Frequently Asked Questions

How much are the association fees? What do these fees cover?

 Currently, the Annual Association Fees are $110.00, payable by April 1st of each year.
When purchasing a property in Leilani Estates, there is a $200 transfer fee which is usually included in the Settlement Statement at time of closing.
Association members will be notified of any increases in fees.
Leilani Estates is a private subdivision and receives no money from the State or County of Hawaii to maintain the common areas, including all private roads, with the exception of Leilani Ave. The Hawaii State Supreme Court ruled that it is the responsibility of all lot owners to pay an annual road maintenance fee, the amount of which is to be determined by the Board of Directors.
The fees are used for the repair of the paved private roads, mowing, tree trimming and other types of vegetation control, sign repair and replacement, the removal of rubbish from our private roads, fuel, and insurance to cover our equipment and personnel. 

I bought a lot in Leilani Estates sight-unseen. What is the terrain like?

 It depends on where you buy in Leilani Estates. In the upper part of the Subdivision and along the sides, there is thick Rainforest vegetation, quite a bit of rain and a little cooler temperatures. In the lower part of the subdivision, it tends to be less vegetation, less rainfall and a bit warmer.
There are avocado, guava, banana and papaya trees in abundance. Wild orchids dot the roadsides. There are many varieties of trees, including coconut palm and various other varieties, ohia, rainbow eucalyptus, podacarpus and other varieties of trees. Check out the photos on our Gallery page. 

Is there electricity and water in Leilani Estates?

Residences in Leilani Estates use a "rainwater catchment system" of collecting rainfall from the roof of the house into a large tank somewhere on the lot. There are many catchment companies who will clean, fill and maintain catchment tanks. A lot of people also use a UV Water Filtration System which cleans the water to 99% free of bacteria and chemicals.
There is electricity throughout the subdivision although some residences are equipped with photo-voltaic solar systems and do not have electricity. Before installing solar power, it is a good idea with consult with an expert to see if your lot will produce sufficient solar to provide your electrical needs. 

I want to build a home in Leilani Estates. What steps do I need to take?

All lots in Leilani Estates are zoned Agricultural (AC-1) and all of Leilani Estates is in Lava Zone 1.
The Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) sets forth the requirements for building in Leilani Estates.  Plans need to be brought to the LCA Office for Architectural Review & approval and the builder must show proof of a County building permit.  The minimum square footage for a house is 800 sq. feet, which does not include the square footage of a carport or garage, deck, porch or lanai. There is also a restriction of one single family dwelling per lot.
If you have any questions, please feel free to check out the Architectural Review Committee page on this website or call our Office at 808-965-9555 and someone from our Architectural Committee will contact you. 

What is a Driveway Apron and why do I have to have one?

Aprons are required in order to protect the edges of Leilani Estate paved roadways from damage caused by vehicles entering and exiting private resident driveways.
Aprons must be installed immediately upon occupancy of the residence. Any damage caused to paved streets prior to apron installation must be repaired by the property owner. This includes but is not limited to any damage caused by vehicles delivery materials to the site.
The standard for LCA driveways is as follows:
A minimum of 12 feet wide
A minimum depth of 4 feet
Must be 1 inch higher than the edge of Leilani pavement.