Kauai's sluggish building industry sees a glimmer of hope as private and public construction projects begin taking shape across the island.
Far from robust, Kauai's building
industry is slowly gaining
strength. Hoping for a healthy
comeback, the island is cautiously
optimistic as construction professionals
face challenges that include
maintaining a skilled workforce.
Industry economists report that
Kauai construction tanked more than
on other islands during the 2008-2009
recession, began to turn the corner in
2013 after four years of job losses and
today remains comparatively depressed
with permitting for new construction
at an exceptionally low level. Still,
construction on Hawaii's oldest island
is not completely idle.