Native Hawaiians flock to Las Vegas for affordable living

  • The Purdy family pose for a photo at home in Kapolei, Oahu, on Dec. 14, 2022. The family moved to Las Vegas in 2017 to escape Hawaii’s high cost of living and returned last year and share two bedrooms in a home they rent with extended family. Native Hawaiians, like the Purdys, who have been priced out of Hawaii are finding more affordable places to live in cities like Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

KAPOLEI, Oahu — Kona Purdy never wanted to live anywhere but Hawaii. As a Native Hawaiian, he wanted his children to grow up like he did: rooted in their culture, and nourished by the mountains and ocean.