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HAWAII'S HOUSING  BOOM

To Our Readers
Frank Bridgewater

The talk of the town

It seems as if just about everyone is buying a home, or selling one, or thinking about buying or selling one. The repercussions have been enormous, creating economic and lifestyle changes throughout the islands.

Starting today, we, along with our partners at KITV4, begin a comprehensive report on Hawaii's housing market, looking at the good, the bad and, to some extent, the ugly.

We offer the numbers that tell the story, but also go deeper to put a face on them and explain how Hawaii's housing situation is affecting people in their daily lives.

Frank Bridgewater
Editor

Tell us your housing story

Tell us about your experiences -- good or bad -- with Hawaii's high-cost housing. The Star-Bulletin will print some of your stories Saturday. You can e-mail us your stories and comments to throughtheroof@starbulletin.com.

Hawaii's housing boom

The Star-Bulletin and KITV take an unprecedented look at Hawaii's high-priced housing market. Here's our lineup of stories for this eight-day special report.

Part 1 - Sunday:

ONE MARKET, MANY STORIES
Hawaii's skyrocketing housing market has left many winners and losers in its wake.

Part 2 - Monday:

THE VERY FIRST TIME
Venturing out into Hawaii's housing market can be daunting for the first-time buyer. But there's help available to seal the deal.

Part 3 - Tuesday:

COSTS OF SACRIFICES
Some homeowners are stretched to their financial limits to make their monthly payment.

Part 4 - Wednesday:

WE'RE IN THE MONEY
With prices at record highs, thousands of isle residents are cashing in on the booming housing market.

Part 5 - Thursday:

ENDANGERED LIFESTYLE
For the neighbor islands, the housing boom has meant some rural areas have become fair game for rich investors.

Part 6 - Friday:

NO PLACE TO CALL HOME
Renters are feeling the heat of the sizzling market as landlords jack up rents or put their properties on the market.

Part 7 - Saturday:

FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE
Readers share their experiences with Hawaii's high housing costs.

Part 8 - Sunday:

AN END IN SIGHT?
Has Hawaii's housing boom hit a plateau? What's next for isle real estate?




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art ... Paul Udell introduces you to people living the ride of a life-time: the Hawaii housing boom. For some, it's terrific; for others, terrible. From a young Makiki couple struggling to buy their first house, to an Aina Haina family sitting on a gold mine, there is not one person we did not admire or sympathize with, laugh with, shed a tear for, or were challenged or impressed by. We've all seen the numbers; we hope you take this opportunity to meet the people behind them.

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