SUPPORT the amended ZERO Short Term Home Rentals (STRH) on Molokaʻi in County Resolution 17-74

Commercial investors are threatening our Island home and our unique Hawaiian lifestyle.  The number of permit requests for Short Term Home Rentals (AKA Bed and Breakfasts) are getting out of control.  The culture and fragile environment of our island home is at stake. Our island community and culture cannot be put up for sale any longer.


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What is County Resolution 17-74?

County Resolution 17-74 is a bill going through the review process at the Maui County Council.  This resolution was initially introduced by our own Molokaʻi Council Member Stacy Crivello in April 2017.  Resolution 17-74 proposes to amend the comprehensive zoning ordinance by placing a cap limit on Short Term Rental Home (STRH) permits on Molokaʻi to 40 (15 in West Molokaʻi, 10 in Central Molokaʻi and 15 in East Molokaʻi).

What is the current status of County Resolution 17-74?

The Resolution was introduced in April 2017 before the County Council and passed by unanimous vote. The next step in the process required that the resolution be sent to the Molokai Planning Commission (MoPC) for further review and to allow for community input. Resolution 17-74 was placed on the MoPC meeting agenda on August 9, 2017 where a motion was made recommending that the permit cap be changed from 40 to ZERO. Subsequently, the recommended permit cap change was accepted by the MoPC. The resolution and the MoPC recommendation to change the permit cap from 40 to ZERO has been forwarded to the Council Land Use Committee, where it now sits awaiting further review and committee decision. If it passes out of the Council Land Use Committee, Resolution 17-74 will then be sent before the County Council for final review and consideration.


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Why should I support the proposed amended ZERO permit cap?

Presently, there are over 25 illegal vacation rental homes operating on Molokaʻi with no County enforcement or regulation oversight. In Manaʻe (East Molokaʻi) alone, there are 8 permitted STRHs operating with another 7 permit applications pending review. To date, no official cultural or environmental review has ever been conducted prior to the permitting of existing or proposed STRHs on Molokaʻi.

Moloka’i is predominantly rural with only a two lane road where long-time residents still practice traditional Hawaiian subsistence and traditional lifestyles.  This unique way of life and sense of Hawaiian place is being threatened by the inundation of Short Term Rental Home permits.

Short Term Rental Homes commercializes residential property in Agriculture/Rural areas encouraging residential subdividing and development which directly conflicts and goes against the protections and purposes for designating and zoning an area rural/agricultural.


Do STRHs benefit all of Molokaʻi’s families?

No. Short Term Rental Homes reduce the availability of and potential for affordable long-term housing by making home prices no longer affordable to the average income of a Molokaʻi family.  Government Officials and STRH proponents assert that STRHs “provide an economic benefit to the island’s economy.” This claim, however, has not yet been validated by independent research to show how and whom specifically is profiting economically. It is time for prudent decision making that is based on hard data rather than opinionated and unfounded assumptions.

According to a report published in 2016 by the Local 5 Union, “Short-term rentals directly compete with the traditional hotel industry in fundamentally unfair ways: while hotels create and sustain quality jobs for local people (housekeepers, front desk workers, security guards, bellmen, etc.), the few jobs created by short-term rentals are geographically scattered and leave employees with little power to protect their rights or achieve decent wages or benefits. Workers in this market are forced to compete with one another.” – The Hidden Cost of Hidden Hotels, The Impact of Vacation Rentals in Hawaiʻi, 2016 Report published by the Local 5 Union

Short Term Rental Homes and Vacation rental homes are essentially small hotels that are allowed to operate in areas where hotels aren’t usually allowed to operate.  There are legitimate hotel/condominium accommodations (including in Mana’e) in operation and available for visitor lodging that offer adequate room accommodations for visitors, employment for residents and many of which are rarely (if ever) at full capacity.

Who are these people that are allowed to run STRHs on Molokaʻi?

There are very few STRH’s in the permit application process or in operation that lists an owner with a Hawaii residency.  Because the current zoning code affords owners the option of utilizing their properties as “income vacation rentals” there is no desire by the owners to be a part of our community.

Non-resident property owners seeking to operate an STRH, buy in Moloka’i because they can market and exploit Hawaiian traditional lifestyles, a Hawaiian sense of place, and features of our rural community which compromises the integrity of rural subsistence living.



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County Resolution 17-74
Introduced by Council Member Stacy Crivello

Maui County Council Website

Molokai Planning Commission Website

The Hidden Cost of Hidden Hotels: The Impact of Vacation Rentals in Hawai`i
Report by the UNITE HERE Local 5 | Isis Usborne, Benjamin Sadoski, May 2016

Article:  Where’s the heart in our current culture? Spiritual cancer?
Maui Salt and Sage Magazine | 2017

Airbnb: disruptive innovation and the rise of an informal tourism accommodation sector  |  Daniel Guttentag, 2013

When Tourists Move In: How Should Urban Planners Respond to Airbnb?
Nicole Gurran & Peter Phibbs, 2017

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Submit a letter to the OHA Trustees Requesting

  1.  No Funding for Failed State Initiated So Called “Nationbuilding” Activities
  2. Repealing of DOI Rule Support
  3. A Forensic Audit
  4. Strong Opposition to TMT

Submit your letter to OHA here! 

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Submit Your Form Testimony


In 1993, the U.S., through Public Law 103-150 acknowledged that the Hawaiian people never gave up their rights to their national lands(aka “ceded lands”) to the U.S. government.

Now, the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) proposed rule would unethically terminate Native Hawaiian rights to millions of acres of HAWAIIAN ‘ĀINA.

The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) is proposing to re-establish a formal government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community that will not affect the title, jurisdiction, or status of Federal lands and property in Hawaii. In effect, the U.S. would continue to control nearly 900,000 acres of land in the main Hawaiian Islands and over 88 million acres of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.  The absence of any reference to Hawaiian lands controlled by the State of Hawai`i in the proposed rule is of grave concern.  With this much at stake, we must submit testimony in opposition to the DOI’s proposed rule before December 30.


For Native Hawaiians>>  LONG FORM Letter  |  SHORT FORM Letter

For DHHL Beneficiaries>> FORM Letter

For Non-Hawaiians >> LONG FORM Letter  |  SHORT FORM Letter

Deadline: DECEMBER 30, 2015


HomeU.S. Secretary of Interior Proposed Rule:  Procedures for Reestablishing a Formal Government-to-Government Relationship with the Native Hawaiian Community

DOI Website  |  DOI Procedures  |  Comment Online |  Frequently Asked Questio


2 thoughts on “KEEP MOLOKAʻI MOLOKAʻI

  1. Press Release- FREEDOM RIDE 2016- Island of Hawaii

    January 2,1016 will be the first organized Freedom Ride, to demonstrate our inherent rights by traveling in our automobiles as a group, without license plates, registration, insurance, safety checks, etc…….LAWFULLY…because it’s our right, protected by the constitution, the document that ALL public servants swore an oath to protect and obey. This event, the first of the monthly (first Saturdays of every month) will start the re-education process for all people who currently suffer due to lack of knowledge. All public servants will be notified to give respect and protection to all those participating in this Freedom Ride and our ‘right to travel’. This is not a test. This is the law. Many supporting Supreme Court Decisions are available. Search for “Right to travel”:

    “Further, the right to travel by private conveyance for private purposes upon the common way
    cannot be infringed. No license or permission is required for travel when such travel is not for
    the purpose of (commercial) profit or gain….Further, the State is FORBIDDEN by law from
    converting a basic right into a privilege and requiring a license and or fee charged for the
    exercise of a basic right” Court decision, Murdoc vs. Pennsylvania, 319 U.S. 105

    Are you DRIVING a MOTOR VEHICLE commercially (paid to drive) or are you TRAVELING in your CAR as a matter of right? Your automobile/car is your PRIVATE Property
    Your basic ‘right to travel’ is a fundamental right, not regulated nor restricted unless you cause damage/harm/injury/loss

    Q&A, registration, orientation at University of Hilo, Dec. 19, 2015, 10am, Rm #115. Call Paul 936-5929 for more details. If unable to participate in the ride at this time, people are encouraged to film/document/livestream this historic event.



  2. Title is a feudal term. There are no lawful titles because you cannot trace back to the original owner. To be valid you’d have to have the creator’s signature.

    There is a maxim of law that states, “You cannot grant what you do not own.” Ask yourself who the first owner was.

    Be careful when trying to describe land. It is very hard to avoid the feudal terms.


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