Cost of Living in Honolulu

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

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 $ 15.00-40.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 $ 50.00-150.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 13.00 $ 12.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 $ 5.00-10.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 12.00 $ 8.00-14.00
Cappuccino (regular) 6.12 $ 4.00-8.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.96 $ 2.50-4.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.50 $ 2.00-3.50
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 7.65 $ 5.79-12.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 5.87 $ 4.00-8.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.70 $ 1.28-6.99
Eggs (regular) (12) 6.29 $ 3.79-9.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 8.92 $ 5.00-25.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6.08 $ 2.50-12.99
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.60 $ 5.50-13.99
Apples (1 lb) 2.69 $ 1.60-3.50
Banana (1 lb) 1.77 $ 1.29-3.99
Oranges (1 lb) 2.81 $ 1.00-4.99
Tomato (1 lb) 3.41 $ 1.60-4.59
Potato (1 lb) 2.09 $ 0.50-6.89
Onion (1 lb) 2.09 $ 1.40-3.99
Lettuce (1 head) 3.98 $ 2.00-5.68
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.63 $ 1.50-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.50 $ 10.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.96 $ 1.73-4.27
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.55 $ 2.00-6.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 12.00 $ 10.00-14.99
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.00 $ 3.00-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.00 $ 80.00-80.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 $ 3.50-6.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.20 $ 4.20-5.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 44.80 $ 44.80-45.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.89 $ 4.61-5.50
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 35,265.95 $ 31,770.00-35,265.95
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,977.77 $ 24,193.71-26,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 297.40 $ 150.00-600.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 52.44 $ 43.00-100.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 69.12 $ 50.00-90.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 59.27 $ 25.00-150.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 28.00 $ 28.00-28.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 $ 15.00-18.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,375.00 $ 1,100.00-1,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 30,000.00 $
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 51.88 $ 30.00-85.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 53.33 $ 35.00-80.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 102.50 $ 65.00-150.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 111.67 $ 70.00-150.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,186.00 $ 1,800.00-2,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,706.67 $ 1,200.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,826.67 $ 3,300.00-4,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,333.33 $ 3,000.00-4,300.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 756.66 $ 689.99-769.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 753.99 $ 689.99-769.99
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,979.49 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.66 5.75-7.50

Prices in Honolulu, Hawaii

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Last update: May 2024
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7 Comments so far
Roger Rocco on Jan 18, 2024:
I lived on Oahu in 1973-74. The COL was just as outrageous then. My wife and I both had full time jobs but we lived in poverty because the wage scales are very low.
Paradise is not worth the price for the average person or family. I have wonderful memories but I’m glad that I left. We are retired now and are enjoying a standard of living that never would be possible in Hawaii. It’s mid January and the weather is miserable in Chicago but spring and summer are coming soon.
Anonymous on Dec 03, 2022:
Correction on previous post $400 to REGISTER a beat up 2009 car with 12000 miles and ready to die.
Gary on Dec 03, 2022:
I'm a single male living in a small 1 brm for 1110.00 a month incl prkng right next to an extremely loud freeway onramp - and it's a STEAL. Yet my monthly Social Security check is way too low to cover all my everyday needs. A beat up 2009 car will cost me nearly $400 bucks! I'm a month behind on rent and I go to a local foodbank because the cost of groceries is ridiculously HIGH. A gallon of milk is 7.00 on sale! Eggs are just as unbelievable, and we're talking mainland eggs. Local eggs and milk are a premium splurge here. You'd think there is a shortage of cows and chickens! A $6.00 loaf of white bread?? Not to mention a food tax of nearly five percent. Now I, Kanaka Maoli, need to move to Cincinnati... Auwe!
Leonardo on Apr 22, 2022:
Very interesting comments about living in the state of Hawai'i. I am a graduate of the university of Hawai'i at Manoa, lived in Honolulu for maybe ten years; even back then there were issues with housing, Aala Park was an homeless encampment then too. But now Hawai'i seems even more difficult to live in or even to be born there, I even read some place that the ocean is claiming the land by the southshore in Waikiki. Let's hope things get better the aina and everyone that lives in that beautiful land. Aloha...
Anonymous on Apr 18, 2022:
Please don't move here. People who have lived here for generations, including myself, have been effectively forced off the island because of how little we are paid and how much it costs. I feel that we are exploited. Our local culture has been mocked and marketed by people who come here thinking they're moving to paradise, but are disillusioned by eating with chopsticks and not everyone speaking perfect English. Military men beating up locals because of what they're wearing; snowbirds who leave an empty home here for more than 6 months at a time while there's a housing crisis; hikers trampling and littering on trails so heavily they need to be closed- and then ignoring that closure. It's tiring. Long gone are the days of sharing your fruits with your neighbors, instead people try to sell their bounty. The winds have changed, they are hot and foul.
Anonymous on May 05, 2021:
When comparing the cost of living in Hawaii we have to be more specific. So, for instance, I’d pick honolulu and compare the cost of living there to San Francisco bay area where I currently reside and had been living here for the past 40 years. The cost of living in the bay area is by far a lot higher than Honolulu. A two bdrm 1 bath apartment in a decent neighborhood starts from $2500 and up. A typical 4 bdrm single family home in the area where I live starts at over $800K. I pay $500 monthly utility bill with 4household members living in a 1434 sqft. single family home. My Annual prop tax is around $14K. I spend over $800 in grocery. Need I say more? So, the cost of living in Honolulu is nothing compare to where I live. Also, please stop saying it is cheaper to live in the mainland. Be more specific and don’t generalize because it will create false expectations.
M on Mar 30, 2021:
If your here trying to raise a family and your household income is under $100,000 a year consider moving to the mainland. If you're not in the islands already, consider not coming. There are a lot of great things about Hawaii, but the prices of food, housing, electricity and daily living are pretty crazy. If you have a household income of only 50,000 - 80,000 a year and you don't already own property here you will probably be living pay check to pay check, unless you are single and have kids, you'll end up nearly broke living here.