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Cost of Living in Honolulu

Summary about cost of living in Honolulu:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 15.00-23.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 65.00 $ 50.00-90.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 $ 7.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 $ 3.00-8.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 7.00 $ 5.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.62 $ 3.50-6.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.04 $ 1.50-2.79
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.53 $ 1.00-2.19
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.95 $ 4.85-8.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.13 $ 2.09-6.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.16 $ 1.25-4.50
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.11 $ 3.00-5.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.09 $ 3.50-8.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 6.22 $ 4.00-10.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.75 $ 4.00-10.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.84 $ 1.79-4.50
Banana (1 lb) 1.27 $ 0.99-2.00
Oranges (1 lb) 2.35 $ 1.50-3.49
Tomato (1 lb) 2.69 $ 1.89-4.00
Potato (1 lb) 2.09 $ 0.99-3.00
Onion (1 lb) 2.25 $ 1.00-3.00
Lettuce (1 head) 2.83 $ 2.00-4.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.24 $ 1.58-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 20.00 $ 15.00-35.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.83 $ 2.50-3.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 4.33 $ 3.50-8.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 10.75 $ 9.50-12.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $ 2.50-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 60.00 $ 60.00-60.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 $ 3.10-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.60 $ 3.00-6.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 36.00 $ 36.00-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.89 $ 2.65-3.39
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,000.00 $ 20,000.00-30,470.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,483.33 $ 17,500.00-28,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 201.65 $ 100.00-292.78
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.10 $ 0.10-0.10
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 47.87 $ 30.00-65.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 51.07 $ 30.00-75.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.60 $ 0.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 $ 11.50-14.50
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 910.00 $ 700.00-1,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 19,500.00 $ 18,000.00-22,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 42.60 $ 35.00-55.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 37.23 $ 25.00-55.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 77.50 $ 59.99-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 111.92 $ 75.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,758.82 $ 1,500.00-2,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,452.65 $ 1,100.00-1,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,295.83 $ 2,700.00-4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,609.38 $ 2,200.00-3,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 654.41 $ 550.00-699.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 449.82 $ 340.90-541.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,299.27 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.95 3.60-4.50

Prices in Honolulu, Hawaii

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Last update: July 2017
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31 Comments so far

#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.
#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 expenses...no 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: https://lookintohawaii.com/hawaii/45383/hawaii-living-getting-started-information-all-islands-hi
#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?
#troy on Jul 22, 2015 :
Want to come in honolulu for good job with excellent salary like
$8000/9000 per month.. Help me plz..
#peter on Mar 27, 2015 :
Wendell Abbey

since you have lived on Hawaii can you please contact me via e-mail, since i would like to move their too. I would have a few questions to ask if you dont mind. Please contact me, thanks in advance, greetings Peter
#L. on Mar 19, 2015 :
Please send me info on the cost of living for Kailua Kona.
Thank you we appreciate it.
#Anonymous on Jan 07, 2015 :
Looking to move to Honolulu. I recently graduated with my EMT Cert and would like to eventually become a PM then RN. Would it be wiser to do my PM training here in FL or should I make the move, begin working as an EMT and train down there? I know they have Equivilency Forms which is how I plan to transfer my EMT credits.
#Wendell Abbey on Nov 10, 2014 :
Hello, Im from Honolulu, Hawaii and used to live in Kapahulu. Back in the 1950s Id walk to the Waikiki beach and surf and paddle canoe. I surfed with Rabitt Kekai, Jama Kekai, Duke Kahanamoku and worked with some of the surfboard businesses. Then I used to paddle canoe with Waikiki Outrigger and Healani Outrigger club. When I graduated frome Roosevelt High school in 1958 I moved to Southern California in 1959. I did a lots of surfing and paddeleing over there and got married to one local Hawaiian girl. I moved to Las Vegas in 2002 and joined the Hawaiian civic club. I play music in the Hula and Ukulele classes over here in Las Vegas. I now live in a Senior citizens appartment and want to move back home. Im a member of Jehovahs Witnesses and would like to move back home and transfer to a Kingdom Hall over there. I would like to move near to Waikiki Beach, and I know where a Kingdom Hall is. It is at Monsrate and Campbell Ave. I have their phone number and will give them a call for some questions about moving over there to join that hall. Mr. Wendell Abbey
#shawn on Oct 07, 2014 :
#Kimmi B. Look towrard Makakilo, Millilani, Kaneohe or parts of Ewa. Stay away from Section 8 here. Avoid Waipahu, Makaha, Waianae, Kalihi.

There truly is no middle class in Honolulu. It cost $1200 for the cheapest studio that would be considered (projects) or low income housing on the mainland. You either live in a slum, or you live in a Million dollar home.

Your best option would be to find a room for rent in a family home...they have many houses with "ohana or inlaw suites). These will still range from $700-$900 per month.

The only way we survive here is by sharing housing with others. I have 5 roommates and i'm almost 40 years old and make $60k a year.

Electricity at our house is almost $1000 monthly on the highest end, but $500 monthly on the lowest end. Our KWH rate is almost 3x what people pay in the mainland.

This would be tolerable if there were jobs for people that payed higher wages. There are not many jobs here...you have to be local/bi lingual to work at many of the resorts. You have to be good looking to work in the bars.

If youre coming from the east coast, you will find the work easy...the work ethic here is unbelievalbly lazy compared to the east coast.

Bottom line...its beautiful...its expensive, its hot, its humid, full of BIG ROACHES & RATS (even the million dollar homes are infested)

After 10 years, I'm finally wising up and leaving this paradise. Goodluck.
#kimo Sabey on Sep 19, 2014 :
The Jones Act makes everything we buy and power almost twice as much as the average in the rest of the country. We could pay so much less if shipping had competition from all shipping companies.
#kimmi b on Aug 17, 2014 :
have to move to honolulu. daughter got accepted to hp. need to find 2 bd in like section 8 or low income housing. help
#anon on Jun 26, 2014 :
tennis courts are free all over the city- there's no cost to rent.
#Moderator on Mar 13, 2014 :
Added references for tennis club rates (current rate around 20$ per hour per court).
#Anonymous on Mar 12, 2014 :
Why is there no CPI for Hawaii?
#brandon thomas on Mar 06, 2014 :
way too much money!!!!!!!!