Honolulu bans short-term AirBnB in Oahu
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The end of short-term Airbnb on Oahu
Honolulu authorities have approved a new law that requires landlords of short-term rental—i.e. Airbnb owners—to limit the stay of tenants to minimum of three months.
The new measure put in place by the Honolulu City Council will increase the minimum length of time a tenant can rent a unit short-term, without a license, from 30 to 90 days. It will also limit new vacation rental permits to resort areas, such as Waikiki and Koh Olina.
The council passed the measure by a vote of eight to one. And since Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi presented the request for changes to short-term rentals, chances are he will approve them.
Locals stay divided on change. Thomas Cestare of the Lanikai Association said, “Short-term rentals disrupt the character and fabric of our residential neighborhoods.”
However, April Perreira Pluss said, “I just think the vacationer who comes here and rents for 30 days contributes to our community,”
What does this mean for travellers?
- Travelers can stay in short-term rentals, like Airbnb, for a minimum of 90 days instead of 30 days in affected areas
- Digital nomads will need to commit to staying in a short-term rental for 90 days instead of 30 days; this will cause some frustration for anyone wishing to stay less than 90 days before moving elsewhere
- Travelers and digital nomads will have to choose other accommodation optionssuch as hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts, if they wish to stay in Honolulu for less than three months
- Local authorities will also limit the operation of short-term rentals to resort areas of the island in Ko Olina, parts of Waikiki, Kuilima and Makaha.
- Travelers will no longer be able park in the streets in communities zoned for rural, residential or apartment use. The move comes as vehicle traffic and congestion have become a major issue since out-of-state travelers have returned to the island.
Other short-term accommodation options for travelers
Luckily, Hawaii offers plenty of accommodation options. However, Airbnb is extremely popular with many travelers visiting the state, especially digital nomads.
- Hotels – Honolulu has a wide range of hotel options. Sure, that’s not as convenient for many remote workers as a short-term private rental with a kitchen, private bathroom, etc., but it’s another option. Prices vary widely in Honolulu; you can stay in luxury or budget hotels. The best hotels often offer business centers, shops, bars and gyms (all excellent for travelers.)
- Hostels – Hostels are the most affordable option for travelers looking to stay in Honolulu for up to 90 days. Sure, hostels aren’t as convenient as many other options, but they’re cheap, fun, and often have strong wifi depending on the hostel.
- Resorts – Honolulu has many resort options. They offer everything a hotel can offer and more. Resorts typically offer restaurants, bars, hot tubs, gyms, room service, and more. The main benefit of staying at a resort is having everything you could want in terms of services and things to do. However, they are generally not cheap.
In short, the removal of short-term housing in Honolulu is a problem for many travelers looking to stay up to 90 days.
This will mean that many travelers will need to use more expensive and less convenient options During their stay.
Current Hawaii Entry Requirements
Hawaii was the Most restricted US state during pandemic; however, they recently relaxed COVID-19 entry requirements for US tourists. there is current NO entry requirements related to COVID-19 in Hawaii for US domestic visitors.
The state has also ended its mask mandate and all social distancing. International tourists, however, still have to endure standard entry requirements for COVID-19 in the United Statesincluding test and proof of vaccination.
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