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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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Proposed law to make it easier for Hawaii condo boards to fire management companies

A bill pending in the Hawaii Legislature would make it easier for condominium boards in the Islands to fire their buildings’ managing agents. As it stands now, many condo boards require up to 80 percent of owners to consent to

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Hilo (HI) condo avoids ground lease termination with payment to state

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources has withdrawn a request to terminate the ground lease for a condominium complex on Banyan Drive in Hilo after the condo association paid most of the rent it owes to the state.

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Ke Nani Kai lawsuit against condo association settles for $1.2 million

After having their $3.87 million jury verdict set aside, Jim and Nancy Bevils recently agreed to a $1.2 million settlement with two insurance companies for the Ke Nani Kai Condominium Association.     Read the article…………

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Vintage condo owners (HI) unite to help Food Bank

The Vintage at Kaanapali ‘Ohana, a new condominium community relations group, banded owners together to help the needy by collecting $1,350 and food items for the Maui Food Bank and more than 30 Toys for Tots last week in one

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Ke Nani Kai residents receive $3.87 million jury award against condo association

A pattern of harassment and intimidation against the owners at Ke Nani Kai Condominium on the West End has led to an award for residents Jim and Nancy Bevill of $3.87 million from a Maui jury last Wednesday.   Read the

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Fighting Hawaii Condo Boards is Costly, Risky

Retired state judge Patrick Yim, acting as a private arbitrator, awarded Osawa nearly $433,000 in damages and attorney fees for a variety of claims, including compensation for the retaliation. Yim ruled that association president Don Machado is personally liable for

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