The house on 1819 Houghtailing Street is a bit of a mystery.

City records say it's a two-family detached dwelling, but it really looks like a three-story apartment building.

City real property documents show it has a whopping 29-bedrooms and 17- bathrooms.

Neighbors wonder how the city approved the structure.

The Director of the Department of Planning and Permitting said if the project meets code, it can't reject the building permit.

The property does however an outstanding violation for turning two storage units into a bedroom.

A private construction crew was out laying asphalt in their driveway Friday morning while city crews were working on a berm to help with flooding.

Real Property records show Chinese owners that neighbors tell us are  construction contractors.

They are the same owners who are building what looks like a six-story home on Kalihi Street.

Neighbors said crews work on the home seven days a week, it has 20-bedrooms and 16-bathrooms.

While those are two of the more glaring examples, across town, longtime residents in East Honolulu are complaining to their councilman for help.

"We don't need 24-room houses in Hawaii Kai. We don't need them in Kaimuki," said Council member Trevor Ozawa.

Donna Shimabuku's family has lived in the Wilhelmina Rise area for 70 years.

She alarmed at rate of old homes being torn down by Chinese contractors.

"They don't care about the ambiance of the neighborhood and Kaimuki and so a lot of us are very upset. They build cheaper, they build fast they build large," said Shimabuku.

Neighbors have battled with the construction crews, and have even had to call the cops.

The home stretches the lot from end-to-end.

"His property goes from Koko Drive down to Ekaha.

“And it’s totally built out?” Island News asked.

“Yeah. It's been one big headache after another," said Shimabuku.

“It's glaring, and often times, the infrastructure is not adequate. It's impacting parking, traffic, in general with ingress and tensions are higher," said Ozawa.

The community doesn't want to lose the feel of Kaimuki and fears these large homes aren't just doubling, but quadrupling the density.

And many are questioning why owners are allowed to max out their lots.

"We are trying to find an organic way to address the needs of growth of Kaimuki, and trying to keep the charm and the feeling of our old neighborhood," said Kaimuki Board Chair Sharon Schneider.

Ozawa questions why the city allows the large structures when it just passed stricter laws to deal with storm drain runoff.

He fears the city is helping to create another enforcement nightmare.

"We need to look at whether we need to change these laws to reverse this trend," Ozawa said. 

DPP believes it is doing its best to enforce code. It is also looking to see of the laws need reworking.

The best recourse residents have is to file a complaint, if they believe their neighbors are violating zoning laws.