Honolulu will require 3-month minimum stays for Oahu vacation rentals

Controversy over the impact of short-term vacation rentals in Hawaii persists, as Aloha State continues to grapple with post-pandemic overtourism and re-evaluates the impact of out-of-region travelers on communities it they visit.

On Tuesday, the Honolulu City Council passed new legislation, which extends the minimum length of stay required for guest stays in short-term rentals on Oahu to three months, from the current 30-day period. .


The Council passed the measure by eight votes to one, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Since Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi himself put forward the request for these changes, he is expected to easily approve the bill.

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With few exceptions, the new rules will also limit the operation of short-term rentals to resort areas of the island in Koolina, Kuilima, Makaha and parts of Waikiki. The only exceptions made might be for apartment areas close to resort areas, which may allow short-term guests to rent entire properties as transient vacation rentals, or for bed and breakfasts where someone one resides on the property long-term, but can rent rooms to short-term visitors.

The measure will also increase registration fees for legal vacation rentals and ban on-street parking in communities zoned as rural, residential or apartment use. Car traffic and parking congestion has been one of the biggest issues plaguing residents since Hawaii began welcoming out-of-state travelers.

Residents remain divided on the value of allowing short-term rentals, according to The Associated Press.

“Short-term rentals disrupt the character and fabric of our residential neighborhoods,” said Thomas Cestare of the Lanikai Association in written testimony.

“I just think the vacationer who comes here and rents for 30 days is contributing to our community,” said April Perreira Pluss, who has designated part of her Kailua home as a vacation rental. Pluss said she would never have bought the property had she realized the short-term rental laws might change.