Kohala councilman recuses self from rental bill amid review

HILO >> The Hawaii County Board of Ethics at a meeting today is expected to take up Kohala Councilman Tim Richards’ request for an opinion on whether he has a conflict of interest and should recuse himself from voting on a bill regulating vacation rentals. Richards said last week that he’s filed an amended financial Read more about Kohala councilman recuses self from rental bill amid review[…]

Vacation rentals on Maui are fundamental to its economy

The Maui News’ March 27 front-page headline “Report: 1 in 7 homes in county a vacation rental” cites a misleading report that implies that vacation rentals are taking up much of our available residential housing, and concludes that these vacation rentals have adverse consequences that far outweigh the benefits. This headline implies that 1 in Read more about Vacation rentals on Maui are fundamental to its economy[…]

Bugs in My Airbnb Rental Ruined My Vacation. I Would like a Refund

The Travel Troubleshooter When Joel Brown checks into his Airbnb rental, he quickly finds he needs to check out. When the host puts him in an alternative accommodation, it isn’t suitable. Then Airbnb gives him a partial refund, but he wants more. Can our advocates help Brown secure a full refund for his ruined vacation? Read more about Bugs in My Airbnb Rental Ruined My Vacation. I Would like a Refund[…]