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Tourism

Testimony: Bill 80 could hurt Oahu’s hotels and employees more than help

This testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Oct. 19, 2020, to the Honolulu City Council’s Committee on Executive Matters and Legal Affairs. _______________ To: Ron Menor, Chair, and Carol Fukunaga, Vice Chair From: Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president RE: Bill 80 (2020) — RELATING

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Akina discuses tourism, diversification on MauiNow

Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, chatted earlier this month with Pacific Media Group COO and MauiNow director Jack Dugan to answer questions about the state of Hawai’i’s economy. MauiNow’s summary of the interview can be found here. A complete transcript is below. Jack Dugan:

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‘Positive disrupter’ on ‘Perry & the Posse’

“Let’s not kill the goose that lays the golden egg.” That was the advice of Keli‘i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, speaking Friday, June 21, with popular radio host Michael W. Perry about Honolulu County’s short-term vacation rental policies. “People have a right to earn a little

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‘De facto ban’ could poison tourism well

The Honolulu County Council this week approved two bills that will impose tough regulations on short-term vacation rentals, pending final approval by the mayor, and this is a cause for worry. The regulatory scheme of these two bills is so strict that it could be called a de facto ban. If

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Let’s be reasonable about short-term vacation rentals

For years, Hawaii has had a strange approach to short-term rental properties, especially those operating without the required county permits. Some residents have decried their impact on our communities and the housing market. Others have depended on them to make ends meet. Our politicians, of course, have always been eager

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Testimony on short-term rentals – Bill 89

May 8, 2019 To: Honolulu City Council From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive vice president Re: Bill 89 — Relating to Short-Term Rentals Comments Only Dear Council Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on Bill 89, which sets out certain regulations and

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‘Sticks’ won’t resolve vacation rental debate

Hawaii’s contradictory approach to short-term vacation rentals hasn’t been doing much to make anybody happy, and could, in fact, just be making things worse. For years, we’ve struggled with the question of how to handle the evolution of tourism. Short-term rentals associated with booking sites such as Airbnb have become

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Maui rental fines not fine

Say you’re in desperate need of money and decide to rent a room in your Maui home through Airbnb. You look at the other rentals being offered and decide to make your price competitive at $100 a night. You know this won’t make you a millionaire — you’re just hoping

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Vacation rental fines inviting legal trouble

This article was published as a letter to the editor in The Maui News on Nov. 14, 2018. On Nov. 6, Maui voters decided to drastically increase the fines for illegal short-term vacation rentals on Maui, which could expose the county to dangerous legal challenges. Article I, Section 12 of

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Maui County should welcome vacation rentals

The following article was originally featured Sept. 25, 2018, in The Maui News. Maui County policymakers have typically decried short-term rentals that are unpermitted. But rather than erect significant barriers to their operation — including a limit on their numbers — the county should make it easier for them to become legal,

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Testimony: Bill 80 could hurt Oahu’s hotels and employees more than help

This testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Oct. 19, 2020, to the Honolulu City Council’s Committee on Executive Matters and Legal Affairs. _______________ To: Ron Menor, Chair, and Carol Fukunaga, Vice Chair From: Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president RE: Bill 80 (2020) — RELATING

Read More →

Akina discuses tourism, diversification on MauiNow

Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, chatted earlier this month with Pacific Media Group COO and MauiNow director Jack Dugan to answer questions about the state of Hawai’i’s economy. MauiNow’s summary of the interview can be found here. A complete transcript is below. Jack Dugan:

Read More →

‘Positive disrupter’ on ‘Perry & the Posse’

“Let’s not kill the goose that lays the golden egg.” That was the advice of Keli‘i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, speaking Friday, June 21, with popular radio host Michael W. Perry about Honolulu County’s short-term vacation rental policies. “People have a right to earn a little

Read More →

‘De facto ban’ could poison tourism well

The Honolulu County Council this week approved two bills that will impose tough regulations on short-term vacation rentals, pending final approval by the mayor, and this is a cause for worry. The regulatory scheme of these two bills is so strict that it could be called a de facto ban. If

Read More →

Let’s be reasonable about short-term vacation rentals

For years, Hawaii has had a strange approach to short-term rental properties, especially those operating without the required county permits. Some residents have decried their impact on our communities and the housing market. Others have depended on them to make ends meet. Our politicians, of course, have always been eager

Read More →

Testimony on short-term rentals – Bill 89

May 8, 2019 To: Honolulu City Council From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive vice president Re: Bill 89 — Relating to Short-Term Rentals Comments Only Dear Council Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on Bill 89, which sets out certain regulations and

Read More →

‘Sticks’ won’t resolve vacation rental debate

Hawaii’s contradictory approach to short-term vacation rentals hasn’t been doing much to make anybody happy, and could, in fact, just be making things worse. For years, we’ve struggled with the question of how to handle the evolution of tourism. Short-term rentals associated with booking sites such as Airbnb have become

Read More →

Maui rental fines not fine

Say you’re in desperate need of money and decide to rent a room in your Maui home through Airbnb. You look at the other rentals being offered and decide to make your price competitive at $100 a night. You know this won’t make you a millionaire — you’re just hoping

Read More →

Vacation rental fines inviting legal trouble

This article was published as a letter to the editor in The Maui News on Nov. 14, 2018. On Nov. 6, Maui voters decided to drastically increase the fines for illegal short-term vacation rentals on Maui, which could expose the county to dangerous legal challenges. Article I, Section 12 of

Read More →

Maui County should welcome vacation rentals

The following article was originally featured Sept. 25, 2018, in The Maui News. Maui County policymakers have typically decried short-term rentals that are unpermitted. But rather than erect significant barriers to their operation — including a limit on their numbers — the county should make it easier for them to become legal,

Read More →

PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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