Vacation rentals to be allowed in residential areas

Real Estate Agent with Aloha Realty Group

Maui Planning Commission is working on a new bill, whereby owners of residential properties will be allowed to rent these homes for "vacation purposes". The lack of such bill until now, made it illegal even for  luxury homes to be rented out. Remember the fact that last year even President Obama rented a home in Oahu, in a residential area, where vacation rentals were not technically allowed?

As it is now, the new bill limits the number of such permits to 88 in Lahaina/West Maui. I would love to know how they came up with this number;-)

Also, according to the latest draft of this bill, homes located on lots that are subject to condomonium property regimes would not be allowed to do vacation rentals. In laymen terms, most homes in Launiupoko would be exempt from this bill. There is no other area in Maui, whereby CPRed lots and vacation rentals cross paths. Thus, it seems like the Planning Commission is targeting this area in particular, to be exempted from this bill.

As a real estate broker, I welcome the decision to regulate the process that would allow direct oceanfront homes or luxury homes to be rented out. As a mother with an extended family, I cant see how we can travel anywhere and stay in a hotel; we need to rent a home and believe it or not, this has been "illegal" in Maui.

For any further information on this proposed bill, please email me at or check my website at


Posted by

Mihaela Stoops, REALTOR Broker

Aloha Realty GroupHonolua Bay

180 Dickenson St #217

Lahaina, Hi 96761                                


Comments (1)

Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes

I live in an area zoned residential for single family. Over time i have seen homes become rentals w/ tenants. It shouldn't be allowed but these days anything can happen. 

Jun 15, 2011 02:26 PM