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.