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 [...]

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 [...]

Maui Health Foundation Provides an Update

  How is Maui's hospital system handling COVID-19, safety practices, visiting patients, elective surgery and the economic downturn? CEO Mike Rembis provides an update. Important Updates from Maui Health's CEO Mike Rembis       July 16, 2020 Thank you for the opportunity to share the important work of our dedicated team at Maui Health. Although the state of Hawaii has seen a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases, Maui continues to see only a slight increase, for now. We realize [...]

Sunny Skies and Green Energy in Hawaii

Solar photovoltaic permits are up 40% statewide for the first six months of this year compared to 2019, according to data compiled by Marco Mangelsdorf, president of ProVision Solar in Hilo. Across the state, there were 3,028 PV permits issued over the first half of 2020 compared to 2,161 last year. This includes huge growth for Maui County. One reason? Federal tax credits are scheduled to decrease from 26% this year to 22% in 2021. Industry professionals predict the second half of 2020 should c [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Creating a Better Work-Life Balance

If you are seeking a better work-life balance in the coming year, you have probably already heard some standard advice, such as getting more sleep and taking more time off. But what if you are doing these things and still feel things are out of balance? What it boils down to is productivity- using time efficiently so you are your best self at work and during leisure time. The problem for a lot of us is efficiency does not come naturally- you have to work at it. It can be especially hard here on [...]

6 Tips to Stay Cool and Save Energy

That few extra degrees of warmth that summer brings to Maui makes a difference. Not only is staying cool a challenge, but water and energy bills can spike. Here is the best advice from our property management pros to not only beat the heat, but also save on water and electric costs. Save energy while saving water This summer we’ve already seen one drought alert on the island. Here are a few ways to save water, and at the same time save on your electric bill. Repair any dripping faucets promptl [...]

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 [...]

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