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Short-term rentals

Short-term rental owners stand firm for their rights

Short-term rental owners in Hawaii could hardly find a better spokesperson for their cause than Joshua Montgomery, an STR owner himself and director of the Ohana Aina Association, which represents homestay, farmstay and other transient accommodations owners on Hawaii Island.  During a recent appearance on “Hawaii Together” on the ThinkTech

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HB1838 HD1’s STR phase-out would harm many businesses

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs on Feb. 29, 2024. _____________ Feb. 29, 2024, 2 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 325 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs    

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HB1838: Block counties from outlawing short-term rentals

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Housing on Jan. 31, 2024. _____________ Jan. 31, 2024, 10 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 312 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Housing       Luke Evslin, Chair    

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Bill 121: Proposed STR regulations pose threat to Hawaii Island economy

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council Policy Committee on Planning, Land Use and Development on Jan. 23, 2024. ___________ Jan. 23, 2024, 1 p.m. To: Ashley Kierkiewicz, Chair      Holeka Inaba, Vice-Chair      Hawaii County Council,

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Help Maui fire victims, but not by abusing STR owners

The following commentary was originally published by the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Dec. 19, 2023. _____________ When you’re trying to persuade someone to help you, it’s sometimes necessary to offer them a few incentives. The goal should be to make sure that everyone gets something they need out of the

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Short-term rentals defended in new AEI housing study

Tobias Peter says rather than target STRs, it’s time for government to ‘look in the mirror’ and take responsibility for Hawaii’s housing crisis There is a prevailing belief in Hawaii that short-term rentals are responsible for the state’s housing shortage.  Even Gov. Josh Green recently criticized STRs, stating, “People make

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‘Upzoning’ called key to boosting Hawaii’s housing

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii House of Representatives’ Shelter Working Group on Nov. 17, 2023. _____________ November 17, 2023, 2:30 p.m. To: Co-Chairs Troy Hashimoto and Luke Evslin Shelter Working Group From: Ted Kefalas, Director of Strategic Campaigns Grassroot

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Hosted STR owners question Hawaii isle regulatory offensive

Hawaii island landowner, coffee farmer and vacation rental host Joshua Montgomery has called on county officials to honor the first tenet of the Hippocratic Oath for doctors — first, do no harm — as they consider imposing additional regulations on short-term rentals that could negatively affect thousands of families. Hawaii

Read More →

Short-term rental owners stand firm for their rights

Short-term rental owners in Hawaii could hardly find a better spokesperson for their cause than Joshua Montgomery, an STR owner himself and director of the Ohana Aina Association, which represents homestay, farmstay and other transient accommodations owners on Hawaii Island.  During a recent appearance on “Hawaii Together” on the ThinkTech

Read More →

HB1838 HD1’s STR phase-out would harm many businesses

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs on Feb. 29, 2024. _____________ Feb. 29, 2024, 2 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 325 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs    

Read More →

HB1838: Block counties from outlawing short-term rentals

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Housing on Jan. 31, 2024. _____________ Jan. 31, 2024, 10 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 312 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Housing       Luke Evslin, Chair    

Read More →

Bill 121: Proposed STR regulations pose threat to Hawaii Island economy

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council Policy Committee on Planning, Land Use and Development on Jan. 23, 2024. ___________ Jan. 23, 2024, 1 p.m. To: Ashley Kierkiewicz, Chair      Holeka Inaba, Vice-Chair      Hawaii County Council,

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Help Maui fire victims, but not by abusing STR owners

The following commentary was originally published by the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Dec. 19, 2023. _____________ When you’re trying to persuade someone to help you, it’s sometimes necessary to offer them a few incentives. The goal should be to make sure that everyone gets something they need out of the

Read More →

Short-term rentals defended in new AEI housing study

Tobias Peter says rather than target STRs, it’s time for government to ‘look in the mirror’ and take responsibility for Hawaii’s housing crisis There is a prevailing belief in Hawaii that short-term rentals are responsible for the state’s housing shortage.  Even Gov. Josh Green recently criticized STRs, stating, “People make

Read More →

‘Upzoning’ called key to boosting Hawaii’s housing

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii House of Representatives’ Shelter Working Group on Nov. 17, 2023. _____________ November 17, 2023, 2:30 p.m. To: Co-Chairs Troy Hashimoto and Luke Evslin Shelter Working Group From: Ted Kefalas, Director of Strategic Campaigns Grassroot

Read More →

Hosted STR owners question Hawaii isle regulatory offensive

Hawaii island landowner, coffee farmer and vacation rental host Joshua Montgomery has called on county officials to honor the first tenet of the Hippocratic Oath for doctors — first, do no harm — as they consider imposing additional regulations on short-term rentals that could negatively affect thousands of families. Hawaii

Read More →