Inaugural summit tackles housing

LIHUE — Over 140 community members from the private, nonprofit, and government sectors gathered at the county’s inaugural Housing Summit on Friday at the Kauai Veterans Center.

“Building partnerships among our community, government agencies, private stakeholders, and nonprofit organizations greatly benefits our local families here on Kauai struggling to make ends meet and gives them the resources necessary to find housing,” said Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami. “The Housing Summit Held on Friday offered valuable panel discussions and breakout sessions that will open doors for more affordable housing opportunities.”

State and county officials and nonprofit partners collaborated with the community on the county’s initiatives and tools used to develop affordable housing. They identified resources, partnerships, and solutions to further the development of affordable housing for local residents and natives alike.

Panel discussions with affordable housing experts yielded insight into how the County of Kauai can make adjustments to its development approach toward creating more units.

In particular, panelists provided comments and critiques about current affordable housing law, and why certain elements of the law like inclusionary zoning are actually preventing robust affordable housing creation.

For more information on the County of Kauai Housing Agency and further resources, please visit or call 241-4440.

To learn more about the Housing Agency Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Sec. 8) – a federal program that helps subsidize rent for low-income renters – please visit or call the number above.

  1. randy kansas February 27, 2019 7:27 am Reply

    one idea, is to let folks “increase the density” on their own lots….there are many large lots in town that could hold another home or living quarters;

    maybe limit it to family somehow or something in the zoning, to prevent wholesale investors from scooping them up, if you are worried about that aspect;

    its not rocket science and does not take a ballroom full of people to figure it out ! part of the problem, some of the same people barking for affordable housing are also thinking “not in my backyard”…they are conflicted in their thoughts and lives….

    its all about having a plot of land to build on and allowing “increased density” would be one idea that’s easy to implement (although this would add to the tax base, it of course also adds to the traffic and infrastructure needs for an inefficient government);

    old quote:
    Land is the basis of all wealth, the heritage of the wise, the thrifty and prudent. It’s the poor person’s joy and comfort, the rich person’s prize, the right hand of capital and the silent partner to thousands of successful people.

    hope this helps!


  2. dderek February 27, 2019 9:48 pm Reply


  3. Charlie Chimknee February 28, 2019 7:19 am Reply

    Aloha Kakou,

    Mayor Derek said while he was on County Council that it was time for 3 and 4 story homes. Apparently it is. It would allow multi generational families to stay on the same property.

    And it would provide inspiring views for many. The increased density would not increase the building footprint on the property. There would still be room for food gardens.

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