Cost of living in Hawaii, Before You Decide


Cost of living in Hawaii hotelThere’s doubt that Hawaii is a lavish island and hence staying here is very expensive. Hawaii is divided into several cities, and Honolulu, being the capital, is the richest and the costliest amongst Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Niihau and other cities. Hawaii is known as the 4th most costly state in the US.

Cost of Properties and Rents

Buying homes in Hawaii can be too costly. Rates of homes in Hawaii compared to other US states has been depicted in the following chart

Cost of living in Hawaii homes

Among homes in Hawaii, Honolulu is the most expensive followed by Oahu and Maui. An average home anywhere in Hawaii will cost you no less than at least $800,000.

Even rents for homes in Hawaii are not cheaper. An average home rent may cost you around $1500 to $2000 a month. Staying in hotels can also be too costly. A normal 3 to 4 star hotel will charge you $40 to $47 a day.

Cost of living in Hawaii rent 1Cost of Utilities and food.

The water at homes usually is free of cost whereas the average electricity price in Hawaii is 30 to 35 cents per kilowatt depending upon the area and usage.

Talking about telephone and internet facility in Hawaii – A high speed internet facility with telephone will cost you $50 to $74 per month. Even with this high price, you may sometimes experience network disturbances.

Grocery items are no less reasonable. People here often prefer to grow their own vegetables and dairy items to sustain living within reasonable limits. A gallon of milk, some eggs, little meat and a loaf of bread will cost you around $50.

If you plan to eat in restaurants, then, Hawaiian foods are most expensive at Ala Maona and Waikiki. There is custom here to follow up with 15 – 20 % tip over the restaurant bill, which will add on to your expenses. A cheeseburger, small fries and coke may charge you $5 whereas a dinner buffet in an average restaurant may cost you around $35 to $45.

Cost of Schooling in Hawaii

One, who lives in Hawaii, slowly learns to manage his budget and pocket. Sometimes you may need to compromise quality for the price. Some of the best schools in Hawaii may cost you $12,000 to $15,000 per annum. Normal private and home tuitions will cost you around $3,000 to $3400 per annum.

Cost of Transportation in Hawaii

Hawaii has well-developed bus, metro, rails, roads and water transport systems. The bus fare is quite nominal and charges $2.50 at the maximum. Passes can also be purchased – monthly pass can cost you $60 whereas annual pass will cost you $660 in which you can travel innumerable times in a day at any place in Hawaii. A booked bus trip to different islands may cost you around $30 to $50.

Hawaii also has an inter-island ferry system and may cost you $30 each way depending upon the distance. Car may be a better option when travelling long distances.

Hawaii Islands night lyfeCost of nightlife, pubs, bars and discotheques

Needless to mention, but Hawaii and especially cities like Honolulu and Oahu is enriched with a rich nightlife. Waikiki beach is the heartthrob of the island and the most expensive one. Cost at Waikiki beach per chair is $20 just for one hour. Entry into a nightclub will cost you around $ 7 to $10 and if you take beer and other alcohols it will cost you according to the intake.


Hawaii is one of the costliest places in the world. You need to earn a big amount if you aim to settle here permanently. On the other hand, job opportunities are very poor, so you have to take prior measures  before becoming a permanent resident of take in consideration the cost of living in Hawaii.

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