A couple of weeks ago, I got a text from my wife saying that she’d just moved from New York to Hawaii and was ready to get back into the swing of things.
I’m glad to report that Hawaii is no longer a vacation destination, but for me, that meant a new way of life.
I was lucky enough to be a part of the first Hawaiian honeymoon in more than 50 years.
In the early 1990s, Hawaii became the first state in the country to allow tourists to rent a house on the island.
But this year, the state’s legislature passed a law making it illegal to rent houses on the mainland.
If you’ve never been to Hawaii, I hope you’ll be a bit more open-minded about the island and its people when it comes to renting.
“I don’t think the law’s necessarily meant to prevent people from renting homes, but it’s a good reminder that you’re going to need a house in Hawaii to get around here,” said Nicole Meeks, a member of the Honolulu Housing Authority who has lived on the Island for years.
“You can’t get a place in Manhattan, so you have to get a house here.”
Meeks said the islanders will continue to be generous to each other even after the law goes into effect in the fall.
Some places in the state, like Waikiki, are even offering a special discount to those who rent on the beach.
It’s a lot of fun for me to come to Hawaii.
I’ve always loved going to Hawaii for vacation.
It’s not always what I’d expected.
I don’t know how I got here, but I’ve definitely been to more places that I probably should have.
Meeks told Hawaii News Now that Hawaii’s new law will change the landscape for Hawaii visitors, there are a few things to keep in mind.
First, it won’t affect the people who live on the islands, who will continue renting out their properties.
Hawaii still offers plenty of options for tourists to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf.
And although the law is aimed at protecting the property owners, the real aim is to prevent rental scams.
In other words, if you’re renting an apartment on the West Coast, be sure to report your rent to the Hawaii State Housing Authority, and they can help you.
The law also bans the practice of offering free tours of the island to tourists.
Hawaii’s law is also meant to encourage people to leave their home country, even if it means taking a break from their daily lives.
Because there are so many other things to do in Hawaii, many residents have decided to make their way back home after spending their vacations in other places.
As a result, it’s possible that some of the places that you see advertised on Airbnb will become empty.
But if you live in one of the many areas where you can still rent, there’s always the option of going back to your old place.
So be sure you check the Airbnb listings and keep an eye out for places that have a new sign posted warning tourists that the rental market has slowed down.
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