Maui Business

Local Association Management Company Acquired by Nation’s Industry Leader

February 7, 2011, 1:11 PM HST
* Updated February 7, 5:58 PM
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By Sonia Isotov

With branches in Lahaina, Hilo, and Honolulu, Hawaii First, Hawaii’s third largest community association management company, today announced that it has joined Associa, the nation’s leader in condominium and homeowner association services.

“By joining the Associa family of companies, Hawaii First will enhance the services we currently provide to our clients,” said Hawaii First President Richard Emery. “Our community associations will continue to work with our local management team, now backed with Associa’s national resources, including educational programs, emerging technologies and professional training.”

Hawaii First has 35 employees and counts 135 community associations as clients, including the following properties on Maui:

  • Kaleialoha
  • Nohonani
  • Kahului Ikena
  • Hololani
  • Mt. Thomas
  • Moana Estates HOA
  • One Palauea Bay
  • Kahana Reef
  • Maui Vista
  • Honokawai Palms

In addition to its core services, Hawaii First offers experience in fiduciary management and technical expertise to its clients.


“Strengthening Associa’s position in the Hawaiian Islands was a natural progression,” said Associa CEO John Carona. “Hawaii First’s employees bring many years of community management experience and their level of dedication will greatly complement the services we already provide to homeowners in Hawaii.”


The acquisition strengthens Associa’s size and breadth of services in Hawaii. Associa also owns Honolulu-based Certified Management, Inc .

A Better Business Bureau accredited business, Hawaii First has headquartered in Honolulu since 1997, and has branch offices in Lahaina and Hilo.

Building successful communities for more than 30 years, Associa is the leader in community association management and serves its clients with local knowledge, national resources and comprehensive expertise. Based in Dallas, Associa and its 8,000 employees operate more than 100 branch offices in the United States and Mexico.

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