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Curb appeal or city violation? Makakilo residents confused over community rules (HI)

Like Griggs, hundreds of people in Makakilo have plants, bricks, bushes, even trees in their planting strips because they believe the homeowners association requires them to.  But Griggs says only certain residents on his street were given violation notices.  “At

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Some Honolulu High Rises Don’t Need Sprinklers, Fire Safety Panel Says (HI)

The Residential Fire Safety Advisory Committee, formed by the Honolulu City Council in August after the Marco Polo fire, is exploring ways to retrofit at least some residential high rises in Honolulu with sprinkler systems without breaking the bank for

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Condo War Breaks Out On Maui When Homes Become Hotels (HI)

A long-simmering dispute on Maui over the rights of a minority of apartment owners who don’t participate in a Kaanapali condominium’s hotel rental program has resulted in an arbitrator’s ruling that could force changes in the way condo-hotels, now a

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What else can be done to prevent deadly high rise fires? (HI)

That’s the question many had at a community meeting on Saturday about fire safety in residential buildings.  City council members requested the meeting following the fire that killed three people as it tore through the Marco Polo building in July.

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SBA issues disaster declaration for Honolulu’s Marco Polo condo 2 months after fatal fire

The U.S. Small Business Administration has issued a disaster declaration for the Marco Polo Apartments, making low-interest federal loans available to residents two months after a fire killed four people and damaged or destroyed dozens of units at the Honolulu

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We Must Work Together To Make Honolulu Safer After Fatal Condo Fire (HI)

The fatal fire at the Marco Polo Condominium drew international attention to the longstanding issue of how best to protect Honolulu residents living in high-rises without fire sprinklers.  There are 358 residential high-rise condominium properties, as well as hundreds of

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Wailua condo association wants to clean heiau (HI)

In Hawaiian, “Lae Nani” means “beautiful point of land.” And while the administration and grounds crew of Lae Nani Condos ensure their property is properly maintained, there is an eyesore they hope to remedy in the near future.  Kukui Heiau,

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Who let the dogs out? Community members wrestle with loose dog concerns, attacks (HI)

Tensions mounted Friday night, as eight residents shared emotional encounters they’d had with loose dogs in Waikoloa Village the past eight months or so. Many led to human and pet attacks.  Beverley Brand, a director on the Waikoloa Village Association

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HI Officials Discuss Sprinklers in Wake of Deadly Blaze

Firefighters and condominium owners Tuesday met before a City Council committee for the first time since the July 14 Marco Polo fire left three people dead, discussing potential incentives for, as well as obstacles in the way of, retrofitting aging

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No Sprinkler Systems, More Costly Damage in Oahu high-rises

While the actual damage amounts were relatively small, the dramatic difference in losses between the two types of buildings is likely to fuel the debate on whether the city should require old residential high-rises to install automatic sprinkler systems.   Read

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Insurance May Not Be Enough For Some Marco Polo Condo Owners (HI)

For Vasana Chiu, the one-bedroom condominium with a lanai overlooking Waikiki Beach and the azure Pacific Ocean beyond, was her dream place. But the dream vanished last week when a fire destroyed her apartment on the 27th floor of the

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Caldwell proposes mandating sprinkler systems for older high-rise condo buildings (HI)

Three days after a major fire killed three people at the Marco Polo condominium complex, Mayor Kirk Caldwell has sent the City Council a proposal to require high-rise residential buildings without automatic fire sprinklers to install them.

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Fire sprinkler system considered too costly at Honolulu condo tower (HI)

The fire that killed three people at the Marco Polo Apartments condominium tower in Honolulu could have been less severe if the building had a sprinkler system in place.  Residents began returning to the 36-story tower on Saturday after Friday’s

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Hundreds Flee Blaze in Hawaii Condo With No Sprinklers (HI)

A raging fire in a Honolulu high-rise that authorities say had no sprinklers left three dead, 12 injured, and sent hundreds fleeing as smoke billowed from the upper floors, the AP reports. The dead were found on the 26th floor,

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Check it out: Massive American flag lights up Kaneohe condo (HI)

How many people does it take to create Hawaii’s biggest American flag? Six under the direction of President Wayne Asam Sr. and Jo Ann Sivils, senior management executive for Hawaiiana Management Company. The condo’s board of directors came up with

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Condo residents want county to curtail park’s recycled water project

A project to install a recycled wastewater irrigation system at Waipuilani Park in Kihei is concerning condominium residents, who irrigate a portion of the park themselves and say that the project is a needless cost to the county.  Board members

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Ask the Mayor: What Can I Do About Medical Marijuana Smokers at Condo? (HI)

Q: I am the general manager at a condominium and some people with medical marijuana licenses are smoking outside the building all of the time, and now it’s encouraging those without marijuana licenses to light up as well.  There hasn’t

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Help For Condo Owners Comes In Small Doses, If It Comes At All (HI)

Hawaii lawmakers are still considering several bills designed to make life easier for condominium owners and stem complaints about the boards that oversee their buildings, but some owners say the legislation doesn’t go far enough.  House and Senate negotiators plan

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Recent court ruling could mean millions for evicted condo owners (HI)

Condo owners in Hawaii are raising alarms over a recent federal court ruling that found condo associations used the wrong part of the law to file hundreds of foreclosures, some going back nearly ten years.  Those owners fear the ruling

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Why Condo Associations Are Sweating After A Judge’s Ruling (HI)

It’s probably going to take years to unravel the legal and financial uncertainty now facing condominium associations and law firms that used nonjudicial foreclosures — private sales without supervision by courts — to collect unpaid maintenance fees or other assessments

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Debate rages in Waikoloa Village about homeowner subsidization of golf course (HI)

When Waikoloa Village was constructed by developer Boise Cascade in the 1970s, it was intended as a retirement community meant to revolve around a golf course. In recent months, however, some homeowners there have challenged the viability and necessity of

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Condo boards brace for medical marijuana smoke complaints (HI)

Right now there are some 13,000 medical marijuana patients registered in the state and that number is only expected to grow as the state’s first dispensaries open later this year.  Many of those patients live in condominiums and apartment complexes.

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Emotional Support Chickens Are Ruffling Feathers (HI)

A rise in questionable emotional support animals is concerning to condo associations and businesses that must accommodate them.   And the animal owners are offering proof with bogus papers easily obtained online to push back against anyone who challenges them.

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Lawmakers aim to hold homeowner associations accountable for lost, stolen money (HI)

After several high-profile cases involving lost or stolen money, there’s a push to make homeowner associations more accountable.  There are several proposals being considered that could change the way they operate.  The number of House bills involving condo and homeowner

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Lawsuit claims developers of North Shore subdivision owe past dues to association (HI)

The family who developed The Bluffs at Waimea, a 25-lot residential subdivision on Oahu’s North Shore overlooking the famed Waimea Bay, is being sued by the subdivision’s community association for allegedly not paying association dues, according to court documents.  

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Do Condo Owners Need Some Help From Hawaii’s Legislature?

Condo owner John White Sr. wasn’t planning to get involved on the board of Pearl Ridge Gardens and Tower. But when maintenance fees jumped nearly 50 percent in late 2015, he wanted to know why.  It was the beginning of

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Buyer beware: Condo maintenance fees continue to soar (HI)

If you’re buying a condo, maintenance fees are oftentimes an unknown variable.  Fee increases could sneak up on you, and might even price you out of a place you thought you could afford.  That’s the situation a number of Hawaii

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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)

KHON2 learned that business accounts do not have the same level of protection as personal accounts….says banks give more protection to personal accounts because it’s required by consumer protection laws.

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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)

KHON2 first reported that the Village Park Homeowners Association stopped security and landscaping services on Friday due to lack of money.

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

The homeowners association sent a letter to residents saying everyone will have to pay an extra $80 by next month because too many homeowners have not paid their dues.

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Former condo owners allege they’re victims of wrongful foreclosures

A state judge recently sided with the associations in one of the lawsuits, but that case is headed to an appeal.

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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)

A man was hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday after he apparently suffered an electric shock in a Waikiki condominium.

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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,

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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.

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Lawsuit questions increased fees at North Kona resort (HI)

But the resort is now charging owners’ guests, outside their immediate families, an additional $250 a night during peak times, atop the nightly rental fee at a minimum of $1,000

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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

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The ‘Brutal Reality’ Of Owning A Condo In Hawaii

They’re often the only homes people can afford, but maintenance fees can suddenly explode. Should the state do more for owners?

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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

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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

The Ka’apuni Community Association says the gates will only be locked during the night, but residents are concerned it won’t stay that way

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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

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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

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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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