Before you start looking for a home in Hawaii, it’s helpful to know which areas of the state you’re most interested in. Which islands have the right mix of natural beauty and modern amenities that you’re looking for? Which cities and towns offer the job, educational, or recreational opportunities you seek? And within those cities, which districts or neighborhoods embody the kind of lifestyle you want to have in Hawaii?

To learn more about the unique characteristics of each island and its different cities and neighborhoods, check out the websites listed below that profile different locales in Hawaii. They describe everything from real estate prices, historical roots, and microclimates to local amenities, commuting issues, and local schools. Hopefully after reading through some of these profiles, you’ll begin to home in on the location that’s the best fit for you and your family, and the best place to start your search for a home in Hawaii.


All Islands | Oahu | Honolulu | Big Island | Kauai | Maui | Molokai | Lanai

All Islands

Choose An Island

Overview Of The Hawaiian Islands — The Aloha State

Weather And Seasons In The Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Weather And Rainfall

Five Great Neighborhoods In Hawaii (Kailua, Oahu; Mililani, Oahu; Lahaina, Maui; Kapaa, Kauai; Hilo, Big Island)

Oahu

About Oahu

Oahu Regions

Oahu Cities And Towns

Overview Of Oahu — The Gathering Place

Neighborhoods On Oahu (some are cities, others are districts within Honolulu)

Oahu Neighborhoods (use the menu on the right to navigate through the different regions of the island)

Discover The Neighborhoods Of Oahu (not comprehensive, but it does profile 6 areas in quite a bit of detail)

Zone Map (this was published in 2005 so any stats are out-of-date, but the general descriptions still hold true)

Oahu’s Most Expensive & Most Affordable Neighborhoods

Oahu Luxury Neighborhoods (Kailua/Lanikai, North Shore, and seven Honolulu districts: Diamond Head, Hawaii Loa Ridge, Kahala, Kalanianaole Highway, Na Pali Haweo, Portlock, and Waialae Iki)

Top-Performing Oahu Neighborhoods of 2010

Neighborhood Profile — Makakilo (town on leeward [west] Oahu near Kapolei)

Resort Living In Ewa Beach

Wanted — Kailua

A Townie Goes To Kailua

Kailua — Dawn To Dusk

 

Honolulu

Overview Of Honolulu

So You Want To Live In … Honolulu (this was published in 2008 so the stats are out-of-date, but it’s still a good overview)

Liliha Moments (older neighborhood northwest of downtown)

The Aloha Tower, The Harbor, And City Living On Oahu

Waikiki Bound

Insider’s Guide To Waikiki

Neighborhood Profile — Manoa (older neighborhood northeast of Waikiki)

Waialae On the Rise (the “Main Street” of the older Kaimuki District)

Kahala Is Classic (upscale district in east Honolulu)

Living The Waialae Iki Life On Oahu, Hawaii (upscale community in east Honolulu)

My Hawaii Neighborhood — Aina Haina (east Honolulu)

Hawaii Kai Real Estate — Life Sparkles On The Marina (large planned community in east Honolulu)

The Venice Of Oahu — Hawaii Kai Offers Homes On The Marina

Big Island

About Hawaii’s Big Island

Hawaii’s Big Island Regions

Big Island Cities And Villages

Rainfall And The Different Climates On The Big Island

A World Of Climate Zones On The Big Island

Lava Zones On The Big Island

Vog On The Big Island

Farm Property On The Big Island — Better Than Fame Or Fortune

Things I Love About The Big Island’s Kamuela (Waimea) (upcountry in North Kohala region)

Things I Love About Waikoloa Village (in the Kohala Coast region)

New Saddle Road Gives Waikii Ranch The Best Location On The Big Island (central Hawaii)

Pahoa, Big Island — A Dynamic East Side Attraction (in the Puna region)

Hilo Living (windward [east] coast of Hawaii)

Kauai

About Kauai

Kauai Regions & Neighborhoods

Kauai Cities And Towns

Kauai Regions (scroll down to “Kauai Regions” subheading, then click names of each region)

Kauai’s Kilauea Town Is a Flourishing Residential Community (north shore)

North Shore of Kauai: Great Neighborhoods of Kilauea

The Beauty Of Hanalei On Kauai’s North Shore

Maui

About Maui

Maui Regions

Maui Cities And Towns

Maui Overview (In the menu on the left side of the screen, hover over “Maui Information,” then select “Maui Overview” from the pop-up menu. Click “Island Info” and then “Maui Communities” to read profiles on Central, East, South, West, and Upcountry Maui and the towns within each region.)

Maui Neighborhoods (scroll down to read the neighborhood descriptions)

Maui Real Estate Areas (scroll down to “Maui Real Estate Areas” subheading, then click names of each region for more detailed info)

The Coconut Chronicles (each issue spotlights a different community)

Maui Communities (use the menu on the right to navigate through the different communities)

Ten Reasons Why Maui Is Priceless

Life At Five Corners On The North Shore Of Maui (town of Haiku)

Molokai

About Molokai

Molokai Regions

Molokai Cities And Villages

Maui County Overview (click “Island Info” and then “Maui Communities” and then “Molokai” to read a profile on the island and its different settlements)

VisitMolokai.com

Lanai

About Lanai

Lanai Regions

Lanai Cities And Villages

Maui County Overview (click “Island Info” and then “Maui Communities” and then “Lanai” to read a profile on the island and a list of its schools, churches, parks, beaches, and restaurants)