Real Estate

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 […]

Can You Guess Which State Has the Highest Rent? Surprise: It’s Not Hawai‘i

It’s still more expensive here than California, though. recently published an annual rent data report. When looking at state averages, Washington, D.C. (categorized separately from any state but alongside them for this statistic) came in at the top, with an average rent of $2,205 for a one-bedroom. Massachusetts followed at $1,945. And then, there […]

The Latest: Hawaii lawmakers say Ige omits much from speech

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on Hawaii Gov. David Ige’s state of the state address (all times local): 1:57 p.m. p.m. Hawaii lawmakers say Gov. David Ige left a number of important issues out of his annual State of the State address. They noted he didn’t mention coming up with solutions for homeowners to get […]

Hawaii offers good mix of tourist accommodation

hawaii bnb “Hawaii has an effective mix of accommodation offerings that is meeting the lodging interests of travelers coming from around the world,” said Jennifer Chun, Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) Director of Tourism Research, commenting on the visitor accommodation report released today. The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) today released the 2017 Visitor Plant Inventory, which […]

Rental population decreases for first time since 2004

After steadily climbing for the past 13 years, the population of renters decreased for the first time since 2004, according to the Annual Rent Report from ABODO, an apartment listing service. In fact, a report from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies shows there are about 43 million renters in the U.S. – making […]

Exploring The Kilauea Volcano And Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Kilauea’s Halema‘Uma‘U Crater. From my Instagram. I’ve always been fascinated with lava. I mean, who isn’t? It looks like glowing taffy. How cool is that? While there are countless volcanoes around the world, most are dormant or at the very least, don’t leak lava on a regular basis. My recent trip to Mount Etna was […]

The hourly wage needed to rent a two-bedroom home in every state

To rent a two-bedroom home, on average, you would need to earn $21.21 per hour as a full-time worker in the United States. That figure is higher in states like New York and California that are hurting the most from the nation’s affordable housing crisis. A new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition […]