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                                Pictured is the entrance to Honua Kai Resort & Spa in Lahaina which has short term rentals.
Editorial: Counties need to decide on rentals

A bill to empower counties to regulate short-term rentals (STRs) as their home-island residents see fit, and to eliminate outdated state law that blocks such county efforts, is now close to the legislative finish line, having been assigned Senate and House committee conferees. Read more

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Editorial: It’s time to build a new Lahaina

It’s a process that will take years, involving an intricate interplay of federal, state and county officials, threaded through with the ideas of residents who are reimagining what returning home to Lahaina could be like. Read more

                                Proof Social Club owners Andy Catanzariti, left, Jasmine Mancos, and Louis Miller pose for a portrait on Saturday, April 6, 2024, in Honolulu. Proof is part of the Bethel Block.
Editorial: Don’t drain Bethel Block’s artsy spirit

House Bill 2328, introduced by state House Speaker Scott Saiki and championed by former Gov. Neil Abercrombie, contains elements of an ingenious idea — to purchase and “adapt” deteriorating properties on the borderline between Chinatown and Downtown, developing affordable housing. Read more

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