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Oprah's Maui Vacation Rental

Oprah will operate an 11-bedroom vacation rental in Kula.
November 25, 2011

Oprah's Maui Vacation Rental

South Maui Homes in Kihei

By Mark Harbison

As many people know, Oprah Winfrey has purchased a substantial amount of property in upcountry Maui, but what might be new information to many is that she is planning vacation rental accommodations on that property.

Ms. Winfrey will have an 11-bedroom vacation rental in Kula at 1373 Thompson Road on the 17 acre O.W. Ranch. As for the permitting process, the Maui County Council gave their final approval on a 10-year extension on her permit to operate the vacation rental.

The Council raised some issues, including Riki Hokama's concern that those agricultural lands would be taken out of production. He voted against the extension. The other five votes approved it, but weren't confident about the property taxes. According to Council Member Mike White, the property is being taxed as a bed-and-breakfast at the "commercialized residential" rate of $4.20 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

According to Mike, the $9 rate might be more appropriate because the establishment may be falling into the category of an inn rather than a bed-and-breakfast, particularly because it contains a large commercial kitchen and food service area.


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Blogs for November 2011

Oprah's Maui Vacation Rental

Posted on November 25, 2011
Oprah's Maui Vacation Rental

By Mark Harbison

As many people know, Oprah Winfrey has purchased a substantial amount of property in upcountry Maui, but what might be new information to many is that she is planning vacation rental accommodations on that property.

Ms. Winfrey will have an 11-bedroom vacation rental in Kula at… Continue Reading

Maui Unemployment Falls Most Steeply

Posted on November 18, 2011
Maui Unemployment Falls Most Steeply

By Mark Harbison

Unemployment is still falling in Hawaii, according to recent data from the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism.

During the first week of this month, unemployment was 9.6 percent lower than it was the same week a year before. There were 1,951 jobless claims,… Continue Reading

Fund Raising for Maui Kids with Muscular Dystrophy

Posted on November 11, 2011
Fund Raising for Maui Kids with Muscular Dystrophy

By Mark ​Harbison

Do you want to make a difference for children in the Maui community who are struggling with muscular dystrophy? That's what we are doing. Mark Harbison has entered a fund raising program with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Here is how… Continue Reading

Government Job Growth in Hawaii

Posted on November 04, 2011
Government Job Growth in Hawaii

By Mark Harbison

The latest news is that the number of government jobs in Hawaii has risen recently, and is counted among the 22 states in the nation that saw an increase in the number of federal, state and local jobs since 2007.

Job creation is among the… Continue Reading

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