Hawaii Town: No More Tourists, Please
Kailua tired of being overrun with vacationers
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2013 2:03 PM CST
Lanikai Beach in Kailua, Hawaii.   (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

(Newser) – Kailua has beautiful white sand beaches, charming bed-and-breakfasts, and is nice enough to be President Obama's chosen Christmas vacation spot each year. But the Hawaiian town would like you to stay away. The neighborhood board of the Honolulu suburb is requesting that a state tourism agency stop pushing it as a vacation destination, the AP reports. The problem: Kailua has so many vacation rentals that residents are complaining. "It doesn't feel like a neighborhood when you don't know the people" living next-door, one board member says. (Plus, the thriving vacation industry has inflated housing costs beyond the reach of many locals.)

The board member recalls one group of young renters who did "drugs from morning til night." She could smell their marijuana smoke and hear their cussing, and they refused to "take it inside and be discreet," she says. There are an estimated 500 vacation rentals in the town, most of them illegal, as only a few dozen of them actually have permits. Yet the state tourism agency's website suggests that "a Kailua vacation rental can be the perfect solution" for travelers. That's why the neighborhood board decided, via resolution, to officially make its request. But not everyone agrees: A Honolulu City Council member says the resolution is "an embarrassment" and makes Kailua seem unwelcoming.

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Nov 21, 2014 4:09 PM CST
Makes sense - I've been to Honolulu and was nearly attacked by a local after he literally ran me off the road in his minivan. No biggie. Plenty of other local economies to support around the world. Ones with much nicer beaches (and people), as well. Honololu is the Cancun of the Pacific islands.
Dec 8, 2013 5:06 PM CST
I would shut it down just to keep Obama out as he shut the war memorials down to keep our veterans out!
Lou Bernardo
Nov 26, 2013 6:41 AM CST
Tourists have a way of wrecking a nice quiet vacation spot. If you've been to Key West, Florida, since the cruise ships started landing there you'd know what happens when hoards of people cram the streets.