The Conversation: Curtailing Illegal Vacation Rentals on Maui

Mar 4, 2020

Enforcing vacation rental laws on Maui; Coronavirus causes dropoff for Hawaii businesses; Hawaii Pacific University's worrisome future; Ranked choice voting comes to Hawaii

Enforcing vacation rental laws on Maui

Today is the deadline for Maui Mayor Michael Victorino to decide what to do about vacation rentals on Molokai. Maui County's Planning Director Michele McLean tells us where the county is on its effort to curb illegal ruanway rentals. The issue of whether it should phase out short term rentals will be the subject of a 3 p.m. meeting on Friday, March 6 at 3 p.m. at Kalana Pakui conference room 250, S. High St., Wailuku.

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Coronavirus causes dropoff for Hawaii businesses

There are still no reported cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in hawaii. But while the state may not yet be feeling the health impacts of the disease, it is already seeing the economic consequences of the virus. HPR's Ryan Finnerty breaks it down.

Hawaii Pacific University's worrisome future

Hawaii's largest private college has experienced plunging enrollment, steep operating losses and large debt. Now it's planning for an ambitious turnaround at a time when many small colleges are in trouble. Reporter Stewart Yerton tells us more. Click here to read the rest of the story.

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Ranked choice voting comes to Hawaii

State Democratic parties in Hawaii, Kansas, Alaska and Wyoming are allowing for ranked choice voting in this year's primary contests. The move has long been hailed by advocates for electoral reform as a means to allow for a more representative vote. Maria Perez is with the Washington, D.C.-based group, Fair Vote and she tells us about the changes. Hawaii's Democratic Primary will be held on April 4, and the deadline to register is March 5.