Below is a small sampling of the Many articles and News Videos which have been written about the Illegal Vacation Rental problems facing Hawaii.
While these problems are Well Known, very little has been done to actually enforce the existing laws, as rationalized by a number of people and agencies.
It is loosely estimated that up to 25,000 Vacation Rentls / B and B's exist in Hawaii with as Little as 1,000 actually having Legal status and TAT Registration Numbers.
Huge amounts of GET and TAT Taxes are being Lost by the State of Hawaii, again with numerous ineffective explanations.
Tourism and Our Hawaii Guest Visitors are crucial to Hawaii's economy.
These funds are supposed to help maintain a Beautiful and Safe Hawaii for Locals and Visitors alike.
This is a Big Problem that has to be dealt with.
Meanwhile the onus is upon individual visitor guests to help protect themselves and to have a safe vacation in Hawaii.
All online advertisements Are REQUIRED to display their TAT (Transient Accommodation Tax Registration Number)
Don't be shy about asking any prospective host for their TAT Number.