Most Affordable Neighborhoods In Hawaii, Pt. 4: Kauai

Posted Jul 2, 2011 at 11:30am
Red-dirt Waimea Canyon with bright blue sky and white puffy clouds overhead.

The town of Waimea serves as the gateway to Waimea Canyon, the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." (Photo credit: Bret Robertson)

In my last three posts, I identified which neighborhoods had the cheapest rental housing on Oahu, the Big Island, and Maui & Molokai. Today’s post completes my series on the most affordable ZIP codes in Hawaii, with a focus on the island of Kauai.

Kaumakani (West Side of Kauai)

  • ZIP Code: 96747
  • 2-bedroom: $1207
  • 4- bedroom: $1649
  • Why it’s less expensive: Few amenities, mainly sugar plantations. Commute traffic to/from Lihue can be heavy.
  • Why you should still consider it: Cheapest place to live on Kauai. Quiet, peaceful. Easy driving distance to Waimea Canyon, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”

Hanapepe (West Side of Kauai)

  • ZIP Code: 96716
  • 2-bedroom: $1224
  • 4- bedroom: $1672
  • Why it’s less expensive: Commute traffic to/from Lihue can be heavy.
  • Why you should still consider it: Artist capital of Kauai, wtih an open-gallery night every Friday. Charming plantation-style buildings.

Eleele (West Side of Kauai)

  • ZIP Code: 96705
  • 2-bedroom: $1230
  • 4- bedroom: $1680
  • Why it’s less expensive: Commute traffic to/from Lihue can be heavy.
  • Why you should still consider it: Has its own small shopping center. Home to the largest coffee plantation in the U.S.

Waimea (West Side of Kauai)

  • ZIP Code: 96796
  • 2-bedroom: $1267
  • 4- bedroom: $1730
  • Why it’s less expensive: Commute traffic to/from Lihue can be heavy. Landscape is not as lush.
  • Why you should still consider it: Has two supermarkets, a variety of shops and businesses, and even some high-tech companies. Gateway to Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Park.

Kalaheo (West Side of Kauai)

  • ZIP Code: 96741
  • 2-bedroom: $1322
  • 4- bedroom: $1806
  • Why it’s less expensive: Commute traffic to/from Lihue can be heavy.
  • Why you should still consider it: Growing community with new housing subdivisions, a medical center, and a shopping plaza. Affordable local golf course.

Kapaa (East Side of Kauai)

  • ZIP Code: 96746
  • 2-bedroom: $1329
  • 4- bedroom: $1815
  • Why it’s less expensive: Local traffic can get heavy, especially during commute hours.
  • Why you should still consider it: Largest town on Kauai. Wide variety of shopping and dining options. Several beach parks nearby.

Lihue (Southeast Kauai)

  • ZIP Code: 96766
  • 2-bedroom: $1339
  • 4- bedroom: $1828
  • Why it’s less expensive: Local traffic can get heavy, especially during commute hours.
  • Why you should still consider it: Capital of Kauai. Home to several shopping centers, the island’s main airport, and a major ship harbor.

For more up-to-date, detailed info on moving to Hawaii, check out my e-book: Moving To Hawaii: A Step-By-Step Guide

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