Hawaii Food Bank
January 15 – 23, 2011
Aloha! Come visit the wonderful Hawaiian Island of Kauai and help provide affordable housing for a family in need. You will experience the beauty of the tropical land while meeting and working alongside some of the friendliest people you will ever know. Get your hands dirty with the local red dirt and relax at the end of the day in the crystal blue water. It is an experience like no other, and we cannot wait to share it with you!
Kauai is a rural tropical island, the northernmost of the Hawaiian Island chain. Its population is approximately 56,000. The island is small, at only 25 miles wide and 33 miles long. Kauai’s main economic industries are agriculture and tourism. Kauai is an ethnically diverse community with Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Caucasian, Samoan and Tahitian residents.
With the influx of affluent tourist and vacation homes and rentals, however, the cost of living and housing in Kauai has increased dramatically. There is a consistent shortage of housing for local residents and an even more dramatic shortage of affordable housing for low-income families. Most working-class families cannot afford to own their own homes.
The island also suffers a large homeless problem, with many families living on the beach, in their cars, in carports or with relatives. Working-class families also cannot find homes to rent, and purchasing a home is not possible.