The Hawaiian Islands are often called paradise. But living in the middle of the Pacific Ocean comes at a price.

Supermarket chain “Wholefoods” is known locally as “Whole Paycheck.” And with a cost of living 30% higher than places like New York, the island is jokingly called “the palmed prison” because some people simply can’t afford to leave.

To break this dependence, some residents are looking to aquaponics – a system that combines aquatic farming with hydroponics.

Al Jazeera English investigates ...

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