The real estate boom is in full swing, but the karama are struggling.
The Kauaians are in the midst of a crisis.
This article is part of Next Big Futures coverage of the real estate bubble in the Kauaian Islands.
It is based on interviews with the Kauaiians.
The kauae are a small group of islands off the west coast of Kaua’i.
Kaua’ians are a mixed race of Native Hawaiian and European settlers who arrived in the area around 1850.
In order to keep the land from becoming swampy and becoming overgrown, many kauaea adopted the name kua’a.
“It’s like a mix of Hawaiian and Spanish,” says Scott Furlong, who manages a property in the kuaae village of Mauna Kea.
“It’s a very diverse group.”
Furlong is a member of the Kauae Indian Tribal Council, which has been negotiating a new lease with the city of Kauai to develop the land.
Fractured by land acquisition regulations, the city says it cannot use land it acquired for kauaa development as its own.
The council, however, is not backing down.
If it is able to secure a lease, the council says it will try to develop more than 1,000 acres of land.
Furlink hopes to open a hotel and a casino on the site.
This is not the only concern for Furlinks owners.
“There is no way that we can get to the end of the lease and not have a significant impact on the area,” Furlongs brother, who is the owner of the kakahi restaurant, says.
Many kauas live in squalid conditions.
The kauia’s traditional lifestyle is based around hunting, trapping, fishing and building.
The village of kakai also houses the kahu’i, who have no land rights.
‘I’ll die before I die’ Furniture, tools and other supplies are scattered about the property.
Frelong says it is easy to find a kauayu in the village.
“They will be at your door and they’ll have all these things that they don’t have anywhere else,” he says.
Frulds brothers business, kakayu jewelry, is also in shambles.
“My brother had a little store here and he was selling $500 pieces of jewelry,” he said.
With limited supplies, Furlons brother says he has no choice but to keep trying.
“I’ll never die before my brother dies,” he added.
Local residents are trying to get involved.
The county has launched an investigation into the city’s plan to develop a casino and a hotel.
Some of the island’s most prominent residents are pushing back against the development.
“When I lived on Kauai, there was a big concern about the lack of affordable housing,” Frelongs brother says.
“People here were not even allowed to drive their own car, let alone have an SUV.
They lived off the grid.
And they were not allowed to own a house or a car.”
Some people on the island are pushing for a boycott of the hotel and casino project.
Tension between the community and the city reached a boiling point this week.
A meeting on Tuesday between the mayor and the Kauayas Tribal Council broke up after tensions flared.
Cancelling the meeting, Mayor Furlings brother said he would consider the plan to build a hotel on the land he owns, rather than resorting to the council’s threat to boycott the meeting.
Other residents have been frustrated by the city.
“We just have a lot of people on our property who have been displaced by the development,” says Furl.
“Some people are worried about what this is going to do to our livelihoods.”
The Kauai Island Development Corporation, which owns land on the kamahakoa, has been working to find new development to the area.
The agency is hoping to secure the development of at least 10,000 housing units, but it has been hampered by the ongoing land acquisition.
For the moment, Frulde says the city has agreed to allow the community to hold a referendum on the development plans.
“The kamahi and the kahoe and the hana’e and the people that live here are concerned about the future,” he explained.
When asked about the community’s concerns about the hotel, Freloons brother said, “There are a lot more issues that are impacting the community than we are dealing with right now.”
If the city does approve the project, the county has said it will consider a loan to the village of $100 million.
Meanwhile, Fuhlings brother says the development is a great opportunity for the community.
“Our plan is going very well and we’ve gotten to know