There’s an increasing number of people native to Hawaii who can no longer afford to live there, nor do they have the means to leave. Those who can’t do either end up houseless. Eric Stinton reports on the current state of real estate on the islands: how they got there, proposed solutions, and what will happen if they don’t address the crisis now.

Native Hawaiians account for about 10 percent of the state’s total population but more than a third of the people without permanent housing. Now, roughly three times as many Hawaiians live outside their ancestral homeland than in it, a cruel legacy of colonialism.

Cheri Lucas Rowlands

Cheri has been an editor at Longreads since 2014. She's currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area.