Letters to the editor: 02-28-18

Quick point to consider

If guns kill people, I guess spoons make you fat, too.


Hugo von Platen Luder


And quick question to ponder

Can we trade our west side fire ants for east side garbage?

Kurt Engelstad


Host lists aren’t what they seem

Regarding your article on vacation rentals and the idea that some hosts are not paying their taxes, I question the involvement of Ross Birch, executive director of the Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau. I sense that he is representing the hotel industry and not Hawaiian tourism. The Big Island, particularly the east side, does not have enough rooms to manage our tourist demand. And, the paying public demands vacation rentals as an option to sterile, expensive hotels.

The numbers of vacation rentals are highly inflated by a number of factors. Hosts market the same property several ways, each with a different number of rooms or services. Hosts market across multiple platforms and may use different property names. And, studies have shown that 50 percent of listings are actually inactive and do not accept reservations.

Bill 108, to which you refer, was a amateurishly written bill that has the sense of having been written by a bunch of angry people.

Taxes need to be paid, and the transient vacation rental industry needs to have controls, but the process to do this needs to include representatives from many groups and be equitable to all.

David Currier


Company deserves mahalo

Thanks, Helco. Nice job on replacing our underground service at the Queen Liliuokalani Village. No more flickering lights, no more exploding transformers, and I think my photo voltaic works better with clean power.

The subs were courteous, and accommodating, thanks guys, great job.

Bill Lawrence

Queen Liliuokalani Village, Kailua-Kona

Silly point needs addressing

One comment in Eric Hafner’s Monday letter has merit: “Hawaii is not America.”

Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, etc. are America. Perhaps he could have correctly identified the remotest land mass on the planet where he lives as Polynesia. Perhaps he can promote and begin a withdrawal policy of government aid from the United States of North America’s federal government to the Hawaiian atoll of Polynesia.

The DPRK stepping in to give assistance kind of sounds like Cuba a few years ago. Probably should check out how that went first.


Ann Medve


  1. antifaHI February 28, 2018 8:39 am Reply

    Hugo, your food sucks. I am not blaming your spoons, but the ingredients which should be illegal to be served in such a sloppy manner.

    1. NevahHappen February 28, 2018 9:34 am Reply

      Hate makes old women ugly.

      We enjoy Huggo’s for a special night out. Have for decades now.

      1. John_Sucke February 28, 2018 2:49 pm Reply

        So have I.

        1. KonaRich February 28, 2018 3:35 pm Reply

          second that

      2. antifaHI March 1, 2018 7:21 am Reply

        Bounced back into salty, cardboard tasting pasta Hugo?! If anything is a fading tourist trap that place is indeed taking the (overpriced) cake.

        1. NevahHappen March 1, 2018 10:59 am Reply

          Fading, LOL, says the woman past menopause. Huggo’s has been jammed every time we have eaten there recently. Lacking business it is not. Best ambience of any Kona eatery.

          Not inexpensive, but at that level what is in Kona. Roy’s makes it look like a solid bargain.

          1. antifaHI March 2, 2018 6:59 am

            Dissing the competition and praising your own lousy fare shows your impeccable character, Hugo. Post-menopausal females just aren’t welcome in your fine establishment, I assume? Just make up 60% of your customers, so who cares.

          2. John_Sucke March 4, 2018 12:17 pm

            Why are you so fixated on whether a woman has gone through menopause?

  2. Alex February 28, 2018 11:21 am Reply

    Hi David, I am not surprised you are shocked by the large number. I started noticing short-term rentals popping up like mushrooms in my area and looked into the numbers myself. The 8,000 number might be on the high side, but so far I’ve counted out 4,860 AirBnB listings alone, not even counting VRBO and HomeAway. Double-listings and inactive listings are excluded based on test-bookings, testimony from recent guests, and me making test bookings when in doubt.

    What specifically in bill 108 do you think is “amateurish”?

    1. wahineilikea February 28, 2018 12:46 pm Reply

      Many thanks for all your research on this topic, Alex.

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