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Seminars touting vacation rentals draw protests


    Mike Biechler, left, executive director of Friends Against Illegal Rentals, or FAIR; Hauula resident Rebekah Walker; and Paola Rodelas, spokeswoman for the Unite Here Local 5 union, held signs along Kamehameha Highway on Friday protesting a seminar at the Courtyard by Marriott in Laie that promised to teach attendees how to make money through Airbnb.

As demand for alternative lodging rises in Hawaii, the latest tactic for real estate speculators is to buy investment properties, renovate them and turn them into vacation rentals — a development that is drawing a backlash from some residents and tourism industry workers. Read more

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