Unpermitted vacation rentals have been blamed for everything from sky-high housing prices to overcrowded hiking trails. But what is really going on with Hawaii’s short-term rental market? How many properties are permitted for vacation rentals? And how many are actually being used that way?
HPR News Director Bill Dorman and The Conversation's Catherine Cruz talked with Matt Middlebrook of Airbnb, Kailua resident John Price, Honolulu's Department of Planning and Permitting Director Kathy Sokugawa, and Larry Bartley about the vacation rentals in Hawaiʻi - while also answering questions from callers.