Reviving the B&B bill - Hawaii News

Reviving the B&B bill - Hawaii News

There are 69 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jul 15, 2009, titled Reviving the B&B bill - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

With images of palm trees swaying on a manicured lawn overlooking the ocean, the Web site invites visitors to rent two luxury beachfront homes in Hauula to experience "paradise in Hawaii." Neighbors say the online ad is one of the most recent examples of marketing illegal commercial activities in residential areas on Oahu and ...

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ay sos

Honolulu, HI

#1 Jul 15, 2009
the committee chair is a sad excuse of a leader. why did i ever vote for him?
Kailua Kid

Ewa Beach, HI

#2 Jul 15, 2009
Bed and Breakfast is essential to many areas. Has anybody looked at the economy and people suffering to make ends meet.

You hurt the community when you kill the aloha spirit.

Ocean View, HI

#3 Jul 15, 2009
When you pay that kind of monster money you can expect some monster party time behavior. This is not some "cottage industry" quiet little way to rent out your extra bedroom, anyone who says otherwise is a liar.

San Diego, CA

#4 Jul 15, 2009
Bed and Breakfasts provide no jobs, jobs that provide medical, dental insurance and job security with a desent pay check for our people. Most of them are illegal and pay no taxes, they take away from our ailing hotel industry. In my neighborhood they disrurpt the peace and tranquillity we once had. Bottom line is that they are nuisance and contribute nothing to our economy. They should be BANNED !
Case by case

Honolulu, HI

#5 Jul 15, 2009
Some operating neighbors are from hell and some do not bother you at all because they have ample parking and lots of room.

Where do you draw the line?

Honolulu, HI

#6 Jul 15, 2009
That's ridiculous. I live next to a vacation rental and 99.9% of the time the renters are quiet, nice people that don't bother anybody. All they do is go around the island and explore Hawaii. The rest of the time they spend lying on the beach. If my neighbor rented out the house to long term locals, they would probably be the party weekend animals. I rather they rent to vacation people that know no one on the island and just come here to enjoy themselves. They are always quiet, respectful and a joy to live next to. As far as Bed and Breakfast taking away from the ailing hotel industry...... Well I guess its better that the whole island go under. Let's not let anyone stay afloat.
Island Boi

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#7 Jul 15, 2009
Zoning Chairman Rod Tam and his clueless minions on the zoning committee are a major disappointment to the people of Hawaii. Rod has failed to provide the leadership necessary to make on time and smart decisions about B&Bs. Analysis paralysis? No, sheer, utter imcompetence. Taxpayers expect their tax dollars to be used wisely, Rod can't make it happen. For such incompetence Rod should return his payraise and resign. Ahhh, just another day in the little third world of Hawaii Nei.
No One to Blame

Washington, DC

#8 Jul 15, 2009
Sorry folks. You get what you elect. And you elect them over and over again.

Hilo, HI

#9 Jul 15, 2009
They are ilegal for a reason. The City wants some new revenue streams? Lets crack down and fine the heck out of the operations. Just the City share of any back TAT taxes could be substantial!

Honolulu, HI

#10 Jul 15, 2009
Lets face the facts, B&B and vacation rentals are lodging businesses just like hotels and motels. They do not belong in residential zoned neighborhoods. Every mini-hotel we put in a residential neighborhood, we are taking away a home for local residents to live in. If property owners need to rent their properties, then they should rent them as long-term rentals to locals.

Kahului, HI

#11 Jul 15, 2009
No One to Blame wrote:
Sorry folks. You get what you elect. And you elect them over and over again.
very true

Honolulu, HI

#12 Jul 15, 2009
Quick call the lazy city workers and shut these illegal places down!!!

Kahului, HI

#13 Jul 15, 2009
city government is too unp[roductive and way too big

Honolulu, HI

#14 Jul 15, 2009
B&B's and vaction rentals do little to stimulate the economy. The people that stay at the backpackers by my house are here to spend as little as possible while treating the island like it is theirs. There is little to no oversight of what these people do cause the owners go home and are asleep by the time it gets dark. All B&B's and vactioan rentals, even if "grandfathered" should be either shut down or highly regualted. These are the people having bonfires on the beach with pallets and leaving the rust nails for someone to step on.

Honolulu, HI

#15 Jul 15, 2009
We have a B&B in our neighborhhod and the operator just laughs at any complaints and tells us to call the city. We have never heard anything from the city in follow up to our complaints.

Honolulu, HI

#16 Jul 15, 2009
Illegal B&B businesses are ruining our neighborhoods. Mini-hotels do not belong in residential zoning!

Kailua, HI

#17 Jul 15, 2009
Laws without enforcement is actually endorsing lawlessness.
That's how this whole vacation rental situation has gotten out of control.
Pass the enforcement BILL 8 now, and quit equivocating.
Be a MAN Chairman Tam!
ho ho ho

Honolulu, HI

#18 Jul 15, 2009
Kailua Kid wrote:
Bed and Breakfast is essential to many areas. Has anybody looked at the economy and people suffering to make ends meet.
You hurt the community when you kill the aloha spirit.
Spoken like a true transplant.
Hide behind that Aloha Spirit nonsense that was created by the tourist industry.
True Aloha Spirit would not include charging the visitors to stay at your house.
Let's see how many of you Aloha Spirit spouting B&B people would still be in the business if it were illegal to charge to stay at your places.

Honolulu, HI

#19 Jul 15, 2009
The real issue here is zoning. Parking and noise are not the only problems with these businesses. These businesses change the character of these residential neighborhoods and their community at large. We already have ample resort zoning for these types of businesses. Why are we considering putting businesses in residential zoning? After all, residential zoning should be for residences, not visitor businesses.

Honolulu, HI

#20 Jul 15, 2009
I live in Lanikai and I do not see anything wrong with B&B's. Granted, people who operate them should do so legally and should pay the appropriate taxes.

What I don't understand is all the issues about parking. As it is, Lankai has a very limited amount of parking that is usually taken up by all the canoe paddlers or the beachgoers. I don't really see how B&B's are inconveinencing other residents.

Some people think that long term renters are quieter and are under the control of the landlord than "transient" vacationers. I'm not too sure if that is alway the case. There are a lot of households in Lanikai that have more than 10 unrelated people per house. These are mostly college students and singles who share a home. There is one such house that is two houses away from mine.

Those who live in this house have regular parties to watch wwf ultimate fighting shows. They are loud and they drink like crazy. Quite often the partys end with tussles. The one positive is that these shows are broadcast on mainland time and often finish early in the evening. Neverthless, after Canoe ragadas these same people party to the wee hours in the morning.

I just don't see how this is any better than B&B's and the "problems" they bring.

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