The entire island's power is run off of gigantic generators and some solar power. Kauai has the highest electricity rates out of anywhere in the entire country! I think this might be a factor as to why very few people have air-conditioning, dishwashers, or dryers (there seems to be a lot of clotheslines). It also gets very very dark here at night because no one leaves porch lights on... But you can see the stars so clearly! Luckily, our new place in Kalaheo includes electricity in the price of rent so we are getting an awesome deal.