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Condo owner says she’s forced to sell after property taxes soar

Okazaki is one of hundreds of apartment owners whose properties have been reclassified from residential to resort, which carries a much higher rate.  Last year, the city asked owners of units in mixed-use buildings like Executive Centre to answer a

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Condo owners hold meeting with board over association theft (HI)

We’re learning more about a theft of more than a quarter-of-a-million dollars from a condominium association.  A meeting was held Wednesday night between Kukui Plaza homeowners and association board members.     Read the article……………..

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Homeowners left hanging after $276,000 stolen from condo association (HI)

Kukui Plaza homeowners in downtown Honolulu are out more than a quarter million dollars.  Their condo association says the money was stolen from a bank account, and the bank says it’s not obligated to reimburse the homeowners.  The president of

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Condo residents upset with plan for park maintenance (HI)

Maui Sunset condominium residents expressed concern after learning about the possibility of the county taking over maintenance of the entire adjacent Waipuilani Park, a portion of which has been maintained by the condo owners without charge to the county for

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Security in Kunia neighborhood stopped day before shooting (HI)

The Village Park area is normally patrolled by a security guard, but that stopped just a day before the shooting happened.  KHON2 first reported that the Village Park Homeowners Association stopped security and landscaping services on Friday due to lack

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Residents upset over extra homeowners fee to cover hundreds who defaulted on dues (HI)

Village Park residents are being asked to pay up to cover for their neighbors who aren’t paying their homeowners association fees.  A resident asked us to look into it using the Report It feature on our website.  The homeowners association

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Former condo owners allege they’re victims of wrongful foreclosures

The couple are among dozens of former homeowners who are challenging the condominium foreclosure law in numerous lawsuits in state and federal courts.  They allege that the associations exploited a loophole, allowing them to take away their apartments without even

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Jon McKenna out as head of Associa Hawaii

Jon McKenna, who since 2012 led Associa Hawaii, one of the largest property management companies in the state, is no longer with the firm, a spokesman for the company’s Texas-based parent confirmed to Pacific Business News.  McKenna, whose title was

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Man critically injured by apparent electric shock in Waikiki condo (HI)

“It was someone that lives here,” she said. “He was drilling to put a lock box for his apartment, I’m assuming in the electrical room.  Obviously he got shocked really bad.”    Read the article………….

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Wrongful Foreclosure Claims Rock The Condo World (HI)

A class action lawsuit recently filed in federal court accuses two prominent law firms, and more than 70 condominium associations they represent, of “the wrongful and unlawful sale” of condominium units through an improper foreclosure process.  Nonjudicial foreclosures allow real

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Explosion at condo on Oahu under investigation

An explosion at the Holiday Terrace is under investigation. The Honolulu Fire Department was called to the condo at about 8:20pm Wednesday, July 27th on a report of a building fire. Upon arrival they discovered it was actually a small

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Puna (HI) man arrested after threat to bring shotgun to community meeting and shoot people

A Puna man was arrested Tuesday (July 19) after he reportedly called a community association employee’s home, threatening to take a shotgun to a future meeting and shoot everyone present.       Read the article…………

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Lawsuit questions increased fees at North Kona resort (HI)

The right to exclusivity can be expensive. Perhaps that is no more so than at the Hualalai Resort and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.  The former comprises homes where owners and their families have all the perks of the latter, the

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The Way the .01 Percent Lives Now (HI)

Check out this piece from Bloomberg Businessweek about the Hualalai resort community in Hawaii. It’s basically the best gentrification story ever; one in which a bunch of billionaires discover a high-end place run by millionaires and decide to they want

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The ‘Brutal Reality’ Of Owning A Condo In Hawaii

Last November, just over a year after she purchased the unit, Salcedo was shocked to receive a letter from her homeowners’ association: Pay $45,000 upfront, or agree to a 48 percent increase in monthly maintenance fees to help cover $12

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State’s highest court sides with union on city’s failed plan to stop condo trash pick-up (HI)

The state Supreme Court is siding with a public workers union over the city’s failed plan to stop picking up trash for 180 condominiums.  The Caldwell administration announced a halt to condo trash pickup last year after the City Council

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Can a Woodworking Shop Operate Legally from a Condo?

Q: I am a resident of a large residential condominium complex in Central Maui. There is a gentleman who is running a commercial woodworking shop out of his condo and backyard. His equipment includes a sanding machine, table saw, electric

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Plans move forward to install beach access gates in privately-owned Kailua (HI) neighborhood

Plans are moving forward to install three beach access gates in a privately-owned Kailua neighborhood, along Ka’apuni Drive.  The Ka’apuni Community Association says the gates will only be locked during the night, but residents are concerned it won’t stay that

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Multiple Ocean View (HI) homeowners turned in for building code violations

A half dozen residents interviewed for this article said they believe the complaints are linked to infighting at the subdivision’s community association, where residents have quarreled over the selection of officers, residency requirements and other matters.   Read the article…………..

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Nu`uanu (HI) condo owners say squatter won’t come out of their house

A couple from California who purchased a condo on Oahu for more than $1 million says a squatter has locked them out of their own home.   Read the article………..

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Developer gets waiver for Honolulu condo on Kakaako glass rule, HCDA rules

The Hawaii Community Development Authority has given the developer of a Kakaako condominium a waiver regarding a glass rule issue.    Read the article………….

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West Maui (HI) condo to repair sinkholes

The Papakea condominium resort in Kaanapali received approval Tuesday for an emergency special management area permit to repair three sinkholes on its property along Lower Honoapiilani Road.  Read the article………

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Condo fire causes $12K in damages (HI)

A fire on a sixth-floor balcony caused an estimated $12,000 in damages at the Kihei Akahi condominium Thursday afternoon, a fire official said.  Fire crews from Wailea, Kihei and Kahului responded to the 1:17 p.m. call after someone reported seeing

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Developer to install Hawaii’s first energy combo system at condo tower

A Honolulu condominium will become the first of its kind in Hawaii to install an energy system that combines solar and battery storage resources through a power purchase agreement between a Wisconsin firm and the condo unit owners. Read the article………..

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OliverMcMillan to pay Hawaii agency $1M to resolve condo glass issue

Hawaii regulators have reached a $1 million settlement with OliverMcMillan with regard to an existing “glass rule” for its Symphony Honolulu luxury condominium tower, allowing the San Diego-based developer to proceed with its project without making any changes to the

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Flag flap in Kapolei neighborhood (HI)

A strict homeowner’s association policy in Kapolei has one Navy couple crying foul. They’ve been cited and could be fined $100 if they don’t take the flag pole they installed on their front porch.   Read the article…………

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Waikiki condo manager frustrated by homeless woman who refuses help

The road is part of the intersection with Ala Moana Boulevard, where the Wailana Coffee Shop is on the corner. That’s where you’ll find the woman, who appears to be one of the chronically homeless.  “She wants to be on

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Hawaii agency delays decision on Symphony Honolulu tower glass — again

Hawaii regulators — for the third time — delayed making a decision on a “glass rule” for Kakaako high-rise projects regarding an issue with developer OliverMcMillan’s Symphony Honolulu mixed-use condominium tower, a spokeswoman for the developer confirmed to PBN.  Read

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Hawaii agency delays decision on high-rise ‘glass rule’ for OliverMcMillan’s Symphony Honolulu condo tower

The Hawaii Community Development Authority on Wednesday delayed until next week making a decision on a “glass rule” for Kakaako high-rise projects regarding an issue with OliverMcMillan’s Symphony Honolulu mixed-use condominium tower.     Read the article…………

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State Adds New Services to Assist Condo Owners (HI)

The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Real Estate Commission will launch two new services to help Hawai?i condominium owners.  The Real Estate Commission created a new email subscription list for unit owners and the general public to provide

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Electric fire forces condo evacuation in Moiliili (HI)

Honolulu fire investigators have determined the cause of a fire at the Ala Wai Plaza Skyrise condominium was “electrical in nature,” according to HFD spokesman Capt. David Jenkins.  The fire was sparked inside a storage unit of a resident’s eighth-floor

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Kalama Terrace (HI) doing its part to combat climate change

After two years of planning, Kalama Terrace, a forward-thinking condominium and vacation rental complex in Kihei, Maui, has flipped the switch on a newly installed 147 Kilowatt solar array. The solar array, consisting of 578 solar panels, is expected to

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State (HI) sees promising results in fight against little fire ants

Officials say they will still need to do three more treatments and then monitor the area for up to three years to make sure the little fire ants have been eradicated.  “We would not have been able to accomplish as

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More than meets the eye in Princeville road dispute (HI)

A recent TGI lead article dealt with disputes relating to the entrance area roadways and facilities in Princeville. Significant issues are involved. This column will add some historical and other information about the matters in question.     Read more………

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Ruling forces city (HI) to continue collecting condo garbage

A judge is ordering the city to continue collecting trash at 181 condos and non-profits, when the service was supposed to stop at the end of the month.  The ruling halts the city’s plan to end trash collection for 181

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Condo owner sues over access

A Kilauea condo owner is claiming fraud and substantial interference with property rights over what he calls an illegally revised property regime.    Read more……….

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County, Hilo (HI) condo board settle on delinquent sewer fees

The board of apartment owners of a beleaguered Banyan Drive condominium has worked out a plan with the county to pay off more than $100,000 in delinquent sewer bills.     Read more……….

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Floerke pleads not guilty in condo management theft case (HI)

The former head of a condominium management firm on Oahu pleaded not guilty Monday to 14 felony counts of theft in the first degree and second degree.    Read more………

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Former head of condo management firm charged with theft (HI)

The former head of a condominium management firm on Oahu has been charged with multiple counts of theft accused of stealing more than $100,000 from three condominium associations, according to Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro.   Read more……..

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Hawaii Boy Survives 6-Story Fall Down Condo Trash Chute

An 8-year-old Hawaii boy survived a six-story fall down a condominium building trash chute and was pulled out by a neighbor who lowered a fire hose to him.    Read more……..

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Honolulu (HI) condo associations grapple with private trash pickup

Some associations of apartment owners are “pretty upset” with a new rule that will go into effect in early 2015 that will halt city-sponsored trash pickups for 111 condominiums in Honolulu and around Oahu, said Glen Suzuki, an account executive

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Hawaii weighs fine for Maui condo using beach land

State officials are considering a fine for a Maui condominium complex that encroached on more than 3,000 square feet of public beach.    Read more………

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Storm-ravaged subdivision in need of assistance (HI)

It’s been 11 days since Kapoho’s Vacationland Hawaii subdivision was devastated by Tropical Storm Iselle, and neighbors there say they need more guidance and help as they continue to clean up their homes and the popular tide pools around them.

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Battle continues at Hilo’s Country Club condos (HI)

The board of apartment owners of a Banyan Drive condominium has gone on the offensive against an apartment owner who tried to assume control of the building by ballot and in court.      Read more……..

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Crews battle 3-alarm fire at Ewa Beach (HI) condominium

One person was injured in a three-alarm condominium fire in Ewa Beach Friday afternoon.     Read more…….

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Hawaii judge halts work on second tower at former Honolulu Advertiser site

A Hawaii judge has halted construction of the second affordable condominium tower on the site of the former Honolulu Advertiser building after finding the Hawaii Community Development Authority did not follow state historic preservation laws       Read more……..

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Judge denies injunction, restraining order for community association lawsuit (HI)

A judge denied Mauna Kea Resort Services’ request for an injunction Wednesday, ordering that organization to enter mediation with another community association. The Uplands at Mauna Kea Association filed suit last month against Mauna Kea Resort Services, an umbrella organization

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Lawsuit alleges fraud by Mauna Kea Properties (HI)

One Mauna Kea community association is suing another, claiming the second group defrauded the first of millions, by failing to pay a proportionate share of common areas maintenance and other fees.     Read more……..

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Not quite ‘lights out’ in Hilo condo power struggle

Residents at a Hilo condominium building have been spared from getting their electricity shut off — for now. But they say it’s all because of a power struggle for control.    Read more…….

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Thieves may target LED light bulbs next (HI)

A crime trend seen on the mainland is appearing here in the islands and it’s led to a warning for business owners and residents to help them stay ahead of the thieves.    Read more……

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