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 Banyan News in Brief

December 21, 2016

From the President

Aloha Fellow Owners,

As you know, our GM, Wayne, is retiring at the end of this year marking the end of an era for the Waikiki Banyan. We will all miss him and certainly appreciate all the things he has done for the Waikiki Banyan, the Board of Directors, the Owners, and the staff. We wish Wayne and his wife a very wonderful, long and enjoyable retirement.

Effective 1 Jan 2017 our new GM will be Sterling Paulos. He is currently on board and working with Wayne for the rest of this year to ensure a smooth transition. He said that he is delighted to be part of the Waikiki Banyan team. Sterling has extensive experience in condo management, as well as an impressive background as a Director, GM and VP in service management. He has over 30 years of property management/hospitality experience with luxury residential condos, mixed-use condos, hotel/resorts, cruise lines, etc. Sterling’s extensive knowledge in executive management, budgeting/finance/accounting, building renovation, HR, security, safety and facilities maintenance will allow him to “hit the road running.”

On behalf of the owners, the board and the staff, I welcome Sterling to our team and look forward to working with him in the new year.


Bob Ivanoff
Board of Directors
AOAO of Waikiki Banyan, Inc.

November 2, 2016

2017 Parking Permits. The parking passes for 2017 have been ordered. The new passes will be effective noon January 1, 2017. The 2016 passes will no longer be valid after that date.

Each owner is entitled to one (1) parking pass for each apartment owned. Control of the parking pass is the unit owner's responsibility. You may assign your pass to your tenant or rental agent, however we must have your personally signed authorization before we will give a pass to anyone but you.

We will not mail out the passes. They will be available beginning Wednesday, December 21, from the Administration Office, 306-II, during normal business hours.

To assign your parking pass, please fill out and sign the authorization form and email, mail or fax it to the Admin Office.

House Rules Revisions. At its recent Regular Meeting, the Board approved new House Rules revisions.

Article 3.11. AIR CONDITIONING has been revised to allow the installation of split air conditioning units without Board approval, provided certain condition are met. In addition to the existing rules governing air conditioners, the revision states:

The installation of a split air conditioning system is permitted provided it meets management approval and other requirements herein, including but not limited to:
  1. no structural modifications to the building;
  2. no overloading of electrical or plumbing systems;
  3. installation by a licensed contractor.

Article 7.4. NOISE has been revised to establish a “quiet time” from 10 pm to 6 am on the recreation deck, during which no noise above conversation level will be allowed and no “sound producing devices of any kind may be played.”

Article 7.8. SWIMMING POOL (E) has been revised to read “Only U.S. Coast Guard approved or otherwise attachable small personal flotation devices may be used in the pool.”

October 28, 2016

Drain Line Replacement on Hold. Our drain line replacement is on hold pending the resolution of recently-raised regulatory issues related to permitting.

I expect we will return to the project in January and we will publish a revised schedule as soon as possible.

Fire System Upgrade. Work in Tower 1 is proceeding on schedule. We are awaiting a schedule from Ohana Control Systems for their work in the common areas from the 6th floor down, including the garage.

2017 Annual Meeting. The 2017 Annual Meeting has been scheduled for 4pm, Friday, February 27, 2107 at the Pacific Beach Hotel.

You can expect to receive notice of the meeting in December, together with a proxy form. While you will have until shortly before the date of the meeting to return your proxy, please plan on completing and returning it as soon as possible after you receive it. With our widely distributed ownership, we need everybody’s help to establish a quorum.

GM Retirement. After working more than 28 years at Waikiki Banyan, General Manager Wayne Babineau will retire at the end of December. The Board is actively searching for a suitable replacement.

As an added consequence, we are moving from a fiscal to a full management agreement with Hawaiiana, effective January 1, 2017. Hawaiiana Management Executive Ralph Ahles will provide property management services beginning immediately while we prepare for the transition.

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 Winston Perreira: August 2016 Jayme Gipaya: September 2016 Kalau Sison: 3rd Quarter 2016 Chad Ornellas: October 2016
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Updated December 21 2016

2017 Annual Meeting

The 2017 Annual Association Meeting has been scheduled for 4 pm Friday, February 24, at the Pacific Beach Hotel. Check-in starts at 3:00 pm.

Packets containing formal notice of meeting, proxy forms, information sheets and proxy solicitation letters will be mailed out next week.

If you do not wish to assign your proxy to an individual, please mark it “for quorum only.”

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.