Outlook for Kauai jobs grim - Hawaii Business

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Kauai's economy, which is less diversified and more dependent on tourism than Oahu's, will see its largest contraction in jobs since Hurricane Iniki wreaked havoc on the Garden Isle in 1992, First Hawaiian Bank economic adviser Leroy Laney said during an annual overview of the island's economy.
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kaimukirich

Honolulu, HI

#1 Aug 26, 2009
this is probably the long-term effects of the vocal minority who shut down the superferry from coming to the island. they probably scared away any future businesses that were considering making an investment on that island.

you reap what you sow...
local

Honolulu, HI

#2 Aug 26, 2009
This is what happens when you decided not to accept the superferry. The superferry was moving people between the islands. Not anymore. No mercy for Kauai. Maybe this will be a hard lesson to the people of Kauai, Don't rock the boat!
Gustavo

Maunaloa, HI

#3 Aug 26, 2009
Then why has the northshore of Kaua'i been packed with
tourists for the last six months? I don't get it...you can't
even find a parking place in the Princeville Shopping Center.
Gustavo
Gustavo

Maunaloa, HI

#4 Aug 26, 2009
Realtors and merchants say the influx of tourists to the northshore of
Kaua'i are the more affluent tourists from the westcoast who are not affected by the recession. They don't want to visit Mau'i because it is ruined. Kaua'i is almost the same size as O'ahu. O'ahu has 1,000,000 people and Kaua'i has 60,000 people.
Gustavo
Gustavo

Maunaloa, HI

#5 Aug 26, 2009
If you want fine dining, lots of places to eat, shopping malls and discos...
Kaua'i is not the place for you. And what happened to all the German
tourists on Kaua'i...all of a sudden five years ago or so...no more German
tourists.
Gustavo
KellyKat

Wahiawa, HI

#6 Aug 26, 2009
What we need is for construction to turn around. Tourism is a part of the story, employees a lot of folks but does not pay good wages. Construction pays high wages and supports 50% of households on Kauai. We need condo building in Nawiliwili that was stopped in Nov to start up again. That will turn our fate to a future.
Corporal Keoki

Honolulu, HI

#7 Aug 26, 2009
local wrote:
This is what happens when you decided not to accept the superferry. The superferry was moving people between the islands. Not anymore. No mercy for Kauai. Maybe this will be a hard lesson to the people of Kauai, Don't rock the boat!
didn't your island also hassel the HSF?
tourism not to good for you fellas either,eh?
Goofy Handyman

AOL

#8 Aug 26, 2009
If the people on Kauai want to keep electing anti-business politicians like Hooser and Yukimura then a lousy economy is the logical and predictable outcome. Yeah, it was so cute when you all went down to the harbor to stop the SuperFerry. What a bunch of heroic patriots and defenders of the aina you all were! I'm sure there are many fond memories of that glorious time to daydream about while standing in line for your food stamps and unemployment benefits.
oldfart

Honolulu, HI

#9 Aug 26, 2009
I thought they wanted to live off of the land and forage for food anyway. Time to learn how to survive in a subsistence and barter economy.
OH WELL

Honolulu, HI

#10 Aug 26, 2009
They had it coming when the transplants brainwashed those born, raised and who are still living there from letting the Superferry in!

Oh well Kauai .... blame yourself!!
Kaimukirich

Honolulu, HI

#11 Aug 26, 2009
^^^well, if the tourists don't come, you won't see a turnaround in construction. the only thing helping construction is government capital improvement projects. without the private sector to pickup the slack (i.e. Kukuiula), construction will remain flat, unfortunately.
Kaimukirich

Honolulu, HI

#12 Aug 26, 2009
sorry, my reply was to KellyKat.

Since: Feb 08

Kaneohe, Hawaii

#13 Aug 26, 2009
So Kauai's hope lies in government funded construction and the government's Pacific Missile Range Facility. Guess when you scare away private development (a.k.a. the Superferry) you become a ward of the state. Welcome to the world of poverty where you eat the crumbs from another's table. You asked for it, you got it Kauai. (Sad to say.)
Kuokoa

Waianae, HI

#14 Aug 26, 2009
Yup, no Hawaii Superferry, no other business is willing to take a chance on Kauai and get kicked out by the Democrats and the vocal lolo minority.
kauaiguy

Kapaa, HI

#15 Aug 26, 2009
All you Oahu residents still fuming over the Superferry... get over it. First of all, the Superferry left because they couldn't go to Maui, not Kauai. And it would probably be out of business by now anyway, had they been able to go to both Kauai and Maui. The economy sucks stupid!

Kauai will be fine. The population here, especially the locals and long-term haoles who get it, have been through tough times before -- see Iniki and Ewa, for example. We're a lot more resilient than than the rest of the state, that's for sure.

What Kauai needs is a more diversified economy, not based on tourism alone. It sure as hell doesn't need the Superferry.
stupid ferry

Honolulu, HI

#16 Aug 26, 2009
Don't be ridiculous: Superferry has nothing to do with the fact that Hawaii's economy has slowed nor with the fact that this is a result of slumping tourism. Consider where tourists come from, look at their economies, and it's clear why tourism is down. Consider Hawaii's, and as the article says even more so Kauai's, economy nearly solely relies on tourism and it is no wonder why Kauai's economy is way down. In fact, if the Superferry were still in Hawaii right now it would be affected by tourism as well and would likely be relying on government contracts to survive.
stupid ferry

Honolulu, HI

#17 Aug 26, 2009
Gustavo wrote:
If you want fine dining, lots of places to eat, shopping malls and discos...
Kaua'i is not the place for you. And what happened to all the German
tourists on Kaua'i...all of a sudden five years ago or so...no more German
tourists.
Gustavo
Speak for yourself. There are lots of great places to eat on Kauai - many I would consider much better than some of Oahu's selection. Kauai is for outdoor people; I will agree with you on that.
Does matter

Bonney Lake, WA

#18 Aug 26, 2009
Yes, Progress Does Matter.
Cannot survive on limited industries like Pineapple and only tourism.

In other words, Don't Put All Of Your Eggs In One Basket!
JoeLocal

Honolulu, HI

#19 Aug 26, 2009
kauaiguy wrote:
All you Oahu residents still fuming over the Superferry... get over it. First of all, the Superferry left because they couldn't go to Maui, not Kauai. And it would probably be out of business by now anyway, had they been able to go to both Kauai and Maui. The economy sucks stupid!
Kauai will be fine. The population here, especially the locals and long-term haoles who get it, have been through tough times before -- see Iniki and Ewa, for example. We're a lot more resilient than than the rest of the state, that's for sure.
What Kauai needs is a more diversified economy, not based on tourism alone. It sure as hell doesn't need the Superferry.
What business would take a chance on Kauai when the ECO TERRORIST can basically shut down a company and now be repremanded?

Kauai is resilient from natural disasters like hurricanes, but it doesn't stand a chance from imported problems like mainland haoles (you know the types).
JoeLocal

Honolulu, HI

#20 Aug 26, 2009
Kauakea wrote:
So Kauai's hope lies in government funded construction and the government's Pacific Missile Range Facility. Guess when you scare away private development (a.k.a. the Superferry) you become a ward of the state. Welcome to the world of poverty where you eat the crumbs from another's table. You asked for it, you got it Kauai.(Sad to say.)
Amen! Like Molokai, Kauai has no one to blame but themselves (or the vocal minority that wasn't properly taken care of).

No private developer is going to invest in your island. Your rich haole retirees are probably the ones that hold tea protest.

You made your bed, sleep in it.

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