Nonprofit to offer rent subsidies to Big Island lava evacuees

The recent volcanic activity on the Big Island has forced many residents out of their homes, creating a need for housing help. (Image: Hawaii News Now) BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) – Eruptions in lower Puna have displaced more than 1,700 residents on the Big Island for more than two weeks. And there’s no telling when it […]

County shuts down vacation rentals as residents are left to deal with more lava outbreaks

Lava overtook vegetation at fissure 16, which erupted Saturday morning between Highway 132 (Kapoho Road) and Pohoiki Road outside of Pahoa. Donna Walker, right, wept as she embraced Verna Schutz-Kahele at the Pu‘uhonua o Puna community support center in Pahoa on Saturday. The two women worked together as teachers at Pahoa Elementary School and have […]

Is Hawaii safe for travelers now?

Is it safe to travel to Hawaii? Despite the recent dramatic images of spouting lava and burning homes on the east side of the Big Island and floods on Kauai’s north shore, the answer is generally yes. That’s because these incidents are isolated in relatively remote regions of the state, which is comprised of eight […]

Kohala councilman discloses vacation rental income

Kohala Councilman Tim Richards said he will recuse himself from voting on a bill regulating vacation rentals until the Board of Ethics clears him of a potential conflict of interest. Richards said Tuesday he’s filed an amended financial disclosure report to reflect the income from the vacation rental, which is on the family’s Kahua Ranch […]

Vacation rental bill on hold until May 8

Council chambers in Hilo was packed with testifiers as almost people sign up to testify islandwide on a bill that would limit vacation rentals. (Nancy Cook Lauer/West Hawaii Today) A standing room only crowd, waiting to testify on Bill 108 relating to vacation rentals, fills council chambers Tuesday at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura […]

Council committee to hear vacation rental bill

A cyclist rides past a vacation rental on Alii Drive in January. (Laura Shimabuku/West Hawaii Today) It’s now the public’s turn to weigh in on the vacation rental issue. A measure first broached publicly in November, which then made its way through the Board of Ethics to clear a conflict of interest concern, will be […]

Choice Hotels Expands Vacation Rental Offering

In addition to increasing its existing presence in key vacation markets, such as Orlando, Fla., Myrtle Beach, S.C and the Florida Gulf Coast, the brand added accommodations in several new destinations, including Lake Tahoe, Calif., Outer Banks, N.C., Gatlinburg, Tenn., Maui, Hawaii, and multiple destinations in the Colorado Rockies. "Choice Hotels understands the importance of […]

Here’s How You Can Rent One of Hawaii’s Most Famous Surf Shacks

Courtesy of Volcom Hawaii is already a vacationer’s paradise thanks to the state’s endless beaches, hikes, sightseeing, and rich culture, but if you’re going to the Aloha State as a family or group there’s only one way to do it right: renting a super sweet, and uber-famous, beach-front surf shack. OK, so the Volcom House […]

Hawaii Supreme Court considers tax appeal by travel firms

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court will decide whether online travel companies are required to pay general excise taxes for car rentals they sell in the state. The travel companies are appealing a 2016 state court ruling that required the companies to pay the tax, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday. Expedia, Priceline and Travelocity […]

In Hawaii, 1 of every 24 homes is a vacation rental

When most Americans think of west coast cities with a soaring cost of living, they often picture Seattle, LA, and San Francisco. But Honolulu, with limited real estate, a huge tourist business, and a median home price of $760,600, is arguably in the same league, price-wise. According to a new report, the vacation destination also […]