Property Administration Firm: Public Outrage Over HOA Cat-Feeding Fines Extreme however Misdirected

The property administration firm director tasked with speaking the intentions of the Keauhou apartment HOA mired in controversy surrounding a cat-feeding concern stated he’s obtained a pair dozen “brutal” emails from the general public since a Huge Island Now story on the problem printed Monday, June 6.

Michael Kennedy, who works for Hawaiiana Administration Firm, the property administration firm that cares for Keauhou Palena, instructed Huge Island Now on Thursday that his job is to implement the foundations established by the house owner’s affiliation board of administrators, on this case Keauhou Palena.

He isn’t the one who makes the foundations, solely enforces them, he stated. Because the story printed, he’s been inundated with “brutally harsh” emails as if he have been liable for creating the fining system.

“I simply need to make clear it, I’ve nothing to do with it,” Kennedy stated, referring to HOA guidelines. “I’ve no say with what occurs.”

The Keauhou Palena Board of Administrators issued $25,900 in fines, and counting, to one of many apartment’s house owners, Pamela Cooper, for feeding two cats over the course of the final 12 months.

The cats eat on Cooper’s lanai. PC: KARES

Kennedy, who wrote the letter informing Cooper of the fines, stated whereas he points the letters, he does so on the will of the board.


Kennedy stated he’s obtained round 20 emails from individuals in the neighborhood because the story ran that disparaged him or threatened to take enterprise away from Hawaiiana Administration Firm.

“I hope you go to jail, lose your job, go to hell,” Kennedy stated, summarizing the gist of the correspondence.

“Of the 20 emails I might say just one that was possibly well mannered,” he stated, including “I’m positive if I went on social media it might be even worse.”


The letter Kennedy signed, dated March 15, notified Cooper that she had incurred $25,900 in fines for feeding two 9-year-old cats who reside on the property.

The letter lists the bylaws that prohibit feeding and maintaining animals and informs Cooper she had been warned since June of 2021 that such a punishment may very well be levied towards her if she continued to feed the animals.

The letter states that Cooper would proceed to incur $100 fines per day ought to she proceed to feed them, which Cooper instructed Huge Island Now within the article on Monday that she intends to do.

Cooper instructed Huge Island Now that the animals pre-date her buy of the apartment, and she or he instructed the tenants who hire the place from her to proceed feeding the cats – named Bob and Carol – as a result of to withhold meals for them in a spot the animals take into account house could be animal cruelty as outlined by Hawai’i statutes.

“I’m simply caught between a rock and a tough spot,” Cooper stated.

When contacted on Monday by Huge Island Now, Kennedy referred all inquiries to the legal professional the board of administrators employed. The legal professional, Ed Haitsuka, of Kailua-Kona, didn’t attain out to Huge Island Now this week. Huge Island left a message for Haitsuka once more on Thursday.

However the blowback Kennedy obtained within the days the board of administrators and legal professional didn’t communicate following the Monday story prompted Kennedy to name Huge Island Now again and clarify how Hawaiiana solely enforced the foundations the board of administrators established.

“I’ve turn into the face of this entire debacle, and so has Hawaiiana,” Kennedy stated. “I don’t suppose it’s truthful that Hawaiiana has been introduced into this.”

“I simply need them to direct their anger in the correct route,” he stated of the general public’s response.

Wealthy Milham, Keauhou Palena Board of Administrators president, stated on Thursday that the board employed the legal professional particularly for the case at hand in response to Cooper having employed an legal professional of her personal, Sara Vargas.

That shocked the board as a result of there may be an appeals course of throughout the HOA that apartment house owners can use ought to they need to enchantment a effective or ruling, and Cooper didn’t train that proper after she was first notified of the attainable fines. As a substitute, the board discovered she acquired skilled assist.

“They didn’t discuss to anyone,” stated Milham, who additionally didn’t return a message on Monday, however spoke with Huge Island Now on Thursday. “We have been pressured to rent an legal professional.”

Milham stated on Thursday the board had ready an announcement on what they will say because it pertains to the problem, however didn’t need to concern it with out having their legal professional’s consent. He stated the legal professional suggested the board on Thursday not to talk about the case till after the listening to on June 16.

“We don’t have a selection on loads of this,” he stated.

The June 16 enchantment listening to is with the board of administrators and Cooper.

Kennedy stated the HOA requested Cooper throughout the 12 months that led as much as the effective to feed the cats 15 ft away from the place they have been consuming, which was off the property and therefor not topic to HOA guidelines, however that suggestion wasn’t obliged. He added that some neighbors had complained in regards to the cats as nicely.

Both approach, he added, he didn’t make the foundations.

“I’m hoping it will get resolved,” Kennedy stated.

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