Most Affordable Neighborhoods In Hawaii, Pt. 2: Big Island

Posted Jun 30, 2011 at 3:11pm
Vibrant aqua-blue ocean waves crash against a black, rugged shoreline.

Laupahoehoe, on the northeast side of the Big Island, has a rugged coastline that makes for a scenic drive south to nearby Hilo. (Photo credit: Benny Mazur)

Yesterday I wrote about which neighborhoods had the least expensive rental housing on the island of Oahu. Today, let’s take a look at the cheapest ZIP codes on the Big Island.

Pahoa (Puna District, on windward coast)

  • ZIP Code: 96778
  • 2-bedroom: $1020
  • 4- bedroom: $1576
  • Why it’s less expensive: Rainier, less sunny than leeward (Kona) coast. Lava flow hazard zone 2.
  • Why you should still consider it: Lush, tropical setting. Cheapest area to live in the entire state of Hawaii.

Kurtistown (Puna District, on windward coast)

  • ZIP Code: 96760
  • 2-bedroom: $1034
  • 4- bedroom: $1598
  • Why it’s less expensive: Rainier, less sunny than leeward (Kona) coast.
  • Why you should still consider it: Lush, tropical setting. Easy driving distance to big-city amenities in Hilo.

Pahala (Kau District, on south coast)

  • ZIP Code: 96777
  • 2-bedroom: $1035
  • 4- bedroom: $1600
  • Why it’s less expensive: Very rural, remote.
  • Why you should still consider it: Peaceful and quiet. Nestled between Kau Forest Reserve and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Volcano (Kau District, on south coast)

  • ZIP Code: 96785
  • 2-bedroom: $1049
  • 4- bedroom: $1621
  • Why it’s less expensive: Very rural, remote.
  • Why you should still consider it: Nearby natural wonders: Kilauea Volcano, Thurston Lava Tube, Olaa Forest Reserve.

Laupahoehoe (Hamakua Coast, on northeastern side of island)

  • ZIP Code: 96764
  • 2-bedroom: $1073
  • 4- bedroom: $1657
  • Why it’s less expensive: Rainier, less sunny than leeward (Kona) coast.
  • Why you should still consider it: Lush, tropical setting. Easy driving distance to big-city amenities in Hilo.

Coming up in my next post: The most affordable neighborhoods on Maui and Molokai.

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