Amend Hawaii Condominium Laws On Proxy Board Voting (Op/Ed)

In the current legislative session, House Bill 2067 was amended and proposes to “Remove [s] from the standard condominium proxy form the option of giving a proxy vote to the board of directors of a condominium association as a whole or to directors present at the meeting. Requires a disclosure statement on the standard condominium […]

Proposed condo acquisition on Kauai stirs controversy (HI)

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) is considering purchasing the Courtyards at Waipouli for what would be the first-ever condo purchase on Kauai to help alleviate a nearly 30,000 beneficiary waitlist. Read the article…………………………….

HUD Charges Hawaii Condominium Association, Management Company, Condominium Unit Owners, and Real Estate Agent with Disability Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is charging individuals and entities associated with a Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, condominium complex, including the condominium association, employees of the condominium association, the property management company, an employee of the property management company, the condominium unit’s owners, and the owners’ real estate broker […]

Condo Tower Fire Is Reminder Of Lack Of Sprinklers In Older Buildings (HI)

There were no sprinklers when a fire broke out Thursday, shooting flames and black smoke from the 14th floor of a condo tower in Ala Moana, but the residents knew what to do.  Recently installed fire alarms and a public address system called on them to evacuate, and so they did.    Read the article………………………….

From maintenance fee increases to fire sprinklers, what’s new with condos (HI)

Attorney and President of the Council of Association of Apartment Owners Jane Sugimura joins producer/host Coralie Chun Matayoshi to discuss rights and responsibilities of condominium owners, proxy voting, legal fees charged to owners, maintenance costs and special assessments, and compliance with the City & County of Honolulu’s fire safety ordinance.   Read the Q&A……………………………….

(Hawaii) Real Estate Commission to Conduct Free, Virtual, “Condomania” Education Event

The Real Estate Commission, together with Community Associations Institute Hawai?i Chapter will conduct a free “Condorama XI” event via webinar, on Saturday, November 18, 2023. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and will feature four speakers recognized in the condominium community for their expertise in Hawai?i condominium law.   Read the announcement……………………………..

Homeowners’ association sues to stop tiny home builder in Lahaina (HI)

Alfy Basurto already lost his businesses — and home — in the Lahaina fires.  And now he’s facing a lawsuit “at a time when all of us need to contribute to the solution,” trying to stop him from building more than a dozen tiny homes in a gated community above Lahaina.   Read the article………………………………

Lahaina condos could trigger broader insurance woes (HI)

At least one condo project burned to the ground in the Lahaina fire. There are likely others damaged or destroyed, but although I’ve seen references to condos, I haven’t found a list identifying those with significant damage.  Rebuilding of condominiums is a trickier affair than rebuilding a single family residence.   Read the article………………………..

Charging e-bike battery sparks Waikiki condo fire (HI)

The cause of a fire at a condominium high-rise in Waikiki Tuesday was a lithium-ion battery being charged in a unit’s living room, according to the Honolulu Fire Department.   Read the article………………………..

Councilman postpones measure allowing county to maintain eligible private roads (HI)

At a Tuesday meeting of the council’s Policy Committee on Health, Safety and Well-being, Puna Councilman Matt Kaneali‘i-Kleinfelder proposed a measure that would allow the county to perform maintenance on certain qualifying “private, nondedicated and nonsurrendered roads” in order to ensure continued access to parts of the island in the event of an emergency.   Read […]

Condos aren’t unique in limiting powers of individual board members (HI)

Civil Beat’s continuing coverage of condominium governance issues is important, but I’m afraid the latest story gives far too much credence to a conspiratorial view of property management companies and condo boards (“Oahu Condo Board Members Feel ‘Muzzled’ By Management Companies“).   Read the article………………………..

A popular Hawaii resort has lost its beach

A high seawall is all that separates the ocean from the Kahana Sunset’s beachfront condominium complex in Hawaii. Located in West Maui, the popular vacation rental resort has been battling erosion and sea level rise for decades, and some residents think it’s time for the condo association to stop fighting it.   Read the article………………………..

Oahu homeowner’s options after $50 chalk drawing fine (HI)

A Nanakuli resident is facing a $50 fine for drawing with chalk due to the house rules of her homeowner’s association.  Heather Bedley said her children made a chalk drawing on a fence on Monday, July 3 and left it up until Tuesday, July 11 when she received a violation.   Read the article………………………..

Is The Deck Stacked Against Hawaii Condo Owners?

The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs billed its “Condorama,” held in late April, as an educational program for the public.  “Brought to you by the DCCA Real Estate Commission to empower owners about your rights,” a flyer mailed to residents said.  But critics say a basic aspect of Condorama runs counter to the […]

Hilo Company May Get $20 Million To Rehab Banyan Drive Condo Complex (HI)

A dilapidated condominium complex on state land along Hilo’s Banyan Drive may be in line for a $20 million makeover.  The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources is expected to decide on Friday whether to award a contract to Hilo-based Banyan Drive Management to renovate the Country Club Condominium complex, a 152-unit property.    Read […]

Bill Might Require Training for Volunteers Who Serve on Condo Boards (HI)

A condominium association’s board of directors is responsible for making decisions for a community of condo owners, whether their building or complex has four units or 400. The board’s fiduciary duty to the association ranges from setting maintenance fees to spending on major repairs that can run into millions of dollars.   Read the article………………………..

Hawaii Property Management Giant Under Scrutiny

State officials have begun an investigation of one of Hawaii’s major condominium management firms, Associa Hawaii, which state records indicate has been operating without an active broker’s license required by law.Read the article………………………..

Land Board takes hard line on oceanfront properties in Hawaii

While the project would enlarge the public beach, it’s been criticized as largely benefiting the oceanfront hotels and condos in the Kaanapali Beach Resort and encouraging them to stay put rather than start looking at options for retreating from the shoreline.   Read the article………………………..

Honokowai condo Hale Mahina evades shoreline access requirement for 45 years (HI)

The Hale Mahina Beach Resort, a condominium complex in Honokowai, has for more than 45 years managed to avoid, evade, resist and refuse to comply with required beach access regulations stipulated in their 1977 agreement with the County of Maui. That agreement gave them the go-ahead to build their resort structures fronting one of Maui’s […]

City agrees to pay $2M to settle lawsuits over flood damage in East Honolulu (HI)

The suit alleges that the city didn’t properly inspect or maintain nearby drainage systems, which had flooded several times in recent years.  The head of a local homeowners association agrees.  “The city just doesn’t provide any maintenance and just appears to come out and fix pipes when they break but doesn’t do anything to replace […]

Aiea condo fire (HI)

Viewers sent in dramatic video shot from the highway showing an end unit on the 29th floor up in flames. The heat from the flames melted guardrails on lanais and burst out windows in neighboring units.   Read the article………………………..

Condo where fatal fire happened didn’t have sprinklers, alarms didn’t sound (HI)

Gardner said they heard an alarm 20 minutes after seeing the fire, causing a crucial delay for evacuating residents, especially those living on higher floors.  Fire officials said the apartment complex did not have fire sprinklers because it was one of about 300 highrises built before the 1975 city ordinance requiring high-rise buildings to install […]