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What you can do to Help with Affordable Housing on Kauaʻi

Our Island Home is experiencing a “Gradual Tragedy” !

Unfortunately, it’s not very noticeable.  Unless you look for it.   It has been called “Gentrification”Our Island people are literally being over-run by those who want to move here from everywhere in the world.  We understand why – – and we don’t judge them for it . . . but, in simple terms, our local people just cannot compete with them financially, to insure that they have a place to own or rent !   Many of our very close-knit families are being torn apart because people cannot find any housing and many people whose families have been here for generations are being forced to move off Island, against their will.   


We must radically change the paradigm – now – and figure out how to provide TRULY affordable housing !  


  1. If you have rental property . . . lower your rent if you have local tenants.  We know.  It’s expensive.  And hard to be a landlord.  But try to imagine what it’s like for local tenants – many of whom are being forced to leave the Island.  And you can take advantage of the property tax discounts for long-term rentals.  (Check County Guidelines)
  2. Buy property or a home.  There are soooo many advantages to it – above all, not being at the whim of a landlord. If you think you can’t afford it, ask us about it.  We can’t pull a rabbit out of a hat    but we’re committed to being your local source for home-buyer information, financial and mortgage resources.
  3. If you have property or moneydevelop, convert or buy property now and do your best to provide affordable housing for people who have spent their life here.  Contact us and we will offer suggestions of how to save money on construction.  
  4. If you want to sell property – do your best to help local people – if they wanna buy it.   
  5. Call your County Council Members and tell them how you feel.  Contact List Below
  6. Call your State Representatives and tell them how you feel.  Contact List Below
  7. Bring this up in conversation with everyone !    This is an Island !   If you know any very wealthy people who might be willing to help the Island . . . put them in touch with us.  They can even make money if they want.
  8. Check out our suggestions below (researched and compiled by 10 local people) and visit our Kauai Affordable Housing blog  often for vital information, to take part in the community conversation and for ideas for “Truly” Affordable Housing in HawaiiFeel free to use any points from this information to bolster your efforts to communicate with others or in your conversations or Emails.
  9. Build a rewarding career in Real Estate, helping your friends and families own, or rent property.  It may not be as glamorous or as lucrative as Luxury Real Estate sales but you can be proud to represent Buyers and Sellers in your community who don't always get the attention and patience they deserve !  We especially encourage anyone who has strong relations in any of their own ethnic communities to step forward and build a career helping the people of your Island.  Call Jim Edmonds, Principal Broker, to talk story about a rewarding career.   (808) 443-8868
  10. If you are a Real Estate Agent now . . . start focusing on helping the local people.  You will feel great about what you are doing for your community.  Or . . . just come join the fun and dedication at Emerald Isle Properties.

Join the Conversation and/or support the work . . . 


Contact Taylor Kaluahine Reid, RS – - (808) 634-7250 to talk about what you can do to help with the Affordable Housing situation or how we might be able to help you find a home – even if you think you can’t afford it.

We may be the only Real Estate Brokerage in the World that has chosen to focus on helping to solve this nearly impossible problem – but we are driven by the need !

GENTRIFICATION:  We call it the “Gradual Tragedy” !   Scholars define this shift of more affluent visitors in our neighborhoods as “Amenity Migration” ~ People (who often own multiple homes across the globe) seeking part-time or permanent residence in areas where they can gain on-going access to higher quality natural and/or cultural resources . . . 

  • Effects:  unanticipated, growth-related stress on the capacity of local social and health delivery systems, environmental and cultural resources and residential house supply.
  • In Hawai’i the specific accommodation needs and purchasing power of “Affluent Amenity Migrants” creates housing prices and accommodation costs that override normal market conditions. This stifles the ability of the local people to become homeowners – or even to find anywhere to live. 
  • The implications of this pattern can seriously threaten the normal vibrancy, local history and ‘sense of place’ of formerly close-knit resort communities – especially in the resort areas. 
  • Example:  Hanalei town – Formerly close-knit and sleepy little surf community --> tourist trap, only 15 years later ! 


County Council Members:

Mel Rapozo – Chairman - (808) 241-4095 -

Ross Kagawa - (808) 241-4094 -

Arthur Brun - (808) 241-4096 -

Mason K. Chock - (808) 241-4098 -

Arryl Kaneshiro - (808) 241-4093 -

Derek S.K. Kawakami - (808) 241-4097 -

JoAnn A. Yukimura - (808) 241-4092 -  

Legislators who represent Kaua’i:

Senator Ronald D. Kouchi  - President - (808)-586-6031 -

Representative Nadine K. Nakumura - (808)-586-8437 -

Representative Dee Morikawa - (808)-586-6280 -

Representative James Kunane Tokioka - (808)-586-6270 -



Affordable OUTLINEIt's almost impossible for a local person to buy a home on Kaua'i !

We plan to change that !   And THIS is where we're going to coordinate the effort !  Please return to this blog often - and also Email us your suggestions and connections who might be able to help get things moving.  With the help of many people, our wealthy neighbors and the County, we choose to make a difference !  

Our Mission Statement is: To coordinate and aid the efforts of the local people, participating non-profits, our wealthy “Neighbors”, and the County, State and Federal Governments – to reduce the impact on our people – of the difficulty of finding decent and affordable housing and the pressures and discomfort of income and opportunity inequality on our tiny Island home.

We are already working to help get local people into properties . . and – to be proactive - we also really want to move the bar on affordable housing !

We are approaching this on many fronts and will periodically update our efforts on this Blog.  

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