Kauai’s identity: changing for the worse?

One of these days I will go to Kauai. I think I’ve written about these vacation rentals before and I know I’ve written about west Kauai.

However, this article talks about how Kauai is at a crossroads. Locals blocked the ferry Mancunian blogged about a while back because they were worried about increased traffic. The natives also have to deal with quickly rising real estate prices, and too much new construction.

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  1. I went there last year. It’s obvious that there is a lot of tension between the Vacation Rental owners and the Natives. Most of the people are very nice to tourists (in fact everyone we met), however in talking to some, they had a lot of good points. Most centered around no longer being able to afford to live on the island many generations of their families have lived.

  2. Mary says:

    I remember being in the Navy & stationed at Barber’s Point, Ohau. Lived at the Plantation out in Makaha. We only paid $300.00 a month. Went back to the area for the Navy Reserve in 1992 & the rent was $900.00 per month. And you had to be a local resident to own it. I worked with a lady & she & hubby & 2 kids had to live at one of the parents houses cause they could not afford a house of their own. How sad the price have gotten so out of range that the local’s could not live out on their own. Now it is hitting Kauai. How sad. We need the land to grow our food. We have to think of our children & our children’s children ETC. This is happening in the states. You do not need such of a big house. Everyone needs a garden.

  3. RJ says:

    Hawaii should take a cue from Great Britain where, in the Lake District for example, there are severe restrictions as to what can be built and how much can be built. I have been to Maui and Oahu and it would be a shame to despoil and change the natural character of islands like Kauai and Lanai(sp?).

  4. phil lesh says:

    Nobody should take a cue from great britain!! The worst history in world besides usa of course

  5. RJ says:

    In regard to most of their social policies, I agree with you,Phil, but they have succeeded in preserving the charm of their countryside.

  6. RJ says:

    In regard to most of their social policies, I agree with you,Phil, but they have succeeded in preserving the charm of their countryside. And speaking of policies, I’ve been “bounced” for making “too many comments.” Well, hush my mouth!

  7. James Trotta says:

    I don’t know what you have to do to get bounced around here…

  8. Bud says:

    Such is life. Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket have been increasingly unaffordable to the locals as well.

    Too bad. Smoking out the poor sometimes happens. Relocate them to the Midwest or something, sort of like we did to the Indians, the red ones that is.

  9. east incoast local says:

    Aw– Marthas Vineyard and NanF*cket are Full of Yuppie A*sholes who care Nothing about anything else except the next model mercedes they can get to drive to the job they hate and then go home to the wife they hate not before visiting the mistress , F*ck the east coat

  10. Tomas says:

    east incoast,

    Education and one’s ability to save relative to earnings will dictate your options to a large extent in this life.

    Appears your choices are quite narrow…and your probably not quite sure why. But heresay fuels your current train of thought on the matter.

  11. Kimkat says:

    As a resident of Kauai for the last ten years, I would say to those traveling here it ain’t what it used to be. Most people come here to “get away from it all”. Natural beauty, peace and quiet, laid back. One trip around the island in a rental vehicle will put that bit of history to rest. We have not expanded the infrastructure to match the pace of increased development and tourism, and the one road around the island is officially a nightmare. I had a friend from LA tell me the worst traffic jam he was ever in was on Kauai. Personally I plan to travel around the island only during non-peak hours….I would recommend that strategy to anyone who has the option. That being said, I still believe Kauai is the best island, magical, beautiful, warm, welcoming and fun.

  12. Makins says:

    With the majestic mountains of Kauai, and the beautiful seascapes all around, it is a shame that howlees and others are literally scooping up the land and developing it. The locals are not happy with the Japanese group that put in a new golf emporium. I can see why the Polynesian people are puting such high prices for their land. Like P.T. Barnum said”a fool and his money are soon parted”. If the land prices don’t kill you, the taxes will! And land owners don’t get a tax break. That Japanese group with the golf course? Their tax bill is usually 7 figures!!!

    Aloha and mahalo

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