BY WILL PAGE – Whereas lies and unsubstantiated claims have no place in good governance…
Last Thursday, September 5, the Kailua Neighborhood Board passed a resolution calling upon the Hawaii Tourism Authority to stop promoting Kailua as a visitor destination with “whereas” that are NOT statements of facts.
Not a single member of the community spoke in favor of that resolution. Three Kailua residents spoke against the measure.
Now therefore, we the Kailua community challenges the Kailua Neighborhood Board 31 to show us a single report where short-term rentals take housing away from local residents.
Show us any statistic that relates the impact of short-term rentals to local rents and home prices.
Show us a sociological survey that correlates an increase in crime associated with B&Bs and vacation rentals. Show us the police reports. Show us the insurance claims. Do they have a scrap of proof?
Show us any newspaper article that reports the negative impact of short-stay rentals on the social, economic, and cultural character of our neighborhoods. Especially the economics. Show us the negative impact of tourism on the economy of Kailua.
Show us the negative impact of taxed paid by tourism businesses and its negative impact on the State and City budgets.
In other words, show us any shred of evidence they have to substantiate any of this shibai presented whereas facts against tourism.
Be it resolved that the Kailua Neighborhood Board 31 has no honest place in the good governance of Kailua.
Kailua shops, restaurants, and activity operators depend upon tourism as does the entire State of Hawaii.
We would like to see the Hawaii Tourism Authority increase its promotion of Kailua as a visitor destination and an alternative to lively Waikiki.
Will Page is the President of Page Marketing, Inc. in Kailua, Hawaii.