Waikiki Lanais is a 160-unit condominium in the Apartment Precinct of the Waikiki Special District. It has always been designated as a “multifamily dwelling” (MFD). Short-term rentals (STRs) under 30 days are not permitted in MFDs in the Apartment Precinct unless they have a nonconforming use certificate (NUC) issued by the Department of Planning and Permitting.
No one at Waikiki Lanais has a NUC, yet there have been many illegal STRs operating.
A STR-friendly Board of Directors has removed all information about the illegality of STRs from the Waikiki Lanais website, taken down all relevant posts in the building, and refused to mail information from the Department of Planning and Permitting to owners. They recently voted to establish a check-in desk for vacation rentals and to give the recently retained AOAO attorney $40,000 to challenge the city over Ordinance 19-18.
On September 3, 2019, the Waikiki Lanais AOAO filed suit against the city using owners’ maintenance fees to fund the suit.
This website is now the only source of valid information about the illegality of STRs at Waikiki Lanais.
This site serves as an information sharing and organization point for owners who are fighting back against illegal STRs in our building. Check out the FAQ for the whole story, then take action! Thank you for caring about Waikiki Lanais.
Here is a map showing the zoning precincts of the Waikiki Special District and the location of Waikiki Lanais: