What some senators call a victory, unionized hotel workers like Joli Tokusato call the passing of  senate bill 1292 a major setback.

"We're so disappointed in the senators. We felt like, you know what, if you need money it's ok to put money over people," Tokusato said.

Tokusato said she and her team, represented by UNITE HERE Local 5  have been battling the bill for years and even felt they were on a brink of a breakthrough. 

"We're just at the edge of taking control of the illegal activity and now the Senate does this," Tokusato said.

Tokusato believes the bill will have far reaching affects for the worse, taking away homes.

"Now that these people are gonna be shielded with their illegal activity, we're gonna have less homes available to rent to us as workers," Tokusato said. 

And with more homes renting to visitors, they say that will mean less benefits.

"They're supposed to be staying in traditional hotels. Those hotels pay good money. They give us pensions and they give us health benefits," Tokusato said.

Even though some like the Hawaii Tourism Authority showed support for the bill, Tokusato said passing it into law will end up doing more harm than good.

"Like people who work in concierge to tell them 'Hey look be careful. If you don't know Sandy Beach don't go there. That's going to be bad for tourism overall," Tokusato said. 

Meanwhile, Honolulu Council member Ron Menor criticized the senates' action releasing this statement saying:

"If enacted into law, the measure could preempt the ability of the Counties to implement and enforce strong regulations to address the proliferation of illegal vacation rentals."  

Tokusato agreed.

"They failed us. Now we're gonna have to depend on the governor to do the right thing," Tokusato said.