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Hawaii lava flow: How much damage can it do?
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Hawaii volcano: National Guard moves in as lava nears homes
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Gabrielle Levy PAHOA, Hawaii, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The Hawaii National Guard will deploy 80 soldiers and airmen to help maintain calm as the threat of the Kilauea lava flow to Pahoa homes becomes imminent.

Molten lava from Hawaii volcano crosses onto residential property
By Karin Stanton PAHOA Hawaii (Reuters) - A menacing river of molten lava that bubbled over a road and overran a cemetery on its way towards a village on Hawaii's Big Island crossed onto a residential property on Tuesday and threatened to consume its first home, officials said. The slow-moving lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano has been advancing on the town of Pahoa for weeks, with ...

Hawaii lava crosses residential property, threatens more homes
By Karin Stanton KONA Hawaii (Reuters) - A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano crept across a residential property on Hawaii's Big Island early on Wednesday after incinerating an outbuilding as it threatened dozens of homes and businesses at the edge of a seaside town. The lava flow from the Kilauea volcano has been slogging toward the village of Pahoa for weeks and was ...

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Photos: Unstoppable Hawaii Lava Flow Reaches Homes
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Lava 100 feet from Hawaii home, nearing main road
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Hawaii volcano: Will flowing lava force evacuations?
As creeping lava threatens the village of Pahoa, Hawaii, officials are preparing to evacuate the area.

Hawaii lava flow is slow, gentle, yet unrelenting
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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Hanalei Bay Resort owners reach agreement with management

Hanalei Bay Resort owners reach agreement with management


By Coco Zickos - The Garden Island
Published: Friday, October 9, 2009 2:11 AM HST
HANALEI — An agreement has been reached between Hanalei Bay Resort owners and Florida-based management company Celebrity Resorts, according to a letter sent this week to members of the Vacation Owners Association and the Association of Apartment Owners.

Several allegations were made in recent months by timeshare and full-time condo owners regarding Celebrity Resorts’ involvement with the 30-year-old property. Since then, members of the VOA and AOAO Board of Directors, along with their legal counsel, had a “very busy summer” involving “confidential discussions with Celebrity Resorts,” the letter states.

California-based Trading Places International will assume management duties at the North Shore vacation destination, but Celebrity Resorts will continue to own Bali Hai restaurant and Happy Talk Lounge, the letter says.

TPI was one of the six management companies board representatives contacted when they sought “alternative management.”

“Their references are outstanding,” the letter says.

Celebrity Resorts will continue to have “exclusive rights to market timeshare sales at HBR and to rent unused timeshare weeks under an agreement with the VOA.”

“... We look forward to working with them in a harmonious relationship,” the letter states.

It was previously reported in a July 4 article titled “Hanalei Bay Resort owners battle management” that one reason owners sought to terminate Celebrity Resort’s contract was its inability to recognize board members of the VOA elected prior to management transitions.

However, there will be “a reconciliation and redefinition of association operational control in favor of the owners and the installation and empowering of a member-only board of directors,” according to the letter.

Dick Schweickert, VOA president, said he was “happy” with the outcome, but declined to make further comment due to “confidentiality.”

“I’m cautiously optimistic,” timeshare owner Lynn Kettleson said Wednesday. “It looks like a good resolution, but we’ll see how the details work out.”

Though he couldn’t speak for other owners, he said the boards should be “commended for doing a wonderful job of resolving this issue.”

A transition will occur where an auditor will “review all income, expenses and advances made by Celebrity for both of the association’s financials to generate a final monetary settlement.”

HBR employees will become TPI employees and it is TPI’s plan to retain “most” of them, according to the letter.

Vice President of TPI Resort Management Douglas Wilcox said they are “very excited,” but was unable to provide further comment at press time.

Attempts to reach Celebrity Resorts for comment were unsuccessful.

1 Comments:

Blogger MizeSusan said...

Absurd how this management has not taken care of the property nor its members. Outrageous annual maintenance fees and now we are having to pay for an additional outrageous assessment for 09 and possibly 2010 for the mismanagement of this timeshare resort!!!

November 7, 2009 8:32 AM  

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