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Old 06-21-2012, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Lawai
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I am considering moving from Oahu to Kauai. I'd like to be within easy commuting distance from PMRF. I've been to Kauai only once, and I will probably fly over next week to take another look around.

I've heard that there are rough areas in Hanapepe. I have an aversion to living in a place where I am not comfortable walking down my own street. For what it's worth, I'm in Kaneohe, and I like this place.

Are there areas in/around Kekaha, Waimea, Hanapepe, Makaweli that I should stay away from, given the above aversion? If so, where? I am thinking of rent in the ~$2,000 range for a 2BD.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:27 PM
 
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The west side is Kaua'i's paniolo country. More ranching, more agriculture, more trucks (if that's possible), a few more bored kids, a bit of a "redneck" vibe on some roads up the valleys (all 2 of them). But nothing like the reputation Waianae has (whether it's deserved or not), and nothing I would call rough. Rough is when I looked at the Oahu craigslist postings from that other thread, and almost every listing below a certain price mentions "gated," "secure," etc. Like 99.9% of Kaua'i, I would walk on any public road, day or night, around there if I had the need or desire--and I'm just a white mainland transplant who doesn't know anybody out there. And all of those towns (Kekaha, Waimea, Hanapepe, 'Ele'ele) have regular middle-to-working class neighborhoods where you could probably find a rental.

There is still some plantation-like housing in between Hanapepe and Waimea where they're rather private and I wouldn't go, but that's more because I would want to respect the residents' privacy and not impose with my curiosity.

I think your biggest concerns are the weather and the chemicals. It is hot and dry out there in the summer, I imagine a lot of people need to run the A/C. As for the chemicals, a lot of the ag land is farmed by the GMO seed companies, which means they're spraying roundup and who knows what else all the time. Some residents have filed suits due to their health issues. Waimea is the worst in this respect, Hanapepe and 'Ele'ele the best. There used to be cane burning as well, but they're harvesting the last crop this year and shutting down the last mill on Kaua'i.
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Old 06-27-2012, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Lawai
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The west side is Kaua'i's paniolo country. More ranching, more agriculture, more trucks (if that's possible), a few more bored kids, a bit of a "redneck" vibe on some roads up the valleys (all 2 of them). But nothing like the reputation Waianae has (whether it's deserved or not), and nothing I would call rough. Rough is when I looked at the Oahu craigslist postings from that other thread, and almost every listing below a certain price mentions "gated," "secure," etc. Like 99.9% of Kaua'i, I would walk on any public road, day or night, around there if I had the need or desire--and I'm just a white mainland transplant who doesn't know anybody out there. And all of those towns (Kekaha, Waimea, Hanapepe, 'Ele'ele) have regular middle-to-working class neighborhoods where you could probably find a rental.

There is still some plantation-like housing in between Hanapepe and Waimea where they're rather private and I wouldn't go, but that's more because I would want to respect the residents' privacy and not impose with my curiosity.

I think your biggest concerns are the weather and the chemicals. It is hot and dry out there in the summer, I imagine a lot of people need to run the A/C. As for the chemicals, a lot of the ag land is farmed by the GMO seed companies, which means they're spraying roundup and who knows what else all the time. Some residents have filed suits due to their health issues. Waimea is the worst in this respect, Hanapepe and 'Ele'ele the best. There used to be cane burning as well, but they're harvesting the last crop this year and shutting down the last mill on Kaua'i.
Great response - thanks. I'm vacillating, because I'm not so sure I would like the remoteness of the west side. I'll figure it out shortly . . .
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