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West Maui Guide to Pet-Friendly Condominiums

Don’t get too excited because there aren’t that many of them. And as the proud papa of a socially active 80-pound pit bull mix named Cane, and former owner of West Maui Pet Supply, trust me, I’ve dealt with the challenge and I’ve heard the complaints.

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17 out 81 condominiums on West Maui make it difficult for Buyers with pets

If You Have a Pet, You Need a Pet-Friendly Condo

My best (and worst) case scenario was about 10 years ago when I owned at a not so pet-friendly condo in Honokowai. Well, I was dating a girl at the time who, on a few occasions, brought her big, sweet rescue dog named Ano over (pronounced AH-NO). Not to get into all of the details, but there was no denying my guilt as Ano was chauffered around in a bright red Jeep that always had the top down.

She was blonde, he rode in the front seat, and again, I was living in a non-pet friendly condo…heck, in a pet-friendly condo they stuck out like a sore thumb. So it wasn’t to my surprise when an AOAO warning showed up on my doorstep, actually taped to the door. This was followed by a few $50 fines that turned into $100 fines. Okay, maybe she brought Ano over to visit more than a few times 🙂

Honestly, at the time I was 27, had just bought my first property, and I did not understand the responsibility and severity of “house rules” and how they really applied. My thought was, “I own this place, this isn’t a big deal…they have to be flexible with me…what is a warning?” Lesson learned: Yes it is, no they don’t, and no they won’t. Hey, it was my own fault.

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Very few West Maui condos allow multiple pets

The story gets better. At the time, I was traveling to the other islands with my real estate weekly newspaper business nearly 4 days per week, and when I was on Maui I was either working more, going to a function, or running off to the beach for an entire day.

So needless to say, I wasn’t reading all of my exciting AOAO mail or condo newsletters that piled up on my desk. Heck, I wasn’t even opening it…bad decision! I had my monthly dues automatically paid each month, so I wasn’t really focused on my statements, AOAO Minutes, etc. I was more concentrated on the essentials: bills, family mail, work finances, and anything from the State or IRS.

Let’s just say that, to my surprise, when I went to refinance my property, apparently a few of those pet fines hadn’t been paid and $600 in fines turned into a $6,500 lien. Yes, you read that correctly…$600 in fines turned out to be $6K in attorney’s fees, court filings, and administrative billings. Let’s just call that learning the hard way. Jeff was a dummy.

Now, fast forward years later, I’ve learned even more. As the former owner of the West Maui Pet Supply, I’ve heard and learned the frustration of West Mauians from the lack of pet-friendly condos. And remember, condos make up a major part of West Maui’s inventory pool.

Fabulous Pet-Friendly Condos in West Maui

If you really dig in, there are roughly 81 condominium complexes in West Maui and only approximately 17 allow animals…and not all of them allow dogs, or have weight restrictions. That’s 17 out of 81!…Reggie Jackson wouldn’t have made it to October with those numbers.

17 out of 81 – really?

In all cases, each property has its own house rules pertaining to the number of pets allowed, which types of pets you can have, leash rules, and more. Additionally, house rules can change, so prior to buying, you should confirm everything during your due diligence. However, I’ve done the current research and have compiled an easy-to-use reference.

Here are the fabulous 17 West Maui condos that permit pets:

 
And as I’ve grown older, wiser, and more mature, I assure you the AOAO mail doesn’t go left unread. Let’s just say, I’ve learned my lesson the hard way!

Want to Know More?

If you would like to know more about pet-friendly condos in West Maui, please contact me.

About the Author

Jeff Onderko

Jeff Onderko is a REALTOR Broker with Hawai'i Life. West Maui Real Estate Broker, and ultra enthusiastic advocate of Maui's Lahaina, Kaanapali and Kapalua areas. I truly believe it's an honor & privilege to call Hawaii home. For 17 years now, West Maui is where I live, work and play. My team and I specialize in resort market home and condominium sales striving to deliver the highest level of professional service possible. With $50M+ sold, a panache for extensive statistical research and 100+ published real estate articles since 2015. I'm relevant, information driven and responsive. I bring a passionate energy, an entrepreneurial understanding and a client-first approach to my real estate business. Prior to becoming a Realtor, I was an independent publisher, starting and operating Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Real Estate Weeklies, Maui Time Weekly (partner), and in 2005, I was a Mayors Small Business Award finalist. In 2009, after seeing the demand and living in an under serviced pet market, alongside my Mom, Susan we opened West Maui Pet Supply. I started my career after college as an account executive with Orlando Weekly ultimately becoming their Advertising Director. Then I moved on to Advertising Sales Manager at Orange County Weekly, in Southern California. I am native of Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in Florida splitting time between Miami, Orlando and Cocoa Beach, Fl. I was a scholarship soccer player at the University of Central Florida and graduated with a BA from their School of Communication. Always attracted to healthy lifestyle, adventure, great weather, water sports and the outdoors, I moved to Maui in the summer of 2002. When the Realtor hat comes off, I'm active in the community coaching U-14 Boys Soccer (AYSO - West Side Pride) and I still play in the West Maui open division. I'm involved along with other fellow Hawaii Life comrades volunteering regularly at the Ka Hale A Ke Ola Shelter in West Maui and I'm on the Board of the Hawaii Life Charitable Fund. Through the outlet of the WM Pet Supply, I was heavily involved with the Maui Humane Society & ASCPA getting animals adopted & spayed/neutered. When I have free time you'll find me surfing, golfing, at the gym, a regular at yoga class, hanging at home with my animals or working in the backyard on my organic micro-farm (aka: food garden). You can email me at JeffOnderko@HawaiiLife.com or via phone at (808) 280-4881.

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GeorgieHunter

August 5, 2014

That’s a great list you’ve compiled!

Jeff Onderko

August 6, 2014

Hi Georgie: Thanks a lot, I appreciate your feedback.. Actually there is another I left out…”Puamana” still needs to be added bringing the total number of West Maui pet friendly condos to 17. I have a another blog coming soon that get’s into the specifics of each property’s “pet rules.” Stay tuned 🙂 Aloha

GeorgieHunter

August 5, 2014

That’s a great list you’ve compiled!

Jeff Onderko

August 6, 2014

Hi Georgie: Thanks a lot, I appreciate your feedback.. Actually there is another I left out…”Puamana” still needs to be added bringing the total number of West Maui pet friendly condos to 17. I have a another blog coming soon that get’s into the specifics of each property’s “pet rules.” Stay tuned 🙂 Aloha

George Walter

February 22, 2016

Jeff,

Great blog. I still use it when the “pet question” comes up. You should refresh and repost.

George Walter

February 22, 2016

Jeff,

Great blog. I still use it when the “pet question” comes up. You should refresh and repost.

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