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Best Places To Live In Hawaii 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score83
  • East Honolulu, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 47,957
  • I have lived in East Honolulu for my entire 34 years of life. It has been an amazing experience and every time I leave for work or vacation, I can't wait to get back to east Honolulu. My life has been
83
  • Kailua, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 38,514
  • After living in Kailua for several years, I can truthfully say it's one of the best cities I have ever lived in. For starters, Kailua is on the water, which means there are tons of options to choose from
77
  • Wailea, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,833
76
  • Waimalu, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,478
75
  • Mililani Town, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,460
74
  • Laie, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,782
72
  • Pearl City, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 47,241
  • I have lived in Pearl City for 10 years. It is a big town with a small town feel. Pearl City reaches all the way from the ocean at Pearl Harbor up to the gorgeous Ko'olau Mountain Range. Pearlridge
72
  • Halawa, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,455
72
  • Waipio, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,554
71
  • Kaneohe, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,065
  • Beautiful neighborhood but crime is continuously increasing, drug addicts and homeless are growing. The town is becoming very overpopulated and over priced. If you have the income to sustain a life here
70
  • Mililani Mauka, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,322
70
  • Waikele, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,648
70
  • Aiea, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,594
69
  • Ocean Pointe, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,274
69
  • Waipio Acres, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,169
68
  • Kaneohe Station, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,072
68
  • Honolulu, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 349,597
  • I currently live in Honolulu. Previously I lived in Los Angeles for all of my life, and the difference is astounding. I love the family culture here and the dedication to Hawaiian history. Being in the
68
  • Ahuimanu, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,312
68
  • Pukalani, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,332
67
  • Kula, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,326
67
  • Haiku-Pauwela, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,564
67
  • Wailuku, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,179
67
  • Kailua CDP (Hawaii County), HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,617
66
  • Ewa Gentry, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,168
66
  • Kahului, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,164
66
  • Hickam Housing, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,954
66
  • Lihue, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,196
66
  • Wahiawa, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,696
66
  • Napili-Honokowai, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,856
65
  • Kalaheo, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,099
65
  • Waipahu, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,590
65
  • Schofield Barracks, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,330
65
  • Wailua Homesteads, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,987
64
  • Hanamaulu, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,039
64
  • Kahaluu, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,009
64
  • West Loch Estate, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,183
63
  • Lahaina, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,675
63
  • Kapolei, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,206
62
  • Makawao, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,362
61
  • Royal Kunia, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,424
61
  • Waimea, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,770
61
  • Makakilo, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,353
61
  • Holualoa, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,439
60
  • Waikoloa Village, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,292
60
  • Waihee-Waiehu, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,177
60
  • Waimanalo, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,296
59
  • Ewa Villages, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,568
59
  • Ewa Beach, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,165
  • Idk what weather report this site is reading but it is definitely not good weather. It's a dry heat most of the year, Ewa has red dirt which I honestly hate. I did like living in ewa despite it being so
57
  • Kihei, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,964
55
  • Kalaoa, HI
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,198

Hawaii: The Paradise of the Pacific

It’s easy to see why 1.4 million people love calling Hawaii home. For some, it may be the lure of volcanic sand beaches or the desire to catch a big wave. For others, it may mean big opportunities with Hawaii’s booming real estate business or successful tourist industry. Whatever the reason, one thing is clear: the Aloha State simply has the jaw-dropping beauty, hospitality, and opportunity that other states seem to lack. If you’re thinking about living in Hawaii, one of these top places might be the perfect spot.

Hawaii is located in the North Pacific Ocean and is the only US state to also be an island. Hawaii shares no borders with any other state. There are eight major islands, seven of which are inhabited, and 129 other, smaller islands and inlets. The capital, Honolulu, located on the ‘Big Island’ of Hawaii, is also Hawaii’s most populated city; Hawaii ranks as one of the smallest and least-populated US states.

Hawaii is filled with diverse geography, flora, and fauna. Hawaii has two national parks, three national historical parks, and a marine monument, the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Because Hawaii is an island state, many of the beautiful flowers and animals witnessed here are endemic to the state. From the dramatic peak of Mauna Kea on the Big Island, to Lanikai Beach on Oahu, Hawaii is dominated by volcanoes, beautiful beaches, and lush tropical forests. The climate here is typical for the tropics; summer - and winter - highs reach the upper 80s. However, the near-constant trade winds blowing in from the east temper the humidity.

There’s a reason why Hawaii is considered “The Paradise of the Pacific.” Hawaii is famous for its welcoming nature and laid-back approach to life. Hawaiian cuisine is a unique fusion of the foods that immigrants have brought to the islands throughout its history. There’s also a long list of relaxed beaches and cool hideaways that warrant a long visit. While the island’s temperate climate is a draw, the cost of living in Hawaii is very high, so be prepared. Because the Hawaiian Islands are in close proximity to each other, if you base yourself in Honolulu on the Big Island or Kahului on Maui, Hawaii’s many beaches, national parks, and other attractions are easily accessible within a short flight or drive. It’s this mix of nature and easygoing culture that make Hawaii such a draw: some of the trendiest places in Hawaii are also the friendliest and quietest.

With a plethora of great cities and more intimate neighborhoods to choose from, finding the best places to live in Hawaii isn’t easy. We'll give you a head start as these cities are our picks for the best places in Hawaii. To further customize your list of the best places to live in Hawaii, you can also specify your search radius, population size, home or rent budget, and what metrics could be the biggest deciding factor for you, from employment to crime to education.