Airbnb extends disaster response program

KAILUA-KONA — Airbnb announced Friday it would extend its disaster response program for Hawaii Island an extra two weeks.

Initially scheduled to conclude at the end of May, the Disaster Response Program recruits island hosts to offer their properties to evacuees from the Kilauea volcano eruption and relief workers free of charge on a temporary basis. It will now continue through June 14.

Airbnb has housed more than 40 emergency responders to date, Shane Peters of Peters Communications, which handles public relations for Airbnb in Hawaii, wrote to West Hawaii Today in an email.

He added that 32 listings across Hawaii Island have participated in the program since it was activated on May 19.

Those who wish to participate as hosts or who are looking for temporary housing can find more information by visiting


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