Study highlights by just how much demand for affordable rentals outpaces supply

(Image: Hawaii News Now/File) HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – For every 100 renter households in Hawaii living in poverty, there are just 35 affordable rentals. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Meanwhile, the study says that there are just 79 affordable units available for every 100 renter households at […]

Council seeks vacation rental balance

A cyclist rides past a vacation rental on Alii Drive. (Laura Ruminksi, file/West Hawaii Today) HILO — County Council members are calling for a balance that would allow revenue-generating vacation rentals in some areas, while keeping them from consuming neighborhoods in others. The council Finance Committee heard a 90-minute presentation from computer analyst Stefan Buchta, […]

Car rental facility moves closer to its May 2019 completion date

The $340 million consolidated rental car building is beginning to show some finishing touches Friday. The structure should be completed by the end of the year, then car rental companies will have four to six months to prepare their spaces for the projected May 2019 opening. — The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo The […]

Vacation rentals: Changing the face of neighborhoods

Vacation rentals dot Puako. (pins approximate for security reasons) Map data: Stefan Buchta via Googlemaps API /Special to West Hawaii Today Vacation rentals (red) and home-shares (green) dot the Leleiwi community. Pins approximate for security reasons. (Map data: Stefan Buchta via Google Maps API /Special to West Hawaii Today) HILO — It’s a sunny day […]

Most vacation rental owners not paying taxes

Airbnb shows vacation rentals in the Kailua-Kona area. (Image capture from to West Hawaii Today) HILO — Owners of more than 6,000 vacation homes on Hawaii Island are collecting money from short-term renters without registering with the state or paying the required taxes. That’s according to data compiled by Ross Birch, executive director of […]

Aloha, partner: Riding the Hawaiian range

Paniolos — Hawaiian cowboys — herd cattle into a corral during a round-up at Parker Ranch on the Big Island. (Alamy Stock Photo) Concho wants to gallop. I can tell. He’s a horse, after all, a headstrong one, and rippling green hills spread in every direction. Every so often, a break in the clouds reveals […]

Vacation Rentals Have Nearly Tripled in 10 Years, Maui Leads State

Visitor accommodation units statewide increased to 80,336 units (+1.6%) year-over-year, the largest total ever recorded for the State of Hawai‘i, according to the 2017 Visitor Plant Inventory released by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. The annual data of existing and planned visitor accommodation units statewide showed growth in three of the five categories reported, with increases […]

Councilwoman questioned on vacation rental

The Kona Islander Inn is a popular vacation rental in Kona. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today) North Kona Councilwoman Karen Eoff, the primary sponsor of a bill limiting vacation rentals on the island, has come under fire for her ownership of a vacation rental condo in Kailua-Kona. Eoff is the only council member who owns a […]

Ask the Mayor: What’s the Different Between B&B, STRH, TVR & VRBO?

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the questions submitted to his staff. Submit your own questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa at, (808) 270-7855 or mail them to 200 S. High St., 9th Floor, Wailuku, HI 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the […]

Lawmakers try again to regulate growing vacation rental industry

Illegal Kailua vacation rentals (Image: Hawaii News Now) HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – State lawmakers are once again looking at ways to control Hawaii’s growing vacation rental industry while cracking down on illegal operators. The latest senate proposal allows vacation rental brokers — including websites likes Airbnb — to collect general excise tax and hotel room tax […]