AS HOME PRICES SPIKE NATIONWIDE, MAUI FACES THE PEAK OF A SYSTEMIC HOUSING CRISIS. MANY BORN AND RAISED ON-ISLAND ARE LEAVING FOR MORE AFFORDABLE STATES AS AFFLUENT NEWCOMERS BUY PROPERTIES AT RECORD SPEED.
“I wouldn’t want anyone to be in our shoes,” Pua said of her family’s life on the Kanaha strip. “It’s not easy, especially during storms with the rain and wind and the dust. I went blind while living down here.”