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Natural Hazard Considerations for Purchasing Coastal Real Estate in Hawai‘i

Environmental responsibility along with the numerous benefits of owning coastal property comes a responsibility to take care of the natural environment – a custom known in Hawaiian as mälama ‘äina.


Before buying coastal property, it is important to have an understanding of the potential risks and consequences of living on the ocean’s edge. Hawai'i is reknown for its pleasant tropical climate; however the weather and ocean conditions are subject to dramatic changes that can pose various threats to coastal property. 

This guide focuses on basic questions to consider as an investor in coastal real estate. Whether you are looking to buy a developed or an undeveloped lot, there are critical issues that should be examined and assessed before committing to a purchase. For additional sources of information, refer to the list at the end of this guide.

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