Take Action Now
On January 23, 2024 the chair of the Hawaii County Counsel, Heather Kimball, will propose significant new regulations on vacation rentals. Among other things these regulations will:
- Completely ban whole home rentals between 30 and 180 days unless the renter is a nurse or other essential worker.
Ban operations on agricultural land. If you are zoned Ag you must shut down.
Eliminate the the Bed and Breakfast category of Hawaii County Code.
Add significant first time and annual fees.
Implements fines of up to $10,000 per night for minor violations like having a guest park in the wrong place.
Significantly reduce the number of guests that many hosts can accommodate.
Ban innovative alternative accommodations like tiny homes, tree houses, glamping, travel trailers, etc.
In addition, the bill will put any host who cannot prove that every improvement to their property is fully permitted in the position of committing a crime by submitting a knowingly false affidavit or shutting down. Hosts will be forced to choose between committing a crime or retaining their livelihood.
The Ohana Aina Association is committed to protecting local families who depend on farm stays, home stays and vacation rental income to make ends meet every month. If you own, operate or provide services for families who are hosting visitors, nurses, farm workers and others then we need you to take action now.
Please take a moment and register to testify at this hearing.