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Hosting an Airbnb Right Now Is Harder Than You Think

New York Times - Ronda Kaysen, Columnist & Author | 07/09/2021

Koloa Kai General Manager & Co-Founder Jed Stevens is interviewed by New York Times Columnist Ronda Kaysen about the challenges of hosting a vacation rental in the current environmnet.

“You are signing up for an entire job of managing somebody else’s vacation,” said Mr. Stevens, who supervises a team of workers that was able to pivot when the tourists returned and turn over rentals efficiently. “People think, ‘I’m going to throw it on Airbnb or on VRBO and I’m going to make a lot of money and it’s going to be fine. Sometimes it isn’t."

Matt Landau Discusses Koloa Kai on 'Overheard' Breezeway.io Blog

Overheard - Lizzie Griffen, Breezeway | 06/30/2021

Lizzie and Matt discuss the most recent season of the Unlocked Podcast "Magic Zones" and their take on different messages gleaned from the managers that Matt has interviewed over the course of the season. 

"Jed is as advanced of a property manager as I have ever met in terms of building something sustainable and scaling it. I’m not exaggerating when I say that he’s the most forward-thinking manager that I have met." - Matt Landau, VRMB Founder

Listen to Jed on the Unlocked Podcast (#102) - THE Vacation Rental Master Plan

Unlocked Podcast - Matt Landau, Founder of VRMB | 05/12/2021

Koloa Kai General Manager & Co-Founder Jed Stevens sits down with Matt Landau and discusses the future of vacation rental management and how to structure a healthy, sustainable busienss by laying out a detailed 6 part plan.

"...I've been interviewing vacation rental professionals and researching best practices for the better part of 10 years and Jed Stevens is one of the most advanced managers I have ever come across..." - Matt Landau, VRMB Founder

Record-High Vacation Rental Bookings Leave Vacation Rental Managers with No Supply

Rental Scale-Up - Brooke Pfautz, CEO & Founder, Vintory | 06/22/21

Koloa Kai General Manager & Co-Founder Jed Stevens is interviewed about the surging bookings in the Hawaii Vacation Rental market.

"[we are] managing a booking pace up 700% from 2020...guests are working harder than ever before to secure bookings." - Jed Stevens

Listen to Jed on the Rented Webinar:  The Art of Pricing: Acquisition Strategies to Make Inventory Growth Consistant and Successful

Rented Webinar - Talia Lockard, Director of Business Development | 05/26/2021

Koloa Kai General Manager & Co-Founder Jed Stevens joins host Talia Lockard, Brian Riggs of Vintory and Matt DeAngelis at AvantStay for this week's Art of Pricing as we dive into Acquisition Strategies to Make Inventory Growth Easy and Successful.

Partner Profiles - Read about how Koloa Kai works with industry leader Vintory to manage responsible growth of property inventory

VRTECH Blog, by Vivien Magyar | 05/13/2021

Koloa Kai General Manager & Co-Founder Jed Stevens contributes to marketing firm Vintory's profile by sharing his experience and partnership with the trailblazing company which is responsible for a catagory defining business to help professional managers grow their inventory in a responsible and sustainable way. 

"My goal of having regular, high-quality marketing materials, systems, and practices across multiple platforms is now a reality.” - Jed Stevens 

Kauai to open doors to more tourists

Honolulu Star Advertiser, by Allison Schaefers | 03/04/2021

Koloa Kai Owner & Co-Founder Lisa Stevens Wegner was quoted on the expected reopening of Kauai due to the mayor's request to rejoin the Hawaii Safe Travels Program.

"It has been difficult for us as small-business owners to blindly assess how far and how long to leverage our assets in order to hang on. This is much-needed relief."

 

Economic recovery for Kauai likely to be slow going

Honolulu Star Advertiser, by Allison Schaefers | 01/04/2021

Koloa Kai Owner & Co-Founder Lisa Stevens Wegner was quoted on the continued devestation to local businesses caused by the "Resort Bubble" trans-pacific traveler policy proposal.

"Things continue to devolve on Kauai, and with the most recent passage of the ‘resort bubble’ shortened quarantine idea, we fear it will not help, and will only embolden the Mayor to continue to keep the island shuttered. Businesses are going under or temporarily closing daily."

Kauai left out as vacation rental recovery improves

Honolulu Star Advertiser, by Allison Schaefers | 12/26/2020

Koloa Kai Owner & Co-Founder Lisa Stevens Wegner was quoted on the impact of the decision by Kauai's mayor to opt-out of the state Safe Travels Program.

"Occupancy had ticked up to 60% for December. We usually run about 85% or 90% in December, but we were headed back to a sustainable level,” Lisa Stevens said. “Then the rug got pulled out from under us. We had to reach out to all our guests and let them know that we couldn’t host them anymore and we didn’t know when we might host them again..."

Vrmb Inner Circle Weekly Digest Discussion

VRMB, by Matt Landau | 11/27/2020

Vrmb Founder Matt Landau discusses Jed's take on the philosophy of focus and highest return activities in a contribution to Vrmb forum post.  See the video link from 4:32-5:55 for Jed's input and Matt's commentary.  

Stays Group Welcomes Koloa Kai

Linked-In, by Vince Perez | 12//2020

Vince Perez of the Stays Group powered by Fetch My Guest welcomes Koloa Kai from Kauai to the Great Hawaii Stays direct booking distribution network.


 

Prominent Property Management Software Company, LiveRez, marks Koloa Kai as one to "keep an eye on..."

LiveRez, by Ryan Norton | 11/2020

Koloa Kai General Manager & Co-Founder Jed Stevens mentioned at LiveRez partner conference as an up-and-coming property manager with lots of great things on the horizon...

Koloa Kai earns Kauai's first accreditation for home watch with National Home Watch Association

Linked-In, by Jack Luber | 06/09/2020

Koloa Kai Vacation Rentals & Home Watch has earned accreditation with the National Home Watch Association - which is believed to be the first such accrediation to any company on Kauai.  Founder of NHWA, Jack Luber gives background on Koloa Kai and its principal members in a press release...