Priced Out of Paradise

Illegal short-term vacation rentals are overrunning Hawai‘i’s four counties and locals are being priced out. How can county governments reverse the trend?

Hawai‘i Vacation Rentals: Impact on Housing & Hawai‘i’s Economy

Finding affordable housing has long been a significant challenge for Hawai?i’s residents. Over the past decade, it has risen to crisis proportions. Economic barriers to achieving economic stability are daunting for most Hawai‘i residents, and are nearly insurmountable for low-income households. The growth of the vacation rental industry in recent years is exacerbating these problems. While vacation rentals offer the possibility of extra income for some residents and additional tax revenue for the state, many of the benefits go to nonresident investors. The adverse consequences of housing stock lost to vacation rentals far outweighs the benefits they might provide to local families and our community.

State of Poverty 2016

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In April 2016, the Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice released a report entitled “The State of Poverty in Hawai‘i: How Hawai‘i’s Residents Are Faring Post-Recovery.” The report brings together the most recent available data to provide a snapshot of how low-income residents have fared after the economic recovery.

While some indicators have improved, families continue to struggle. Hawai‘i has the highest cost of living…

Financial Struggles of Hawaiʻi’s Working Families

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Hawai?i Appleseed’s 2016 survey found that almost half of Hawai?i residents describe their financial situation as surviving “paycheck to paycheck.” The vast majority flag high housing costs and low wages as major concerns as well as support tax credits that let working families keep more of what they earn.

The telephone survey of 503 Hawai?i residents, conducted by QMark Research in February 2016,…

Hawai‘i’s Affordable Housing Crisis

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Hawai?i Appleseed has released a report, “Hawai‘i’s Affordable Housing Crisis: The High Cost of Our Affordable Housing Shortfall,” that details the severity of Hawai‘i’s housing shortage and the financial strain it places on our working families, compiling the facts and figures that illustrate the dire housing situation facing Hawai‘i. To read the entire report, click here.

Housing is considered “affordable” when a household…

Accessory Dwelling Units

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Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are an important solution to the affordable rental housing crisis in Hawai?i. Accessory dwelling units are small, separate living areas with their own kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping space that can be built on single family lots and may be attached or detached from a main house. To read the entire report, click here.

Why ADUs?

ADUs create rental housing:…

Reimagining Housing in Hawaiʻi

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In November 2013, Hawai?i Appleseed released a report entitled Reimagining Housing in Hawai?i, detailing successful affordable housing models like microunits, ?ohana housing, modular housing, among others. These models have been successful in places as diverse as the Bronx, Seattle, Santa Cruz, Alabama, and Amsterdam.

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Hawaiian Hope: Native Hawaiian Issues Project Report

In Summer 2012, two of Hawai‘i Appleseed’s interns researched various legal issues encountered by Native Hawaiians. This report summarizes their findings.…