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HI Airports Get a COVID-19 Health Upgrade

The Chamber of Commerce and other business groups are pushing the Hawaii Governor's office for more details on how the state will implement lifting the 14-day quarantine for transpacific passengers. Meanwhile, a $90M appropriation from the State Legislature sheds some light on how Hawaii airports will be beefed up to handle reopening tourism during the pandemic. The following is from Christina O'Connor, Pacific Business News "The state legislature has appropriated $90 million for implementing ne [...]

7 Ways To Help HOA Kapuna Residents

Many of our communities and their home owners associations have been around on Maui for generations. While owners come and go, some are long-time residents, aging in place on our beautiful island. When an HOA board is made up of younger residents, it can be easy to forget about the senior members of the community. However, every community member matters, including HOA aging residents. HOAs may want to consider adjustments to accommodate more elderly homeowners. 1. Stay current on laws and other [...]

COVID-19: HOW CAN YOU KEEP YOUR BUILDING CLEAN?

Each condominium complex and their residents can practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions. It is advisable to discuss and let owners and guests know the extra cleaning procedures you implement. These are the areas to focus on for extra sanitation: Tables Doorknobs Light switches Handles Desks Toilets Trash chute handles Sinks Elevator buttons (inside and out [...]

Clean Energy Goals Leap Forward with Island Solar Projects

The demigod Maui lassoed the sun to make our days last longer. Hawaiian Electric Company also seeks to capture our abundant sunshine in it's largest quest yet for renewable energy projects. On May 11, 2020, HECO announced sixteen solar-plus-storage or standalone storage projects on three islands have been selected in the latest phase of Hawaiian Electric’s transition to using 100 percent renewable energy to generate electricity by 2045. The projects, selected after a competitive evaluation that [...]

Hawaii’s Economic Recovery from COVID-19

As much as we all want the COVID-19 pandemic to be over, to get things “back to normal” requires economic recovery. The critical question is not when we will recover, but how do we recover. In Hawaii, our isolation and relatively small population is an advantage in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic. However, our reliance on tourism and re-establishing a substantial influx of new arrivals by air and cruise ship while staying safe is a more complex matter to solve. A sea of rental cars around Kah [...]

Condo and Homeowner Association Questions During COVID-19

Emergency orders due to COVID-19 result in many questions for HOAs and Condominium Associations. Here is a general guideline for frequently asked questions. Question: How does my association conduct an annual meeting during the COVID-19 Pandemic? Answer: It’s difficult but not impossible to meet your Annual Meeting requirement. An annual meeting is meeting of the association of owners, not a regular board meeting, and operates under a different set of restrictions. This includes the date or ti [...]

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

Note: This page is being updated as new information becomes available. Scroll down to see UPDATES. Aloha, We wanted to let our valued association and community members know that we continue to monitor COVID-19 rules, regulations and updates. Destination Maui, Inc. remains in compliance with all State and County rulings related to COVID-19. The quarantine for persons traveling inter-island was lifted June 16, 2020, on very short notice. That means many of our condominium associations that allow s [...]

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 [...]

4 Tips to Peacefully Resolving HOA Conflicts

Homeowner associations are made up of people, and let’s face it, nobody is perfect. Even though we would love to live in a peaceful utopia, there can be discontent over a variety of issues. As we go about our day to day lives out in the world, people in conflict may choose to avoid each other rather than sort out problems. However, living in an HOA community it is much more difficult when the conflict is among neighbors. Constant battle can cause great stress, or even compel people to move away. [...]