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Old 08-26-2008, 10:44 AM
 
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Thinking about moving to the islands. Haven't decided which one yet though
not Oahu since I was there so much as a kid. Now I'm 55 years old and single and on disability (s.s.i.) due to a back problem. I'm putting in apps.
for HUD housing apartments. Any information would be appreciated. The
vog concerns me on the Big Island. I have applied for housing on Hawaii,
Kauai, Maui. Due to expenses I'll just come over with my suit case and not
ship my stuff over and redecorate from what I find on the islands. And
that is senior housing that I'm applying for since I'm disabled. Also I'll give up
my car days and use public trans. over there.
Like I said any information will be of great help.
Namaste.
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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If you don't have a car, Oahu is probably the best choice since they have a good bus system. Not having a car pretty much limits you to Oahu although I don't know if Maui & Kauai have any sort of good public transport systems. There is a very minimal bus system on Hawaii but it isn't really all that useful. It is also being funded by a grant which may run out in several years so it may not be there when the grant runs out. If you need extensive medical services or any sort of larger hospital, all of those are on Oahu, too.

Well, if you are only bringing a suitcase, consider also getting a round trip ticket with an open-ended return on it so if things don't work out for you there will be a "plan B" available. You can fill in the details of "plan B" to fit your specific situation.
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:48 PM
 
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I pretty much agree with hotzcatz. Maui has only one hospital if your disability necessitates any kind of regular care. It's in Wailuku and very accessible to Kahului, but not so much Kihei, Wailea, West Maui (including Lahaina), and/or North and East Maui. These areas are served by tiny walk-in type clinics for limited hours. Maui's public transportation is improving, but is limited.
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Old 08-27-2008, 09:14 AM
 
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Thank you. Your very helpful.
T.
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:59 PM
 
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I am thinking of moving to Maui Hawaii for at least a year if I am comfortable ith living there then I will stay but not before then. I have to feel the place out first and see. I am from the Island called Guam and it is also very expensive so it is smaller and not very much to do there. Is the senior living apratments any cheaper or not. Joe A.
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Old 06-28-2010, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Hawaii
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They just finished a lot of low income housing here on Kauai. I am not sure what kind it is. Many of the units are still empty. There is established disability/senior housing but it takes a long time to get into. Kauai is not particularly disability friendly. The sidewalks are old where are are sidewalks. We do have a bus limited system. If you are a senior citizen I think there are senior buses that pick people up. You could try calling the office of elderly affairs or the county and ask.



This is the office of elderly affairs.
www.kauai.gov
4444 Rice Street
Lihue, HI 96766-1340
(808) 241-4470
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Old 06-28-2010, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Hawaii
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Oh and yes most of the time Kauai is not affected by the VOG. Occasionally we get it. I figure if we get it here 200 miles away, on these bad days, it must be really bad on the Big Island.
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Old 06-28-2010, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Hawaii
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There is not near enough affordable housing on Kauai and people on Section 8 housing have a very difficult time renting. Hence the reason why 3 generations live in a single home to be able to afford it.
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:07 AM
 
Location: very new to Ossining NY
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Thinking about moving to the islands. Haven't decided which one yet though
not Oahu since I was there so much as a kid. Now I'm 55 years old and single and on disability (s.s.i.) due to a back problem. I'm putting in apps.
for HUD housing apartments. Any information would be appreciated. The
vog concerns me on the Big Island. I have applied for housing on Hawaii,
Kauai, Maui. Due to expenses I'll just come over with my suit case and not
ship my stuff over and redecorate from what I find on the islands. And
that is senior housing that I'm applying for since I'm disabled. Also I'll give up
my car days and use public trans. over there.
Like I said any information will be of great help.
Namaste.
Good luck with the housing, esp. if you want low income. I don't know the case on the outer islands, but Oahu has a waiting list several years long
- the last I heard, 7 years to get a Section 8 voucher, and the homeless situation is getting worse, but, again, that is my experience and from friends I know here on Oahu who work for Section 8 Housing, City & County. Some of the public housing, such as Palolo Valley on Oahu, is very nice and others, not so nice. I thought a person had to be at least 60 to get senior housing? I'm not very knowledgable about that.

Also, not only housing, but food is very expensive in the islands, since most is imported. Have you thought about that? I am also on a SS disability, and food is a constant worry every month, esp. good quality.

The islands are very beautiful, and the people are, too, but without family or very reliable friends here, it is a struggle. If you really want to come, immediately make friends with your neighbors, and if you are white (I'm white) or black, don't be sensitive about aloofness from locals, Pacific Islanders and Asians. I've always been friendly even when others seemed a little wary of me, and before I know it, they are upset if I don't call or come by. After making friends with one or two, I'm introduced to all the friends. Being a little naive can sometimes be an asset.
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Brookings
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I am newly disabled and looking for disabled housing on kauai. my husband and i need a clean safe place to live. quiet and reasonable.

I dont need any adjustments made to my living quarters . Senior housing is fine too. Tho we are in our late 40s. but i know some allow disabled in the senior housing units.

any information you could pass my way would be great Mahalo
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