Community Indicators


CoverPageThrough the exploration of and reporting on approximately 50 indicators that matter most to Kauai, KPAA and its project partners identify, measure, track and report on indicators that explore the quality of life on the Garden Isle, the strength of Kauai’s economy, and the health of its environment.  Indicators provide important snapshots reflecting how the community is progressing in a variety of dimensions. The first bi-annual report was issued in June 2007; the second edition was released in July 2009; the third edition was released in August 2011; and the fourth edition was released in January 2014.

The purpose of the indicators project is to:

  • Track areas important to the community, drawing on the values and vision in the Kauai General Plan 2000, to determine Kauai’s trends.
  • Provide tracked information and trends to government, businesses and nonprofit organizations to assist in planning, policy-setting, and budget decisions.
  • Identify and promote opportunities for action that will move Kauai toward the vision and directions the community has established.

Indicators provide a snapshot of how a community is doing. For Kauai, seven areas were selected: 1) economic and business climate; 2) public education; 3) neighborhood and community well-being; 4) civic engagement; 5) natural environment; 6) land use and rural character; and 7) cultures and arts.

Download Measuring What Matters for Kauai – Community Indicators Report 2012 (PDF file size is 3.6MB). Or, read the Executive Summary.