COMMUNITY NEWS for January 12 issue
Hashimoto to speak at Sunset Rotary Club meeting
LAHAINA – On Tuesday, Jan. 17, Troy Hashimoto, chair of the Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows Leadership Program Steering Committee, will speak at the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset’s evening meeting.
Hashimoto will discuss the program’s monthly learning opportunities, known as Halawai, where participants develop a holistic appreciation and understanding of Maui’s unique challenges.
A Decisions Maui and Focus Maui Nui initiative, the program was conceived to promote and develop future leaders among working professionals.
The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset’s community speaker series takes place during club meetings, which are held on the first, third and fifth Tuesday of the month at the Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant, Royal Lahaina Resort, Kaanapali.
Meetings run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Agreement allows credit union members to set up real property tax payments
WAILUKU – Maui County residents can now pay their property tax bills at their local credit union, and even set up automatic payments.
The agreement with the county enables Federal Credit Union (FCU) members who own homes to establish a special account at their credit union, which would be dedicated to making semi-annual real property tax payments when due.
Their credit unions would withdraw the funds at the designated time and make remittance to the Maui County Finance Department on their behalf.
“The automatic payments will be especially useful for homeowners who don’t have a mortgage anymore and because of that, sometimes forget that they still have to pay property taxes,” said Finance Director Danny Agsalog.
“This can be a serious problem resulting in monetary penalties and even foreclosures. So we very much appreciate our credit unions cooperating with the county like this; it’s a good agreement for everyone.”
Homeowners have to belong to a credit union in order to make property tax payments through the institution. The agreement includes eight Maui County-chartered FCUs on Maui and a branch of an Oahu credit union.
They include: Maui County FCU, Valley Isle Community FCU, Maui FCU, Kahului FCU, Wailuku FCU, West Maui Community FCU, Maui Teachers FCU, Hawaii USA FCU, and Molokai Community FCU.
Real property tax remittances will begin with the August 2017 payment.
For more information and to establish this service, contact your respective credit union.
Holoholo Bookmobile: Coming soon to a location near you
WAILUKU – The new state-of-the-art Holoholo Bookmobile added more than a dozen new locations to its schedule beginning Jan. 9. The bookmobile, which began service Sept. 10, is Maui’s full-service public library on wheels. It offers books for all ages, DVDs, audiobooks, storytimes, free Wi-Fi, reference help and assistance with eResources.
Holoholo (“go for a ride” in Hawaiian) will unveil its Spring 2017 Schedule, including three new stops at Community Centers in Haiku, Kula and Pukalani. Four additional stops on the West Side include Montessori Eagles International Preschool, Kama’aina Kids Lahaina, Hale Mahaolu Eono, and Princess Nahi’ena’ena Elementary School.
Printed copies of the Bookmobile’s new schedule will soon be available at Maui public libraries. For more information, visit www.librarieshawaii.org, click the “Visit” tab, then “Maui Bookmobile,” or call Wailuku Public Library at 243-5766.
Real Estate Commission to hold meetings and consultations on Maui
KAHULUI – The Real Estate Commission will convene its standing committee meetings at the Realtors Association of Maui at 441 Ala Makani Place in Kahului on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
The Laws and Rules Review Committee will convene at 9:30 a.m., and will be followed by Condominium Review Committee and Education Review Committee meetings.
Real estate licensees, government officials, members of the condominium community, educators and interested individuals and organizations are encouraged to participate at these public meetings.
Members of the Real Estate Commission and the commission’s staff will be present. The committees invite comments and recommendations on current and future programs.
Concurrently, a real estate specialist and a condominium specialist will be available for individual meetings between 9:30 and 11 a.m. or by appointment.
The real estate specialist will be available to answer questions about licensing laws and rules, licensing applications, broker experience certificate applications, examination administration, continuing education, new legislation, real estate commission procedures, educational programs and other related topics.
The condominium specialist will be available to answer questions about boards, associations, meetings, condominium managing agents, condominium association registration, fidelity bonding, condominium property regime statute, public reports, project registration, new legislation, reserves and other condominium-related topics.
For more information, call 984-2400, extension 62643.
Annual registration of mopeds now required
WAILUKU – The county Division of Motor Vehicles & Licensing (DMVL) reminds moped owners that effective Jan. 1, 2017, Act 200 of the Hawaii Session Law 2016 requires significant changes to moped registration throughout the State of Hawaii.
Act 200 requires moped owners:
To convert their permanent registration to an annual registration. The total fees will be $33.25.
To have their mopeds successfully pass an annual safety check inspection. Safety Inspection Stations may charge an inspection fee of not more than $13.24 plus tax for each moped inspection.
To securely fasten the license plate on the rear of the moped, displayed entirely unobscured, and be kept reasonably clean.
To affix an emblem on the upper right portion of the moped license plate. The emblem bears the moped license plate number and the month and year of registration expiration.
Customers with any questions may contact the County DMVL Call Center at 270-7363.