Hawaiian long time residents of Mana’e (East Molokai) arePROTESTING proposed Short-Term Rental Home (STRH) permit applications for the following REASONS:
Mana’e (East Molokai) is rural area 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.
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 East 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.
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 Molokai family.
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.
The Vast Majority of Mana’e (East Molokai) lands are zoned agricultural and conservation. The relative ease of acquiring permitting has allowed STRH’s to penetrate and multiply in our rural AG communities with no sign of slowing down, no sign of any restraint or restriction – clearly a contradiction of the principal intentions of Ag and Conservation zoning.
Short Term Rental Homes commercializes residential property in an Agriculture/Rural area encouraging residential subdividing and development which directly conflicts and goes against the protections and purposes for designating and zoning an area rural/agricultural.
STRH permitting and operability in Mana’e is still pursuable to landowners and potential buyers making Mana’e more desirable to buyers, which increases valuations, drives up taxes, again challenging the effectiveness of one of the primary purposes of Ag zoning.