With the popular use of sites like www.vrbo.com, www.AirBnB.com, or my favorite, Elite Hawaiian Vacation Rentals, owning a vacation rental in Hawaii is becoming more and more popular!

Each of the four main island in Hawaii (Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, and KAUAI) have different laws and regulations about owning and running residential vacation rentals.  This blog will focus on the island of Kauai. If you're considering another island let me know and I can put you in contact with an expert on that island

Legal vacation rentals on Kauai are determined in two ways.  Location and licensing determined by the County of Kauai.

The most common vacation rental on Kauai is a property located in a VDA or Visitor Designated Area. There are three main Visitor Designated Areas on Kauai located in Princeville, Kapaa, and the Poipu/Koloa area.

If you are only interested in a property you can vacation rent out it's important that you verify the location with the County of Kauai either before you make an offer or while you're in your inspection period.  For general guidelines about 95% of Princeville is in a VDA.  Excluding what is referred to as "Queen Emma's Bluff" area within Princeville. In Kapaa the eastern shore line where the resorts and beach condos are located is a VDA.

The Poipu/Koloa has a large VDA area as well which covers a lot of the southern shoreline in that area.

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