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Twelve New Honolulu Hotels Planned As Vacation Rentals Vilified

The list of Honolulu hotels in development is larger than anything we can remember. That, as the future of Honolulu vacation rentals remains uncertain.

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115 thoughts on “Twelve New Honolulu Hotels Planned As Vacation Rentals Vilified”

  1. It’s mind-boggling that urban planning rules (if there are any) and environmental impact studies would allow for so many hotels to be built in Honolulu. Maybe those out of town would be okay, but not all those in Honolulu. And building two of those on parking lots is insanity! Honolulu needs more parking, not losing parking lots.
    I dunno. People complain about too many tourists, then there are more high rises built to accommodate them.

    Thank you, BOH, for keeping us informed.

  2. If I were native Hawaiian, I would be so bitter right now. There were plenty of reasons to be bitter before, but it is really out of control now. If you look at the elected officials, hardly any are native Hawaiian. If you look at what happens here, like the rail, like all of these massive buildings in Ala Moana, many owned by the Howard Hughes Corporation, like the massive build out in Ewa Beach and Kapolei….do they have any say in all of this? I used to think that it provides jobs, etc. but really most of the hotels and restaurants are staffed by outsiders, not locals, and even if local, not often native Hawaiians. There should be some control on the growth, really.

    1. These hotels have to import staff, no one wants to work here, and no one especially wants to commute to waikiki. The hotels do provide jobs and open up for anyone that wants to apply. There is a nationwide shortage of help, I’m not sure how people are paying their bills anymore. People want to also work from home if they can, we’ve become an odd society, work ethics have changed.

      1. I agree with Beni, our world has changed in alot of ways , as far as labor, I don’t understand how people survive either , it is so hard to find people to work anymore.

    2. It’s quite difficult for these “protectors of the public trust” to keep their eyes on everything while counting colored paper and approving all of those permits. It doesn’t matter Who is in office, everyone is turned into the same type, and protecting the Islands is probably third most compared to the needs of the importance.

  3. Lisa, your concerns are quite valid and others have pointed out the same. Either the “Fix Is In” and the End of STR Properties have been predetermined which would be my guess or that Industry is expecting an Incredible Influx of Tourists. The Expenditure of Money is Incredible with the amount of New Construction occurring and it’s Not the Typical “Speculatory” type. These people expect to make it all back with profits very quickly. What are They Certain Of 🤔 that We aren’t aware of? I would say February 2023 must be looking good for Their Investments!

    1. Yep, politicians and Big hotels aim was to put the mom and pop STR’s out of business so they could charge double, it’s worked on the local population hating STR’s not even thinking twice about the consequences of massive hotels.. the hate was propelled all in the name of hate the people with 2nd homes, they’re taking your affordable housing away. they all ate it up hook line and sinker, and now they’ve gotten massive hotels, go figure, how easily people are manipulated

      1. Beni the Manipulators knew their Audience all too well, the people don’t take much cajoling to believe what they are told. Even if it is against their own Best interests they will mobilize behind those with an agenda, and so goes the Foolish believing the STR Lies. Now, after seeing the Construction and Destruction of the downtown, some begin to question the motivation of those leading the charge against STR, a bit late I would say. Nothing like consistency in choosing to be wrong at every turn, then try and attach blame without looking in the mirror! When will things change?

  4. My family has traveled many times to Hawaii buy only once have we stayed in hotels preferring to stay on the north shore. The idea that hotel industry is chomping at the bit to expand tells you all you need to know

  5. I can’t fathom even more high rises on Oahu. The infrastructure is not improved to accommodate the number of cars (rentals) added to the streets. Traffic is already horrendous. Parking is a nightmare. What about water supply? Energy supply? Where’s all the trash and sewage going? There needs to be a building moratorium until you can resolve those issues.

    1. We have been going to Oahu for over 20 years & our parents for over 30. We have seen the traditions of Hawaii disappear every year.The old shows, resturants,shops and Hawaiians in general.Things only Hawaii had.Now it is like every other city only crazier. Traffic is terrible, you can’t see the island because half your vacation is spent in the car. Our kids spent their vacation with us in Hawaii not anymore unless its on another island.We are getting away from Oahu also.The last thing that you need is more high rises and hotels.The old Hawaii is what brought people there!


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