These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Hawaii For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Hawaii that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Hawaii does this very well. Families love the Aloha State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Hawaii that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Hawaii for 2018:

  1. Holualoa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Kalaoa (Homes For Sale)
  3. Waikoloa Village (Homes For Sale)
  4. Hilo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Hawaiian Paradise Park (Homes For Sale)
  6. Wailea (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. East Honolulu (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Kula (Homes For Sale)
  9. Aiea (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Laie (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So hopefully West Loch Estate (the cheapest place to live in Hawaii) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

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

1. Holualoa

Holualoa, Hawaii

Population: 9,709
Services: 130
Groceries: 158
Health Care: 112
Housing: 241
Transportation: 153
Utilities: 238
More on Holualoa: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Kalaoa


Population: 10,078
Services: 130
Groceries: 158
Health Care: 112
Housing: 231
Transportation: 153
Utilities: 238
More on Kalaoa: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Waikoloa Village

Source: Public Domain

Population: 6,154
Services: 130
Groceries: 158
Health Care: 112
Housing: 211
Transportation: 153
Utilities: 238
More on Waikoloa Village: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Hilo

Hilo, Hawaii

Population: 45,158
Services: 130
Groceries: 158
Health Care: 112
Housing: 150
Transportation: 153
Utilities: 238
More on Hilo: Homes For Sale | Data
Hilo is the largest settlement and census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States, which encompasses the Island of Hawaii. The population was 43,263 at the 2010 census.

5. Hawaiian Paradise Park


Population: 9,427
Services: 130
Groceries: 158
Health Care: 112
Housing: 140
Transportation: 153
Utilities: 238
More on Hawaiian Paradise Park: Homes For Sale | Data

6. Wailea

Wailea, Hawaii

Population: 6,330
Services: 122
Groceries: 154
Health Care: 110
Housing: 400
Transportation: 153
Utilities: 217
More on Wailea: Homes For Sale | Data

7. East Honolulu

East Honolulu, Hawaii

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Population: 49,242
Services: 122
Groceries: 154
Health Care: 110
Housing: 396
Transportation: 153
Utilities: 217
More on East Honolulu: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Kula


Population: 6,925
Services: 122
Groceries: 154
Health Care: 110
Housing: 358
Transportation: 153
Utilities: 217
More on Kula: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Aiea

Aiea, Hawaii

Population: 9,077
Services: 122
Groceries: 154
Health Care: 110
Housing: 321
Transportation: 153
Utilities: 217
More on Aiea: Homes For Sale | Data
Aiea is a census-designated place located in the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the CDP had a total population of 9,338.

10. Laie

Laie, Hawaii

Public domain

Population: 5,560
Services: 122
Groceries: 154
Health Care: 110
Housing: 319
Transportation: 153
Utilities: 217
More on Laie: Homes For Sale | Data
Laie is a census-designated place located in the Koolauloa District on the island of Oahu in Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States. In Hawaiian, lie means “ie leaf”. The population was 6,138 at the 2010 census.

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

Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Live In Hawaii Map
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 most 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.

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

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Hawaii that have the highest cost of living, with Holualoa ranking as the most expensive city in the Aloha State.

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in Hawaii:

  1. West Loch Estate
  2. Nanakuli
  3. Waianae

For more Hawaii reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Hawaii

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

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