Maintenance Issues

Hawaii’s Recent Cesspool Law

Cesspools in Hawaii are a growing issue because of the effects on ground water and coral reefs. A law enacted last year says residents must convert their cesspools by 2050. Many property owners turning out for public meetings say they just can't afford to make a change. Around the state, cesspools release about 55 million gallons of untreated sewage into the ground each day. This translates into as much as 23,700 pounds of nitrogen and nearly 6,000 pounds of phosphorus going into the ground da [...]

Why Maui condos generally don’t test for radon

Radon is a colorless, odorless, cancer-causing radioactive gas. It forms naturally from the decay (breaking down) of radioactive elements, such as uranium, which are found in different amounts in soil and rock throughout the world. Radon gas in the soil and rock can move into the air and into underground water and surface water. In many parts of the country, radon emanates from concrete so can be especially prevalent in condos. Radon can also move from the ground to upper floors of condos via [...]

Saving structures in balance with protecting the environment

Sea levels are rising, with a 3.2-foot increase on Maui shores projected by 2100. The 304-page “Sea Level Rise Vulnerability & Adaptation Report,” released in December 2017 by the state Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands, identified West Maui, Waihee, Hana and Kihei as communities most susceptible to rising ocean waters, resulting in flooding, submerged lands, coastal erosion and new wetlands. Residents in vulnerable areas are already dealing with ocean waves lapping at their doorste [...]

Market Report through June 2018

Maui County’s June real estate statistics are great news for condo sellers, not so great for median income home buyers. According to monthly figures released by the Realtors Association of Maui, the median price of a single-family home in June was $727,500, down 1.7 percent from the $740,000 posted in the same month last year. However, at the same time last year, home prices had topped $700,000 four times in the year ending in June. This June, housing prices have gone over $700,000 five times. [...]

7 Money-Saving Landscaping Strategies

Summertime on Maui is often a time when condo and homeowner’s associations look to make landscaping changes. If your HOA has changes planned, here are budget saving tips that still create a beautiful tropical atmosphere. Do a request for proposal from landscapers.If your complex does not have a landscaping staff, detail out your needs and create a request for proposal. Not only will you meet your specific needs, getting bids from 3 or 4 vendors may save considerable money. Choose areas to focu [...]

6 Tips to Go Green

200 years ago there were less than one billion people on earth. If it seems like things have gotten a bit more crowded, it's because there are now over 7 billion of us humans taking up space and using precious resources. Condo and Homeowner Associations can do their part to protect the earth by implementing green practices and making more  eco-friendly choices. Here are six suggestions a "green" HOA or condo association can implement, from our friends at Evercondo: 1. Use Paperless Communicati [...]

Water Leak Insurance Claims in Community Associations

Do you know what to expect when there is an insurance claim as a result of water leaks? We'll focus on the drippy problem here (not other types of insurance, i.e. D&O, fire, liability, flood and other policies typically carried by community/homeowner associations). There continues to be a great deal of misunderstanding among managing agents and directors regarding the question of who pays for damages caused by water leaks. The answers to these questions are answered in the following discu [...]