Lawsuit filed in condo association theft case (HI)

A Hilo condominium owners’ association is suing a former vice chairman of the state Real Estate Commission and his wife for allegedly embezzling about $120,000 in funds.  The civil lawsuit was filed Monday in Hilo Circuit Court by Hilo attorney Steven Strauss on behalf of Kawili Regency Association of Unit Owners. The defendants are Scott […]

Judge’s ruling allows shoreline project to go on (HI)

A 2nd Circuit judge denied a motion by shoreline protection groups to immediately halt the Hololani condominium association’s plans to drive vertical sheets into the ground, beginning as early as today, in a shoreline protection project in Kahana.    Read the article………………

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 other residential structures over 75 feet tall that do not have fire sprinkler systems, according […]

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 to meet Monday afternoon to discuss new drafts of measures that mostly clarify existing law. […]

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 prior to 2012.  That’s the best guess after the recent ruling by a federal judge […]

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 questionnaire about how their apartments were being used.    Read the article…………….

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 branch president of Associa Hawaii, left the company on Monday, Billy Rudolph, spokesman for Associa, […]

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 explosion that had already been extinguished. One person was injured but refused treatment according to […]

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 planer and skill saw.   Read the Q&A………….

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 greater access to and wider distribution of educational materials. REC plans to email materials, including […]

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 produce 263 megawatts of clean energy every year – enough to offset almost 100% of […]

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 for several other resort homeowners associations, alleging the company had fraudulently withheld millions in common […]