5 Reasons Why Many People Don’t Live on the Big Island of Hawaii

Hawaii Land UseOne of the search terms someone used to find my blog today stated, “Why don’t many people live on the Big Island of Hawaii?”

I just have to throw a few in here, and if you have more  feel free to add to the list in the comments.

1. 70% of the Big Island is zoned agriculture-forever.

2. Out of the 70% of open farm/ranch land, 20% is covered in lava and national parks.

3. From what is left, a large percentage is taken by resorts/time shares and seasonally used condominiums and mansions.

4. Of the available homes that are left for us schmoes, they are increasingly getting more expensive and living on this island, you have the highest energy prices in the country.

5. It takes a certain person to live here..you either have been here for a long time and your family is here with you, or you left everything behind on the mainland and can fly back, have learned to use Skype effectively, or you stay for less than three years. Paradise has its price.

The good news for tourists is:

1. That there are no crazy freeways with thousands of people commuting to navigate

2. If you want to get away from the masses, well, you found a good place.

3. You want to eat fresh and local? Well, we have plenty of land growing it 365!

4. Looking for a five acre farm to realize your dream of growing coffee, cacao, mangos, avocados, papayas, lettuce, macadamias, and/or vanilla? I’ve got a real estate company for you!

5. With only 186,000 of us living on a piece of land the size of Connecticut, you can rest assured that while you are visiting our lovely island that you won’t find too many crowds at the beaches, movies, concerts, or hiking trails. I can guarantee it!

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3 Responses to 5 Reasons Why Many People Don’t Live on the Big Island of Hawaii

  1. farid rushdi December 24, 2015 at 4:58 am #

    Thanks so much for this post. From the first day I saw a map of Hawaii in school, I wondered why it was that no one lived on the big island.

    People ask me all the time why all of Idaho’s residents (my home state) live along a line near the Utah border that goes from Oregon to Wyoming. I know that 3/4 of the state is mountains, but someone 1,000 miles away doesn’t.

    Knowledge is cool. Thanks.

    • Julie Ziemelis December 24, 2015 at 11:27 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed it! People also think that we can just keep building homes…well, we don’t have reservoirs either, so our fresh water supply is limited. Keeps the Big Island country!

      • Tom Scott August 20, 2017 at 4:53 pm #


        You have the right idea. There are too many people on a planet dwelling from 2 billion people in 1950 to 8 billion today.

        Keep Hawaii big island sparsely populated and beautiful.

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