There is no doubt about it, the cost of living in Hawaii is high. However, if you do some research, you will find that life in many of Hawaii’s smaller, younger towns is much more affordable than big cities with lots of amenities. Whether you’ve dreamed of living in Hawaii your entire life, or you are living paycheck to paycheck but aren’t ready to leave the only home you’ve ever known, consider a move to any of these 13 Hawaiian towns.
1) Laie, Oahu
Laie is a well-known community of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and is home to the Laie Hawaii Temple, the 5th oldest currently operating Mormon temple in the world. The Polynesian Cultural Center, the state's largest living museum, brings in millions of visitors each year.
2) Wailuku, Maui
With rich history and culture, Wailuku is a great city for those who love to walk or bike everywhere, and it is more affordable because it has been overshadowed by nearby Kahului.
3) Kurtistown, Big Island
With easy access to amenities in Hilo, Kurtistown is home to a lush, tropical setting that receives a lot more rain than the leeward coast.
4) Waimea, Kauai
Waimea serves as the gateway to Waimea Canyon as well as Kokee State Park, making this the perfect spot for explorers. The town is also home to two supermarkets, and a variety of shops and businesses.
5) Wahiawa, Oahu
Located in central Oahu, Wahiawa is close to legendary north shore beaches, but can be a pretty killer commute to Honolulu.
6) Haiku, Maui
Located in northern Maui, Haiku is pretty rustic and perfect for those seeking simplicity. It is also close to Hookipa Beach, a premier spot for windsurfing.
7) Kaunakakai, Molokai
Living on Molokai is only advised if you want to be off the grid and experience true Hawaii – there are few amenities and job opportunities, but the island is home to some incredible beaches.
8) Lihue, Kauai
As Kauai’s capital, Lihue is home to the island’s main airport, several shopping centers, and a major ship harbor.
9) Waianae, Oahu
Within easy driving distance to some great amenities in Kapolei, Waianae is also home to some of the island’s most beautiful, less popular beaches.
10) Hana, Maui
Located in east Maui, Hana is relatively isolated, and experiences more rain than the leeward coast. However, it is full of lush, tropical gardens, incredible black and red sand beaches, and has plenty of “Old Hawaii” charm.
11) Pahala, Big Island
Nestled between Kau Forest Reserve and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Pahala is perfect for those who want to get away from it all and live in a rural and remote setting.
12) Kapa’a, Kauai
As the largest city on Kauai, Kapaa can experience heavy traffic, but it is full of shopping and dining options, as well as having access to some gorgeous beaches.
13) Kahuku, Oahu
Kahuku is in a prime location to enjoy all Oahu’s north shore has to offer, while also maintaining high-performing schools, including strong high school athletic programs.
Do you live in any of these towns? Did we miss any other more affordable Hawaii towns? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!