Construction through the roof: Hawaii Island leading the state in new homes

Construction of a new building is seen on Alahou St. in Kailua-Kona. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

A new home is being built in Kailua View Estates. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

New building unit permits approved per year from 2016 to 2020. (West Hawaii Today analysis/U.S. Census data)

The Big Island is booming and home builders throughout the island are struggling to keep up with the demand.