s director of the Pacific Hurricane Center points out “It only takes one direct hit, or even a c [...]

Hurricane Planning? Don’t Forget the Elevator!

Elevators are a major investment for a property. According to Taylor Ronnander from OTIS Elevator Company, properties are wise to take appropriate action prior to a major weather event to protect the elevator equipment and prevent shutdowns. Examine your property insurance coverage to see if you are fully covered for a hurricane, including elevators. Here are other preventative measures Ronnander recommends for elevators. BEFORE A HURRICANE Weather stripping around doors should be checked, and r [...]

Time to Start Dialing 808 Area Code on Local Calls

Hawaii residents might want to update local phone numbers stored in their phone. Starting in October, all local numbers must be dialed with the 808 area code first. All phone service providers will be implementing this mandatory change to 10-digit local calling. The change applies to all local calls, including those on the same island. The new calling method goes into effect on Oct. 24. Reason for the Change The telecommunications change is coming after the Federal Communications Commission adop [...]

Understanding Maui’s Tiered Property Tax Changes

The Maui County Council began considering a tiered tax rate system back in 2018. The tiered scheme for property taxes was initially proposed to increase income from second homes and investment properties, which many have said aggravates Maui County’s housing crisis. There was much media coverage and hearings over the next two years, ultimately passing two resolutions in December of 2019. A subsequent resolution provides a tax exemption for property owners with long-term rentals. However, it was [...]

Vacation Rental Occupancy on the Rise

If Maui streets seem a little more crowded, that is because more tourists are arriving on island. This has resulted in some rebound for the vacation rental market. Overall, hawaii vacation rentals were nearly 50% occupied last month, according to data released Wednesday by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. According to HTA’s monthly Hawaii Vacation Rental Performance Report, vacation rentals throughout the state were 49.8% occupied in February. The figure marks a 34 percentage-point year-over-year d [...]

More EV Rollout for Hawaii

Hawaii is not doing too bad in efforts to move away from fossil fuels and focus on electric vehicles. Overall, Hawaii ranked 11th out of all 50 states — and the District of Columbia — for its electric vehicle policy progress, according to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, or ACEEE. Hawaii scored 40.5 out of a possible 100 points in a scoring system for the rollout of EVs spanning areas like planning and goals, incentives for deployment, and transportation syst [...]

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 [...]

Maui Property Tax Deferral

People owning property on Maui will have a little longer to pay their property taxes without penalty. Mayor Michael Victorino has authorized a 60-day deferral of the 10 percent penalty for Real Property Taxes due on Feb. 20, 2021. Assessment of the penalty will be deferred through April 21, 2021, to help with the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Taxpayers may make Real Property Tax payments from Feb. 20 to April 21, 2021, without incurring the 10 percent penalty. However, the standard [...]

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