A Billionaire’s Land Purchases In Rural Hawaii Have Locals Worried

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The rolling hills of Waimea, HI, on January 30, 2024. The rural town is situated between Mauna Kea and the Kohala Mountains. Ronit Fahl/NPR

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Hawaii is no stranger to extravagant homes owned by the super-rich. But when a tech billionaire started buying up land in Waimea, a small, rural town on the Big Island, the community got curious – and worried.

Locals fear it will become even more difficult for Native Hawaiians to afford to live in Waimea and buy property. In Hawaii, the average home price is close

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