The Conversation: Temporary Vacation Rentals

Mar 12, 2018

Lanikai, Oahu. Towns and neighborhoods on Oahu's Windward Coast have seen some of the highest prevalence of, and opposition to short term rentals.
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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?


Matt Middlebrook, Head of Public Policy in Hawaii for Airbnb

Kathy Sokugawa, Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting 

Larry Bartley, Save Oahu’s Neighborhoods

John Price, a longtime resident of Kailua, Hawaii