Vacation rentals changing the face of neighborhoods

  • Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today Houses along Puako Beach Drive.
  • Map data: Stefan Buchta via Googlemaps API /Special to West Hawaii Today Vacation rentals dot Puako (pins approximate for security reasons).
  • Map data: Stefan Buchta via Googlemaps API/Special to West Hawaii Today Vacation rentals (red) and home-shares (green) dot the Leleiwi community (pins approximate for security reasons).
  • Nancy Cook Lauer/West Hawaii Today Koa Kealoha offers a freshly cut coconut to Cindy Soto, who is visiting from Los Angeles, while parked across from Richardson Ocean Park.

It’s a sunny day in the oceanfront community of Leleiwi, and Terry and Jayne Oliver of Butte, Mont., are strolling the lawn of their vacation rental.