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Hawaii still a desirable vacation rental choice

By Erika Engle

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LAST UPDATED: 08:06 a.m. HST, Feb 13, 2014


The vacation rental industry is on the rise and Hawaii remains a top choice, according to the fifth annual TripAdvisor.com survey on the subject.

Fifty-two percent of the more than 1,100 people surveyed said they planned to stay at a vacation rental this year, up eight percent over the number that actually stayed in a vacation rental last year.

Vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods are controversial in Hawaii, a state in which 11 percent of respondents are planning to vacation.

Respondents were asked in which region they planned to stay in a vacation rental for the coming year, and were given the choices of: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Northwest, Southwest, Hawaii, Alaska, I will stay outside of the U.S.

The Southeast won the lion's share at 33 percent, while the Northeast and Southwest tied at 15 percent each.

Sixty-seven percent of travelers prefer the large living space a vacation rental provides over a traditional hotel room, 53 percent cited lower cost as the reason for choosing a vacation rental experience, and 50 percent cited better amenities.

Of those surveyed, 61 percent booked a rental home when traveling with family or other type of large group, and of those, 48 percent cited bonding time in common living space as the reason.






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ryan02 wrote:
Nobody in the City enforced the zoning laws in Kailua, and Kailua residents just saw the influx of tourists as a way to get rich. Now, people are complaining that Kailua turned into another Waikiki. You can blame the Kailua residents and the City and County of Honolulu for violating and not enforcing the laws, respectively.
on February 13,2014 | 10:25AM
control wrote:
The people promoting the illegal rentals were primarily California real estate transplants, not local residents. They destroyed the California housing market and are trying to do the same here.
on February 13,2014 | 02:44PM
Huivaa wrote:
Saying illegal vacation rentals in residential zoning is controversial is an understatement. No one opposes vacation rentals per se, but clearly they are not appropriate in residential zoning. Not only do these hotel-like businesses harm the residential character of the neighborhoods, they reduce the housing supply and have contributed to making Hawaii housing cost one of the highest in the nation.
on February 13,2014 | 10:35AM
cojef wrote:
We stay away from expensive places and select a place close to TheBus lines, like The Ilikai. Since 2006 we have used condo-rentals on the "Lagoon" side from the 8th flooor to the 20th. Of course, we stay for month and it cost much less than hotel rooms in the Waikiki area. For the ocean-front units we have paid around $3,500 plus cleaning for $150. That's just a smidgen over $100 a night. We purchase TheBus I.D. good for 4 years for $10 and $5 for the monthly sticker. TheBus coming back from town stop at the Ilikai and getting on at Hebron/Ala Moana. Best deal in town.
on February 13,2014 | 11:56AM
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