There’s a really pretty, nice, well-kept house next to us here in Hawaii, that has always (for the few years we’ve lived here) had a single, military person renting it. They’ve never introduced themself, and we’ve never gotten to know anyone over there. You wouldn’t even know anyone lived there, it’s so quiet. I might see them get in or out of their car every once and while, or might not see them for weeks. It’s kind of been this empty house in a lot of ways.
All of a sudden, a few weeks ago, there was noise coming from the house - talking and laughter. I thought maybe whoever was living there was moving out because I saw moving equipment. But then it became apparent that someone was moving in. As I, (not creepily), saw them moving boxes and furniture, I noticed that for once, it was a family moving in. I saw kids running around and heard their laughter coming out of the open windows.
What really caught my attention was that it was a very friendly, local family. There are so many local families that are struggling to make it work and stay in Hawaii, that seeing them moving into this home really made me so happy for them. It’s no secret that it’s a constant struggle to pay for the high cost of living here in Hawaii. I believe it is a win for everyone when a local family can afford to stay in Hawaii.
When people come to visit Hawaii, one of the things they love most about the islands is the friendly people, the “Aloha Spirit”. They talk about the generosity of the local people who are here. Yes, Hawaii is beautiful, but it’s a beautiful place because the people who first came here took care of it and maintained its beauty and passed on a beautiful, rich culture that has intrigued the world.
People come here and they say they love Hawaii and part of loving Hawaii is loving the people who are from here. It is sad, and everyone should be sad about it, when people who are from Hawaii cannot stay here (for many reasons I won't get into now).
It’s a win for everyone when a local family can afford to stay in Hawaii. When they can afford to buy a house, or can afford rent - especially in a more affluent neighborhood.
Seeing this family move into this very lovely home (that maybe I secretly, small kine, wish could have been me) had me reflecting, and more than anything I was just happy for them, and happy for Hawaii that they are here because we all win.Let’s hear from you in the comments - Do you think the displacement of local families in Hawaii will result in a loss of the Hawaii we know and love?