Most Affordable Neighborhoods In Hawaii, Pt. 3: Maui & Molokai

In my last two posts, I wrote about which neighborhoods on Oahu and the Big Island have the least expensive rental housing. Today, Maui County is the focus of my search for the areas with the lowest Fair Market Rents.

The towns listed below are on the islands of Maui and Molokai. Although the island of Lanai is also part of Maui County, it’s not included in the list because rental housing there isn’t among the cheapest in the county.


Maunaloa (West End of Molokai)

  • ZIP Code: 96770
  • 2-bedroom: $1478
  • 4- bedroom: $2118
  • Why it’s less expensive: Few amenities and job opportunities.
  • Why you should still consider it: Close to some of Hawaii’s largest and least visited white-sand beaches. Some unique shops and galleries in the village.

Kaunakakai (Central Molokai)

  • ZIP Code: 96748
  • 2-bedroom: $1502
  • 4- bedroom: $2152
  • Why it’s less expensive: Few amenities and job opportunities.
  • Why you should still consider it: Has a small business district, including legendary Kanemitsu’s Bakery.

Hoolehua (Northern Molokai)

  • ZIP Code: 96729
  • 2-bedroom: $1523
  • 4- bedroom: $2182
  • Why it’s less expensive: Few amenities and job opportunities.
  • Why you should still consider it: Close to Molokai Airport, convenient for commuting to neighbor islands.

Kualapuu (Northern Molokai)

  • ZIP Code: 96757
  • 2-bedroom: $1551
  • 4- bedroom: $2222
  • Why it’s less expensive: Few amenities and job opportunities.
  • Why you should still consider it: Home to a large coffee plantation, close to Kalaupapa National Historical Park.

Hana (East Maui)

  • ZIP Code: 96713
  • 2-bedroom: $1582
  • 4- bedroom: $2267
  • Why it’s less expensive: Isolated — famous/infamous 52-mile “Road To Hana” can take 2-4 hours to drive. Rainier and less sunny than leeward side of Maui.
  • Why you should still consider it: Lush, tropical gardens. Red- and black-sand beaches. “Old Hawaii” small-town charm.

Wailuku (Central Maui)

  • ZIP Code: 96793
  • 2-bedroom: $1600
  • 4- bedroom: $2293
  • Why it’s less expensive: Has been overshadowed by commercial and residential development in nearby Kahului.
  • Why you should still consider it: Rich history and culture. New England and Art Deco architecture. Good walking town.

Haiku (North Maui)

  • ZIP Code: 96708
  • 2-bedroom: $1620
  • 4- bedroom: $2321
  • Why it’s less expensive: Rustic, unincorporated town.
  • Why you should still consider it: Close to Hookipa Beach, a premier windsurfing spot. Friendly inhabitants seeking a simpler way of life.

Coming up in my next post: The most affordable neighborhoods on Kauai.