Vacation rental bill on hold until May 8: Almost 100 testifiers evenly divided on pros, cons of new regulations

  • Council chambers in Hilo was packed with testifiers as almost people sign up to testify islandwide on a bill that would limit vacation rentals. (Nancy Cook Lauer/West Hawaii Today)
  • Signs and testifiers line the corridor outside council chambers in Hilo on Tuesday, as almost people sign up to testify islandwide on a bill that would limit vacation rentals. (Nancy Cook Lauer/West Hawaii Today)
  • Deputy Corporation Counsel Amy Self and Deputy Planning Director Daryn Arai listen to testimony on Bill 108 relating to vacation rentals Tuesday in council chambers at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Planning Committee Chair Karen Eoff leads public testimony on bill 108 relating to vacation rentals Tuesday in council chambers at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Rick Thompson testifies in favor of bill 108 relating to vacation rentals Tuesday in council chambers at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • "Andrew" testifies in favor of bill 108 relating to vacation rentals Tuesday in council chambers at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Realtor Gretchen Osgood testifies against bill 108 relating to vacation rentals Tuesday in council chambers at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Mac McInnis testifies in favor of bill 108 relating to vacation rentals Tuesday in council chambers at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A standing room only crowd, waiting to testify on Bill 108 relating to vacation rentals, fills council chambers Tuesday at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

HILO — No matter where they stand on the issue, one thing was clear Tuesday. People care very deeply about vacation rentals.