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Addicted To Airbnb: Hawaii’s Tourism Economy Depends On Illegal Vacation Rentals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Addicted To Airbnb: Hawaii’s Tourism Economy Depends On Illegal Vacation Rentals

While calls for a crackdown on short-term rentals grow louder, their rapid expansion accounts for a big chunk of the recent growth in the state’s largest industry.

Selling An ‘Unreal’ Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Selling An ‘Unreal’ Hawaii

A Bishop Museum exhibit shows how tourism promoters created an exotic and lustful version of the islands that never really existed — and the toll that took on Hawaii’s identity and Native Hawaiian culture.

Chad Blair: Things Are Actually Looking Up At Honolulu Airport Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Things Are Actually Looking Up At Honolulu Airport

Modernization of Daniel K. Inouye International has been years in coming. But real change is in the air.

Thousands Poised To Strike At Some Of Waikiki’s Biggest Hotels Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Thousands Poised To Strike At Some Of Waikiki’s Biggest Hotels

The union vote could lead to a work stoppage by about 3,500 workers, including those at the Royal Hawaiian, Westin Moana Surfrider and Sheraton Waikiki.

Holy Mackerel, With No Tourists In Sight The Fish Are Returning To Kauai’s North Shore Larry Loos/Flickr

Holy Mackerel, With No Tourists In Sight The Fish Are Returning To Kauai’s North Shore

Local fishermen say the impact of the April storm on tourism has been a boon to the fish population.

For Tourists Only: This Hawaii Wedding Venue Won’t Host Locals Ewen Roberts/Flickr

For Tourists Only: This Hawaii Wedding Venue Won’t Host Locals

Some wedding venues only accept destination weddings to limit the number of guests and the effect on neighbors.

More Victims Of The Kauai Flood — Tourist Vacation Rentals Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

More Victims Of The Kauai Flood — Tourist Vacation Rentals

Kauai County had already cracked down on hundreds of remote visitor rentals. The flood might have doomed many more.

Airbnb Says No To Collecting Taxes On Rentals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Airbnb Says No To Collecting Taxes On Rentals

State officials are worried they could end up with no new revenue if Airbnb backpedals on the collection process.

Economists: Financial Challenges Are Looming For Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Economists: Financial Challenges Are Looming For Hawaii

Economists caution legislators about the housing shortage, the possibility of lower tax revenue and reduced tourist spending.

Why Gov. Ige’s Secret Talks With Airbnb Have So Many People Upset Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Gov. Ige’s Secret Talks With Airbnb Have So Many People Upset

A backlash is brewing against a potential deal for the company to collect Hawaii taxes — in part, because no one knows what’s in the agreement.

Alan McNarie: Helicopter Noise On The Big Island Has Residents Buzzing Alan McNarie/Civil Beat

Alan McNarie: Helicopter Noise On The Big Island Has Residents Buzzing

Protesters decry “dirty tourism” during a demonstration outside the Hilo airport. “It’s never been this bad,” said a County Council member.

Why Working Women In Hawaii Aren’t Doing As Well As It Seems Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Why Working Women In Hawaii Aren’t Doing As Well As It Seems

The islands have a smaller gender pay gap than the mainland, but that’s partially due to relatively low pay for men here.