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 Banyan News in Brief

August 5, 2016

Fire System Upgrade. Ohana Control Systems (OCS) has had to add the 37th floor, Tower 2, as a second pilot floor. 37-2 is typical of the majority of our residential floors, whereas 38-2, with its dropped ceiling, is not.

OCS will work in the 37-2 units on Wednesday, 8/10/16, through Friday, 8/12/16, following the same pattern they established on 38-2.

37th floor schedule

We expect OCS will have sufficient information after they complete 37-2 to provide us with a detailed schedule for the duration of the project.

Drain Line Replacement. We are approaching the end of the Tower 1 13-stack drain line replacement. Next week Maintenance will begin preliminary inspections of units in the 14-stack of Tower 2, preparatory to starting work on August 25.

T2, 14 stack schedule

The work should take about four months, with scheduled completion December 17. The final stack of corner units is the Tower 1 14-stack. Work is scheduled to start on that stack December 15.

Once the corner units have been completed, we will return to the interior stacks to complete the project by replacing the remaining original sanitary lines.

July 29, 2016

Fire System Upgrade. As scheduled, work will start on Monday, 8/1/16, on the 38th floor of Tower 2, Ohana’s pilot floor.

The first week Ohana will start coring concrete in the electrical cages of both Tower 2 and Tower 1 in order to install new conduit risers for new electrical wiring, working from 38 and 37 down at a rate of 3 or more floors per day.

Most of the work on the residential floors will be done in the common areas of each floor: the hallway, trash room, laundry room and stairwells. Work in the units will consist only of replacing the unit speaker that is connected to the system. This work should be relatively quick.

38th floor schedule

Ohana has provided a schedule for accessing 38th floor units, starting Thursday between 8am and noon, 8/4/16 with units 3814, 3813 and 3811. On Thursday afternoon Ohana plans to complete units 3809, 3807 and 3805. On Friday, 8/5/16, the plan is to do units 3803, 3801 and 3802 in the morning, followed by 3804, 3806 and 3808 in the afternoon. Finally, on Monday 8/8/16, Ohana plans to complete work in 3810 and 3812.

After they do the pilot floor, Ohana may opt to work with two crews, which will enable them to work in both towers at the same time. In any case, they plan to do the common areas of the building before working on the residential floors. While the schedule will not be finalized until Ohana has finished work on the pilot floor, we anticipate work in units will start in late September or early October. We will inform you as soon as we have specific dates.

Please understand that we must provide access to every unit as the work proceeds. Again, thank you for your patience and understanding.

July 6, 2016

House Rules Revisions. Mahalo to the owners who came to our recent meeting to review and discuss the newly revised House Rules. I will provide your feedback to the Board as subject matter for possible future revisions.

The revised House Rules are effective as of Friday, July 8, 2016.

You can review the revised House Rules and download a PDF copy in the Governance section.

Storage Locker Usage. If you have leased a storage locker from the Association, we encourage you to read carefully the agreement you signed. Among other conditions, the Agreement contains the following provisions:

6. USE. Lockers are to be used only for the storage of items intended for the personal use of and belonging to the owner of an apartment unit at the Waikiki Banyan (emphasis added). The owner shall not permit its tenants, employees, agents or other third parties to store items or otherwise use the locker. Any violation of this provision shall, in the Association’s sole discretion, result in the immediate termination of this Agreement.
12. ASSIGNMENT & SUBLEASE. Lessee may not assign or sublet the locker. Any such assignment or sublet, or attempt to assign or sublet, shall be grounds for Association’s immediate termination of this Agreement.

With storage space at a premium, it is important that the lockers are used in strict accord with the locker agreement. Over the coming months we plan to inspect all storage lockers to ensure compliance with all of the provisions of our storage locker agreements.

Storage Locker Payments. Please note that we will accept payment for your storage locker rental directly from you and not from any third party. We can accept cash or, if you are renewing by mail, your personal check.

May 10, 2016

Absentee Landlords. At one time most of our off-island owners who rented their units had local agents. This helped their tenants and provided the Association with a local contact in case there were problems with the unit.

The rapid development of the internet and of online sites allowing rentals by absentee owners has led many owners to abandon the practice of having a local agent.

This practice is a problem on several levels.

On the most basic level, an absentee owner renting her unit is in violation of Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (HRS) 521-43(f), which states:

Any owner or landlord who resides without the State or on another island from where the rental unit is located shall designate on the written rental agreement an agent residing on the same island where the unit is located to act in the owner’s or landlord’s behalf. In the case of an oral rental agreement, the information shall be supplied to the tenant, on demand, in a written statement.

Next, when problems arise with a unit or its tenants and there is no local agent we can contact, then those problems inevitably get worse instead of being resolved. We have encountered water leaks originating in units with absentee landlords and no local agent to address the source of the leak.

Finally, while online rental sites are attractive and easy for owners to use, they also open the door to scams and theft. We have, for example, run into several instances of tenants renting from an owner then going online and posing as unit owners in order illegally to sub-let the unit.

If you are an absentee landlord, please be aware of your legal responsibility to have a local agent who can act on your behalf.

Board of Directors

Bob Ivanoff Kini Olegario Kenji Iwasa Shraga Dachner Dick Eide Lou Palmer John Wong

Outstanding Staff 2016

Roxanne Tabudlo: 2015 Joey Limos: January 2016 Rocky Higgins: February 2016 Benny Antonio: March 2016 Archie Suico: 1st Quarter 2016 Mafu Galeai: April 2016 Armando Galicia: May 2016 Rollie Bragado: June 2016 Richard Santillo: 2nd Quarter 2016 J.R. Soria: July 2016
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Updated August 09 2016

Rec Deck: No Smoking

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Smoking is prohibited on the recreation deck.

The Revised Ordinances of Honolulu (ROH) prohibit smoking (outside of the residential units) within 20' of our building. This prohibition includes the garage and lobby.

Banyan Rentals

The Association does not rent apartments. The Association of Apartment Owners (AOAO) manages Waikiki Banyan’s common elements but we are not realtors and we have no information regarding rental or sales of Waikiki Banyan units. The Association has no contact person for such information.

However, if you contemplate renting online, we may be able to help you avoid being scammed by verifying the information you receive.

Check one of our in-house agents or the local media for information on available units.

Banyan Paid Parking

Effective February 1, 2015, paid parking available from Security at the garage entrance is $20 for 24 hours.

24-hour parking allows unlimited in and out and is available for both residents and non-residents. You pay when you drive into the garage.

Effective February 1, 2015, there is an overparking charge of $20 for every 24 hours, or any portion of that time, a car is parked past the expiration of its parking ticket. There is a lost ticket charge of $30. There are no refunds of paid parking charges.

Disaster Preparedness

The Association does not have the resources to provide supplies like flashlights and batteries to everyone in the building. Owners, agents and residents of Waikiki Banyan should think about maintaining their own kits of emergency supplies.

You can find advice on what to think about for your disaster preparedness kit at the state’s Civil Defense website and more detailed information at this DHS-affiliated website.