Living in Paradise

What are you able to build with your blocks? Castles and palaces, temples and docks. Rain may keep raining, and others go roam, But I can be happy and building at home.

Excerpt from Block City, a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson

The cliché of paradise in Hawaii is often intertwined with hula dancers, resorts situated on sandy beaches and umbrella adorned cocktails. For the nearly 1.5 million residents of the Aloha state paradise is a bit more complex. Real estate prices and the cost of living are some of the highest in the country and the infrastructure is crumbling under a multitude of massive new condominium developments that are financially out of reach for many.

In fact, living in this paradise might simply mean having a roof overhead. This series of images explores the homes and vistas of local residents, many who often repeat the refrain “Lucky We Live Hawaii” despite the many challenges of living in paradise.