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/ Owner - June 28, 2012
  • Condos’ High-Rising Insurance Premiums Are A Top Issue In These Legislative Races (HI) July 15, 2024
    Jillian Anderson was planning to make fighting crime in Waikiki the top issue in her campaign for a seat in the Hawaii House of Representatives. Then came the letter from her condo association announcing a 300% increase in insurance premiums, which would be passed on to owners through an assessment.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Maui Repair Or Retreat? An Ocean-Battered Maui Condo Complex Grapples With An Uncertain Future (HI) June 27, 2024
    John Saunders fondly remembers family gatherings at his condo along Napili coast in West Maui. He loved to watch his kids learning to swim and snorkel with sea turtles in Keonenui Bay, a crescent-shaped cove just a short walk from the 1970s-era Kahana Sunset complex.  The Orange County, California, coin collector and real estate investor hoped his three grandkids would also enjoy the pool and ocean there. But the Saunders’ family condo is off-limits.  An engineer hired by the condo ...
  • Plan to ban 7,000 Maui short-term rentals targets resort condos (HI) June 24, 2024
    A luxury apartment-hotel, a $4 million beach house and condominiums at a resort golf course don’t typically constitute workforce housing in Hawaii, but they are targets of a plan on Maui aimed at converting short-term vacation rental properties to long-term housing for residents.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Insurance Crisis Worsens in Hawai‘i’s “Condoland” June 21, 2024
    It’s been a bad year for Hawai‘i Condominium Associations, with many seeing the price of their master insurance policies increasing 300% or more in one year. A few buildings saw those premiums increase by an extraordinary 900% to 1,300%.  It’s unlikely to get better any time soon.    Read the article…………………………….
  • A ‘Hard Market’ Is Battering Condo Owners (HI) June 5, 2024
    When the Peninsula at Hawaii Kai condo community got news of its insurance bill for 2024, the condo owners were in for an unpleasant surprise. The association’s premium was going up almost tenfold, to $3.3 million from less than $400,000, said Kris Hanselman, an owner in the community.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condos In Hawaii: 3 Key Issues To Know May 31, 2024
    Some 400,000 of us here in the islands live in condos, governed by quasi-governmental agencies.  Sometimes residents can face legal fees in the thousands over fairly minor disputes, as Stewart Yerton has reported. And for some, insurance costs have skyrocketed lately.    Watch the video………………………….
  • An aid to condo owners, easing maintenance and energy costs (HI) May 31, 2024
    Governor Green has signed several bills into law aimed at alleviating challenges faced by condominium owners.  The new legislation opens avenues for condo associations to secure financing for various building improvements, spanning from plumbing upgrades to the installation of fire sprinklers.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Condos In Hawaii: Are Owners Protected By State Laws? May 25, 2024
    We explored the often polarizing issues surrounding condominium association governance and management, and the impacts they have on owners at our Civil Cafe: Condo Issues panel discussion on Friday, May 24, 2024.  Panelists included condo resident and advocate Lila Mower, broker Richard Emery, and attorneys Jane Sugimura and Terry Revere. The event was moderated by senior business reporter Stewart Yerton.   Watch the video………………………….
  • ‘It will get better,’ Insurance, fees for Hawaii condo owners continue to rise May 24, 2024
    Skyrocketing insurance costs are hitting Hawaii owners hard, especially those with condominiums.  The rising costs worsened in the wake of natural disasters nationwide including the Lahaina fires.  Some residents are finding home insurance costs to be more than double what they used to be. In addition, those who are living in community associations face increases in maintenance fees.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Property insurance rates skyrocketing for condo owners (HI) May 22, 2024
    Even before the Lahaina fires, insurance rates had been spiking because of natural disasters, global instability and other risk factors driving up costs.   Video news report……………………..
  • Residents of a Kaua?i condo are unsure about relocation plans following DHHL purchase (HI) May 11, 2024
    Condominium residents of the Courtyards at Waipouli Apartments on Kaua?i are concerned that they will be displaced once the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands acquires the property.  The Hawaiian Homes Commission held a special meeting back in January to approve a request by DHHL Chair Kali Watson to move forward on purchasing the 82-unit property.  DHHL has plans to offer these condos to the more than 4,000 beneficiaries on the Kaua?i island waitlist as rent-with-option-to-purchase units.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Hawai?i Residents Fighting Wildfires Before They Happen May 9, 2024
    Seven years ago, Erin Peyton made her home on this small island known for its Hawaiian culture, its broad sandy beaches, and high cliffs.  Despite Moloka?i’s natural beauty and rural charm, Peyton understood that the dry grasses and wild foliage surrounding her townhome complex could also fuel destructive wildfires.   Read the article…………………………….
  • New Hawai‘i law aimed at tackling illegal short-term rentals, provides counties with home rule authority May 5, 2024
    Gov. Josh Green touts it as a pivotal tool to tackle Hawai‘i’s housing crisis. Opponents say it doesn’t even address the real causes of the housing shortage.  No matter which side you’re on, it’s significant for the state’s short-term rental industry.  Green on Friday signed Senate Bill 2919 into law. The bill is aimed at ensuring the state’s four counties can guide their future development according to their long-term general plans while addressing the issue of illegal short-term rentals.    Read ...
  • Some Hawaii residents pursue member-owned insurance cooperative April 29, 2024
    After most of the recently proposed legislative solutions have failed, Puna residents are hoping they can solve their district’s impending housing insurance crisis.  When the last major home insurer announced last year that it would be leaving the Hawaii market by August of this year, homeowners in Lava Zones 1 and 2 discovered that their only other option for coverage, through the state-operated Hawaii Property Insurance Association, would cost several times their current rates.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Marconi Point condo verdict deferred on $3.1M in potential fines (HI) April 27, 2024
    The state Board of Land and Natural Resources on Friday was poised to make a landmark decision on fines for alleged violations on conservation lands on Oahu’s North Shore.  Violations included the unauthorized decimation of two acres of critical habitat for Hawaii’s endangered yellow-faced bees, plus the unpermitted construction of an iron fence contributing to the death of a female Laysan albatross.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Rising insurance costs push aspiring condo buyers into a tough spot (HI) April 26, 2024
    Housing affordability is getting squeezed by a new pressure — the cost of insurance.  At a recent residential real estate roundtable held by Pacific Business News, industry leaders expressed concerns that soaring insurance costs are pushing home ownership further out of reach for many.  The condo market is getting hit especially hard.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Residential community will be the first with onsite greywater recycle/reuse system (HI) April 22, 2024
    After receiving approval from the Hawaii Department of Health and the City and County of Honolulu, Kuilei Place, a new condominium development in Diamond Head, Waikiki and Kaimuki, will be the first of its kind in the state with its own onsite greywater treatment recycle and reuse system.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Hawaii’s Insurance Crisis as Premiums Nearly Quadruple April 18, 2024
    Sue Savio, president and owner of Insurance Associates and former president of the Hawaii Independent Insurance Agents Association, told Insurance Business America that insurance costs for condominiums have risen by 100 percent to 1,000 percent in certain areas.  Cj Paet, vice president of operations for Cadmus Properties, told local news website KITV 4 Island News that premiums for one condominium in the Piikoi area managed by his company have jumped from $70,000 to $270,000 a year.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Bill advances to give condo owners a new way to buy into rooftop solar (HI) April 10, 2024
    Condo owners may have a new pathway to access benefits from rooftop solar.  The Hawai?i Senate is considering a bill to create a Solar Hui Program, allowing multi-family property owners to pay into a collective investment fund that would go towards energy projects and loans.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Judge orders luxury Kaua?i vacation condo project to pause construction (HI) March 21, 2024
    Construction on a luxury vacation condominium project on Kaua?i’s south shore is now on hold.  Last week, a judge ordered a 10-day work stoppage for the Kauanoe O K?loa project, a 279-unit development that has received backlash from members of the Native Hawaiian community.    Read the article…………………………….
  • House Speaker Saiki warns looming condo insurance crisis could snowball (HI) March 20, 2024
    Condo owners are facing soaring insurance premiums as companies across the country cancel coverage due to growing risks from climate change. That was the topic of a recent town hall meeting on O?ahu hosted by state lawmakers whose districts largely comprise condo dwellers.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Lawmakers Advance Bill To Stabilize Soaring Insurance Costs For Condo Owners (HI) March 19, 2024
    Hawaii lawmakers are seeking to stabilize Hawaii’s condominium insurance market against sharply rising premiums and a declining availability of hurricane insurance that has sent ripples through Hawaii’s housing market.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Catastrophes are driving up condo insurance rates in Hawaii and nationwide March 7, 2024
    A ripple effect across the country is showing up in the condo fees for nearly 200,000 Hawaii residents, and experts say catastrophes are driving up their insurance rates.  Rising insurance premiums have a direct impact on the fees paid by owners to condo associations.  So far, there’s no easy solution.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Regulation driving high cost of new condos in Hawai?i, according to UHERO report March 4, 2024
    Regulatory costs account for more than half (58%) of the price of a new condo in Hawai?i and are the major contributing factor to the highest housing costs in the country, according to a new report by the University of Hawai?i Economic Research Organization (UHERO) released on March 4.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo insurance woes strike Hawaii March 1, 2024
    As Hawaii’s Governor wages war on Maui short term rental unit investors, there’s an insurance sting in the tail for condo owners and would-be buyers across the state as it wrestles with property insurance challenges.  Insurance costs for condo complexes have skyrocketed by anything from 100% to 1,000% since the devastating August wildfires,    Read the article…………………………….
  • Amend Hawaii Condominium Laws On Proxy Board Voting (Op/Ed) February 20, 2024
    In the current legislative session, House Bill 2067 was amended and proposes to “Remove 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 proxy form informing unit owners that an association may direct elections by electronic, machine, or mail voting.”    Read the article…………………………….
  • Daily feeding for Lahaina wildfire survivors ends Feb. 10 at condos with kitchens (HI) February 3, 2024
    The Red Cross today announced the daily feeding program will come to an end on Feb. 10, 2024 for Lahaina wildfire survivors residing in condominiums with kitchens as part of the non-congregate sheltering program.Read the article…………………………….
  • Proposed condo acquisition on Kauai stirs controversy (HI) February 1, 2024
    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…………………………….
  • Slam The Brakes On Runaway Legal Fees Charged By Condo Boards (HI) January 30, 2024
    Picture this: You’ve been a model condo owner for almost a decade now, always giving the benefit of the doubt to whatever board members hold the reins, even though you occasionally disagree with their decisions.
  • New bill would create go-between position for HOAs, Hawaii residents January 30, 2024
    Ensuring homeowners associations are being fair to their residents is the goal of a new proposal in the State Legislature that would create a government position as a go-between for HOAs and concerned tenants.
  • HUD Charges Hawaii Condominium Association, Management Company, Condominium Unit Owners, and Real Estate Agent with Disability Discrimination December 20, 2023
    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 with discriminating against a resident because of disability. Read HUD’s Charge.   Read the article……………………………..
  • Soaring Hurricane Insurance Rates Leave Hundreds of Hawai‘i Condo Buildings Under-Insured (HI) December 13, 2023
    One local insurance agent estimates that the owners associations for as many as 390 buildings have renewed their policies with less than 100% replacement coverage.   Read the article…………………………….
  • How A Hawaii Kai Community Ended Up Owing $38,000 In Delinquent Property Taxes (HI) December 5, 2023
    Residents in a section of Hawaii Kai are trying to get the city to take over their private road after the development companies dissolved and left them to cover almost $40,000 in delinquent property taxes.   Read the article…………………………..
  • Condo Task Force Facing Deadline May Punt To State Auditor Instead (HI) December 4, 2023
    The task force report is due at the end of this month, but a draft went nowhere. The auditor could look into critical issues affecting as many as 1 in 4 residents.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo Tower Fire Is Reminder Of Lack Of Sprinklers In Older Buildings (HI) December 1, 2023
    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………………………….
  • Hawaii Supreme Court Rules Insurers Can’t Recoup Defense Costs from Insureds November 16, 2023
    An insurer cannot seek reimbursement from its insured for the cost of defending a lawsuit after learning that no coverage was owed unless the policy says it can, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled.   Read the article……………………………….
  • From maintenance fee increases to fire sprinklers, what’s new with condos (HI) November 6, 2023
    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 November 4, 2023
    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……………………………..
  • Is The Condominium Model Of Housing Crumbling? (HI) October 23, 2023
    I love living in condominiums, having been a condo dweller for over 40 years. But I’m concerned that the condominium model of housing is collapsing.   Read the article………………………………
  • Homeowners’ association sues to stop tiny home builder in Lahaina (HI) October 17, 2023
    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………………………………
  • This Waianae Condo Development Has Lost Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars To Embezzlement (HI) October 10, 2023
    Condo association officials won’t say who might have stolen the money, which appears to have disappeared over time and through phony invoices for work that was never performed.   Read the article……………………………..
  • Owners at large Maui hotel-condo say they’re being forced to evict wildfire evacuees (HI) October 4, 2023
    The state is investigating one of the largest hotel-condominiums in West Maui after some owners alleged they were being forced to evict wildfire evacuees.  The conflict comes as the area prepares to welcome visitors back starting Sunday.    Read the article……………………………..
  • Lahaina condos could trigger broader insurance woes (HI) September 16, 2023
    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………………………..
  • Hawaii Wildfires Spur Insurers to Reassess the State’s Risk August 25, 2023
    Hawaii has long been a low-risk and profitable market for insurers, but the Maui disaster could change that, and even have a global ripple effect.   Read the article………………………..
  • Charging e-bike battery sparks Waikiki condo fire (HI) August 24, 2023
    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) August 16, 2023
    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 the article………………………..
  • Feral Pigs Are Increasingly Running Wild In Some Oahu Neighborhoods (HI) August 7, 2023
    As roving herds of feral pigs get bigger and more intimidating, grunting and rooting in backyards island-wide, many people living in Oahu’s forested valleys are starting to feel the menace.  Read the article………………………..
  • Council chair pressured to rescind costly condo fire sprinkler law (HI) July 30, 2023
    Condominium associations are lobbying Honolulu City Council Chair Tommy Waters to repeal a law that requires high-rise condos to install costly fire sprinkler systems, prompting Waters to seek input from the Waikiki Neighborhood Board.   Read the article………………………..
  • Universal Homeowners Insurance Company Is Pulling Out Of Hawaii July 28, 2023
    Roughly 1,500 polices will be affected by Universal Property & Casualty’s departure from the homeowners, condominium and renters insurance market in Hawaii, according to a state news release Thursday.    Read the article………………………..
  • Condos aren’t unique in limiting powers of individual board members (HI) July 24, 2023
    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………………………..
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