We want to go on record as being adamantly opposed to eliminating short-term vacation rentals. We own 5 acres in the Kohala Estates near Kawaihae. We have two houses on the property, our residence and a house that we built in 1989 with the intention of using it as a vacation rental. Because we intended it to be a vacation rental, it has five bedrooms and a lot of living space but very little storage. As such it is very attractive to short-termers but would be much less so to long-termers.
I would like to clarify my position on the .5 percent general excise tax surcharge that is currently before the Hawaii County Council.