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 $ 12.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 $ 55.00-150.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.50 $ 8.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $ 4.00-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.50 $ 7.00-10.00
Cappuccino (regular) 5.37 $ 3.00-9.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.45 $ 2.00-4.50
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.00 $ 1.00-3.50
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.84 $ 4.50-8.99
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.64 $ 3.00-7.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.64 $ 1.00-4.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.43 $ 2.58-6.99
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.14 $ 4.50-15.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.92 $ 1.99-9.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.61 $ 5.00-11.00
Apples (1 lb) 3.16 $ 1.00-4.00
Banana (1 lb) 1.59 $ 1.00-4.00
Oranges (1 lb) 3.02 $ 1.00-5.35
Tomato (1 lb) 3.09 $ 1.00-3.99
Potato (1 lb) 2.02 $ 0.89-4.00
Onion (1 lb) 2.36 $ 1.00-4.00
Lettuce (1 head) 3.39 $ 1.00-5.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.37 $ 0.75-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 12.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.42 $ 1.71-4.29
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.86 $ 1.38-5.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 10.00 $ 8.50-11.50
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.75 $ 2.50-2.75
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 70.00 $ 60.00-75.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 $ 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) 3.49 $ 2.61-4.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,000.00 $ 21,899.00-29,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,825.71 $ 19,000.00-22,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 266.91 $ 175.00-457.47
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.28 $ 0.10-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 61.80 $ 50.00-89.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 57.42 $ 20.00-120.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.50 $ 0.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 $ 12.00-20.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,007.14 $ 700.00-1,800.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 21,875.00 $ 18,000.00-25,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 50.00 $ 30.00-80.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 40.91 $ 20.00-100.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 96.89 $ 55.00-125.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 134.58 $ 50.00-250.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,928.08 $ 1,600.00-2,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,580.14 $ 1,321.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,411.14 $ 2,950.00-5,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,985.48 $ 2,300.00-4,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 691.49 $ 600.00-924.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 530.39 $ 450.00-600.00
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,732.44 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.93 2.70-5.00

Prices in Honolulu, Hawaii

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Last update: May 2021
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9 Comments so far
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.
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.