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KUAU, Maui>> Maui County's elimination of illegal visitor rentals in the past year has reduced business from 15 percent to 50 percent on the North Shore, says Haliimaile General Store owner Beverly Gannon. Full Story
Fred

Honolulu, HI

#1 Dec 4, 2008
What a shame the Maui Council is selling out to the owners of illegal lodging businesses and realtors. Residential zoned neighborhoods should be for residences, not mini-hotels. Unlike Oahu, maybe Maui has plenty of reasonable priced rental homes for its residents, but I doubt it! By turning all of these homes into mini-hotels, the long-term rental market is bound to increase rental rates. It’s only matter of time before Maui has the same problem Oahu is facing with growing homeless population. And why? Greedy people! It’s all very sad!
JoeLocal

Honolulu, HI

#2 Dec 4, 2008
The only people who truly profit is the owner who rents his house. They don't care about the neighbors or what the tourist do, they just want their money.

They can claim that they (the TVR or B&B) are what is bringing the tourist to Maui, but there are a lot of rental cars that take people from Point A to Point B.

If people rent their houses out LEGALLY, then make them pay the same taxes as hotels or condos.

If they say No then you know they are just greedy ba$tards who are only looking out for themselves.
AMEN

Honolulu, HI

#3 Dec 4, 2008
no aloha for the neighbors
no aloha for aina
no aloha for no one but themselves
keep the country country
keep the tourist in kihei with the rest of the haoles
Wheeldog

Makawao, HI

#4 Dec 4, 2008
Wake up and smell the economy! WE ARE IN A SERIOUS RECESSION! People are losing their jobs. Stores and restaurants are closing. Real estate values are dropping. Tax revenues are plunging. Two major airlines have gone belly up. Visitor numbers are down by double digits. State and county departments are cutting back projects and personnel. As the old saying goes, when you are in a hole stop digging! Properly regulated and managed vacation rentals can be and are a positive contributor to the state and counties economies. No such rentals should be allowed unless the surrounding neighborhood/community is supportive. However, where surrounding residents are agreeable, vacation rentals can play a constructive role. If you want aloha - practice it.
Maui Girl

Honolulu, HI

#5 Dec 5, 2008
Recently on Maui, a neighbor adamantly opposed a 6-room mini-hotel (B&B permit) next to them at a public hearing. The planning commission granted the permit anyway. Apparently the B&B owner had friends on the planning commission. I just dont understand why these businesses need to be in residential and agriculture zoning when they can be in resort or commercial zoning? Wake up and smell its is all about greed! Use the proper zoning and no one will complain!

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