Kailua View Estates Homeowners Association

News and Issues

Annual Homeowners' Meeting

The 2020 Annual KVE Homeowners Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 8, 2020. It will be held at the KVE Rec Center. Check in is 9 AM. Please send in your proxy form in advance or bring it to the meeting.

The 2019 Annual Homeowners Meeting was held on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at 10:00 AM at the KVE Recreation Center. Minutes for the meeting are can be found here.

Board of Directors' Meetings

Board of Directors' meetings are held at the Kona office of Hawaiiana Management Company at 3 p.m. All interested parties are invited to attend Board of Directors meetings.

The following is the schedule of Board meetings for 2020:       

Monday, January 6, 2020
*** Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:00 am (Annual Homeowners Meeting)
March 2020 (cancelled)
April 2020 (cancelled)
Wednesday, May 13, 2019
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Wednesday,August 19, 2020
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 (Preliminary Budget Meeting)
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 (2021 Budget Approval Meeting)
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
 

The following is the schedule of Board meetings for 2020:        

Monday, January 6, 2020
*** Saturday, February 8, 2020 (Annual Homeowners Meeting)

 

Contact Nan Cain at (808) 593-6371 to confirm the specific times and dates of meetings.

Board Meeting Owner Participation Rules

An 'Owner's Forum' may be held prior to each meeting of the Board of Directors.

If time permits, Owners may participate in any deliberation or discussion on the current meeting agenda other than Executive Session, .

Owners wishing to submit questions or suggestions to the Board are asked to submit them in writing 7 days prior to the scheduled meeting so that the Board will have time to review the issue prior to the meeting.

The Chair will determine the maximum time allotted to owners per topic and additional comments may be permitted after other Owners have spoken.

All comments must be directed to the Board.


Subcommittee Meetings

All homeowners\members are invited participate on Association Subcommitees and to attend the scheduled meetings.

Coqui Eradication Subcommittee Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 @ 4:30 pm at 75-366 Hoene St.

Coqui Frogs

For at least ten years our neighborhood has been trying to manage Coqui frogs. What one soon learns is, that in many ways Coqui frogs are like termites, in that you really can’t eliminate them, rather you minimize their impact for a time with appropriate treatment. In periods of drought it may appear that the Coqui frogs have disappeared only to find when rains come, the frogs are back in force, as they are now.

The State has declared Coqui frogs to be an invasive species, and to harbor them is a fineable offensive. Additionally, Coqui frogs have a negative impact on REAL PROPERTY values. A seller’s disclosure of the presence of Coquis is required for real estate sales transactions. The KVE Board has taken this issue on as a part of their responsibility to maintain the quiet residential character of this neighborhood and to protect your property values.

The Board’s position on managing Coqui frogs is to make this a shared responsibility. Our hope is that each owner will take it upon himself or herself to eliminate Coqui frogs from their property. Of course this approach assumes that everyone can or will do the right thing. In reality what the Board finds is that we get complaints about Coqui frog noise from their neighbors. When this occurs the Board notifies the owner of the property from which the complaint arose, and asks that they take action to eliminate the frogs.

Kailua View Estates (KVE) Homeowner’s Association has received numerous complaints about the proliferation of Coqui frogs since mid-summer, when weather conditions proved highly favorable to the frogs.

Ideally eradication should begin immediately upon detection of the first frog!  Clusters of eggs are laid every 2 weeks, which hatch in another 2 weeks. Young males remain silent until sexual maturity, at about 8-12 months, during which time up to 75 immature frogs per cluster are on the move to other Coqui-friendly habitats.  Adult Coqui frogs may live as long as 4-6 years.

In the last 4 months, many KVE neighbors, especially above Melelina, have lost their former quiet due to the widespread infiltration of frogs. However, Coquis have now descended lower than the Melelina threshold to midway between Melelina and Kakalina. Encroachment will only continue if nothing is done to stop them.

 

Here’s what you can do:

1. SPRAY. Our association has a backpack sprayer and a supply of citric acid that can be obtained for use. Board member Robert Oswald maintains the sprayer and acid. He will provide instruction in the safe and effective use of the equipment. Our sprayer can reach Coqui habitats up to 10-15 feet high. Robert can be reached at (808) 334-9895.

2. Hand capture.  Hunt shortly after sunset when males begin calling. A hands-free headlamp is useful to help track a Coqui to its hiding place. Look carefully in branches and leaves of trees, or in bromeliads, where they sit facing out with their behinds in the nice cool water. Grab quickly and put into a small plastic water bottle. Cap and continue hunting. The small neck of the bottle will prevent captured Coquis from escaping when the cap is removed to put the next one in. Place the bottle with the Coquis in the freezer overnight to humanely kill them, then dispose.

3. Hire a specialist. It has been our experience that when Coqui frogs select very tall trees, our sprayer may not have sufficient reach to get to them. In these instances we have recommended using Kona Coqui Specialists. The specialist has equipment that can spray powerful streams of citric acid 30 to 40 feet high. Owner Edward “Butch” Porter will provide a free on-site evaluation. If you use his spraying service you will be charged according to the time he spends on your property:  (808) 443-7905.

4.  VEGETATION.  Eliminate or reduce Coqui-friendly habitats, such as tall, thick growths of trees and understory, monstera, bromeliads, heliconia, bougainvillea, areca keikis, and dead leaves and debris, as around banana trees.

5.  HELP YOUR NEIGHBORS. Offer to help your neighbors eliminate Coquis from their property. Help might include sharing the task of nighttime Coqui hunting or sharing the cost of a specialist when needed. Often frogs are between properties and their elimination may require shared efforts. There have been instances where a group of neighbors have contributed a portion of Butch Porters fees to eliminate problem frogs. While, yes, technically, the burden falls on the homeowner whose property is afflicted, we all benefit from Coqui management. Why not extend support to your neighbors in our common goal of maintaining KVE as a desirable place to live?

 

The Board has a long-term commitment to Coqui frog control. We are interested in your comments or ideas. Also, we appreciate whatever efforts you have made or will make in this campaign.

To prevent the spread of Coqui frogs, our best hope is to work together, and to realize that the Coqui issue is a long term problem, one that will require our diligence and willingness to participate for as long as necessary. If you want to see what failure to act against Coqui frogs sounds like, take an evening walk on Banyan drive in Hilo!

Coqui Policy

When asked by the Board to eliminate frogs on your property, your lot will be re-evaluated within 10 days. On re-evaluation if frogs are still heard you may be subject to fine.  If you are incapable of complying with the Boards request, promptly contact our Hawaiiana agent Nan Cain 1(808) 593-6371 to inform her of your situation.

 

BOARD REPORT TO MEMBERSHIP - 2018

As you know, all of your KVE board members are volunteers. We’ve been meeting monthly to serve the community’s needs over the past year. Some of the activities and accomplishments of the board in the past year have been:

RESERVE STUDY- An annual reserve study is a requirement of any HOA. The study evaluates the condition of the owned properties and helps establish timelines for repairs and replacements. In the past, our study was conducted through our management company. This past year we employed a firm that conducts formal reserve studies as a matter of course. The study will serve as a roadmap and a cost estimate for repairs going out 20 years.

BUDGET - Budget review for 2019 will begin in July.

KEYS - Management Company prepared for distribution of replacement rec center keys, as our CCRs require these to be changed periodically. Owners in good standing will be issued keys at Hawaiiana Management Company Ltd. 74-5620 Palani Rd. Suite 215.

DUES AND FEES COLLECTION EFFORTS - The Association collection agent and attorney is Alan Thuy

COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE - The compliance committee continues to conduct monthly drive by inspections to ensure covenants and restrictions are adhered to and to help keep up appearances and conditions of properties in the neighborhood, so that property values are not devalued due to a lack of maintenance.

DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE (DRC) – This committee functions as needed and as requests are submitted. The committee reviewed and approved several nice home additions, some decks, fences, satellite dishes, a pool cabana and some driveway extensions. All of this was done with an eye to meeting the requirements of the CCRs and established rules.  

Paved Driveways

Article III Section 3.02 of our CC&Rs requires all cars and vehicles to be parked on "paved driveway areas".

This means that if you are currently parking on dirt or grass, you must move your vehicle to a paved driveway. You can submit plans to the Design Review Committee for their approval to install a 'paved driveway area'.

Owners with gravel driveways are required to make sure the gravel does not travel out to any concrete driveway, public roadway or into a neighbor’s yard.

Owners will be required to maintain the gravel driveways with additional rock material as needed over time and kept free of weeds and/or grass.

All future proposed gravel driveways and driveway additions will be approved on an individual bases.

Dogs

If you are a dog owner, it’s your duty (or dooty, if you prefer) to clean up after your pet. If you walk your dog in the KVE subdivision, be sure to carry a bag or container to pick up after your pet. KVE has many walkers and joggers, some of whom are out early or late, and may not see Spot’s spots. They shouldn’t have to, they are your neighbors, so be courteous, be nice, and do your dooty!

Another dog specific complaint has to do with barking. Some suggestions to help with this problem. Remember who is supposed to be in control – you or the dog?

Barking dog tips – thanks to Deb Kent, Kona Coast Kennel Club.

As a responsible pet owner, we ask that you spend a little time insuring your pet is a good neighbor too. Please report to any animal violations to the Management Executive.

All dog bites should be reported to the Humane Society.

Feral Animals

Feral animals such as chickens, turkeys, and pigs should not be feed or kept on any lot. Please report any such action to the Board or Managing Agent 

Outside Lights and Antenna

No permanent exterior electric lighting of any sort shall be installed or maintained where the light source is visible from neighboring property. No antenna of any sort shall be installed or maintained which is visible from neighboring property except that antenna placed on the ground and not exceeding ten (10) feet in height above normal grade are allowed if not visible from the adjacent street.

Clothes Lines

A word about clothes lines – another way to save on energy. Current CC&Rs allow for clothes lines as long as they are not visible to your neighbors. So if you have an area that is screened from your neighbors sight or a line in your garage (with the door closed), you can help save the planet.