Kauai Board of REALTORS ® Monthly
May 2020 News to Use as Kaua`i Re-Opens
May 1, 2020
Happy May Day to All Members of the Kauai Board of REALTORS®:

I know for many of you, last month has been a month like no other. Remaining alert to your own health and those around you while also adapting to government restrictions on your livelihood has been challenging for most. Here at KBR, we have been operating on a full-time basis to conduct the business of this organization and be certain that REALTORS® are aware of the resources available to them. If you have any questions regarding real estate from how to practice it during a time of social distancing to how to remain calm during this time of stress, please call the office.

One committee that has been working around the clock is your Government Affairs Committee (“GAC”). As of March 16, 2020, Governor David Ige suspended the state sunshine law that requires government agencies meet in public and that government records be made public as part of the administration’s emergency response to the spread of COVID-19. Prior to Covid-19 GAC was concerned by the sheer magnitude of bills brought forth in rapid succession that directly impact real estate and private property rights. From driveways, to density, to amendments in the County’s Housing Policy Ordinance and more; it’s all happening now in the midst of the pandemic on a remote basis. 


Aloha Kauai Board of REALTORS® Membership,

Since Mayor Kawakami issued his March 4, 2020 Emergency Proclamation in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, members and affiliate members have reached out to KBR, the Board of Directors and directly to me as your 2020 Board President seeking information and clarity on navigating these unchartered waters. We want you all to know that KBR is here for you and willing to listen and serve.

Members and Affiliate Members have a variety of concerns ranging from the use of professional photographers and other vendors, to explanations on how the Mayor’s and Governor’s orders impact REALTORS®. We’ve also received many questions related to real estate contracts as well as requests for resources that provide financial assistance for independent contractors, companies and employees.

On April 29, 2020, the entire state aligned under Governor’s Ige’s Sixth Supplementary Proclamation. In other words, the state came together under the Governor’s guidance rather than each island offering its unique orders. On the State’s website we note the following April 29, 2020 remark, “With Hawai‘i’s low rate of coronavirus infections, Governor Ige says state and county leaders are looking at easing restrictions and reopening the local economy.

Resource Links:

County Housing Agency:   https://www.kauai.gov/Housing
County Planning Department:   https://www.kauai.gov/Planning
County Building Division:   https://www.kauai.gov/PublicWorks/Building
County Engineering Division:   https://www.kauai.gov/PublicWorks/Engineering
County Solid Waste Division:   https://www.kauai.gov/PublicWorks/SolidWaste
County Sewer Application Forms:   https://www.kauai.gov/SewerForms
County Real Property Forms, Rates, Assessments, Maps, etc.:   https://www.kauai.gov/RealProperty
County Department of Water:   http://www.kauaiwater.org/page2.asp  
HAR GAC: Link to Governor's ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY PATHWAY TO RECOVERY April 20 PowerPoint Presentation:  
Paul Brewbaker Briefing - Black Swan:   
Expanded Benefits for NAR - NAR.Realtor see FAQ's:  www.nar.realtor/coronavirus/FAQ
Look at Right Tools Page for education and health opportunities and possible CE Credits  https://www.nar.realtor/right-tools-right-now
HAR Legal Hotline:   Principal Brokers and Brokers-In-Charge have direct access to the Legal Hotline otherwise known as Legal Kokua:  https://www.hawaiirealtors.com/legal-kokua/