I'm sure you heard the complaints, "The outsiders come in and takeaway our land, they take away our jobs, and they take away our homes. Pretty soon, they going take away my social security."
Yes, this is a very extreme way of saying that people are afraid of change. Maybe because people care so much about Kaua`i County and wants the best for everyone. They want to make sure that the decisions made are the best for Kaua`i County. I am here to share that change is NOT scary. In fact, change is the only thing that is constant and that you can trust will always happen.
Take a look at the table above. The table is the Annual Estimates of the Components of Population Change between July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015. In simple terms, the table shows you the change in population relative to Kaua`i and Niihau residents. See that the chart also gives you data on Vital Events (deaths and births) and Net Migration.
Then let us look at the pie charts below:
Sometimes charts can be confusing, so I thought about simplifying the information.
You ever hear that saying, "All the haoles are taking over our jobs, our houses, and making our lives harder. We are over crowded here."
That may be wrong, and let's walk through this thought:
1. Notice that the date extracted from the US Census showed in the table is between July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015 = 1 year's worth of data belonging only to the County of Kaua`i, CDP
2. Look at the birth rate versus the death rate, and what do you notice? Correct. 288 more births than deaths.
3. Look at the immigration data, what do you notice? Correct. 221 more immigrants from other countries than from other states.
4. Now look at the three graphs. Notice that in just ONE YEAR the birth rate outpaced the death rate. Also, notice that the birth rate also outpaced the immigration rate.
Bingo! Our problems stem from within our own community and does not belong outside of our very own community. We must start here, and we must move forward now.
The question we should be asking is, how do we serve our community to provide a safe environment for our Keiki and for our Kupunas? It starts with each one of us working together to make the small difference multiply into a BIG difference. The issue facing us today is how do we accommodate the internal growth of our community? Numbers show us that our biggest concern should be providing a safe and healthy future for our children's children, AND a safe environment for our retirees to spend their retirement in comfort and in honor.