The best way to find housing on the island is to check the newspaper, online listings, local publications, and ask everyone you know who lives here.
The newspaper is The Garden Island News – 808-245-3681
- Kapaa: Hoku Whole Foods
- Anahola: Post Office
- Princeville: Foodland
A Facebook group is set up for every class several months before the program begins in order to facilitate the process of finding housing and making the landing smoother.
While searching for housing, note that the following areas are all within a 40 minute drive from where classes are held (closest to furthest): Princeville, Hanalei, Kilauea, Moloa’a, Anahola, Kapa’a/Kapahi, Wailua.
Suggestions for short term stay till you find something more permanent:
All are in Kapaa (about 40 min. drive from class)
Camping: There are many wonderful beaches here. Camping is permitted on some of them. You’ll need to get a camp permit. There is a 60-day cumulative limit per year on camping and a max of 2 weeks at a time. During the 2 weeks you have to leave one night/week for maintenance. $3/night/person. Free for residents. Call 808-241-4463 for more info. The closest campground to us is Anini beach to the north, about 5 – 10 min away. Go to the Parks & Rec. website for more info and to download application for permits.
You could even ask people you meet and people in class if they know of anywhere you could pitch a tent. There are also some farms in the area that may have a work/trade position open for living on the farm (usually a camp site or very rustic accommodations) in exchange for some hours during the week, working on the farm. Most farms want at least 10 – 15 hrs /wk of work/trade.
***If none of the accommodations you find are appealing, you may want to consider doing a short term vacation type rental for a week or two, or camp out for a short time, and see what possibilities open up once you’re here. Usually there are several people in class who are looking for housing and are open to sharing spaces with other students. During the first days of class many of these options open up. The going rates for renting a room in a home with others, sharing facilities, etc., is between $500 & $1000 depending on the home, whether utilities are included, and whether you have your own kitchen and/or bathroom.
Keep in mind that Kauai is a very transient place. Rentals come and go all the time, so if you don’t find anything right away, something will most likely turn up soon.