Hawai'i Association of Realtors® > Government Affairs

Real Estate Is Our Top Priority

Every year, we look at issues affecting REALTORS® and the real estate industry. We determine which issues should be our top priority during the legislative session, and compile it into our Legislative Program.

In 2018, our 5 priority issues are:

  • Balanced Solution to Rental Application Screening Fees
  • Establishing Consumer Protection Mechanisms for Short-Term Vacation Rentals
  • Increasing the Handyman Exemption to the Small Claims Court Limit
  • Solving Hawai‘i's Housing Problem through Creative Partnerships
  • Creating a Holdover Seller Exemption Under the Landlord-Tenant Code

Advancing our Legislative Priorities


REALTOR® leaders from across the State go to the Capitol to share our Legislative Program with lawmakers and discuss other real estate issues.

It is one of the best ways to promote our priority issues and have REALTORS® make connections with our elected officials.

Government Affairs Committee

During the legislative session, from January through May, the Government Affairs Committee (GAC) works tirelessly. The GAC meets every week and reviews all real estate related bills, discusses strategy and determines which bills we need to testify on.

2017 Session in Review


Bills Introduced

(1,601 House & 1317 Senate)


Bills Tracked

by the Government Affairs Committee


Hours spent advocating per session

(REALTOR® Volunteer, Staff & Consultants)

3 of 4

Priority Issues Passed


Bills Supported Passed


Bills Opposed Passed

What’s Happening at the Legislature?


During Session

Read the Bill Summary Report to see how our Priority Issues are doing and other important issues affecting real estate that Hawai‘i REALTORS® testified on.

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After Session

After the legislative session ends in May, read the Post-Session report to see which REALTOR® and real estate related bills passed the Legislature.

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