Cost of Living in Honolulu

Summary about cost of living in Honolulu, HI, United States:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 10.00-28.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 $ 55.00-120.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.00 $ 8.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $ 3.00-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 $ 7.00-9.00
Cappuccino (regular) 5.38 $ 4.00-9.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.31 $ 1.50-4.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.94 $ 1.00-3.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.55 $ 4.50-8.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.27 $ 2.80-6.99
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.65 $ 0.75-4.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.37 $ 2.70-6.99
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.84 $ 4.50-18.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.60 $ 2.00-9.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.05 $ 5.00-11.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.95 $ 1.50-4.00
Banana (1 lb) 1.50 $ 0.79-2.00
Oranges (1 lb) 2.57 $ 1.75-5.35
Tomato (1 lb) 2.88 $ 1.50-3.99
Potato (1 lb) 1.89 $ 0.79-3.00
Onion (1 lb) 2.52 $ 1.15-2.99
Lettuce (1 head) 3.18 $ 1.99-5.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.09 $ 0.75-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 10.00-22.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.57 $ 1.71-3.57
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.34 $ 1.38-4.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 10.00 $ 8.50-11.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.75 $ 2.50-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 70.00 $ 60.00-90.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.62 $ 3.50-5.80
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.60 $ 3.00-4.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 36.00 $ 30.00-48.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.52 $ 2.70-4.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 $ 23,000.00-29,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,707.27 $ 19,000.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 267.53 $ 166.35-500.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.29 $ 0.10-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 60.95 $ 49.99-90.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 48.69 $ 20.00-100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 13.60 $ 0.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14.00 $ 12.00-20.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,022.22 $ 750.00-1,800.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 22,142.86 $ 20,000.00-25,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 50.29 $ 30.00-65.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 35.38 $ 20.00-86.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 94.00 $ 50.00-135.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 103.53 $ 50.00-245.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,930.20 $ 1,600.00-2,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,601.28 $ 1,321.00-2,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,589.80 $ 2,950.00-5,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,163.27 $ 2,300.00-4,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 704.89 $ 600.00-999.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 508.41 $ 400.00-600.00
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,492.08 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.09 2.75-5.00

Prices in Honolulu, Hawaii

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Last update: November 2020
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11 Comments so far
Lady P on Dec 04, 2019:
Hello my husband will be stationed in 2 months in Honolulu Hawaii. I am coming from Georgia I have no children just a dog. If anyone can tell me about the military life on Schofield base Honolulu Hawaii I would really appreciate it thanks in advance
Steve Smith on Aug 23, 2019:
The ongoing trend for migration to Hawaii is living on the beach as permanent campers. No taxes and no rent. Parolees from the U.S. mainland receive a one way ticket to anywhere there choose and many choose Hawaii as the weather is great and virtually no cost or a very low cost of living as the ancient hawaiians once did. Many of the military stay on Hawaii beaches once discharged from active duty. you also have the locals that save a ton of money by living the outdoor paradise lifestyle of yore. The laws and police are very weak in Hawaii so the worst thing that happens is campers get asked to vacate every so often and they just move camp elsewhere. You must be an outdoorsy type for this alternative lifestyle however it has become a very popular trend on the islands with hundreds of new outdoor residents relocating to Hawaii every month. Many buy an older and cheap van to sleep in as overnight street parking is permitted in many areas in Hawaii. Permanent campers use the beach bath houses for showers, sinks and toilets. Churches provide meals.
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Kimo Sutton on Oct 16, 2018:
Aa expensive as San Francisco but more costs. Food higher by 66% or more. Milk for example is $6.33/gal. Rent high. Poor schools so private ones cost $29,000. Pay is much lower. No exports to speak of so shipping twice the cost. Farther out of city longer rush hour. Hard to save. Wages 35% lower as no industry. Tourism pays service jobs. Small business hell in regulation and taxes. Multi level sales tax called general excise tax charged on all transactions 4.7% if only sales tax 14% to get same money. High income taxes and rents. Unions have caused the workers to have two jobs to live. Twenty hours for part time jobs instead of 30 on continental US. Very liberal government as few GOP members elected or running. Major conflict and corruption in government is the result. Huge public city project for unneeded Rai costing 10 bill dollars for no change in traffic. Not ready for ten more years. Just visit or have rental property here.
A on Jan 25, 2018:
My husband and I currently live in Los Angeles. We have no kids and no family really. He has an offer of moving to Hawaii with a salary of 100-110k but we've been looking at the cost of living which is higher than Los Angeles from what I've looked. we pretty much just want some advice if we should do it or not. we want a change and we adapt to pretty much everything. we would like some opinions. thanks!
Anonymous on Jan 12, 2018:
Everybody thinks they'll just move to Oahu, nbd. But you are forgetting the cost of getting there AND the cost of getting out if you can't afford it. That is at least a ten thousand dollar ticket if you've only got a car and a small apartment's worth of stuff. Don't do it.
UncleSam on Jul 03, 2017:
If you want to live conformably in Hawaii you needs to be in the Military or be a civilian working for the Department of Defense. The main reason why we have high rents and low wages is because the State & Federal Government uses the Military Rent Plus program and part time hiring of military to keep rent high and wages low. This makes it next to impossible to live on a entry level wages. I've lived in Hawaii for more then 55 years and make $80,000 as a DoD mechanic and I consider my self middle class. I didn't recommend moving to Honolulu if you have kids and yours not in the Military. But you can find a lot lower rents if you take your time looking. Before you move here try to find a job that pay more then $15.00 a hour and housing close to your work. We have a lot of Homeless so you will need a trade or at a least a BA degree to live here.
Anonymous on Apr 26, 2017:
I dont know, I lived in Tokyo and Austin, TX. Both pretty expensive but seemed fine to me on 40k. I have a family (3 of us total). I am moving to Oahu and have a job lined up for 55k a year so I think we'll be fine.
Really?? on Apr 04, 2017:
What is with the people who already plan on moving there, asking about jobs? If you haven't found a job there yet, why would you move??? Try planning before you decide to become a homeless sleeping on the sidewalk in Waikiki.
Mike H on Mar 15, 2017:
I used to live there for 3 years (stationed). I will say, military/retired have it much easier. You can buy groceries on post at a significantly lower cost. Pump gas whenever near a base and save pergallon big time. I can honestly say, the only things I bought off post was surf gear, fast food at mom and pops, and the occasional night of partying. If you don't like the beach (a LOT) or don't like getting drunk it's probably no the paradise you dream of.

When I was there, many of my loacal friends struggled. Worked multiple jobs, still lived at home (with family) well into adulthood, or had several roommates. Unless you're rich, or have access to the bases, plan to spend 4K month minimum for "relative" comfort. If you have preconceived notion's of living the way you do on mainland, be prepared to give a lot of things up.

I may move back, but I understand fully what it takes to live there, and have a local support system (friends/family), but it isn't a move for the faint of heart. The beaches are beautiful if you're not living on them and starving.
Stephen M Williams on Jan 16, 2017:
For the fools who are thinking of moving to Oahu___DONT......You will only be sorry from the time you rent a 1 bedroom apt for $1400/month plus electric. Car registration is twice of anywhere else, gas is always second highest in country. Food is outrageous at the grocery stores, so I use costco and sams club mainly. Jobs are a joke, ------ you have to be in a union to stand a chance and 2 weeks takehome pay is needed to pay the rent.I've been here since 1984, leaving twice before, because of lack of work here. Traffic--- it's worse than san diego, ...you can't go anywhere without getting stuck in gridlock. They want more tourists to pay ridiculous prices, and leave, appealing more to Japan and China than Americans, which just makes the overcrowding even worse. I'm leaving permenantly in a couple months, never to return!!! The air pollution is terrible from VOG and car exhaust leaving windows with a Black soot constantly. The rail job theyre building is a joke, saying it will relieve highway traffic....hahahahahaaa . It's already 1.2 billion overbudget and only 11 miles of 20 done, and theyve raised excise tax to pay it. That will be permanent soon. Union pay is comparable to Michigan scale, but Cost living is 3-4 times. Beaches are overcrowded, no parking when you want to go to town, and city planning is a joke. Always save enough to get out of here, because you'll need an escape plan when the big HAWAII fantasy, takes a reality check. The local element is also a problem, being quite prejudiced, and lowly educated. Lots of thieves, car breakins, and punk action.