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/ Owner - June 21, 2012

Hawaii Condominium & Homeowner Association News

  • 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…………………………….

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Hawaii Condominium & Homeowner Association Articles

  • New Hawaii bills aim to ease financial strain for condominium communities
    What if your condominium’s insurance premium increased from $400,000 to $3.3 million in one year?  That’s what happened to the Peninsula at Hawaii Kai. The Hawaii community, consisting of 630 single and multifamily apartment homes and condominiums, was shocked, to say the least.    Read the article…………………………….
  • The Inalienable Rights Of Hawaii’s Condominium Owners
    As we look forward to additional years of decision making for legislation, I would like to offer an overview of common sense rights condominium owners can rightfully assert. I hope that you will affix these to your sensibilities relevant to owner efforts to initiate legislation:   Read the article…………………………….
  • A Proposal To Overhaul Condominium Management (HI)
    A mid-20th century vignette: A young man stands in tall grass, hands in his pockets, gazing wistfully at an empty diner.  Though condominium living, emerging at around that period, is not exactly the cherished tradition that restaurant diner culture was back then, it will go the way of the abandoned diner cars, if the current troubled state of management isn’t replaced.   Read the article…………………………..
  • From Tragedy Comes Opportunities to Give Back
    Sometimes, a small gesture of kindness and community can mean a lot to those affected by natural disasters. Following the deadly wildfires that tore through the historic town of Lahaina, Hawaii, in early August, many in the community association industry wanted to show their support to Maui homeowners displaced by the fires. The wildfires are considered to be the deadliest in modern U.S. history, according to The Washington Post.   Read the article……………………………..
  • Pros and Cons of Buying a Condo in Hawaii
    If you dream of waking up with a view of the Honolulu skyline from your 42nd floor lanai, or downsizing to a smaller living space to retire in paradise, buying a condo in Hawaii is an investment to consider. List Sotheby’s International Realty, one of the Islands’ premier real estate agencies, has helped many prospective homeowners find the right condominium for their lifestyle.    Read the article……………………………….
  • What you should know about the AOAO (HI)
    Living in Hawaii is, in many ways, similar to living in any other state. Aside from the gorgeous white sand beaches and laidback atmosphere, people work, shop, socialize and even pay association fees.  There are three major types of community associations in the State of Hawaii—condominiums, planned communities (HOAs), and cooperatives. Each type of property has various rules, offerings and expectations.    Read the article………………………..
  • Aging condominiums: Background reading
    With the interest shown in the last couple of posts on condominium issues, I grabbed a few published articles that contain useful information or perspectives. What’s clear is that the issues created by aging condominiums are by no means unique to Hawaii. They are being experienced in all areas where condominiums have been built.   Read the article………………………..

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Hawaii Laws

514B Condominiums

514C Lease to Fee Conversions for Condominiums and Cooperative Housing Corporations

514E Time Sharing Plans

Hawaii Condominium & Homeowner Association Resources

Resources for Condominium Owners & Boards of Directors

Ownership in a condominium is different from other forms of ownership. A condominium is a form of ownership shared with others rather than a particular structure and many types of property can be in a condominium project, such as residential high rises, townhomes, single family homes, warehouses, commercial offices, harbor slips, and farms. This type of ownership comes with unique sets of organization and management, with an association of units owners (AOUO) governing project. The Real Estate Commission and Branch have produced a large number of brochures, guides, flyers, and videos to help condominium unit owners understand their rights and responsibilities. The Real Estate Commission and Branch also maintain a public searchable online database of Developer’s Public Reports and an association contact list.

The Hawaii Real Estate Commission released its new “Hawaii Condo Living Guide” video series to help deliver valuable information to current and prospective condominium owners and boards.  The first six educational videos are available online and broken up into a series of short segments for ease of viewing. The commission intends to continue releasing more engaging episodes periodically.      View the videos…………………………………

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (Condominium Section)

Condominium Association Biennial Registration

Community Associations Institute – Hawaii Chapter

Hawaii Condominium & Homeowner Association Blogs

Hawaii Condo Law

 

 

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