Hawaii Airbnb Host shares how much money she made

HONOLULU (KHON2) — This week, Airbnb unveiled its first “30 under 30which recognizes successful young Hosts who are also Superhosts, or those who go above and beyond to provide their guests with quality customer service and hospitality, earning them a high share of five-star reviews.

Joining that list is Hawaii’s own Kehau Hall, which hosts Glamping at Glenwood in Volcano. It’s a place where you can detach, relax and take camping to the next level.

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“It’s all new to me,” Hall said. “I’ve never heard of the Airbnb ’30 under 30′ listing, so this is the first time I’ve heard of it and the first time I’ve been on it, so that’s pretty exciting.”

According to Airbnb, hosts under 30 earned about $775 million nationwide last year. In Hawaii, hosts under 30 earned over $13 million in 2021, and in the first three months of 2022 alone, Airbnb hosts in Hawaii earned over $3 million.

“I make about $28,000 a year with my two ads,” Hall said. “Of course it fluctuates because about a year ago I only had one roster at the time and I was making between $12-14,000 a year.”

The 28-year-old said she started hosting in the summer of 2014 in her search for something she would enjoy and also to earn some extra money.

“It’s my main source of income, but I also run a few other places on the side, all located in Glenwood,” Hall said.

During the pandemic, Hall said she had to close, like everyone else. That meant no guests, which translates to no bookings and no revenue.

“There were no reservations during that six month to one year period, and then once we started to reopen, people slowly started making reservation requests and kept going,” Hall said.

She adds that things are almost back to normal when it comes to reservations and travel.

When Airbnb asked Hall what motivated her to start hosting, she replied:

“I really wanted to use the land passed down through many generations for a better cause. Knowing that Hawaii is one of the best travel destinations, I thought of simple but practical accommodation for vacationers, then created Glamping in Glenwood!

Kehau Hall, Airbnb Superhost

Glamping at Glenwood comes with fresh linens, electricity, WiFi, hot running water and more. The rustic canvas tent sits on a platform, with windows you can open, and inside there is a kitchenette and dining area. The space also includes a toaster oven, kettle, pots and pans, silverware, and a mini-fridge.

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