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Inquiry prompts Airbnb to remove Hawaii mobile vacation rental listings

  • Video by Diane S. W. Lee, Allison Schaefers and Dennis Oda

    Alternative vacation rentals are popping up all over Hawaii, including mobile rentals selling beds with an ocean view. Hawaii state law forbids people from sleeping in their vehicle on Oahu's public streets or other public property at night. The situation is creating another wrinkle to state and city efforts to regulate transient vacation rentals. It also has offered adventurous visitors a new, sometimes cheaper way to experience Hawaii.

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Airbnb has pulled all of its Hawaii mobile vacation rental listings, including Kane Oliver’s Hippie Bus Hawaii, pictured above on Jan. 11 near the Natatorium in Waikiki.

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Kane Oliver’s Hippie Bus Hawaii offered bed rentals for $30 a night in an old car rental shuttle.

Airbnb has removed all mobile vacation rental listings in Hawaii from its online hosting site. State and local laws make it difficult for such accommodations to operate legally. Read more

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