These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Hawaii For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in Hawaii go easy on your wallet.

Join HomeSnacks

Swipe left for slideshow. Article continues below.
Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

A wise sage once said:

‘She works hard for the money…’

And these places in Hawaii definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Hawaii where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Aloha State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 45 largest places in Hawaii, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Hawaii for 2018:

  1. West Loch Estate
  2. Nanakuli
  3. Waianae
  4. Makaha (Photos)
  5. Ewa Villages
  6. Maili (Photos)
  7. Waimalu
  8. Ewa Beach (Photos)
  9. Napili-Honokowai
  10. Waimanalo (Photos)

So listen up Holualoa (the most expensive place in Hawaii) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out the best places to live in Hawaii or the most expensive.

Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Aloha State For 2018

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Hawaii to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a ‘Cost of Living Index’ that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 45 places in Hawaii that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

1. West Loch Estate


Population: 6,076
Services: 91
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 101
Housing: 244
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 100

2. Nanakuli


Population: 12,803
Services: 122
Groceries: 154
Health Care: 110
Housing: 147
Transportation: 153
Utilities: 217

3. Waianae

Waianae, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,052
Services: 122
Groceries: 154
Health Care: 110
Housing: 163
Transportation: 153
Utilities: 217

4. Makaha

Makaha, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,204
Services: 122
Groceries: 154
Health Care: 110
Housing: 164
Transportation: 153
Utilities: 217

5. Ewa Villages

Ewa Villages, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,885
Services: 122
Groceries: 154
Health Care: 110
Housing: 184
Transportation: 153
Utilities: 217

6. Maili

Maili, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,452
Services: 122
Groceries: 154
Health Care: 110
Housing: 184
Transportation: 153
Utilities: 217

7. Waimalu

Waimalu, Hawaii

Source: Google Maps

Population: 13,637
Services: 122
Groceries: 154
Health Care: 110
Housing: 198
Transportation: 153
Utilities: 217

8. Ewa Beach

Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,881
Services: 122
Groceries: 154
Health Care: 110
Housing: 205
Transportation: 153
Utilities: 217

9. Napili-Honokowai


Population: 6,155
Services: 122
Groceries: 154
Health Care: 110
Housing: 208
Transportation: 153
Utilities: 217

10. Waimanalo

Waimanalo, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,222
Services: 122
Groceries: 154
Health Care: 110
Housing: 216
Transportation: 153
Utilities: 217

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Hawaii, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Hawaii

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
West Loch Estate 1 6,076 91 97 101
Nanakuli 2 12,803 122 154 110
Waianae 3 12,052 122 154 110
Makaha 4 8,204 122 154 110
Ewa Villages 5 6,885 122 154 110
Maili 6 8,452 122 154 110
Waimalu 7 13,637 122 154 110
Ewa Beach 8 14,881 122 154 110
Napili-Honokowai 9 6,155 122 154 110
Waimanalo 10 5,222 122 154 110
Waikele 11 7,622 122 154 110
Ewa Gentry 12 22,683 122 154 110
Kapaa 13 10,031 122 154 110
Wahiawa 14 16,545 122 154 110
Waipio 15 11,740 122 154 110
Lihue 16 7,489 122 154 110
Waihee-Waiehu 17 10,248 122 154 110
Wailuku 18 15,620 122 154 110
Waipahu 19 40,531 122 154 110
Makakilo 20 17,750 122 154 110
Kihei 21 21,556 122 154 110
Kahului 22 26,072 122 154 110
Kapolei 23 14,154 122 154 110
Ocean Pointe 24 7,359 122 154 110
Makawao 25 7,157 122 154 110
Halawa 26 14,132 122 154 110
Lahaina 27 10,669 122 154 110
Mililani Town 28 28,115 122 154 110
Pukalani 29 7,631 122 154 110
Pearl City 30 47,075 122 154 110
Ahuimanu 31 8,725 122 154 110
Mililani Mauka 32 21,419 122 154 110
Royal Kunia 33 14,952 122 154 110
Kaneohe 34 34,030 122 154 110
Haiku-Pauwela 35 8,539 122 154 110
Laie 36 5,560 122 154 110
Aiea 37 9,077 122 154 110
Kula 38 6,925 122 154 110
East Honolulu 39 49,242 122 154 110
Wailea 40 6,330 122 154 110
Hawaiian Paradise Park 41 9,427 130 158 112
Hilo 42 45,158 130 158 112
Waikoloa Village 43 6,154 130 158 112
Kalaoa 44 10,078 130 158 112
Holualoa 45 9,709 130 158 112

Like HomeSnacks on Facebook:

Facebook Discussion