It's about to get a little more expensive to stay the night in Hawaii!
Last week, David Ige (the Hawaiian Governor) signed a 1% tax increase to the Transient Accommodation Tax. This means that every hotel room, home rental, timeshare and vacation rental will be subject to this tax starting January 1, 2018.
This tax increase is meant to fund the Light Rail Program - which is a train being built on Oaho linking Daniel K Inouye International Airport to the city of Kapolei, as well as going through downtown Honolulu and the Ala Moana neighborhood (close to Waikiki). This project is already billions of dollars over the original budget, so hopefully this tax increase can really help get it done.
Hawaii is already third highest among the 50 states with their lodging tax, behind Maine and Connecticut.