Cost Of Living

Affordable Housing On Waianae Coast

The Waianae Coast on leeward Oahu has a bad reputation, and it isn’t entirely undeserved. Waianae High School has the highest student dropout rate in the state. Drive through certain neighborhoods and you’ll see unkempt properties, shuttered businesses, and a proliferation of convenience and…

How Much Of A Home Can You Afford To Rent In Hawaii?

If you’re planning a move to Hawaii, I recommend that you rent a home (rather than buy a home) for at least your first year in the islands. This will give you time to make sure you really want to stay put in that…

Grocery Prices In Hawaii

A common question I see posted on forum threads about moving to Hawaii is: “How much do groceries cost?” This question seems to spring from the common knowledge that Hawaii has higher grocery prices, because most goods are manufactured or grown outside of the…

Most Affordable Neighborhoods In Hawaii, Pt. 1: Oahu

Everyone knows that housing in Hawaii is expensive. In fact, when compared to other U.S. states, Hawaii’s average rent is the highest. But rents vary greatly throughout the state, depending on the island, city/town, and neighborhood. So which areas of Hawaii have the least…

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

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:…

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…

Most Affordable Neighborhoods In Hawaii, Pt. 4: Kauai

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….

Before You Move To Hawaii, Answer These Questions

If living in Hawaii is currently your dream rather than your reality, you’re certainly not alone. And if your dream is anything like mine was, it includes year-round sunshine, going to the beach after work, living in shorts and flip-flops, tropical flowers blooming everywhere,…

Which Hawaiian Island Should You Move To?

(Note: If this article looks familiar, it’s because it was originally published in my newsletter. I have since changed the format of my newsletter and have moved all articles previously published under the old format to my blog, where they can be more easily…

Choosing A Neighborhood In Hawaii

(Note: If this article looks familiar, it’s because it was originally published in my newsletter. I have since changed the format of my newsletter and have moved all articles previously published under the old format to my blog, where they can be more easily…

Senior Citizen Benefits & Programs In Hawaii

Hawaii is a good place to grow old: The weather is mild year-round, the air is clean, the beautiful natural surroundings encourage outdoor activities, the pace of life is less-hectic, and the influence of Hawaiian and Asian cultures has produced a special respect for…