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/ Owner - June 28, 2012
  • 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………………………..
  • Oahu Condo Board Members Feel ‘Muzzled’ By Management Companies (HI) July 21, 2023
    Hired to manage properties, the companies frequently tell board members to not talk to contractors or others outside board meetings   Read the article………………………..
  • A popular Hawaii resort has lost its beach July 18, 2023
    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) July 13, 2023
    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………………………..
  • Prominent Honolulu Condo Directors Pay $600,000 To Settle Retaliation Claim (HI) July 13, 2023
    The directors of a landmark Honolulu condominium have agreed to pay $600,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a fellow director who alleged he faced retaliation for raising concerns about the condo board.  Read the article………………………..
  • A Pending Hawai‘i Law Pushes Residential High Rises to Install Fire Sprinklers, or Get Working on Their Plans July 6, 2023
    After the deadly Marco Polo fire of 2017, older Honolulu high rises were required to install sprinkler systems or pass a safety evaluation, but compliance is slow going. Now state legislation asks them to add the costly systems to their reserve studies.   Read the article………………………..
  • Maui Condo Owners Are Trying To Buy Time In The Fight Against Rising Seas (HI) June 6, 2023
    A group of West Maui condo owners is asking the county for permission to raise their property taxes as a way to funnel up to $40 million into rebuilding the beach in front of their buildings.   Read the article………………………..
  • Man in his 70s dead after fast-moving blaze tears through Waialua condo building (HI) May 26, 2023
    A man in his 70s was killed Wednesday and six people were left homeless after a fast-moving blaze ripped through the Konane Kai condo building in Waialua on Oahu’s North Shore.   Read the article………………………..
  • Is The Deck Stacked Against Hawaii Condo Owners? May 9, 2023
    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 idea that the department and Real Estate Commission are committed to empowering condo owners. The department chose a real estate trade group to run the ...
  • Hawaii Condo Owners Aren’t Getting Much Love From The Legislature This Year (HI) May 3, 2023
    To supporters of House Bill 176, it seemed like a no-brainer: eliminate a complicated proxy system and make condominium board elections more like state and federal elections by letting condo owners who can’t attend the annual meeting submit write-in ballots.   Read the article………………………..
  • (Gov.) Green’s First Veto Override: A Condo Bill That Could Increase The Cost Of Housing (HI) May 3, 2023
    Senate Bill 921 is short but technical. Basically, current law gives condominium associations a limited period of time – two years – to sue developers if they catch or should have caught construction defects.   Read the article………………………..
  • Hilo Company May Get $20 Million To Rehab Banyan Drive Condo Complex (HI) April 28, 2023
    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 the article………………………..
  • Prominent Honolulu Condo Board Members Are On Trial For Alleged Retaliation. Here’s Why (HI) April 25, 2023
    The lawsuits claims the Hokua board members used their positions to help themselves and each other without disclosing conflicts of interest. Read the article………………………..
  • Green’s First Veto: A Condo Bill That Could Have Increased The Cost Of Housing (HI) April 25, 2023
    The bill was proposed to deal with a rare scenario where a developer kept control of a condo board for more than a decade.   Read the article………………………..
  • Bill Might Require Training for Volunteers Who Serve on Condo Boards (HI) April 19, 2023
    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………………………..
  • Have A Complaint About Your Condo? You May Get Slapped With Paying For The Lawyers Who Fight You (HI) April 19, 2023
    When Rhonda Campbell-Sutton was trying to get rid of a pile of junk from the hallway of Dowsett Point, where she owns a unit and serves on the condo association’s board, she talked to the building manager, the construction company believed to have left the junk behind and, eventually, an inspector from the fire department.  Read the article………………………..
  • Owners at Honolulu condo reeling after steep increase in maintenance fees (HI) April 12, 2023
    Condo owners are accustomed to paying monthly fees for things like maintenance or improvement projects in addition to their monthly mortgage.  But some owners at One Archer Lane say they weren’t ready for the the huge fees they’re now being charged.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo Management Giant’s License Is Reactivated By Hawaii Regulators (HI) April 11, 2023
    Following a regulatory compliance problem that rendered Associa Hawaii unable to practice in the state, the property management giant has come into compliance with state laws governing such firms, state records indicate.  Read the article………………………..
  • Hawaii Property Management Giant Under Scrutiny April 6, 2023
    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 March 11, 2023
    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………………………..
  • $600 A Month In Kakaako Gets Seniors Mold, Shocks And The Smell Of Death (HI) March 8, 2023
    The building includes 141 350-square-foot studios and nine one-bedroom apartments. It also has 93 condominiums that are owned by residents. Renters interviewed said they pay between $600 and $800 monthly.   Read the article………………………..
  • Honokowai condo Hale Mahina evades shoreline access requirement for 45 years (HI) February 26, 2023
    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 loveliest beaches.   Read the article………………………..
  • Hundreds of condo owners at One Archer Lane hit with up to $21,000 repair bill (HI) February 21, 2023
    When disabled Vietnam veteran Steve Dixon bought his condo at One Archer Lane, he was able to pay his mortgage and monthly maintenance fees of $550.  But now, his maintenance fees have jumped to almost $3,000 a month.   Read the article………………………..
  • City agrees to pay $2M to settle lawsuits over flood damage in East Honolulu (HI) February 15, 2023
    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 the infrastructure, which is really old and inadequate,” said attorney Eric Seitz, chair of the Niu Valley Community Association.    Read the article………………………..
  • Aiea condo fire (HI) February 7, 2023
    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) January 22, 2023
    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 sprinklers.   Read the article………………………..
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