This 833-unit master association consisting of six condominium projects is located in Mililani, Hawaii. The community has been managed by Associa Hawaii since 1999 and features tennis and basketball courts, a playground, paved jogging paths, comfort stations, and extensive landscaping.
The community association was dealing with a landslide mitigation project carrying a cost of $3.2 million to cover hillsides with mesh. An alternative option to use a concrete face would cost $2.2 million, but mesh was found to be more effective in stopping landslides and erosion. To approve the more expensive project, written consent ballots were sent to homeowners, but an estimated 50% of owners didn’t respond, forcing the board to approve a special assessment. That assessment was ultimately reversed, and any money allocated was returned to owners.
Associa Hawaii helped develop a slope committee to analyze options for the landslide and erosion issues. The team also advised the board to consult a land expert to evaluate and assess current conditions and hazards.
Based on the consultant’s recommendations, a contract to install a rockfall draped mesh system and implement erosion control measures was awarded. With the help of Associa Hawaii, the association revised its budget and reserve study to include funding for the project. Ultimately, the system was installed using the association’s reserve fund, moving past the need for a vote from homeowners. This installation mitigated soil erosion concerns for the community and wouldn’t have been successful without the Associa Hawaii team.