Most vacation rental owners not paying taxes

  • The Kona Islander Inn is a popular vacation rental in Kona. There were 8,647 Big Island units advertised on platforms such as Airbnb and VRBO in 2017, a 16.7 percent increase over 2016, according to the Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau. In contrast, only 2,037 are registered with the state. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Airbnb shows vacation rentals in the Kailua-Kona area. (Image capture from Airbnb.com/Special to West Hawaii Today)

HILO — Owners of more than 6,000 vacation homes on Hawaii Island are collecting money from short-term renters without registering with the state or paying the required taxes.