Archive for July, 2010

Hawaii Transient Accommodation Tax Increase..

Starting July 1, 2010, the Transient Accommodations Tax increases to 9.25%. This tax is in addition to the General Excise Tax of 4%. Thus, as of July 1, 2010, gross rental income from transient vacation rentals will be subject to a 13.25% tax.

The definition of transient accommodations, taken verbatim from the Transient Accommodations tax form instructions, issued by the State of Hawaii Tax office, follows:

The transient accommodations tax is levied on the gross rental or gross rental proceeds derived from furnishing transient accommodations. For periods ending before July 1, 2009, the rate is 7.25%; for periods beginning after June 30, 2009 and ending before July 1, 2010, the rate is 8.25%; and for periods beginning after June 30, 2010, the rate is 9.25%.
A “transient accommodation” is an apartment, house, condominium, beach house, hotel room or suite, or similar living accommodation furnished to a transient person for less than 180 consecutive days in exchange for payment in cash, goods, or services.
“Gross rental or gross rental proceeds” includes amounts paid to you in the form of cash, goods, or services as compensation for furnishing a transient accommodation without any deductions for costs incurred in the operation of the transient accommodation.

Kauai Ocean Film Festival

Oddly enough one of the key ingredients to life on Earth is often treated with indifference even contempt, the Ocean.  The Ocean Film Festival to be held in Hanalei on Kauai on Saturday July 24th 2010 from 7PM to 10PM seeks to alter that attitude by bringing awareness of the Ocean through the eyes of film makers from around The World.

The films range from documentaries to short films, films about sports, oddities & wonders, adventure & exploration, films exploring cultural connections to the Oceans, the Ocean as a vital resource for food, the Ocean’s untapped potential as a source of energy without the need to drill into its floor unleashing billions of gallons of oil to freely find its way to shore, but the very motion of the Ocean itself.

This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy Hanalei Bay.  Spend a week at a Hanalei vacation rental for the convenience of the Kauai Ocean Film Festival event.

Vacation on Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay in my opinion is among the top beaches in the world.  It is the largest bay on the north shore of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii. The town of Hanalei is at the mid-point of the bay.

Hanalei Bay consists of nearly two miles of beach, surrounded by mountains. In the summer, the bay is like glass, offering excellent mooring for sailboats, stand up paddle boarding and swimming. The Princeville community overlooks from the northeast entrance to the bay of Hanalei river, 22°12′52″N 159°29′52″W / 22.21444°N 159.49778°W / 22.21444; -159.49778Coordinates: 22°12′52″N 159°29′52″W / 22.21444°N 159.49778°W / 22.21444; -159.49778. During the winter the surf becomes large and is a favorite surf location.

The Hanalei Pier was first built in 1892 to help Hanalei farmers move their taro crops to market. The covered pier’s location near the mouth of the Hanalei River and Black Pot beach has long been a favorite family gathering place for fishing, picnicking, swimming, and playing.  Hanalei Bay Sunset

On April 5, 1824, King Kamehameha II’s royal yacht, Pride of Hawaii, sank near the mouth of the Waiʻoli River, 22°12′14″N 159°30′37″W / 22.20389°N 159.51028°W / 22.20389; -159.51028 (Waioli River mouth), on the southwest corner of the bay after its crew struck a five-foot deep reef a hundred yards offshore. It is believed the captain and crew were drunk at the time. A large section of the ship’s hull washed ashore in 1844 in a winter storm surge, but most of this historic wreck remains buried in silt in the bay. In 1995-2000, archaeologists from the Smithsonian Institution‘s National Museum of American History excavated the wreck and recovered more than 1,200 artifacts. During this excavation, a 40 foot section of the stern was discovered, documented, and then re-buried where it was discovered.[1]

Japanese author Haruki Murakami wrote a short story entitled “Hanalei Bay” set in the area. The story is included in the collection Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman.

This is why Hanalei vacation rentals have become so popular over the years.  You’ll find a variety of accommodations in Kauai at price ranges that fit every budget.  So whether you come alone for business, with family, or friends Allure Kauai Vacation Rentals have a perfect place for you.