Condo War Breaks Out On Maui When Homes Become Hotels

A long-simmering dispute on Maui over the rights of a minority of apartment owners who don’t participate in a Kaanapali condominium’s hotel rental program has resulted in an arbitrator’s ruling that could force changes in the way condo-hotels, now a major segment of Hawaii’s visitor industry, are managed.

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Developer is ordered to pay condo owners $1.9M in unpaid fees

Residents of the Waikiki condominium Canterbury Place have been declared the winner in a fight against the tower’s developer over disputed utility and maintenance fees.

A federal judge issued an order recently for the tower’s developer, Bruce Stark, to pay $1.9 million to the association of condo owners.

The decision by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Lloyd King helps resolve a long-running dispute that spanned two bankruptcy cases, the last of which started more than a year ago.

Chuck Choi, a bankruptcy attorney representing Stark, said he preferred not to comment on the judgment.

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Ex-board president owes Waikiki timeshare owners $5.7M

Tipsy tables, split sofa cushions, short-circuiting lamps and tacky artwork.

That’s not what Hawaii visitors expect to find in a Waikiki resort suite for $400 a night.
But that’s what 12,000 timeshare owners in the Lagoon Tower at Hilton Hawaiian
Village got when they paid more than $5 million for what turned out to be an interior
decorating disaster.

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The ‘Brutal Reality’ Of Owning A Condo In Hawaii

When Melinda Salcedo bought her two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo unit at Pearl Ridge Gardens and Tower near Pearl Harbor on the south shore of Oahu a year and a half ago, it was a dream come true.

Finding a place to purchase hadn’t been easy. The cheapest houses for sale cost half a million dollars, far beyond her budget as a single mom and nursing assistant at Queens Hospital.

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The Dung Sisters’ Family Feud Gets Out Of Control

A Circuit Court jury in Honolulu last week awarded more than $600,000 in damages to a Honolulu woman, culminating a decade-long legal dispute between neighbors over a shared driveway that gave rise to rival allegations of harassment, attempted intimidation, trespassing, invasion of privacy, character assassination and more.

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Ke Nani Kai residents receive $3.87 million jury award against condo association

A pattern of harassment and intimidation against the owners at Ke Nani Kai Condominium on the West End has led to an award for residents Jim and Nancy Bevill of $3.87 million from a Maui jury last Wednesday.

The $3.87 million award is a record judgment in this type of case, according to the Bevills attorney Terry Revere. He described the case as the “the West Molokai version of Lord of the Flies or the equivalent of a John Ford Western where an isolated town is run by a villain and his collection of thugs.” Revere said the intimidation lasted for at least six years and continued even after the lawsuit was filed.

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Maile Sky Court ‘beef’ has residents suing board

A squabble between the board of directors and owners of condominiums in the Maile Sky Court Hotel in Waikiki has made its way to First Circuit Court in Honolulu.

The plaintiffs, National Maile LLC, MSC Acquisition LLC and the Association of Apartment Owners of Maile Sky Court, are accusing the board of failing to inform them about the operations of the property at 2058 Kuhio Ave.

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Fighting Hawaii condo boards is costly, risky

The retaliation started soon after Lanikai resident Paula Osawa sued her homeowners’ association.

Two of her guests were improperly ordered to leave Bluestone, the gated condo project where Osawa and her husband have lived since 2003.

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