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Mayor Kirk Caldwell vetoed one short-term rental measure and signed another that will restrict the operation of the rentals on Oahu. 

Ryan Finnerty
Ryan Finnerty

The Honolulu City Council on Tuesday approved a measure that restricts vacation rentals on Oahu. The vote capped off a yearlong effort to create a new regulatory framework for short-term vacation rentals on Oahu. 

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While short-term vacation rentals remain the focus of political debate in Hawaii, other locations are taking different approaches to the issue. That includes Japan.

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Update, April 30, 2:05 p.m.: The State Senate revoted on and passed SB 1292 imposing short term rental taxes by a margin of 13-12. The bill, already approved by the House of Representatives, now goes to Gov. David Ige for signature or veto.

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Members of the Honolulu City Council’s Planning Committee advanced two measures that would represent a sweeping change to the way short-term rentals are regulated on Oahu. The move comes in the wake of a court decision upholding similar regulation in Santa Monica, California.  

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Statewide hotel occupancy dropped to its lowest January level in four years, as every major island began the year with fewer occupied hotel rooms. According to a report from the data and analytics firm STR, statewide occupancy dropped 3.4% to 79.5% when compared to January 2018.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu Planning Commission held a public hearing yesterday on several proposals that would change the way Temporary Vacation Units, or TVU’s, operate on Oahu. Dozens of Oahu residents appeared in person to testify.

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Public Comment of Vacation Rentals; Hanauma Bay Capacity; OHA Masterplan; Puna Recovery

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What to do about vacation rentals is an issue around the state. But while Hawaii’s legislature has not been able to agree on state-wide measures, in Japan a new national law takes effect a week from tomorrow. And it’s already having an impact.

The Conversation: Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Apr 4, 2018
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Legalizing Transient Rentals; Increasing Tobacco Restrictions; Blue Planet Energy in Puerto Rico

The Challenges of Temporary Vacation Rentals

Mar 12, 2018

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?


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?

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One topic policy makers in Hawai‘i are still struggling with is short-term vacation rentals. Groups like Airbnb operate around the world—but in one location in the Asia Pacific, it’s still facing some very basic challenges. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wayne Yoshioka

State lawmakers are tallying spending bills to balance the budget. But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, there are some bumps in the road.

O'ahu North Shore: Short Term Vacation Rentals

Dec 13, 2017
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The state and counties are trying to resolve illegal vacation rentals in residential areas but it’s a complicated issue throughout the state. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Online Vacation Rentals: $26M in Taxes Not Collected

Feb 2, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The State is looking for additional revenues following a projected 300-million dollar shortfall in tax collections this year.   Lawmakers are targeting online vacation rental companies again this year as a potential source of millions in revenue.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

The Conversation: Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Apr 27, 2016

The Future of Dole Ag Land; Rock and Roll Pioneer June Millington; Taxing Air BnB; Novelist Cecily Wong

State Should Buy Dole Ag Lands On Oahu: Senator Gil Riviere

A Look into Airbnb

Mar 4, 2016
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You may have heard that growing numbers of kama‘āina are renting out rooms on Airbnb, but how many are doing so? And why? Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

PBN got an exclusive first look at data researched by Airbnb from surveys of its Hawaii members. Airbnb is essentially an online marketplace for people who want to rent out some or all of a home they own to a traveler. The traveler, in turn, is looking for a deal, or more of a residential experience than they would find by booking a traditional hotel room.