LIHU`E, KAUA`I (Ben Caxton) — Homelessness is down across the state, with the exception of here on Kaua`i. Across all islands a January census found 1995 homeless, a drop of 2 percent from 2018, continuing a three-year trend. In Kaua`i however, the numbers tell a different tale. The count locally showed 443 people living on the island without a permanent residence, up from 293 the year before. Officials say though that’s not from homeless on other islands find the color of the ocean more appealing here and moving to Kaua`i from Maui or the Big Island. They blame a more accurate census count in the last survey. The county told the Graden Island newspaper in a statement that this year’s program included an increased number of volunteers who assisted with the county, and improved partnership between the state, county making for a more accurate count.