Cost of Living in Honolulu

Summary about cost of living in Honolulu:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 12.00-24.50
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 65.00 $ 50.00-90.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.50 $ 8.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.75 $ 4.00-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.00 $ 5.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 5.03 $ 4.00-6.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.14 $ 1.09-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.78 $ 1.00-3.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.32 $ 5.29-7.57
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.93 $ 3.00-6.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.08 $ 0.75-4.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.31 $ 3.00-6.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.20 $ 2.50-6.50
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.57 $ 2.99-7.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.08 $ 5.00-8.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.20 $ 1.50-3.00
Banana (1 lb) 1.37 $ 0.79-2.00
Oranges (1 lb) 2.35 $ 1.75-3.00
Tomato (1 lb) 2.39 $ 1.50-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.40 $ 0.79-2.69
Onion (1 lb) 1.73 $ 1.00-2.69
Lettuce (1 head) 2.40 $ 2.00-2.89
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.12 $ 1.75-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 11.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.60 $ 1.79-4.27
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.58 $ 1.38-5.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 10.00 $ 9.00-10.75
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.75 $ 2.50-2.75
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 70.00 $ 70.00-70.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.55 $ 3.00-3.85
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.30 $ 3.00-3.60
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 36.00 $ 30.00-45.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.54 $ 3.19-3.80
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 $ 23,000.00-28,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,929.58 $ 18,300.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 214.84 $ 120.00-400.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.10 $ 0.05-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 53.37 $ 39.95-75.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 47.79 $ 30.00-80.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.00 $ 0.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.50 $ 12.00-14.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,050.00 $ 750.00-1,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 17,583.33 $ 12,000.00-22,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 49.21 $ 30.00-65.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 36.29 $ 25.00-75.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 83.20 $ 60.00-125.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 99.53 $ 60.00-225.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,770.00 $ 1,200.00-2,300.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,481.35 $ 1,200.00-1,895.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,388.41 $ 2,500.00-4,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,773.89 $ 2,300.00-3,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 696.24 $ 600.00-799.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 473.46 $ 300.00-521.33
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,573.14 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.36 3.80-5.00

Prices in Honolulu, Hawaii

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Last update: August 2019
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23 Comments so far

#Caitlin on Aug 01, 2019 :
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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, 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.
#Frank Luke on Sep 09, 2016 :
Are figures presented for a family of 4 or what ??
#Micheler on Aug 23, 2016 :
#troy #Nick There is no way you will make $3000-$4000 or more per month in Hawaii unless 1) you know someone and have connections or 2) You are a doctor or 3) work 60- 80 hours per week or 4) you sell drugs, body, or both. Hawaii is not for those who want to make money and live lavish lives unless you are already rich. Each one of us struggle daily to pay the rent. Right now, I'm visiting the food banks because my income has not been enough. Over 2500 people come each week for food here. If you come here without a plan, friends, or family, you better have money for a plane ticket back home in case things don't turn out the way you anticipated.
#A on Aug 05, 2016 :
To those of you asking about jobs in Hawaii at $3,000 - $4,000 a month or more...don't even think about coming here. Hardly anyone makes that much except if your some kind of business owner or surgeon, etc. that's why almost everybody works two jobs and everyone in the household needs to work. being a housewife, etc. is just a fantasy here.
#jt on Jul 25, 2016 :
Average home cost here is now above 700k. Min utilities for a single family are sewer -90 per month base water another 90 - electric 170 min.
The only saving grace is low property taxes!
#delru on Jun 13, 2016 :
Brother and his wife retired and moved to the Big Island. Both were city workers with union benefits/pension and luckily have Kaiser medical insurance for life. They're not drinkers/clubbers, don't eat at fancy restaurants, have 2 vehicles paid for, and bought a modest 3 br 2 ba home on 1 acre for about $250,000. Catchment tank provides free water, most of the time. Electric is high, but they only have a bedroom window a/c for the hotter months. He fishes a lot which supplements their food bill. They just don't have a lot of 4 gallons of milk for kids, no school clothes, no daily commutes, etc. Families must have a tough time, but retirees - with excellent pension packages - can live quite comfortably. If your home is paid for and you can sell it to buy in Hawaii, and your recreational time is happily spent fishing, snorkeling, diving, going to farmer's markets, etc., you can live well.
#Alan on May 28, 2016 :
Kimo- Eliminating the Jones Act would make a very minimal impact on the average person and barely be felt. This state rakes in a ton of cash off tourism, but just like every other ripoff here, the money is directed into a very few pockets. Look at your local politicians, union bosses etc... .Classic examples, any union, like Hawaii Stevedores, a 6 figure job based purely on who one knows. These guys have the power to shut down all goods entering the state over bs. Want the real culprits of the high cost of living here, look no further than the old boy networks of nepotism and cronyism.
#CSanchez-Hunkin on May 10, 2016 :
I lived here all my life, born and raised in the same house. Whether your educated or not the cost of living is outrageous. 80% of Hawaii family's live pay check to pay check and all it takes is one emergency( dental, car repair etc..) to put a them out the door and on the street. Raising kids here is hard, most family's live multi-generational because housing is expensive. I will never be able to own a home here due to the cost of living and our income. I truly suggest that you do your homework before moving. Look at every avenue before you make a decision and maybe even vacation here to see what it may be like. Low Income Housing/Section 8 is a long list with people who have been waiting a long time. In my neighborhood rent is $1700 for a Studio to a 1b/1b with partial utilities.
#Anonymous on May 07, 2016 :
I lived in Hawaii when i was young. Still thinking of moving there. Cost of living seems ok to me. I use yo sit and watch the people. we will see. Aloha!
#Shane on Feb 13, 2016 :
Hi im moving from NM.. I need to know what im getting into.. I moving there in a month.. At the moment im homeless.. Im a motorcycle mechanic autobodytech.. well educated looking for a new star,, seeing the cost of living is kinda got my nerves rattled..
#Matt on Jan 08, 2016 :
It's pretty bad overall but you can manage to live here if you plan ahead. Check our Hawaii Living Guide:
#Anonymous on Jan 07, 2016 :
Advice: Don't move here. Its overcrowded and overpriced, and its getting worse every day. Too many people moving here and too many people here having too many kids.
#Joe finch on Oct 15, 2015 :
Me and my wife are very interested on moving to Hawaii. And looking for a nice place to raise our baby and would like for anyone to give any type of advice.
#tim on Oct 02, 2015 :
just paid 3.99 for basic egg mcmuffin. not a meal just a mcmuffin. then they add 4.5 percent tax on it in addition.
#Nick on Sep 20, 2015 :
Hello I am moving to oahu and am in need of a well paying job, probably like $3000-$4000 a month due to the high cost of living. Are there any companies open that pay that good or is that the normal for income on the island?